To My Grandchildren: This is The Most Important Lesson from Nana.

No matter how you see God, every culture has innately believed in a Creator, in something bigger than themselves, an eternal force.  Native Americans called Him the Great Spirit.  Buddha himself turned to outside forces for strength. asking the “earth” to protect him from the demons trying to prevent him from reaching enlightenment.  Aristotle argued that there must be some eternal and imperishable substance. This eternal actual substance must be a single prime mover (a person or establishment that is chiefly responsible for the creation or execution of a plan or project). Now many people refer to God as “Universe”. 

God is the word used to describe the Creator of the complex universe, of heaven and earth, eternal commander of the sun, moon and stars.  He is creator of man and the miracle of how our bodies work. The universe doesn’t do anything on its own.  God created the universe.  The Creator controls the creation.

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We can’t see God, don’t know what God looks like or what form he takes.   Maybe he IS a great spirit and embodies himself everywhere within his entire creation.  I certainly see majesty in a beautiful sunset.  I marvel at how the ocean knows where to stop at the shore.  And don’t try to tell me a big bang caused the miracle of birth. 

Because we are human, we can’t really perceive beyond our human experience.  So God embodied a human form so we could understand him better and explain His plan for us.  That man’s name was Jesus.

Jesus was a real person.  He really lived.  The historical facts are there.  Don’t believe it?  Then why would you believe Caesar lived?  Did you meet him?  Why do you believe Alexander the Great lived?  Confucius, the Chinese philosopher?  Aristotle, the Greek philosopher?  Buddha, a spiritual teacher?  Muhammed, a prophet of Islam?  Why do we automatically accept what we are taught in history except for the history of Jesus.  He is real.  And it doesn’t matter what he looked like!

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Do you believe the story of Caesar’s death?  His stabbing and His famous last words “Et Tu Bruto”, upon realizing the betrayal of his friend Brutus.  Eyewitnesses passed on these facts and they were written into history.  They are taught as fact.  Confucius, Aristotle and Caesar all lived BEFORE Jesus.  Yet we take their history accounts as more accurate than Jesus’.

History records Jesus’ death by crucifixion on the cross.  And also, the fact that after 3 days in the tomb, He was seen alive by more than 500 people, on twelve (12) separate occasions.  He rose from the dead and was alive for more than 40 days.  Witnesses then saw him rise and ascend into the heavens.  It is historical fact.  You just have to decide whether or not you believe it.

People who saw it first hand spread the story.  They told their children and grandchildren about it.  They travelled to foreign lands spreading the good news. They recorded it in history.   Just as accurately as the history of Caesar.

What IS the story of Jesus? 

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Succinctly, that Jesus lived, was truly God in human form, that he died on purpose to pay the whole world’s debt of sin.  Jesus died ONCE for everyones debt.   That includes everyone who will ever be born after his death.  Your sin is already forgiven.  You just have to accept the free gift of forgiveness.  Believing it is what takes away your debt.  The gift is there for everyone.  But only the people who believe receive the gift.  If you don’t believe, you still have to pay your own debt.

Jesus said He would send the Spirit to us to be our Helper, Comforter, and Guide after he ascended in Heaven. The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in the hearts of believers. The Spirit is our counselor and  encourager.  We have the very Spirit of God inside us.

Still can’t “get” it?  Can’t fathom it?  Think of it in another way…

Let’s say for example, since the beginning of time, everyone in the whole world, everyone who was ever been born, everyone living now and everyone who will ever be born, upon their birth has an immediate debt and owes the One World Government taxes.   History shows that people of old paid these taxes regularly.  There were strict rules on how the taxes were paid and these rules were taught to everyone.

Then came a new One World Leader who steps up and says, I’m willing to die to settle the whole world’s debt, once and for all.  Make it a horrible death so it’s worthy of the debt of the everyone.  But let me die one time so everyone can be declared innocent.  Everyone who lives now or will ever be born will be innocent.  And so it happens! The debt it paid for everyone from the date of his death forward.  But now everyone born will have to choose whether to believe the story of his death that paid their debt, to receive the free gift.  If they don’t believe, they have to pay their own debt.

People share the story, those who saw it first hand.  He’s the hero and news spreads fast and people are so happy to be free. For generations they tell the story of his gift and how they didn’t have to do anything to receive it.  They tell their children and grandchildren about it so they believe it too.  That they no longer have to pay the debt because of Mr. One World Leader from so long ago.  Would you tell your family?  Would you pass the news to your children and grandchildren?  Would you teach them to tell their children and grandchildren?  Would you try to keep the spirt of Mr. One World Leader alive in your heart and share the story with many others, not only your family?  The kindness, the selflessness.  The sacrificial love?  Would you yourself even be able to accept the story and that it was just that easy to have your debt paid?  All you had to do was believe.

Now thousands of years have passed. Most people alive today don’t believe the story anymore about the taxes already paid.  It happened so long ago and they don’t have first hand knowledge.  Most of them haven’t even heard the story!  No one has every told them.  They don’t even give it any thought.  Maybe they’ve heard the name of the One World Leader and think that people who still believe that story are lunatics.  Un oh.  Those people who don’t believe it’s true, have to start paying their taxes again.  Non- believers are declared guilty.  Only the people choosing to believe, from the history passed down to them, don’t have to pay taxes.  And even if believers break other laws, they are forgiven of those too!

This is why we are called “Believers”.  We believe and we receive the forgiveness.  It’s that simple.

Can YOU believe??  Will you TRY to believe?  Even if you have doubt, will you look into the history books?   The greatest selling book of all time is the Bible.  All the answers are in there!

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Will you do some research to prove it to yourself that it really happened, so you CAN believe?  You WANT to believe right?  For that freedom! And you don’t have to do anything to receive it.  Just believe it.   Just say deep down in your heart, “Help me believe”.

Your life depends on it.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Believe in a One World Government.

Let’s say for example, since the beginning of time, everyone in the whole world, everyone who was ever been born, everyone living now and everyone who will ever be born, upon their birth has an immediate debt and owes the One World Government taxes.   History shows that people of old paid these taxes regularly.  There were strict rules on how the taxes were paid and these rules were taught to everyone. 

Then came a new One World Leader who steps up and says, I’m willing to die to settle the whole world’s debt, once and for all.  Make it a horrible death so it’s worthy of the debt of the everyone.  But let me die one time so everyone can be declared innocent.  Everyone who lives now or will ever be born will be innocent.  And so it happens! The debt it paid for everyone from the date of his death forward.  But now everyone born will have to choose whether to believe the story of his death that paid their debt, to receive the free gift.  If they don’t believe, they have to pay their own debt.

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People share the story, those who saw it first hand.  He’s the hero and news spreads fast and people are so happy to be free. For generations they tell the story of his gift and how they didn’t have to do anything to receive it.  They tell their children and grandchildren about it so they believe it too.  That they no longer have to pay the debt because of Mr. One World Leader from so long ago.  Would you tell your family?  Would you pass the news to your children and grandchildren?  Would you teach them to tell their children and grandchildren?  Would you try to keep the spirt of Mr. One World Leader alive in your heart and share the story with many others, not only your family?  The kindness, the selflessness.  The sacrificial love?  Would you yourself even be able to accept the story and that it was just that easy to have your debt paid?  All you had to do was believe.

Now thousands of years have passed. Most people alive today don’t believe the story anymore about the taxes already paid.  It happened so long ago and they don’t have first hand knowledge.  Most of them haven’t even heard the story!  No one has every told them.  They don’t even give it any thought.  Maybe they’ve heard the name of the One World Leader and think that people who still believe that story are lunatics.  Un oh.  Those people who don’t believe it’s true, have to start paying their taxes again.  Non- believers are declared guilty.  Only the people choosing to believe, from the history passed down to them, don’t have to pay taxes.  And even if believers break other laws, they are forgiven of those too! 

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Would YOU believe??  Would you TRY to believe?  Even if you had doubt, would you look into the history books?  Would you do some research to prove it to yourself that it really happened, so you COULD believe?  You would WANT to believe right?  Would you say deep down in your heart, “Help me believe”.   For that freedom?

1.  That One World Government is God. However you see God – creator of the complex universe of heaven and earth, commander of the sun moon stars.  The creator of man and the miracle of how our bodies work.   No matter how you see God,  every culture believes in a creator.   Native American Indians called Him the Great Spirit.  New Age people now refer to God as Universe.  The universe doesn’t do anything its own.  God created the universe.  HE is in control. 

I can’t see God, don’t know how to see God.  Maybe he IS a great spirit and embodies himself in his creation.  I certainly see majesty in a beautiful sunset.  I marvel at how the ocean knows where to stop at the shore.  Because we are human, The only way we can really relate is through other human body.  So God took care of that.  God embodied a human form so we could understand him better.  A man named Jesus. 

2.  That One World Leader who paid the debt for everyone is Jesus. Jesus was a real person.  He really lived.  The historical facts are there.  Don’t believe it?  Then why would you believe Caesar lived?  Did you meet him?  Why do you believe Alexander the Great lived?  Confucius, the Chinese philosopher?  Aristotle, the Greek philospher?  Buddha, a spiritual teacher?  Muhammed, a prophet of Islam?

Do you believe the story of Caesar’s death?  His stabbing and His famous last words “Et Tu Bruto”.  Upon realizing the betrayal of his friend Brutus.  Eyewitnesses passed on these facts and they were written into history.

And also with Jesus.  History records His death by crucifixion on the cross.  And also, the fact that after 3 days in the tomb, Jesus was seen alive by more than 500 people, on twelve (12) separate occasions.  He rose from the dead and was alive for more than 40 days.  Witnesses then saw him rise and ascend into the heavens.  It is historical fact.  You just have to decide whether or not you believe it.

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Jesus died ONCE for everyones debt.   Your debt is already forgiven.  You have to accept the gift.  Believe it.   It’s about believing that Jesus lived, was truly God in human form, that he died on purpose to pay the whole world’s debt.  That includes everyone who will ever be born after his death.  We just have to believe this.  Believing it takes away your debt.  I choose to believe! 

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3.   His Spirit is alive in us. The Holy Spirit takes up permanent residence in the hearts of believers .  We want to be guided by His love and His kindness.  The thankfulness we have for the free gift He gave us all makes us want to be better people.  Jesus said He would send the Spirit to us to be our Helper, Comforter, and Guide.  The Spirit is our counselor and  encourager.  We have the very Spirit of God inside as our strength.  Who couldn’t use a little power in their lives?

And it’s all FREE.  The debt payment and the power of the Creator of the universe living inside you.  There is NOTHING you can do to get it.  Nothing you can do to earn it.

Your only choice is CAN you and WILL you, BELIEVE?

 

 

My Noisy Spa Day with Amber Oil, Crab Cakes & Hairy Teeth.

My daughter and her friends recently booked a spa day to celebrate my daughter’s 27th birthday.  As I’m always looking to relax, renew and revitalize, I invited myself along to the The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club near Jacksonville, Florida. 

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The award-winning spa opened in 1987 and has become known as a haven for relaxation and reflection.  It’s reputation has earned recognition In Style magazine, Vogue & “O” Oprah’s Magazine.  The Spa offers over 100 beauty and pampering services including day packages, spa for two, just for him, bridal, groups and celebration packages.

My daughter and her fellow Millennial friends instinctively know the benefits of pampering themselves.  I can’t even remember if I had ever been to a spa at 27 years old.  Fortunately, for the over 50 crowd, this type of lifestyle experience is no longer beyond our budget.  If you are longing to feel unique and special, I highly encourage you to treat yourself to this luxury for the mind, body and soul.

I chose “The Drift Away”, an 80 minute body exfoliation treatment for $230.  This service was described by the spa as:

“Inspired by the Orient, this aromatic service features hypnotic notes of amber and myrrh. Be immersed in this exotic ritual featuring body exfoliation with handmade Moroccan pumice stone and enzymatic exfoliating nectar to smooth the skin.  A relaxing massage with warmed amber oil will entice the senses with warm, sweet and woody notes for an unforgettable sensory experience.”

I actually need to return to The Spa to give a true review.  My spa treatment was eclipsed by my conversation with Toyisha “Toya” Powell, the massage therapist.  Once I started chatting with her about everything from her daughter, her childhood, her study of numerology, her quest for enlightenment – I forgot all about the massage and scrub.  I have vague memories of amber scents amid the light scrub but my focus was on chatting.  It was as though our soul energies collided and were swirling around the room.  We just “connected” and shared what felt like an everyday chat with your best girlfriend.  When I told my daughter all about my conversation, she replied, “I hope my massage therapist doesn’t talk to me!  I want to relax!”.  Later I realized that perhaps I could have been more in tune to the spa treatment but it’s such a rarity for this over 50 gal to connect in spirit with a younger person.  I left the room feeling like more than just a few dead skin cells had been shed.  I felt light, like I was floating on air.

I joined my fellow spa goers for lunch in the Spa Cafe where they were having champagne cocktails.  Thank goodness the spa food was much more than nuts and fruit.  I chose the Lump Crab Cakes w Remoulade and the Arugula Salad w Citrus Vinaigrette and Chopped Pancetta for $25.  The cuisine was fabulous, fresh and filling!  The crab cakes were primarily crab meat with minimal fillers, as they should be.  I could taste the flavor of each ingredient in the citrus vinaigrette.  It was a 10 out of 10 for the lunch experience while sitting in your bathrobe.

Now off to bask in silence and just BE!  My quest was for a totally quiet space to empty my mind and truly relax and reflect.  First stop, The Spa’s quiet room.  Unfortunately, it had no reclining chairs and was located directly outside from the bathroom so I heard repeated flushing. The door remained opened and it was located on the main hall which was the walkway to the pool, hot sauna and whirlpool. 

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NOT a quiet room by my standards.  I longed for the quiet room I had experienced at Senses Spa at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi MS, where silence was revered.  A huge room with dimmed lights, 8-10 padded lounge chairs arranged in a circle yet far enough apart from each other to discourage chit chat. 

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Since I couldn’t really relax sitting upright watching women come and go from the bathroom I needed another idea.  So I headed out to the pool and outdoor patio where I had seen lounge chairs during the tour of the facilities.  If I couldn’t find quiet inside, I would lie down, close my eyes and listen to the rain.  The steady blanket of the solid rain was a sound that did not disturb.  The cool breeze and smell of the rain in the air helped me breathe deeply and begin to melt the cares away.  Until THEY arrived.  Looked like a mother and daughter.  But they weren’t there to relax.  They were there to TALK and talk loudly. I was jolted and jabbed out of my zen with the grating sound of their belly laughs and guffaws.  I know I should have spoken up, but how do you tell someone they are ruining your spa day?  I gave them time to settle in and get quiet but it didn’t happen. 

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After 10-15 minutes of more information about their life than I needed, I decided I could go into the dry heat sauna and probably be completely alone! I entered the empty room, laid down my robe on the bench and lay down on my back.  It was heaven, total silence while quietly breathing in the dry heat.  Until I noticed the tap tap tap, dripping sound of the rain.  I did my best to ignore the raindrops because I was finally alone.  And I was doing great until I heard Fred Flintstone working in the rock quarry.  It sounded like a coal engine room and someone was stoking the fire by throwing more coal into the engine.  So distracting.  By now I’ve decided I’m just being too picky and tell myself to get over it.  Just enjoy being alone and sweat out the bitchiness.  But can I really help it if I have a heightened sense of sound???   I was joined by another lady who quickly asked me what the noise was that sounded like big boulders being shuffled beneath us.  So much for the sounds of silence!

Off to the jacuzzi.  Maybe I could get lost in the sounds of water spewing and bubbles popping.  Embrace the sounds!  That lasted a few minutes with other ladies coming and going, chatting as they walked up and down the hallway and exited out to the pool area.

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I never found my quiet zen place at The Spa, my one true regret of my experience.  While I’m happy many people were there sharing a spa day with friends, I truly needed “quiet time” to complete my perfect day.

I still wonder if the spa itself was lacking or if it was just the “Negative Nellie” in me that kept finding shortcomings?  After a shower, I headed to the area where you can dry your hair and do you makeup.  Was it just me or was this the darkest room in the whole spa?  Thank goodness for a magnified mirror or I’d have left looking like MiMi on the Drew Carey Show.

I was dressed and ready for my daughter’s birthday dinner at Eleven South Bistro with just one last complaint.  Toothbrushes!  A nice touch I had experienced in other spas was sorely missing here.  So off I went from The Spa, to the dinner, somewhat refreshed, but with hairy teeth.  I hardly even noticed after two bottles of wine!

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3 Essential Beauty Products to Look Stunning & Sexy after 50

My first job at 15 was working in a cosmetic center.  I’ve basically been in the beauty/image/makeup business for the last 40 years!  When it comes to looking sexy after 50 it is NOT all about the makeup.   But makeup IS an important part of feeling sexy for older women.  And as my Southern Mama used to say, “Any old barn looks better painted!”  A little makeup is better than no makeup just like clear nail polish is better than no nail polish .  Why is it that way too many women over the age of fifty decide they don’t need to wear makeup anymore?  They don’t want to go to the effort.  The five minute effort!  Can you say “Plain Jane”?  You can just kiss sexy goodbye if you absolutely refuse to embellish your beauty in any way.

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For instance, there is nothing sexy about skinny, thin lips.   What do you think men find sexy about Angelina Jolie?  When I was in my 20’s I actually had a person tell me, “I bet you’re not a good kisser because you have thin lips”.   YIKES!  After 50, all women begin to lose volume in their lips due to the loss of collagen and elastin.  So if you had thin lips to begin with, you definitely need help now to attain a plumper pout.  A lady with full plump lips is perceived to be younger just as a lady with less wrinkles is perceived younger.  Hate needles and injections?  Try a LipVolumizer that plumps lips from the inside out with the most advanced technology designed to provide full, pouty lips without irritants.

  • Use every night at bedtime to increase your lip volume up to 20% and lip moisture up to 54% in just one month!
  • Get fuller, smoother lips without the use of acids like in other lip plumping products
  • Minimizes fine lines around the mouth

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Another pitfall for the after 50 set is dull, dry skin.  If you are not using a daily regime of  Anti-Aging Skin Care  that rapidly reproduces new skin cells, you may notice a dull gray look to your skin.  You need exfoliation!  Skin cells naturally renew themselves.  However, as we get older the skin cell renewal slows down and skin cells get dehydrated before they reach the surface of the skin.   Your skin will look noticeably dry, wrinkles will be more pronounced and there will be no glow to the skin.  You look sad, dull and old!  What’s sexier?  A bright glowing complexion or dull dry skin?  Give your skin a boost with a Detoxifying and Moisturizing Mask

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Draw out harmful toxins that normally clog pores  and replace them with pure hydration.  Smooth this light soothing mask onto your face to target blemishes and imperfections.  It will literally remove dirt and pollution from your pores. Rinse off, and discover smooth, hydrated skin.  Use twice a week for younger looking skin, reduction in  signs of aging, and improved skin texture.

Eyelashes become shorter and thinner as we age.  Therefore, longer, fuller, darker lashes have the ability to make anyone look younger.  Not quite ready for eye lift surgery?  Artificial eyelashes are an option.  But for this over 50 lady, removing my eyeglasses and then trying to glue strip lashes in a straight line is quite a humorous ordeal.  You don’t have to battle with false eyelashes or expensive extensions when you can naturally enhance your eyes. Just apply LashExtend to the base of the lashes daily and watch your lashes grow 20% longer and fuller in just two weeks.  This SeneDerm Solutions LashExtend serum does NOT have the side effects of LATISSE® as listed below:

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  • LATISSE® side effects include an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness.
  • Skin darkening, eye irritation, dry eyes, and red eyelids.
  • LATISSE® may cause darkening of the eyelids
  • LATISSE®  may cause the iris, the colored part of the eye, to turn brown, which is likely to be permanent.

Why risk side effects of other lash growing serums when Lash Extend is less expensive and has NO side effects!

Stop looking for the Fountain of Youth in one miracle product.  If you are going to look stunning and feel sexy after 50, you need to love yourself enough to invest in yourself with good skin care products!

You don’t have to get overwhelmed trying to find your sexy.  Just start with these three Solutions products from SeneGence International.  As you begin to feel more confident you can add more products to your regime just as easily as you add new shades of lipstick.

Do you have a friend who needs a “boost” to her confidence?  Share this post now.

 

 

The Journey Never Ends

Now that I’m 55 I seem to have hit a wall.   I continue to travel but that seems to be the only adventure in my life.  I’ve been married 28 years.  We are official empty nesters.  Even the dog moved out with our son.  Finally, I have freedom and money to enjoy it.  But what is next?

I spent the last 18 years as a leader with SeneGence International, a direct sales company specializing in Anti-Aging Skin Care and Cosmetics.  I was a founding distributor, became one of their corporate trainers and helped them brand their premier product, LipSense 4-18 Hour Long Lasting Lip Color.  I call myself “semi-retired” now.  Instead of being on the road, meeting and training large groups of women on how to grow their own home-based business, I’m suddently at home, alone.  I don’t really have girlfriends locally for shopping and lunching like the Real Housewives.  My best friends live on the west coast and were made through the business.  I have acquaintances all over the US but I’m beginning to feel lonely.   After 50, you realize the Importance and Power of Friendship.

I haven’t lost my way but I seem to have lost my passion.  I feel flat. I’ve lost the sparkle in my eye.  I’ve tried to adopt my friend’s interests like gardening and organization.  I’ve googled hobbies for women over fifty.   I even found a list of 50 Things to Do At Least Once When You’re Over 50.  I’m purging “things” from my life but I’m not bringing any “fun” into it.    Life can either be a daring adventure or nothing at all.  I want the daring adventure!  How do you find your purpose after fifty?  How do you reinvent yourself?  How can you find a new passion?

Most people tend to think of adventure as only travel.  A great place to start would be with this list of 10 Trips you NEED to take in your Fifties.

But the real meaning of the word adventure is 1. an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity or 2. engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.

I may ignore “hazardous” in the meaning and instead focus on “unusual” and “exciting” experiences and activities.  Come along with me as I start exploring unknown territory…

To live is the rarest thing in the world!  Most people just exist.

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