Friday, September 2, 2011

A Love I can’t Comprehend

Do you remember Giga Pets?!?!?!

I definitely do and I remember just how bad I wanted one. For those of you who have no idea what I am taking about Giga pets were these virtual handheld pets, that you could keep on your keys, on your backpack, or in your pocket. You could do so much with your Giga Pet, you could feed it, bathe it, play with it, put it to sleep, and all this other good stuff. For those of you who had one, I am sure you remember the hype.

Well, like I said I really wanted a Giga Pet. At the time when Giga Pets were really big and sold out everywhere, KFC started selling them at a cheaper price with the purchase of a meal. The advertisements for these KFC Giga pets seemed to be everywhere, and they made me want one even more. So like any kid who reallllly wants something I asked my Daddy to take me to KFC just to get a Giga pet. I was so excited the afternoon he took me to the KFC by Greenacres mall to get my first Giga pet. However, I was quickly disappointed when the lady at the counter told my dad that his bill was too big and as a result she could not sell him the Giga pet. I remember my Daddy turning to me and telling me that he had no other money, and that we had to hurry up and get home, so I would have to get my Giga pet another day (Sighhhhh). I was bummmmed, and my Daddy could clearly see that. As we exited the KFC my dad noticed a check cashing place across the street, and decided that he would quickly run in and change his money so I could get my Giga pet. We rushed across the street, just to find the longeeeeeeest line EVER. Although my Daddy was in a rush we stood in that line for almost 2 hours just so he could get some change, buy my Giga pet, and most of all make his little girl happy. I honestly will never forget that day, or what seems to be millions of other times my Father has gone out of his way just to provide for me, or make me happy. The ways in which he shows me his love! My Daddy and I have this connection, and I know his love for me is one that I won’t just find anywhere.

Today as I read my daily devotion, I was reminded ONCE again that there is someone who loves, and knows me much more than my Daddy ever can and ever will. There is a song that I have had on heavy rotation for the past couple of weeks, and the words simply go “I have a Father, He calls me His own, He’ ll never leave me, No matter where I go” The song also goes on to say that “ He knows my name, He knows my every thought, He sees each tear that falls, And hears me when I call”. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get a little emotional when I think about God’s Love and the fact that God is Love. I think it’s because God’s love is soooooo great that my human mind can’t comprehend it. I am learning day by day to find extreme comfort in a love that I possibly will never wrap my mind around. I find even more comfort in the fact that there is nothing that I can ever do that will get God to stop loving me, and showing me his love.

I hope YOU too can find sincere comfort in the fact that YOU have a Heavenly Father who knows your name. Not only does he know your name he knows and understands each and every one of your wants and needs. He rejoices when you are happy, and he sees and understands your pain. He has a plan for your life that is greater that you can ever imagine, and he is ready to bestow upon you so many blessings that he says you will not have room enough to receive them. Your heavenly Father will ALWAYS there when you call out to him to comfort, guide, and protect you. Simply Just….Because he LOVES you! And no matter what you do, your heavenly Father will NEVER stop loving you, or showing you his love.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hey, did you notice that?

If you know me you may have noticed that when placed in certain situations I am not always the most observant person in the world. Truth be told, there are times when I am totally oblivious to what is going on around me (dependent on where I am,what I am doing, or who I am with). For the past day or two I have really been thinking about the dangers that can come about when I fail to take the time to notice what is going on around me. Of course some obvious dangers such as getting held up at gun point, lost without a GPS, or scammed have come to mind. In addition to the obvious dangers, in my reflection another danger has made itself strikingly clear!

I imagine that God probably sometimes would love to scream at us "Hey (insert your name here), did you notice that?" Sadly, many of would have to answer no.We all at times get caught up in the every day motions of life. We get consumed by our efforts to be successful, maintain healthy relationships, do well in school, move up on the job, seek out new opportunities, or simply just have a good time, so much so that we fail to notice all the ways in which God shows us his love.

Last week I was amazed at the beauty of the sun kissing the ocean each morning and the calmness of the sea at night. This past week on several occasions the perfect temperature and beauty of a summer night left me extremely calm. A couple a weeks ago after a workout in the park I spent a good amount of time watching a bird collecting grass, and twigs for a nest it was making right above me, and I was truly amazed at the detail and attention a little bird could give to one task. When I sit back and think about it on all these occasions God was showing me his love. God's power and love can be clearly seen in the beauty and precision of nature. If God is so precise when it comes to things in nature, just imagine how precise he can be in our lives. God shows us his love in so many, but we can miss them if we fail to take notice.

I don't even want to know how many times I have failed to recognize the times when God placed things in my life to simply to remind me of his love for me. I imagine that on several occasions he has screamed " Hey Tasha, did you notice that?". I bet if I was a little more observant I would begin to see God's love in so many different ways, and in turn begin to understand just a little more the extent of his love and greatness. I don't know about you, but I find comfort in the fact that I serve a God who shows me his love in so many ways on a daily basis even when I am so caught up with all the other things going in my life.

As I take the time to become more aware of the many ways in which God shows his love to me, I urge you to do the same. I am going to make an assumption and say that what we observe will amaze us, and at times leave us speechless!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yesterday I lost Apart of Me

For all my life I have had this big fat juicy mole under my left armpit. When I was younger the fact that it was there bothered me once in a blue moon, but as I got older I learned to appreciate and actually really like my mole, after all it was another one of the things that made me, ME! Two of my friends even named my mole "Russell the armpit muscle”. Sadly yesterday "Russell the armpit muscles” life came to an end.

My Mole for the years it had been sitting there never really caused any issues, up until recently that is. Right before my senior year it got really infected and extra swollen, and every now and again the area around my mole would start to act up. However for 98% of the time my mole just sat quietly under my arm causing no trouble. Russell despite the few times he caused me some unnecessary drama was simply just… Apart of me!

Yesterday, after months maybe even years of being strongly advised to see a dermatologist just to make sure Russell was not more danger than he led on to be I made it to a doctor’s appointment that I have literally missed three times in the past. As soon as my Doctor stepped into the room, and even before I could fully explain the reason for my visit he informed me that he would be removing my mole before I left his office.

Although it was NOT my intention to get my mole removed yesterday, I realize as I reflect on the experience that once again God was teaching me a lesson in a situation where I least expected it.

Lately I have been really thinking about some of the things in my life that I have become little to conformable with; things that are probably not the best for me but still have managed to in many ways become “Apart” of me. If we are all real with ourselves just for a moment I am sure we would realize that we have things that at some point in time have become “Apart" of us, things that like Russell are probably more harmful than they appear to be. If we continue to be real with ourselves, we would also realize that sometimes we recognize but choose to ignore for whatever reason the things in our lives that we know have the potential to do more harm than good. We all at times become so comfortable with certain things in our lives that we very often find ourselves ignoring, not dealing with, or downplaying the severity of of the things that are “Apart” us, the things we know deep down inside should not be “Apart” of us.

Today I urge to all revaluate the things in your life that have become "Apart" of you. The things that you know truly do not represent or are keeping you from being what God has designed you to be. These things can come in so many forms, a mole, a friendship, a romantic relationship, a place, a job, or maybe even school. Life is about change, and sometimes change requires that we get rid of, or seriously make some changes to the things that we have become comfortable with. After all loosing or changing "apart" of you is not always a bad thing.

The great thing about life and the wonderful thing about God is that the things in life that weight us down, or keep us from living our lives the way God intended us to do not have to be “Apart” of us. And like my doctor did yesterday God can just snip them away, or help us make needed change.

As you reflect on some of the unnecessary and/or harmful things that have become “Apart” of you, I will be doing the same!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Still Loving It......

Guess Who's Back!!!

I have actually really missed my Blog for the past couple of months, but sadly I have not had time to post anything. I am on Spring Break so hopefully I'll get a couple of post in before I leave!

Since I've missed my blog so much I came up with this grand master plan of what my next three post would be about, but I don't have the mental energy to make it happen right now (and I probably should be cuddling up with my Thesis, and not my Blog).

Anyway, I decided that the best thing to come back to you all with would be a HAIR UPDATE!
Yes, I know your excited!!

If your new to this blog check out these two post, for some background info!

The complexity of........MY HAIR! ("My Hair Story")

I'm Back...... with a HAIR Update!!

I am still extremely happy with the Natural hair thing! It's crazy that just a couple of months ago you would have NOT, under NO circumstances caught me out in public without a weave, or braids(Clearly I had some issues). Other than the fact the my hair is probably healthier than its ever been,my natural hair has truly got me LOVINGGGG me!!!!

I cut off like a Inch when I was home in December, these are the Results!

I got tired of my usual braids in the front, fro in the back thing. So I came up with this one week(With the help of some blogs, YES i am still obsessed, Don't Judge!)

So I got this Hat and a Black one! They come in HANDY, trust me!
My mom got at me when I got off the plane with the Black one on, she told me she hopes I don't go to school with it on my head(if she only knew)!
Before I started to do this after I washed my hair, I would have to stay inside for like a day until I got it under control again! But this works, so I do it every week after I wash, set it at night and I am ready to go the next morning!

This is after an allllllll nighter, check out the bags under my eyes!!
I was feeling my hair this day though!!
So hard at work!!!

I'm so cute right!!
All these pics are from the weekend, the only time I wear my hair out!

I have been REALLY trying to work on my impulsive trips to Target, Beauty Supply Stores, or the hair section of Whole Foods! I have only had one set back in my "I will not buy Hair products I don't need" mission.
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