Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Natural Hair: How to Deep Condition


               

                                 
Deep conditioning is a must for natural hair. Afro textured hair tends to be quite dry and therefore needs moisture. Deep conditioning aids in keeping hair moisturised and helps with the health of hair. In this post I am going to outline how I deep condition my hair.




You will need:

a deep conditioner (Click here for a recipe)
a comb (optional)
Clips or hair band (to section)
Plastic caps or a carrier bag
Hat/bonnet
Steamer

  1. Section your hair into four you can use a comb, or you fingers to do so 
  2. Secure sections with clips or hair bands 
  3. Working in sections, apply the conditioner starting from tip to root. Ensure the condition is well distributed.
  4. Detangle the section with a comb or your fingers.
  5. Braid up or clip or secure section and move on to another until you have done this for each section. 
  6. If you have a hair steamer sit under your steamer for 20- 30 mins 
  7. 7 If you do not have a steamer cover your hair with a plastic cap or bag and another type pf cap (bonnet or woolly hat) to create heat. Leave on for 30 mins - 1 hour. 
  8. Rinse hair in sections with water. 

 I recommend that you deep conditioning your hair every 7- 10 days 
(I find this hard to do -_-)
Click here to see a VERY old video of how I deep condition my hair 

What is your favourite deep conditioner?

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  *I am currently under going my 5 month Cornrow challenge. I wrote this post a while ago  


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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

God will not give up on you.



On of my favourite things about going to church on the sabbath are the conversations I have. A recent conversation involved looking at the lessons we can learn in nature. These lessons are also known as ‘ChristObjective Lessons’.
I recently learnt a lesson from nature and can conclude in saying God will not give up on you.

 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

For about two years I have been trying to grow swiss chard. I decided to grow this plant because it is apparently easy to grow, it does not require much maintenance and the cost for some chard at the supermarket would drive anyone to grow their own.
During an early attempt to grow chard, my plant did begin to sprout but then some wind came and blow them away (I planted the seeds in a gardening tray). Fast forward some months I was away, and my youngest sister informed me that the plants I planted had began to grow at the end of the gardening. She exclaimed there was a lot! I believe when the wind came it must have pushed the seedlings down the bottom of the garden, they took root and grew.  Great new right? Nope, my mother got someone to cut the grass in the gardening this included my chard. So, no chard for me.
My most recent attempt involved growing the plant indoors. It was going will they began to sprout but they did not seem to get past a certain size. Other plants died.
I took the pot outside and forgot about it. Another failed attempt. I guess I just am not green fingered. I love the idea of growing your own food and really would like to be able to hence why I embarked on this journey, but I just keep failing.
As a result of not seeing any real results I gave the other seeds I had out to my mate who has an allotment and church members. I did keep some seeds and even brought some kale seeds. I am determined to grow something other than the hair on my head!
So, I had the conversation I referenced earlier and mentioned my failure to grow chard. The sister I spoke to suggested several reasons why the plant did not thrive. One being the quality of the soil or issues with the root. There may be skin deep issues that do not allow us to thrive. On a surface level things appear ok, but it soon becomes evident there is a rooted problem. Once we get to the root of the issue then we will be able to find a solution.
After the chat about chard I did not do anything but did have in mind to start all over again. That week I glanced at the abandoned pot and the plants that appeared to be died where very much alive! Not only that other seedling have appeared. I believed that this was because of where I had positioned the pot. I did not consciously place the pot where it could receive sunlight and water, but my belief is that it had been able to receive the latter and the former.
Whilst on our Christian walk we may feel as if the effort we are making is not amounting to anything and that God has given up on us or sees our case as one that is too hard to solve.
However, this is false. The things of God that have been rooted will soon blossom. We may not feel like God is working but he is! We will find ourselves in situations where we will put into practise that which God has planted in us. 
I left that plant pot and saw it as a lost cause. Others may see you as a lost case but God sees otherwise. He sees your potential and will create opportunities for you thrive. He wants you in his kingdom, he wants you to be saved he will not give up on you!

God will not give up on you.





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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Lessons from Hannah



During a Bible study on the Sabbath  we discussed the importance of seeking the Lord first. It was advised that some of us go and look at people from the Bible who did the latter and the outcome of doing so.
I decided to look at Hannah and, in this post, I outline some of the lessons I have learnt from this daughter of God

The story of Hannah can be found in 1 Samuel 1-28 & 2:1-11:18  I encourage you to read the chapter so you better understand the post. 

Hannah was married to a man named Elkanah he was also married to Penniah.  Penniah had children for Elekanah but Hannah was barren and was often mocked by her cowife about this. “And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.”

Although, she was ridiculed about her barren state there was no evidence of her retaliating. Like Christ she stood calmly before her adversary*. Rather than respond harshly to her cowife, Hannah sought comfort from the Lord. “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” -Psalms 34:18
Yearly the family would go up to the house of God. On this occasion Hannah’s co wife mocked her and as a result Hannah did not eat.
There may be those within a church setting who look at your situation as hopeless and rather than weep with you laugh at you. What these types of people missed is that  “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”- Psalms 34:17

“Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Psalm 147:3. The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son.” SC P.100

Hannah’s situation did not cause her to retract from God but drew her closer. “10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.” When she prayed she was specific, Hannah expressed her want and what she intended to do if the prayer was granted.

11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”
When we pray what is the purpose of our prayer? Do we just reel things off like we are reading a shopping list? Are we personal with God when we pray? Do we open up to God like we would a friend? 

Hannah continued to passionately pray and was stopped by the high priest who thought she was drunk! When she prayed she did not make a spectacle of shouting, waving, stamping, jumping or rolling around when she prayed but prayed inwardly. 13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.”

There are many Christian groups who practise glossolalia or  what they define as speaking in tongues which in fact gibberish as a means to get your prayers heard. This is not needed when we pray. There may be times when we cannot even speak aloud for we may feel weighed down but do not fret God understands those groanings.

Romans 8:26-27 King James Version (KJV)

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
In verses 27-28 we can see that Hannah’s prayers were answered and she kept her promise. In the proceeding chapter Hannah gives thanks unto the Lord

1 Samuel 1:27-28 King James Version (KJV)

27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
28 Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

 1 Samuel 2:1-2 King James Version (KJV)

And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
When God answers your prayers in accordance to his will, how many of us take the time to give him thanks and praise?

Luke 17:11-19 King James Version (KJV)

11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he [Jesus] passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

When God answers may we not forget to give him thanks and praise!


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Saturday, 19 May 2018

If there is life there is still hope



“If there is life there is still hope”
Many tend to give up before it is their last breath, they have pronounced a death sentence and live as if there is no hope. Why is this?
If there is breath, there is still hope. If you have life you can accomplish that which you desire. Your life experiences may have altered how or when you achieve your desires, but it should not stop you from obtaining that which you hope for.
 “If there is life there is still hope”
"For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion"-  Ecclesiastes 9:4 
“If there is life there is still hope”
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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Give






Giving to those who are less fortunate is a requirement as a Christian. The region of Sodom where destroyed because they were selfish in their giving.

“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.” – Ezekiel 16:49-50

If you give to the poor and needy or give up your life for your faith without love is no use! Every act we render to fellow humanity must reflect love. 

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

A Lesson from Hannah




During a Bible study on the Sabbath  we discussed the importance of seeking the Lord first. It was advised that some of us go and look at people from the Bible who did the latter and the outcome of doing so.
I decided to look at Hannah and, in this post, I outline some of the lessons I have learnt from this daughter of God

The story of Hannah can be found in 1 Samuel 1:1-28 & 2:11  I encourage you to read the chapter so you better understand the post. 
Hannah was married to a man named Elkanah he was also married to Penniah.  Penniah had children for Elekanah but Hannah was barren and was often mocked by her cowife about this. “And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.”

Although, she was ridiculed about her barren state there was no evidence to her retaliating. Like Christ she stood calmly before her enemies*. Rather than respond harshly to her cowife, Hannah sought comfort from the Lord. “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” -Psalms 34:18
Yearly the family would go up to the house of God. On this occasion Hannah’s co wife mocked her and as a result Hannah did not eat.

There may be those within a church setting who look at your situation as hopeless and rather than weep with you laugh at you. What these types of people missed is that  “The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.”- Psalms 34:17

“Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. "He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Psalm 147:3. The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son.” SC P.100




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Friday, 27 April 2018

1 Corinthians 10:3




3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Both giving to the poor and dying for your faith are examples of great sacrifice. The former is a requirement for the Christian   
7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, [in that] which he wanteth. - Deut 15: 7-8

If you give to the poor and needy or give your life for your faith without love is no use! Every act we render to fellow humanity must reflect love. 

Matthew 6:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward