Please pray for all those affected by the storms in Oklahoma.
Please also keep the animals of Oklahoma in your prayers too….We pray that they are all safe.
This was not an act of God this was the act of the enemy (The Devil). Death and destruction are not of God.
Isaiah 41:10 - Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.(KJV Bible online)
My Grandmother and I
I celebrated my birthday on Saturday with my hubby. Every year, my birthday and Mother’s Day always seem to to fall on the same weekend. Some years, both are on the same day. I have feelings of joy and sadness. I have to cast that sadness down because my mother and grandmother are both with the Lord and would not want to come back.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8)
I miss my mother and grandmother; but I know I will see them again so that puts a smile on my face.
Today I was going through vintage photos and came across a photo of my grandmother and I. I might have been eight years old in the picture above. She was coming off the train from traveling out of town. Sometimes, she would travel with her church friends. Other times she would visit family in Mississippi or Chicago. She was a sweet lady who loved the Lord and loved her family very much.
My Grandmother was a sharp lady. I know that is where I get my style from. It is in my blood. The picture above is one of my favorite pictures. She looks like she could be on her way to church or an evening out at the theater. I am not sure when this photograph was taken, maybe the 1940s. This stylish outfit could work today, just as it did then. Her classic style has inspired me ever since I was a little girl.
My mother was strong and confident in who she was as a person, and I admire her for that. I do not have many photographs of my mother and none of us together. She did not like to be photographed, even though she was very pretty. My mother died in 1994. It has been nineteen years; but sometimes it seems like yesterday. I hold on to the values she taught me, and the love she gave me.
Cherish your mother if you are blessed to have her with you. Tell her that you love her; even if you have already told her and give her a hug. A mother is a wonderful treasure to have, she is a queen to behold. If you treat your parents well, you will continue to be blessed beyond measure.
Not Dead Yet Style
Carman is raising funds for his new album through Kickstarter and is 90% complete.
I grew up listening to Carman’s music. This is wonderful to hear that he is planning to write new songs and record an album.
On Carman’s Facebook page he announced that he’s battling an illness. I am interceding for and I am believing for Carman’s complete healing.
Carman’s words on the Kickstarter Fundraising site page said,
“I’m so excited about this incredible opportunity we all have through “Kickstarter” to make something happen as a team and a family. Through this fundraiser for a new CD and Video project, we can finally have something big we can interact on, on a personal level. 8 weeks ago I was diagnosed with incurable Multiple Myeloma Cancer and given a 3-5 year window of time. It seemed like a death sentence but through Kickstarter God have turned it into a life sentence.”
Carman has given free concerts where thousands gave their lives to Jesus. He has ministered for years and I support him and his music.
My favorite videos from Carman
Carman’s witch invitation(First mini movie in Christian music)
Carman’s witch invitation with commentary(making of the video)
Satan Bite the Dust
Shows how we have to pray for ourselves everyday and stand against the enemy.
Addicted to Jesus (A2J)
Carman AND DCTalk
Boy, I would dance big time to this one.
Stand tall, Stand Strong!
Support Carman guys, he is too legit to quit!
To pledge funds towards the new album please go to this link. No amount is to small.
Kickstarter fundraiser: New Carman Album and Music Video
Getting ready for church this morning and I realized my hair is still wet from my twist out. What is a girl to do? I washed my hair last night, detangled, conditioned and had six twists on each side of my head. Ready to be styled in the morning. Well, I had let my hair air-dry last night; but my hair is quite thick. This morning my hair was not dripping wet; but it was damp.
Again I say, What am I to do?
Thoughts in my head of wearing a cap, but it is way too warm for that today. Maybe I could wear it up and no one would never know that I didn’t get the soft lustrous curls that I wanted.
What did I do?
I untwisted my hair added some Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and styled it to the best of my ability. As you can see in the photo below, this is naturally me.
JTwisdom’s natural curls.
I am not fond of hair shrinkage; but I said to myself, “This is who I am, so people can take it or leave it.” A few years back, I would of never had worn my hair in this style. It was always straightened either with a pressing comb or by a relaxer. Almost four years ago, I decided to go relaxer free. I had to learn how to style my hair and find out through trail and error what products work best for my texture.
JTwisdom’s natural curls
Here I am, hair shrinkage and all. My hubby was constantly saying that he thought it was cute; but all I could think about was how short it looked.
But you know what, I went to church and got received several compliments.
My hubby said, “Is it better hearing it also from someone else?”
I said, “No.” But his comment made me think that I have to be fine with myself.
God’s word says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
God made me and He gave me curly hair and I have to love me some me. If I do not love myself; how can I show love to anyone else.
I find that the times when I don’t think I look my best are the days that I get the most compliments. Here I am talking about the shrinkage in my hair and a lady today said to me that she would have to pay to get hair like mine, meaning she would have to buy a curly wig. Go figure?
But the tidbit of advice to remember: Compliments are great; but if there are no compliments, you have to feel that self love inside that you know that you are beautiful.
Outfit in Review
Silk Blouse J Crew
Wedges Vince Camuto
Necklace – Nolan Miller
Bangle – Bronzo Italia
Gem silver cuff – gift
Fragrance – Fabulous by Isaac Mizrahi
This post is linked with NotDeadYetStyle
Hi Elegant Friends,
Hope you had an awesome weekend and a fabulous Monday!
I ask the question, “What does it mean to be in love forever? To share a bond that will never separate.” Is it easy? No! Is it worth it? Most certainly yes.
Having God as the center of our relationship I know is the key.
I put these questions in your mind because my hubby and I went to a friend’s wedding this weekend. The couple was renewing their wedding vows after 30 years of marriage. Totally awesome! The couple looked so grand. A highlight was when their son came down the aisle with shades on, a cell phone and a briefcase in his hand labeled ring security. That was really cute, he was really looking like a secret service agent.
The wedding reception was beautiful also, the talented husband and family of musicians. It was a privilege to attend such a special occasion.
Everybody was line dancing and having a lot of fun.
I get questions often on what to wear to occasions like this one. I love to dress up, however I like to be comfortable yet chic at the same time. I wore black and white which can be typical. However, I kicked it up a notch by adding a contrasting of color in my tights.
I enjoyed wearing this outfit it is breath of fresh air. Would you believe I have on a dress with a close fit to the body cardigan? I constantly say get pieces of clothing that work for you in your wardrobe.
If you wear black or monotone, add an eye-popping tight to your ensemble , completely changing the game.
From: Bubbling with Elegance and Grace
To: My lovely Readers
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Jesus is born!
I love reading the story of the birth of Jesus!
In those days Cesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
(KJV) Luke 2:1-14
As you read the verses above ,you realize Jesus was not born in a luxury hotel; but an inn with animals around.
The time of Jesus birth was a treacherous time, a census was going on so Joseph and Mary were seeking shelter away from Augustus.
I raise my hands in adoration, and I bow before the new born King. Baby Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for my and our sins.
I worship you Lord, I give you praise and I honor you. Today, December 25th may not of been Jesus birthday; but this is a day that Christians recognize the magnificence and thankfulness that God gave his Son for us.
I bow before you Lord! Merry Christmas!
This is a wonderful day, however we should celebrate Jesus everyday!
This is a favorite song of mine by Amy Grant. Enjoy!
“O Come All Ye Faithful”