Kinky feature of the week – Lionelle Walker

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Name and where you live: Lionelle and I live in Compton, Ca

How long have you been natural? 9 years and loving it

Why did you decide to go natural? I used to wear s-curls, but this is less work and I feel free.

What are 5 things that you have learned about your hair?

1. It actually is manageable. 2. It is coarse 3. I have to keep it moisturized

What is your wash regimen?

I wash every 1 – 2 weeks and then spray oil sheen on my hair. I don’t focus on my ends because I have locks. I can use any shampoo and conditioner as long as I moisturize it after.

How do you keep your hair moisturized?

Oil sheen spray. My hair looks dry sometimes but hold moisture.

What is your favorite natural oil to seal your ends?

None, because I have locks and I do not focus on my ends.

Do you protect your hair at night? If so, with what?

A simple satin bonnet

What natural hairstyles do you like to rock the most?

Pulled back. I like to grab some of the locks from the bottom and create a head band.

In this picture, I am using a simple head band to pull my locks back.

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What natural hair tip would you like to share with other naturals?

Important – Be confident in any style that you rock because without confidence, you won’t be happy.

How do you feel about women that wear their hair in it’s natural state?

I think that it is very sexy.

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Thanks Lionelle foreseeing your kinky hair as being healthy, by taking care of it today.

If you would like to follow Lionelle because he has a great gift that God has blessed him with (his voice) and he is currently working on tracks for his gospel album you can find him on facebook :https://www.facebook.com/thatlwalkersong?fref=ts

Have a blessed day.

 

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I got married

Hi everyone,

I am so sorry for not posting in the last month and a half. But I was busy getting married. Lol

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God is so amazing, I had to let go of this man and follow Christ because I was putting him before God. God’s word says that if you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. And that is exactly what HE did. God’s word is so true

We have been together for 11yrs, but I was living in sin, having sex before marriage and living with my daughter’s father whom I was not married too. It took me a while, but building a deeper relationship with Christ and studying His word showed me that I have to be obedient to God in order to fully receive what HE has for me. So I had to separate myself from my daughter’s father so that we could both grow in our walk with Christ and show God that we each put HIM first in our lives. We also wanted to show our daughter the biblical way to go about it since we had already had her out of wedlock.

God showed up and showed out. I delighted myself in the Lord and He blessed me so good. God is awesome and I want to encourage everyone that is not living according to the Word of God to the best of their ability to start RIGHT NOW.

There is no one greater that the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my rock, my provider, my healer, my everything. Thank you Jesus for blessing our marriage as we will keep you at the head of it!

Have a blessed day and I will start posting more. I got some individuals put in as a protective style for our first few months marriage. So I will post some of those too. Be on the lookout

 

 

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His life, Our life Part #3 – By Charles Stanley

What is required for an intimate relationship with God?

 

Although the Lord is the one who initiates and  builds a close relationship with us, He asks us to participate in the process. Intimacy is not a one-sided venture. The Lord can bombard us with revelations of Himself, but if we’re uninterested, we won’t see or hear Him. To develop a close relationship with God, here’s what is required:

 

*Time: We must be willing to set aside time to meet with the Lord every day. Furthermore, we need patience, because a close relationship takes years to develop. If we’re just beginning the process, we can’t expect to have the same level of intimacy as someone who has walked closely with the Lord for 50yrs.

 

*Sharing: Since selfishness hinders relationship, we need to give ourselves freely to the Lord without holding back any areas of our life-and that includes our dreams, goals, family, friendships, extracurricular commitments, and finances.

 

*Listening: Communication is essential in any relationship. The Lord has so much to say to us-through both in His Word and in the inner convictions of the Spirit.  That’s why we must be actively listening for His voice during the course of the day.

 

*Attention: God is always attentive to us, but we’re easily distracted with the responsibilities, concerns, and pleasures of life in this world. Intimacy requires attentiveness in our times alone with the Lord as well as awareness of His presence in every in every situation we face.

 

*Openness: Transparency is a key characteristic of an intimate relationship. It requires openness free of the fear of condemnation. Hiding areas of weakness from the Lord or trying to exclude Him from portions of our lives will never work, because He already knows everything. Confession is a privilege of cleansing that should never be avoided because of pride.

 

*Trust: Without trust, there can be no intimacy. Sometimes distrust of God is the result of failure to understand His ways and purposes. That’s why reading the Scriptures is so important. We need to know what He says about Himself and His actions. Once that is firmly anchored in our minds, we can watch how He works in our life and discover that He is always faithful.

 

*Love: As we grow in our knowledge of the Lord and experience His loving care for us, our love for Him will naturally increase. Instead of being a distant deity, He’ll become the primary focus of our devotion.

 

Charles Stanley

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His life, Our life Part 1 – By Charles Stanley

Walking closely with God is more wonderful than you can imagine, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Here’s a hint: You have to seek him.

  How would you characterize your relationship with the Lord? Is he foremost in your thoughts and affection, or do you wonder how anyone could muster such devotion to an invisible God? Do you know him personally, or is He merely a distant, vague concept? The Lord doesn’t want you to be uniformed about who HE is. In fact, He desires to have a meaningful personal relationship with you that transcends all others in depth and richness.

Before we can enter into this kind of relationship with God, one of the fist things that we must learn is to relate to Him as a person. Too many believers approach the Christian life on a behavioral level. They go to church, read their Bibles, serve others, give generously, and try to be as good as possible, thinking that they’re doing what God wants. Although all these practices are beneficial, they’re not enough. He desires more for us than knowledge and good behavior. He wants us to know Him experientially – person to person.

You’ll never learn to know God intimately by listening to sermons. Even reading the Bible, on its own, will not achieve this goal. Although the scriptures are foundational truth and the basis for confirming who God is, intimacy with Him isn’t possible unless He unveils Himself to us in the experiences of life. This means we must be willing to go through difficulty and pain, because some aspects of His nature can be understood only through suffering. For example, how will we ever learn that He is our Comforter (2 Cor. 1:3-4) if we never experience grief and pain? Those who are willing to walk faithfully with the Lord through the fires of affliction come to know Him in deeper and ways are able to speak with authority concerning His character, because they’ve experienced His faithfulness.

The Christian life is not ultimately about our comfort or satisfaction. It’s about the almighty sovereign God of the universe loving us so much that He’s willing to reveal Himself in a very personal way. We each have a choice:

Will we invest our lives in getting to know the Lord, or will we squander the opportunity and live for ourselves?

Charles Stanley

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Daily bible reading – Bible study tools.com

Daily Bible Reading from BibleStudyTools.com

January 17, 2013 – New International Version

Luke 13:18-30

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

13:18,19pp — Mk 4:30-32 13:18-21pp — Mt 13:31-33

18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches.” 20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

The Narrow Door

22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, 24 ”Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ 26 ”Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 ”But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’ 28 ”There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”

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The parable of the mustard seed and Yeast are us, the only way that they yeast will work is if we mix it into the dough. The bible is telling us that the place where our talents will be most effective in spreading the gospel, is out in the world to the lost. We are to spread the gospel everywhere and to everyone, regardless of how they treat us, talk to us, what they do to us or how we feel.

Sure there are times when I want to do what my flesh desires to do and be rude and mean and hurtful, I am human, but through being obedient to God’s word consistently and living as best that I can to please him, my spiritual being is able to override my flesh. That takes courage, humility, patience and time. Just like the narrow door, not everyone will even want to change or look down the right path, many will want to stay ignorant even after they hear the gospel, I know that I did for a while, but we all have to come to a point in our life where we have to place God first, in everything. We have to stop just saying it and actually put it into action.

I pray that everyone on this list, including me, will draw closer to Christ after reading this.

Have a blessed day.

 

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Unity in the body of Christ

Daily Bible Reading from BibleStudyTools.com

December 6, 2012 – New International Version

Ephesians 4:1-16

Unity in the Body of Christ

1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called– 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

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God calls us to love one another and help each other in their time of need. That is what our earthly body does, when it gets cut, the rest of the body comes together to heal that one section and get it back working to its full capacity or the rest of the body will carry the load until that one part can heal and get back to functioning normally. When a brother or sister is in need, ask them how you can serve them through Christ Jesus. It could be prayer, it could be money, it could be watching their children while they take a nap, it could be cleaning their kitchen or washing their dishes to just give them a break to refresh. Everyone is in need at one point in their life and no one has it all together, so ask God to show you who HE wants you to bless and how, he will show you but make sure that you respond to it.

Have a blessed day.

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Daily devotional – Broken by God- By Wisdom Hunters

Broken by God

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17

Brokenness by God is beautiful to Him. It is His passageway to purity. It is His entrance into intimacy. It is His plan for our maturity in the faith. However, it is painful and not always pretty. We can become stubborn and selfish in our way of doing things. We need the tender touch of our Lord to lead us away from a hardening heart to one that is broken before Him. An unbroken heart rivals God. A broken heart aligns with God. Unbroken, we are like a stallion in the wild. We need a “heart whisperer” from heaven to tame our spirit. We need God’s bridle of brokenness to bring us under submission. If we buck the breaking of the Holy Spirit, then we are in for a rougher ride. Why push back with pride when the outcome can be joy and gladness with God? He breaks us to build us up.

Some things that are broken are discarded. They are done away with because they are more easily replaced than repaired. We can’t drink any longer from a broken glass. It is useless to its user and discarded. Our heart, on the other hand, is not useful until it is broken. When broken by God the heart can no longer be adamant about doing its own thing. A heart is never at its best until it is broken. Brokenness brings out what is on the inside. It reveals where there is still a rascal in rebellion. It is in our brokenness that divine restoration takes place. A heart becomes whole when it is broken. This is the Lord’s way. He doesn’t break us and leave us to suffer in pain and discomfort. It is out of our brokenness that He pulls us close to His heart in compassion and love.

Moreover, brokenness is both an event and a process. Your salvation broke you of unbelief and brought you into a right standing with your Savior. However, the Holy Spirit is still breaking your behavior by conforming you into the image of Christ. It is a process whereby your pride decreases and your humility increases. Do not be gullible in thinking you are over the need for a work of God’s grace. Brokenness is a process of becoming more like Jesus. Your Christian maturity didn’t occur when you were first broken; it only began. Brokenness brings us back to our faith in Him. He tames us to trust Him. Therefore, out of your brokenness, present to your Savior the sacrifice of a contrite heart. It may be financial brokenness, relational brokenness, emotional brokenness, or physical brokenness. Wherever the pain is, present it to Him for healing. He restores broken hearts.

Lastly, do not be afraid of brokenness. Invite it as a blessing instead of ignoring it as a burden. It is better to be broken a little along the way than to be broken a lot in one fell swoop. Brokenness is God’s way to blessing and change. He breaks our will and restores us into the wisdom of His will. He breaks our spirit and restores us into the security of His Spirit. He breaks our pride and restores us into His humility. He breaks our stubbornness and restores us into His sensitivity. He breaks our harshness and restores us into His kindness. He breaks our greed and restores us into His generosity. He breaks our lust and restores us into His love. He breaks our disobedience and restores us into His obedience. Brokenness is our transformation by His grace and truth. God breaks us to conform us into the image of His son.

Taken from Reading #37 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”… http:// bit.ly/InvUdR

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Scented and personalized candles by Edina

Hi everyone,

I pray that you had a blessed Thanksgiving and that you praised God for everything, even your eyes to see the computer screen and your fingers to type and your ears so that you can hear. Oh, and for the food that he blessed your family with and your family.

My best friend Edina has been making scented candles for about two years now and she is putting together some holiday gift boxes.

She has several scents and shapes:

Black Raspberry  Vanilla, Cinnamon, Crisp lines are only a few. These candle smell better than the glade candles and the scent is stronger and lasts longer.They are great for romantic evenings or just hanging with the kids. They are even greater when taking a bath!

Look at the cute little boxes that each candle is delivered in and the gift box is perfect for any type of gift.

Each little box is labeled with the scent so that you know what you are about to enjoy. Very convenient.

I love candles, they set the mood and smell great. I use them for intimate times during prayer or when my daughter and I are at home watching a movie.

If you are interested in knowing more about these products and the price, please go to Edina Delille’s Facebook page so that she can address your questions and take your orders. Send her a message via Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/edina.delille?fref=ts

Have a blessed day in Christ Jesus!

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Give thanks in everything – A tough commandment Final

Gratitude transforms anxiety into peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:6-7)       

I learned this principle through a very difficult experience. When I was feeling anxious about the situation, I discovered that complaining, getting angry, and arguing with God didn’t change my circumstances. Finally, in desperation, I began to thank Him. Only then did I receive His incomprehensible peace. My situation didn’t change for quite a while, but God’s peace guarded my heart all the way through that trying time.

 

What will you choose?

The choice isn’t always easy. Most of the time, we’d rather get out of difficulties than thank God through them. But have you ever considered that He may actually want you to stay in a painful situation for a time? I know this may not sound like something a loving God would ever do, but remember, His goal is to do what is best for you, not what is comfortable, convenient, and enjoyable.

The Lord’s purposes for your life extend beyond your days on earth. He’s working for your eternal good. Begin thanking God today in whatever circumstance you find yourself. After all, what’s the alternative – bitterness, resentment, and grumbling? God made you for eternal, sustaining joy, which is far better. The transformation starts with two simple small words offered from the heart:

Thank You

Say them over and over. And then say them again. Your joy will be radiant – a light shining in a dark and desperate world.

Charles Stanley

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Give thanks in everything – A tough commandment Part 4

Thanking God focuses our attention on Him rather than on our circumstances

  The key to a grateful heart begins with understanding God’s character, because knowing His awesome attributes motivates trust and gratitude. He knows exactly what you’re going to through, loves you unconditionally, and understands you perfectly. When you thank Him in tough times, He gets bigger, and circumstances become smaller.

The apostle Paul is an amazing example of a man who suffered extreme hardship yet remained thankful. That’s because he was able to see life from God’s perspective. In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, he says our present suffering is “momentary light affliction.”

If your going through a really hard time, those words may sound ridiculous. Maybe you’ve been dealing with pain your entire life , or a difficult trial has dragged on for decades. It hardly seems momentary or light.

But Paul is comparing our situations here on earth with what awaits us in eternity. To him, a 40-year stretch of pain and hardship was no match for the “eternal weight of glory” to come (v.17). What an amazing thought: Your present pain has the potential to produce incomparable glory for you in heaven. Now that’s a big reason to thank GOD!

When we’re wearied by our circumstances, thanksgiving energizes us.

Most of us can handle short trials, but if they continue for a long period of time, the emotional and physical strain is exhausting. Should ongoing illness, unresolved relational problems, or continued financial pressures become more than we can bear, it’s time to start thanking God because He has promised to give strength to the weary (Isa. 40:29). He’ll release His supernatural energy within us so we can patiently endure the trial and come out victorious on the other side.

Charles Stanley

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