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Monday, May 21, 2007

"Introducing Denise Ladies and Gentlemen"


Denise just recently joined the Sisterlock family in October 2006. I met her mother Ginger, and we talked about Sisterlocks and she told me her daughter has Sisterlocks. I was so excited I asked Ginger to send me photo's of Denise's hair, she did me one better, she brought Denise to my job to meet me and I was so happy to meet her in person and see her beautiful locks. She loves her locks! She was just cheezing when I met her and we talked about her locks. Well, I asked her mom to send me some photo's so that I could introduce you all to Denise and her beautiful hair.

*I think it is so awesome when young girls see the beauty in their natural hair at such a young age.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

"Let's Have Some Fun"

My mama always said life was like a box of Abena.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

"NOW--25 pounds lighter and still feeling GREAT...."

Greetings, here are a few photo's that my DH took this week of me since I have lost the NOW 25 pounds. Just wanted to post a few pics as promised :)

On the hair tip, I am almost at my 4 year mark, "I can't believe it!" In July, I will be Sisterlocked 4 years, "boy did the time fly." I am still loving my locks!!!!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

"I'm So Excited, and I just can't Hide It"

I did it, I lost 20 pounds in 3 months, Hallelujah and glory to God! Some of you already knew that my goal was to lose weight so that I could be within a healthy weight range and with a healthy BMI, so I started the Slim-Fast Optima program at the end of January and I began to work out 7 days a week for 30-40 minutes (walking, elliptical, weights, Pilates etc.). This Slim-fast program did not only help me lose the weight but it also helped me re-adopt daily exercise, healthier eating habits with smaller portions, and less calories per day. I can’t express to you all how great I feel. I went down 2 dress sizes and my plan is to not only maintain my weight for a lifetime, but shave off at least 5 more pounds.

I just wanted to encourage anyone who is struggling with their weight, to NOT GIVE UP!!!!!! It is hard, but it is a “GOOD HARD,” and it is worth all that you go through when you start feeling and seeing the results. I feel better and sleep better. And I will tell you one thing, when you work hard to lose weight, you are more conscious of what you put into your mouth…believe me :)
BTW- I have found some wonderful low calorie/low fat/low sugar snacks that taste DE-LI-CIOUS if anyone is interested……..because no matter what I HAVE TO HAVE MY SWEETS (((((Laughs)))))).
*My last day of the official diet was Monday, April 30th!!!! Praise the LORD!!!! My husband and I are going to celebrate by going to In-n-Out this weekend, because I gots to have me a BURGER (smile).......

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

"He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not"

“He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not”
Written by “Abena” aka Chosen Vessel

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1Corinthians 13: 4-8

I recall when I was in middle school and I was so in love with this young man named Doug. Boy, Doug was cute, stylish, and everything that a young lady could dream of…..the only problem is, Doug did not love me back. I remember the day that I thought I finally got Doug’s attention and I ran over and gave him some of my Snickers candy bar and he graciously accepted but then he chewed it up and spit it out on the ground……”so basically I felt like he was saying this is what I think of you.” Now I don’t think he was being that cruel, but that is how I felt; rejected, embarrassed and boy was my heart crushed L But believe it or not I did not give up on me and Doug being a couple and finally after many attempts, we became a couple, “I am sure it was because I wore him down, but nevertheless we were a couple for maybe one whole month.”

I think about that now and I think to myself, “boy was I pitiful.” But, the sad part is when you do not know what true love is and you come across counter-fit love you do not recognize that it is not true love because you have not seen, experienced or felt the real thing. My first encounter with true love was on January 1, 1998 when I met the Lover of my soul, Jesus Christ. A friend of mine invited me to her church for New Years and I gave my life to Christ and from that point on my life has never been the same. The first scripture that God made plain to me was that He loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, for me and for you (John 3:16). What an amazing God, that will give up His Son’s life for me? So of course, I had to find out more about this love thing that I had going on with God because the strongest love I knew at the time was my mother’s love and I thought that was the most powerful love on earth. But, when I read that, my Father God, gave His Son for the world….I needed to find out more.

Do you feel that way, do you want to find out more about this true love? I hope so, because I am going to take You on the ride of your life…….ok…..here it goes……In John 17:23, Jesus says, I in them and You in me. May they, “talking about us,” be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You (God) sent Me (Jesus) and have loved them (us) even as You (God) have loved Me (Jesus), now that is awesome. In Psalm 146:8, it says that the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. And in Proverbs 15:9 it says the Lord detests the way of the wicked but He loves those who pursue righteousness. And then, if that isn’t enough, in Jeremiah 31:3 God says, I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Wow, can you believe someone loves you that much? Even on the days when you don’t feel loved, God still loves you. Do you know that the bible also says that He, God, will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing; If you are reading this and you have or are currently feeling unloved you have to know that God has a song in His heart for you and for me, I rejoice because I didn’t even know that scripture was in the bible, until now, but I am glad about it! And the last one that I will mention for times sake, that blew the wind out of my body is in Ephesians 2:4-7 that says, because of His great love for us (us is all of mankind), God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgression (sin)- it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus…..Glory Hallelujah!!!!!!

If you have not already given your life to Jesus Christ, ask yourself, what is stopping you? Have you ever met someone who can love you the way God loves you? I think not……..Please let today be the day of salvation. All you have to do is call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved, that’s all, and the Spirit of God will come in to live in your heart. Please let me pray with you now, it would be an honor and a privilege, say this prayer out loud from your heart:

Father, I come to You just as I am. There is nothing I can do to earn salvation I cannot work my way into a right relationship with You. The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith as a gift from You. I confess that I have sinned against You and others. I ask You to forgive me and wash me clean with the precious, life-giving blood of Jesus Christ, Your Son. I believe that He died for me—He took my sin upon Himself and died on the cross for me. And I believe that He was raised from the dead, giving me power over the enemy. Jesus, I ask You to come live inside of me. I don't understand everything about being a Christian, but I invite You into my life to help me learn daily how I am to live. Thank You, Father, for Your gift of restoration and eternal life. I am so grateful for Your love and mercy. In Jesus' name, amen.

If you prayed to receive Christ, welcome to the Family of God. After today, trust me, your life will never be the same. The first thing you want to do is start learning who God is through His holy word. When I first received Christ I was told to start in the book of John, which I found to be of great help because you learn all about Jesus. Secondly, pray and ask God to send you to a good bible believing, loving church. Blessings upon each and every one of you and I would love to hear from you about your new relationship with God and your love experience. Truly the angels in Heaven rejoice because you are now a part of Gods family.

Other Love Scriptures:
1John 4:10, John 16:27, 1 John 4:16, John 17:26, John 17:23, 2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17, 1John 4:19…..and much more…

Brought to you by His Chosen Vessel Ministry
Written by “Abena”
©2007 Sister Abena