Isn’t Long Hair a Woman’s Pride and Joy?


If you haven’t picked up on it by now, I pray about EVERYTHING.  From the major things to the minor things, there is NOT ONE THING that I won’t pray about.  From the time I was a kid in Children’s Church, I was completely convinced that if it mattered to me, it mattered to God.

In addition to that, I learned that there is POWER in praying God’s Word back to Him.  My mom taught me that.  When you take the time to learn what God’s Word says about your particular issue or concern, you get to know God’s heart.

Even more than knowing His heart and what His Word says, you end up developing a RELATIONSHIP with Him and God is not Man that He should lie— in fact HE is FAITHFUL to perform what He has promised.

One of the habits that I adopted during my teens was to become extra diligent about learning those scriptures that applied to things I was praying for.  At that time, I wanted my hair to grow.  During my research, I came across 1 Corinthians 11:15 which reads, And isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? For it has been given to her as a covering.

I made that scripture personal.  It became part of my daily routine.  I would brush my hair and apply carrot oil in the evening before going to bed and my hair eventually reached the length that I was desiring.

Then came college:  I colored my hair, I had my hair cut into layers.  I eventually “went natural” and cut off all of my relaxed ends and decided to stop processing my hair.  My hair has grown substantially since 2011, but I haven’t retained the length I hoped to have by this time (partially due to the fact that I grew out and cut out my color from 2012).

Thankfully, I was offered the opportunity to review these #HairSkinNails vitamins.

My prayers always continue, but I also believe in nourishing the body along with nourishing the soul and I really liked that these pills were all natural (vegan/vegetarian), easy to swallow (unlike larger vitamins I have taken in the past), and did not cause me to have any upset stomach or nausea after taking them.

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I also understand that a determinant of healthy hair is a healthy lifestyle and hair regimen.  What you put into your body will determine what comes out.

In addition to taking these daily vitamins, I also take a probiotic twice daily (one in the morning and one in the evening), an Omega 3 supplement, Evening Primrose Oil, Ester-C, and a daily multivitamin.  It may sound like overkill, but I am no longer on any prescription medications for my asthma, allergies, or bursitis, so I’d like to believe that they are helping me along with the work that God has already done!

Proper hair care is VERY important and I have always sought out stylists that focus on caring for healthy hair (trimming hair regularly, using quality products and minimizing the use of intensive heat).  Before beginning my review of the vitamins, I also had my hair trimmed.  The before and after of my trim is shown below.  All of the photos of my hair were taking after having my hair professionally washed, blown out, and flat ironed by the same stylist.

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Having only taken these vitamins for 30 days (I missed a few days here and there), I expected the growth to be minimal at best, but I do see marked growth in the 30 day before and after comparison show below.  My hair is much fuller and softer and has a more noticeable sheen (though I will note that the photo on the left was taken without a flash while the photo on the right was taken with a flash, so not all of the credit goes to the vitamins there).

30 Day Hair Skin and Nails_Before and After

I will reviewing a few other hair vitamin supplements in the upcoming months so I may post additional updates.  My goal is to have hair that is midlength of my back, not for any particular reason–  I do love my mother’s long flowing locks, so maybe I’m trying to be more like her (I love my mommy!) 🙂

Please stop back by if you’re interested in seeing how this progresses.  You can follow my Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates on the growth and some of my other quick fixes!

Last, but definitely not least, I want to leave you with a few resources on prayers and praying God’s Word:

Bible Gateway

Praying The Word.org

Prayers That Avail Much

Until next time– Go Fix Something! 🙂

 

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Who’s There to Save the Hero?

I know everyone is still occupied by “Formation,” but “Save The Hero” will FOREVER be one of my top two Beyoncé songs (The other being, “I Was Here”).

I don’t look to any celebrity as my standard of living, nor do I fault myself for any music I listen to (when I catch myself feeling myself too much, I check it QUICKLY). I have a faith that I’m growing in day by day and God prunes those habits REGULARLY. In the meantime, I take any revelations God gives me via any medium– which is often music (and not just Christian or Gospel genres).

All that being said, this particular song came to mind as I considered my topics for my next Podcast recording. It’s pretty much where I’m at right now.

I didn’t sleep at all last night. Not because I was stressed or anxious or upset or worried. But because I needed that time alone with God.

The first time I heard this song in 2008, I felt like it described my life:

“…I’m left with no shoulder, but everybody wants to lean on me.

I guess I’m their soldier.

Well who’s gonna be mine?

Who’s there to save the hero?

When she’s left all alone and she’s crying out for help.

Who’s there to save the hero?

Who’s there to save the girl… after she’s saves the world?”

I feel that way, OFTEN.  And, like any other time I find myself pondering lyrics during my quiet time, I heard God answer me.

His response was, “I AM.

I wouldn’t be the woman that I am today if I didn’t continue to remember these truths:

“Strong people” struggle too. The world looks at you as if you are some superhero, but you know all too well that you are STILL human.

People may overlook you, try to use you and manipulate your genuine heart to serve their own needs —  But God —

God is the one true, constant confidant that you have in the midst of all of life’s challenges.  He WILL NOT fail you and you CANNOT allow others to change who you are or stop the purposes and desires He has placed in your heart.

Take some time away with God and allow him to strengthen your heart.

 

I pray that my transparency helps someone else today.  It’s pressing on my heart to share so I’m sure there’s some person who needs these words at this very moment.

Scriptures to Meditate On:

Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG) “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew 11:28-30 New Living Translation (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

 

Psalm 91 New Living Translation (NLT)

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

 

John 16:33 New Living Translation (NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

 

Book Review: The Argument-Free Marriage

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An argument-free marriage?  Sounds too good to be true right?

Not really!  It CAN be your situation.  I’m a testament to that.

In our marriage, I was more likely to be the one to lead us into an argument.  Not because I like to argue, but because I’ve been so accustomed to not being heard or not given the benefit of the doubt in the past that I always felt the need to argue my case.  Smh — thank God for growth!

I very much liked this text and the approach it used in unpacking its subject matter. My husband and I recently celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary and a major goal in this last year was increased communication and intentional conversations during disagreements. I loved that the 28 day devotional was set up to be read by the husband and wife together.

We enjoy a very peaceful household  now because we’ve learned how to communicate our opinions and share when we’ve been hurt or offended and to really LISTEN to HEAR what’s being said (and not to just respond).

Believe it or not, we make the choice to enter into an argument. You CAN make a statement without letting your anger escalate the conversation. You CAN choose to disagree AND you CAN have PEACE at the end of EVERY DAY!

If you struggle to do so now, pick up this text and incorporate some of the techniques it describes.  It may not solve all of your problems, but it’s likely to be a big help if you’ll commit to doing the internal work necessary to aid the overall process.

I would highly recommend this text to newlyweds and any couple looking to strengthen their relationship and communication with one another!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a promotional copy of this text in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”