Monday, January 22, 2018

Morning Mannah ~ I Get So Emotional

Good Morning. I’m so thankful for another day. I also thank Him for melted snow and tolerable temperatures. I hope everyone is up getting started for another amazing week. Over the past couple of months I have been listening to live praise and worship on Facebook and one morning I heard the words to a song, that I learned is not yet completed. The words are “My answer is yes, even before You even ask.” I pray that God increases our yes’s to His will and to His requests this week.

I pray that everyone on the First 48 Fast is being blessed with patience to endure until the end. God is doing an awesome work in our minds, our bodies, our homes and in our church. And we thank God for the sermon series You Make Me Sick because truth be told some stuff we do to ourselves and we don’t seek help until we get a bad doctor’s report.  

When Pastor Mike first revealed the title for yesterday’s sermon, I'm So Emojinal, I immediately thought about Whitney Houston’s song “I Get So Emotional” from over 30 years ago. That song became her 6th best-selling song of 1987. The song was on her 2nd album and it was the 3rd   single off of that album. In 2nd Samuel 6:20-23 we read where David had come home to bless his household because the ark of the Lord had come back but his wife Michal wasn’t too happy about David leaping and dancing in front of the servant girls. She even spoke against his praise so much so that in verse 23 it tells us that she had no children. In emoji language David was #happyface and Michal was #sadface.

I don’t know about you on this Monday morning but I don’t want to speak against anyone’s praise that will prevent His will from being birthed in my life. As a matter of fact I want to have my own praise. David was undignified. David, like many of us was emotional. You see our emotions are our partners in decision making. How you feel affects how you think, it can affect what you eat, and keeping it one hundred it can affect who you date. We can get so caught up on what others have that we forget what God has done for us. We shouldn’t want what everyone else has. We should just want what God has for us. When times get hard and you feel like you don’t have what you think you should and other people seem to be winning, get out of your feeling. Switch up your emoji. Turn that sad face to a happy face.

Remember that nothing compares to God’s love. When I think of God’s goodness and all He’s done for me. See, I can dance right there with David and the servant girls. I get emotional when I think back.

I get so emotional because He kept me.

I get so emotional because He blessed me in spite of.

I get so emotional because he was mindful of me and created me for this moment. Can I tell you something? The notes for today were written in November of 2012 and have been sitting on a table in my bedroom. God is so mindful of us. He prepares us for things we don’t think we can handle. We are created for such a time as this. Esther too had to check her emotions when her cousin, Mordecai, came to her and told her she had to do something to save her people because she was created for this time. No matter what comes against you simply say to yourself, “I was created for this.”

Unlike Michal who couldn’t conceive because of her disdain of David’s celebration. I challenge you to celebrate the Lord and bless Him at all times.

Lord, I get so emotional every time I think of you.

Lord, I get so emotional, ain’t it shocking what His love will do.

His love will keep you. His love will protect you. His love will put you in good places and assist you in making good choices. David danced before the Lord with his undignified self and told his wife that he would be even more undignified than this. You ever get a flashback of where God brought you from? What He brought you out of? Who He removed to make room for better? Doesn’t that make you emotional and want to dance before the Lord? I dare you to find the dancing man emoji in the blue suit or the dancing woman emoji in the red dress and post it to your social media status and simply say, “Lord, I get so emotional every time I think of you.”

Saturday, January 20, 2018

BelievetheHype The Mixtape vol. 1 ~ Nino Nesbitt

Monday, January 1, 2018

Lindarinsights The Logo Edition

Thanks to Ms. Robbie Allen at for creating the logo for Lindarinsights. My blog is nine years old now. She's growing & glowing. 💫

Sunday, December 31, 2017

CHLOE ~ No Frames No Frames

I’m ending the year on a funny note. I love to laugh. This is one of my favorite videos. I watch it often because Chole makes me laugh. Enjoy.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Cookies For My Sister ~ Merry Christmas

Growing up our Aunt Eddie always made cookies. Thinking back, I'd take those cookies as gifts any day. I truly wish those recipes would resurface. As I thought about what to do for my sister, for the holidays, I thought, "Hmmmm how about some Mexican Wedding Cookies?"  I was going to Servatti's because they have thee best variety of small cookies. I can see the case, filled with varieties, right now. Then a still small voice said, "Find a recipe and make them yourself." So I searched online and found a recipe. I thought I can do this. I had nearly everything I needed.

One of the items I needed was sifted flour. I didn't own a sifter and purchased one at Kroger's. Immediately I thought about the scripture that says satan desires you to sift you as wheat. Can I tell you this, I don't think I've ever sifted wheat. I did notice that the flour was finer though. I think that's going to be a whole nother blog.

Tonight I sat all of my ingredients on the counter and began this process. Cream the butter and the sugar. Add vanilla. Add sifted flour. Add the chopped nuts. I was scared and excited. I rolled them into balls and put them in the oven. When they came out I was still apprehensive until I rolled them in the powdered sugar. Lol. At that point you couldn't tell me nothing because the gift I had envisioned in my mind sat before me.

I think my sister will be surprised and happy. I think my Aunt is looking down proudly knowing that after 30 years since her passing she's still honored.

I hope Marlene enjoys them. I enjoyed making them. So much so that I might just do it again but sooner than Christmas.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Final Friday 2017

It's the Final Friday of 2017 and I am up cleaning and trying to convince two little people to go to sleep. It's not working out the way that I saw it in my head but then neither has the year of 2017 and you know what? It turned out better than I could have ever imagined. It didn't end like it started.

Sometimes you can have the best plan conceived for yourself and it's just not what God intended for you. And if those intentions are not in His will it not only can't work out, it won't work out.

I hear many people talk about cutting people off and how next year it's gonna be better for so many reasons. I just want to thank God on this Final Friday of the year for making my year awesome. For showing me that what I have wanted for myself pales in comparison to what He wants for me.

As soon as the distractions left. My mind got clearer. My credit score went up. My nails and hair got stronger. I'm thankful for the year 2017. The number 7 is the number of completion. All of the hell that tried to take over my life got shutdown and wiped out.

To that I say amen. He will truly perfect those things that concern you.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas ~ Be At Peace

Gifts or no gifts. 
Tree or no tree. 
Celebrate in a way that feels good to you, for you. 💞
Celebrate your family and the love of the season. 
And for those struggling through this season take this moment 
to celebrate that gift that is you 
that continues to press on in spite of. 
#bemindful #bepresent #beyou #begentle 
Be at peace.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Arlinda Christine Ministries ~ Working, For His Love, For His Purpose

What an amazing year this has been. Earlier this year Arlinda Christine Ministries was registered as  a non-profit with the state. The logo was created. Last week The Confide Workshop became the 5th event planned by ACMinistries. Business cards were created and ordered this past week. After the cards were ordered I began to think that we needed a tag line. A phrase that shared what Arlinda Christine Ministries is truly about.

As many people know my favorite scripture is Romans 8:28. So I sat one night and jotted some things down. I even called my mom for input. It was weird that as I sat and tried to come up with the right wording, it honestly didn't come to me until I was up walking around the house. When I heard the words I immediately began to search for a pen and a piece of paper.

Romans 8:28 reads, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)

Recently my pastor was preaching and he asked the following questions.

Do you love God?
Are you called according to His purpose?
If you answer yes to both, then it all works together.

My prayer is that ACMinistries continues working for His love and for His purpose.