Monday, March 30, 2009

That's a priceless Picture!

Picture Frames and wall Hangings -

This is upstairs near the bathroom.....
I've been hanging pictures and wondering what to do with all these pictures frames that I have... I have about 20 frames on the Mantel, about three on the book shelf downstairs, on the cabinet that holds the T.V. in the family room it's about another 20 or so, now I'm trying to decide whether or not to keep them on display or just switch them up from time to time.....It sure is a lot......
This is in the computer section of up stairs ......
These are really cute, there 12 x 12 frames that are made so that you can showcase your favorite scrapbook pages/layouts ..... there 5 on the wall at the top of the stairs.....

As for the wall hanging I did change some frames, that was OLD I mean like since Nick and Najee were young ...... like 2 yrs old, so I waited for Micheal's to have them on Sale"Lifetime is what there called" in black I love these frames.. well check it out.......I really love the look.....Tell me what you think just leave a comment.....
Going up the stairs are these pictures.. Nick at one end and Najee at the other end and me in the middle,There is even a pictures there of me at 2yrs old ... and then a picture of me and Bruce and a picture of me when i just turned 42.... I love this look that goes up the stairs.....Home decorating I think I got it.

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

Redeem the Time
“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Time is the most valuable commodity in life that we have. It’s more valuable than money. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you woke up this morning, God gave you a present called “today.” And with that gift comes a responsibility. The Scripture tells us to redeem the time, to make the most of every opportunity. That simply means don’t let it go to waste. Don’t live this day unfocused, unhappy, negative, or defeated. Make the most of every day. God has entrusted you with His life. He has breathed His very breath into you. He has put gifts and talents on the inside of you. You have seeds of greatness deposited in you. You’re a person of destiny, and you have an assignment and a purpose to fulfill.I encourage you today to evaluate how you are spending your time. Refocus your life. Let go of any distractions. Shake off any self-pity, any discouragement, any disappointments of the past and run your race with purpose. Be careful how you live and redeem the time so that you can fulfill the destiny He has prepared for you.

Father in heaven, thank You for the gift of today. I dedicate this day to You. I dedicate my mind, will, and emotions to You. Use me this day for Your purposes and keep me on the path You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Millie is on the far left and Angela is next to me, we were the best of friends in High school did everything together even get in trouble. But we were Great fashion designer .... Millie took Photography, but we had a blast Senior year was the best. That's our Year book that Millie is holding.

Went to Chili on Friday to meet with 2 High school buddies... That I connected with online, and it's true Millie it's been many years (25yrs to be correct) but it seems like yesterday. We have been apart for 25 years and it seems like yesterday. I had a great time and thanks for all the recap on classes and the crazy teacher that we had back then. Looking forward to hanging at you house in the near future. Thanks again Angela and Millie i had a blast.....

Friday, March 27, 2009

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Where the Spirit Is
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom)” (II Corinthians 3:17).

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
When you make Jesus the Lord of your of life, something supernatural takes place on the inside of you. The Spirit of God actually makes His home in your heart. And the Bible tells us that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom! When you allow that truth to sink into your mind and heart, when you get into agreement with God and begin to declare that you are free, then you will see that freedom manifest in every area of your life. God will begin to turn around situations that you’ve been praying about for years. He’ll restore relationships that you thought were impossible. He’ll bring health and wholeness back into your body. Those dreams, those promises that are on the inside of you, they may look too big, but God will set you free to pursue those dreams. He’ll set you up to overcome every obstacle. He’ll empower you to defeat every enemy so that you can move forward in freedom and victory in every area of your life!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Spirit that lives inside me and gives me life. Help me to know You and Your power so that I can live in the freedom You have for me. In Jesus’ Name.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

“…I will free you from their bondage and I will rescue you with an outstretched arm…” (Exodus 6:6).

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
No matter what’s going on in your life, no matter how somebody is treating you, God has a plan to free you from everything that would try to hold you back. He wants to rescue you and show you His mighty hand of favor and blessing. One translation says “with special and vigorous action.” What does that mean? That means, if you will stay in faith even in the difficult times, God is going to show up with explosive blessings. He is going to bring supernatural turnaround, supernatural breakthroughs, supernatural promotion, and supernatural deliverance. God is saying, “I’m going to free you from the bondage of poverty and lack. I’m going to free you from the burden of depression and discouragement. I’m going to free you from every addiction, every bad habit.” You don’t have to live in bondage to anything any longer! God’s arm of deliverance is outstretched toward you. He is setting you free from every bondage so that you can live the life of victory He has in store for you!
Father in heaven, thank You for delivering me from every fear, every concern, every obstacle, every form of bondage. I declare today that no weapon formed against me shall prosper because You are my deliverer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I said YES!
Wedding coming soon - October 2008

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Christians - By Maya Angelou
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting
"I'm clean livin'."
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
And need Christ to be my guide.
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry on.
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible But,
God believes I am worth it.
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Mr and Mrs Ebale Siriwaye
If you would like to see more pictures - check over at - ... more pictures are posted....

Me and Kamrons mom - Andre

Blessing for the Happy Couple...

At the Altar - Prayer and Blessings

Happy Birthday Barbara ( Friday, March 20th)....

Me and Najee on our way to the Wedding

Sala and Ebale reception on Saturday Night

Wedding at Sala's Dad Andre Church - Saturday in Raleigh.

Happy Birthday Barbara - Your look great at 42.....So people say!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

His Hand is Outstretched
“For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who can annul it? And His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back” (Isaiah 14:27).
TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

As believers, you and I have an advantage. We don’t have to go through life just depending on our own talent, our own ability, our own strength. The Scripture talks about how God’s hand is outstretched toward His people. That means there is a supernatural power behind every believer. God’s outstretched hand will help you accomplish dreams that you thought were impossible. His outstretched hand will cause you to get well even when the medical report says there is no way. The outstretched hand of God will help us to prosper even when the economy is down. Let this sink down into your heart today. All through the day, imagine God’s hand outstretched toward you. It is a hand of healing, a hand of favor, a hand of restoration. No matter what you may be facing, you have to realize there is a force for you that is greater than any force that will ever be against you. You’re attitude should be, “I am not settling where I am. I know I have an advantage. As a child of the Most High, I know God’s hand is outstretched toward me.”
Father in heaven, thank You for Your outstretched hand of protection and provision for me. I choose to lay aside every fear and every concern knowing that You will make a way for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pictures taken at home... !

Look at me now....! @ 42

Happy Birthday To me! Happy Birthday To me....
Guess Who is 40 Something Today...
Nick call last night and sang to me... Ok it goes the the Happy Birthday song...

Happy Birthday Mommy.... Happy birthday to you ...
You just turned 42, don't be sad cause the World is OLD TOO .
How about that....
From the lips of My oldest Nick!

Trendy Tote
It's the perfect bag for: When a pint-sized purse just won't cut it.Add a special touch: To add extra panache, make it with trendy prints from Anna Griffin's Evelyn collection for Windham Fabrics.Make the Trendy Tote:Outline-quilt a sandwich of fabric and fusible batting before cutting out the tote and coordinating striped lining. Assemble tote and lining separately. With wrong sides together, insert bag lining into bag body. Press top edge of bag and lining under 2".Cut two 4X18" strips to make handle strips. Press under 1" along each long edge of the strips. Fold handle strips in half with wrong sides together and topstitch 1/8" from edges to make handles. Turn under hand ends 1/2". Position handle strip ends along bag top edge; baste. Top-stitch bag top 1 3/4" from upper edge through all layers and 1/4" from upper edge to secure handles.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

Take the High Road
“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.”(Exodus 14:14)
TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
In life, we’re always going to have critics. We’ll always have difficult people who try to upset us and steal our peace and joy. But, you don’t have to respond to every critic. You can decide to take the high road and let God fight your battles for you.Sometimes, no matter what you say or do, there are people who aren’t going to accept you. They just don’t want to be at peace with you. In fact, when Jesus sent out His disciples to certain homes, He told them to always speak peace over those homes. And then He said in effect, “If they don’t receive the peace that you’re offering, then it will come back to you.” That tells me, if you will do your best to be at peace with people, even if they won’t take your peace, the good news is that peace will just come back to you. You’ll not only get your peace, but you’ll get their share as well! That’s double for your trouble! When you do the right thing no matter what is happening, God sees it and He rewards it.

Father in heaven, I choose to hold my peace. I choose to do the right thing even when the wrong thing is happening. I trust that You are fighting my battles for me. I give You all the honor and praise. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

No One Can Take it from You

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Did you know that nothing on earth can take away your peace and joy? That’s because it didn’t come from this world, it came from God Almighty. In fact, the only time we can ever lose our peace is when we choose to let go of it and give it away. The next time you’re tempted to get upset and frustrated ask yourself, “Is this worth giving my peace and power away?” Maybe someone was rude to you on the phone, or a co-worker left you out of a meeting, is it worth your peace? Life is too short to live upset and offended. If you allow your circumstances to control you, there will always be some reason to get discouraged. “Well, Joel. It’s the economy.” “It’s the stock market. That’s why I’m so down.” No, quit giving away your power! God is still on the throne. The economy in heaven is doing just fine, and as long as you’re connected to Him, everything is going to be alright! Decide today to hold on to the gift of peace that God has given you so you can move forward in the victory He has in store for you!
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for Your gift of peace. I choose to hold onto my peace and release anything that would hold me back from the blessings You have in store. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Monday, March 16, 2009

His Holy Name Challenge 2009!
Okay everyone, the details for 2009 are coming together! I want to thank all of you for your words and your suggestions for our 2009 study. I have prayed a lot about it, and I truly feel the Lord wants us to focus on Him and who He is. He gives us His precious Word as a love letter to us, and it is a self-revelation of Himself. He wants us to read it. I know many of you suggested book studies; however, I know many churches and communities hold books studies, and He wants me to focus on His Word and see what He teaches us this coming year about Him. So, I am very excited to announce that our 2009 study will be:"His Holy Name" for 2009
It will be similar to my Scripture challenge we are doing this year but we will be focusing on the Names of God.
Every other week, I will post a name of our precious Lord along with a small devotion. You then will find a key scripture or a promise associated with that name and create a scrapbook page, card, ATC, Rolodex card or whatever you feel like creating. I will be doing 6x6 scrapbook pages this coming year because I want to keep the album on my coffee table. Now, I know some of you have never done a scrapbook page or would prefer doing cards. I would encourage you to try it since I know most of you have done a 5x5 card before. That extra inch isn’t too hard. And these pages do not have to have pictures, just scripture and embellishments. You might find you like having a coffee table book too. I will provide my sample each time, and we may have a special guest helping me with samples too. That will be announced later.Through this challenge, we will understand Him more fully, build our faith, and come away with beautiful scrapbook pages, ATCs, cards, etc. I hope you will join me in this challenge. I would love to have you.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Copied and pasted from Patter Cross blog -
His Holy Name {Challenge Word 6, Almighty}
Challenge Word 6: AlmightyGod’s Attribute:
God is God Almighty, El Shaddai. He is Omnipotent.He has unlimited power and unlimited authority.
Nothing is impossible for Him or beyond His reach.
Almighty=Unlimited Power=Omnipotent

Ann Spangler notes that “El Shadday reveals God not only as the one who creates and maintains the universe but who initiates and maintains a covenant with His people. Shadday occurs 31 times in the book of Job and 17 times in the rest of the Bible.
”How does this affect my daily life? Do you try to solve problems on your own? Do you only take the “big” things to God and feel like you shouldn’t bother Him with the small things? How about those daily temptations? Well, nothing is too hard for Him (Genesis 18:14).
And the same Almighty God who created the universe wants you to display His power through you even for the small things. When we rely on Him and allow Him to equip us, He will be glorified. All things are possible through Him (Matthew 19:26).Maybe He has called you to a new ministry. Maybe you are scared and you think that you cannot do it. Well, if the Almighty God has called you to it, He will equip you through His power. But you must remember to rely on Him and not your own strength.That is something I have definitely had to learn with these challenges.
Amos 4:13 "He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals His thoughts to man, He who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth--the Lord God Almighty is His name."
Let me end today with something I read from Max Lucado, “If your God is mighty enough to light the sun, could it be that He is mighty enough to light your path.” Let the Almighty God equip you to resist the temptations, equip you for ministry, and equip you through anything and everything! To Him be the power and the glory forever, Amen!