Thursday, February 27, 2014

Victorian/Modern Hair Updo Video Tutorial

Hey y’all! For awhile I had been thinking about making  hair tutorials for long and thick hair. Hairstyles that don’t require curls, heat, or products.. For one, my hair doesn’t curl AT ALL! -(That is... I think it's to heavy to keep a curl... My bangs, will curl, but by the end of the day it's only a wave left..)- I have tried over and over again. For two, most hair products I am allergic to.. ;( So, with that in mind, this is dedicated to those like me, who long for an all-day hair style that lasts and looks becoming. Check out this video, and follow my Youtube channel to see the styles that come next. ;) Don’t forget that beauty comes from the heart, not from our appearance. ;)

"Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul, and health to the body."

Because Twitter doesn't do more than 140 characters....

It is heard that “Reading improves the heart…” But this depends on what you read.. Books that are shallow and of a very worldly nature, take away our ability to live in our present state with a content heart; and our ability to worship God. Watch what you read… 
“Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.”
~ Proverbs 4:23

A few of my thoughts on Judges 1-6

As I read my Bible yesterday morning, my bible plan landed me in Judges. (Judges 1-6 to be exact.) I have never really read it before, and I was interested in reading it. About the time I entered the 4th chapter, I noticed this pattern: “And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord…But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them.”
The Lord “raised up a deliver”. I find such comfort in these words..Why? Because He didn’t let his people lie in hopelessness and sin. He rescued them from destruction when they cried out to Him. Why? Why did he rescue them when they had been so disobedient? Why did He bother with his people? First off, let’s ask this.. Why did he bother with you? Why did He rescue a sinner like you? Like me? The answer… because He chose you. He wants to be glorified and by saving Israel and you, He is. How is he glorified in us? By showing His POWER to you, through you, in you. Why does he choose to do it through you? Through me..? Because He loves what he has created. The very reason he created us was so that His power and His Majesty would be seen by others. And that we would PRAISE Him for it. It is said in Exodus (20:5)  ”I the Lord your God am a jealous God” He deserves our praise. Because he gave us promises… One of which was our deliverer, Christ Jesus… All we have to do is cry to Him for help and He sends us His deliverance!
I encourage you to read Judges 1-6, making a point to see how sinful His people were, and also to focus on the redemption He gives to Israel. Read it in light of the New Testament. Seeing how it can foreshadow our redemption. :) May God bless your day. :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

To Cover or Not to Cover

Read 1st Corinthians 11:2-15
For awhile my Mom and I were struggling with the hat covering vrs. your hair as your covering. At the time, we were temporarily attending a Mennonite Church. We had read the passage and we, like many others were confused by it. It seemed to contradict itself. While attending the Mennonite Church we asked the ladies for advice. What they said to us didn’t really help. It made it more confusing. Their advice consisted of: We always wear a head covering (some call it a prayer covering), even to bed. We asked them why they did it all the time. They answered with the verse that they are to “pray without ceasing”. This didn’t make sense to us. If they were going to go by that, then the men should never cover their heads to protect themselves from the sun, because it’s a shame for a mans hair to be covered. (Which they do, because they work outside a lot) Even the Bible men, in the climate they were in, would have had to have some sort of head visor and we know they wore them…. Again, we were confused. So, we read on. This time we found other passages of the Bible containing things about hair.
“..likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9-10
In the above verse, we wondered how Paul knew that the women were getting to fancy with their hair? If it was covered, he wouldn’t have known. Why were the women not wearing their coverings? Perhaps because the long hair, is the covering.. Maybe that’s why it is a disgrace for a women to cut her hair off…And that’s when we began to see the covering as the hair.
Then we see in 1 Peter 3:3-4 how Peter cautions us not to be focused on making our hair fancy or our clothes just right – for it’s the inward beauty that counts. Again, why would he caution us to not be focused on playing with our hair, if it was covered it wouldn’t have been a problem…and doesn’t the New Testament constantly tell us that it is the inward man that “counts” not the outward….?
Then we see the sinner wash Jesus’s feet with her long hair…If it wasn’t covered properly, wouldn’t the pharisees have keyed on that instead of the money “wasted” on his feet?
“And behold, a woman of the city, who was a sinner, when she learned that he was reclining at table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment, 38 and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment.” Luke 7:37-38
After we read these, we went back to Corinthians. What we read seemed suddenly clear! We finally understood. When Paul speaks of the man who prophesies with his head covered, he is talking about long hair. (vrs.4) We can connect vrs. 14 with vrs 4. In vrs. 5-6 we find that it is a shame for a women to cut off, shave, shorn, her long hair. We can connect this vrs. with vrs. 15. “For her HAIR is GIVEN to her FOR her covering.” So, that means, that the men who have long hair and say it’s ok and go on sharing the Gospel are dishonoring themselves in the sight of God. And the same with the woman. God gave the women her hair for her covering. Because woman is the glory of the man, not God. So, he gave us a glory of our own. I find this very exciting!
I am thankful that the Lord has finally showed me what he wants me to do. That it is finally clear and my burden lifted. I hope that you will see it too. ;) Please understand though, that I do not in any way condemn those who wear head coverings. I respect your decision, and I know the Lord is pleased with us when we are doing things for his glory. May God Bless you all.