Risen!


The Easter Story

Jesus came to compensate
For all the wrongs we do.
He came to earth to die for us,
So we’d be born anew.

"This bitter cup, let it pass from me,"
He cried, in a plaintive voice;
"Yet not My will, but Thine be done;"
He said, in His faithful choice.

The Judas kiss would seal his fate;
He faced a hostile crowd;
The governor, Pilate, saw through it all;
Jesus’ guilt he disavowed.

"I wash my hands of all of this,"
Said Pilate, "Let Him be."
But the crowd yelled "Crucify him now,
And set Barabbas free!"

Pilate yielded to their wish;
And Jesus was led away.
The soldiers beat him, and mocked Him, too,
Yet He continued to obey.

A crown of thorns lay on His head,
As His sentence was carried out;
His hands and feet were pierced with nails,
But He did not scream or shout.

"Father, forgive them for this crime;
They know not what they do."
He said this despite His torment, because,
He was thinking of me and you.

"It is finished," he sighed in His anguish and pain,
As His body gave up to death.
The curtain tore, and darkness fell,
After He took His last breath.

The best of the "story" is the very last part;
It’s why on Easter we’re filled with pleasure:
Death could not our Savior hold;
His power is beyond all measure.

He rose from the grave, and was seen all around;
Ever since, He’s inspired devotion,
And we’ll be with Him for eternity,
When we get our heavenly promotion.

That’s why Easter is a major event:
He suffered and died in our place.
He rose and forgave us and loves us still,
Our Savior of matchless grace.


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Beauty Blossom

Makeup Artist: godiz    Makeup Model: Sophia

Safe Housekeeping Tips

Dogs count on us to take care of them. If you’re reading this, you are one of the people who deserves a dog and does his/her best. But there may be things you don’t know – some easy changes that can extend the life and improve the health of your dog. Housekeeping is one of those things.
There are so many toxins in our cleaning supplies that if ingredients were listed on their labels, we would never, ever buy them. Most contain a potpourri of toxins, including artificial fragrances, acids, bleach, ammonia, and more.
These toxins can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, and can cause illness, including neurological problems, hormonal issues, and cancer.
Some contain antibacterial agents that can actually make bacteria stronger. Many are made using petrochemicals, further de- pleting oil supplies. All wash into our soil and water supplies.
According  to  US  Environmental  Protection  Agency  (EPA)  studies, indoor air pollution may be two to five times, and sometimes more than 100 times, higher than outdoor air pollution.
Indoor air pollution is caused by many things, not just cleaning supplies; but cleaning products are things that we can pretty easily control. Some air pollution sources, such as air fresheners, release contaminants more or less continuously.
Other sources, including cleaning products and pesticides, release pollutants intermittently.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are one culprit.
According to the EPA, VOCs are chemicals that are found in many household products, including aerosol sprays, cleansers and disinfectants, moth repellents and air fresheners, as well as dry cleaned clothing. VOCs evaporate into the air when these products are used or sometimes even when they are stored. VOCs irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and cause headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. Some of them can cause cancer.
Cancer kills roughly 20 to 25 percent of our canine companions in the U.S. and Canada. Weakened immune systems can open the door to cancer. Toxins weaken immune systems.
In people, 80% of cancers are linked to the environment. One study reported that from 1948 to 1990 there was a 48% increase in cancer rates. When we, and our pets, inhale toxic fumes, the poisons go directly into the bloodstream and then to the internal organs.
In 2008, the Washington, D.C. based Environmental Working Group conducted a study to determine the effects of cleaning solutions on our pets, and found high levels of toxic chemicals from house- hold cleaners in dogs and cats. For dogs, blood and urine samples were contaminated with 35 chemicals, including 11 carcinogens, 31 chemicals toxic to the reproductive system, and 24 neurotoxins.
Read about how to detox your dog.
Obviously the cleaners, waxes, and sealants/stain barriers we use on our floors and carpets are critical – dogs spend a lot of time lying, sitting, and walking “barefoot” on these areas, and occasionally find something to lick off the floor – or off their paws. And clearly the detergents we use on their dishes and their beds can be hazardous. Less obvious, but just as dangerous, are most commercial cleaners, flea bombs and sprays, and even pet shampoos.
To read about ingredients and cleaners that should be avoided, visitthis website.
Even commercial products that claim to be safe may not be. Descriptions like “natural”, “eco-friendly, “non-toxic,” or, frighteningly, even “organic” don’t ensure a product is safe. “Organic” in chemistry refers to chemicals that are carbon-based, including some that release harmful fumes and may cause brain damage or cancer, according to the Organic Consumers Association.

Green Your Cleaning

The good news is that using non-toxic cleaners is easy, they can clean as well as the commercial products, and they cost much less. With a little preparation (half an hour at the grocery store and half an hour of mixing your own cleaners), you can have a sparkling house that will make your mother-in-law proud, make your home safe for you, your children and your pets; and you’ll save money doing it.
Ingredients: white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, Castile soap, tea tree oil, olive oil, empty plastic spray bottles, jars with tops, reusable dusting cloths, old cloth towels or diapers, spatula or cardboard (useful for scooping up solids), club soda, plastic bristle scrub brush and/or dobie-type of sponge, permanent marker to label each container.

Deodorizer/Antibacterial (spray bottle)

Use straight 5 percent white vinegar.  Straight vinegar deodorizes; and kills most molds, bacteria and germs. Just spray it on and wipe or rinse it off.

Hard Floors and Surfaces

Mix vinegar 50/50 with water as a general cleaner, especially for floors.

Toilet Bowl:

Spray or pour a cup of vinegar in the bowl, let it stand an hour, then scrub, with or without baking soda sprinkled on the brush.

Windows & Mirrors (spray bottle)

Mix ¼-½ teaspoon Castile soap with three tablespoons vinegar and 2 cups water.  For stubborn fingerprints, use a dab of rubbing alcohol and a dry cloth.

All-Purpose Spray Cleaner (spray bottle)

Mix a few drops of Castile soap with about 2 cups of water.

Furniture  Polish (container with lid)

Mix ½ teaspoon oil, such as olive, or better yet, jojoba (which doesn’t go rancid), which will condition the wood, with ¼ cup white distilled vinegar or fresh lemon juice, to lift dirt out of the wood.

Lemon Oil Duster (container with lid)

Mix 10 drops of pure lemon oil with 2 tablespoons lemon juice and a few drops of olive oil or jojoba.

Sinks, Tubs, Tiles, and Pots & Pans (mix on the spot)

Mix ½ cup of baking soda and a little Castile soap. Scoop onto a sponge or mesh cleaning pad and scrub. Baking soda alone works almost as well; I keep a shaker bottle of baking soda at the kitchen sink and one in my cleaning kit, which I refill from large containers.

Carpet Deodorizer

Sprinkle baking soda around the room. If you like, add a little dried crushed lavender. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes, then vacuum.

Dog-Specific Cleaning

Urine or Poop

For urine on a hard surface, wipe up liquid with a cloth. Spray 50/50 white vinegar and water solution on the stain and let it sit for several minutes. Then, blot the solution up with a clean cloth. If the spot stinks, pour some baking soda onto the area and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping up with a damp cloth.
For urine on carpet, try to clean it when it’s wet. If that’s not possible put a little warm water or club soda on the stain, wait a few seconds, and start to blot with a cloth. Follow with a 50/50 water- vinegar spray; let it sit a few minutes; blot again. Pour baking soda on the spot, let it sit overnight, then vacuum.
For poop, remove solid matter, then blot up moisture with rags or paper towels. Vacuum up any loose bits. Then follow the procedure for urine removal above.

Vomit

The acid in vomit can stain fast, so scoop it up, adding warm water to get any that doesn’t come up easily. Coat the area with baking soda, let it dry, vacuum it up, then pour some club soda on and blot it up. If the area is discolored, try an oxy clean product, or another nontoxic cleaner/stain remover formulated for pet stains (find one at your health food store). Enzymatic cleaners ‘digest’ stains, so give them some time to work.

Blood

For fresh stains, rub an ice cube over the stain, then rinse with cold water. Blot. Put 3% hydrogen peroxide on the spot (hydrogen peroxide loses its power after a year, so make sure it’s fresh). Let it bubble. Blot. Repeat. Rinse. Blot. Other potential solutions: milk, followed by cool water rinse; or a corn starch/water paste left until dry and then vacuumed; or a paste made from meat tenderizing crystals and cold water – let it stand for an hour, then rinse.
http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/ 
https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/routine-care/spring-cleaning-tips-for-dog-owners
http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Dog-Collars

Colorful Creation


The process of coloring has been proved to relieve stress and provide relaxation for adults/children, as well as give inspiration and source of creative expression to the artistically-inclined.

godiz - My sister is the best lil' sister ever! She knows how i love to be creative, so she got me this sweet coloring book that has a collection of intricate patterns and whimsical scenes that will provide me hours of creativity. And not only that, each design features an uplifting scripture to reflect upon. Aawweeee! Love it. She specifically told me to color on my fasting day :-)
It's ON! baby, every Saturday... Love ya! (Selo) beyond heaven.

Faith - Work = Dead

James says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). Faith without works is a dead faith because the lack of works reveals an unchanged life or a spiritually dead heart. There are many verses that say that true saving faith will result in a transformed life, that faith is demonstrated by the works we do. How we live reveals what we believe and whether the faith we profess to have is a living faith.

James 2:14–26 is sometimes taken out of context in an attempt to create a works-based system of righteousness, but that is contrary to many other passages of Scripture. James is not saying that our works make us righteous before God but that real saving faith is demonstrated by good works. Works are not the cause of salvation; works are the evidence of salvation. Faith in Christ always results in good works. The person who claims to be a Christian but lives in willful disobedience to Christ has a false or dead faith and is not saved. Paul basically says the same thing in 1 Corinthians 6:9–10. James contrasts two different types of faith—true faith that saves and false faith that is dead.

Many profess to be Christians, but their lives and priorities indicate otherwise. Jesus put it this way: “By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers’” (Matthew 7:16–23).

Notice that the message of Jesus is the same as the message of James. Obedience to God is the mark of true saving faith. James uses the examples of Abraham and Rahab to illustrate the obedience that accompanies salvation. Simply saying we believe in Jesus does not save us, nor does religious service. What saves us is the Holy Spirit’s regeneration of our hearts, and that regeneration will invariably be seen in a life of faith featuring ongoing obedience to God.

Misunderstanding the relationship of faith and works comes from not understanding what the Bible teaches about salvation. There are really two errors in regards to works and faith. The first error is “easy believism,” the teaching that, as long as a person prayed a prayer or said, “I believe in Jesus,” at some point in his life, then he is saved, no matter what. So a person who, as a child, raised his hand in a church service is considered saved, even though he has never shown any desire to walk with God since and is, in fact, living in blatant sin. This teaching, sometimes called “decisional regeneration,” is dangerous and deceptive. The idea that a profession of faith saves a person, even if he lives like the devil afterwards, assumes a new category of believer called the “carnal Christian.” This allows various ungodly lifestyles to be excused: a man may be an unrepentant adulterer, liar, or bank robber, but he’s saved; he’s just “carnal.” Yet, as we can see in James 2, an empty profession of faith—one that does not result in a life of obedience to Christ—is in reality a dead faith that cannot save.

The other error in regards to works and faith is to attempt to make works part of what justifies us before God. The mixture of works and faith to earn salvation is totally contrary to what Scripture teaches. Romans 4:5 says, “To him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.” James 2:26 says, “Faith without works is dead.” There is no conflict between these two passages. We are justified by grace through faith, and the natural result of faith in the heart is works that all can see. The works that follow salvation do not make us righteous before God; they simply flow from the regenerated heart as naturally as water flows from a spring.

Salvation is a sovereign act of God whereby an unregenerate sinner has the “washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” poured out on him (Titus 3:5), thereby causing him to be born again (John 3:3). When this happens, God gives the forgiven sinner a new heart and puts a new spirit within him (Ezekiel 36:26). God removes his sin-hardened heart of stone and fills him with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit then causes the saved person to walk in obedience to God’s Word (Ezekiel 36:26–27).

Faith without works is dead because it reveals a heart that has not been transformed by God. When we have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, our lives will demonstrate that new life. Our works will be characterized by obedience to God. Unseen faith will become seen by the production of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5:22). Christians belong to Christ, the Good Shepherd. As His sheep we hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:26–30).

Faith without works is dead because faith results in a new creation, not a repetition of the same old patterns of sinful behavior. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Faith without works is dead because it comes from a heart that has not been regenerated by God. Empty professions of faith have no power to change lives. Those who pay lip service to faith but who do not possess the Spirit will hear Christ Himself say to them, “I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers” (Matthew 7:23).

read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/faith-without-works-dead.html

Sisday


godiz - The 17th every month me and my sister have made it a tradition to have Sisters-Day. My birthday is March 15 and hers is August 19, so we came to the conclusion to meet halfway :-) We basically just meet up and do whatever... it could be anything from just laying on the couch singing childhood songs, to having a cozy dinner with some shopping downtown.

Love you Selina <3

Sleep Sleep Sleep

I've basically slept through the whole night and now, sleeping through the whole day... Never felt this exhausted and rested at the same time ever! The crazy part is...I could go back to sleep.

Fam Time

Me and a tired Olivia, rocking our Dida's...
browsing around...
it ain't no weekend without any candies... cheers!
godiz - Me my sister, my cousin and her daughter at KIA.. looking at some stuff for my cousins new place :-)

NBA Updates

NBA Playoffs: First-Round Schedule

Here is the complete schedule for all 2016 first-round playoff series.

EASTERN CONFERENCE - FIRST ROUND

(1) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (8) Detroit Pistons 
Game 1 -- Sun. April 17, Detroit at Cleveland, 3 p.m., ABC/R 
Game 2 -- Wed. April 20, Detroit at Cleveland, 8 p.m., TNT 
Game 3 -- Fri. April 22, Cleveland at Detroit, 7 p.m., ESPN 
Game 4 -- Sun. April 24, Cleveland at Detroit, 8:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 5 * Tue. April 26, Detroit at Cleveland, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 * Thu. April 28, Cleveland at Detroit, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 * Sat. April 30, Detroit at Cleveland, TBD, TNT
* * *
(2) Toronto Raptors vs. (7) Indiana Pacers 
Game 1 -- Sat. April 16, Indiana at Toronto, 12:30 p.m. , ESPN 
Game 2 -- Mon. April 18, Indiana at Toronto, 7 p.m., NBA TV 
Game 3 -- Thu. April 21, Toronto at Indiana, 7:30 p.m., NBA TV 
Game 4 -- Sat. April 23, Toronto at Indiana, 3 p.m., TNT 
Game 5 * Tue. April 26 , Indiana at Toronto, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 * Fri. April 29, Toronto at Indiana, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 * Sun. May 1, Indiana at Toronto, TBD, TBD
* * *
(3) Miami Heat vs. (6) Charlotte Hornets 
Game 1 -- Sun. April 17, Charlotte at Miami, 5:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 2 -- Wed. April 20, Charlotte at Miami, 7 p.m., NBA TV 
Game 3 -- Sat. April 23, Miami at Charlotte, 5:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 4 -- Mon. April 25, Miami at Charlotte, TBD, TBD 
Game 5 * Wed. April 27, Charlotte at Miami, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 * Fri. April 29, Miami at Charlotte, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 * Sun. May 1, Charlotte at Miami, TBD, TBD
* * *
(4) Atlanta Hawks vs. (5) Boston Celtics 
Game 1 -- Sat. April 16, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., ESPN 
Game 2 -- Tue. April 19, Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m., TNT 
Game 3 -- Fri. April 22, Atlanta at Boston, 8 p.m., ESPN2 
Game 4 -- Sun. April 24, Atlanta at Boston, 6 p.m., TNT 
Game 5 * Tue. April 26, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 * Thu. April 28, Atlanta at Boston, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 * Sat. April 30, Boston at Atlanta, TBD, TNT

WESTERN CONFERENCE - FIRST ROUND

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (8) Houston Rockets 
Game 1 -- Sat. April 16, Houston at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R 
Game 2 -- Mon. April 18, Houston at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 3 -- Thu. April 21, Golden State at Houston, 9:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 4 -- Sun. April 24, Golden State at Houston, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R 
Game 5 * Wed. April 27, Houston at Golden State, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 * Fri. April 29, Golden State at Houston, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 * Sun. May 1, Houston at Golden State, TBD, TBD
* * *
(2) San Antonio Spurs vs. (7) Memphis Grizzlies 
Game 1 -- Sun. April 17, Memphis at San Antonio, 8 p.m., TNT 
Game 2 -- Tue. April 19, Memphis at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 3 -- Fri. April 22, San Antonio at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., ESPN 
Game 4 -- Sun. April 24, San Antonio at Memphis, 1 p.m., ABC 
Game 5 * Tue. April 26, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 * Thu. April 28, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 * Sat. April 30, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TNT
* * *
(3) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (6) Dallas Mavericks 
Game 1 -- Sat. April 16, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN 
Game 2 -- Mon. April 18, Dallas at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m., TNT 
Game 3 -- Thu. April 21, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 7 p.m., TNT 
Game 4 -- Sat. April 23, Oklahoma City at Dallas, 8 p.m., ESPN/R 
Game 5 * Mon. April 25, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 * Thu. April 28, Oklahoma City at Dallas, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 * Sat. April 30, Dallas at Oklahoma City, TBD, TNT 
* * *
(4) L.A. Clippers vs. (5) Portland Trail Blazers 
Game 1 -- Sun. April 17, Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 2 -- Wed. April 20, Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 3 -- Sat. April 23, L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN 
Game 4 -- Mon. April 25, L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10:30 p.m., TNT 
Game 5 * Wed. April 27, Portland at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD 
Game 6 * Fri. April 29, L.A. Clippers at Portland, TBD, TBD 
Game 7 * Sun. May 1, Portland at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD
* * *
* = if necessary 
All times are Eastern 
TBD - To Be Determined 
R - ESPN Radio