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Friday, May 29, 2015

Beauty: Healthy Hair


Luke 12:7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV)


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TESTIMONY
Last year, I was in a dark place after some thing's started to shift in my life. I asked God, “Why was I losing all of these things?” He replied, “You acquired all of these things while you were in the world.” God had begun the process of cleaning, restoring and rebuilding me into the woman he wanted me to be for his glory.

God taught me how to prioritize my life by paying my tithes, my bills and then everything else last.  I noticed that my hair was in bad condition and I hadn’t been able to afford to go to the beauty shop for months now.  I was feeling down about my hair and how short it had become. I was looking online and found a beauty shop in my area. I contacted the lady and was able to book an appointment the same day. While I was on the phone with the lady I heard gospel music playing in the background.

I went to my appointment and immediately knew this was the place God wanted me to be. She washed, trimmed and styled my hair. She recommended that I drink more water, exercise and use the moisturizer she created. We shared our testimonies about God and even witnessed her praying for a lady.
I felt so much better after leaving the salon and started using the moisturizer. My hair has grown so much since I went to visit her last year. I'm not overly concerned about length but that my hair is healthy. *see pictures below*


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May 2015

INSPIRATION
I use my testimony to inspire women that God knows all about us even the hairs on our head are numbered. He knows what we need and the desires of our heart. Keep trusting God, no matter what the situation may look like because he will bring you through. *praise break*

STYLIST
Today, I introduce you to my God-fearing, innovative, and sophisticated hairstylist, Melva Williams. She empowers women by ministering to all areas of their lives; spiritual, nutritional, and family values. She helps to educate women that our bodies are temples and everything starts from within including having healthy hair. Melva is married, has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Her hobbies include fashion, reading, writing and quality time with her family.

I highly recommend the Jeannie in a Bottle Hair Care Treatment. It has helped me obtain length, growth and my hair is healthy. Please take time to view her website.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION

WEBSITE: http://www.somethingspecialstylingsalon.net/ 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Restore Day 4 of 4

1 Peter 5:10 who called you by the Messiah Jesus to his eternal glory, will restore you, establish you, strengthen you, and support you. (ISV)

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As we come to a close on restoration, we should now understand that only Go can restore our innermost being. God made us so he knows what we need to restore us according to his plan for our lives.
This scripture should give us encouragement that God loves us so much that he will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish his children.  We must continue to allow God to be the head of our lives.

Take the bible off the shelf and read his word that gives everything we need on this spiritual journey. Don’t just read but apply it to your life and share what you have read with others. When we are needing to be restored we need to be going to God in prayer. Prayer is how we communicate with God. Restoration can come from fellowshipping with other Christian believers. We should be attending church regularly so our souls can be nourished with the word of God. People that have a testimony to share about how God has restored them are the best people to be around when you need to be uplifted.
Understand, that we aren’t the only ones that have face adversity. There are many stories in the bible where men and women just like us faced adversity and God restored them. God is the same God back then and he is the same God right now that can and will restore our souls.

If you haven’t already accepted Jesus Christ into your life today. Say this simple prayer: Jesus I accept you into my life today. I now know that only you can restore me. I give myself a way to you only, trusting in your plan for my life. Amen!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Restore Day 3 of 4

1 Peter 5:10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of grace, (ISV)

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Questions
Why must we suffer? Why me, why me? Where are you God? Why haven’t I heard from you?  Are you listening? Aren’t these some of the questions we ask when life gives us lemons.

The Reason for Suffering
In the beginning, Adam and Eve made a choice to be disobedient to God’s word which made life difficult for them. There disobedience to God affected all generations to come. We have been given a choice to follow God’s word or follow the enemy. When we are disobedient to God’s word it causes us to suffer. Sin has caused suffering. Understand, that not all suffering is due to sin, it can be caused by others sins.

God’s Plan
There is a lesson to be learned in our sufferings and God uses it for his glory. Often times when we suffer we learn to remain humble, so that we don’t think to highly of ourselves. Suffering causes us to draw closer and to make us stronger in the Lord.

We learn to go through the storms and not give up on God. Suffering teaches us patience. We can’t free ourselves from the storm, so we patiently learn to wait on the Lord to free us.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned in suffering is that it will be my testimony. I can comfort others when they are suffering in life because I have been there and I’m a living testimony that God has delivered me.

The Experience
Jesus suffered a brutal physical beating because of our sins. Jesus died on the cross so that we may have eternal life. Eternal life I imagine will be like it was in the beginning when Adam and Eve where in the Garden of Eden. God’s word says in Revelation 21: 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or morning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (NIV)  There will be peace on earth! I can’t wait until I’m called into God’s eternal glory!  

Finale
The next time you’re going through a storm and you find yourself asking questions like, “Why me?”  Stand firm and know that God is working a plan for your life, for his glory. His plan will restore us and give us eternal life!

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Restore Day 2 of 4

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me. (NIV)

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Where are we finding our comfort? Often times we find ourselves searching for comfort in having sex, drinking, partying, lying, stealing, lusting, gambling, gossiping,  cheating, etc. All of these things are the things of this world and will never bring us peace in our hearts. We must understand that our hearts will always be troubled when we turn our backs on God and focus on the things of this world.
Whatever trouble we experience in our lives, know that it’s only temporary. Our relationship with God gives us hope that everything will work out for our good. God is the only one that can restore the brokenness inside each of us. Brokenness causes our hearts to be troubled with fear and worry.

God wants us to have inner peace because we are in his presence. In his presence we have the Holy Spirit that lives within us to give us peace which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Today, we must surrender our lives to Jesus Christ and allow him to restore us. We must stop playing church but be the church to this lost world. We can’t wait to come to Jesus when we think we have fixed ourselves. Jesus tells us in his word, “Come to me, all who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Accept Jesus Christ today so that you may lay down your burdens and be restored to have peace in your heart.

Prayer:
Lord, we come broken before you, asking that you restore us today. We come leaving our burdens with you and allowing you to fill us with the Holy Spirit. We accept Jesus Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior. We ask for forgiveness of our many sins. Have mercy on us Lord. We love you and thank you for hearing our prayers. In Jesus name, Amen!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Restore Day 1 of 4

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (NIV)


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A new day, a new you! I often times find myself reflecting on the way my life used to be before Jesus Christ came in and changed me. My life was spinning out of control and I was headed for destruction. I was in a pit and I didn’t know how to get myself out.
My focus was the things of this world and not the things that God had for me. I was sinning daily and never asking for forgiveness of my sins against God. I was running from God, not understanding that I can’t run from God he is everywhere. He lives within in me, “So how could I ever escape him?” Every breathe I take is because of God. God owes me nothing but he has given me everything which is why I dedicated my life to him.  I heard the Lord’s voice and I surrender unto him. God’s presence changed me; so I’m forever grateful for the new creation and the restoration.

Today, I encourage you that God is tired of sharing you with the enemy. We have to stop running from God and surrender our lives unto him. No matter how bad you think you have messed up, know that we serve a loving and forgiving God. Come to the Lord and find rest in his presence. You will delight in the things of Jesus Christ and the plans he has for your life. We aren’t perfect but we do serve a perfect God. As we grow in Christ we will hate the sin more and more because we are no longer a slave to sin. God’s restoration allows us to stop existing and start living.

~inspiredcali14

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Clean Up Day 6 of 6

Read 2 Chronicles 29:11

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Are we serving the Lord as he has chosen us to do? Many of us have forgotten or don’t know our purpose that we have been chosen for while here on earth. Your purpose is to serve the Lord!

Serving God shows that we have a real relationship with him. Jesus Christ himself was a servant to God while here on earth. Jesus ministry was done through healing, teaching and spreading the gospel. Just as Jesus Christ was a servant, we must be servants. Our lives should be focused on serving the Lord with the gifts he has given us. Some of our gifts are singing, dancing, cooking to feed the hungry, giving, or even intercessors in prayer.

In order to serve the Lord, we must have our hearts cleaned up. When the Lord cleans our hearts we are able to serve the Lord with a genuine love. Don’t make serving God an option but a priority because he deserves it. God loved us first, which is why we are able to love him.

The best way to serve is by knowing God. Read the bible and pray daily. This will help you to have a strong relationship with him and you will also understand why it’s important to serve him. You will understand for yourself and not just from what someone is telling you.

Prayer:
Lord, we come thanking you for the love you have for us your people. We desire to be cleaned up so that we my serve you in spirit and in truth. We love you because you first loved us. Thank you for your son Jesus Christ teaching us how to serve you. In Jesus name we do pray, Amen!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Clean Up Day 5 of 6

Read 2 Chronicles 29:10


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The Levites had been disobedient to God’s covenant that he had established. The Levites were under God’s wrath for being disobedient. Hezekiah their leader had to go before God to make a covenant so that the Lord could turn his fierce anger from the people.
There are several covenants mentioned in the bible that God had established between certain individuals and all mankind. I want to focus on the new covenant that God has established for his people. We all sin and fall short of the glory of God. We aren’t perfect people but we do serve a perfect God. Yes, we all need to be cleaned up daily by the Lord because of our sinful nature.

God sent his son Jesus Christ to save us all from our sins. He came to earth in human form to spread the gospel, heal the sick and raise the dead. He was persecuted although he had done no wrong. He was beaten, whipped and even spit on for us. He was nailed to a cross and we continued to mock him.  Jesus was killed by us the people.   He died so that we may live and have eternal life. What Jesus Christ did for us, was love like no other.  He saved us from eternal death. That’s love!
We are under the new covenant because of Jesus paying the price for our sins. We now have the opportunity for salvation and a restored relationship with God. Today, we need to make a covenant with the Lord by accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.

Prayer:
Lord, we ask that you clean us up so that we can make a right covenant with you. We invite Jesus Christ into our lives as our Lord and Savior today. We surrender all to you. We ask forgiveness of our many sins. Have mercy on us Lord! In Jesus name, we pray, Amen!  

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Clean Up Day 4 of 6

Read 2 Chronicles 29:8


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God was angry with the Levites turning away from obeying him. The Levites didn’t want to follow God’s perfect plan for their lives.
God’s response to sin and disobedience is anger. Understand that God does get angry when we are disobedient to his instructions. Our sins that we commit are wrong and will harm us.

When we are disobedient, we are not allowing God’s will to be done in our lives. God wants a relationship with us, we belong to him.

Understand, that his anger falls upon us to help us turn from our evil ways. We should fear God and his wrath.
We need to be cleaned up so that our eyes may see all the things that are unclean in God’s sight. We must accept Jesus Christ as Our Lord and Savior. Jesus paid the price for our sins long ago. When we accept Jesus we are no longer under God’s wrath. The blood that Jesus shed covers us from God’s wrath. Believe in Jesus Christ so that you will have eternal life.

Prayer:
Jehovah, open our eyes so that we may see our evil ways and turn to you so that you may clean us up. In Jesus name, Amen!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Clean Up Day 3 of 6

Read 2 Chronicles 29:7


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The priest and Levites had shut the doors to the temple and put out the lamps. The priest were no longer burning incense as an offering to the Lord.
As we know most incense has a sweet aroma. Incense was used as a symbol of prayer at this time in the temple.

Many of us have shut our hearts to the Lord and have turned our lamps out. We no longer have the desire to know the truth. We are no longer offering prayers to the Lord.
We need to be cleaned up! The cleanup process allows the Lord to open our hearts and let his light shine in our lives. We must bow down before the Lord in prayer asking that he clean us up. We want our prayers to be sweet and pleasing to the Lord. Our prayers are an incense before the Lord.

We declare and decree that when we allow the Lord to clean us up that we will not go back to the way we used to be. The Lord will do marvelous work in our lives, when we allow him into our hearts.

Prayer:
Lord, clean us up so that we may offer sweet and pleasing prayers in your sight. In Jesus name, Amen!

 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Clean Up Day 2 of 6

Read 2 Chronicles 29:6

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We are living in a time were people have become comfortable with their sinful lifestyles. People no longer fear God, yet along trust him.

Many of us (not all) have seen our parents or guardians lifestyles not line up with the word of God. We too grew up doing evil in the Lord’s sight. We all at some point in our lives have turned our backs on God.

Today, we must be cleaned up because God is on his way back. We must ask God for forgiveness of our many sins. Allow God to come into our hearts and clean us up.

Prayer:
Jehovah, please forgive us for doing evil in your sight. In Jesus name, Amen.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Clean Up Day 1 of 6

Read 2 Chronicles 29:5

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There will be six blog post focusing on “Clean Up.” Many times we are waiting on a promise that God has given us or we are needing something from God but we are filled with defilement meaning filth or sin.

We need to be cleaned up and dedicate our minds, bodies and souls to God. Our God is holy and he is the only one who can consecrate us once we decide to consecrate ourselves.
It’s time for us to consecrate ourselves of anything that is not of God. Worldly things are contaminated and separate us from God. Consecration is a daily thing because we sin daily. Sin is a defilement and we must be consecrated to truly follow God.

Our bodies are living sacrifices that should be pleasing to God. When we consecrate ourselves we can truly worship God in spirit and in truth. The promises and the things we stand in need of will be given to us according to God’s will and purpose for our lives.

Prayer:
Jehovah, consecrate us so that we may be pleasing living sacrifices in your sight. In Jesus name, Amen!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Scripture of the Day

This is one of my favorite passages in the bible because it tells us how much God love us. God watches over us and meets our every need. God loves us so much! Just look at the picture below an see all the things that God gives us that believe in him. We must take time out of our busy schedules today to mediate on this scripture.  
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Psalm 23:1-6 (NIV)

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right

paths

For his name sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love
will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

forever.
 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Overcoming Sin

Read 1 Corinthians 15:56-57

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What is sin? Sin is breaking and rebelling against God’s laws that he has established according to the Holy Bible. Our sins separate us from God and causes us to experience a spiritual death.

4 Ways to Overcome Sin

1.       Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit lives in us so we must allow him to take full control over our lives. Listen to that voice that speaks, he keeps us from falling into temptation. The Holy Spirit keeps us on the right path to follow Jesus Christ and to remain faithful to his word.

2.       Holy Bible – This book is often over looked or only used when boredom strikes. The Bible should be used every day of our lives. We should be using it to read, study God’s word, take notes, memorize the scriptures, and apply it to our daily lives. The Bible helps us to recognize our sinful nature but also know that we have hope in Jesus Christ, who died for all our sins on the cross.

3.       Prayer – Prayer is communication with God. Prayer is essential to our Christian journey. We must pray daily to overcome temptation and sin.

4.       Church - We need the fellowship of other believers while on this Christian journey. We need people who will encourage us, pray for us, correct us when we are wrong, and give us sound Godly advice.
We should be thankful and grateful God sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, so that we don’t have to experience an eternal death. Today, just take the time give God thanks for the victory over sin and the law.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Anxious for Nothing

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present you request to God. (NIV)

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The key words that stand out to me in this verse are prayer, petition, and thanksgiving. Prayer is communication with God. Petition is asking God for something through prayer. Thanksgiving should be in our hearts and flowing from our lips as we go to God in prayer.
A cure for anxiety has been discovered. It’s PRAYER!!! It’s just that simple… Don’t make it any harder than it has to be. *Reread Philippians 4:6*

I’m convinced that we as people aren’t going to God in prayer about every situation in our lives. We are turning to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, friends, and family before we go to God first. We have to do better at making God our first option and not our second option.

God understands everything that each of us go through in our lives. There is no problem that we face that God can’t handle. Go to God in private and make your request known to him. Even in the midst of our problems that arise in our lives, we should always have thanksgiving in our hearts. We shouldn’t forget all the things that God has done for us.

The most important thing that God done for us, is sent his son Jesus Christ to be born, spread the gospel, die on the cross for all of our sins, rise up and go to heaven with all power in his hands.
Prayer is the way to develop a personal relationship with God. He invites all of us to have this relationship with him through this scripture. We must stop being anxious for things to turn around in our lives but turn to God in prayer that is able to do anything that we request according to his will for our lives.

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Devote to Prayer

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV)

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Prayer is an intimate time spent talking with God. Devoting ourselves to prayer connects us to God, keeps our focus on him and allows us to surrender all to him. Through prayer we can be watchful and thankful for the relationship we have with our Father in Heaven.  Prayer is a....
ü  Time to Communicate
ü  Time to express gratitude
ü  Time to celebrate
ü  Time to Confess
ü  Time to Intercede
ü  Time to Request

Communicate

We communicate with friends and family every day whether via text, email, phone or social media. Our communication with God should be consistent. Pray without ceasing is important because things are constantly changing in our lives. One moment things can be going well and the next things could be going downhill. This is why consistent communication with God is so important.

Gratitude
No matter how things are in our lives whether good or bad, we should have something to be thankful for that God has done. Often times we find every reason to complain but not enough reasons to be thankful. Our hearts should be filled with gratitude for the way that God loves us. The most amazing thing that God has done for us that we didn’t deserve, was send his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins, so that we may have eternal life. That’s truly something to be thankful for.

Celebrate
Just got a new car, promotion on the job, bill was paid, graduation, etc. We often want to celebrate with our friends and family. We need to be celebrating these victories with God. He is the reason that these moments have occurred in our lives. Celebrate with God and let him know how excited we are about the accomplishments in our lives.

Confess
We have so many sins that we commit daily. We sometimes want to act like we are perfect individuals because we are saved by grace. *WRONG* We all sin daily and fall short of the glory of God. We have to constantly confess our sins and ask for forgiveness from our Father in heaven. We feel better when we confess our sins and not hold onto to that guilt within ourselves.

Intercede
The beauty of prayer is to be able to intercede on others behalf. We should be praying for others all the time. We see so much going on in the world around us, which calls for prayer for the people of God. We have to pray for our sisters and brothers in Christ. We have to pray for the lost people in this world. God calls us to be intercede on others behalf. (Future blog coming on interceding in Prayer)

Request
We all have something we stand in need of in our lives. Instead of talking to our family and friends about it, we should be going to God to make our request known. He is the sovereign Lord and the one that can fulfill our request according to his will and purpose for our lives. God will answer our request when we seek his counsel and guidance.