Join other Freedom Fighters from around the world today to SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY. Draw a RED X on your hand. Tell your world that slavery still exists and YOU WON’T STAND FOR IT. Just use your influence any way you can to help us carry the message of FREEDOM so even more people know. Let’s make this SHINE A LIGHT ON SLAVERY DAY even brighter than ever. #enditmovement
Sometimes if you are paying attention you can really see God at work around you!
I have a friend who wrote a blog about a “strange” encounter this week that turned out to be a real God moment…
Her car had broken down and so Joana was bumming rides and walking to get around. Joana is known to be the kind of person who talks to strangers and this week she is glad she does.
Turns out through a long list of events she found herself walking side by side with a woman that received an anonymous sticky note from Joana the year before… and the lady still had the post-it….
here’s her blog conclusion which really touched my heart…
I wrote an entire blog post when I left that note about how when we do kind things, we have to be ok with never seeing the outcome. And yet, an entire year later, God orchestrates a meeting between two strangers that had been connected this entire time without knowing it. I asked her if she believed in God and she said yes. We both agreed we were living in a moment that could have never happened without His influence.
I think about what would have happened if I hadn’t remembered her unusual name, or if I’d had my car and driven instead of walked, or if I had just hurried ahead of her to avoid the awkwardness… I can’t imagine how many potential moments like that I’ve missed.
I don’t really have anything else to say other than God is still big enough and faithful enough to remind us that He is in control and to show us these beautiful moments that can happen when we obey Him. So that’s why I talk to strangers. It’s usually worth it.
Bitterly Cold Weather in the Forecast: Be Safe When Heating Your Home
With windy conditions and extremely cold temperatures in the forecast, officials remind residents to take safety precautions when heating their homes. Malfunctioning heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires in January and February. Winter storms can also interrupt electrical service, causing people to turn to alternative heating sources, further increasing the risk of fire.
By following these fire prevention measures, you can greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home and enjoy a safe winter season.
• Keep children and combustibles at least three feet away from all heating equipment, stoves and fireplaces.
• If you use an electric heater, do not overload the circuit. If you must use an extension cord, choose one that has a built in surge protector and that the cord is rated for the amps the appliance will require.
• Always remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
• Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
• Before going to sleep, ensure the fire in your fireplace is completely extinguished. Never close the fireplace damper if hot ashes remain in the fireplace. The fire may reheat and force toxic carbon monoxide into your house.
• Always let ashes cool before putting them in a closed metal container. Keep the container outside, a safe distance away from your home.
5 inspiring new year’s resolutions you can keep
Every year, magazines and websites inundate us with “New Year, New You” headlines, which can be inspiring except most of us find ourselves breaking our new year’s resolutions within the first week. Why exactly? Well, because they’re unrealistic. (Lose 30 pounds by February?) Or we secretly really just don’t want to do them. (Give up coffee? Hmm, maybe not.) But here’s an idea that might actually motivate you: If your new year’s resolutions revolve around looking your best, the instant gratification of feeling your very best will be what inspires you to actually keep them this year. So if the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep:
- New Year’s Resolution: Quit bad beauty habits. Nail biting, not washing your face at night, overusing the flatiron. There are some bad habits that can really mess with your beauty mojo. Choose the ones that apply to you and just say no.
- New Year’s Resolution: Get organized. Cleaning out your closet and reorganizing your makeup drawer might only take you a few hours this weekend, but it will make putting together your look every morning so much easier. I guarantee you’ll discover some cool clothes you almost forgot you had. Be sure to toss, donate or give away the things you don’t use anymore. They just get in the way when you’re trying to get to the good stuff.
- New Year’s Resolution: Try a new look. What’s the style you’ve been dying to sport but have been too afraid (or just too busy) to try? Just try it! All it takes is one trip to the store (and a few bucks).
- New Year’s Resolution: Find affordable style. It’s easier than you think. You don’t need to change what you’re buying, just where you’re shopping. Check out consignment and secondhand stores for inexpensive vintage finds.
- New Year’s Resolution: Get a healthier glow. OK, so maybe you’re not going to lose 30 pounds by February, but getting fit will help you look better in as early as a few weeks — I’m not just talking about looking slimmer but also getting a healthy all-around glow. Other health resolutions that can brighten your look: Drinking more water, eating more fruits and veggies and taking better care of your skin.