10 BIBLE SCRIPTURES THAT HAS MADE 2017 A JOYFUL YEAR

 

It is amazing how God chooses His timing and eventually you realize it is what’s best for you even when you thought you had it all figured out.

This year has been a very significant one for me because before now I have tried to control everything in my life like I actually can, Sigh!

First I am going to share the most important lesson the Holy Spirit has thought me that helps me live a happy life everyday, even in the hard times.

  TO WALK BY FAITH!

I know a lot of people will say “oh I have heard this before”, same here, I go to church, listen to sermons this is almost all I hear but the real question for me was; was I really walking by faith and how can truly walk by faith?

The simple answer God gave me was to “REST IN HIM” and “TRUST HIM COMPLETELY” the reason why we would say we trust and have faith in someone or something and still go secure other options and back up plans is because we aren’t 100% sure. Needless for me to say with God you have to be 100%.

I had to learn to drop EVERYTHING at God’s feet and cling to His unfailing promises in His word that I know would surely come to pass as the bible says in

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good’?  and gradually as God saw this He started to speak to me and show me in His word ways to live the life He truly wants for me in ease because I must tell you trying to walk with God in the ‘flesh’ is hard, almost impossible and also dangerous because the bible says in

Revelations 3:16 ‘So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth’.

LET’S DIVE RIGHT INTO IT!

Luke 12: 25-28 (NLT)

25     Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

26     And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27     “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

28     And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

James 1: 2-3 (NLT)

2      Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

3      For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

Psalm 91: 14-16 (NKJV)

14    “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

15      He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.

16      With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Isaiah 55: 8 (NKJV)

    “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

Jeremiah 29: 11 (NKJV)

11      For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 (NLT)

8       Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

9      That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NLT)

     Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

     Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

Luke 10:19 (KJV)

19     Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

1 Chronicles 4 vs 10

10     And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

 Psalm 16 vs 6 (NKJV)

     The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.

There are many more scriptures that minister to me from time to time, I have just narrowed it down to some of the ones I have in my scripture book and I meditate on them every time with faith and assurance and I encourage you to get a scripture book and do same.

If you have any favorite scriptures, you can share in the comment section.

I pray this will minister and bless many in Jesus name,

Amen.

Happy New month.

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COLOR CLUB HALO-HUES SWATCHES

Hi!

It is a new week and I have got some of the Color Club Halo-Graphic polish swatches.

I have several brands of holographic polishes in my collection but for the longest time I have used the Color Club range of Halo-graphic polishes the most, these polishes aren’t exactly new releases and I have had them for quite a while but it is just as new to me when I use them because they are just so shimmery and beautiful!

The brand has several colors but these are the ones I got my hands on. I found that some of the colors of the polishes released are quite similar so I went for distinctive colors that could be easily told apart which makes more sense right…

My clients are obsessed and so am I! I decided to do proper swatches for you all to see. I hope you like them.

All the colors were done with 2 coats apart from the pink one I had to do 3 coats (that’s my fault but I won’t go into details, covers face) but you can’t tell the difference anyway and of course clear top coat.

This Purple Halo is called Eternal Beauty, what I love most about these polishes is that even when you have a dominant color you still get reflections of other colors like this has a hint of pink and light blue, I guess thats why its called Holographic. Totally love struck!

This has like a yummy bubble gum pink color to it but also the halo gives it this warm look of some burnt orange and purple effect when under the light. This one is called Miss Bliss.

Judging by the name ‘Blue Heaven’ it does look like heaven to me but also covered in Halo lol.

Lastly I have this very light shade of pink called Angelic pink.


Which one would you rock if you had to choose?
I will choose the blue holographic one.

Have a blessed week.

XOXO

SINGLE AND INTENTIONALLY WAITING

Congratulations on leaving the no status “status” gang lol! I hope you are as delighted as I am. Before we get into the second part if you haven’t read part one do so here https://sarahjamesnails.com/2017/10/12/there-is-no-relationship-status-called-in-between/

Let’s get right into it!

What does “INTENTIONALLY WAITING” mean?

This means choosing to be single deliberately, not because you don’t have ‘options’ but because you have decided to wait on God and not lean on your own understanding or personal judgement on your relationship. The Holy spirit gave me this title during my transition process and it fits perfectly because I decided to leave whoever I was with intentionally and hold on to God.

*inserts what my pastor says during Sunday sermon*

“Can we go deeper?” lol.

They say the truth is bitter but it has to be told regardless and just like you and I can agree that maybe God wasn’t entirely present in the “relationship” that we stayed in, and like the bible says in Revelations 3 vs 16 ‘So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth’ and also in Galatians 6 vs 7 ‘Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap’.

I have learnt in my walk with God over the years that you cannot eat your cake and have it if you are, He’s just watching you waiting for you to come back and many Christians over time have chosen which aspect of their lives they want to give God and the one they want to blindly control but it can’t be for a long while if we want true success and blessings in every of our endeavours.

 

WHAT DO I DO IN THIS NEW PHASE OF MY LIFE?

When you hear the word ‘WAIT’ the dictionary meaning is to remain indisposed or inactive. The difference between this waiting and “internationally waiting” is that you are most active in this phase, it is also called the “PREPARATION OR MOULDING PHASE”.

The Holy spirit told me that He will only give ‘THE BEST’ (Me) to ‘HIS BEST’ (My Partner) so therefore this phase is where you become God’s best in every area of your life by totally surrendering to His will for your life.

Your prayer point from this point is that God should use me for His glory on earth.

One of my spiritual mentors told me the secret to God orchestrating a meeting for you and your partner; it is a prayer point and it goes like this; “Lord put me on the mind of my partner wherever he/she might be, and put he/she on my mind also, then orchestrate a meeting when you please God, Amen. You know what this prayer does, it puts you at rest that God is working on your behalf because no matter how much you stay in the face of the person you like only God can put genuine love in their heart towards you.

In this phase you have to be careful and pray for discerning spirit because the bible says in 1 peter 5 vs 8 Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. When you pray this prayer and someone comes to your mind don’t immediately go to the person let the Holy spirit do the work for you while you stay in the place of prayer because the devil is aware and he can easily send one of his servants to distract you from your walk with God so be spiritually conscious.

You might ask how I’m so sure that I wont be waiting forever, I am very sure because the bible says in Gen 2 vs 18; And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Furthermore, Numbers 23 vs 19  tells me that ‘God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good’?

This is the assurance I have, the faith that keeps me going and I hope and pray this post blesses you beyond measures.

In Jesus name, Amen

Please don’t forget to comment, I would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

METALLIC SHATTERED GLASS

Hello everyone, welcome again! Hope your week is going great so far.

I would be taking you through some of the nails i do for my clients and what I eventually come up with.

I always tell people that I do not have a favourite colour just because I believe all colours are beautiful and I wear them according to my mood lol.

This polish is called Copper Mine and its from the Molten Metals collection from Barry W. It has a chrome effect with a mirror-shine foil finish. I particularly love this metallic polish because it looks very “grainy” like if you tap it particles of crushed metal would actually fall off! lol that what it looks like when you actually look closely at the bottle or at least that’s what i have in mind head (don’t judge my imaginations lol). Anyway, the illusion of the metallic chrome effect was well captured in this one, I will recommend that every nail polish lover try this.

I always do two coats of any polish i am working with whether pigmented or not because it helps the polish last longer and gives the nail full coverage and then one good layer of topcoat.

I decided to attach an old picture of my client’s nails when she came for her first appointment, because of her profession she didn’t want extensions but also wanted nice nails so i suggested a simple gel manicure as it lasts longer than regular polish, i must say doing a gel manicure on extremely short nails can be a STRUGGLE! lol i had to put that in capital letter because trying to prevent gel from running into the cuticle and the side walls is almost impossible… Anyway we did gel manicure twice after this picture and soon enough her nails had started growing very strong and nice. I also did henna on her fingers.

 

I recommended that she got an acrylic overlay to protect the length of the nails and here she has just come in for a refill after about 5weeks. I will be doing a blog post on the different nail systems for nails and their dos’ and don’ts soon.

Here i just finished with the cuticle work and refilling ready for polish, so glad we were able to agree on this polish, I’m sure you can tell I love this metallic polish right?

We decided to do a nice nail art on the ring finger to give it some extra jazz and this particular design I really like because it reminds me of a few things, like i said before every nail art tells a story, has a reference or an interpretation. This has two references for me, I’m sure from the title you already have an idea, yes shattered glass, when a glass breaks you can’t tell what shape it would form or how many pieces you are going to have so this nail art depicts that for me. The other interesting one is the tinted glass that is normally used on the walls of Anglican or Catholic churches’ altar that reflects different colours when under direct sunlight always so beautiful and colourful.  Quite exciting isn’t it?

Here is the final look, i hope you like it.

FACTS ABOUT YOUR NAILS YOU SHOULD KNOW

It may shock you to know your nails are made up of more than you can see physically, i will be sharing some facts you should know about your nails.

Nail Component

The nail is made up of keratin which can also be found in hair and skin. The nails have the hardest form of keratin (hardened protective protein) and the skin has the softest. The visible part of the nails is called the nail plate made of translucent keratin protein and the pink skin underneath is the nail bed.

The nail bed sends signals to the brain when any accident occurs on the nail because the nail plate itself has no nerve ending or blood vessel.

Nail History

According to Nailpro Magazine, the love for lengthy and pretty nails first started during China’s Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The aristocratic women did no house chores or manual activities and were identified by their nails which they grew up to 10 inches long.  During that time gold and silver polishes were used by the wealthy and influential alone. The Chinese men also grew long nails to guard themselves from evil and also to show their masculinity.

 Nail Form

“When the nail plate absorbs water, it expands and changes shape before the polish is applied,” explains CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold. “Once the water evaporates, the nail returns to its original shape/size, and this often results in chipping.” Shocking right!? So if you ever wonder why your polish never stays on this is probably one of the reasons why.

Nail growth

Fingernails grow an average of 3.5 millimeters per month, whereas toenails grow an average of 1.6 millimeters a month.

Nails and Temperature

Did you know that nails grow faster in the summer and in warm conditions? In Nigeria where we have summer almost all year round i would expect that we should all be walking around with very long nails but unfortunately i doubt thats the case!  Anyway, bear in mind that there are other factors that can affect nail growth like age, genes, nutrition etc.

Male vs Female

Nails grow faster in males than females with exception to pregnant women. Funny how men don’t need length to their nails as much as women but there they are getting strong and long nail, rolling my eyes at this one!

Nails grow faster on dominant hand

The fingernails on the right hand of a right handed person grow faster than those on their left hand, and vice versa because the nails that are used more often grow faster, but I know some people will disagree with that.

Nail sweating

Did you know that unlike every other part of your body your nails are the only part that do not sweat because they don’t contain any nerve ending or blood vessels?

 

 Nail drying technique

I am sorry to burst your bubble on this one but no water doesn’t actually dry your nail polish! I can imagine the shock, did you know that polish dries when the solvents within the formula evaporates, so putting them in water will only slow or stop the drying process.

 

 

Cuticle and Nails

There are a lot of misconceptions about the cuticle which I will be writing on in my next blog post but did you know that your cuticle is like a “security guard” for your nail bed? The cuticle helps hold in moisture and keeps the nail strong also prevents germs and dirt from your nail bed that can cause serious diseases and infections.

 Nails can be the eye of your health

Your nails can tell about your health from any discoloration or deformation. This could be signs of a problem that will need immediate medical check up, so take care of your nails, be careful handling your nails and be observant of any changes.

 Your nails are what you eat

I don’t mean that literally but the vitamins and nutrients you need can only reach your nails through your blood streams so what you eat can greatly improve your nails, for strong and healthy looking nails a balanced diet is a must as it will have good impact on the growth and strength of your nails.

White spots on your nails are not caused by any form of deficiency

“Calcium deficiency causing white spots on nails is the most common myth, followed by zinc deficiency. The truth is that white spots are common and harmless and don’t indicate any specific vitamin deficiency at all,” Krant says. This could be caused by an accident or trauma to the nail plate.

I hope you learnt a thing or two because i did while putting this together. Comment below if you know any other nail facts that wasn’t mentioned here or if you can relate with any of these, would love to hear from you.

XOXO

Sarah James.