“Don’t worry.” – Jesus 

 

A constant reminder, it seems to me, where Jesus had to stick his head out of the window every now and then within the days of his life here on earth and remind us of what not to do; “don’t worry” that is. However, at times it seems that being in the midst of your usual churchgoers, it doesn’t necessarily exist. Perhaps, it does. Yet we’ve become so ashamed to share our faults with one another in fear of being shamed. Faults like, “I have an anxiety attack every now and then” or rather “consistently” or “I, too, feel depressed sometimes” or “I, too, have doubted before” is something that’s almost unconsciously, and ignorantly shamed.

“Just pray your way out” some will say. However, even in the midst of faith and prayer, action must also be supplicated and applied in order to overcome something. Jesus didn’t give us a mind, hands, legs, and feet, to just pray a mountain to move away alone. But rather, he gave us specific tools to put action forth in the midst of overcoming and conquering, and he gave us each other.  To lift one another up, and restore each other after one has fallen and suffered faults, rather than digging one back into the ground much deeper, hiding the light of Christ away from his children.

It’s up to us to look out for one another, so today, I encourage you to genuinely begin to check up on your brothers and sisters in Christ, start coming together to share your inner feelings, and gracefully build one another up in love. Jesus wouldn’t have told us to not worry if there wasn’t any of us out there who’d worry, even if that means constantly. It’s time to help one another out, so that we may gain the courage and strength to help others. Although I no longer suffer from anxiety, I still have moments every now and then that try to sneak up on me like the sunset.

Lastly, remember, if any of you are suffering with anxiety, please know that everything is going to be alright. I may not know you, but I do know that you’re a soldier, and this battle is yours, you will win this. Jesus knew that you’d have worries, but he’s here to let you know, that he will be with you all the days of your life, to help take those worries away. The Comforter Is Here. 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Phillippians 4:6-7

Anxiety exists in the Church, too

 

It’s true, Migraines suck.  


For those of you who don’t know, migraines are not headaches. Many get the two confused, because the two terms usually intertwine together when it comes to “pain in the brain.” But with the research I have found, they actually aren’t the same. In fact, Migraines are actually a neurological disease, and they usually come with symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to lights, distorted vision, throbbing pain behind eyes/temples, and I can go on.  Although the level of pain for headaches can be just as painful, they usually only occur on both sides of the head, while migraines will usually occur on one side. 

To find out where you get migraines or headaches, check out this post from health experts and take the quiz like I did.

(http://www.healthline.com/health/migraine/migraine-vs-headache#Overview1)  

For years, I have suffered with chronic migraines. The pain is relentless and inevitable. You can always feel the aching pangs of a migraine coming hours before, and when it comes, it comes to hurt… really bad. I’ve lost my vision in the midst of a migraine episode plenty of times, I’ve even sat by my toilet waiting for my body to throw up with covers over my head because of the deep sensitivity to light and deep urge to vomit because of the pain being so antagonizing. So, for my migraine sufferers, I want you to know that you are not alone.
So, with that being said, I decided to share with you a natural remedy that I recently discovered and started to use. So far, for me it personally works, and it feels great not having to pop a few pain relievers and go natural. 

So what is it? 

Natural Essential Oils: Peppermint and Lavender 

I recently started using this after being gifted a box of oils from my mother and Law, and it works! 
So what do you do? You mix the two oils together: lavender and peppermint oil and you rub them on your temples and scalp, and you’ll begin to feel the two ultimately working together for your good the natural way… 

My only advice would be to reapply every 15-30 minutes because as we all know migraines love to camp in our minds for hours and even days! But I can honestly say that it WORKED for me and I pray that it works for you too! Let’s continue to strive and come together to find the cure for this neurological disease that we call migraines. Let me know how it works for you and what you think! Love you guys! 



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.  


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 ❤️




“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.

“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

 

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!