Someone to be excited about……

If we are not careful, what or who excites you can control you.  This relationship between you and things or people can easily distract you from meaningful living. 

Wouldn’t it be great to be excited about God? He is certainly not a distraction.

Who is He? we can talk about him forever and ever because that’s who he is, “The Everlasting God”.

  • God is Creator of the Universe
  • God is the most powerful being in the Universe
  • God is perfect and he cannot change
  • God is faithful, he is always there to forgive and to strengthen
  • God knows and sees all things
  • God loves you even though you may not care whether he exists or not
  • God must judge sin because He is Holy.
  • God can be hurt, He can be grieved, He is a person
  • God’s directions to men and women can be found in the “Holy Bible” and his word is final

 

 

Make it happen! Drink more water!

I am positive that I am not the only person who struggles with my daily intake of water.  We all know that water is essential to our health and yet many of us do not work hard enough to get it right. If our bodies could only speak we may need to hide our faces.

Well, what about a simple strategy to help us drink enough water daily.

Get a post-it note and make  the following list;

1st glass

2nd glass

3rd glass

4th glass

5th glass

6th glass

7th glass

8th glass

Place the post-it sticker in a place where it can be easily seen.  For example if you are going to be home for the entire day, place it on your refrigerator or on your center table.   If you at work, place it on your desk calendar or next to your laptop.

Whatever you do, wherever you go, the sticker needs to be placed in a place where it can be easily seen, several times during the day.  You would need to think about it, in other words be strategic about the location you choose because this time it has to work for you.

Start off with at least one glass of water when you wake up, then begin striking off your list  every time you have a glass of water.  Your goal is to strike out the entire list by 6:00 pm.  Some persons made need to go later.

Try it for a week in the first instance and  let’s see how different your body would feel.  (Note that for some people eight glasses of water may be too much for you daily).

If you already have a strategy that is working for you, then hats off to you!

Let’s do this!

Investing in your family….

I always desired a family, it was my “little girl into teenaged years” dream.   I anticipated that one day, I would have a successful family (of course I defined success how I saw it).  Actually, I could say I bargained with God, that if I consistently acknowledged His existence and His power and if I accepted that he knew what was best for my life, He in turn would bless me with a great husband and a great family.   I kept my end of the bargain and He kept his end of the bargain; he gave me a great husband and a great family. Continue reading “Investing in your family….”

Let’s talk fashion

Our lives are filled with things to do and places to go.  Whether it is a school concert, a field trip, your work-place award dinner or church, there is always a need for you to go knocking on the doors of your clothes closet.   I think our closets will be happy if we would think a little more before we go shopping for more clothes.

Think and spend wisely.    Build a wardrobe that would give you value for money.

This is my first substantive post on fashion and I hope it inspires you to build a wardrobe that would serve you well.

Everyone should have a black skirt or pants as part of their wardrobe.   A solid black pants or skirt can go a long way.   If you have a favourite black pair of pants in your closet, like I do, you are on your way to building a practical wardrobe.

To get a simple casual look, try wearing your black bottoms with mild coloured tops along with flats or casual sandals.  To accomplish varied looks, you can wear your blouse in or out of your pants/skirt.  You can easily switch to a classy look by wearing bright coloured blouses with the same bottom, along with a pair of classy heels.  If you wish to step up even more, to a formal look, simply add a jacket.

It is important that your pants or skirt is durable; in other words it is not cheap material that would fade after a few spins in the washing machine.  Learning how to identify durable material from non-durable is a learning process.   Having knowledge of reliable clothes’ brands can also make a difference.    It is important that you feel satisfied that you have spent every dollar wisely.   Don’t be attracted to the bling and the glitter or what everyone is wearing; think quality, think class. Do your research on brands and various fabrics.

1 black pants or skirt, two blouses and one jacket can give you up to six different looks, can you figure them out?

By the way my favourite piece seen in these pics is the peach-orange blouse, purchased from “Fashions Outlook” located in the small mall on Market Hill, St. George, Grenada.  Check them out soon.

The Worship Experience – Part 1

The worship experience should be coveted by all.   There is no experience that can be compared to worship.  Having a relationship with God is the start of  true worship.   Here are three key characteristics of Worship as I see it.

  1.  A Sound:  There is a sound, a sound that is noticeable but not haarsh or loud.  A sound that is rich, pure and heavenly. The sound consists of tones and notes that calls attention to the heart of man, bringing him to his knees and taking him to a higher level, where heads bow and hands are lifted up to the heavens.  It is a captivating melody that blends with the Holy Spirit’s moving.
  2. A stillness:  There is a stillness that enters that place; it is a stillness that says “hushhhhh” and it draws us into an intimate moment with God where he whispers into our ear and deeply into our spirits, giving us comfort.  There is that stillness that melts your heart.
  3. A change: Worship allows for reflection, repentance and a new direction.  Worship awakens us to the voice of God and the condition of our sinful heart. Worship brings us face to face with the Almighty, the Righteous one, who lovingly wants us to experience a valuable  relationship with Him.  As the music plays and the word of God is proclaimed, lifting up God above all other, we are acknowledging that he is our Hope and we need him desperately.  We need him to keep us from our own folly, we need him to guide us towards meaningful living.

Romans 12:1 gives us the condition for true worship to begin.  It says “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.”  Of course the Apostle Paul is writing to fellow believers of God.  True Worship, therefore, begins with a Relationship with God.

Here are some other inspiring verses on worship:

Psalm 29:2 “Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

Hebrews 13:15 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 

The Sugar Apple…Yum Yum

I am from the beautiful island of Grenada where Sugar Apple (as we call it) grows.   Just yesterday, I enjoyed the goodness of one of our Sugar Apples.  Some of my friends say, it is too sweet.   Well, It is sugar apple and it is filled with sugar goodness.

I got curious though and went digging and found out some really cool facts about the Sugar Apple.  I discovered that it is the most widely grown species of Annona Squamosa.

I found out much more after bouncing up on this book, or ratherImage result extracts of it on the internet, I may just purchase the book if I can.
It is the work of Julia F. Morton an economic botanist.  It is described as an “important resource for every agricultural, research and science library.”
OK, let’s get to it.   Here are the cool facts I found out from Julia.
1.  The origin of the sugar apple appears to be unknown.  Tropical South America, Southern Mexico, the West Indies, Bahamas and Bermuda, are some of the places they are frequently cultivated. 2.  The suitable climate for these trees to grow is the tropical to near tropical climate.  It strives best in areas that are dry and has high tolerance for drought conditions.  3. The seeds can live up to 3-4 years and they germinate better 1 week after they are removed from the fruit; very interesting don’t you think? 4. Germination may take 30 days or more, it can be quicker if the seeds are soaked for three days.  This other fact caught me by surprise, something I just never knew.  5.  The seeds are actually acrid and poisonous. Wow!  You may be wondering what the word “acrid” means, it means “having an irritatingly strong and unpleasant taste or smell.” I must’ve swallowed a few seeds in my childhood, oops!
I love eating sugar apples, the fruit is nearly round about 6-10 cm long, with outer knobby segments; pale-green in colour.   It is creamy white inside, sweet and juicy to the taste.
Now, I am sure you are wondering about its medicinal uses; no. 6.  Crushed leaves can be sniffed to overcome hysteria and fainting spells;  they can also be applied to ulcers and wounds and a leaf decoction is taken in cases of dysentery (infection of the intestines/diarrhea) .  It is said that in the tropical parts of America a decoction of the leaves either alone or with other plants, is absorbed or drank as an emmenagogue (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow).  It is also said to be used as a tonic and a cold remedy.  There is more; the leaf decoction is also applied in baths to relieve affected persons from rheumatic pain; a decoction of the bark can also be used as a tonic and to stop diarrhea.
There is so much information on the sugar apple in this book but I must wrap up sharing the exert that had the greatest impression on my mind.  I learnt that the poisonous seeds can be grounded to a powder and made into a paste and applied to the scalp to get rid of lice. Wow!!
I do hope you will get the opportunity to taste it, if you never did.  It is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also a very good source of Vitamin B6.
 

Let’s talk fashion

Fashion is all about us, our hair, our clothes, our shoes, our accessories, our make up.    Fashion is exciting but it should not dictate your choices.  In other words it is my view that women need to select the fashion that accurately helps to interpret their individuality.  When you dress and walk out the door your choice of fashion, on any given day, should communicate what you believe, your vision, your passion and your heart.

Don’t let fashion control you!  Choose wisely!

Coping with Loneliness

 

 

We all get Lonely….

Loneliness can cripple you, dry up your substance, your joy and your vigor.  I have found that people experience loneliness all the time; it is no respecter of persons.  What you do when you are feeling lonely is what matters.   Some find comfort in food, sex, their favorite television show and social media.   Interestingly however, these temporary fixes are just that, temporary fixes and can lead to destructive habits, regrets and more loneliness.

Loneliness is attached to a reason, there is a story, there is a history that can explain it all and we can discover it.

Reasons why people feel lonely:

Being able to adjust to life as you never knew it could be quite a challenge.  This normally arise when a loved one dies or there is a separation of some kind; family members caught in a feud or friends becoming separated through migration, husbands and wives splitting up because of divorce, sibling rivalry that builds a seemingly wedge between a brother and a sister or two sisters, and the reasons extend to numerous situations and circumstances.  Loneliness is real, it’s undeniable and it can be painful.

There are other reasons that I choose to describe as self-inflicted; loneliness can emerge from an unfulfilled dream or desire.  A glaring one is that you are lonely because you are seeking for fulfillment through your dream lover, the one you are still waiting for.

I think it is important to understand that loneliness is nothing to be ashamed of, it is important however to acknowledge and seek to identify the source of your loneliness.   This brings me to the realization that our loneliness can be short or long lived.   I think it makes more sense focusing on long-term loneliness, I would define “long-term” as a consistent state of loneliness for three months or more.

A single parent losing their only child can experience loneliness.  It can be very debilitating especially if their relationship was healthy; they enjoyed each other’s company.   Before the loss of the child life was life, it was real and everything was just right.  No one or nothing can compensate for such a terrible loss.   It creates a sink-hole in your heart, in your soul and in your mind.  Loneliness steps in as that emotional turmoil that creates a vacuum, a gap and a dark hole.

You may be experiencing loneliness and might be comforted to know that it’s all right, there is hope. We can grow to cope better with loneliness.

I wish to offer some possible solutions to dealing with long-term loneliness:

  1. As mentioned before, you should acknowledge your loneliness and identify the source. Eg: “I am feeling lonely because Sinatra by best friend has migrated; we did almost everything together.”
  2. Secondly, look for the positives that can come out of your loneliness. Eg: “This is an opportunity for me to search myself, spend time with me and rediscover me” or “We had great times together and I am grateful, I would keep in touch with her on Facebook” or “I am happy for Sinatra she is making the best of an opportunity”. Such positive affirmations should make you feel good inside and present that hopeful feeling.
  3. Thirdly, be determined not to allow thoughts of self-pity and hopelessness to resonate within you, chase them away the moment they appear. “I would never be happy again.”  Don’t believe the lies about yourself.
  4. Fourthly, take your eyes of your circumstances and reach out to others, do something special for someone, start living for others instead of moping about your loneliness.
  5. Finally, do a google search on bible verses to help you deal with loneliness. Read them over and over, meditate, digest and apply.    Don’t let loneliness cripple you.

 

Below are a few verses you can start with.  Please do not take these verses for granted. God’s power to change you lies within the words you are about to read.

Revelations 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him and he with me.” – KJV

John 14:18 “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” – KJV

Psalm 147:3 “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” – KJV

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”- KJV

Enjoy your journey out of loneliness into genuine joy and when you are there be an inspiration of hope to someone else.