I am the kind of person who loves to write and take pictures. There is just something about capturing the "perfect" moment and then savoring it with words, somehow making it a lasting memory. I have tried my hand at scrap booking and well lets just point out that I do not have a scrapbook today. I came across something else in Pinterest lately (click the link to see some cool ideas) , Slam Book. A slam book is a cross between a scrapbook and a journal I'm not too sure of how it's name came about but that's what I decided to do. and so far so good! I've been able to include pictures ticket stubs, runners bibs, text massages, poems and everything else i want to. I like it because although it still takes effort it's not quite as time consuming. Here are a few Pictures of what my slam book looks like. I bought a simple Mead spiral notebook that is medium sized. It ran be about $5 at my local Walmart and all the other things I had laying around the house. when I want to print a picture I go to Walmart or Target and print from the kiosk its about 13 cents a picture. No biggie! Start your slam book and post your pics using the hashtag #SlammedIt
Finally guys!! My closet is finished, I had a little bit more things than I anticipated so it was a longer process. After sorting through, giving away, and storing some items I have come up with a finished product.
The bible says that Good will give us the desires of our heart. It’s important for us to remember that, that comes with a price. When we give our lives to Christ and let Him have rule over our lives He provides for us in great ways. We will want for nothing because God will supply our every need. And through the work (key word through) God will give us those things that are so passionate and deep-rooted in our hearts. You won’t have to do anything outside of God to get these things accomplished there is nothing you could do to make it happen but He will supply it to you. Because we are His people, His children, His friends and He wants us to be happy and satisfied in Him. God will show us the way to ultimate victory and peace.
I was watching a spoken word piece today, a secret favorite of mine. Some people don’t understand or appreciate why I enjoy things like that. They relate it to rap or aggression but the truth is I love the release. Before I was saved I lived with so much anger. My words completely fail me as I try to find words that can depict how heavy and dark the rage inside me consumed everything I was a part of, but it was heavy. I didn’t know God for myself at the time so my release was to write. Sometimes it was an extraordinary poem other times it was an erotic tale, a short story, a beautiful romance, but more often than not it was a spine chilling angry and dark release of the things that had been haunting me. I needed a time to sort through and put out was I was holding near and dear. When I received the Holy Ghost it was only then that I truly began to appreciate spoken word. I found several spoken word artist and fell in love with how they proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the tenacity and frankness of their words. My favorite artist is a man by the name of Clayton Jennings if you’ve heard of him you know how passionate he is about the things he does for God. It got me thinking; I want to be as adamant as him, I want to be as compelling as him, I want to be effective, relentless, confident, and vigilant like him. Not because he’s so great but because in my heart that’s how I want to be for God. For God I want to be a warrior, fully dressed in my armor. With love and truth dripping from my mouth each time I part my lips. With prayer being what sustains me; keeping my relationship strong, and building up those around me. I noticed then that I have let my guard down. I have the ability to be vicious, fervent, concrete, and unmovable; anger and fear have taught me how. Then the words of a mentor rang in my ears, “Do you think that God would chose you without knowing who you are and what you’re capable of?” I began to remember her explaining that I have learned so much in my past that can be useful to me now. God chooses strong people to have the most effective work, usually meaning great suffering. I can take what I know from anger and use it in love. I can proclaim I can face every day as war not in anger but in love. Sometimes it’s lonely, a lot of times people don’t understand why or how you do it. A lot of the times you have no support, but if I’m doing what I know is right and what I know God wants me to do there isn’t a soul on this earth who can move me. I have power over darkness, over sickness, over the enemy. It’s not about the good job, it’s not about school, it’s not about making ends meet. It’s about doing what God has put me here to do and that is one thing, one thing only that I have lost sight of. I’m here to love. To show my love in witness, worship, action, thought, all decisions. It doesn’t matter if the people follow me, like me, agree with me. I want to influence others on Gods behalf, there are some who want God and they will answer and gratification will be held for me in their hearts. But most of all God will completely cover me, protect me, and provide for me. So, now as I write this and I realize this I hope to have an effectual change of action. Not only do I hope to be more fervent but I admonish you to do the same. God is in search of an army of fit men and women who will sacrifice their lives for the sake of the cross. Is that you?
Thrifting has gotten a lot of hype over the past year. For what reason, I do not know. Thrifting has been around for ages and is just as amazing now as it was then. Now, let me have a moment of transeranccy here and admit I was not always about this life. There was a time where I would cringe at the thought of entering a thrift store. The smell, the old people, the thought of all the used good….ick!! But as time passed I grew up and learn to appreciate what thrifting had to offer. Here are a few things that I learned that helped me weed out the good from the bad.
I was sharing something’s about myself the other day and as I was sharing I realized how much of my past I keep stuffed in my front pocket. Even though I no longer walk in that lifestyle the weight of many of the things I used to struggle with keep me discouraged. I let the ‘has-been’s’ define who I am now. I know this is true for many people as well, and even unknowingly we put ourselves in a box. As I was going deeper and deeper into the story I just began to laugh a little because I was saying how I “used to” do all these things and I just thought to myself that no one cares about “used to be”. That’s already in the past, it’s already happened, and it’s already been corrected; you live and you learn! Things move forward as long as you move with them. You don’t have to be held back by what you used to do because what you used to do is rarely what you still do. We progress with life; it’s important not to let the enemy taint your perception of you. Never do we want to get caught up in pride but we do want to realize that we are all awesome in our own ways there’s no doubt in that!
I recently had a conversation with a friend and I purposely shared with them something that I knew they didn’t care for. This wasn’t a malicious act I just wanted to share the same way this friend shares with me (even when I don’t care). After I was done sharing I thought that maybe my friend was offended that I shared something I knew they were not interested in. But I stopped in my tracks I did this for a couple of reasons; reason one, I over think way too much and I’m trying to put a cap on that. While I never intend to hurt or offend anyone sometimes you have to shamelessly be yourself and let the chips fall where they may. Reason two, I am only a friend. Now when I say this I am getting at the fact that friends don’t mean carbon copies of one another. In no way shape or form am I obligated to only talk or share things I know the other person is interested in, because that wouldn’t be true to who I am. Who I am is different than my friends on many levels and that’s okay, that’s what makes us just friends! You are not at any point obligated to be a replication of the people you surround yourself with. Be comfy in your own skin, be true to who you are. Don’t fit to anyone else’s mold…except God’s mold. That’s a good mold to be shaped after. You want to work with people but not at the cost of individuality.
We go through good days, bad days, stress, pain, love, excitement, and failure everyday. No need to hide what we encounter!! Maybe you can get help from my experience or just simply know that you are not alone. Whatever the reason you are here please read along and give me your input!