Thursday, 31 December 2009

2010.... Let GOD arise ...

This blog may have been intended to talk about my hair, but I will always be/talk about so much more than that,
At this time it is so strong in me to give thanks to God for making it through this year, that is not a cliche but a fact! The last two years have been hell, In a way that I could have never imagined or anticipated, testing the very faith and trust I have in God, bringing me to question if I ever really knew him, my salvation, so very close to the brink, too close! I love the Lord but could not understand his ways and what he was doing. I even permitted the opinions of man (in the form of the 'church' ) to make me doubt the God I know to have kept me all these years. This time last year I was devastated, hurting and did not want to face another year ... BUT GOD!!!!
The word says '...I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread...', GOD had a plan and a purpose, and while going through it all I could NOT SEE, I cannot say that I was strong and trusted God, I was afraid and cried a LOT!  ... BUT GOD!!!!

Now I sit here and God had me find my prayer points for last year and he has answered EVERY ONE OF THEM!!! He is was and will always be faithful. One or two  are in process, but I still consider that an answer! while going thru we never understand why until the end result and all is revealed, I still do not have all the answers, but prayer point one has been answered in full, and that was for God to restore my faith, trust and relationship with HIM better than it was before ... I am entering 2010 and the next phase of my life, my promise and land with strides as I hold his hand, he has arisen for me and heard my cry. I know that the coming year/years of my life are NOW the very best years of my life and that I will see the glory of the Lord in the land of the living and my fruit shall remain and I shall never again be ashamed This is the set time of Gods vengeance and recompense, even favour in my life and the struggle is truly over.



Romans 8:18

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
1 Peter 1:5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 4:13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
1 Peter 5:1 Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
Psalms 118:17
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
Psalm 6:5 For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?
Psalm 73:28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling.
Psalm 116:9 I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living
Psalm 107:22 Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
Joel 2:25
And tell of His works with joyful singing. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
Leviticus 26:5 'Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land
Deuteronomy 11:15 "He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
Deuteronomy 12:7 "There also you and your households shall eat before the LORD your God, and rejoice in all your undertakings in which the LORD your God has blessed you.
Psalm 67:5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You
Psalm 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
Psalm 126:3 The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.
Isaiah 25:1 O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
Isaiah 45:17 Israel has been saved by the LORD With an everlasting salvation; You will not be put to shame or humiliated To all eternity.
Isaiah 62:9 But those who garner it will eat it and praise the LORD; And those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary
Zech 2:8
For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
Deuteronomy 32:10 "He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
Psalm 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings.
Isaiah 60:7 "All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered together to you, The rams of Nebaioth will minister to you; They will go up with acceptance on My altar, And I shall glorify My glorious house

Saddle Up

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Milan Ford

Well, here we are. Today is Thursday, December 31st.

The very last day of the year 2009. And what a year it was.

It seems like only yesterday that many of us joined up with millions of people across the nation this time last year to gather inside of our respective local churches for some form of New Year's Eve or Watch Night Service. And although there are times when the variations of our church annual themes and proclamations can make God sound a bit schizoid to the ears of the unbeliever, for the most part, many of us heard a message that evening about the significance of the year 2009.

2009. The year of (yep, that's right)...

...New Beginnings.
From areas of relationships to finance, issues of health and areas of leadership, the hope for a New Beginning was indeed high on the hearts and minds of believers both young and old this year.
Now I am not in any way what you call the greatest practitioner of biblical numerology, but last year around this time, I remember doing a little research about the significance of the number nine (9).
What I found was actually very interesting. The number nine (9) literally means: to bring to an end. In fact, in one instance, I found that the number (9) means: to bring a judgment (or conclusion) to. I think I'll repeat that one more time...
To bring to an end.

To bring to a conclusion.

To bring a judgement to.
Those aren't exactly the kind of words people pack out a sanctuary or tear up a few pews in order to hear at the beginning of a new year. New Year phrases like 'the year of divine favor,' or 'the year of a new beginning' tend to have a better ring to them.
About a month or so ago, I heard probably one of the most powerful faith statements I had ever heard in my life. It is one that I pray becomes a staple for every believer reading this devotional today as we prepare for the beginning of a new year.
"God's sovereignty does not excuse our apathy."
While I realize we all are looking forward to a great harvest in 2010, please know that this harvest in many respects will be a result of the seeds we have sown throughout 2009.
2009 (for many of us) should have been a year to put an end to our excuses. A year that you and I should have ceased from blaming any oppressor (spiritual or natural) from hindering us from accomplishing the goals and dreams we set out for earlier this year.
2009 was not a year to be lazy. Or vulnerable. This year (for many of us) should have been a year that many of us for the first time in our lives became (sorry for the dirty word here)... responsible.
On tonight, be careful not to become too consumed with asking God (yet again) to begin some new things in your life, without examining the things He has also told you to bring to an end this year.
You still have a few hours left to cancel some of those credit cards you know you need to stop using. A few hours left to 'unfriend' that person you know God has told you to stop chatting with online. A few hours left to email that proposal you've been sitting on now for weeks to your boss.
In fact, there's even a few hours to call that relative of yours you know God has told you to apologize to and mend the relationship. It may be tough to do, but it is time to get it done.
I realize there are a plethora of scriptures many of us will probably be given on tonight concerning what God may have in store for us next year, but I want to give you one that my wife and I have already taken on as a personal challenge for our family throughout 2010.
It's a dangerous one, so please don't write it down if you're not prepared for it just yet.
"If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with the horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?" Jeremiah 12:5-6
Ladies and gentlemen, whether you and I are ready or not, 2010 is here. For many of us, this will be a year that many of the things we have prayed for throughout this year will come to pass. However, for those of us who are still holding on to things (and people) God has told us to get rid of, and for those of us who have allowed 2009 to be a year where our apathy and discontentment for where our lives are right now get the best of us, then what in the world are we going to do when the 'horses' arrive?
If God decides to bless you in 2010 with that 'new job' you've been asking for, are you prepared for it? If God decides to bless your business or church with incredible growth in 2010, did you position yourself properly this year to receive it? Or perhaps for some of you reading this today who are still waiting for God to send you a spouse, will you be able to identify him or her when they come, or is your focus still on holding on to those 'safe alternatives' from your past?
Family, enough is enough. No more excuses.

To be quite honest...I am tired of making them. And if you're like me, tired of hearing them too.

The horses...are here!! SADDLE UP.

Make Plans for the Next Victory


"Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day"

(Joshua 14:12, NKJV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In the Bible, Caleb helped lead the people of Israel into their Promised Land. But I love that Caleb didn't just stop there. When he was 80 years old, he said, "God, give me another mountain." He was saying, "God, give me something else to do. Give me another assignment." Notice, he was planning on living out his life in victory. He could have said, "God, just let me retire. Man, my back's hurting. I can hardly see anymore. Medicare wouldn't pay that latest prescription. I'm so aggravated." No, he was strong. He was energetic; he was ready for the next challenge.

Friend, no matter how old or how young you are, God has another assignment for you. You wouldn't be here if God didn't have a purpose for you. I believe that this next year is going to be your best ever. Make plans for the next victory. Make plans to increase in influence, abundance, and favor. Choose today to live full of joy, peace, strength, and health; and take a step of faith into the life of victory He has in store for you!


"Father in heaven, thank You for creating me and giving my life purpose.

Help me discover the gifts and talents You've placed within me so that I can use them to Your glory and move forward into the life of victory You have prepared for me. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

He is Strong in You


"And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness…"

(Romans 8:26 NLT)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Sometimes, people get distracted by what they consider to be a disadvantage or weakness in their lives. It may be something about their personality or looks that they don't like. Or maybe they've been through an unfair situation: a divorce, a bad business deal, or a bad break. We all have things that can feel like disadvantages; things that make it harder on us. It may even be a physical handicap where you can't get around like you used to.

But just because you have a "disadvantage," just because you've been through a tough time, doesn't mean you're supposed to sit back and settle where you are. God still has something great for you to do! He wants to show Himself strong in and through you. The Holy Spirit wants to help you when you feel weak. If you will stay in faith and not get negative toward yourself or your future, then God can take what you think is a liability and turn it into an asset. What you think is a disadvantage God will turn around to be an advantage so you can move forward into the abundant life He has for you!

"Father in heaven, today I give You all that I am. I invite You into the weak places in my life so that You can turn them into strengths. Thank You for working in my life and filling me with faith and expectancy. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Make the Right Plans


"May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed"

(Psalm 20:4, NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

The Bible tells us that true faith has actions with it. A lot of times people say they believe one way, but with their actions, they're doing just the opposite. We have to understand that faith will work in either direction. I know some people make plans to get the flu. They talk about it and say, "Every year I get the flu." Or, "It's going to be bad this year." They expect it and a few months later, they've got it. Their faith worked. They believed, they expected, they made plans, and they got it. But instead of making plans for the worst, why don't you make plans for the best. Why don't you make plans for the Word of God to come to pass in your life? The scripture says, "No weapon formed against us is going to prosper." "A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand; but it will not come near my dwelling."
Today, make plans according to the Word of God. As you make right plans, you'll see right things come to pass in your life. You'll rise up higher and enjoy the blessings God has in store for you!

"Father God, I confess that I need You today. Search my heart. Help me see any area where my faith is working in the wrong direction. I desire to make plans in agreement with You so that I can partake of the good things You have in store for me. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

The great unwashed ...

On a slightly lighter note. School is out! Soo to help my hair lock I have decided to TRY my hardest NOT to wash my hair until my big all dayer with my consultant in January. I mean ain't no one around to smell it right?... ;o)
Also I am not manipulating my hair in ANY way. No twisting or braiding or anything else, just leaving it to loc's up like the old fashioned way no washing (sulk!)! No playing in or assisting freestyle ... just get up and go ... then get down and sleep, spritzing only with water and lemon juice.
This will not be too difficult because I am a bit under the weather, soo intend to rest up a lot to recouperate. Thank God for tesco, sainsbury, marks and spencer, body shop, amazon, la senza and pak DOT COM!!! LOL!!! I have all I need at my finger tips!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year / Happy Holidays to all who celebrate it x

I am proud to say I have attended a total of ZERO shops and have ALL the presents and food I need ... tee hee. Everything is nicely marinating in the fridge as I type, and am currently empathising with all my sisters getting hit in the rear by crazy christmas shoppers, trust me Christ ain't got nuttin to do with it!

Serious note ...

Ok. I need to blog this, but do not know what title to give it, However I need to ...

I am Asthmatic.

So are many other people ... big deal ...!?

Yes well for many years I have not taken it seriously and paid no attention to it, I made sure I had my blue ( salbutamol) inhaler but never really used it regularly, neither did I attend asthma clinic like I was advised to by my then, Dr ... ( who when I last saw him 5 years ago gave me a good telling off for being so slack about it all!!!) 5 years ago you say??? yes that was when I qualified as a teacher and got too stressed and busy to bother ...! Then I moved again and registered at a new surgery. That was 3 years ago and apart from the initial check up never saw them again ...
Can you see a pattern? yes, I have an aversion to Docs, hospitals etc, Even had my last 2 babies at home (or tried to with the 4th) I think it was part faith (???!!!) part I am fine and can get over whatever it is ...

Anyhow ...

I had tightening in the chest .... tired easily ... coughs that would last for weeks, even months. Most of all was the cough (choking ...) in the middle of the night.  All these symptoms I IGNORED!

Well ...

Saturday evening I was coughing hard, had been for weeks, and as usual it got worse at night. a close friend was with me and asked me if I had asthma, they knew I did, and where was my pump?. I could not find one anywhere in the house OR car? My friend was NOT impressed, and said I needed to sought it out!

Thank GOD for the people in your life, some are there for a very good reason ...If we did not have that conversation I would have thought nothing of it (just a cough or chest infestion) and would not have realised I had no inhaler or gone to the doctor ...

Monday I got worse, called the surgery who gave me an appt for Tuesday first thing. I saw the Dr who did her checks, my peak flow was half what it should be ...

I left the surgery with a permanent daily brown preventer pump 2 puffs(forever without fail!) AND a blue 6 puffs per day!

Tuesday I was not very well, and my children were ... affected. It could have been a lot worse but I had the meds just in time. I had a rough day and still feel bit low now.

The gist of all this is to say, as wives, mothers, women etc. Pay attention, love,take care and look after yourselves.

I don't know who, if anyone, needs this but I am putting it out there...

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Run and Not Grow Weary


"But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount to up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired"

(Isaiah 40:31, AMP)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Do you sometimes feel like there is so much on your plate that you are constantly running to get it all done? There are seasons when we need to go the extra mile and give it our all, and there are seasons to rest and rejuvenate. I love what today's scripture tells us—that during those times when it's necessary; we can run and not grow weary!

What are you facing that seems to be taking all your energy? Wait on the Lord today. Expect, look for, and hope in Him. The Bible promises that when you live with expectancy, when you stay hopeful, when you make preparations for the goodness of God, you'll rise up higher. Your strength will be renewed. In other words, you will overcome life's challenges.

You may have difficulties today, but if you can just get up every morning expecting God to turn it around, staying positive and hopeful; then God promises you will rise up higher into the strength and victory He has in store for you.


"Father God, thank You for giving me Your strength and power. I receive it right now, by putting my trust and hope in You. I know that with You all things are possible. In Jesus' Name. Amen"

Protect Your Seed


"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease"

(Genesis 8:22, AMP)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Did you know that when we say prayers, when we are believing God for something, it's like planting spiritual seeds? It's a principle that God established at the beginning of time. We determine the harvest we have in our lives by the seeds we sow.

In the natural, think about how the farmer waits for his harvest. He knows that if he protects his seed he will get an abundant harvest. He waters it, pulls the weeds, and keeps the soil soft.

In the same way, we have to protect our spiritual seed. We can't allow the “weeds” of negative thinking to come in. We have to pull them out by simply saying, “God, I know You're faithful. My trust and confidence is in You.” We have to water our seed by staying full of praise. We have to keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. That's how we protect our seed. And when you protect your seed, when you stay in faith and keep the right attitude, it won't be long before you see that harvest of blessing in every area of your life.


"Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. I declare that my trust and confidence is in You. Thank You for hearing my prayers. I know that the seed of Your Word will produce an abundant harvest in my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Friday, 18 December 2009

Make Preparations


"…Prepare the way for the Lord;

(Isaiah 40:3, NIV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Everyone goes through seasons of waiting. A lot of times, people just sit back and wait for God to do everything. But you have to remember to do your part and make preparations. You have to talk like it's going to happen and act like it's going to happen. Some people might say, "Well, Joel, what if I do this and it doesn't happen?" But I say what if you do and it does happen? And even if things don't turn out the way you had hoped, you'd still be better off living your life positive and hopeful than you would to go around down and discouraged.

I love what David said in the Bible, "God, my times are in your hands." He was saying, "God, I don't know when it's going to happen, but I know You know what's best for me." So I'm going to go out today expecting good things. And even if it doesn't happen, I'm not going to go to bed all disappointed. I'm going to go to bed knowing that I'm one day closer to seeing my dreams and desires come to pass!

"Father in heaven, I dedicate this day to You. Show me how to prepare for You to move in my life. Help me guard my words and thoughts as I put my trust in You. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Perspectives :)

Well, even if the curls ARE in a state of rebellion ( after all, they are MY curls ...what else could I expect from them?) they are healthy natural curls and an experience I have not encountered since my baby/childhood.

Soo ... my focus today will be ....  OOh! ... how my hair has grown! Well that was the expression from my eldest son who actually FOLLOWED me into the bathroom with an amazed look on his face, He never knew my natural hair could grow that fast :))) So lets focus on the positive of this experience, and give thanks anyhow! :o)

9am the morning after .. 29 June(below)                                                           second retightening August
Seven days after install (pic below) December 2009 seventh retightening ( just over six and a half month
Well in all things we should give thanks, and I do! rebellious hair or not, my locs are strong and growing at a  healthy rate and with that I am very happy. I love my curly / loc'd hair!

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Oh Dear!

Just make this quick and painless as possible. Brown Buttah you were so right! although I have locs that are loc'ing up especially on the crown, I unfortunately have a major resistance going on and I mean MAJOR!
I officially have very soft hair, so soft in fact that it is doing all that it can to UNLOCK!!! it is unravelling from the ends enough for my consultant to be quite concerned and she will be taking me back in her OWN hands!
Liz is lovely and she explained it through and through and says it is nothing i did just my hair type.
So much so that I was suppose to take the Retight Class on my next appointment but have to wait.
Liz has booked me an all day appointment to go through and work on every loc to help them on their way. Liz even asked if I can put off washing for as long as possible, I should!!!!! sigh ...:o|
Oh well ...

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Waiting the Right Way


"…faith without works is dead"!!!!!!

(James 2:20, NKJ)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Are you waiting for God to do something in your life? One thing I've learned is that waiting should not be a passive thing. When we're waiting the correct way, we're on the lookout. We talk like what we are believing for is going to happen. We act like it's going to happen. We're making preparations.

It's just like when you're expecting someone for dinner; you don't wait till they show up before you decide to start cooking. Most likely you start early in the day. You make sure the house is clean, you go to the grocery store, and maybe you buy some flowers for the table. You make preparations because you're expecting someone. Well, that's the attitude we need to have while we're waiting for God's promises to come to pass. As you put actions behind your prayers, your faith comes alive and opens the door for God to move mightily on your behalf.


"Father God, I choose to put actions behind my faith today. I trust that You are at work in my life. I will wait the right way—with expectancy—knowing that my faith in You opens the door for Your hand to move in my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

Monday, 14 December 2009

As You Wait


"Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord's return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen."

(James 5:7, NLT)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

God has put dreams and desires in every person's heart. But most of the time, there's a season of waiting involved. Maybe you're waiting for a relationship to improve; waiting to get married; waiting for a promotion; or waiting to overcome an illness. Much of life is spent waiting. But there's a right way to wait, and there's a wrong way to wait. Too often, when things don't happen on our timetable, we get down and discouraged or anxious and fretful. That's because we’re not waiting the right way.

Notice that today's verse doesn't say if you wait, it says as you wait. The fact is we're all going to wait. It goes on to say that we should consider how the farmer waits—patiently and eagerly. We're not supposed to sit around discouraged; we're supposed to be hopeful, positive, and full of expectancy!

Today, no matter what you are believing for, expect things to change in your favor. Today could be the day that God turns it all around. As you wait with patience and expectancy, you'll open the door for God to move. He'll fight your battles, and you'll see that abundant harvest He's promised in every area of your life.

"Father God, today I choose to wait expectantly for You. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I put my trust and hope in You knowing that You have good things in store for my future. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Just Pictures.

This evening, engaged in one of my favourite activities ... handsinlocitis ... Just below, images of first thing in the morning til evening.

Suddenly ...!

I am loc'ing up ... fast!
(By this I mean loc's are firm with sealed ends).

over the last 2 weeks there has been a drastic change in the texture of my loc's. Reading snippets on LIU and various fave blogs, budding has been in mass progress! oddly enough as people were discussing budding (teenage stage  if I remember correctly) I had them on EVERY  loc end.
Must say have been budding for at least 3 months but they never really stayed. But suddenly, even the freshly done slipped locs have them and they are not shedding! My locs are also not so soft, courser in texture and drier to the touch. I wonder if its the cold weather? It has not been terribly cold but we have had bucket fulls of rain for days on end. I HAVE to spritz daily too.

Each loc has puffed up, and where I had noticed my coils were intense smooth and silky in places,  they have now frizzed up and disappearing into loc's. I did read somewhere that coily textures can loc faster, but I did not expect it at this rate. I guess when it starts the process can be rapid ...

I am three days before my next retight which marks 6.5 months (202 days he hee).
My first loc at the back is now not as obvious as before, as many others - at the back especially - loc up drop down and aim to match it in length and texture.
As I randomly play around and massage various loc's around my head, I find a lot loc'd (or very close to) at the crown of my head, probably helped by sleep positioning.

I also went to sleep a few times without covering my hair at night. One day last week without using my usual 2 hair bands, just free. ( My consultant had said I should but I did not trust what it would look like in the morning or how it would turn out) It was ok, had to spritz even after showering tho. I have taken pics and will post them thoughout today... after I make dinner :o)

Saturday, 12 December 2009

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Take the Limits Off !

'They turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel'
(Psalm 78:41, KJV)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
We serve a God of increase! He wants to do new things in our lives. We should always be rising to new levels, but it's so easy to get stuck in a rut and just settle for the status quo. Sometimes we think, 'Well, I've reached my limits. I've gone as far as I can go. This is as happy as I'll ever be.' But if we're going to continue to increase and really experience God's best, we have to get our thinking lined up with God's thinking.
It's interesting that in this scripture the people limited the Holy One of Israel. Think about that. How can the all-powerful God, the Creator of the Universe, be limited? By our thinking. He can be limited in our lives by what we believe. A lot of people don't realize today it's their own wrong thinking that's keeping them in mediocrity.
Today, take the limits off by choosing to believe God! Feed your faith by studying His Word. As you meditate on His promises with an open and humble heart, you'll see Him move mightily in your life, and you will experience the blessings He has prepared for you!

'Father God, today I choose to believe You. I take the limits off by trusting that You have good plans for my future. I invite You to search my heart and remove anything that isn't pleasing to You. I bless You today and always. In Jesus' Name. Amen. '"

Your Destiny Supersedes Your Mistakes

God's plan for our lives isn't dependent on having to be perfect, never making a mistake or never taking a wrong turn. When you make a mistake, God isn't shaking His head saying, "I never dreamed he would do that. He ruined My plan." The scripture says God knows the end from the beginning. That means He knew every mistake we would ever make. Nothing that you've done or any mistakes that you have made or ever will make is a surprise to God. He already knew when we were going to turn left even when He said turn right. He knew when we were going to hang around someone even though He warned us they would be a bad influence. God knew every poor choice. The good news is He had already planned a way to get you back on His best path for your life. He has grace for every weakness and mercy for every failure. Failure is not final. Mistakes don't have to keep us from our destiny. God's plan can override every setback. You may have failed a thousand times, but God has not written you off and cancelled your destiny. Your mistakes do not disqualify you from God's plan for your life. He still has a way to get you to your final destination.

Exceedingly Abundantly


"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever"
(Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJ)

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

God wants to do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ever ask, think, or imagine. In another place, it says that no person has ever seen, heard, or even imagined the wonderful things that God has in store for those who love the Lord. But notice that it's according to the power working in us. God's power works in us by our faith or how we believe. Do you believe today that God wants to work in your life exceedingly abundantly above all you could ask or think? Do you believe He wants to overwhelm you with His goodness and blessing?

The Bible says that if we have faith the size of a tiny mustard seed, we can move mountains. And no matter how much faith we have, faith can grow in us by hearing, studying, and receiving the Word of God.
I encourage you today, make God's Word a priority. Believe that He will do exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or think. He is faithful to His Word, and He will be faithful to fulfill every promise He's made to you!


"Heavenly Father, thank You for Your goodness in my life. Thank You for blessing me and for doing exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think. Thank You for increasing my faith as I focus on Your Word. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Six months later, compliments and observations.

On the 27th I had a lovely encounter with a complete stranger, her name is Simone, I attended an appointment in Watford at a centre and she is a receptionist there. We said our good mornings and then she said she had to tell me that she thought my hair was absolutely beautiful and she loved it! I was taken aback, she said she envied me! (this lady is English in heritage with long thick black hair which I thought was lovely myself!!!) She said it was good to see a black woman with hair like mine as opposed to BW with relaxed hair which she thought all looked the same. She said she hoped I would not be offended by her comments! We spent half an hour talking hair and me explaining sisterlocks! Friday was a great day for many reasons but that was the start of it and it helped to make my day!!!

The 28th saw my loc's hit six months old. I actually have a few that are completely loc'd. The first one being at the very corner of the nape of my neck. It is clearly longer than the rest, my consultant said it could be because it got wet the most while showering etc and mostly rubbed against my clothes too that helped it loc faster.

After blog surfing, I decided to try something different. I washed my hair before retight ... at first it was ok, but then a week later I found my head really itchy which had not happened before. I also found my scalp dryer. So, I tried another first ... I washed my hair again... (NEVER washed my hair twice in a month) and am now very happy! Shhh dont tell my consultant because she did not give her permission! mainly because my hair is still very soft.

Another thing I did was dilute my shampoo in a spray bottle, that could have also reduced the effect of the shampoo (neutrogena) which usually works really well for me. I LOVE PRODUCTs and on saturday EMPTIED my collection of nexus and ORS shampoo and conditioners into my daughters bags (at least £100 worth of products!) I know I would not be able to use them again if I am to avoid build up, so off they went! Needless to say Kay was VERY happy! I must say though that every time I read about a product on a blog I REALLY want to try it!!! Especially Gigglz favoutite Oyins berries products she kept talking about! The problem is that product is not available in England!
I confess I cannot wait for my hair to loc completely so I can make the most of my natural hair!
I am very much into hair and skincare products and have a stash of ALL my favourites, I mean ALL and I mean STASH!

My loc's are getting longer and I was getting bored with the freestyling, so for a time I tried a twist out, I think that made my hair unravel (slip) a bit and I had to have a few replaced. So now I loosely twist once or twice a week if I feel like it or put it up in two loose bunches and go to bed! The bunches dont pull on the hair as much as the twists and when I let the hair down it has more body and a bounce.

The locks at the back of my head have a lot of 'movement' and blow in the wind LOL! My loc's are doing very well, my hair has grown a lot which I am very happy with them.

I will post pics as soon as possible, not up to taking pictures at the moment, a very eventful period in my life, soo much happening and I am in deep reflection on everything! But most of all we finally laid my close friend to rest on  monday, really tired, was an exhausting day, but God Is Good!

Thanks to all my followers who are interested in my progress! you are appreciated!