Balance

This week has forced me, literally, to take a rest. It has shown me how to look for balance. While I’m not emotionally prepared to go into what happened this week I do know one thing, humans need balance. A balance between creativity, hustle, and rest. I’ve been able to read Called To Create by Raynor some […]

DIY Card Table Makeover

A couple Christmas’ ago I won an old card table in a white elephant gift exchange.  Card tables are actually super useful because they fold up and you can transport them wherever you need without taking up much room.  I have used it a lot since I’ve gotten it but to be honest its old […]

Consider Jesus

When I attended Off The Wall Ministries in Ohio our theme for the year was “Consider Jesus”. The leaders wanted the whole year to be engulfed in Jesus, they wanted us to never stop thinking about Him. They desired wholeheartedly for our lives to be transformed, that we would study deeply into the word to learn more about Him, and that we would strive to become like Him.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

This morning when I woke up, I considered Jesus. I considered how the spring chill from outside flowed in through the window, how the light gleamed through, and how I was completely satisfied in Him. I started seeing flash backs of movies where Jesus was crucified, and best of all risen. The words of John were flowing through my mind; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5.

May your convictions be deep, your love real, your desires earnest. -Charles Spurgeon

Sometimes, I think I try to look for ways to not think about Jesus. Whether that’s by not looking up at the stars when I get home from work, or becoming angry that the weather doesn’t seem as nice today as I would have liked. I don’t think I have ever said to myself “why is it raining today God?”, but I have allowed the rain to affect my mood, for better or for worse. The truth is, every day I should be praying that God would show me how to look at everything in creation and be awed. I want to take one look at a ladybug and go;”wow, my God is good”. I want to be in awe of everything He is, no matter how small or unattractive it may be. His creation was created to bring Him glory and point people to Him. I challenge you to start praying for that today, you will quickly see that God is faithful.

Take today to remember what Jesus came for, what He died for, and what He rose for. Use today to examine your life, to do a double check on how you are living. Some people will try to tell you that you are failing if you question your salvation, please never believe that lie. I have questioned my life so many times, and every time I do God molds me into a person more like Him. He is my Master Potter. Sometimes in order for us to get over major issues in our hearts we have to doubt. We have to weep. We have to realize that maybe we could be doing better, maybe God deserves a more devoted heart, and maybe I have some things in my life that I have never let Him destroy or heal. Remember what He died for.
Today and everyday, Consider Jesus always.

Pray that your faith be no sham faith, but a giving up of your soul entirely to Christ. That your love to Christ may be no rhapsody, but a matter of a real heart-affection. That your walk may not be for others to see, but a walk before God. -Charles Spurgeon

 

Simply Dreadlocks

There is something my sister and I very much love about dreadlocks, maybe it’s how simple they are to take care of, how nice they actually look, or how easy they are to make! Most people think dreadlocks are a permanent change to your hair that will ruin their lives. This is defiantly not true! It took my sister 30 minutes to put one in my hair, and it would take just that long for me to wake up one morning and decide to take it out. Rest easy knowing that if you want to add one or two (or a whole head!) this summer, it is not a big deal, and  despite what you have heard, there are no bugs living inside of them! So pull out your list of all the good things about dreadlocks to convince your husband to let you get one, but just a warning, this may not be enough!

So you want to quickly have your best friend put one in before anyone sees? Here is how 🙂

Dreadlocks

Step One:

Choose your location! If you choose to put your dreadlock underneath your hair, which is closer to the  bottom of your neck rather then the top of your head, then it will be less visible with your hair down. If you would really like to have it visible, put it closer to the top of your head (but not too far on top!).

Pull back unused hair. I have short hair, so my sister just used bobby pins to pin my hair to the side and up.

Pick your amount of hair. The more hair you use to make the dread, the bigger the dread will be. The amount we usually use is 1in by 1in.

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Step Two:

Choose a method. There are two types of methods for forming a dread.

The first is Backcombing, this method takes more time to make but less time in the future is used to keep the dread formed correctly.

The second method is Twist and Rip, this method is faster to make but takes more time in the future forming the dread. The second method is better for shorter hair because it won’t be as tight, which adds length. Refer to the video below for more detail on how to do these methods. Repeat the process of your method until you have formed your dreadlock.

*I used the Twist and Rip method for my dreadlock.

There are two choices for ending your dreadlock. You can either leave the end of your dreadlock wispy (this is what I did), or you can use a tiny crochet hook, about a size 12, and pull the end of the dreadlock into itself for a more rounded look.

*Once you put in your new baby dreadlock, it may stick straight up, after a day and a shower, this should go down to flow with your hair. This happens because you make the roots of your hair in that spot so tight, that it forces the dread up.

Stages of a dreadlock:

  1. “Knot” actually, NOT a dread. Meaning that when you first make your dreadlock, it’s just a baby, and technically it’s just a knot. Not a dread.
  2. The awkward stage. Just like a child going into the teen years, things are weird until they hit that right age. Your dreadlock might wake up one day with bumps, loose spots, or holes. This is the sign that soon your baby knot will be grown!
  3. Dread head. Yes that is right, you have arrived! It may have taken even a year, but your baby knot is now an official dreadlock of awesomeness. Congratulations!

Dreadlock Maintenance:

  • Do not wash it with conditioner. When you are showering if you happen to get shampoo on it, it’s ok, but try to avoid it, especially conditioner. I know it may seem gross to not wash a piece of your hair, but if you wash it, it will not form into a legit dreadlock, and it will come loose.
  • If you end up getting bumps in your dread through the awkward stage, don’t worry. Try putting a bead over the bump, in a few days you should see major improvement. This is all part of shaping your dread to make it beautiful.
  • Palm roll your dreadlock every now and then, especially when you get out of the shower. This will help it maintain shape, stay firm, and get rid of hair fuzz.
  • In the baby stage try to keep away from the beads and leather wraps, in the future this will help, but at this stage it will only create odd shapes that will be hard to get rid of later. You want to wait for it to become more firm.