Love In the Spotlight

Love in the Spotlight

abca3dbd4aefe583c31802ad03be9b98Usually, I focus on fellow bloggers and those who are influential in my life. This Sunday, I want to show love to everyone on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

I absolutely love seeing people get married, engaged, have their babies, vacationing in the big city and abroad, in school, moving up in their careers, just having a positive outlook on life. Honestly, we don’t take the time out to shed light on everything positive. We’re so focus on sharing what’s on WorldStar (guilty), about the negativity that’s going on in our world instead of focusing on the positivity that’s going on around us.

I’m truly happy for each of you enjoying your life to the fullest. I’m truly happy for the moms and dads raising your child(ren) with tons of love. I’m truly happy for everyone going for their dreams. Keep it up! Flood my timelines with all your positivity. I LOVE IT!

Be blessed!

Much Love,

Christina

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Quench Your Thirst Thursday!

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Photo Credit: YouTube

Photo Credit: YouTube

Hey Ladies and Gents!

This is an introduction to my new faith-based series, Quench Your Thirst. I’ll give an in-depth diagnosis on the various life areas that are impacted by Faith. We are going raw on this one. Please note, if you are offended by anything that I state, my apologies in advance. I am not here to do that. I am simply here to share the truth, how my Faith impacts my life, and to encourage those on similar journeys. With this being said, let’s get started. 

This week I want to focus on-The Church.

Many of us grew up with the idea that the church was a physical building, which is true. However, the church is much more than an object. The church is us. That’s right, us. We (being God’s children-believers and non-alike) are the church. As I dive deeper into my word, I learn more about our purpose when it comes to His kingdom. We are here to draw more people towards him. Two things that God grants us is love and eternal life. Most of us know this, but are we living by this truth? Do we exhibit His teachings and His laws in our behavior? If we are to answer this question, many of us would say NO. If you say yes, then I’ll be curious as to how you do it. There is no way that we exhibit His love and his desire for us to have eternal life daily. We certainly do try. By no means does this makes us bad people. It makes us human. However, we don’t see ourselves this way.

When we become a part of the church, we develop this demeanor that we are better than others. We begin judging others based on how they dress or how they react to different situations. We begin to act as if we are God and it’s not right. We are not the Messiah. We are not the creator of this earth or the ruler of all things. We are individuals. Let me repeat this sentence-We are individuals meaning, we focus on one self (own demeanor, own actions, own appearance) while encouraging others to seek His kingdom.

 The verses that mostly resonates with me regarding the church is Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

When I read this and received clarification about it-I thought about the Facebook conversation my family and I had on a picture (a woman wearing a tight dress that shows her butt and its imperfections).

There are some disagreements when it comes to attire (particularly with women). Yes, we are supposed to dress accordingly when we come to church. However if a woman continuously make the effort to come to church every Sunday and she only wears “club” clothes, who are we to judge her? She’s there get closer to God (like the rest of us). The main focus should be-to be closer to Him so we can experience eternal life. He loves her as much as He loves the rest of us.

How do we begin to be the church that God speaks of? How are we going to show His love and grace for each other? How are we going to encourage others to become a part of His freedom? How are you going to exhibit His truth?

One thing that we all can stop doing is gossiping about each other. We need to stop trying to ruin people’s reputations. We need to stop judging people based on where they live, where their children attend school, their attire, their views, and their overall demeanor (that’s not in agreement with ours).

We need to be uplifting. We need to be encouraging. We need to be authentic. We need to put the focus on bringing as many people to His truth. We need and should desire to have a positive impact on other people-espeically as the church.

Another truth-If we are to have the mindset like Christ when dealing with everyday circumstances, then we need to take the necessary steps to become the church (as He sees it).

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to exhibit His love towards others. I want to be that light that people notice because of Him. If we don’t do that, then who will?

Be blessed.

Much Love,

Christina

Get It Moving Monday! New Month, New Start

Get It Moving Monday!
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(Photo Credit: millie-margaret.blogspot.com)

It’s officially June 1st. Can you believe it?! Confession Time: The last couple of weeks in fitness has not been the best. It’s safe to say that I fell into a plateau. I got sick of doing the same routines, although I saw results. Since it’s a new month, I can start anew and this is the same for you.

What can you change about your fitness regime? How about your eating habits? This can extent beyond physical health care. How about trying some completely new? Or reconnecting with a loved one or friend?

The opportunities are endless this month.

I plan to do the following:

  • To complete a new 30-Day fitness challenge (see below and let me know if you want to join me)

    (Although its' focus is on the thighs, you will work other parts of your body as well)

    (Although its’ focus is on the thighs, you will work other parts of your body as well)

  • To take at least two classes a week at Lucille Roberts
  • To increase my weight count in strength training
  • To keep my grocery budget under $50 a week (I will elaborate on this in an upcoming post)
  • To reconnect with my family down here in Atlanta (I do have a good number of family members close to age here)
  • Most important: To put my complete trust in God in everything that I do (Faith=Trust= Full Confidence in God and in His timing)
  • To finally begin the process of getting into Early Childhood Education

I want to hear about some changes that you’re going to make this month? (Don’t be shy)

Have a great monday. Be blessed!

Much Love,

Christina

Get It Moving Monday! Getting Focus!

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This week’s theme: Getting into a routine, Getting Focus!

Mondays are not a fun day for many of us. We’re getting back into reality after a much needed weekend of relaxation. I want to share my routine of getting back on the stick after a fun-filled, care-free weekend.

First thing : Spend time with God or complete other ritual (I respect that everyone are a part of different cultures and religions). I find this to be exhilarating and powerful! Reading His word whether a devotional, a bible plan, etc. I receive a boast of energy and I can go on with the rest of my day.

(So, I do Her Binder Project Devotional, Power Thoughts Devotional by Joyce Meyer, and I'm doing a 30-Day Challenge reading the book of Proverbs-great by the way)

(So, I do Her Binder Project Devotional, Power Thoughts Devotional by Joyce Meyer, and I’m doing a 30-Day Challenge reading the book of Proverbs-great by the way)

 (Here’s the link to Her Binder Project:http://thecentrecc.org/products/herbinderproject-may-devotional-and-weekly-guides. There are other studies and devotions for men and women on http://thecentrecc.org)

Breakfast: If you are not eating this important meal, I suggest that you begin. Breakfast food keeps you fueled for half of your day pretty much. They are plenty of on-to-go options (Pinterest, hehe).

(Cage-Free Boiled Eggs, Whole Banana sliced, and 1/4 cup of blueberries)

(Cage-Free Boiled Eggs, Whole Banana sliced, and 1/4 cup of blueberries)

Plan: Make your to-do/task list, schedule, whatever you like to call it. This helps me to stay focus throughout my day. If you’re worried about not getting everything done on your list or schedule, everything will be just fine. Restricted on time, do the most important things that day. After all, we are given 6 additional days to complete whatever we did not complete the day before.

(I color coordinate: Red-Urgent/Important, Purple-Personal, Blue-Business)

(I color coordinate: Red-Urgent/Important, Purple-Personal, Blue-Business)

After doing this: It’s workout time! (Today is circuit, part of the 30-Day Challenge I’m doing, Strength Training, and some cardio)

Most importantly, remember to allow yourself to make mistakes, to experience different emotions throughout the day, and be-youtiful!

Be Blessed y’all!

Much Love,

Christina

Get It Moving Monday!

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(Photo Credit: Laugh and Inspire Instagram Page)

(Photo Credit: Laugh and Inspire Instagram Page)

Today’s theme is positive relationships!

I’ve been reading about relationships a lot lately. I have questioned some of my relationships. One thing that I’m learning is that I need to surround myself with people who believe in me, who love me unconditionally, who tells it like it is, and who will motivate me to keep going, to stay on my grind.

I realize that having positive people around me helps tremendously in everything that I do.

Today challenge: To do some inventory on your current relationships. Realize what those are bringing to the table for you and also what they are not bringing. Weigh in the pros and cons. If you have more on one side than the other, I believe with God’s guidance, some prayer, and your overall feelings towards that relationship, you will begin to live life more positively.

I want to leave you with some inspirational quotes and pics to serve as a reminder of keeping positivity in your life:

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Happy Monday! Be blessed!

Much Love,

Christina

Get It Moving Monday! Keep It Forward!

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(Photo Credit: BecauseI’mAddicted Blog)

I’m starting this series entitled, Get It Moving Monday! We all need some motivation to get our week or day started. Mondays are known by many to be dreadful. I’m here to tell you that Mondays are actually the best day of the week for this particular reason:

You can start fresh this week. Whatever happened last week or during the weekend is done and over with. Be happy that this week is new for making change and progress.

Here’s a little inspiration from Mrs. Joyce Meyer:

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What is one thing that you are going to do to make your Monday a success?

For me, I will finish up my resume and cover letter that I’ve put aside. A job is just not going to call me and say, “You’re hired”. I have to go out there and make it happen.

We are all brave souls! We got this with God on our side of course! Happy Monday and be blessed y’all!

(A little pick me up song for those struggling to get started with your day)

Much Love,

Christina