Today is to celebrate Mother’s Day! We honor our mothers with cards, flowers and tokens of love and appreciation. I have been blessed with a wonderful mother who raised me right. I thank God for her and for all of the sacrifices that she made to me. I would not be who I am without her guidance and her support. She is the greatest mother that I have ever met.
Me with Mommy Bernice.
There is a another lady who I know to be a wonderful woman and the greatest mother even though I never met her. I know her only from the memories shared by her daughter and the spirit that lives on in my wife. She is my mother-in-law, Gloriastean. I never had a chance to met her because she passed away three years before I met her daughter.
My mother-in-law, Gloriastean.
In spite of never meeting her in the natural, I feel that I have gotten to know her well through the many wonderful stories that my wife shared of her. From the times that she sang in the jazz clubs as a teenager, to the time she lived in California with her father and attended San Fransisco State University as a music major and the stories of her driving a Cutlass.
My mother-in-law had a passion for life and a passion for excellence. My mother-in-law only wanted the best for her daughter. She gave her the best education, making sure she attended private school all the way through college. Her mother and father sacrificed and bought my wife a grand piano in college so she could her learn how to play. She also encouraged my wife to learn how to sew by investing in buying my wife a sewing machine so she could learn how to make her own clothes.
My mother-in-law had a passion for excellence in taking care of her house and her family. She instilled in her daughter the same passion. Whether it is keeping the grass cut in the yard or the floors swept in the house, I see that today in the way that my wife keeps our home.
My mother-in-law spent her life making sure that her daughter was taken care of and to provide her with a good life. Even though she is in heaven and I never met her, my mother-in-law’s passion deeply influences me today. It is my desire to take care of my wife the best way that I can. I look to my mother-in-law for this inspiration. I only hope that I can continue at the same level that she started. Thank you for being the greatest mother, and greatest influence, that I never met.
Hello Beautiful People!
Mark your calendars, today, May 7, 2015, is National Day of prayer, please come together and prayer for each other, our nation and the world.
On the National Day of Prayer website the scripture of focus is 1 Kings 8:28″ Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” Bible Gateway
Read President Barack Obama’s 2014 Proclamation designated the First Thursday of May National Day of Prayer, here.
I know that I have to pray everyday even when I don’t necessarily feel like it. It’s not about a feeling it’s about giving glory, honor, and reverence to the God Almighty for his saving grace and resurrection power. If you have never prayed in your life you can start today.
If you do not know Jesus as your Savior and Lord, simply pray the following prayer in faith, and Jesus will be your Lord!
“Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I’m also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4).
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Thank you Jesus!
Please incorporate praise with your prayers, I want to add Plumb’s new single Exhale on her new album, it’s a breath of fresh air.
National Day of Prayer
www.kcm.org – Salvation Prayer
Hi Beautiful People,
JT going over her piano class session
I enjoy playing on my piano and listening to music. I have to put time on the calendar to practice. I grew up with my mother and father listening to all kinds of music. My mother use to sing jazz when she was in college, so it’s in my blood. I play intermediate piano and now taking a refresher piano-at-home course to sharpen my skills and learn more. I played piano in college and had to do recitals for my final grade. I was a late bloomer, so I had to really focus to learn to play piano and read music. You can learn to play a musical instrument no matter what age because you are never to old to do what you enjoy.
JT studying piano
Recently I’ve read about the many and remarkable benefits that you can get from learning to play a musical instrument. I know I enjoy it and keeps the mind smart and alert. This info has made me want to schedule in a lot more time for playing music! Here are some of the main advantages of learning a musical instrument. I hope you find them as motivating as I have!
It improves your memory
Our memory becomes less and less sharp as we get older. Apparently, because music requires the use of both sides of our brains, it can actually help to improve memory. Considering the amount of times I forget where I’ve left the house or car keys, this is a very appealing benefit for me!
It relieves stress
In modern life, stress gets to us all. But studies have shown that playing a musical instrument can help to reduce the physical and psychological impact of stress. By lowering the blood pressure, this in turn reduces the stress hormone cortisol in your body, leaving you feeling calmer and more peaceful. Bliss!
It is rewarding
And the rewards keep coming too, the more practice you put in and the better you get. Naturally, it’s very challenging as a beginner, but once you get the hang of it and start playing a tune without mistakes, it is so worth it! Playing music for your family and friends and making them smile is another aspect of this hobby that makes it so rewarding.
It is sociable
If you decide to take up guitar lessons, for example, not only might you become friends with your teacher, but also with many other people who play this instrument. This could be within your circle of friends, or through your wider community. You may love it so much that you have regular jamming sessions with friends or join a music group.
It boosts your confidence
All of us suffer moments of low self-esteem. This might be in our personal life, work life or both. But taking up a new hobby and realising that you can do well at it, could help to restore confidence in yourself and your abilities.
It’s great for your CV
Prospective employers will realise that you have many important and useful skills if you let them know that you play a musical instrument. For example discipline, organization, commitment and creativity. I first started playing piano and had never played before and would practice in the study rooms to fine tune my homework so if you really want to learn to play an instrument it can be done.
It helps you to be more patient
Because we can gain access to information so quickly and effortlessly these days, it’s made us all very impatient! When learning a musical instrument, there’s no way of speeding things up, you just have to go as fast as your body and mind will allow. Inevitably, you will make lots and lots of mistakes at the beginning, but the more you practice, the better you will get so it’s all about being patient! Practice, Practice, Practice and more Practice!
As well as these, I also think one of the biggest advantages of a musical hobby is that it’s fun! It gives you the chance to be even more involved in the music you love.
Hi Elegant Readers,
Today, Wednesday, April 29th, is “Denim Day” which is a day for men and women to stand up against sexual violence.
Show solidarity through fashion wearing denim for a purpose.
I came across Alert ID which is a valuable resource on how to protect yourself from sexual assault and resources on how to get help.
“There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.”
* Be aware of your surroundings — who’s out there and what’s going on.
*Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.
*Know your limits when it comes to using alcohol.
*Be assertive — don’t let anyone violate your space.
* Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.
* Don’t prop open self-locking doors.
* Lock your door and your windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes.
* Watch your keys. Don’t lend them. Don’t leave them. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on the key ring.
* Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.
*Be wary of isolated spots, like underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry rooms.
*Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.
* Have your key ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, or work.
* Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.
* Drive on well-traveled streets, with doors and windows locked.
* Never hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.
* Keep your car in good shape with plenty of gas in the tank.
* In case of car trouble, call for help on your cellular phone. If you don’t have a phone, put the hood up, lock the doors, and put a banner in the rear mirror that says, “Help. Call police.”
I have a few tips that I wanted to add for you to take note.
1. Before you get into the car check underneath your vehicle and check the seats before you get in to make sure no one is lurking or hiding.
2. Make sure your car keys are in your hands before you get to the car and you are not fumbling through your purse looking for them.
Awareness can be shown today through wearing denim, however its only the beginning as the poster says above.
Wear jeans, jean jacket, shirt or something denim on April 29.
Educate yourself and others on the issues.
Support survivors of sexual assault.
National Crime Prevention Council
Hi Elegant Readers,
What a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating Resurrection Sunday (Easter). Jesus is Risen from the grave and lives!
The last day of Passover is tomorrow. It is such a good time to reflect on the celebration of the Israelites escape from slavery in Egypt.
My hubby and I attended an awesome service and enjoyed the day. My sweet doggie Vinny loves being in the pictures while my other doggie Gio is sniffing for every scent around the backyard.
I enjoy blogging about style and on Resurrection Sunday I went Dressy Chic. I wore a lace dress with a tailored blue jean jacket. The day was cool, so I wore textured black tights and gray open toe heels.
JT, Hubby and Vinny on Resurrection Sunday
I popped a pink scarf because it was a little chilly and added my Gucci sunglasses. My Coach handbag was from a Caribbean cruise I went on in 2011, yes 2011. I be sure to take care of my handbags and accessories so they last a long time. You will not see me buying things just to write a post on my blog. You are not going to get that kind of writing from me.
JT on Resurrection Sunday
My jewelry is pretty classic chic. I wore an Italian lire coin watch. It has become a favorite of mine. It is a watch and bangle in one. This is one of my alternative wedding ring and bands. I am happy that my hubby was able to get it fixed because I was missing a stone. It is such a good thing to find a great jeweler who can repair your pieces and give you fair prices.
JT’s bejeweled accessories
Enjoy your weekend and remember that beauty comes from the inside out. I have to remember that there is no need to compare. I am not in a competition to prove who is better, cuter, taller, or thinner. The most important thing is my relationship with my Heavenly Father and then everything else comes after that.
Hello Elegant Readers,
I am thankful!
It’s Good Friday. The day when Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for me, for everyone. He didn’t have to do it; but he did and I am so glad.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)
Roman soldiers put thorns on Jesus’ head and spit on Him and cast lots for His garments. Jesus could have called the heavenly angels to knock them out; but he did not.
God forgives us of our sins, even though he knew no sin. I have to get over the condemnation because by repenting of my sins, it is forgotten and wiped away. If a negative word comes out, I have to remember that He calls me His beloved. I am a King’s kid! My God is wonderful, marvelous, majestic, glorious, mighty, powerful and victorious!
We have to point to ourselves and say that Jesus did it for me. We have to personalize it because Jesus is not in this far cosmic atmospheric place, he is in our hearts. The key is to have a relationship with God.
God’s Amazing Grace!
At my church our Pastor is teaching on Amazing Grace that has really encouraged me to look deeper into God’s word to continue to develop and grow my relationship with God. None of us are perfect but we are forgiven.