Monthly Archives: March 2013

Does God Care About Hair And If He Does, Why Did He Let Me Burn Off My Bangs?

My hair has always tried my patience. Problem: it is fine and thin. As a teenager, I put it up in pin curls (does anyone remember them anymore?) each night and wore it curly. Later, I used rollers and back-combed it, so it looked fuller. Regardless what I did, I rarely felt good about my hair. So, whenever there was a special family event involving photos, I’d head to the beauty shop. The beautician would transform my hair into something attractive, and my friends would say, “Oh, I like it, why don’t you pull your hair back with all those curls and the bangs, all the time?”

Problem: I didn’t have the patience, time, or ability. So, in recent years, I curled my bangs with a curling iron and twisted the rest of my hair to the back and put in a clip. It was easy, and it worked. However, that style was dependent on a curling iron. That’s what got me into trouble.

Our youngest daughter, Crystal, recently married an Israeli. After the wedding here in Oregon, we traveled to Israel for the ceremony there. I took my curling iron, and my husband took along a converter for me, since Israeli electricity has higher voltage than ours in the U. S. All went well until we were at a bed and breakfast above the Sea of Galilee.

I asked my husband, Pete, for the converter. Our son, Stephen, said, “Oh, use this smaller one. I use it all over Europe on my business trips. We connected the curling iron in the bedroom, and while it heated up, I went about doing other things.

First warning: when I returned to the room, I smelled the heat, but didn’t think too much about it. Second warning: when I picked up the curling iron, it burned my left thumb and forefinger. This baby is really hot, I thought, but continued to turn my bangs around the iron. I left it there a moment. Satisfied that the curl should be ready, I removed the iron—and the hair. Yes, the hair. Hanging from the curling iron was about two inches of my bangs. “Oh, no,” I screamed.

Everyone came running to see what happened. I held up the curling iron with my hair dangling from it. The men began figuring out what went wrong. I collapsed into my daughter, Crystal’s arms and sobbed. The wedding was only two days away. I had so looked forward to this special event and the photos I would have with Crystal and other family members. Now I wondered how I could even go.

“And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” I repeated in my mind, as soon as I could gain control of myself. I could trust God, but oh, what could be done with my hair?

Daniel, my new son-in-law assured me they could put on hair extenders at a beauty shop in Jerusalem. Doubtful, I kept wondering how things would all turn out. Every time I started to panic, however, I repeated, “All things . . . . . . .” in my mind.

That day we went to see the Jesus boat, an archeological find on the northern Galilee and for a ride on the Sea of Galilee. My granddaughters, ages seven and nine didn’t seem to mind that my bangs were gone. I was still Grandma to them, regardless how I looked. “All things work together for good. . . .” I kept repeating, but I couldn’t see how I could come out of this better than before. Was God dealing with my pride? I wondered.

The next day we went to the Dead Sea. We floated in the salty water and rubbed the mud on our skin. It might be healthy for our skin, but I knew it could do nothing for my hair.

Our daughter and son-in-law had taken our family sightseeing around Israel for three days before the wedding, leaving dozens of errands to be run on the day of the celebration. High on the list, however, was a trip to the beauty shop for me.

“We thought maybe you could extend her bangs,” Crystal told the beautician.

He took one look at my bangs and shook his head. “They’re too short,” he said. “I can cut some of the hair further back to match their length,” he explained in Hebrew.

Crystal told him what he should do with the remaining hair and left on an errand.

“I think the sides and back need to be cut,” the hair dresser told me haltingly in English. “You like it.”

I was desperate, and I had no one else to consult, so I agreed. With a few snips of his scissors, my hair was cut about two inches below my ears.

“You like?” he asked.

What could I say, the hair was gone. “I, I’m not sure.” First my bangs were gone, now the rest of my hair was drastically different. I didn’t look like the same person. Oh, my. But I caught myself, “All things work together . . . .” but how could this work for good. Would anyone even recognize me? I couldn’t recognize myself.

When Crystal returned, my usually even-tempered daughter yelled in unbelief. “What did you do to her? Why didn’t you do what I said?”

“Her hair is too fine. It wouldn’t work,” he said defensively.

Then, I understood. Most Israelis have lots of course hair. He’d probably never worked with fine, thin hair before.

“Oh, I like your hair,” Christine, my daughter-in-law, said when she greeted me at the wedding that night.

“Really?” I asked incredulous.

“Yes. I do.”

“Stephen stepped up. “I don’t know what all the ‘to do’ is about. I think it’s cute.”

I sighed. I didn’t think I could ever like it. And how would the photos look?

The evening was lovely with the back-drop of flowers in the nursery where Daniel worked. My granddaughters strew flower petals along the path. Following Israeli tradition, Pete and I accompanied Crystal to the huppah. Daniel eagerly met us, and we all went inside the huppah for the ceremony. Israeli dancing followed. Of course, I didn’t know the dances, but Crystal had assured me ahead of time that the steps weren’t important, just the camaraderie. Crystal and Daniel were hoisted on chairs, and everyone seemed beside themselves for joy.

We returned to Oregon a few days later. The first gathering I attended after the trip was a Moms prayer meeting. Of course, my hair was a topic of discussion. Everyone said it looked good.  One gal said it looked more modern. Then Carol, whom I knew would speak her true feelings, said, “Would it be wrong to say it looks better than before?”

Okay, I admitted to myself. It’s not like I wanted it, but I will get used to it. It’s not difficult to care for. And yes, all things, even my bangs getting burned off, work together for good.

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Geneva Cobb Iijima lives near Portland, Oregon. She has published four books and over 70 articles. Visit her at www.genevacobbiijima.com

Rosalind Y Tompkins – Words of Inspiration – Day 18

What is the Encouragement Campaign?

It is 21 days of Hope, Inspiration & Solutions, just like the mission of our weekly radio show.

Many people don’t know where to turn in the midst of their storm. We tell them to read the Bible, and that’s what they need to do, but where do they go in the Bible? I can remember when I would go to the bible and it was just words. I didn’t know where to go nor what story or scriptures to read. It was just “Thou, Art ,begat, Mennonites,” and many other words I didn’t understand nor could pronounce. ~ Nicole Cleveland, Founder of Breathe Again Magazine

For 21 days you will hear from men and women of faith that have gone from victim to VICTORIOUS !
They will share how they survived and what encouraged them to keep going.

Click here to receive the 21 day series  in your inbox.

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:4 Anyone who is among the living has hope–even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! (NIV)

The above scripture resonates with my spirit because hope is a powerful force that has kept me clean and sober for twenty plus years. I am known for my trade mark saying “As Long As There Is Breath In Your Body, There Is Hope” and that is also the title of my signature book. When I reflect on the things that I went through and the darkness that was present in my life I see hope as light in the midst of darkness. Hope will point the way to a brighter future as long as you stick around to see what the end is going to be. Hope has tremendous power and energy to guide us through the tough times in life. Hope is what is keeping me now during these trying times of transition and uncertainty. I have to keep hope ever before me to know that tomorrow will be brighter than whatever I am facing right now. I am that “living dog” with a living testimony!

Encouragement: No matter how dark it may be in your life right now look for the light of hope to shine through. It may come in the form of a smile from a friend or loved one, it may come with the flutter of the wings of a butterfly, or it may come from a cool breeze on a hot Summer’s day. Where ever it comes from just know that it is a gift from God sent to let you know that everything is going to be alright if you just keep the Faith and Hope burning bright!

by: Dr. Rosalind Y. Tompkins
Spiritual Life Coach/Pastor
Website: www.Rosalindytompkins.com

Who Am I?

 

Have you asked yourself that question lately?

Who Am I?

Oh, I know what your title is, but who are you?

We are wives, mothers, praise team members, ushers, ministers, sisters, leaders, teachers etc….etc

We are everything to everybody but nothing to ourselves.

This must stop.

Take a few moments and ask yourself three questions.

  1. Who am I?
  2. Am I Happy?
  3. Do I still Dream?

( 1 ) Search the bible for what God says you are. What do the scriptures say about you?  Click here for a few examples of what the bible says about you. I believe when you know who and whose you are, it creates a new level of confidence in HIM. Meditate on what the word of God says you are and not what others say.

(2) If you’re happy, treasure your happiness. If you’re not happy, go find you a happy place. Create your own happiness.

(3)  If you still dream, don’t stop. If you’re not dreaming, start  today. It doesn’t cost you anything to dream.

 

 

 

 

Founder of Breathe Again Magazine
Speaker, Radio Host, Author & Coach
www.nicoleconline.com
 
 

What Does The Scripture Say I Am ?

 

I am the righteousness of God

2 Corinthians 5:21

I am a friend of Jesus.

John 15:15

I have been justified and redeemed.

Romans 3:24

I am a new creature in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17

I’ve been set free.

Galatians 5:1

I am a child of God.

John 1:12

I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God

Ephesians 1:4

I am the righteousness of God

2 Corinthians 5:21

I am redeemed

Ephesians 1:7

I am God’s workmanship. His good work.

Ephesians 2:10

I have been made complete in Christ.

Colossians 2:10

I am fearfully and wonderfully made

Psalms 139:14

 

Throw Yo’ Hands Up Conference


On Saturday March 9th I had the opportunity to be one of the Showcase Spotlights at the “Throw Yo’ Hands Up Conference” hosted by Surrounded By Faith Ministries in Richmond, Virginia.

Surrounded By Faith Ministries, Inc., began as a Bible Study for women from all walks of life and from various churches in the home of Founder, Yvette L. Allen-Tatum.  Before the ministry was a Bible Study, it was an email ministry.

Today, there are fewer Bible Studies / ministry meetings because Surrounded By Faith is focusing more on EVANGELISM!

The Throw Yo’ Hands Up Conference is a forum designed to take individuals  from faith to implementation in business and ministry.

This year the conference was held at the Comfort Suites -VCC.

Men and women from all backgrounds came together to learn, fellowship and relate with one another about their dreams, current business and ministries.

The Keynote speaker was author, trainer and Pastor, Alton Jamison.He shared Godly wisdom on starting your business with a spirit of excellence, creating Godly partnerships and controlling the meal, the marketplace and the money. He took us to church!

Whatever the Lord has dropped in your spirit to do, “Just Get Started” rang throughout the entire conference.

The lovely Sharvette Mitchell of Mitchell Productions, LLC and the host of “The Sharvette Mitchell Radio Show” ( Blog Talk Radio , Tuesdays at 6pm ) was the Mistress of Ceremonies. She did an amazing job and sprinkled media and marketing tips throughout the day. She even gave us a lil something sweet and salty in her well known Chinese box treats.

Brenda Powell from Brenda Powell Unlimited and Exodus Designs shared information about the pros and cons of business during her showcase spotlight.


My segment was centered around  my personal testimony, being passionate about what you do in business and getting started with your dream. “Believe in Yourself” -Even if you’re the only one that believes in you.

Job well done to Yvette Tatum, her husband and Surrounded by Faith Ministries for being obedient and doing the will of God.

Check out more photos from the event –  Person II Person – Photography by Lechele

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Nicole Cleveland
Founder of Breathe Again Magazine

You Are God’s Masterpiece

Uniquely and divinely created for the Glory of God

“You Are God’s Masterpiece” helps you grow in the knowledge and understanding that you are intricately designed by God and are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made by God.

Excerpt

We  must dedicate our bodies as a living sacrifice,holy and well-pleasing to God.  This sacrifice is ongoing throughout our lives.  We must follow God’s will and ways for our lives, rather than our own will and ways.  We  must be guided by God ad His Word.  Our submission and obedience to His Word will bring about positive change in our lives spiritually, mentally, and physically.  God’s Word is our source for change; our tool to effect change in others; and our guide for empowerment and prosperity.

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.“  (Proverbs 23:7)

Your thoughts dictate your actions and your attitudes.  It is important to align your thoughts with God’s thoughts found in His Word.  When I speak positively, passionately and in the present tense, then this activates the forces of my human spirit to lay hold of the spirit and power of God.

http://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/you-are-gods-masterpiece-by-karmen-a-booker/

 

 

Meet Nadia Ianakieva

Nadia Ianakieva resides in Hanover Park, Illinois

 

Bio:

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, a country behind the Iron Curtain of Communism. When baptized in the Holy Spirit, Nadia was miraculously delivered from alcoholism, and nicotine addiction. She was also healed of several diseases. Signs and wonders followed every sermon in the persecuted Church of God she attended. The gifts of the Holy Spirit were manifested powerfully among the believers, and she was accustomed to prophesy, deliverance, healing and encouragement.

Business Info:

Nadia is the author of the Christian inspirational nonfiction book, “The Red Dress Decision: True Stories of a Life Filled with God’s Miracles.” The book is a first hand account of God’s supernatural activity in the present day. Miracles are part of the author’s everyday life. She thinks that everybody should live the abundant life God wants us to live.


Visit her online at http://nianakieva.wix.com/nadiaianakieva

 

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Kim Gibson – Words of Inspiration – Day 17

What is the Encouragement Campaign?

It is 21 days of Hope, Inspiration & Solutions, just like the mission of our weekly radio show.

Many people don’t know where to turn in the midst of their storm. We tell them to read the Bible, and that’s what they need to do, but where do they go in the Bible? I can remember when I would go to the bible and it was just words. I didn’t know where to go nor what story or scriptures to read. It was just “Thou, Art ,begat, Mennonites,” and many other words I didn’t understand nor could pronounce. ~ Nicole Cleveland, Founder of Breathe Again Magazine

For 21 days you will hear from men and women of faith that have gone from victim to VICTORIOUS !
They will share how they survived and what encouraged them to keep going.

Click here to receive the 21 day series  in your inbox.

Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you, plans of good, not evil, that you may have an expected [hope] end.”

I remember clearly the emotions I was feeling when I transitioned from one home to the next. It was a very depressing time. As a parent, you don’t ever want to see your kids suffer. It hurts you to the core of your being to know the hurt was at your hand. Mismanagement, poor decisions, financial irresponsibility put us (married then) in a position of not knowing where we were going to live. My baby wanted to go to the only place she knew, home.

After weeping and depression, my sister in law told me “I’ve been where you are. You are not a failure. God is not angry with you, He will see you through this.” Her words blessed me. I remember reading Romans 5 and the scripture that said “trial and tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed.” I understood everything was going to work out for my good, it was not my end and not where God wanted me to be.

I learned through adversity that “God will never leave me nor forsake me.” My daughter said, “mommy, when are we going to get our own house?” I said, “when God says it’s time.” Eventually, I was sitting in a leasing office, the consultant said, “I don’t see a problem; you just need somebody to give you a second chance.” I asked, “can anyone veto you?” She said “no.” I began to worship Him in her office. I told my daughter, God said it’s time!

by: Kim Gibson