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How to make your mornings more blissful

How to make your mornings more blissful

You know how they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? I can say the same for prayer. Prayer and a little verse or two before you get your day stared is ultimately the most important ‘meal’ of the day. When we start our days off with prayer and a little reading of the Word, we give God the room and the permission to direct our steps in his path for the following day. We let him know that “it’s ok to lead me today and forever more God, by all means do just that.” We don’t place our trust in time and where time will take us for the rest of the day, but rather we place our complete trust in God, and turn our minds towards, “Where do you want to take me today? Let your will be done. How can I please you today God?” Awakening our Heavenly Father with love to begins your day and praying until you have peace in the mornings is what will bring upon you a blissful day. 

Even if you have to get up an hour earlier just to get that time in with God, do that. I promise you won’t regret it. Don’t be too busy for him, and let your flesh take control. Be intertwined with God, and he will intertwine in you. Let your every mornings be inspired by the word of God and his down to earth presence. Peace.  

How to edit your photos and make your feed beautiful.

How to edit your photos and make your feed beautiful.


A lot of us don’t really care how our feed looks or even go into further detail on photo quality, editing, etc. and that’s fine. We all have our own personal preferences, so that’s completely understandable and can’t be argued with. But for those of us who do, but may not know where to start or how to get there, this is for you. Especially if you’re trying to promote a brand, or your photography, or just your blog, because let’s be honest: photos and their quality are everything when it comes to you and your brand. What’s even better, is that there’s no special catch, or anything complicated to figure out. You just simply download these free photo apps and start working on your photo taking skills a little more, and you’re good to go! Let’s get started.  

So, how do I get better looking photos and a more beautiful feed? Read below. 


1. Download the following FREE Photo Editing Apps: Snapseed, VSCO Cam, and A Color Story for High Quality Pictures that you will not regret. 



These are by far my favorite mobile photo editing apps, and have been highly recommended now by the best bloggers and infamous instagram gurus for years now. Although they are simple to use, I wod recommend watching small YouTube clips on how to edit on these apps so that you can get the highest quality photos that you’re looking for. Because there are a ton of tricks and perks that you can learn to enhance the photos quality even more. If you’re editing your photos on the computer, I would recommend installing Adobe Lightroom and educating yourself on how to use it also. It’s truly greatness. 

(Tips: Always play around with brightness, contrast, and saturation, as they will really add more of a ‘pop’ and clear color to your photos.) 


2. Watch YouTube Videos on how to take better photos. Better angles, lighting, and simple changes and tips will make a huge difference. Do some research. 


God bless YouTube… lol seriously. 

YouTube has just about everything that you need when it comes to stepping up your feed’s game and taking better photos. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn how to get better angles, how you can improve lighting, and simple changes that will make a HUGE difference to your feed. You will thank me later. 

3. You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive camera. But camera quality is everything. 


Although I do have a professional camera, most of my pictures are captured on my iPhone. To avoid going through the hassle of uploading and editing all of my photos on my laptop, and then transitioning them back over to my phone, just to upload on social media. My iPhone has personally served me justice as my mini personal photographer, and it can serve as yours also if not already. By the way, you don’t need an iPhone to have good pictures, there are androids that offer great quality photos. You don’t have to break your bank, go out and spend hundreds of dollars for a better camera, when you can use your phone. Again, sometimes it’s just all about better angles and lighting.


5. Be yourself 


Last but not least, be yourself

It can be frustrating and get discouraging at times while trying to build yourself and create your own personal brand, and just promote whatever it is that you’re trying to get out into the world. But above all, I encourage you to just breathe and be yourself. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, and social media people that may have reached their success just a little earlier than you. Don’t try to copy what others are doing, because just because it worked for them, doesn’t mean that it will work for you. Always remain original, I truly believe that those that are meant to come across into your path and appreciate you will appreciate your authenticity, and your ability to stand out and be unique. Do just that. Don’t change yourself for anyone, but God. 

For me personally, I love colors on my feed. I love the greens and blues, and reds, and I just love to promote the love of Christ and positivity above everything. I truly believe that that’s just me. Find that you, go after him/her and be just that. Watch yourself flourish. 

In the mean time, I hope that you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading. 

Love,

Aliyah ❤️




Grateful

Grateful

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

– Colossians 3:15

The art of being grateful… 

You guys would never believe what inspired me so much to write this. Yesterday, my toddler just so happened to pursue one of her daily rants, and she just turned 4 years old, so that’s totally understandable and acceptable. But she started to get upset because she couldn’t get what she wanted. As parents, it makes us upset when our children don’t see just how much we have sacrificed for them, they don’t see our willingness to die for them, and I can go on. I began to get upset because she began to name everything that couldn’t go her way, and with her being a toddler, I can’t sit and explain in details just how much I do for her in words. I can’t get into every bill, the cost of food, the fact that I just spent a whopping amount of money on all of her clothes for this year, and just taking her out to have fun at her favorite places. She simply doesn’t get that yet. My daughter is sweet, and she usually expresses gratitude, but this day, nothing could seem to go her way.

When my daughter tells me, “you make me mad” I tell her, “Well, you make me happy.” When she gets upset because she couldn’t get candy, I respond with “You have everything to be grateful for; breath, life, a roof above your head, food on the table, and I can go on. Be grateful.” I think even sometimes, we as adults need this. When my husband and I had first got married, we were given a TON of furniture for our new home. We’d received a beautiful bed, but the only thing was, the mattress couldn’t get along with our backs. I’d wake up each morning with a worn out back from sleeping. Who can possibly get a worn out back from sleeping? I’d dread going to sleep just because it’d leave me with a drained, halfway broken back. I remember one night, I’d gotten so tired of the mattress, that I’d say “I hate this bed.” A few moments after, I’d hear the Holy Spirit tell me, “Be grateful that you have a bed to sleep in.” And I’d convict myself, and ask God to forgive me for ever being ungrateful, knowing that there are people who’d kill just to have a bed to sleep in, rather than their faces planted on concrete in downtown Atlanta.

I say this because, we can all learn to practice gratitude more. We can start by putting a stop to talking about everything we hate, and letting the world know what we love. We can start by waking up each morning and thanking God for a new day, and for everything from our head to our toes. I can go on. So, today, I encourage you to be grateful. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, and humble yourselves under his mighty hands, and in due time, he will exalt you. Follow after peace today.

Be Still, You’re in God’s Hands

Be Still, You’re in God’s Hands

“Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord, Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” — Jeremiah 18:5-6

“Those who leave everything in God’s hands, will eventually see God’s hands in everything.” 

 

For those of you who have grown weary in the midst of trials and tests, I encourage you today to keep enduring, and placing everything within God’s hands. Don’t allow circumstances to destroy you and discourage you. God is with you, and he will never fail you. I encourage you to hold onto God’s promises soldiers in Christ. You can do this and you will do this. Do not faint in the times of adversity, for the Lord is with you, and he will strengthen you. May you continue to fight the good fight of faith, and continue to hold on and endure.

         “Peace, I leave with you.” – Jesus Christ

 

How I cleared my Acne 

How I cleared my Acne 

So, I first started getting Acne when I was 13 years old. In result of that, I started to wear makeup at a young age to cover up the blemishes. Not knowing, that the makeup wasn’t helping my acne either. It only worsened. I tried just about every product you can think of, literally I’m not kidding. From big names brands like proactive, neutrogena, clear, acne free, stridex, and I can go on.. But nothing would ever work for me. Sometimes my skin would clear up, and then it’s just go back to normal. Mind you, I have nothing against any of the products because I bet they work for different people, we all just have different skin types, and not every product will work for everyone. It’s completely understandable.

Eight years later, and I’ve still suffered with acne. Only this time, I let go of a ton of bad habits and I found a product that actually took a HUGE part in clearing my skin. I still may have a small pimple show up every now and then, but that’s completely normal, and it’s nothing compared to the dramatic breakouts that would plant on my face and have me looking like a strawberry.

So If you want to know how I cleared my skin read below:

  1. Cera Ve Face Wash and Daily Moisturizer

This is the product that ultimately lead me to having clear skin, and I’m forever grateful for this little bottle of magic. A friend of mine who’s dermatologist recommended it to her, had recommended it to me, and I began to use it. At first, my face went into a small breakout, but this was normal for me, because my skin was simply just adjusting to it. So I was determined to remain consistent and patient, because I’d seen how awesome it did for my friend. So eventually, it did the same for me and I’m so happy I found this product. I wash my face twice a day with it and it will last you months. You can get it from target for about $10.99 along with the daily moisturizer for about $10.00 also. It’s well worth it.

2. Daily Sunscreen

If your daily moisturizer doesn’t include sunscreen, I highly recommend wearing sunscreen daily. It’s good for your skin, and your skin will thank you later.

3. Oils

I like to use small amounts of oils on my face that are good and beneficial for my skin, such as Tea tree oil and Vitamin E oil. Tea tree oil kills bacteria and is a great acne fighter, and Vitamin E oil is rich in benefits and is known also known as an acne fighter and a good facial oil.

4. Drink lots of water and stay healthy 

Drinking lots of water and eating healthy is a great way to keep toxins out of your body, and is known to be beneficial to fighting acne. For many of us, our acne can be a sign of something wrong with our health, such as dehydration, kidney problems, and so much more. Drinking lots of water will also start making your skin look more vibrant and hydrated over time. Keep up the good work.

5. Let that makeup go for a while

I don’t wear makeup at all, but I used to wear it faithfully for YEARS so I know the wear and tear it can cause on some of us and our skin. Before I started wearing makeup, although I had some acne, I remember my skin being more vibrant and more alive and with color. Once I had grown accustomed to wearing makeup, my skin began to go pale and I’d look tired and sick at times, and it’d just given me another reason to keep wearing it. It also worsened my skin, and sometimes it just depends on the kind that you’re wearing. I’ve now officially have been makeup free for a year now, and my skin couldn’t thank me anymore. It can finally breathe, and I have my color back. If you don’t want to stop wearing it, try taking a small break from it for a while and see if there’s a difference. Sometimes we just have to let our skin start to breathe again.

6. Remain Consistent 

Last but not least, don’t give up! Your skin will be clear, and you will eventually discover the right products and tricks that will work just for you. Remain consistent and choose to keep going, and don’t put yourself down so much. You’re beautiful with or without acne, and you can do this. You will find just what you need. Believe it!
I hope this helped some of you, this is just from my personal experience with clearing my skin, and it may not work for everyone. I will say, clear skin is SO worth the fight over the years, and I’m glad that I finally discovered the special antidote for my skin. I hope those of you that are struggling with having clear skin find just what you need. I know you will. Thanks!

Is throwing shade Christ like?

Is throwing shade Christ like?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” – Galatians 5:22-26

I’m sure most of you pretty much already know the answer to the title’s question. But if you don’t, let me answer it for you.

No, throwing shade is not Christ Like. It doesn’t edify, and it’s a form of gossip, and provoking one another.

 

As Christians, most of us have a good idea on gossip and what it is. We’ve heard the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it all” practically our entire lives. So, even as children we got a good glimpse on the term gossip. The term, throwing shade is a new term for our generation that pretty much sums up to: “Saying something about someone without making it direct.” Or in other words, giving social media a puzzle to solve, and giving that specific person a match to your fire. All in all, it’s not helping anyone, and it’s certainly not pleasing God. Therefore, it’s not ok.

The reason, I said throwing shade rather than just plain out spilling the beans using the word gossip is because a lot of us Christians don’t see anything wrong with throwing it another’s way. We’ll use the excuse, “Well, I just want them to understand where I’m coming from” or “I just want them to see my point of view” without having to be an adult and directly communicating with them, causing things to be taken out of proportion.” Most of the time, our intentions aren’t necessarily bad, most of the time, it’s just a misunderstanding and a lack of communication. Which is why, we should genuinely dig deep into the word, and learn how to love and communicate with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and learn how to build each other up more, rather than tear each other down.

Instead of throwing shade, shed some light. You can’t shine throwing shade.

My advice to you would be, don’t throw shade. It will fuel your Spirit with unwanted things that don’t belong there. It will block many blessings, rather than letting them freely come through. It doesn’t matter what they’ve done to you, you have been called to forgive. Even if it may take some time for you, when you begin to feel those vast urges to gossip and run to social media to be your vent. Run the complete opposite way to God, and tell him everything. Let God and His Holy Spirit lead you, not your emotions. Pray these situations out until you feel peace. Sometimes we have to be the adults and apologize to the person, even if we didn’t necessarily do anything wrong, and let them know that they are in our prayers, and that we forgive them, and we pray that they forgive us also. And sometimes, it’s God’s will that we take breaks from others, and to just love and pray for them from a distance for a while. Not everyone is meant to be in your life, and not everyone is meant to be close to you. That’s okay.

Even if you find that the other person begins talking about you and throwing shade your way, if you have to unfollow them to stay focused and keep your eyes on God, please do that and by all means: do not respond back to toxic people. All in all, pray for them. Practice peace with others, and learn the wisdom of keeping quiet and taking everything to the heart of God in prayer. Show others the God in you by shedding light, rather than throwing shade. Show others that you were meant to shine, and that they can too.

“Let everything you do, be done in love.”

– I Corinthians 16:14

 

(Other Verses to Support This: Proverbs 20:19, Proverbs 13:3, Leviticus 19:16, Proverbs 26:20-22, Romans 16:18, Psalms 12:2)

Get back up! You can’t fight the enemy on the ground.

Get back up! You can’t fight the enemy on the ground.

“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” – Romans 16:20 

Warrior in Christ, have you been on the ground to long, letting the enemy defeat you? Have you just felt like you have nowhere to turn, and no further to go? Have you just felt like completely giving up, and dropping out of the army of God? Has the devil been playing games with your mind for too long, setting up traps, treating you as prey, and just downright fighting you in ways that you’ve never been fought before? This message is for you. God has come to deliver you today, but it’s only on one condition…

You must get back up

I know how it feels to have a mind in a place that you’re too embarrassed to even share with anyone, because it’s just that bad! I know what it’s like to feel like you’ve done enough praying, and enough of reading the word of God, and you just don’t feel like you’ve received any positive results in return. I know what’s it’s like to hurt in the church because of trials, and you just feel like no one hears you. Where you’ve just completely gone into a place, where you know for a fact, that the devil wants to knock you out cold, leave you for dead, and downright do you dirty. Trust me, I know.

“For a rigtheous man falleth seven times, and riseth again. But the wicked shall fall into mischief.” 

– Proverbs 24:16

     God knew that there would be storms and trials that would rise and head our way, and knock us to the ground. He knew that we would fall. But it’s up to us to place all of our faith completely in him, lean on him, and get back up.. Because He told us to. God told us to rise, and that we are more than conquerors through Him.  In the first verse above, God is telling us that he will crush Satan under our feet shortly, but how can the enemy be crushed under our feet, if we’re still on the ground? We have to be standing tall and confident in the Lord, if we want to conquer the battle, and declare victory.

So, Today, I encourage you to get back up, and fight the enemy with the same amount force that he has been fighting you with, but much greater, because you have God on your side. Grow not weary in well doing, and faint not my brothers and sisters, because you shall reap everlasting joy if you faint not. The enemy is a liar, and wants to destroy you. But today, I stand in the gap for you in prayer, and I pray that you be strengthened and renewed in Christ, and that you get back up today as you read this. You can do this. Get back up. Declare that you won’t be defeated. Declare that you have won the victory because you are a child of God and are a soldier in his army. Be strong in the Lord brothers and sisters. Love you all. My prayers be with you always, amen.