Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Megachurch Mayhem


Talking over someone and chewing them out before rudely hanging up the phone doesn't allow that person to see the beauty in something that they once found ugly or indulgent. The fact that someone could be offended by me laughing about a megachurch and saying that they should focus on helping the community more than expanding is ridiculous. I did some research. Looking for St. Stephen's in the news didn't turn anything up, so I thought I'd look up their community services on their website. First thing I clicked was "giving". Giving is good, right? Well, St. Stephen's has a more important view on "giving"....

A quote from the "giving" section of the page says:

What is a tithe and how is it different from an offering?

The word, “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. A tithe is the first 10% of your income. An offering is anything you give above and beyond the 10%.
Why do we tithe?

The Bible says, The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives. (Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB) Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything we have. It is also God’s personal invitation to an outpouring of his blessing in your life.

In Malachi 3:10 (NLT), God says this: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” This is the only place in Scripture where God tells us to put him to the test. In other words, he’s saying, “Go ahead. I dare you. See if you can out-give me.”
Is God wise? Do you trust him?

These are two fundamental questions behind the act of giving. If God is wise, then you should listen to what he says about financial stewardship. If you trust him, then you should trust him with all aspects of your life, including your finances. So go ahead. Accept God’s invitation to put him to the test. Start tithing faithfully and watch what he does in and through your life.

So do you trust God enough to fork over your 10%...or your 20,30,40,50, etc.?

I guess guilt is the big drive, here....but you can take a look for yourself....

Oh, wait....you can pay by PayPal! or Mastercard! Visa, Discover, and AmEx is also accepted if you need some options.
I noticed on the right hand bar of the page, it listed the addresses of the "campuses".....You can read into that how you like.

Some words on their "our history" section included:

The Family Life Center also underwent a $4.1 million expansion in 2001. The expansion included two basketball courts, a bookstore, a café, racquetball courts, saunas, a dance studio, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and classroom space that will accommodate 2,500 people.

They also mentioned Hotel California which houses former addicts....

I was once a part of a mini church that was part of a humongous church.......We didn't have all the snazzy stuff, but the tithe was shoved down our throats then, too.

The church I attend doesn't pass a basket. They don't push to you donate or offer. There's a box in the back that you have a choice to put money into if you want.

My point is, you don't have to make it humongous and impressive in order to make a difference. I get that more seats are needed if it gets packed, but I sincerely doubt that God told them to make a fitness center, bookstore, dance studio, etc. All that time and money can be used elsewhere. I've been in and out of the system and in and out of all the shelters in Louisville and can say I know for a fact that St. Stephens never donated any clothes, time, food, etc. to those places....and that speaks volumes. Where did Jesus go when he wanted to help people? He didn't go to the church, because they were already saved.....he didn't want any riches....he didn't need a big building to make a difference.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

        My head was spinning for two years. Losing everything, then starting from scratch while gaining one back: My daughter.


      It's true. I had a mental breakdown. Then I got my life back. I never knew I could discover myself with so much loss. I did, though. I am whole, now. Bless you all.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The wonderful world of they don't know shit.

Regina was at Kosair for about 4 days until yesterday. I took her to the GI doctor around Monday or Tuesday because I wanted to find out why she constantly spits up.....so we went to Kosair and there were tests being done..she was on the IV for about 24 hours so she couldn't spit that up, so she gained almost a pound. Without waiting for the results of the test (which said it takes forever for stomach to process the contents and she DOES have reflux) they contacted CPS, claiming that I was at fault for her weight problem. If I brought her there for that very reason, wouldn't you think that I was TRYING to help her and not the cause for her "failure to thrive"? Now they have medical documents that say she DOES have medical problems that cause it, and nobody apologized for contacting CPS without ruling out the medical stuff first. Now I am at home and gotta wait for a visit from some stupid idiot to question me on my parenting and crap. I have all the medical files showing what was wrong, a list of all the professionals that visit and know I do what I can, and when this lady/guy shows up...I'll be ready to shove the files in their face and tell them to go to hell. But in a nice way, of course. Regina has had 3 BM's today, which is a rarity, and she has only spat up a little bit today. Life is alright, and it will be grand when I've dealt with the damn CPS people.


Like I said to the doctors and nurses: If I was the reason for her problem to gain weight, wouldn't I be against having several therapists (Physical, Speech, Developmental, Dietician, Occupational, Family) come into our home and check her weight and development? Wouldn't I have stayed home instead of taking her to a specialist and then the hospital for tests? 


Also, if I brought her in BECAUSE she was having problems gaining weight, wouldn't you try to find out why she was constantly spitting up? The nurses had to change her bedding a million times, the people in Radiology doing X-rays had to help me because she spat up ALL over me and I was almost in tears trying to clean us both up, and I had to change her clothes and gowns quite frequently due to her constant spitting up. Why would you try to blame the parent KNOWING that there is visual proof that she can't keep down much food? The main doctor that was assigned to her tried to claim that they were trying to follow protocol, that they were trying to rule out ALL possibilities, but if they were trying to rule out all possibilities, wouldn't you wait to see how the medical tests come back first before jumping at the chance to call CPS? I am in no way shape or form worried or afraid of CPS visiting....I have never received a complaint or visit from CPS, and it is because the people that see us both on a regular basis know that I do what I need to do and then some. The issue that I have is this: I feel like it's a slap in the face, all of the hoops that I jump through, all of the therapists I have requested to come in our home, the endless appointments I take her to, etc....it feels that all of the things that I do to give her what she needs and more has amounted to nothing. I did what I was supposed to do as a parent...I took her to the doctor to get her the medical care she needs....and this is what I get in return??? I did what I was supposed to, and I feel like this is some punishment, and it feels totally ass-backwards. Ugh




Anyway. I hope to get this person out off our hair so that I can continue to focus on Regina's needs, and not on proving that I am an outstanding parent.


My suggestion? Anytime you take your child to the hospital for ANY reason whatsoever, be prepared with a list of ALL personal or professional people that can tell them in any case that you do what you are supposed to. If it is a case of your child not being able to gain as much weight as you would like, bring ALL records of weigh-ins for the past year so that you CAN prove that your child has gained (and, unfortunately, lost) and then gained weight again under your care. Be prepared to prove that your child DOES thrive. These are all necessary steps that you should take so that not only have you covered all of your bases, but they also have solid information to go on in order to better care for your child and to show that you are doing what you are supposed to.


Another suggestion is: Don't go to Kosair Children's Hospital. Not only are they quick to point fingers at the people who are trying to help them, but the care that THEY give is shameful and pathetic. One night Regina was messing with the IV thing in her arm, and I called the nurse and asked for their assistance....They said they would send someone right down. We waited about 45 minutes or so before wrapping a diaper around it....We walked out for about 10 minutes and when we came back, the nurse had yet to show up. When Regina spat up one morning, I asked them for help, and they said they'd be right there....I waited for quite a while and ended up taking off the dirty bedding myself and the nurse NEVER came to put fresh sheets down. 




*End Rant*

Friday, February 12, 2010

Personal Blog; Controversial.

I was looking through my online guide to record some stuff for after the Olympics..and I stumbled upon a true gem. The NAACP IMAGE AWARDS. Basically, the NAACP feel that although there have been several black people who have won awards along the years, and they want the chance to be created equal.....so they now have an award show SPECIFICALLY and SOLELY for African-Americans. Way to segregate yourselves from all other races. It's wonderful to know that all the fighting and taking a stand against not being allowed somewhere because of the color of your skin has all amounted to: many many different races not being allowed somewhere because of the color of their skin.
I would love to see all hell break loose if someone decided to create an awards show specifically for white people. It'd be so different then. You can't even deny it. You can't ask for special treatment if your ancestors have fought, and you have fought, for equality. You can't pick both at different times. One or the other, people.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Stuff: MAC Spring Colour Forecast!

 
  
  
  

And a close photo:

 
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Friday, January 22, 2010

Goodbye, Max Factor...Goodbye, Prescriptives......Goodbye, Conan.....Goodbye, Humanity

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Official Article Here

Discontinued Makeup: Max Factor & Prescriptives


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Loyal fans of Max Factor and Prescriptives have already probably heard of the news; both brands are sadly getting the plug this year. Proctor & Gamble who owns Max Factor has already started the process. It won't be sold in the U.S. anymore. Actually the brand has been hit hard over the past three years. I'm surprised though because the beauty line is so affordable. It will still continue to be sold internationally though where it does much better. Estee Lauder, parent company of Prescriptives, which has cited the brand as one of their least profitable brands, is slated to pull Prescriptives off shelves on February 1, 2010. Estee Lauder owns many big-name brands like Clinique and M-A-C to name a few.


But I've got good news for you Max Factor lovers and Prescriptives devotees! You've got time to stock up. Drugstore.com has inventory on both lines. They've even got this special offer: Spend $35 on Prescriptives and get a free travel-sized Super Line Preventor Xtreme (through January 31, 2010).


Shop below! I've highlighted the top-selling products for each brand, which will be helpful to those of you who have never tried the brands. In my research, I've discovered that women love the Max Factor Erase, which helps conceal dark circles and flaws, and also, the Prescriptives 'All You Need+ SPF 15 Moisturizer, so don't miss those!


I hate the fact that such a cheap and good cosmetic like such as Max Factor is being discontinued. It's ridiculous...but I guess that is life.

On a side note, tonight was the last episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, and he took 5 minutes before Will Ferrell was on to say a few things about how grateful he is, a message to his fans, etc. and I started crying. I've never really seen him get that serious for that long and he actually choked up. I love that guy. My denial is over, I'm going to have to wait until at least September to see him on tv again. *le sigh*

It's been good, Coco.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Must Haves!

I look at a billion blogs a day, and I have seen many different products that everyone is going nuts over! Here are the select few that I would LOVE to try out myself:

Nars Illuminator:


It's a 1.1oz tube that you can get at Sephora for $29. I saw many people at the Golden Globes who wore it, including Christina Aguilera. You can even put it on your shoulder blades, neck, etc. Just use it in the right amounts!


The new Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden. This is supposed to be a more flesh-toned color, so you can use it even as a semi-concealer! You can purchase at Sephora for $18, it is in a 0.34oz tube.

I have tried the UDPP in Sin, and love it. I might not like the flesh-toned color...but you can't know until you try it. So check it out.





DKNY has a collection of LIMITED EDITION Candied Apple Fragrances. The green is Sweet Caramel, Red is Ripe Raspberry, and Purple is Juicy Berry. You can purchase them at Sephora for $55, and they come in a 1.7oz bottle. These sound delicious, but you can't eat them unless you don't like your teeth! ;)




Benefit has a new eye primer out called "Say, don't Stray.". I heard that it was a good formula, but sucky packaging. You have to be very careful not to squirt the pump too fast, or it might ooze out too much. You only need a tiny bit to make it work, so don't overdo it and you will be fine. I don't think I would want to spend my money on this, as I already adore my UDPP and am set in my ways, but this might be very good for travel! It is sold for $24 at Sephora.




The Clarisonic is a fantastic new way to cleanse your face in a much better way. I'm not sure of the exact price, but you can probably do a search for it on google. I heard that as long as you don't use it every single day, you will be good to go. Let your skin rest for a day or two in between, and you will be fine.