Monday, December 17, 2012

Elegant and Inexpensive Last Minute Gift Idea

These simple yet elegant Christmas ornaments were a hit with my children's teachers and church youth leaders. They are inexpensive to make and were personalized with the first letter of their last names.
Listed below is my list of supplies I purchased from Michaels.

Remove the silver cap from the ornament.
Cut about 12 inches of garland and gently stuff into ornmant
You will need to gently fold the leaves and insert into ornament.
Place the first letter of your recipients last name on the front
of the ornament
in the center of the flower and Viola!!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Celebrating Through Holiday Grief

This is year two since my little sister passed away and it seems to be harder than the first. By now, Toshia would have already called me and everyone else a million times to make sure that we all knew what to bring for Christmas dinner. She would have told me that I better not cook those nasty fried collard greens that I brought three Christmas' ago (they were horrible). She would have already proclaimed herself to be the winner of this year’s cooking contest (she thought that she was Paul Deen) AND with she would had said "Gul, you know I'm bringing my (with a scruff in her voice) "negro piiiiesss." She was famous for her Butterfinger and Oreo ice cream pies. Don't ask me why she called them that. The child was She was the heartbeat behind our laughter. As a family, we’ve have to readjust and learn how to enjoy Christmas without Toshia but with her memory.

Wednesday of this week was especially hard for me. I found myself getting angry. I didn't want to be around people. I just wanted my Toshia. I was tired of trying to keep busy so that I couldn't feel. I went the whole day without crying but that night I couldn’t hold back anymore. I thank God for my husband and children. My daughters cooked dinner. My husband rented a movie and before I knew it, we were all eating and laughing together. I look at my family and friends and God reminds me that I have a lot of living to do. I have memories to make, a ministry to fulfill and a calling to walk in.

It's not fair to our families when we stop, drop and quit. As a matter of fact, it's selfish on our part. I encourage those of you who mourn to keep moving through the hurt. Yes, you will have your good days and your not so good days but God has your back and so does your loved ones who are here with you.

There are so many things you can do to defeat the Holiday Blues. First, pray and trust in God's strength. Secondly, you could make or buy a Christmas ornament to hang in your loved one's memory. Last year, I gave my mom and dad a memory candle to light during special occasions. We launch balloons into the heavens on her and her children's birthday. We place a Christmas wreath on her grave and flowers on Mother's Day. You can make a donation in memory of your loved one to a church or organization. You could send a card of encouragement to another grieving family who might be struggling this holiday season. You could also bless them with a Christmas centerpiece to let them know that you are thinking of them or invite them to dinner. Get creative and let God be your guide. We are all to be helpers one to another in this walk of faith.
Just remember, you are not alone. Grief is a process that has no time limit. It's different for each person but I've learned it's all about reconditioning your mind. I don't think you ever get over losing someone; you learn how to live through it. As much as I would love to have my sister back here on earth, if I had the choice I wouldn't dare ask God for that. Latoshia is now living in total peace free from the pains and disappointments of this world. I know that she would want us to be happy, take care of her children and live life sold out to Christ knowing that we will see each other again. It’s okay to remember but let us not forget, we live for God and not for man even when our loved ones pass on, we must continue to live.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Identity Theft: J Fox say President Obame is God!?!?

A few weeks ago, Jamie Foxx caused quite a stir when acknowledged President Obama as God, our Lord and Savior.
Various churches, religious organizations and Christian bloggers immediately voiced their disdain at Jamie's comment. Some of the comments that followed included rebuke from Foxx's supporters citing "Christians were too religious and didn't know how to take a joke."


It's amazing how people are so quick to defend man but show so little reverence to God. The people who supported Foxx's actions only exposed their ignorance and lack of respect for the word of God. Even as a joke, calling someone else God, your Savior or your idol insinuates an attempt to support the Antichrist’s agenda; to try and steal God's identity.

In the United States, identity theft is no laughing matter. It can cause significant financial, mental and physical ruin. There are agencies who now offer additional protection from identity theft. When asked about the backlash regarding his comment Foxx replied "I'm a comic,” [and] sometimes I think people get a little too tight. And, it's getting a little tougher for us comedians [because] some people take it and want to make a huge story out of it, but it's a joke."

Really Jamie?

I couldn't help but wonder how Foxx and his supporters would feel if another person tried to steal their identity. How would he feel if someone else took credit for the work he's done as a comedian, singer and actor. What if I took over his bank account, claiming his money to be mine? Everyone knows that an actor's name alone in Hollywood is money in the bank. What if I just took his name? That wouldn't go over so well now would it?

I would be arrested, face charges, serve time and be ordered to pay restitution. On earth and in most states, identity theft constitutes a third-degree felony for a first offense. In Heaven, claiming to be God or acknowledging someone else as God, without repentance, is an eternal sentence to Hell. At this point all Jamie would have to do is repent. There would be no need to serve time or pay restitution.

You can't steal God's identity. He's untouchable. Still, there are some things you just don't say (joking or not). This is my response to those of you who think we (believers in Christ) are being tight, overly, religious people who no sense of humor...”
Disrespecting our Lord and Savior is a no no. We will fight for the Kingdom of God and you will NOT disrespect our Heavenly Father. Don’t start none won't be none."

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

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