Soulful Saturday : Doing Good is My Thing

Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

How awesome is that?
I am absolutely awed by the truth that nothing that I do will give me salvation. I cannot buy it. I cannot steal it. I cannot work for it. All I can do is receive it. And God wants to give it to **me**. He wants to give it to you too.
I am also wowed by the truth that I am *created * specifically for good works.

The same is also true for you. 
Hope you choose today to start doing the very thing you have been created to do.

Tata😉

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what are you serving up?

KARLA LEES

Grace means that all of our mistakes now serve purpose instead of serving shame. @POTSC

When we let go & accept Grace, we now serve with, for & a purpose.

We serve a purpose, for we are His hands & feet to a hurting, broken world needing to see hope.

We serve for a purpose, because Grace shows us his heart for all, a love that He desires all to know & receive.

We serve with purpose, because we knowhow it feels to be set free of bondage & shame, and want the same for everyone else.

Grace given freely still needs to be received.

Shame will shrivel & dissolve in the Presence of Grace, for they cannot share the same space.

Love is the strongest force in the universe.

Love expressed as grace ?

An irreplaceable gift, meant to be accepted, to be savored, to be delighted in, and…

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wild with grace

yes
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and ofcourse….
YES!!!!!

KARLA LEES

Grace is a powerful, dangerous, freeing force.

Pastor Tullian Tchividjian

[Aslan?] He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down –and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

God doesn’t fit into our perceptions of who He is.

Shockingly so, to some of us….myself included at times.

One of my favorite characteristics of God is how He can come and go at will, being in many places at the same time. Ever present in the spiritual sense, yet physically shows up in response to a cry or a prayer.

I like to think of God as being a bit wild. Not wild…

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Soulful Saturday: Quiet Time

My pastor has been teaching quite a bit on the importance of having quiet time with God.

It is vital and should also be seen as quality time.

In quietness and confidence shall be your strength ~ Proverbs

This is not your routine scripture-a-day devotional situation.
It’s a time to give and receive so much.

I’d like to share some of what I have learnt with you.

Quiet time essentials:
-proper attitude
-expectancy
-specific time set aside

What are some guidelines for spending quiet time?

-wait on God
-pray briefly
-read scripture
-meditate and memorise
-write down what God says
-spend some time in prayer with God

And finally… when spending time alone with God, use this acronym to identify what you need to apply :

Ask yourself – is there any of the following?

S- SIN to confess
P- PROMISE to claim
A- ATTITUDE to change
C- COMMAND to obey
E- EXAMPLE to follow
P- PRAYER to pray
E- ERROR to avoid
T- TRUTH to believe
S- SOMETHING to praise God for

Then apply it

Hope you enjoy.

My prayer today: Psalm 119:18 –
  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Soulful Saturday: All or Nothing

Something I have issue with sometimes is how lacksy daisy people have become in their walk with Christ.

I look at all the crazy and evil happening in this world and I wonder how some souls can still mess around with faith and semantics and all the other games people play that keeps them from just basically doing what is right.

It’s not complicated.  Every thing you have and will ever experience has been covered. Its just a matter of either you do what is right or you don’t.

Just needed to get that out there.

Today’s contribution to Soulful Saturdays is found in Exodus 14:14

  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Another version says The Lord will fight for you. You need only be still.

I cannot tell you how many times I have found myself in a place where I am frantic about what I need to say or do next.
I used to have control issues aka being a bit of a control freak.
Any situation I found myself in could be solved or dealt with by something I needed to do or fix. Or so I thought.

I made a mess of things many times. In the name of good intentions too.

But the day I accepted and applied Exodus 14:14 was the day I knew peacd.

There is no one better than God to fight on your behalf.
I used to negotiate, argue, debate and all sorts of things to state or prove my case. Until I met people who wouldn’t back down. Not even when I was right. So I realised that if they wouldn’t heed what I said they had no choice but to heed Gods.

That’s when I started giving things to Him. I stood back and let Him fight for me.
It was one of the best things I have ever done.
He does it well.

Thank You Lord for being so very gracious to us as Your children. I do not know where I’d be if You had not saved me from my headstrong self. Thank You for handling my battles and doing so excellently.
Amen

Wash n Go Success

I really love the whole wash n go aspect of my hair. I love the curls and ringlets and yes, even the shrinkage.

But! As a rule I don’t do WnG’s often. My hair hates it or I’m doing something wrong.
I’ve read that its actually supposed to be a good way to retain length because it should be either low maintenance or low manipulation. 
Not for me.
If I do a wash n go and go to sleep without detangling and either twisting or braiding it up, I am guaranteed insanely vicious tangles and breakage whenever I do decide to do anything else to it.

It breaks my heart. Especially since I have fine or little hair and it takes some creative protective styles to not walk around looking scalpy. Wash n go’s should be my saving grace. Its not. So I stay away.
I’m actually hoping someone will read this and tell me ‘girl, you’re just doing it wrong!’

Anyhow, back to my story. Yesterday I decided to do a wash n go for church. My decision was based on not wanting to be controlled by my hair issues. Life is too short!

I know there are many techniques out there on how to achieve the perfect WnG but in my humble opinon it should not be as complicated as all that.

A wash n go should be just that. Wash your hair. Then go.
Now I realise there is a lot of factors that come into play for different people. Mostly based on texture, curl pattern and moisture levels. Perhaps some could say I’m lucky in mine but still it shouldn’t be a stressed over issue.

I have been there though. Tried different methods and products all in the name of seeking perfection.
But yesterday, I threw caution to the wind in more ways than one. Firstly, I kinda prepoo’d. With amla oil. Only because my little girl managed to empty about a quarter of a bottle on the bathroom floor.
I say kinda because all I did was put on as much oil on my hair. That’s it. No plastic cap or anything.
I left it on for quite a while. Overnight in fact. Then yesterday morning I washed my hair in the shower after giving it a good soaking/rinsing.
Instead of my normal conditioning routine I applied coconut oil generously, left it on while I washed myself then detangled and rinsed my hair with warmer than cool water.
I put it in two braids and squeezed out as much water as I could with my hands.
After about 20 – 30 minutes my hair was still quite damp. I loosened it (didn’t want a braid out after all) and left it to do its thing.

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And that was it. I added some decor and was ready to go.

I actually took the pic to show my only natural friend my growth as well as highlight shrinkage. Wish I had another to show my curls. Hopefully next time.

Sadly, last night was a twisting event as anything else would hav resulted in a mess of tangles this morning. I am now sporting some quite wild looking two-strand twists.
Wild looking because I didn’t do them in any particular style or pattern.  I’m basically stretching my curls so I can either cornrow or bun them up.

Till next time.
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