Friday, September 11, 2009

Hair Updos For Church

Last night I was on you tube trying to find something quick and simple to do with my hair. We all know most of us ladies have kids so we don't have much time on Sunday mornings to do our hair. I know I don't! :0) Well here are some videos on how to do the do. On the first two videos there is some music playing in the background just turn your volume down please.

This hair style is very elegant and beautiful!

I love this one I really need to try it. Maybe this Sunday, you never know!

Just a few bobby pins, hair spray and your on your way. Alright everybody just one more!

It is very possible to do something to your hair even if it is forever long! These are just a few styles that I thought were very nice for Sunday morning or even Wednesday night. I can't wait for my hair to be like hers. I love it! This is our GLORY ladies. Well everybody I hope ya'll have a good weekend talk atcha next week!

Love Sis. Jessi :0)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hope all is well with everyone. With the kids going back to school I know that life becomes a little hectic with getting them ready, feeding breakfast, going to work, helping with homework and all the other hosework duties. Sometimes we get overwhelmed with all these things. There are times in our lives when we feel exhausted, frustrated, and wanting to just scream at the top of our heads. I know I do sometimes. Like the Bible says our help is in you Lord. I want to talk a little about our lost loved ones. After the message Bro. Duvall preaches Sunday morning about the prodigal son I was thinking about all those who have left the church to like he said "try to find something better out in the world". I text my brother after church and said "I wish you would just come back to church, I miss you". I really don't understand why someone would turn their back on God after all He has done for us and after feeling his mighty prescence. When another brother of mine had left the church, sometimes I was mean when I spoke to him thinking that would make him understand until my pastors' wife told me you are not going anywhere with being mean, so I stopped. I just tried to encourage him and it took some years of fasting and praying but eventually he came back. Most of the time a person leaves the church at a younger age and it usually because of friends that that person begins to associate with.. I want to say to all mothers we must be careful at all times who our kids associate with, especially teenagers.
Going back to my other brother, after the text he said "I don't think I will be back, because I don't agree with all the holiness standard" My heart sad for him, because he has lots of talents that could be used for the Lord. I began to think about his statement. The Bible says "Be ye Holy for I am Holy" how plain could that be for us. I know he was talking about wearing shorts because he likes to play sports. The way I look at it is that Holiness is just a small price to pay to make it to heaven. Whatever it takes to make it home, I'll do it. If it takes wearing skirts all the time, if it takes not cutting one's hair, if it takes not wearing jewelery or make up I'll do it. I will not let anything stop me from getting my crown and seeing Jesus. NOTHING IS GOING TO STOP ME FROM GETTING THERE. I would rather be safe than sorry and not make it to heaven for pettiness. Our main goal in life is to please God in every way. AT THE END, IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT.

So if you have a lost love one have mercy on them and just keep praying that the Lord somehow touch their heart before His coming.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Devotion has its steps. Devoting yourself to Christ is more than just devoting yourself on Sunday! Its devoting yourself back everyday. It says in John 15:7 "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you." Jesus tells us this because we will fight everyday against the enemy. He doesn't want us to have eternal life. He wants us to fail and fall back. Jesus already knows what is to come so i love that he warns us to just remain in him. To pray everyday and grow from reading the word. The knowledge we have will prepare us for the fight to come. The bible gives us the tools to fight. You can never undo the knowledge you put in yourself. In John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble.But take heart! I have overcome the world!!" I love this verse because it gives us confidence that there's nothing god cant bring us through! I like the saying what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger!! So true every fight we make it through makes us that much stronger to have confidence that he will bring us through the next! The spirit gives life and our flesh counts for nothing! Keeping myself in the word helps me when i face those people who know who i was and what i use to do. When they ask me to smoke with them that it will be OK Jesus will forgive me. I love that the more i read the more i know better and I grow more fear of god that I know he watching and that nothings worth me giving in.Like it also says in Mark 8:36 "What good is it for a man to gain the world and forfeit his soul." Nothing I have in this life will leave with me. So i put pride in me knowing the word. The words I stain my heart with I will take and god can see. This world is a matter of who you will give your soul to.A god who wants to give you life love and peace. Or the devil who wants you to die and burn in eternal hell. It your choice who will you serve? I'm glad Jesus never reminds me of who i was but who i can now become.Those people cant break me down because I KNOW WHO I AM!! I'VE COME THIS FAR AND I WONT TURN BACK!!It feels so much better this way i love you Jesus!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday chat with Layla.

Hello, it is me again. Your good ol' forgetful blogger friend Layla.

At last weeks ladies meeting after evening church, from across the room, Sister Duvall talked me into blogging again. Thanks for that. Maybe this is the motivation I need to pick my own personal blog back up...I have been slacking in that.

Family and Home is supposed to be the Monday topic. So, good luck to you readers, because I have a messy home and a crazy I am not sure how enlightened you will be for this next month.

I am an advocate for music in the home. Every day I watch two babies and all day, as I go about my day, I either have "toddler tunes" or "Light Classical" playing. I find that music not only helps me with the kids, but it helps my piece of mind...well I say that, but I do admit the toddler tunes are for the babies, not me, I could do without hearing the rubber ducky song a million times a day...ha ha.
But with the music, when I have it on classical and Aaron and Alyssa are home, I find that they do not fight as much. They are more focused, and dare I say more attentive and thorough. I don't have to repeat my directions to them as much, and they are likely found reading, being creative with art, or wanting to do activities that require the use of their minds rather than the braincell sucking video games.
I would love to say they are learning Mozart, Chopin and all the other great composers, but their desire to work I think stems from their distaste for the music choice, but the soothing rhythms are what contribute to the peace in the home.
And with the babies, they get to hear educational songs that showcase ideas like abc's, nursery rhymes, etc.....

Now I am not saying that classical and toddler tunes are for everyone....but I do think that if we all incorporate a little more music into our children's lives, not only do they benefit from the words of the songs, melody, etc....but it could in fact help them in their walk with God.

I blogged here before about my favorite song/poem. Well that was one of many hymns I learned as a youth (among my favorite, Count your Many Blessings, How Great Thou Art) and that is one of many songs that come to mind when I am in situations that cause me to have to make critical choices for my spirit.

When I first came to Church with Jason, and alter call seemed crazy weird and albeit a bit uncomfortable for me, I used my favorite hymns to help me focus on Christ, rather than trying to figure you guys out. I would sit at my pew, not knowing or understanding worship, bent over trying to pray in different ways than I was used to, trying to put words into my mouth that even remotely sounded like praise, I didn't know how, so I would sing.
"When upon life's billows your tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessing name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done."
So I sang that song out loud, then I would heed it's directions, and start to name all the blessings in my life, which led to me then thanking Christ for those blessing, which then led to me praising.
I learned to praise through music.
I learned to lift Christ up through music.
I am touched to the core by hearing other's testimonies through the lyrics they write.

Another example of how music has helped me,

When at ladies conference, before service one afternoon, the bookstore lady got up and showcased a cd that was for sale. AS. SOON. AS. I. HEARD. IT. I knew I had to have it. I couldn't stop thinking about it, when service was over, i went right over and bought it. I would listen to that song I heard in the preview over and over again. I got home, Jason loved the cd, and started playing it at church as the prelude music. And then that unforgettable night, at the Kennons farewell, they were testing the sound in the sanctuary, and they blasted my song. I had a plateful of food, and heard them testing the speakers....I asked them to restart the song, because it was already half way through, I put my full plate down, walked into the sanctuary and joined the other two people in there and started praying, and thing I know, I look up and there were a roomful of people in there praising... now I am not saying I was the reason that happened, I am just trying to show how my desire for music, and the Spirit, led me to buy the cd.....and now everyone hears that song and it brings the desire of that night back into our minds and hearts

And you never know when your child will be in a situation, and a song they learned in Sunday School (or during service, or choir) will pop into their minds and keep them from making a bad choice, or help them learn to do good. Play good music for you and your family and it will benefit them more than your eyes can see. That is a promise.