Happy Birthday Detroit!!!

Today, a wonderful, surviving city turns 312 years old! What a great age! I’ve been a Detroit resident my entire life and I would not want it to be any other way. Detroit is amazing and has endured and will continue with God’s grace. Despite the hatred spewed on to the face of an amazing city, Detroit has always been amazing. We continue to grow in our cultural diversity, our rich history remains, and the beauty of the city lives on. To the world, Detroit may seem to be in bad shape right now but that doesn’t make Detroit a terrible city. The multitude of greatness that shines from Detroit covers the temporary bad circumstances that the media cannot seem to keep their hands and mouths off of. It is as if the world outside of Detroit is waiting for a total shut down to happen but I’ve got news for those people…You will be waiting forever!

The passion that the young folks have, that I’ve encountered, will lift the city up to an all new high. All we need to do is work together, talk and brainstorm solutions, and not be afraid to let our voices, ideas, and opinions be heard. Let today be a day of celebration and reflection. Detroit is an amazing place. All it needs is a little love, hope, care, and support. Live on Detroit!!!

Pray for Detroit!

-Jazmin. M

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Winning Wednesday!

Too often do we find ourselves worrying about circumstances, situations, and finances and it’s a shame because worrying gets us all worked up for nothing or just simply ruins our day. Let’s take this day to not worry but worship the Lord because through Christ, we are more than conquerors and all of our needs are taken care of. Thank You God!

Things to keep in mind:


God feeds the birds, why do we worry about what we will have for dinner? Trust Him.

God clothes the grass, why do we worry about what we will wear? Believe Him.

God promised not to leave or forsake us, why do we question what He will do for us? Acknowledge Him.

Today, let us choose to believe God OVER our circumstance. Relax. Have a seat and let God be God.

Don’t worry about missing out and don’t get worked up. God will help you deal. So go on today with a “winning mentality.” We will win because God has already won and we are His.

Be encouraged all! Much love, grace and peace!

[Joshua 1:9/Matthew 6:27-34/Romans 8: 31-33/last clause of Hebrews 13:5]

Feel free to post any scriptures that relate to this topic/conversation. 🙂

-Jazmin. M

Something to Meditate on…

A few days ago on July 4, some friends and I went to go enjoy some fireworks downtown. While we were talking and laughing with each other, a guy walked up to us, as kind as he could be, and handed us a blue half-sheet of paper that read:

“I am a follower of Jesus and increasingly my observations lead me to believe that Jesus’ followers have not represented Him well. Honestly, I can’t help but to notice that the Christianity I see in America has very little resemblance to what I read int he Bible.

Jesus said that people would know that we are His followers when they see our sacrificial love for one another and by our devoted obedience to Him (not necessarily by how well we sing or by what we
say when we are all dressed up and on our best behavior on Sunday morning). (read John 13:34-35, John 14:15, Matt 7:21-23)

The Bible teaches that every member of God’s church should actually be a friend of God and that every day each believer should encourage and teach and help the others to follow Jesus better (Read Heb. 3:13-14, Col. 3:16-17, Eph. 4:15-16, Acts 2:42-47).

Sadly, it looks to me like the modern “church” has become more about “services” and programs than a daily relationship-reality in Jesus. My family, together with several others, have been learning to know God better and learning to live out, in actuality, the teachings of Jesus. If you have been longing for more authenticity in Jesus, we would love the opportunity to hear your story.

Or perhaps you currently do not believe Jesus. Would you give Him a real chance? He is alive and He wants to reveal Himself to you. Look for Him– He longs to draw near to you. It’s true, even though His followers haven’t always done a good job of representing Him.

Whoever you are, if you’d like, you can reach me and other people trying to live for Jesus faithfully at http://www.JesusLivesNow.com.
-Jason (+Family) ”

If it is one thing I try to live out, it is to show sincere and passionate love for all people.

Take a look at this scripture:

1 John 4:20, Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

That scripture shows how seriously God takes us loving and caring (honestly) for one another.

Meditate on the book of 1 John. There is so much wisdom in that book.

Got any other scriptures about loving one another? Please share. Even if you have some other thoughts, I would love to hear them.

Be blessed, in Jesus’ name.

Love. Pray. Obey

-Jazmin. M

Shine on Award!!

I am truly thankful that my blog got nominated for the Shine on Award!!!

Thank you naturalhairess.wordpress.com for nominating me! I apologize for the late response but I appreciate you!!

I want to also thank naturalrify.wordpress.com for nominating me as well. You ladies are wonderful and I enjoy both of your blogs!!

 

The Rules :

1. Show appreciation of the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

2. Add the award logo to your blog.

3. Share 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 5 – 10 or so bloggers you admire.

5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

 7 things about myself:
  • I am in love with Jesus Christ!
  • I am a college student.
  • I am studying education.
  • My best friend Simone and I have been friends for 15 years so far (we’re 20 yrs old).
  • I have been natural for almost 2 years (YAAAY!!).
  • My favorite hair products are Shea Butter and Coconut oil.
  • I love watching HGTV! 

My nominees:

http://thenaturalcrown.com/

http://amirahbfit.wordpress.com/

http://mycurlypotential.wordpress.com/

http://easynaturalhair.com/

http://naturally-glam.com/

 

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To Give or Not To Give?

Here in America, we pride ourselves on how much we give to others. We are always going to other countries, who are “less fortunate” than we are, and providing our food services or lending a helping hand. We like to call it “playing big brother.” America is great for flying across the globe to feed someone or to provide resources to those who cannot go out and buy these necessities but what about the people in our own backyard?

I AM NOT, in any way, saying that we should not give to other countries but I am saying that if you want to change the world, you must start with yourself. I always hear people say that “your ministry FIRST STARTS at home.” If we, as Americans, changed our way of thinking and lived by that motto, things will be much better in America.

It is so hard for us (as a whole) to go and give to the shelters in OUR cities or even to volunteer at the soup kitchens around town; but without hesitation, if there was a charity asking for a dollar to help another country out, we would scrape our pockets to find a dollar to give and believe that we have just done an amazing thing. Giving is amazing but picking and choosing your favorites….I don’t know about that!

Giving, in general, is a God ordained thing. The Following scriptures from The Bible explains this better:

2 Corinthians 9:7 – Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Acts 20:35 – I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Deuteronomy 16:17– Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.

James 2:15-16 -If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

In NONE of these scripture verses do you find the following:

  • don’t give to the homeless man who you may suspect to be a drug addict
  • don’t give to the people who have food stamps
  • don’t give to students, they’re in school for a reason
  • don’t give to the person who is always on the corner begging
  • don’t feed the person who is asking for food but doesn’t look hungry

A lot of us use the above excuses to NOT give to people. I do understand that there are con-artist out here that make millions begging for money. I also know that some people who beg for change are asking you to support their “habits” and to that I will say to follow the discernment given by the Lord when deciding to give.

Giving doesn’t always mean giving cash or giving to people living on the streets but giving could be simply assisting a family with groceries, carrying heavy loads for people who seem to be struggling, giving someone a ride in the rain, or even praying for someone who seems down. Give your time, give your hands, give your ears, give your services, and give your love.

If you do give to other countries don’t stop! Please continue because a lot of places do have less than America does but don’t forget about the people you pass by every week. Let’s start creating programs to support the homeless and those that are in poverty in our own communities. A lot of people are homeless or impoverished because of Institutionalized Oppression and NOT just because of their own doing. The next time you decide not to give because someone put it in your head that is it that persons fault that they are that way, think twice and remember the system that we live in.

I know there are untrustworthy individuals in our world but have you ever thought about why they are that way?

“People, like plants, grow where the light is. When you enclose a plant and limit its light source, it will bend itself toward the light, for the light is necessary for its survival. This same thing happens to people locked in communities where little light and little opportunity is allowed them, survival then forces them to twist and/or bend toward the only way of escape.” -Lauryn Hill

 

Pray for con-artists, and pray for drug addicts. You never know, the day you give to them and share a word of encouragement may be the day that they decide to turn their life around.

Stay blessed everyone!

-Jazmin. M