Friday, November 28, 2008

It's Been 6 Months!

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For those who are following -- it has been 6 months now since I began locing my hair. It has been quite a journey inwardly and outwardly. I say that because somehow my hair has always reflected outwardly what God is doing in my life inwardly. I am going through a transformation just like a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly and this is only the beginning. This collage is compiled with pictures from months 3 through 6. Let me know what you think! I am loving it!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

How to Raise a Brat.

Here is an interesting post I saw on a sister site and I thought that it was pretty good and accurate:

So many today have been successful at raising brats. Here's some of the finest advice you'll ever receive on how to raise a brat:


1. WHEN A BABY, DON'T LET HIM CRY IN BED Do not allow YOUR baby to suffer any hardships, especially in infancy. Run to his aid as soon as he cries. He'll soon know how to control you, rather than you controlling him. This way, they'll expect to be pampered all of their lives.



2. LET HIM SAY "NO" It's so cute. Let that be his favorite word. Sure, it's rebellion verbalized, but he should be allowed to have a mind of his own.



3. DO NOT GIVE ANY DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES Do it all for them. Then they'll think this world owes them a living. They'll quickly join the crowd of grown up babies shouting, "I've got my rights," rather than those who are men and women enough to fulfill their responsibilities.




4. NEVER SPANK THEM When the senior citizens today speak of spanking as being "the way we used to do it," remember, grandma and grandpa were "child abusers." Don't ever discipline your child. Wait till they're in trouble, and let the penal system (prisons and jails) discipline them. Listen to Dr. Spock (who never raised a child in his life) and the other child psychologists, not the old timers who raised 5 or 10 children successfully!

Throw out the Bible and its admonitions like: "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (early in life)" Proverbs 13:24. "The rod AND reproof (teaching that exposes wrong) give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame," Proverbs 29:15. You can only develop a true brat if you won't properly discipline them.



5. DEFEND THEM IN SCHOOL Always take the child's side. Teachers and principals have got it "in" for the little angel. Understand that your child can do no wrong. Expect teachers and principals to know that too!



6. CRITICIZE LEADERS AND PREACHERS You can't trust them. Tear down authority in front of them. Make sure they hear you. They'll live in insecurity not knowing who to trust. They will be totally prepared for a life of rebellion. They will not learn to properly fear anyone and will probably lose their jobs when the boss asks them to do something. Don't tell them that 99% of those in leadership positions are good people who are sincere and have never been indicted for anything. Leave them with the impression that they are all bad.



7. DON'T EVER SAY "I LOVE YOU" They can figure that out! After all, you've given them everything they've ever wanted. What more can a parent do (of course, don't give them yourself!)



8. GIVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY WANT Buy something for them every time you go into a store. Never say "no" to them. When properly trained this way, they will be used to having every appetite of theirs fulfilled immediately. When they grow older and develop natural sexual appetites, they will have been trained by you to seek immediate fulfillment. Teen pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases shouldn't really surprise the parent then. Sooo... give them everything they ask for while they are kids.



9. NEVER TEACH THEM THE BIBLE Teach them math, science, history, art, music, reading, physical education, sex education, etc. but don't teach them the Bible. Let them decide for themselves. Make them go to school 5 days a week for all day, but don't take them to church for 1 hour on Sunday.



10. ALWAYS TRUST YOUR CHILD He's a little angel. He wouldn't dare do anything behind your back. Did you ever ask a young person whom you catch smoking, "Do you smoke at home?" Usually the answer is, "You've got to be kidding my parents would kill me." Remember, that's the other kids in town, yours would never do that.



11. SCREAM AT YOUR CHILDREN This is the only type of communication necessary to raise a brat. Time spent answering their questions and instructing them is wasted time. The only training really required of parents is potty-training. After that, it is the obligation of day cares preschools and schools. Scream constantly, and the fond memories your children have of home life will assure you as a parent that your kids will never take care of you when you're old.



12. LET YOUR CHILD COME AND GO AS THEY WILL Don't set any boundaries. This will lead to a life of insecurity. Brats don't need guidelines.




13. MAKE SURE THEY ARE POPULAR They must be in with the crowd, their peers! Don't let them be an oddball. If they follow the crowd, the crowd will become the greatest influence in their lives. Nothing to fear there, right?



14. LET THEM WATCH TV CONSTANTLY Keep them away from reality. Let them live in fantasy all of their lives. Brats need entertainment! A life of comfort and ease produces high-class brats. They won't know how to deal with reality or real people, but maybe they'll just go into seclusion rather than becoming contentious or hostile. It's usually one or the other.



CONCLUSION Brats are produced, not born. It takes effort to obey the above principles. Parents should prepare themselves for a life of heartbreak for it is sure to come.



How To Raise A Brat!


By Pastor Art Kohl


Art Kohl is pastor of Faith Bible Baptist Church of Eden, NY USA

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Last Days!!!

Yes, we are living in the last days. We are living in the days where so many are being deceived by the tricks, lies, and schemes of the enemy. We are living in the days when wrong seems to be right and right is wrong. We are living in the days when people would rather you tell them a lie and not the truth. The truth is rejected and you are persecuted for standing up for what is right. You are told to be careful or if I were you I would not say that and watch your back. Even from the people who claim to be Christians --it seems that they are rejecting the truth or they are not intimate with it to recognize it. We are living in the days where it is better to blend in with the crowd and not stand up for what is right and speak against what is wrong. Some don't stand out because of fear or intimidation. But don't we recognize that God has not given us the spirit of fear but He has given peace, love, and a sound mind. We need not be afraid because no weapon formed against us shall prosper... We must speak the truth in love and not fear men because they can do nothing to us when God is with us --He has our back and He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are living in the last and final days before our Lord returns to take us home. Everything that is happening in our world is happening for a reason.




Will you be ready??? If so, how do you know??? What is your greatest concern? Is the Master's Commision your greatest concern or are you concerned with the affairs of this world? Are you willing to be persecuted for righteousness sake or will you fall under the pressure of your peers/circumstances/situation? We must walk by faith and not sight... Without faith it is impossible to please HIM!!! Do you believe the Word of God? Do you love what He loves and hates what he hates? Is the Word hidden in your heart so you might not sin against Him? Is the Word of God your final authority, or is it something that is set apart for people, times or seasons? Do you believe the Word of God is applicable for today? Do you believe that you are accountable for all that you know? Do you believe that you are the salt and light to all you come in contact with on a daily basis or do you think that it's only for certain times, people, or even seasons? What do you believe? How can you be sure? Do you love God more and more everyday of your life or is He just someone you talk to when you are in trouble and you need help? Are you passionate about Him and His Word? Are you sold out to Him? Are you living daily to please Him above everyone and everything even your own wants, goals, and feelings? Who do you serve God, self, or this world?



If you are loving Him and living to serve the King then you will most assuredly be in the firey trials and tribulations of this life. You most certainly will be rejected by this world and you will most certainly always feel alone. However, if you are not sold out to HIM---The KING of kings; then you are just blending in -- you are lukewarm and you are not really in the storms of life and you are blending in the crowd. Your light is not shining through the darkness to expose the enemy and you are not being salt to cause change in your surroundings... Think about it!



What are you willing to do to Stand Out from among them and be separated and holy -- let the World know you have been changed -- be not conformed to this world be transformed by the renewing of your mind through the truth of the Living Word of God and the Lord Jesus Christ (whom the Son sets free is free indeed)...



I will leave you with the Words from Tye Tribbett song:



"Stand Out"



[speaking: Tye Tribbett]

When the enemy comes in like a flood,

The spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against him.

I see the enemy coming in like a flood in our houses, in our churches, in our families.

But what I don't see is the standard. People of God where's the standard at?

We in a war y'all. It's time to stand OUT!



[G.A.:]

It's about to go down. The battle has begun.

It's time for you to choose, whose side you gonna be on.

The devil is recruiting, temptin' every man.

But he's already defeated, all we have to do is stand.

No time for mixing light with the darkness.

Be black or be white, no more shades of gray.

Be separated, be holy, no matter what you do, don't bow.

And even if you stand alone, stand anyhow.



[CHORUS]



[Tye:] Rise up!



[G.A.:]

Rise up people, put on your strength.

There's a war going on and we will win.

Stand up and fight, let the kingdom prevail.

With power and might, we will not fail.



Stand out!

[G.A.:] Stand out!

Be not conformed to this world.

[G.A.:] Stand out!

Be transformed, renew your mind.

[G.A.:] Stand out!

Just like the three Hebrew boys,

[G.A.:] Stand out!



[G.A.:]

Everybody's playin' it cool, don't wanna rub nobody the wrong way.

Almost like we're trynna to fit in. Actin' like we don't know the NAME.

It's time for us to stand out and go against the grain.

Forget trynna be down, let the world know you've been changed.

How you going be the praise leader? But you listen to R & B?

And hip-hop is on your ring tone. I'm trynna tell you God ain't pleased.

And since when did it become cool for you to live together unmarried?

Men with men?

Women with women?

I'm tellin you God ain't going to have it.



[CHORUS]



[Tye:]

It's time to recognize.

The war is in disguise.

No time for compromise.

Wake up open your eyes.

[together:] The devil is a liar!

You must be hot or cold.

You can't blend in the crowd.

It's time for God's people to-



[CHORUS]



[Tye:]

Let me hear your war cry!



[G.A.:]

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!



[Tye:]

Let me hear your war cry!



[G.A.:]

Ooh! (Let's Stand Out!) Ooh! (Let's Stand Out!) Ooh!



[Tye:]

Little bit louder.

[G.A.:]

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!



[Tye:]

One more time!



[G.A.:]

Ooh! (Cry out loud!) Ooh! (Stand out!) Ooh!



STAND OUT!



[Speaking: Tye Tribbett]

We in a war people of God.

You don't have to fight, all you gotta do is stand.

Make some noise G.A.!

Having done all to stand...

Now stand people of God!

If you gonna stand out with us... SCREAM!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Words of Comfort...


Over the past several days I have been thinking, meditating, praying and reading. I thank God for the following blogs that I read and have helped to bring my thoughts into words and bring clarity to things. I thank God for the people of God who truly love Him and are dedicated to Him and His Word. We are not ashamed of the gospel or HIS name. We will continue to be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the LORD knowing that our labor is not in vain. He is coming soon and we must be prepared. We must continue to fight the good fight of faith, and continue to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We can trust God because He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is a good God and His mercy endures forever. Great is thy faithfulness oh Lord our God!!!

Links to post:
The Preacher's Wife

Caribbean Shulamite

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb!!!

Ray Boltz - I Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb Lyrics

(conversation between father and son)

(Son) Dad, has it always been this way?

(Dad)Well, even from the beginning men hated Jesus

Even thought he did nothing but love them

And teach them and heal them.

They nailed him to a cross.

They thought they had killed Him, but they only set him free

To live in the hearts of people like you and me who believe in Him.

Then came the apostles and most of them were killed

For telling other people about Jesus.

So they tortured them and killed them

And even left their bodies to rot as an example to other people,

But the church kept right on growing

Watered by the blood of these precious Saints.

(Son) But Dad, Did they want to die?

(Dad)No. They didn't want to die. I mean, many of them had children

Just like you they had to leave behind.

But they were forced to make a choice.

They could choose to live this one life here on earth and reject Jesus

And be dambed DAMNED or they could to believe in the words of Jesus

And live forever.

(Son) I think I understand.

(Dad)Here, maybe this will help you understand.



(Song)



I have heard how christians long ago

Were brought before a tyrants throne

And they were told that he would spare their lives

If they would renounce the name of Christ.

But one by one they chose to die

The Son of God they would not deny

Like a great angelic choir sings

I can almost hear their voices ring.



CHOURS:

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb

With all my strengh

With all I am

I will seek to honor His commands

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb.



Now the years have come and the years have gone

But the cause of Jesus still goes on

And now our time has come to count the cost

To reject this world, to embrace the cross

And one by one let us live our lives

For the One who died to give us life.

Till the trumpet sounds on the final day

Let us proudly stand and boldly say



REPEAT CHORUS:



To the Lamb of God who bore my pain

Who took my place, Who wore my shame.

I will seek to honor His commands

I pledge allegiance to the Lamb.



(converstation between father and son continues)

You've got to remember the it wasn't always this way.

I mean, my dad could even pray in school.

Of course, they took that away from him.

Then it became uncorrect for us to believe in the Bible

And after that they just stripped our right to worship away from us

And we quietly stood by.

But son, I hope that you're never in the position

That you have to choose between your faith and your life.

But if you are - I know which choice you're going to make

Because I know that Jesus lives inside of you.

In the meantime, just pray like I taught you to

And take care of your mom

And remember that God is the Father of the fatherless.



REPEAT CHORUS:

(three times)
Disclaimer: I don't agree with or endorse this song writer's current confessed lifestyle however I do pray that God open his eyes to the truth. It is truth that makes us free.

A Diamond In the Rough!


A diamond before it can be used looks like a rock with rough and unsmooth edges. It is dull, discolored, and to the natural eye it may look like a piece of stone that should be disregarded or thrown away. That was me many years ago.

I was covered with fear and intimidation. I was not very attractive to just anyone. Not many people wanted to be near me. I was alone – or so I thought. But I had lots of potential locked up inside of me – I just couldn't see it yet. You see I was like a seed with a hard covering but on the inside I was a beautiful plant waiting to break forth. Someone put it like this –"you need to be unlocked and released. However, I stood on the outside of me and I couldn't see me – the person that God intended for me to be. However, it was all there all along. It is true and I have come to know it more and more each day in a very personal way and that is God has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness.

You see the enemy was trying to snatch that away from me at a very early age. He tried to feed me lies over and over early in my life – using the ones that I held very dear to my heart. He would tell me that I was nothing, good for nothing, and will never be anything. He told me I was fat, ugly, and look like I had nobody. He told me I was stupid, dumb, and a fool. But all I can say to that is well, look at me now! Look at what God has done!!!

All I needed was for God to step in on the scene. Yes, He did! He did it for me but for His Glory! He stepped in and then He began to tell me: before the foundations of the world I knew you, I formed thee in thy mother's womb. He told me He made me in His image and likeness and I'm the only one like me. He told me that He had a plan and purpose for my life; He said my daughter "You'll live, you shall not die. He told me you are beautiful; yes, you are because you are fearfully and wonderfully made. He called daughter because He is my Father. He told me you have no need to fear for I am with you always even to the end of this age. He told me don't worry about where you should go just trust me with all your heart and I'll direct your paths. He told me don't worry about pleasing men only please Him that's all that will matter in the end. He told me don't believe all those lies from the enemy in my past because behold He has done a new thing right now – see it's coming to pass. He told me my battle is not with that which can be seen—I must use by faith to tackle that which cannot be seen. He told me His love is real, without conditions, or limitations because see He sent His Holy One to take the punishment of the sinful ones. He told me don't fear the fire because I'm coming out as pure gold. It is true what they said "whatever you hear constantly, you'll eventually believe and act upon. So I want to submit this to you today. Why not start hearing/reading the Word of God over and over again. After all it is His instruction book to us on how we should live this life that He has made us to live.

I am created to give God the glory so I will always tell this story. You see no man is an island we need others to accomplish His plan and purpose. The Word tells us to give honor where honor is due and so I'm gonna give a shout-out to my Pastor, my best friend, my honey, my baby, and my boo. You see if it had not been for him coming into my life at the appointed time I wouldn't be the woman you see now. He taught me how to think for myself. He encouraged me when I didn't even know how to encourage myself. He prayed for me always and continually. He taught me God's unconditional love through his actions. He is more than just my husband, next to God; he is all the man I have ever needed. God has used him so significantly in my life and I'm so grateful that I'm his wife, his baby, his lover, his best friend, and his boo. I thank God for him each and every day because through wisdom he was the iron that sharpened me. He was the voice of truth that destroyed every lie from the enemy. He knew what to do and when to do it in order for that which was inside of me to be released for God's glory.

I am unlocked and continually being released and God is constantly perfecting me.

May God's will be done in all things! Amen!!!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

This is good!!!


Wisdom:
This is a very good video for those who are single and not yet married.  I think she made some really good points.  I appreciate Dr. Ty Adams straightforwardness, she does not beat around the bush and she tells it like it is.