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I have received 3 coupons (2 of which were for others), but 3 full product coupons, 3 single bags of original chai, vanilla caramel and chocolate all for free from smiley360.com in exchange for my honest opinion.
All of the single serving bag of teas had: cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom which is what you would find in all chai teas. The first single serving bag of tea that I used was the chocolate. I was at work for the 1st taste so I could not exactly follow the directions on the back of the bag to indicate the best way to enjoy the tea which is to have water that is 212 degrees pour 8 ounces of it over the tea and then let it seep for 5 minutes. I did however improvise and put 8 ounces of water in a cup and warm it up in the microwave and then put the tea bag in and let it seep for 5 minutes. The smell alone was noticeable and many in the office were asking what the smell was and I shared how I had received some samples of chai tea and some coupons to share in exchange for my honest review.
The next one I tried is the Vanilla Caramel and I must say it is indeed my favorite. Why? I love vanilla and caramel and it makes the perfect combination added to the chai. The chai is of course still strong, but I instantly noticed the aroma of the caramel and the vanilla. It is surely my favorite.
I have tasted original chai before so I let my hubby have it and he loves the strong smell and mad sure to mention that he loves it. The taste was great he stated and would purchase the Tazo brand.
The products are made with high quality ingredients and do not disappoint with every sip. It was smooth and the ginger, pepper and cardamom were the predominate flavors scent and taste wise from the tea. I barely tasted or smelled the chocolate, but the vanilla caramel was stronger in taste and in aroma.
Every strongly lovely flavor (vanilla caramel and chocolate) are available in the Tazo chai tea which is a great marketing move. I purchased with one of the coupons a creamy latte concentrate and used it on the days I needed a quick pick me up with a great taste to it and the other two coupons were given to special people so that they can try the products themselves. If you love ginger, cardamom and pepper you will love Tazo Chai Teas.
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I received this product from swaggable.com in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. The Hemp Pro 50 has been my first exposure to protein powder. If I have had it in the past I did not know about it. It is great that it can be used by those who are vegan, but that want to obtain protein in an easy form. It is actually for 2-3 people which is mentioned on the recipe given on the back as well as the nutritional facts section. Mixed with the right item (oatmeal, yogurt or certain smoothies) it is a winner.
Not all smoothies can take it unless it is thick. The more liquidy the smoothie is you will probably see the product clearly at the bottom b/c it is not missed/blended in that well. I have no idea what it is supposed to taste like but my smoothie was too loose and I clearly saw the hemp at the bottom of the glass. It is possibly the easiest and greatest source of protein in a product that I have seen. It almost looks to be the color of cumin and it is tasteless and pretty much odorless.
I would not buy it because it would be easier for me to obtain my protein from other sources. I would however, recommend it to vegans.
Isn’t that just how the devil works, we hear a powerful word of Revelation from the Man of God (Pastor) and not even 24 hours later the fight starts. Pastor mentioned how the devil will try to attack you in the area of which you say to yourself, “I have conquered that!”
Literally less than 24 hours later, after getting my hubby off to work I decided to take a nap before really starting my day and then the thoughts came to mind, “You can do this which was something I would have done prior to being saved.” I was about to do it too, but then I looked over to my left and saw a door close, (keep in mind that the door to the closet was open and it is a sliding door, and it was like it was replaced with a door and it shut). It startled me and that quickly stopped the thought and stopped me from doing that thing I did not want to do. Weird, I know, but I took it as Father God helping me and saying, “I am closing the door to that and I am giving you a way of escape.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 in NIV says: No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Don’t make the mistake I did in thinking that the enemy will leave me alone in my sleep. He does not play fair; never has and never will, so after that I was taking my little nap and all of a sudden, some crazy thoughts start coming to my head, once again, they sounded like me but it was the devil talking to me in my dreams to get me to do something else that I did not want to do. I was actually having a conversation with him in my head, he brought images and everything. It was freaky, but that is what he does; comes against one in their minds, but anyway, he was trying to get me to say what my line in the sand was. He wanted me to say what it would take for me to give in so he can see me fall. What I mean is, for example, if you say to yourself in your head or out loud if he/she says one more thing to me then I will say or do this and then it ends up happening. Have you ever thought about why that occurs? You willingly gave the devil/your/our enemy the ammunition. You told him what it would take.
If there are things that all of a sudden come to your mind and you know you did not think it, it could be the enemy (sometimes it is not crystal), but test it against the Word of God and that will give you a good indication who sent the thought. It may sound like you or it can be someone you know all too well, but do not just accept it. Remember, even our Savior was tempted and He fought back by using the Word of God and said, “It is written…” See Matthew 4:4-10.
Warning!!! This example is a little strong:
Step 1: A happily married woman that you are has a thought that just comes to your head while you are at work saying, “Hmm, he is cute. I should sleep with him.” That is one of those fiery darts that the Bible warns us about in Ephesians 6:16, however start the passage in Ephesians 6:13, where the Bible is talking about putting on the full armor of God. If we keep ourselves protected like the Bible says, there is less of a chance that the enemy will succeed in getting you to disobey Father God.
Step 2: You start thinking about what it would take for that to happen (you are not only in the gun store, but going down the aisle choosing the gun and bullets); Saying to yourself, “The pink gun is kinda cute.”
Step 3: Then because you made it known by actually taking the time to say it to someone else (friend) and/or talk back to the devil (but you think it is you), it happens, it presents itself and you all have such a conversation that leads to arranging the act (he is in that 3 piece suit, smelling good, and took the time to say more than 5 sentences to you) and there it is, you have made it back to the front of the store and at the register.
Step 4: You take the time to make arrangements with this man and meet with him and the act occurs (you have given the devil the gun with the bullets and said, “Here shoot me!!!”)
I admit that it was a strong example, but it makes the point, that we have an enemy and just the every so slightest things we think nothing about or think they are nothing (seemingly so innocent), are actually something behind the scenes. Trust me every conversation you have with someone or even yourself out loud (pondering) the devil hears you and can take full advantage of it and use it against you.
How can you counter that:
Please do not forget that as Christians we are in a constant war. Fight, don’t just take it and surrender. Christ overcame, as it says in John 16:33 KJV, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Revelation 12:11, KJV says And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Jesus Christ overcame and we can too.
Fight on brother and sisters.
How do you go to war? Tell me by commenting below.
What are your next steps? What new and exciting things are you about to embark on? Let’s take them together.
Scary. I mean scary. There are always some type of questions that you ask on the inside, when deciding to do something new. Should I do this? Will people judge me? Will this be the 1st and last time I do something like this? I have been a people pleaser most of my life and just recently I decided, you know what, what I think and feel does matter!!! I cannot worry about how people are going to take what I do or what I don’t do. I am the one that has to live with it. As long as what I do does not cause harm to others or is disrespectful to Father God then I am going to go for it.
This is not about anything that serious, but I decided after getting sick and tired of excuses, to make a move. I am going to take one step at a time and go forward towards my goal of entrepreneurship. I have lots of dreams and I really believe this step is the one that will continue to take me on to the next destination and while I am traveling if I can help someone along the way then I am doing great.
Anxiety and fear always tends to creep in when trying something new, but I have learned that I have to do it (whatever it may be), in spite of the fear. The fear may not go away completely, so are you going to wait for it to completely subside or subside enough to get your bearings and press ahead? I say do it in the midst of the fear and move ahead; as long as I am moving forward even if it is baby steps that I am taking I am good.
Phillippians 3:13-4, 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly*call of God in Christ Jesus.
There is indeed a fear in moving ahead, because of the fear of the unknown, unless you are one that just thrives off of new and exciting things. I, for the most part fall in the first category, because a majority of the time I have a fear of the unknown, but I am choosing to press on towards the goal that I believe that God has for me and sure I have a few of mine in there:)
This is one ride that I cannot make or take on my own. I have the backing of my husband and he is very supportive and I love him for that, but this is one of those times that I had to look within myself and ask the Father for a push and I believe He gave me one. A few weeks back I was really frustrated at how my life was going. I know that the Father has me here for a purpose and my life has some meaning to it, but I started to become frustrated to the point of movement. I believe He allowed me to get to that point to examine myself and ask Him for help going forward. There are things that I want to do, but have not met the “right” people yet to help me make it happen but for this one step, this one, I do not have to wait to do so I decided to take it. Besides, He is a Powerful God and when I am ready for the “right” connections He will make it happen.
But until then, the step was/is was to publish my first blog post (http://wp.me/p5hANz-m). I want so many things in life and some of which I really do believe that Father God put in me/gave to me whichever way you want to put it, and I am just tired of just playing around with them. There is a price to pay for having you own and/or helping someone else have their own. I had to examine myself and decide if I was/am willing to pay the price and how much of a price I was/am willing to pay.
Luke 14:28 New Living Translation
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?
This passage has something to do with being and/or becoming a disciple and that one needs to look at what it might cost you to become one, but as it relates to the topic of:
Trying something new:
Cost of trying something new:
Is there something you want to do that is new and challenging for you to step out in? Well, it is time to move forward and not look back. Take a chance/step and see where it takes you. I have plenty of other new thing (steps) to take so why not take “our” next steps together. I can push you and you can push me (in a good way of course).
The Bestest (Best) Gift Ever
So that’s how it ended, with my father in law taking his last breath and him going home to be with the Father.
Several times within the last few weeks, my hubby has been asking me what I wanted for Christmas and honestly to me, not too much more than family members saved, us doing what the Father wants with our lives and maybe just maybe a monthly subscription to the world’s best cupcakes (Cupcake of the Month Club). Each month, there would be a different kind of cupcake from a different bakery in the area. Yummy yum yum. You know like they have the fruit and wine selections of the month, why not cupcakes.
Definition of a Gift
What is a gift exactly? Everyone knows that I guess, but just as a refresher, the word gift according to dictionary.com means something bestowed or acquired without any particular effort by the recipient or without its being earned. According to the Word of God KJV version, in Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Now to the story, my hubby and I have been going back and forth to our home town, where there is a building called Ren Cen, The _____ Zoo, keep guessing, you are oh so close. Okay, you give up? Michigan, our home town is Detroit and we try to get back to visit the family at least once a year, however, flying is my favorite way to travel (very expensive) because I sincerely am not one for doing 10+ drives straight through. However, since around Mother’s Day, we have been visiting our family quite frequently, but it wasn’t all pleasure trips because we have been going to see his dad because of various medical reasons that ailed him.
Not that I am super-duper religious, because I am not, but what I do care about is having a relationship with Jesus Christ and I believe in getting promptings and/or warnings about things.
In route to the airport, I got this weird (different), nervous sensation like this was not going to be like any other trip. And come to find out, it wasn’t. Without getting too personal (regarding the illness), we visited him in the hospital several times for an ailment that eventually aided in taking his life. While we were there we were believing God for his complete healing and we prayed with him on several occasions, but this one day was The Day!! The day that changed our outlook on life and changed his dad’s destiny forever. It was by God’s grace and mercy that we were able to not only be a witness, but play an important role in a much bigger plan that the Father had for us. This was the first time we were a part of giving someone the Bestest (Best) Gift Ever and that was to lead someone to Christ.
So after being there for a few minutes, hubby asked his dad if he wanted to give his life to Christ. His dad said, “Yes.” Hubby started saying the sinner’s prayer and dad repeated it after him and at the completion, hubby and I were crying uncontrollably. We were relieved that even if he isn’t healed on this earth we KNEW he will be healed in Heaven because that day he chose to make it his eternal home.
Since that point, unfortunately dad has been going down and hubby went back up to Michigan again in July and reported back that he was better than he was when he was in the hospital in May or at least the same, so un-expectant to us in early October we were told that they put him hospice and that the illness he had had once before had come back along with other illnesses. We still were holding on by faith that he was going to recover and we would see him like we did prior to May of this year, but like I mentioned one way or another we KNEW he is/was going to be healed.
Keep in mind a couple of things, based upon the fact that he was put in hospice:
On Monday, October 20th, we both went to work as usual and hubby got a call from his sister in Michigan giving us the news that dad was given only until the end of the week. That quickly made up both our minds and we high-tailed it out of Georgia.
This is it
We left for Michigan that afternoon and made it to Michigan on Tuesday morning. We borrowed his mother’s car and we drove up to see him in hospice that afternoon and by Wednesday morning dad took his last breath. I can imagine his dad saying, “Okay, Son, come on. I am only holding on so that I can hear your voice one last time on this earth and once I do I am going to join my mother in Heaven.” God knew what He was doing. He kept him breathing until we were able to get there. I keep thinking to myself and I mentioned to hubby that the Best Gift that you could have ever given him is not giving him 10 grandchildren (even though that is nice), or taking over his businesses (now that is not bad either), but it was to give him the chance at eternal life with God.
For the Bible says “Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he Live” (John 11:25). So he is certainly dead on earth, but he lives in heaven. So we rejoice that we had a small part in the true homegoing of hubby’s dad and we know that we will see him again and that he is in a much better place.
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