An Open Letter To The Retail Industry About Martin Luther King Day

This is an open letter to the Retail Industry
of the United States!

Today we, as Americans, honor the life and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a solemn day because Dr. King lived his life to fight the oppression and the racism that plagued America during the 1950s and 1960s. He gave speeches, lead marches and even went to prison in an effort to break this curse that had a stronghold on the American culture from the beginning of slavery. He had a dream where people of all colors and backgrounds would come together and live in peace and harmony. Unfortunately, King’s life ended prematurely by an assassin’s bullet in April 1968 while he was in Memphis, fighting for the rights of striking sanitation workers.

Room 306: The room where Martin Luther King stayed and the balcony where he was assassinated.

Room 306: The room where Martin Luther King stayed and the balcony where he was assassinated.

Today is not a day when you, as the retailers of America, need to have specials deals and sales in your stores. It is not a day for a “Holiday Sale!” You do not need to mail fliers that are labeled as “Martin Luther King Day Specials.” You do not need to send emails with “Martin Luther King Day Coupons.” I don’t need another excuse to save 50 percent on that winter coat that you could not sale over Christmas, or during the New Year’s clearance sale.

With the racism and oppression that is so deeply rooted in American culture, it is a mockery to King’s Dream and his fight to encourage people to head to the mall to find the latest deals. We, as Americans, do not need to be shopping. We need to come together to break these strongholds and find a way where Dr. King’s Dream is no longer a dream, but a reality.

We need to be going to Libraries, Museums or other Cultural Institutions where King celebrations are being held. if people of all colors and backgrounds could sit down and find the thread that binds us together as Americans. It is a day to come together in peace and not finding the pair of shoes at a rock-bottom price.

The future of America is dependent on working and living together as one America, not how much we can save on flannel bed sheets.

Hey Retailers, save the specials and sales for another day. What about Groundhog’s Day? How about that day?
If the Groundhog says we are having six more weeks of winter, put the winter coats on sale. If the Groundhog says spring is on the way, the put the garden supplies on sale.

But not today! Not Martin Luther King Day! His life and his legacy is much too important to be used with a clearance event at your store.

New Year, New You!

The holidays are just around the corner so soon it will be the new year. Who likes setting goals and resolutions? They are great to do, and we always start off so well, right? By the end of March, though, sometimes our good intentions for change have fizzled out. Here are just a few tips that should help you to stick to those goals that you have. The start of a new year is the perfect time for a change.

Eat Little & Often
A lot of us make goals of weight loss right after the holidays, and it does make complete sense. We may have indulged over Christmas and want to feel fresh and less sluggish. Starving yourself or skipping meals is not the answer, though!

Eating smaller meals more often, will help control blood sugar levels. This will keep your energy up and stop you reaching for some sugar. You will feel so much more energized! Smaller meals more often will also help you to control your portion sizes. That is a great way to help shift a few pounds.

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String beans and potatoes make a great meal option!

Make Some Changes
Sometimes, goals like running a marathon, or losing 20lbs, can take a long time. Sometimes we feel that we need some more immediate results. Making a change or two can help you feel like a new person. How about getting a new hairstyle or dye your hair a colour that you’ve always wanted to try? It could be as simple as getting a new outfit. A change can help you feel good until longer changes like weight loss, happen.

You could even consider a form of cosmetic surgery if you felt that was appropriate for you. As a woman, if you feel anxious about talking to a male surgeon, you could request a consultation with a female plastic surgeon instead.

Keep a Food Journal
A food journal is a great way to monitor what you eat and drink. You should make a note of your exercise too. When you are accountable and have to read through what you have eaten that day, it will help you to use control. It can also help you to stop over snacking or from eating just because you’re bored.

Another great thing to include in the food journal is how you felt. If you wrote that you weren’t particularly hungry, it could stop you eating out of habit. Sometimes you might grab a candy bar at the gas station out of habit. You probably aren’t even hungry when you buy it. Writing it all down will help you to realize this and help you become healthier.

Drink More Water
It may sound easier said than done, but it is so important. One way to help you improve how much water you drink is always to have a filled water bottle with you. Have it by you at work, or in the car or your bag. If you always see the bottle, you will remember to drink from it.

All the best to you and your new goals to a better you!

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Tips That Could Improve Your Family’s Finances

Are you struggling to make ends meet? Read on to find out you can improve your family’s finances.

Use a Savings Jar
This old trick still works as well as ever before. All you need is a big jar that you can put money in. Then whenever you get some change, or you have a spare note, you can put it in the jar. It will prevent you from being tempted to spend the money on things that you don’t really need. After you’ve been saving up money in the jar for a year or more, you can see how much you’ve got. It can then be used to pay off a debt, or it could help with the expense of Christmas shopping, for example.

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Do More at Home
Going out is always more expensive than staying in. I’m not suggesting you sacrifice your social life completely. But there are lots of things that you can do in the home that are cheaper than going out for them. For example, do you go to the gym? If you do, you’re probably spending a lot of money on your membership. But is it really worth it when you can run outside and lift weights in the comfort of your own home? And eating out is another big waste of money. Prepare your own food and see how much money you save.

Set Personal Financial Goals
It’s always a good idea to set targets for yourself when you are trying to improve your finances. It could be an aim to spend less. Or it could be an aim to improve your savings balance by a certain amount. This will give you something specific to focus on. When you’re tempted to buy something you don’t really need, your goals might stop you from making that mistake. It’s important not to make those goals too difficult though. That way, you won’t simply give up when things get difficult.

Find Ways Around Bad Credit
Having a bad credit rating can get a lot of people down. It makes it hard to get loans, and you can feel very financially restricted. There are some ways to get around this problem though. You can find bad credit catalogues here. They will allow you to buy items without taking your credit rating into account. You could also try to improve your credit rating by paying off your debts and making sure you pay all your bills on time. All of those things will help to improve your poor rating.

Declutter
Decluttering is always a positive thing to do. If you live surrounded by junk and things you no longer want, it can be pretty depressing. But it can also save you some money. That’s something that not so many people think about. If you can get some money for that stuff you regard as useless junk, then why not go for it? It makes perfect sense. Just because it’s junk to you, that doesn’t mean someone else won’t want to buy it. You can use auctions sites, like Ebay, to reach a large audience and make quick sales.

Prayer of Protection: Psalm 91

Prayer of Protection: Psalm 91

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Hello Beautiful People!

My heart goes out to the people of Paris, I pray and intercede for peace and comfort for the country!

I have really been purposing to get into my bible more and search the scriptures. I was thinking that in order for me to grow in my relationship with God, I have to seek Him daily. Sounds easy, right?  It hasn’t been easy because things will try to take my eyes off of Him. I have to continue to cast those imaginations down and move forward.  Do you ever feel like that?

I realized long time ago that praying daily is not an option. The devil doesn’t take a break, so I move forward.  I can’t be too busy and not put God first. If I miss it, I repent and dust myself off and move forward.

I wanted to share a favorite chapter of mine that I say out loud daily. Psalm 91 gives me comfort and lets me know the Lord has His hedge of protection around me. I say it out loud so I can hear it. These are not just positive affirmations; but words I stand on.

Psalm 91  New International Version (NIV)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

It’s so easy to be fearful and not want to come out the house; but that is not the way to live. There is an enemy out there and his name is Satan. We have to continually have to stand and fight. I also have been standing on this scripture daily and it gives me confidence.

2 Timothy 1:7
God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power love and a sound mind.

I will be sharing more scriptures and words of wisdom.

Peace to you.

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Reflecting on Sixteen Years: Part 1

Hi Beautiful People!

Blessings to you!

My hubby and I are celebrating our sixteenth wedding anniversary. He is just as handsome as when we first met as he is right now. We first met at work and we were friends and the friendship blossomed into marriage. Now you think I would create this facade by writing imagery of everything is wonderful and we have the perfect marriage.  Well, I don’t want to bust your bubble; but I want to let you know that no marriage is perfect. The best marriages require two people communicating with each other to make the marriage work.

Me and my hubby at our wedding!

Me and my hubby at our wedding!

The hubby and I learned early on that we had to make the effort to talk to each other and listen to each other. Sometimes I feel I have so much to say and he takes the time to really listen to me. And the most important part of our marriage is putting God first as our center because without Him we know our marriage will not work.

Our Pastor is teaching this month on Believing God.

 I read this morning a Joyce Meyer Devotional and the scripture reference was Joshua 1:5&6
…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong (confident) and of good courage.

Believing God in this world is so important because that is where our strength comes from.
I appreciate and am thankful for the man that God has given me as my husband. He serves the Lord, loving, kind, a provider for our family and truly loves me for me.

On our 15th wedding anniversary we travelled to San Francisco and road-tripped to the Four Corners to celebrate. However, this year we planned a staycation for our anniversary. It is special because we are getting to spend quality time with each other.  We have some goals for ourselves and we are planning and spending time with each other is one of them.

 One of the highlights from this year’s staycation has been going to the Japanese Festival, which occurs every year at the Missouri Botanical Garden. However this was our first time that we going. It was such a cool and meaningful experience.

While there, we saw the Kimono fashion show where the models showed designs of various styles of kimono, including some that were over one hundred years old.

Kimono Fashion Show

Kimono Fashion Show

 And, I had the opportunity to see my name written in Japanese and learn the significant meaning. I will write a post on this because it’s so special.

Planning Goals

It is important to create goals so you know where you are going and what things we need to pray about and then cross off of our list once they have been accomplished.

Reflections

I am reflecting and thanking God for sixteen years of marriage. And In Jesus Name, we have many more prosperous and joyous years Praise God!

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This post is linked to Visible Monday.

War Room (Movie Review)

Hello Beautiful People!

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Today, my hubby and I saw War Room with a friend, which opened in theaters on Friday, August 28.

The PG -Rated movie was written, produced and directed by the Kendrick brothers, who directed FIREPROOF and Couragious.

The turnout of Christians attending the film thus far has been nothing short of phenomenal. Tickets sales totaled over $11 million in just three days, placing it second of all movies. A couple of friends asked us if we wanted to go. The trailer caught our attention and we were intrigued.

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The movie centers around the Jordan family who has disconnected on love and integrity. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story line, so I will share a couple of my favorite scenes.

One of the scenes that had a big impact is when the mother (Elizabeth played by Priscilla Shirer) and daughter (Danielle played by Alena Pitts) are having a heart-to-heart talk. The mother says, “You know that I love you?” And the daughter says a little bit and proceeds to ask with a sad look on her face, “Do you know the name of my jump-rope team? Do you know I won an award last week? Do you know what colors of our shirts?”
The mother thought she knew her daughter and blamed her husband (Tony played by T. C. Stallings) for all of their problems. In actuality, her lack of communication with her daughter showed that she was just as much to blame. In order to save her family and marriage, she had to stop blaming and nagging and start praying for change.

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So many times we want God to move in our lives and we want to blame the other person. Even though the other person may not be totally right, we have to look into the mirror at ourselves.

This scene below is pivotal because it shows Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie) praying in an actual prayer room. We have to stand in the gap for our family and friends and the world; and the way to do that is through strategy in prayer. Praying specifically by standing on the scriptures.

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Miss Clara praying in her prayer room

 

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Scene from War Room: Father and Daughter practicing double dutch

It’s a story of struggle, faith and forgiveness through prayer. The movie will make you laugh and will make you cry. Oh and well-known Christian author Beth Moore makes a cameo appearance.

On the War Room website, you will find resources that accompanies the movie that can be used in your individual or church bible study.  It is not just a movie; it is a witnessing tool about the power of prayer. There have been thousands of people praying for this movie, that it would reach people who need it. Today’s (August 30) prayer request: Pray that people who haven’t even yet heard about WAR ROOM feel compelled to see the movie today when they are at the theater.

The Bubbling with Elegance and Grace team recommends that you and your family see this movie. The movie focuses on the power of prayer. It also demonstrates the power of God’s love, His Grace, His forgiveness, and His call for discipleship. Put on your fighting gloves and go see this movie the first chance you can.

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