Thursday, January 30, 2014

Oompa Loompa

Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do
I have a perfect mask for you
Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-dee
If you are wise, you'll listen to me

Oh happy day! 

Pinterest has got me hooked again! I have another wonderful mask for you. I purchased red Moroccan clay online: here. Received it within a few days and quickly opened the box to try this clay. This has got to be the easiest mask I have ever used.

Oompa Loompa faces get ready!

Recipe (or follow this video):
In a small mug I mixed 
1 teaspoon of clay 
1 teaspoon of water
Leave for 15-20 minutes... or 30 if you're watching New Girl like me. 

As you can see in the picture above, once mixed it becomes a smooth terra-cotta-colored paste. Hence, why I am calling it the Oompa Loompa Mask. It makes a generous amount that fully covers the face. It dries rather quickly. And if you have something to say, say it quickly because it also dries rock hard. 

There ya go, my face looking ridiculous again! 

Removing the mask is just as easy as the preparation and application. It rinses off comfortably with water. 

This wonder working mask is great! I tried it with two of my friends and they can vouch for how amazing their skin looked right after removing it. I highly recommend purchasing the clay.

Its tendencies to readily cleanse, exfoliate, absorb impurities and detoxify the skin, combined with its ability to improve conditions of dryness, scaliness and to clarify skin texture and firmness make it very desirable. Perfect for sensitive skin in need of detoxification to remove impurities and in need of a smaller pore size and tighter skin tone. This product is guaranteed to be 100% natural.

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-da 
If you're not greedy, you will go far 
You will live in happiness too 

Like the Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sentence Tuesday

Being impossible for man
has never stopped God from doing anything. 
- John Piper

Saturday, January 18, 2014

On contentment and provision.

from Praise in Presence of God // Youversion Bible Plan
Elisabeth Elliot, Kisses from Kate, and Jack Hayford have taught me, through their writings, a great lesson: everything is a gift from God. Nothing is waisted in God's economy. 

Single as opposed to the desired marriage: it's a gift. 
Part time job as opposed to the desired full time: it's a gift. 
The car I have as opposed to the desired car: it's a gift. 

You're catching the drift... 

So what then when suffering comes, is this too a gift? Even in this, we can be content and accept as a gift. 

Yet I have come to understand even suffering, through the transforming power of the cross, as a gift, for in this broken world, in our sorrow, He gives us Himself; in our loneliness He comes to meet us. —Elisabeth Elliot 

"Suffering, pain, loss, shame – all these things I have blamed on a broken world, Satan even. But can’t a broken world and even Satan only give what God allows? Suffering, pain loss and shame are only these things because I label them as such. Because I, a sinner, choose to eat from the tree, choose to turn away from nail-scarred hands and ignore the grace and miss the gift. He is beautiful and everything He creates is beautiful and if I choose to label it suffering I am choosing to miss the beauty that is freely offered me." -Kisses from Kate

But now, [your name here], listen to the Lord who created you. O [your name here], the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:1-2

For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:31

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7

How can we then, not have peace and joy in times of difficulties? God has provided for us everything we need for right living, and living period. Everything we have is a gift, it's God's provision, and in this we can be content.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Aspirin Mask

oh happy day lovely!
Today I decided to try another Pinterest concoction. This mask is promises to extract dirt from your pores and minimize them. Let's do this! You will need three household ingredients: aspirin, honey, and water. I added tea tree oil to my mix for an added punch.

ingredients: honey, water, aspirin, and tea tree oil 
2 tablets un-coated Aspirin or as I used 2 envelopes of BC powder
water, just enough to make a paste with the aspirin
honey, as desired. I added about the size of a dime
* I asded 2-3 drops of tea tree oil // recipe does not require tea tree oil
(Recipes vary, you can play with it and double or triple the portions)

color and consistency, not as bright yellow in person

Mix well. The color is more of a light yellow but that all changes with the amount of honey added. The consistency is gritty and watery. Best applied with a clean facial brush, or you can apply with your finger tips over a sink.

These ingredients will not irritate your skin. Let the mask sit on your face for 15-30 minutes. I sat my pretty self on the couch and watched an episode of Golden Girls and then washed it off in the shower with warm water. It was easy to remove and the aspirin served as an exfoliant.

This mask is excellent for the prevention of acne. As promised my pores (especially on my nose) were cleansed and my skin was lighter (a good sign of clean skin). My pores were tighter and minimized. I will definitely be using this mask at least twice a week, possibly at night after I remove my makeup.

I was a bit self conscience about my skin without makeup, and I skipped the picture wearing the mask. Mainly because the mask goes on clear. Here is a shot of my face with my makeup applied after using the mask. My skin not only looks smooth, it was very smooth... and tight! Who doesn't want tight skin?! It was like being a teenager again with baby skin :)

baby face? 

Benefits of Aspirin: 
With the regular application of aspirin face masks; you can achieve healthy and clear skin. Aspirin tablet contains a crystalline compound called acetylsalicylic acid, which is derived from salicylic acid. It is the BHA or beta hydroxyl acid, which helps to soothe redness, inflammatory and itchiness of the skin. 
Cleanses clogged skin pores, thus reducing the probability of acne formation. Removes dead skin cells from skin. Fights with skin discoloration due to ageing and sun damage. Aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Used to reduce facial puffiness and puffy eyes, because of its ability to reduce swelling.

Benefits of Honey: 
Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention. Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging. Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow. Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil: 
Tea tree oil has powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. This is one the prime benefits of tea tree oil for skin, as earlier people cringed at the very idea of using oil for acne. This myth has been beautifully broken by tea tree oil. Applying tea tree oil on your acne can actually help treat it. In fact, unlike most other natural remedies and products, tea tree oil will not leave your acne feeling red. Tea tree oil is very good anti-fungal oil. It actually kills bacteria that are responsible for the growth of acne.

Viola! Another power mask! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lyrical Friday - Weight of Glory

Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
12 Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
13 O seed of Israel His servant,
You children of Jacob, His chosen ones! 

1 Chronicles 16:11-13

I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me. How great are His signs, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation. Daniel 4:2-3

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the one who holds my head high. Psalm 3:3

You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Blessed be the Lord, for He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city! For I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before Your eyes”; nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried out to You. Psalm 31:20-22 

Let them all praise the name of the LordFor his name is very great; His glory towers over the earth and heaven! Psalm 148:13

So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. Joel 2:13 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Guide for Psalm 119

Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! 
Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. Psalm 119:5-6

photo credit 
For the next 22 days, my youth girls and myself will be reading through Psalm 119. Sounds like a long and tedious task, but dividing a reading plan from the stanzas is quite easy. Here's a guide to getting the most out of the longest Psalm!

From my NLT Study Bible:
This Psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; there are twenty-two stanzas, one for each successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the eight verses within each stanza begins with the Hebrew letter named in its heading. Psalm 119 combines elements of wisdom, lament, praise, thanksgiving, and confession. Eight Hebrew words are used frequently, translated as "instructions," "laws," "words," "regulations," "statues," "commands," "decrees," "commandments," and "promises." Together, these words encourage love for and obedience to God's instructions, as found in the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-17). The expression of deep commitment to these instructions unifies the psalm.

Aleph - Psalm 119:1-8
God the author of these instructions, commands that his followers live by them. The psalmist prays to be given the grace to live by that revelation.

Beth - Psalm 119:9-16
The psalmist is determined to pursue purity and encourages the cultivation of wisdom through God's principles (119:9) and instructions (119:10-16).

Gimel - Psalm 119:17-24
Like a foreigner in hostile territory, God's servant needs God's guidance.

Daleth - Psalm 119:25-32
Though the poet feels anguish and sorrow, he entreats the Lord to revive him because he wants to obey the Lord. Sufferings and death may result from the Lord's chastening, but his instruction revived the weary soul.

He - Psalm 119:33-40
As a student, the poet asks his teacher, God, to renew life and transform disgrace into righteousness.

Waw - Psalm 119:41-48
The Psalmist prays that God's word would continue to be the source of his love and salvation.

Zayin - Psalm 119:49-56
The psalmist asks God to remember his word as the psalmist also remembers God's word and his name. Remembrance expresses devotion.

Heth - Psalm 119: 57-64
The psalmist seeks God's favor and unfailing love. Although surrounded by evildoers, He remains a loyal servant to the Lord.

Teth - Psalm 119:65-72
The psalmist describes himself as a penitent sinner who gratefully accepts the Lord's discipline.

Yodh - Psalm 119:73-80
In this prayer for comfort and compassion, the psalmist commits himself to the Creator, who has afflicted him. He wants God to pay his enemies for the wrongs they have done. He also prays to receive the gift of life. He not only prays for himself but also considers the whole community of the godly, asking that God's answers to prayers would encourage them.

Kaph - Psalm 119:81-88
The psalmist is worn out from waiting for the Lord, but His hope is in God's future rescue.

Lamedh - Psalm 119:89-96
The stability of God's wisdom gives understanding. God's word provides order and framework for living, even under pressure from adversaries.

Mem - Psalm 119:97-104
The instruction and wisdom of God through his word are far superior to the best that human teachers can offer.

Nun - Psalm 119:105-112
The psalmist's devotion to God's word comes from within his being and guides his external life.

Samekh - Psalm 119:113-120
The psalmist declares his hatred of evil and his love for God and his ways.

Ayin - Psalm 119:121-128
The servant of the Lord strains to endure the evil around him. He boldly petitions the Lord to rescue Him immediately.

Pe - Psalm 119:129-136
The psalmist prays earnestly for God to speak to him as he suffers from his adversaries.

Tsadhe - Psalm 119:137-144
God is righteous, and his word is right and just, especially on contrast to the deceptions of the wicked.

Qoph - Psalm 119:145-152
The psalmist prays to the Lord at night. Although God God appears to be distant, he is nearby.

Resh - Psalm 119:153-160
The petition for life can be found throughout Psalm 119 but it is concentrated in this stanza.

Shin - Psalm 119:160-168
The psalmist looks beyond his adversaries to the peace of God. The perspective allows him to praise God throughout the day.

Taw - Psalm 119:169-176
God's servant petitions the Lord one final time; he still feels like a lost sheep.

Not only is this an easy guide to follow, but you will also learn the Hebrew alphabet. I am excited to uncover the wonderful truths found in Psalm 119. May you be greatly blessed and filled with the Spirit of God as you seek God's promises through this iddy-bitty and powerful Psalm.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Happy 2014 Friends.
New year, fresh start! Cheers to a new year and a challenge that is both attainable and rewarding.

don't look to closely... I wrote 2013! lol

For as long as I could remember, I have been journaling one verse a day. Challenging you to do the same and share that good Word with a friend. And as a byproduct of spending time in the word may we be used as a diffuser: spreading the knowledge of Christ everywhere we go... Like a sweet smelling aroma. For we are the fragrance of Christ. God bless you!

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