Our time…or His time.

Like other Jews, the disciples chafed under their roman rulers. They wanted Jesus to free Israel from Roman Power and then become their king. Jesus replied that God the Father sets the timetable for all events – worldwide, national, and personal. If you want changes in your life, that God hasn’t yet made, don’t become impatient. Instead, trust Gods timetable. STUDY NOTE: NLT STUDY BIBLE; ACTS 1:6-7

‘So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom??”

He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ ACTS 1:6-8 (NLT)

Expanding my creative writing skills…

continued from last week…I was in the process of learning how to disagree respectfully, I quite enjoyed being able to think of different RESPECTFUL ways to disagree. We can all agree to disagree, right? lol

So, it got me looking at different writing techniques and styles. I came across a comedic writing style called SATIRE.

SATIRE: A technique employed by writers to expose and criticize foolishness or corruption in an individual or a society by using humour, exaggeration or ridicule. It intends to improve humanity by criticizing it’s follies and foibles.

That’s sounds cool to me. To be able to expose what’s wrong in the world, with a little bit of humour…I would love to be able to do that!

SO, here’s my first shot at a satire comic. Please excuse the cartooning- I am not the greatest artist! And it’s just a little try- but please, let me know what you think!

Disagreement

Okay, so…. I have been participating in the WORDPRESS BLOGGING BASICS 101 and day four’s commenting assignment is to disagree in a comment – I’m having trouble doing this!

Oh yeah, I could just randomly disagree with someone on the READER, but I would like my comment to be well thought out, meaningful, respectful.

So….here I am. Stuck.

Do I  search for someone who I know will not have the same beliefs as me, or do I try to stick with what I am familiar with? I always try very hard not to have disagreements, I don’t like to stir the pot…..

But, we all need to get out of our comfort zone, right? So here it goes…..

Gods will and not our own….

‘Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the Spirit is willing, but the body is weak.’   Mark 14:38(NLT)

You may not face execution for your faith, but you probably face problems that wear you down. You deal with irritating people whom you must love and serve; You face the burden of unfinished tasks or lack of obvious results; You cope with helpers who let you down or fail to comprehend. In times of great stress, we are vulnerable to temptation, even if we have a willing spirit. Jesus explained how to resist:

  1. Keep watch(Mark 14:35) – Stay awake and be morally vigilant.
  2. Pray to God(Mark 14:35) – This is how you maintain your vigilance.
  3. Seek support of friends and loved ones(Mark 14:33,37,40,41) – This is how you build up your resistance and help others~When one is weak, others are strong.
  4. Focus on the purpose God has given you(Mark 14:36) – This is how you do Gods will and not your own.

STUDY NOTES: NLT STUDY BIBLE ~ MARK 14:38

A Seed…..

In the late second century, the church Father Tertullian wrote: “The blood of Christians is seed,”

Because opposition helped spread Christianity. Luke recorded many of these persecutions in the book of Acts.  Paul wrote from prison that he suffered gladly because it helped him to know Christ better and do Christ’s work for the church( Philippian’s 3:10, Colossians 1:24) The early church thrived, despite intense persecution.  ~ STUDY NOTE: NLT STUDY BIBLE- LUKE 21:12-13

Jesus warned that in the coming persecution his followers would be betrayed by their family members and friends. Christians of every age have had to face this possibility. It is re-assuring to know that even when we feel abandoned, the Holy Spirit will stay with us. He will comfort us, protect us, and give us the words we need. This assurance can give us the hope and courage to stand firm for Christ no matter how difficult the situation. ~ STUDY NOTE: NLT STUDY BIBLE – LUKE 21:14-19

‘But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!’ LUKE 21:12-15 NLT

Confessions of a past Hairstylist….

Black, brunette, red, auburn, dirty blonde, blonde.

Many times, we would have a dark brown, or black haired client come into the salon wanting to be ‘bleach’ blonde. Don’t do it. Just don’t. And if you’re going to – BEWARE of the consequence’s. LISTEN to your stylist when they tell you your hair WILL BE DAMAGED.

I have seen it, seen it with my own eyes – I have saw hairstylists ruin their own hair trying to accomplish going from dark brown  or black, to blonde. One of the girls I went to hairstyling school with, was dark, dark brown – She decided she wanted to be bleach blonde, the salon where she worked bleached her 2-3 times and she got a CHEMICAL HAIRCUT. She had breakage all over. Her hair had been half way down her back and by the end, it was just past her shoulders. The two months I knew her, was spent repairing the damage she had created.

Hair is like fabric: You can only bleach out a black piece of fabric so many times before you ruin the integrity of the fabric – it will start breaking and falling apart. Bleach is a chemical. Hair is like fabric, you can only bleach it so many times before you ruin the integrity of the hair – it will start breaking and falling apart. Bleach is permanent, until it grows out again.

Yes, it is possible. But, there are consequences – Your hair will be very damaged. It may take 2-3 or even more applications of bleach to achieve the desired level of blonde – thus compromising the integrity of the hair. You may not be able to brush your hair while it is wet, as the pulling will exaggerate the damage already there and cause you to loose even more hair. You will need to DEEP condition every day between applications. And bleaching applications may need to be spaced out over a period of days or weeks to prevent ruining the integrity of the hair.

As hairstylists, we tell these things to our clients. But I am not sure if some people just don’t listen, they think it’s not going to happen to them, or we just don’t know what we’re talking about. As a hairstylist, we are the ones who went to school to learn about the structure of a single hair strand. We do know what we’re talking about – so PLEASE listen when we tell you what can happen to your hair if you want to be ‘Bleach Blonde’

For me, I am not even doing hair anymore – this problem, is one of the main reasons, I used to get a sinking feeling when a young brunette came in wanting to be blonde. They just don’t care what you say – they only want their hair blonde and they will do anything to get it – or so they think – until they are faced with the consequences of their decision- broken, fried, hair. And then they get mad at the stylist, after she warned them what could happen. What a mess. If only people would just listen to their stylist. It would make life a whole lot easier.