Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mid week Motivation

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Sometimes the week feels long and never ending, but it's almost over. Keep on taking steps because the Lord is right beside you and He has the best plan for you. Be Blessed !!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Daily Devotion

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Let this verse sink in your heart for a moment. The Lord gives his expectation's. Its our job to do our best to uphold his standard's. Sometimes its not easy but I believe with the Lord we can do anything.  
Prayer: Lord I thank you for this day. I thank you for letting me see another day. Lord let someone open up their heart today to You. Bless each and every person today. Give them strength to not conform to this world but renewed by you. In Jesus Name. Amen

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Motivation of the week 4

My challenge for this week is to give love to everyone. I bet you will get a blessing back! Have a blessed week and hope your weekend is great. Prayers to everyone. Sorry I have had a busy of couple of days. Love ya !! 
"Love bears all things believes all things hopes all things endures all things"         1 Corinthians  13:7 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Daily Devotion/Mid Week Motivation

The Lord warns us to not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Have a blessed Day!! I challenge you to do a kind gesture this week because it's so contagious. You never know how you can impact people's lives!! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Daily Devotion "Keep on Walking"

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Love this verse. Sometimes it's hard to keep walking when you cannot see what's up ahead, but this verses encourages us to KEEP on walking. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

New !! Facebook Page

Follow on Facebook please !!! 

Daily Devotion

Hey!! I would love do yall would follow me on my other social media sites!! I would love your support and to keep connected! May God Bless you with a beautiful day !! My Instagram name is. amberhurd3000 and also I will be making a facebook page for the blog! Coming soon ! 
Daily Devotion 

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Motivation of the Week 3

The Lord has blessed us with many talents and gifts. Lets use that to glorify God. This week I encourage you to shine your light on the world! You got this week in the bag. 
" In the same way let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven " Mathew 5:16 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Prayer!!

Lord I thank you for this day! I thank you for giving us  another full week! I thank you for keeping everyone safe. Let everyone have a safe 4th of July. Your so gracious and merciful. Lord I love you. In Jesus name! Amen! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Daily Devotion

Let Go and Let God take over! Have a blessed Day!

Prayer: Lord I thank you for giving us another day. I thank you for being the God you are. Today I ask that people open up there hearts. And once they tell you what's on their mind , they let You take care of their burden. In Jesus Name. Amen

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why I Pray ? Let's talk about Prayer

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A simple prayer could do wonders. Did you know that? Well today I would like to talk about out prayer. I come to love prayer more and more, as I have grown in my Christian walk. Why one may ask? Well here it is!

1. Your relationship with the Lord will increase the more you talk to God. Sometimes just sitting and listening is amazing too. Here are two verses talking about prayer.

"Casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"Be still and know I a God" Psalm 46:10

2. Prayer really works "You have not because you ask not "

"When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."                                                                                     James 4:3
Have a blessed Day!

Simple Great Quiet Time Method

1. Pray first asking for forgiveness of sins and tell the Lord what's going on in your life. Finally, asking him to open up your heart for what He has for you today.

2. Look up a topic that is related to your life at the moment on the internet. I  always search what the Lord says about topic. Example what does the Lord say about beauty. Then most of the search results will come up with Bible references.

3. Once you find the verse or verses you want, look it up in the your bible. This keeps you from getting distracted from roaming the Internet.

4. Read the verse or verses dealing with the topic. Analyze the word choice. An example of analyzing is in the Bible in James 1:2 it says " Consider it PURE JOY my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance" These were the words that stuck out to me when I read this verse.
5. Reflect. Write your thoughts down on how the words from God impact you. 
6. Lastly Pray sealing the deal for a great day or night. 

I hope this method is helpful! This is the way I  conduct my quiet times and I really love it.  Leave comments below on what method you use for quiet times or if you have any questions please ask!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Daily Devotion!!

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Psalm 46:5 Be blessed Today !!! With Lord within you who can stop you!
Also go check out my post Redefining Yourself in Gods Eyes! 

How to Redefine Yourself into what God sees You As

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" So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them: male and female he created them".
Genesis 1:27

Many times I am very critical of myself. I look at every single detail of myself physical and mental. This could be very tiring and ultimately ruins my night being so critical. It gives me anxiety and sometimes it makes me think about just not being here on this earth anymore. I know this only the devil that is trying to get to me. I had to first give you an insight why I wanted to write this post because through this struggle that I am finding ways to deal with it. I hope this strategy also helps anyone that reads this post too.

1. So how do you redefine yourself. A thing that I love to do is write in my journal. I pray through writing it helps so much because sometimes its hard to say it out loud. The Lord wants to talk to you anyway possible. I will do a post on the power of journaling can really help strengthen your walk with the Lord. Ask the Lord to let you see yourself as what He sees you as.

" Rejoice always, Pray Continually, Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

2. Stay in the Word of God. I talked to my mentor the other day about what I'm going through at the moment. She said " The devil is trying sift us Christians like wheat". So we have to know we are in Christ by reading the bible. Sometimes life is hectic, but I encourage everyone to just at least read a daily bible verse. I promise everything helps.

" And the Lord said, Simon  Simon, behold, Satan desires to have you, that he may sift you as  wheat: But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you are converted, you will strengthen your fellow believers.  Luke 22:31

3. Make sure you have a supportive Christian backing. It could be anyone. I hope you could consider me as your sister in Christ. Everyone needs the body of Christ around them. They are there to encourage, pray, and love on you. The Lord did not want us to walk this journey alone.

" So that there are may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one members  suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.".  1 Corinthians 12:25-26

Today I pray that each person finds their identity in Christ. I pray that they stay steadfast fast to his word. I pray that they keep connected with you through pray. Lastly, I pray that everyone keeps connected in the body of Christ because everyone needs love and encouragement to keep on fighting in this world. In Jesus name. Amen.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Motivation of the Week !! 2

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I can say I am a person that really analyzes my past. Especially the mess ups and bad things I have had in my life. What I would like to encourage you is to let go and look forward. At first it my be hard to surrender it to the Lord but, wants you do it , you will feel a amazing. Our Lord gives us grace and he wants to take care of of you! May God bless you ! 

"Casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Daily Devotion When you go through Deep end

The Lord our God will not leave us when times get tough, but he will be right beside you. I'm so thankful we have a God like that! May God bless and Happy Sunday !!!

Prayer: Lord let everyone get to church safely. Also that they get an amazing word from their pastor or minister. Bless the speaker today and the congregation.  In Jesus Name. Amen! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

What type of Love do You need Today? Series

Looking for love in all the wrong places ? I know from personal experience. When the wrong places fail to complete you try to find the best shoe that fits. Well I know a perfect prince charming with the perfect size shoe. The one that will not leave you half full.

" Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone loves has been born of God and knows God". 1 John 4:7

Sometimes it is  hard to define the type of love that the Lord gives us. Well the Lord states what love is.

" This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brother".           1 John 3:16

Christ gave us eternal life. He bridged the gap between us and the Lord. He says to never leave nor for sake you. If you just accept him into your heart you get all of his love. The type of love that is unconditional. Love him with all your heart first before looking for love elsewhere because with him you will be complete.

Jesus replied " Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment."
Mathew 22: 37-38

Today as I write I decided to leave prayer that will start off the series. May God bless you and have a wonderful day!

Prayer: Lord I thank you for this day because it was not promised. Please keep everyone safe and in good health. I thank you for loving us unconditionally. Lord let people come to you first for love, before seeking it elsewhere. They will feel complete turning towards you. If anyone has not accepted you in their heart, let them ultimately accept you today. May you provide blessings for all. In Jesus Name.  Amen

Daily Devotion

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made in perfect weakness 
2 Corinthians 12:9 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Blurring the background of a photograph tutorial

1. Make sure your camera is in raw 
2. I have a nikon D3200 so with this select A for aperture so you gain access to adjusting the aperture.
3. Adjust aperture to the lowest possible for lens. So for when the camera lens is at 18 zoom it can go to 3.5 aperture. 
4. Distance is a a key factor. I normally stand pretty close to my subject. I can say around 2 feet. 
5. Practice! 

Hope this tutorial helped! Leave comments below! 

Daily Devotion

Love how this verse says " in its time". This word choice means that everything  will not always  look all  great at first look but, over time it will become magnificent. A great comparison is your walk, it will grow into a great and strong relationship.May God bless you and have a great day!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Let the Lord " Write Your Story "


Mid Week Motivation/ Daily Devotion

" Consider it Pure Joy my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces Perserverence.  Let perserverence  finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything".       James 1:2-4

This verse yes there are gonna be trials but this produces character and we will be complete not lacking anything ! Have a blessed day !

Simple Great Italian Cake Recipe "One of favorite my cakes"

1 (18 1/2 oz) box of white cake mix
1 stick of margarine
1/2 tap. Baking Soda dissolved in milk
2 cups of Angle Flake Coconut
3 eggs separated
1 cup of buttermilk
1 tap Vanilla
1 cup of finely chopped pecans

Preheat Oven 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, egg yolks, margarine, buttermilk, baking soda, vanilla, and mix with electric mixer. Fold coconut and nuts, add stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake in 9 inch layer pans that have been greased and floured for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and Frost

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz package of cream cheese
1-lb box of powdered sugar
1 stick of margarine
1 tap of vanilla

Cream the cheese and the margarine, add vanilla and sugar and beat until smooth. Spread on cake. Sprinkle top with chopped pecans, if desired.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Series Coming Soon. On Different Types of Love !

First of the series link

Hair Growth Vitamin Regimen

I was diagnosed with mild alopecia my freshmen year of high school. I had three bald spots and very thin hair. I wanted to strengthen and grow my hair faster because after two years my hair was still thin. So, this March I started taking vitamins because for hair growth. I take biotin because it helps with hair, skin, and nails. I also take the multivitamin because it has vitamin C, D, E, Folate, b12, and many more l. I didn't want to take a handful of pills everyday so I decided on a multivitamin. So far it has been great. I would definitely recommend this vitamin regiment. I will be showing my hair progress. A great tip is to drink a lot of water when taking them because it cleanses your body from toxins because you do not want to break out. Please comment on some other vitamin regimens that work  great. Try vitamins you will begin to love them.

Great Song Sung by Kalley Heiligethal

Family Picture

Love my family ! Forgot to put a picture of all of us together!! 

Motivation of the week!

Whatever you are dealing with at this moment I challenge you to not give up. I challenge you to prove them wrong. Prove to everyone that you can succeed. You can exceed people's expectations. I believe you can do anything with Lord. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 
Tell that to yourself. I love this quote. Challenge for the week never give up!! I'm here to give encouragement. 

Current Playlist for Hillsong

Another Christian Band I love is Hillsong!
They have some great worship music
Here are some of my favorite songs. Try Listening to them. Also comment below on what songs you love from them.

I surrender 
Touch the sky 

Wake Hillsong young and free 
Oceans by hillsong United 

Lead me to the Cross 

Alive hillsong young and free 

Prayer Works Any Prayer Request??

Leave prayer request in the comment section or email it to me . I would love to pray for anyone!

Daily Devotion


Family is a big portion of my life. I spend most of time with them. I will be taIking about them pretty frequently actually. Here is just a little description my family. I come from a two parent household, and I have one sister that is in her junior year of college. Additionally, I also have an adorable dog named Colby. Since its Father's Day what better day to talk about the one of the people that I love. My Dad is a preacher. He also is very involved with the youth ministry. I aspire to be more like him because of his gentle and funny nature he has with everyone he encounters. He always pushes me to be the best person I can be. My Dad has lots of faith, lots of love, and many aspirations for everyone. May God bless! Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there.
" Honor your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you". 
                                    Exodus 20:12

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Great tips for Beginner Photographers

I purchased my camera almost a month ago. In the last month I have learned so much on how to work it. Here are some tips on taking some great photos for what I have learned. 

1. Take lots of Photos 
Go to a great spot that is scenic and take lots of pictures. Bring your family or friends. Have fun with it. It's a lot of trial and error.

 Shoot in Raw
Shooting in Raw gives a better photo quality. Also you have control of all of your settings on your camera. You are maximizing your picture quality.

Aperture is a big deal
If you want to take professional pictures. Changing your aperture for your lighting situation.

Watch an Informational video
I watched a video over my model of the Nikon d3200. It was an hour long but it was worth my time. I learned all the functions of the buttons on the camera, and how to work my camera. Here is the link of the video he is a great teacher.
Here is what is in my camera bag

On the left is my double zoom lens 55-200. Right is my Nikon d3200 camera. Then I have an old vintage flash that my dad gave me. I always keep my camera charger with me. Another great tool in jace is a wifi adapter. It lets me see and download my photos to my phone really easy with the Nikon app
 I will be sharing many photos and tutorials on what I learn for taking great photos!

Bethel Music

I found this church band last summer and I fell in love with them. There music is so great and encouraging. Here are some of my favorites. They also have some great spontaneous worship. 
You Make Me Brave by Amanda Cook

  Ever Be by Kalley Heigenhal 

Give Me Jesus by Jeremy Camp

You know Me by Steffany Frizzel

Good good Father bethel 
Sea of Crimson bethel 
These are just a few of my favorite songs from bethel. I will put more christian music and gospel music. 

How is Your Walk? How to strengthen your walk with Christ

I am Christian and unashamed. One great question that I get asked a lot is  how is your walk? Why one may ask? A Christian should be living and walking like Jesus.

"Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did ".1 John 2:6

How to build a strong walk with the Lord!
1. Prayer Works 
Prayer is such an essential to your walk with the Lord.  I pray in the morning and it really helps me. I tell the Lord to be with me throughout my whole day. Ultimately my day is so much better when I pray. Also, when praying your talking to God. God is your Heavenly Father and He wants to talk to you. 
" Don't worry about anything instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need. and thank him for all he has done". Philippians 4:6
2. The Word of God 

Sometimes the bible looks overwhelming but there are so many resources to help you to read and understand the bible. Reading the word of God will strengthen your walk. To be firm in the Lord one must be fed from the spiritual Father. Start off with five minutes a day with a devotional that is bible focused and go from there. After a while your body will yearn for more and more of the bible. 

" So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ".  
 Romans 10:17

3. Going to Church and Bible Study
Being around believers is encouraging. Hearing encouraging sermons jump starts your week. There are many different church's at various times of the day. Some church service's are short and some are a  little lengthy. I attend a traditional black baptist church. Being around the body of Christ helps you keep accountable with your walk with Christ. Find a church that is best for you and join. It will be the best decision of your life.
" For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them". 
Mathew 18:20

I hoped I gave some encouraing tips on having a strong walk with the Lord. Please leave comments below on any questions below. God Bless!