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Geo pattern nails tutorial

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As promised here is the Geo pattern nails tutorial.

The things you’ll need:

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•Acrylic paint
•Your favorite top coat
•Your favorite base coat
•scissors
•tweezers
•Dotting tool or toothpick
•Scotch tape(clear)
•Nail art brush
•Glitter polish: I’m using China Glaze in angel wings.
•A nude sheer polish: I’m using Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Polar Bear.

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These are colors I made using my acrylic paint:
Navy: mix black & blue
Maroon: mix red, blue & black
Light purple: mix red, blue & white
Lime green: mix yellow and blue
Bright yellow: add white to yellow

NOTE: if you don’t have acrylic paint use nail polish in what ever colors you like just make sure they compliment each other.

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Next take 2 in piece of tape and paint 6 sections each with a different color. And allow it to dry. This can get messy as you can see lol.

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Next apply your base coat and allow it to dry for about 2 minutes then apply 2-3 coats of a sheer polish. It doesn’t have to be super perfect.

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Next, brush your glitter polish onto a cosmetic sponge and pat it on each nail covering themiddle to upper most part of the nail.

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Take the tape you painted and cut out different angular shapes from each color placing them on the nail in a puzzle like pattern. This may take a while at first but as you get the hang of it you will go faster.

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Lastly use black and white acrylic paint or nail polish and make dotted oulined angular shapes overlapping a few of the shapes on your nail. Add your top coat and you are done!

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I hope you like your Geo Pattern Nails! Come back for nail art tutorials every Friday.

Gace and peace ladies!:-)

Christian ladies: Nail art? yes or no? Your opinion

Hello and grace and peace to you all. So one thing that most people don’t know is that I have a love for the arts and I mean all art from performing to visual arts. And recently I have been getting into nail art. Now I know I advocate for modesty and I know all is vanity but it is an art for m it just doesn’t include the paper. God made everything on this earth for his glory and lately I’ve been struggling with the question of whether or not my interest in nail art can some being glory to God.  Then I got to thinking and realized that we can all have hobbies and even have jobs that are centered in our very interest but we aren’t to be engrossed in them to the point of taking our focus off of God. And also remembering that there are ways in which we can bring God and the gospel to the center of what we do. It can turn into a way to engage people and show them who you are in Christ. How? Be creative but stay true.

I recently got an idea to go to homeless shelters and do women and young girls’ nails and give them grooming products which would help the women especially to look well groomed maybe for job interviews.  In doing that I can also hold bible studies while there and talk about my testimony which would be relatable considering other women and young girls  might have gone through the same things and it could show them that through Christ they too can be delivered. Through that I could also talk about why modesty is important in the daily life of women and show them scriptures such as 1 Peter 3:3 which talks about hat modesty is and then show them how to apply it in their own lives.

So ladies I would like to know if you would like to see a new series on my blog showing some nice neat sophisticated and tasteful nail designs with tutorials included so that you can achieve the designs yourselves.  I know some of you might be the nail salon goers but I can show you some DIY ways to achieve that same salon polished look. Please comment or like if you would like that idea.  who knows there could be a few giveaways so please let me know.

Grace and peace ladies. God Bless:-)

My most recent nail art venture

My most recent nail art venture: Wild Roses

Confess Your Sins and Let Go of Your Troubles

Reading Proverbs 28:13 this morning has allowed me to see that hiding your issues doesn’t help us or anyone else. God can’t receive glory from your hidden sins but he can receive glory when you confess them and give your testimony. Giving your testimony will allow others who may be struggling with similar troubles and sin to come forth to God and confess and hopefully God brings them to repentence. God uses us in his own way sometimes to bring others to Him and to help them see God in his fullness. And being unashamed of the Gospel (Rom 1:16) is one way in which we as Christians hone our courage that Christ gives us to openly speak about our deliverance from sin and share personal struggles He brought us out of.  We obtained mercy and grace through the Cross. Jesus took the wrath of God, came down off his thrown on the right hand of God and paid the price we as sinners should have paid. He said it is finished therefore we are free from our sins. So why should we hide the sin we fall into. It will only make us fall deeper into it and why should we dwell in our troubles when our Heavenly Father is there for us to lay our burdens down to. We are all weak and He is strong. We are small and He is big and we are all wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked but thats why we need Jesus. So we should know that we aren’t perfect BUT perfection is what we are looking forward to in our heavenly home with Christ our Lord. Don’t forget you are forgiven. Confess your transgressions don’t hold onto them. He loves you and will never forsake you. In jesus there is healing for the broken and mercy in the Fathers hands.

Grace and peace to you all.

Scripture of the day: Proverbs 28:13 “Whoever conceals his trangressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them shall obtain mercy.”

You can find me in the A

Well folks I’ve moved to Atlanta, GA and I really like it here. I found a really good church that is very Gospel centered, I’m around more Christlike people (for the most part anyway) and there is a lot more to do here.  I am glad my husband and I decided to move here and I’m thankful to God because without his guidance and power and strength I would have probably never left CT. The way in which I left was a bit hard and I admit it took a lot out of me at first but I knew it had to be done.  Anyways just wanted to put that out there and sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I will start again soon and more often. Please keep reading and I hope that those of you who read my blog can take from it. GOD BLESS!

Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I don’t know how to tell you this out loud but I’ll try. I can’t say much to you these days and you might wonder why. I have tried to find words to to tell you and I thought I did but it went right over your head like a plane in the sky. See my life is brand new because of Christ. I gave up my life filled with sin For chance to walk right and so, on I write about this recognition of God’s mission to reconcile me, us, back to him through his only begotten son, Jesus.  It wasn’t easy to find his light. I was blinded by the darkness and with a heart full of deceit slowly I was making my way down path lead by the prince of the power of air.(satan) Even in my own despair I singled myself out as a lonely human being among others just as lonely as me only to realize that the reason I was  hanging on to that life was because I didn’t want to end up being rejected by the same ones I let mold me. So you thought I was going out with friends when really I was just using that lie as a means to a reckless end. I was really going to be with him.  The boy who took my virginity and that’s when my soul ties began. I found my worth in what he thought of me. And mom, You weren’t telling me I was beautiful because God made me but that I needed to lose weight to fit into clothes that were pretyy with fat nick names like “big mama’s house”. I’ve battled with my weight for years and all you have ever done was equip me with the lowest view of myself allowing me to fall into a deep depression having the lowest impression of you as my mother. What do you expect from a child whose mother brought her to run at the track at age eight. it pleased me when ever you told me I looked like I might have lost a little weight. Oh and the friends you thought you knew were nothing but trouble for me. They taught me how to lie, some taught me how to steal, and by the time I was 18 none of it seemed like a big deal so  I okayed my wrong doings and hid them from you all of my teen years.  I numbed a lot of the pain with boys and binge drinking.  It gave me a thrill to live reckless without thinking. I kept on in this lifestyle with my troublesome  friends carelessly committing sins and you let me.  You never told me anything about sex except kissing leads to other things and that you didnt want me to end up like our next door neighbor lashawn but little do you know I almost ended up a teenaged mom. Yup your girl was almost a statistic and I know you would have gone ballistic but I played coy and kept that part of my life a secret. Well look at God now mom look what he did. I prayed “please lord I am not ready for this responsibility. I am only a baby not ready for babies so keep that at bay father and make a way father, Amen”.  And the test was negative. I went back to  my sin but I had to make sure I was clear and free. so when you took me on a trip to the doctor I secretly got tested for HIV. It was negative again and God showed me his faithfulness twice but what did I show him?  Just more willingness to commit sin. Off to college ready for parties and heavy drinking. Not thinking that what would later take place would leave me broken.  I got into a car with a drunk driver. She drank and drove on the way to the club and on the way back the sped down the daytona international speed way laughing forgetting about the young lives in her car. I made it back safe without even thanking God for his protection. I wiped the sweat offrom my brow while continuing down a path of destruction. Back in a van I went with another drunk driver after a movie night something so innocent. He swerved in and out of lanes screaming for everyone to shutup while he drove drunk. He sped over a long bridge while I prayed to God saying please take the wheel and as he went the car swerved almost tilting over an embankment into the ocean.  But he didn’t and there I knew God had spoken. I was His.  I found God not because I grew up with a strong Christian up bringing. But because he showed me what life would be like if I kept sinning. He was there from the beginning and he will be there in the end.  But mom will you stop and look back at your life as I just did.  Tell me, what things have you hid? God brings everything in darkness to light so don’t wait until its too late to vent but confess mom and repent. There are things I don’t know and questions that run through my mind and truth that I search for like why my father didn’t meet me until I was four? And why you two got married and after that I didn’t see him anymore.  On and off from the time I was eight and he didn’t know much about me because it was too late. I’m 21 now and my life has changed thanks to the God above. He showed me His love. He can keep you mom and give you the help you and the kids need but you have to seek him.  Mom I love you

I’m praying for you

Love, Tisha

Hate Your Family More Than Christ?

This weekend has been one of the most troubling weekends I have had in a while.  The things that are happening are so new to me and I would say its a good thing in the sense that God is really working in my life.  If you asked me 3 years ago if I was a Christian I would probably have told you yes. If you asked me if I had been saved I would have told you no.  I know by now you are probably wondering how the heck I was calling myself a Christian if I have never been saved.  And all I can tell you is that some how I didn’t get taught that in order for me to be a Christian it would require me to deny myself, pick up my cross and follow Jesus (Matt 16:24).  It would also require me to hate my family more than Christ (Luke 14:26), it would require long suffering, it would require repentance– a renewed mind, it would require me to basically drop everything and leave people and places behind.  It could even mean that I’d face persecution (Rom 8:35). it could mean putting my life on the line.  And now I know this may sound like A LOT to ask of someone but it takes all of that and more to really call yourself a follower of Christ.

When I was 18 I met my husband, Melvin D. Burns during my freshmen year of college.  He was far different from any other guy I had ever met for the simple fact that he was an honest God fearing man.  I had not idea that someone like him would ever consider talking to a girl like me.  When I first started college I was eager and ready to do everything almost every college student expects to do which is party party party and drink like it no body’s business.  As a college student you are finally able to break out be grown up because your parents aren’t around to tell you what to do.  I didn’t have the best company either but I settled for people who I thought were most like me and who were tolerable for the most part especially when it came to  going out.  In more than one instance I found myself in what I would consider near death situations;  if you would consider getting in a car with a drunk driver twice near death situations.  I once ended up almost being stranded at an off campus party where pretty much everyone was drunk except little old me and a few other random people who were not at all willing to bring me back to campus to make my 2:00 a.m. curfew.  Through all of those situations God was definitely trying to tell me He didn’t want me there and He definitely was the only one who was looking out for me and my best interest.  I knew I was being called I just didn’t wanna listen.

There was one other person who was always looking out for me; Melvin.  I remember when I tried to approach him as I did every other guy I was interested in, well lets just say that didn’t work.  The more he and I got to know each other, the more I really wanted him to stay in my life.  It was as if God had used him to as a way to take me away from the people, things and places I was used to that caused me to sin.  Mel and I stayed friends for about 2 months and then we became a couple which made me very happy. Even though we were together and I knew that there was a lot that I was not going to do anymore I was sill struggling to get rid of bad habits and things that were not good for my faith in Christ.  I can honestly say that I have grown a lot more in my faith since then but I am still growing  which bring me to my next point.

Now in the beginning of his post I began to say that this weekend has been quite troubling.  Keeping in mind everything I just said try to understand where I’m going with this.  During your walk as a Christian you are often going to become distant from people and some of those people may be your family members.  I know I am suppose to love Christ more than my family and I am having a hard time trying not to step on people’s toes but I know we cannot keep living for the approval of people.  I want so badly for my family’s Christian faith become more real because right now I don’t see them growing in faith and they look more and more like the world than they do people of God.  I feel sometimes we have to get out of the way and let God work but I find that Istart to feel the need to stick around.  When I decide not to show up to certain family gatherings I start feeling like I am making a huge deal out of nothing.  I mean God calls us out of places and way from people all the time and that includes family but I almost tend to feel like I don’t have to dismiss them entirely.  I mean Jesus didn’t say ignore your family all together but at the same time I know we are not suppose to hate what is evil and cling to what is good (Rom 12:9).  I have family members who do evil things constantly even after I have spoken to them about it and it bugs me because I want them to see that their sin is going to be the death of them(Rom 6:23) .  We are to be like Christ and for the majority of my family to consider themselves Christians its rare that you see them even trying to be Christ like and I  know I can’t be around that.

All in all my biggest prayer is that my family recognizes that I have changed and that I am now living for Christ. And also that they too see my Christian lifestyle lived out to the fullest and take from that and apply it to their own lives. I pray that God just uses me in that way.  My husband is always telling me not to be a part of any of the things my family members do and not because he is trying to control me because its my choice whether I decide to take part or not but I know it disappoints him when I make the choice to join with them anyways.  This weekend I was invited to my cousin’s 21st birthday dinner and today I was invited to breakfast at my cousin’s house.  Two problems are that I know my mom needs to change her ways and I shouldn’t sit and be around her all the time okaying her behavior and I know my cousin and her friends and I have nothing in common anymore. I just didn’t know how to tell either of them that I don’t want to be around them.  So I try to find excuses but that doesn’t make me feel good. I want them to know the truth which is simply that I just can’t be around the way I used to because we live so differently. I live for Christ and they seem to just be living just like the rest of the world. I love them dearly and I won’t ignore them but at the same time I won’ go against God.