Thanksgiving Day Thankfulness!!!

It doesn’t matter how old I get, every Thanksgiving morning I wake up and turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to start off my turkey day right. I love the spirit of the holidays; the bright and colorful lights, the harmonious tunes, and of course great food! But this Thanksgiving Day I can’t help but be grateful for how far God has brought me.

My relationship with the Lord has only strengthened and I’m so excited about the journey He has for me in the years to come. I am grateful for the ability to live out the call God has on my life. I am honored to have been selected out of so many to accomplish and conquer great feats for the Kingdom of God. More than anything else in this amazing life I am just thankful for my relationship with Him.

Knowing God means that I recognize His voice. I know when He is pointing me in a specific direction and I can immediately obey. Why? Because I know it’s Him and He will only lead me where I can safely follow and hold His hand along the way. It is refreshing to know I am making the right decision because of His astounding discernment directing my heart and ordering my steps.

While I am grateful for health, family, and friends, the love that I experience from my Heavenly Father outweighs all else and provides me with security. My prayer for all of our readers is that you will experience God’s unconditional love that continues to keep you in the midst of every mistake you make. I pray that you will develop a bond with Him unlike any you have experienced on earth and seek Him before making decisions. Let Him lead you and be grateful for this life He has given.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Learning to Let Go: Beyoncé- Ring Off

Yessss!!! Don't be afraid to take that ring off! I'm so proud of Bey for dropping this record. Mamas sacrifice so much of their lives for their families. Many lose their identity in attempting to please their man while making sure the diapers are changed, the bills are paid and dinner is ready by 6.

This love letter from Beyoncé to her mother is an ode to letting go and discovering freedom for oneself. You are not letting your children down by choosing to be happy. You are creating a better environment for them to learn and grow. Never give up on your marriage. But if you are placing your family in an unhealthy, unsafe, or destructive situation, you do have the option to remove that cancer...and start all over again.

Until you had enough then you took that ring
And now the fun begins
You dust yourself off and you love again

You live and learn that's just the way life goes

Now after all your tears
After all the pain's all clear Mama
After all them years
We can start all over again Mama
Now it all makes sense 
Letting go is never the end Mama
We can love again
This is where freedom begins Mama

-Renée Nicole
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Winter Fashion: Loving Layers!

Is it Winter yet? My goodness, with the recent Arctic wind chill it sure feels like it.  As much as I love the winter wonderland I don't like the shivering, blistering cold wind that leaves your cheeks and lips chapped or your skin dry and scaly.  Layering your clothing is a way to maximize your comfort during the winter months.  

Check out ways to stay warm and chic without looking big and bulky while doing it. You can find lots of sleek form-fitting layers to ensure you're warm and cuddly while enjoying a night out on the town with your girls or with a lucky fella!  What's your staple garment for winter?

-Madelyn Monroe

Fashionista, What's Your Potion?

Christmas commercials, Salvation Army bell ringers, and tacky-colored bulbs are already in full swing but just because the wintry holiday season is upon us doesn't mean that you can't spice up your wardrobe. From boyfriend jeans with a classic Chuck Taylor to a perfect office party little black dress, I have put together some of my favorite looks for this cold season.  

I love all black everything. I think that people are scared of wearing all of one solid color, especially black and therefore they do too much. Pairing a little black dress with a black pump and even a black clutch is ok. Just add a pop of color on the lip and you are sophisticated without looking like a hooker in neon green heels.

Comfort is everything in a working gal's life. If you're in heels and two piece suits all week, there's nothing more that you look forward to than a basic jean and a soft, cozy pair of Uggs on Saturday. I don't care how much people hate on the bulky boot, Uggs give your feet a little slice of Heaven like you're walking on the clouds on a partly sunny day. With a skinny pant, flannel shirt and a few accessories to keep it girly, your comfort has just been glamified. 

All in chinchilla! I'm a sucka for a faux fur vest. Match that beauty with leather pants, a fringe satchel, and cream accessories and you are ready for a cool night on the town.

Sunday is a day of chic sophistication. Head to church in a basic dress brought to life by colorful adornments.

We all have a rugged glam look that makes us feel like A.Keys mixed with a little Gwen Stefani mixed with a little Kim K. Cut up jeans, a simple white tee and biker leather jacket give style a whole new name. Find your edgy side with this classic look. 

Funky and sexy is a stylish woman's motto. It doesn't get funkier than these strappy knee-high sandals or sexier than these old school high-waisted shorts. 

What's your go-to style that leaves you feeling like a million bucks??? Make comments below!!!

-Renée Nicole
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The Importance of Fellowship

Learning and growing in your walk with God takes much work and diligence. You have to desire to do His will, spend time with Him, and hear from Him. That is why it is important to surround yourself with likeminded people who are going to push you in the right direction.

It is hard to stay on the right track when the people you spend the majority of your time with are pulling you back into old habits you are trying to shake. These individuals are negative influences and you no longer have room for them in your daily routine. You may not have to cut them off completely (and you may have to, depending on how powerful of an impact they have on you) but the time spent together should definitely be limited.

If your vice is getting caught up in negative talk and gossip, you do not need to be hanging with Ms. Benita “but I ain’t one to gossip so you didn’t hear that from me” Butrell. She is only going to drag you into dangerous territory. Some underestimate the power of the tongue and the thoughts that we give life to. We need to learn to control our thoughts so that they do not become words and therefore become actions. As much as something is burning within us to get out, we should not honor every thought that pops into our head with verbal attention.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
 and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

Likewise, if you discover that drinking leads you to making bad decisions, then you may want to reconsider hanging with the party girl whose only idea of a good time is a night you can’t remember the next day. The extent of your growth and maturity is based on your decision-making. It is easy to choose to do what comes naturally to us. But if we step out of our comfort zone and the safety of acceptance from others, we make room for God to use us in a mighty way.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Romans 12:2

Making the right decisions is not always simple. That is where the need for fellowship comes in. As a young adult, finding the wrong things to get into is as easy as tying a shoe. Temptations are at arms reach and sometimes fall right into your lap. But when you make a conscious decision to do what pleases God, your life drastically changes. You delve into His Word because you want to know Him and how He operates. You separate yourself from worldly objectives and you interact with others who have the same fire for God.

I recently joined a women’s study group and it has to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. We read material relevant to our lives, we come together and discuss these topics and what God has revealed to us, eat, laugh, and have a great time. We are teamed with a prayer partner after each bi-weekly gathering and this has made all of the difference in my thought process. I find that praying alone I am easily distracted losing focus on what I’m doing. But with a partner, I dig deep into my prayer topics and am able to learn and grow so much. My current prayer partner is so passionate about God and life in general. She has owned a successful business for 18 years that is consistently expanding. Hearing her testimony inspires me. It is important to have people in your life who are where you want to be. They’ve endured all the hits and bruises it takes to get there and can help light the way for you. After speaking and praying with her I feel refreshed and ready to conquer whatever is before me.

Learning to keep life in perspective takes practice. I have had to learn to catch myself in mid thought when my mind is wandering on unhealthy behavior. I have also had to learn that I can’t do it all myself. Yes, God lives within me and is my power to reach my destiny, but He has placed people in this life to aid me in gaining victory and vice versa; we have to sow seeds into others as they sow into us. Just a small seed God can water and tend to in order to grow. Don’t stunt your growth with the wrong people. Seek God for righteous believers who want to please God and watch a full 360 turn occur in your life.

-Renée Nicole
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