Juice Beauty Revisited!

I have been using Juice Beauty products – the Blemish Clearing Cleanser, Blemish Clearing Serum and the Oil-Free Moisturizer – since early January. My initial review of the product was good but questioned whether one needed to spend so much money on a brand with results comparable to other, less expensive brands. Prior to using Juice Beauty, I was (and still am) a fan of Oil of Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin and returned to this product after exhausting my bottle of Blemish Clearing Cleanser.

There was a difference within hours. A not so good difference. I

developed an outbreak of tiny bumps that extended from my chin to my left cheek. I realize that sometimes it takes a while for one’s skin to adjust to beauty routine changes. However, I never experienced an outbreak when I switched to Juice Beauty. Hmmm, that got me thinking. One, Juice Beauty make actually be the real deal, a truly organic cleansing system. As gentle as Oil of Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin is, it still shocked my skin. And two, sometimes you have to pay the price for the results you want. Not only had I noticed how clear Juice Beauty was making my complexion, but others had noticed as well.

So, looks like I’m headed to the Juice Beauty website to order another bottle of Blemish Clearing Cleanser. I still have a fair amount of the Blemish Clearing Serum and Oi Free Moisturizer. It is, for me, an expensive product, but it is well worth the money if you want clear skin.

The Trayvon Martin Tragedy: Fear – False Evidence Appearing Real?

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love and of sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Fear: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain etc. whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

The same emotion that moves us to protect our loved ones can also lead us to hurt others. It can make us look at each other with apprehension and distrust for absolutely no reason at all. It can drive a rational person to irrational acts.

We will never know what was going through the mind of George Zimmerman the night of February 26, 2012. We can imagine, we even have gut feelings, but we will never know. We will never know the personal demons that propelled him to follow a teenager, confront him, and then shoot him to death. Published reports state he is adamant that he acted in self-defense. What is not clear is from what he was defending himself, especially if he felt secure enough to begin a pursuit.

We will never know what was going through the mind of Trayvon Martin the night of February 26, 2012. We can imagine, we even have gut feelings, but we will never know. We will never know what he saw in the eyes of the man who confronted him. We don’t know if he even felt he could converse with the imposing person in front of him or if he suspected, at first, that he was in imminent danger. The recorded 911 calls, however, highlight what we do know – a shot rang out and a young life was cut short.

I will let politicians and media expound on the racial overtones of this matter. One would have to be either oblivious or in denial to not realize that racial profiling played a part in this tragedy. Instead, I am saddened by how much fear had its role. Trayvon Martin’s fear is not hard to understand; being followed, confronted and having a gun flashed before you would scare the most hardened person, let alone a child. It is the fear that George Zimmerman felt, the imagined threats that prompted him make dozens of “false alarm” calls in the months preceding the shooting, the rage that moved him to question the civil liberty of an individual he felt didn’t belong in his area, the twist in perception that turned a can of Arizona tea and a pack of Skittles into weapons that warranted the use of deadly force that saddens me. I am saddened that a man was so filled with fear that it overshadowed his rational thought processes; making him seek justice for a crime that was not being committed.

Fear and a rush to judgment have changed the lives of two families forever. If justice actually prevails, it will still feel hollow because two parents were robbed of the experience of seeing their child reach his full potential. There will be no winners because a man’s actions will forevermore be analyzed and treated with suspicion because of his fears. Let’s do away with fear and walk in the way God wants us to: in power, love and sound mind.

“The Voice”

This is not a post about the popular NBC singing competition. This is a post about the voice that guides us from time to time. The voice that tells lies we choose to believe. The voice that tells us we are not good enough, smart enough, pretty or handsome enough, thin enough, rich enough, talented enough. Even when everything points to the contrary, we fall victim to the voice and remain stunted in our growth. Not our physical growth, but our emotional and spiritual growth.

The voice is not our own, but the voice of the world. To the world, we are never enough. The world will take and take but never give. The yoke of the world is heavy and unyielding. However, Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:29-30: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

To try to live up to the world’s standards is a losing battle. So stop. Get to know who are, not what the world says you are. In Psalm 8:5, as David praises God he reminds us of man: “You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” This is how valuable we are in the sight of the Lord. The world may not offer its stamp of approval, but remember, the world did not make you. God did. And he crowned you with glory and honor! Wear it like a fine garment. Gird yourself with it like armor, so the next time the voice tells you that you are not enough – good enough to throw your hat in the ring for that promotion at work, talented enough to start your own business, smart enough to continue your education, pretty or handsome enough to be accepted, thin enough to be shine or young enough to live out your dreams – remember that is the world speaking to you. The devil is a liar and deceiver. Don’t be deceived any longer. Push his voice out of your head and hold firm to God’s word.

May God continue to bless you and keep you in his loving embrace.