Saeed Abedini is an American who went to Iran to share the Christian word. He was soon arrested, imprisoned, and sentenced to 8 years in prison charged with “threatening National Security”. All for sharing his faith. Who knows what this man has endured while in that prison. He and his family are in my prayers! So please help us Save Saeed! Just click on the title, Save Saeed, and sign the petition! Help us Save Saeed!
If we dare to expose our hearts just to feel the purest parts, that’s when strange sensations start to grow. We are not alone, find out when your cover’s blown there’ll be somebody there to break your fall. We are not alone ‘cause when you cut down to the bone we’re really not so different after all.
The Breakfast Club @ 1985
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This blog post is dedicated to my favorite fragrance of the moment, Forever Red. You can get it exclusively at Bath & Body Works. I seen this perfume at B&BW a few months back before it actually came out. All they had were the small bottles, .25 fl oz. They were $5 then, but now that this has debuted the price of the small bottles is $10. When I smelled Forever Red I fell in love with it. It smells so amazing! I wear it everyday! So I highly recommend it! It’s hard for me to explain the scent, so this is what I found at http://www.bathandbodyworks.com about this fragrance:
“Our most luxurious longest lasting fragrance blends opulent notes of fiery red pomegranate and delicate peche de vigne, a rare and fleeting French peach. Soft petals of red osmanthus give way to notes of addictive velvety marshmallow and a surprising finale of rich vanilla rum that leaves an unforgettable impression.”
I found out about a site called Influenster where you can write reviews about products. The more active you are on the site, the more of a chance you have to receive one of their VoxBoxes, to test out some new products. I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive their 2012 Cosmo VoxBox. And guess what was inside my box!? This Forever Red perfume! I was beyond ecstatic! My only problem, which isn’t that big of a problem, is that it does fade after a while. But not completely, which is okay with me.
To find out more information about this fragrance just visit the Forever Red page under Bath & Body Work’s Fragrance Studio on their website.
NOTE: I received this product complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program. For more information about Influenster, just visit their site at www.influenster.com
Look at the center of this image for 30sec, then watch Van Gogh’s *Starry Night* come to life
i will take a look through your blog and write about the person i think you would be if you never second guessed anything and did everything you wished to. for example, if i see a blog with lots of landscape photos i might write about your alter ego who travels somewhere new every 6 months and loves to sit on high rise balconies while sipping tea and reading books
I’m not trying to start any debates, arguments or anything of the sort. I just have something on my heart and I need to get it out.
Brian Williams was speaking with NBC News about how our society is a very violent society. I couldn’t agree more with him. It’s sad, and it hurts my heart at how society sees violence as a norm now-a-days. Video games, movies, even music aren’t awesome and/or entertaining without more violence… How sad is that!? Then everyone wonders why kids and even adults beat each other up, or worse shoot each other. We’ve become a very desensitized society. I’m not trying to make light of any horrible tragedy! Especially the one that happened today in Connecticut. I’m outraged! I’m sickened! I’m heartbroken!
I understand that video games/movies/music are not solely responsible for nonsensical acts. It’s kind of like the “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” thing… But if someone is exposed to something for so long, like violence, they will eventually believe that it’s okay. No matter their mental stability. But their mental stability does play a HUGE part in things. I used to always hate when people said “Oh well look at the type of music they listened to or the kind of movies they watched. It’s no wonder…”. I hated that because I had a naive view on that stuff. But now that I’m older, I can see that everything has a factor in how a person behaves/reacts. Again, I’m not putting ALL the blame on entertainment/media!!! Just saying that it does play a big role.
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Connecticut! May God be with everyone involved! May He ease their pain and hurt.
I’ve thought long and hard about posting something that has been on my mind for a while now. But I think I shall finally write about it.
It’s December 11, 2012 and Christmas is only 14 days away. While I love the Christmas season, I love the true meaning behind Christmas even more… Which is Christ. Sure giving and receiving presents is fun, don’t get me wrong. ^_^ But I love hearing all these songs about our Christ’s birth, and being with my family and remembering the real reason of Christmas. But this post isn’t about Christmas. It is about Christ however. So, if you don’t want to read any further, you don’t have to. But if you read further, just be warned that this one post I’m not holding anything back on.
I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember. There for a few years I walked away from my faith and from God. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it happened. The important thing is that I’m now walking proudly in my faith and going strong! Sure I have my down moments, but I knew when I accepted Christ into my life and into my heart again that it wouldn’t be easy. I knew it was going to be hard. But, that’s where my faith in Him would come in.
God has seen me through some of my toughest moments. From broken hearts to broken bones to totaled cars to losing loved ones. Sure there have been moments where I wanted to give up. Maybe a little part of me did at that time, but no matter what, God always showed up right when I needed Him the most. He always let me know that He was right there, that He never left my side. It’s like that Footprints poem… Where he saw only one set of footprints in the sand and thought God left him. When really that one set of footprints was when God was carrying him. God never really leaves us. Sure He may let go of our hand from time to time. I mean come on, He can’t carry us every second of every day. But that doesn’t mean He’s not with us. He’s always there. That’s what I’ve learned through the years. It’s not always going to be smooth sailing. It’s not always going to be easy. It’s going to be hard and you’ll have the enemy always trying to get in your way. Which leads me to my first bit of scripture…
Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
I first heard this verse at a concert of one of my favorite Christian bands, BarlowGirl. This is one of their signature verses. Meaning that it’s a verse they always read during their shows. It’s a verse that they live by. It’s a verse that I’m trying to live by. “Do not be conformed to this world” This world is so full of evil and hatred. But that’s not God. God is full of love and forgiveness and joy and peace and goodness. Of course that’s not how the world would describe Him however. This world is a very messed up world. The people in the world are messed up. They let evil overpower good. They let the world define them, instead of seeing who they could be and were created to be through God. That’s what breaks my heart. People are living in a world where you get punished for your beliefs. This world denies God’s existence EXCEPT when something terrible happens! Then the world cries out “Where was God in this?” “IF God truly exists, then why did He LET this happen?” The world doesn’t want to see the truth. The world doesn’t want to see that even though one village was destroyed by a flood, 2 were saved from an earthquake. The world doesn’t want to see the good that God brings. The world only wants to blame Him for the bad that happens. That’s why Romans 12:2 plays a big role in my life. I’m not going to let the world define me.
I’m also not going to let the world distract me from God. I’m not claiming to be perfect. I never have and I never will be perfect. In fact, there is only ONE who is perfect and that is God. But what really gets me is when fellow “Christians” spew hatred/lies/evil… I put the word Christians in ” ” because to me, those who do this aren’t really Christians. I admit I have put myself in that category many times before. I have gossiped. I have lied. I have let myself get distracted from God. But I hope not to the point to where people have looked at me and seen a desperate person seeking attention. I hope not to the point where people have looked at me and questioned whether or not I was a Christian. I take my faith VERY seriously! And it hurts my heart when fellow “Christians” don’t do the same. They think that they can go out and hurt whoever they want to hurt, run over whoever they need to run over to get what they want. And the sad thing is, people let them. Evil wins out over good. BUT, funny thing is… That’s only while we’re living on Earth. When we leave this world to face our final judgement, that’s when good will win. I just TRY to remember that this world is NOT my home.
One last thing that I want to include is a verse that I found on a site:
“Beware of false teachers who come disguised as harmless sheep, but are wolves and will tear you apart. You can detect them by the way they act, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit. You need never confuse grapevines with thorn bushes or figs with thistles. Different kinds of fruit trees can quickly be identified by examining their fruit. A variety that produces delicious fruit never produces an inedible kind. And a tree producing an inedible kind can’t produce what is good. So the trees having the inedible fruit are chopped down and thrown on the fire. Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit produced. “Not all who sound religious are really godly people. They may refer to me as ‘Lord,’ but still won’t get to heaven. For the decisive question is whether they obey my Father in heaven. At the Judgment many will tell me, ‘Lord, Lord, we told others about you and used your name to cast out demons and to do many other great miracles.’ But I will reply, ‘You have never been mine. Go away, for your deeds are evil.’ (TLB, Matthew 7:15-23)
I find that VERY appropriate for the message I’m trying to convey with this post. I may not have succeed very well… But at least I got out some of what I’ve holding back.