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Monday, April 30, 2012

Hair Care {6 Tips to Help You Love Your Locks}











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I have the most unmanageable hair! It's course, dry, curly, frizzy and brittle. If I wear it curly, the high winds of the desert quickly transfer the curls to a 1970s disco flashback. Usually I blow it out straight and use a flat iron to smooth it. This takes about an hour to an hour and a half from start to finish. Honestly, I have to schedule it into my week! (I know, how crazy it that!!).

Over the years, I've tried to find shortcuts and products to make this easier and less time consuming. I've used everything from chemical relaxers (which dried my hair out, making it more brittle) to pricey products; tried expensive salons and neighborhood chain shops. Let's face it! We all want to have hair like the Pantene models, right! After all of my searching, here's what I've found:
  • Expensive doesn't always mean better. Some of my favorite stylists have been from local chain salons (Fantastic Sams, Great Clips, Supercuts). It's not about the price. It's about having a talented stylist who you can trust.
  • Not every stylist is knowledgeable in all hair types. Just because your girl friend loves her stylist does mean she will do a great job for you. Don't be afraid to ask questions before you let someone cut/color/perm/relax or work on your hair. For example, I know my hair needs to be cut while it's dry to achieve the best cut. Many stylists will only cut wet hair. Also, if you have ethnic hair (like I do), make sure your stylist is knowledgeable with your specific hair and its needs. 
  • Get in the know. Read and learn about your hair type. Find out what cuts work best for your hair. Learn which products are worth the money and which ones to skip. (Products are like stylists - what works for one person may not work for you. Also, products tend to loose their "ump" after awhile. Have a couple brands that you can alternate). 
  • Don't be afraid to speak up. It's your hair!! Be honest with your stylist. Sometimes stylists like to do their own thing. I've had several that I told what I wanted and what works for my lifestyle, Instead I left with their vision of what they thought I would look best in. You know how much time you have to devote to a hair style. If you have little ones, chances are you don't have an hour each morning to devote to your lovely locks. 
  • Don't try this at home! Unless you know what you're doing, leave the chemicals and scissors to the professionals. 
  • Don't be afraid of a little change. Change can be a good thing. A good cut & style, some fresh highlights for summer or a new color shade just might be what you need. 









Hope these tips help and all those bad hair days are a thing of the past!

Winner of "Do These Jeans Make Me Look Fat?"


Congratulations, Sarah Reyes!! You are the winner of "Do These Jeans Make Me Look Fat?" This is a great book and I pray that it blesses your life. Please email your contact information to be ASAP so I can get your book shipped out to you. My email is sorgemom2(at)yahoo(dot)com. Congratulations again!! I look forward to hearing from you soon!!!



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Do These Jeans Make Me Look Fat" {Book tour/ Review & Giveaway}

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"The average fourth grader in the U.S. is on a diet. Four out of five women in the U.S. are dissatisfied with the way they look. The average woman is 5’4”, 140 pounds. Twenty-five years ago, models weighed eight percent less than the average woman. Today, models weigh twenty-three percent less. God has made various body types – only one of those is the tiny frame we have dubbed the prototype supermodel. She makes up five percent of the population, yet young women are literally dying to look like her. They are dying to be something they can't - somebody they weren't meant to be." ~Jocelyn Hamsher

It's no secret that millions of people (especially women) have issues with body image, eating disorders and low self esteem. From a very early age, little girls are taught that skinny it desirable and being "over weight", "big-boned" or "chunky" just doesn't measure up.

Jacelyn Hamsher has taken on these lies of the enemy in her book, Do These Jeans Make Me Look Fat?: Breaking the Cultural Mirror. This book is less of a self-help book and more of a conversation with a close girlfriend. Hamsher has woven scripture throughout to remind the reader that you are beautiful, loved, valued and priceless regardless of size. You will leave seeing yourself through the eyes of the One who created you instead of a distorted world view. Each chapter has discussion questions at the end, making it great for book clubs or small group studies. See what others are saying and how it has changed their lives and perspectives*:
This book invites you to be yourself. The truths expressed within hug the reader with the love and acceptance of God. I loved the warmth, humor, and transparency this author uses to communicate a very sensitive topic. Gems of wisdom are written on every page and we are invited to live "real" before God and others. The overall message came through loud and clear: we are miraculously made and loved by God, our bodies and our lives are uniquely His, and we have divine purpose, every day, in Him.... no matter what our age. ~lw6
As an R.N. I liked the information on our aging bodies and the advice on how to mentally and physically prepare for this. The information was right on! Being 41 years old, it also showed me I am not alone in fighting this battle of my aging body. I recommend every teen/woman read this book. Us woman need to learn to value our bodies, love, and appreciate them. This book reveals that we should not compare our bodies to one another, and use our bodies in the way Christ intended them to be used. It is a MUST read! ~ktroyer
This book challenged me to be the woman that I have always wanted to be by letting go of the world's ideas of what I should look like and how I should act. It reinforces that the only opinion that matters is God's and that his love for us is so unconditional. Such a great reminder! The questions at the end of each chapter are thought-provoking and would spark great discussion among friends. I highly recommend this book to all women. It's a must read! Enjoy! ~knpennington
I am so excited to be able to share this great book with you all!! Circle of Friends Ministries is hosting a book tour and BBM is one of the stops! They have been generous enough to offer one paperback copy for us to giveaway. The winner will be announced Monday, April 30. 
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

And the Winners Are:


I just finished hosting the BBM's first Facebook party. It went so well!! I hope you all had as much fun as I did! Thanks for you encouragement, comments, love and support. ♥♥♥

Now for the important stuff. The winners of the giveaways are:

Coffee Mug "He fills my life with good things." - The Straightened Path
$20 Online gift card for Dayspring.com - Chrissy Johnson

Please email me at sorgemom2@yahoo.com as soon as possible so I can get your gift to you! 

Blessings to each of you. You all bless me daily more than you know!





Tuesday, April 10, 2012

From Faithful to Failure and Back Again


Have you ever done something that completely redefined your identity?

The night of Jesus’ trial, Peter (one of his closest friends and disciples) was in the courtyard just outside from where the trial was taking place. It was here that he denied Jesus – his friend, his teacher, his Lord. He had just seen the Romans arrest Jesus. Fear gripped his heart and he lied about knowing Jesus in order to save himself. After the third "I don't know him!" he heard the crow and immediately realized what he had done; but it was too late. The damage had already been done. He had enthusiastically followed Christ. He had walked on water with him, witnessed him do miracles, listened to him teach, shared the past three years of his life with this man. Yet, when push came to shove, he became a liar and denier. In that moment, with that one act, he went from being faithful to failure.

Imagine the guilt and shame he must have felt! Matthew 26:75 says that he immediately “went outside and wept bitterly.” Have you ever been there? Your heart so broken and full of remorse, but all the “I’m sorry” can’t fix the situation.

After Jesus’ resurrection, he met with the eleven disciples in an upper room. Can you imagine how uncomfortable that must have been for Peter? No one believed that Jesus was coming back. So Peter, probably never dreamed that he would to see Jesus face to face. The Bible doesn’t say that Peter ever shared his personal failure with anyone. Only he and Jesus knew. I imagine his palms were sweaty; and his mouth was dry. His heart must have been pounding wondering if Jesus would confront him. He probably tried to avoid eye contact as much as possible that evening.

Jesus didn’t confront Peter that night. Sometimes Jesus doesn’t confront us either. He waits until the perfect moment, just like he did with Peter. 

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 John 21:1-19 says that Peter and six of the disciples were out fishing. (Peter was a fisherman by trade. Although the Bible doesn’t say it, I can’t help wondering if Peter didn’t return to what he was good at as an escape. He had failed in his faith, and he had failed his Lord. Escaping into work, hobbies, even ministry can be a great place to hide – or so we think.) As they are coming back to shore, they see a man on the beach. When Peter realizes it’s Jesus, he jumped in the water and swam to him. Even with his shame and failure weighing so heavy on him, he knew that if anyone could help him, it was Jesus. After eating together, Jesus finally confronts Peter. He never brings up the past (I LOVE that!). He simply asks Peter, “Do you love me?” Of course, Peter says yes. A second time, Jesus asks, “Do you truly love me?” and again Peter answers, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Finally, Jesus asks a third time, “Peter, do you love me?” A third time, Peter tells Jesus that he loves him. This is one of my favorite passages of scripture! 
Peter had denied Jesus three times. Ever since that awful night, he had carried the guilt and shame with him as his new identity. He couldn’t forgive himself for what he had done. But Jesus could! For every denial, Jesus gave him a “do-over” opportunity, a chance for every, “No, I don’t know him!” to be replaced with, “Yes, Lord I love you!” How awesome is that!!! 
Peter had branded himself as a failure. Jesus gave him a new label, Sheppard. He wiped away each denial – each failure – with a new command, “Feed my lambs.”

This is the reason Jesus suffered and died on a cross, so that we might have a new life in him. Sometimes we all need a “do-over” opportunity. Good news! Jesus is the God of second, third, fourth….chances.

Maybe for you it wasn’t one major life-changing decision. Maybe it has been a series of poor choices that has lead you to be branded with a label that you despise, but don’t know how to change. Maybe you don’t think it can be changed. Maybe you feel like it’s unforgivable…that you are unforgivable. Oh friend, please listen and hear me, 
There is nothing you’ve done that is too big, too bad, too hard, too messy or too terrible that God can’t forgive. 
We have a choice. We can choose to hold on to the labels that we have been given either by others or by ourselves. We can choose to let our past and our failures define us and our future. OR We can choose to swim like Peter did, into the arms of a Savior who loved us to death! He has a new identity for each of us – FORGIVEN, RESTORED, RESUCED, REDEEMED!!

Which identity will you choose to define you?

 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28

Be Blessed, 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

HE IS ALIVE!! {Happy Easter!}

Praise the Lord that we serve a risen Savior! 


He is RISEN!! HE IS RISEN, INDEED!!!!



Happy Easter, my dear friends!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Resurrection Eggs

Every year my husband and I plan an Easter egg hunt for the kids. There's no bunny who leaves a trail or anything cute. It's just mom and dad tossing some eggs around in the backyard. The kids don't seem to mind the simplicity of it all. They love going out the back door, seeing the eggs all over the yard.

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This year we have an addition to the hunt, Resurrection Eggs! I'm so excited!! I've wanted to buy a set ever since my sister-in-law introduced them to me years ago. For those who are not familiar with these eggs, let me explain. Resurrection Eggs are a dozen plastic Easter eggs that are filled with a special story instead of candy. Eleven of the eggs hold a symbol of the Easter story. The last egg is empty. You can make your own (it's really easy to do) OR you can purchase a set from your local Christian bookstore. I found mine at Family Christian Store.

Some use the eggs as and Easter advent calendar, opening one each day through Easter. This method allows you the opportunity to explain the significance of each event to your child in more detail. Others mix them in with the eggs for their Easter egg hunt. After the hunt, an adult sits down and begin to tell the story, having each child open their eggs when it's time for the next number.

To make your own all you need is a dozen plastic eggs, a sharpie (to number the eggs from 1-12) & each of the following items:

1. A cracker: The Last Supper
2. A nickel: The money that was paid to Judas’
3. A piece of leather rope : The soldiers beat Jesus
4. Purple fabric: Jesus was mocked as the King of the Jews
5. Brown pipe cleaner formed into crown of thorns: Jesus received a crown, NOT    fit for a true king
6. Toothpicks glued into cross: Jesus had to carry his cross…our cross
7. A nail: Jesus was nailed to the cross for our sin
8. Dice: The soldiers rolled dice for Jesus’ clothes
9. A piece of a sponge: They gave Jesus a drink of vinegar
10. Toy sword: Once Jesus died, they pierced his side with a sword
11. Little rock: Jesus was buried in a tomb and soldiers put a giant stone in the entrance
12. NOTHING!!!: When the women went to the tomb they found it empty! The angel had rolled away the stone and Jesus had risen from the dead! 

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I can't wait to do these with the kids this weekend! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter! HE IS RISEN!!
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen!" ~Luke 24:5b-6a

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Everything I Do is for You


Never forget 


      ...the sacrifice that was made


                ...the love that was shown


                        ...the price that was paid 


                                                    for YOU!
Warning: This video is from the film, The Passion of the Christ. Some scenes contain strong violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

Have a blessed Good Friday as you take some time to remember the love that our Lord and Savior poured out for us. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Love Costs Everything

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Today my heart is heavy. It didn't start out that way. I woke up on the "right side of the bed," excited for our Tuesday ladies Bible study. I got the kids and myself ready and even had a few minutes to check Facebook. So with coffee in hand, I proceeded to log-on. That's when my mood shifted.

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As a scrolled through the comments and "happy Tuesday" posts, I saw a link. The headline read, "Iranian pastor executed." My heart sank to the pit of my stomach. This story has been in the news for quiet awhile. I've seen headlines asking Christians to lift this man and his family up in prayer; posts crying out for the Iranian government to spare this man's life. I've seen the headlines, and to be completely transparent, they did nothing to me. What brings me to my knees today, didn't even phase me a few days ago. Why did it affect me to deeply today? Why did he have to die before my heart was softened to what Christians are facing all over the world?

I proceeded to take the kids to school and head to Bible study, all the while Pastor Youcef and his family were on my heart and mind. I prayed for his wife and young children as they mourned the loss of their husband & daddy. I prayed that God would not allow any anger or bitterness to take root in their young hearts and that these precious children would see their daddy as a man of God who was not ashamed of the gospel even if it cost him everything!

Later in the afternoon, I went back to find the post so I could read it in its entirety. I searched and searched but couldn't find it. I did a search on Yahoo & Google. It was then that I discovered the post was a hoax, a false report that has been circulating for months. It is true that this man of God has been persecuted and sentenced to death by an Iranian court for denouncing Islam and preaching the gospel. However, as of today, he has not been executed and some reports state that the government of Iran has not sentenced him to death! Praise the Lord!!

But the fact remains, there are thousands - even millions - of Christians around the world who are being tortured and killed for their faith every day.
Every day they are faced with a life or death choice: choose Jesus or choose death. 
These brothers and sisters choose to live a life of boldness and courage I don't fully comprehend. They choose to not live a life fearing what man can do. Instead, they choose to live each day in the reality that, "for me to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil 1:21)" 
"And people say to me, 'Why are you not scared?' And I say, 'Because perfect love casts out all fear." 
~quote from Love Costs Everything

Love Costs Everything is a documentary about the persecuted church. Below is a short 2 minute trailer. To learn more or find out how you can get involved, visit http://www.lovecostseverything.com

Be A Blessing,

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