Fashion Find Friday: Gold Metal Belt for $17.95-H&M has Struck Again!

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H&M! You’ve done well! *clap* I ALMOST purchased this belt a year ago from Luna for about $110.00 but I couldn’t see myself justifying such a purchase for a belt. Then I came across this beauty at my local H&M and I think I stood there for like 15 minutes before I put in my shopping bag. This is a good deal! I love it because you can dress up any outfit. Visit your local H&M.

 

What I’m listening to: God is Good-Da T.R.U.T.H.

Here are the lyrics:

All they see is all the monsters and the devils and all the demons

And the coffins and the shovels and all the dirt from all the grievings

And the concerts full all the rebels that peddled off the deep end

And the concept of a God that’s on your level when you need him.

It’s so foreign. Life’s a farm so they sow it, then they reap it

Then they pull through all the drama, when it’s over they repeat it.

They feel hopeless and they’re not focused, they don’t know what to believe in

Sso they smoke until they choke until they broke until they’re feet slip.

So we pray for all those souls who are exposed to all this evil, that they see that God is good and that He fixes broken pieces

There’s no need to feel ashamed He feels your pain and knows your secrets.

Life is hard, but there is comfort if you put your hope in Jesus!

They say “life is hard and I don’t love”

A child with scars, a spotted dove. “No shiny stars in Hollywood”

They say “life is hard”, but God is good!

We know God is good, yes He is good! We know God is good, yes He is good!

We know life is hard, but God is good! They say “life is hard”, but God is good!

It’s ridiculous how the wicked are so vicious yet they prosper while the Christians get afflicted as a witness of the Gospel.

Try to see it through the lenses of the scriptures, it’s so bothersome. Man, we feel like victims trying to picture how to problem solve.

Very overwhelming and it’s weighing on the conscious cause the grief is getting deeper

And we want to know where God is when our closest friends are lying and our family members are dying and the applications go out, but it seems like no ones hiring.

This is trying, this is tiring. Man, we feel like victims in this jungle we’re surviving in. Crying, feel like dying, we just want to play the violin. Suffering is confusing when you live with your eye on Him.

And your circumstances change, but God remains consistent so He will stay the same.

And He will wipe every stain from every tear if you call on His name,

If you call on His name

If you call on His name.

He will wipe every stain if you call on His name.

They say “life is hard and I don’t love”

A child with scars, a spotted dove. “No shiny stars in Hollywood”

They say “life is hard”, but God is good!

We know God is good, yes He is good!

We know God is good, yes He is good!

We know life is hard, but God is good!

They say “life is hard”, but God is good!

-Da Truth

It’s a “Life is Hard But God is Good’ type of day! Now, I have my days with some of these gospel-rap superstars. It’s very hit or miss with me. Either I really like it or I really don’t! But I have to give a smirk with this one. I got the opportunity to hear it live and it’s definitely one of those songs you have to go back and listen to the lyrics My favorite part is “So we pray for all those souls who are exposed to all this evil, that they see that God is good and that He fixes broken pieces. There’s no need to feel ashamed He feels your pain and knows your secrets. Life is hard, but there is comfort if you put your hope in Jesus!”. Yep. I shouted on that one!

It’s Not a Testimony if Your Still Living In it…

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I start this blog entry without so much as a deep sigh….*sigh* LOL. Already, God is teaching me great lessons that are truly undeniable. The bible says

‘They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb and the bold word of their witness. They weren’t in love with themselves; they were willing to die for Christ”-Revelation 12:11 (The Message Bible)

As usual, you know I had to look up every translation for this one scripture and I liked message bible translation the best. Our testimony is the word of our witness. You can only speak boldly about something you’ve overcome. You can only speak boldly about something you yourself can attest to. Anytime a witness is brought into court, their testimony is meant to shame their opponent. Meaning, that before the Judge and Jury what I’m about to say is the sworn truth, because I was there, it happened to me, I am an eyewitness!

Now, what is it about our testimony that can help defeat the enemy? Sorry to be queen of the obvious but the first four letters of testimony is T-E-S-T. The Latin root word “mony” means “an action, result of an action or condition”. In other words, my testimony is to display the results of the test. No one boasts about a bad grade on a test. No one walks around and says “YES, I failed”. But you know what’s funny…people do it. Here’s a perfect example. A friend of mine, somewhere in the world, whether in the body or out of body, I do not know LOL, is always talking about how they’re single, saved, holy and righteous…amen. Not sure how it came up, but um, they masturbate….like on a regular basis. Of course, I had to be the Debby downer but it’s my assignment as a friend and sister in Christ to tell you the truth, even when it’s not what you want hear. I dropped my head, placed my hands on my knees and had to say it…”My dear, that’s not a testimony, you haven’t passed the test. The test of lusting after your own self”. We can blog about that, another time. LOL. Because we live this human life and because we’re always being tested, we will always have a new testimony.

I personally despise when people ask me “What’s your testimony?” My answer is always “Which one?” God has done MANY things for me; therefore I don’t have ONE testimony. The greatest testimony I can give is not that God saved me from a great tragedy-which He has done. Or that He has healed from a broken heart-which He has done and is still doing (Insert confessional moment-cuz Bamas are crazy) For me, is that God has been good to me. *Drop the mic* It is the goodness of God that brings men to repentance. God owes man NOTHING. Yet, freely He gives everything. Who does that?! For me, I’m always giving people the side eye when they’re nice to me because humans believe reprocrocity. But, with God, He’s the ultimate gentlemen is always the first to give and first to make a kind gesture. Who are we that God is mindful of us? A creature that HE created. I’m not saying this because I got some crazy breakthrough or all my prayers have all been answered. I’m saying this because today I’m just GRATEFUL. Take time to reflect, has your testimony been delayed? If so, ask yourself, did I pass the test…Until next time.

What I’m listening to: “Resurrection” Nicol Sponberg

Here are the lyrics:

I’m at a loss for words, there’s nothing to say

I sit in silence wondering what led me to this place

How did my heart become so lifeless and cold

Where did the passion go?

When all my efforts seem like chasing wind

I’ve used up all my strength and there’s nothing left to give

I’ve lost the feeling and I’m numb to the core I can’t fake it anymore.

 

Here I am at the end I’m in need of resurrection

Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead

What I’ve lost to the world what seems far beyond redemption

You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again, again

 

You speak and all creation falls to its knees

You raise Your hand and calm the waves of the raging sea

You have a way of turning winter to spring

Make something beautiful out of all this suffering

 

Here I am once again I’m in need of resurrection

Only You can take this empty shell and raise it from the dead

What I’ve lost to the world what seems far beyond redemption

You can take the pieces in Your hand and make me whole again, again

The first time I heard this song was several years ago on the radio. I immediately connected.  It was SO timely and hit the nail right on the head. You can hear the heartache and agony in the lyrics. It expresses the very thing you want to say but don’t know how to communicate. In this walk, we will ALWAYS need God. Anything that speaks about Christ’s resurrection power, I’m all over it. Obviously, this is not a song you sing in the shower. I haven’t listened to it in a long time but this morning I pressed play on my ipod and it was a “Jesus Take the Wheel” moment!