Encore presentation: The Birth of King Jesus

Hey there BCU Fam!

This post, you have the option of listening to our podcast (click the BCU avatar below to listen), reading the notes or BOTH. In any case, we pray the the post blesses you. If so, please thumbs up or leave a comment! Thank you and enjoy your study!

I did this post awhile back, and debated about reposting it. It just so happened our pastor preached a similar message today, so that gave me confirmation to re-share the message God gave me!


So, we are hours away from the day we set aside to celebrate the birth of Christ (there is NO biblical reference to what day Christ was born), and the excitement is in the air!  As we meditate on the miracle of His birth (rather than collecting presents) and how/why He came here to save mankind (see John 3:16),  the preparation and circumstances for His arrival were orchestrated perfectly. God gave me this simple, yet powerful post that truly showed me how –and reminded me of the power of God. Read, reflect and rejoice on the magnitude of our God!

Prophecy: Jesus was to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me, the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”

Situation: Joseph & very pregnant Mary are in Nazareth/Galilee about 70 or so miles away from Bethlehem and likely had no reason to go there. Until…Let’s go to Luke 2:1-3.

1And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

2This census first took place while Cyrenius was governing Syria.

3So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. (See this?!)

Solution: Caesar declares a tax and all people, including Joseph and Mary have to make their way to their own/home city (and with no modern transportation, I might add. Luke 2:4-6)
4Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,

5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was great with child.

6So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

Lesson: God used a carnal government official to make His Word/promise come to pass. He’s that powerful!! Psalms 62:11 says, “God has spoken once, twice have I heard this: power belongs to God!” That’s something to get excited about!

Proverbs 21:1 declares, “the king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turneth it whithersoever He will.” When we think about that, it helps us to understand who God really is and how He organizes circumstances to accomplish His will. While we may not understand or like our current situation(s), with His help, we need to trust He knows what He’s doing. In fact, Paul reminds us that “..we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28‬). While the individual situations that happen in our lives may not feel good, once the Lord finishes His masterpiece, ALL things will work together for good! With the grace of God, we’ll just hang on in here together and let the Lord have His way!

BCU Family, that brings us to the question of the day! How did the Lord bless you through what you heard/read? Please comment below–we’d love to hear from you!

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Thank you so much for stopping by–we appreciate you choosing to be a part of the BCU family! Until we are together again,may God bless, keep and make His face to shine upon you, as you #StayOnTheWall

Have a VERY  blessed and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love,

BCU

Room A203: Do you get enough zzz’s?

Hey there BCU Family!

Due to my laryngitis this week, we’ll skip the podcast and scheduled post and go with something on the lighter, but serious side of the house.

Many know we are supposed to get 7-8 hours of sleep, but most of us do not. Work, school, kids, chores, responsibilities–all have us up later and getting up earlier. Or, if you’re like me, you feel you do fine on the 5 hours of sleep. Right? Wrong. The infographic below (courtesy of DailyInfographic.com), talks about the long-term effects of burning the candle at both ends. Chronic sleeplessness can be linked to heart trouble, immune system diseases and certain cancers! YIKES!

So while an occasional late night may not hurt, we (myself included) want to ensure we start going to bed timely. And if we have trouble falling/staying asleep, prayer before you hit the sack along with reading God’s Word will have you knocked out in no time. Ask me how I know? (wink). Here’s a little something to get you started:

Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I [Jesus] will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

Take a look and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Thank you SO much for stopping by. God bless, keep and make His face to shine upon you as you #StayOnTheWall!

 

Love,

 

BCU

Room A203: Getting to know Ty Crable–founder of NeKeShea Organic Blends! (Part 3/finale)

Hey there BCU Family!

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Ty Crable of NeKeShea Organic Blends

So let’s recap!  When we first started this series, Ty Crable from NeKeShea Organic Blends inspired us with her story of going natural and her steadfast faith in God! In part 2 of our interview, Ty started to get into the details of her fantastic product line!

In our final segment, Ty continues to walk through the rest of her products and goes into an example about her VERY high her standards are.  So please enjoy our non-sponsored,  products-bought-with BCU’s-own-money, affiliate-free interview, and listen closely for her Black Friday special!

Now listen, BCU family, as you prepare to bombard Ty over on her Etsy shop, please save some serum, custard and that hot oil treatment for me!

As we wrap up, please remember there are additional podcasts for you to enjoy on the BlenCouragesU.com site that are available 24-7!  You can also see what we are up to on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! You can also listen in and subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher Radio,  Google Play and iTunes.

Before you go, we’d LOVE to hear from you! Drop a comment below and let us know which NeKeShea products you are looking to purchase on Black Friday!

As always, thank you for stopping by and may God bless, keep and make His face to shine upon you! #StayOnTheWall!

 

Love,

 

BCU

Room A203: Getting to know Ty Crable, founder of NeKeShea Organic Blends! (Part 2)

Hey there BCU Family!

ty-cLast time we were together, we were chatting with NeKeShea Organic Blends founder, Ty Crable on her decision and tips on going natural. In part 2 of our interview, Ty talks about faith in God and how she got started in creating her awesome brand of  organic and all-natural hair and skin products. Take a listen to this non-sponsored,  products-bought-with BCU’s-own-money, affiliate-free interview and prepare to #GetYouSome! (that’s Ty’s tagline)!

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Yes!! The nourishing and creamy NeKeShea goodness!

 

Is your curiosity piqued? I know, I know!!! And yes, please stay tuned for the finale of our interview–as a matter of fact, you may want to listen to part 3 prior to making your purchase! *insert raised eyebrows*.

Until then, please visit Ty over on her Etsy shop, so you can start making your list!

As we wrap up, please remember there are additional podcasts for you to enjoy on the BlenCouragesU.com site that are available 24-7!  You can also see what we are up to on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! You can also listen in and subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher Radio , Google Play, and iTunes.

Before you go, we’d LOVE to hear from you! Need a nudge? Try answering this question:

Which of NeKeShea’s products will you try first? 

As always, thank you for stopping by and may God bless, keep and make His face to shine upon you! #StayOnTheWall!

Room A203 Spotlight: Interview with NeKeShea Organic Blends founder, Ty Crable!

Hey there BCU Family!

Part of our mission here at BlenCouragesU.com is to ensure we are lifted up and encouraged HOLISTICALLY and that includes the natural part of our lives. Every so often, there is a service, product or item that I love, and feel the need to share it with all of you, hence today’s podcast post.

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Ty Crable of NeKeShea hair and skin products. Visit her shop on Etsy.com and #GetYouSome of the goodness!

A few years ago, I “met” Ty Crable on YouTube as she was reviewing products she was trying at the time–and let me tell you, when Ty talked in the natural hair  community, [meaning there are no chemicals used to straighten your hair], MANY of us listened and BOUGHT! 🙂  There was something about her honesty, candor and humor that clicked with me and I’ve been a follower of her ever since.

Fast forward to now, and she is making her own ORGANIC body butters and hair care products! Yes, BCU Family, NeKeShea Organic Blends is a product line for you hair [natural and relaxed/permed, and skin that  is made with organic, high-quality, healing ingredients, blended together with LOVE. Can you tell I am a little amped about it? Wouldn’t you be?! 🙂

Before you click on the icon below to listen in, please know that this is NOT a sponsored or affiliated type interview at all! All NeKeShea products that I have tried and loved have been happily purchased by me (at posted Etsy shop prices) with the coins God blessed me to earn from my job.  This is just two friends chatting about a passion we share–and it would not be right to keep this awesomeness to ourselves!  Now that we’ve gotten that taken care of, please enjoy the interview and share your thoughts!

 

Yessss BCU family–can you tell the conversation was getting good to us? No worries, we’ll continue with part 2 of our talk, so please stay tuned! And yes, please visit Ty over on her Etsy shop.

In the meantime, there are additional podcasts for you to enjoy on the BlenCouragesU.com site that are available 24-7!  You can also see what we are up to on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! You can also listen in and subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher Radio , Google Play, and iTunes.

Before you go, we’d LOVE to converse with you!  Not sure what to say? Try answering this question:

Share with us–what part of the interview was your favorite? 

As always, thank you for stopping by and may God bless, keep and make His face to shine upon you! #StayOnTheWall!