Category: Op-Ed

Shoes for church

As what our elders say, we have to be at our best whenever we go to Church. This means that going to Church for the right reasons with the right motivation, may it be to pray for something or simply to reflect. Also, along with our best behavior.

However, what many of us tend to forget especially nowadays is looking decent and presentable in visiting the Church. We tend to mix up our cocktail dress with the Sunday dress.

Now let us guide you from head to toe in becoming a better member of the Church.

Avoid wearing too flashy, sparkly or colored outfits. Tone down and be dainty. The purpose is to visit the Church and pray not draw attention.

Second are your accessories. Keep it simple! In the Church, less is more. The more you show off, the more people would doubt your sincerity.

The most missed out detail is the choice of footwear. High heels look very fascinating and sexy on women. High heels make you look tall, make your legs look longer and at the same time show them off! However, in a place like the Church one must be careful in selecting the right high heels, you can visit TwoComfyShoes and read their reviews on comfortable heels for women. Let us help you with that!

Kitten Heel

The safest among the high heels collection that is suitable for Church. Kitten heel can fit both moms and young adults. It has this edgy but subtle look and feel.

Kitten Heel Peep-Toe D’Orsay

This type of high heels fits moms and let’s not forget, the grandmas as well! Most of them are only half to one inch high so there’s no worrying how to walk on them! You will look funky but calm! No worries about assisting your mom or grandma, this footwear is suitable for all ages. What a good way to feel on Sunday for worship and family!

Pumps

Almond-Toe and Pointed-Toe pumps are so trendy that you can wear them from school to work to parties and to Church. The only difference these two have is the shape of the front part of the shoe. The Almond-Toe high heel has slightly rounded tip. The Pointed-Toe on the other hand is fully pointed. If you still want to retain and give clues about your fierce personality, then the Pointed-Toe is your mate. Whichever among the two you like most, just do not wear more than 3-inches high heels! Wearing pumps will earn you professional points from your peers of the Church but wearing more than 3-inches will earn you glances and stares.

Wedges

Wedges are perfect for summer! The season wherein you just want your feet to breathe and see the whole world! This type of high heels can never go wrong. If you’re wearing a dress, the wide width wedge sandals will make the whole outfit more semi-formal. On the other hand, if you’re wearing jeans then the wedge sandals will make you look more laid back and casual. Check out this article on wide width wedge sandals to help you with your buying decision.

Do not wear Platform high heels to Church. We get it, you want …

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HMRWJD
The Shirt In Question

I’ve been using the same personal trainer for several years now. Having a trainer has made all the difference in achieving my fitness goals. Up until last week I can say we had an incredible relationship. Thrive Fitness always pushed me hard, even on days when I didn’t feel like working out. So what happened?

He showed up at the gym wearing a shirt that had “HMRWJD” and underneath it, it said “one more than satan”. If you didn’t catch what HMRWJD is – it stands for “How Many Reps Would Jesus Do” mocking the old staple “What Would Jesus Do?” I’m not a particularly serious person but as a pasture I take my faith incredibly seriously. And I know he wasn’t meaning to be offensive and he probably didn’t even think of it when he put that shirt on that day. And while I’m not one to hold grudges or bemoan folks for their attire I think it’s fair to say it was a little unprofessional. After all, he was showing up  to his place of work where he trained clients.

Upon returning home I took a few minutes to google these shirts to see what else was out there. It turns out there is a slew of them and every single one of them is more then a little classless. It’s akin to me wearing a shirt that promotes jesus, over say another religion. I know many religious folks who do, do this but in my mind that too isn’t correct. Folks can feel the lord within them, they don’t need a t-shirt to remind them that he exists. A little tacky I would say.

As I mentioned, I no longer train with that gym. I’m not going to hold a grudge, but I’m also not going to work out at a place that marginalizes my spiritual beliefs (and my job). So for anyone thinking about buying any shirt that could be thought of as offensive – be careful. You don’t know who you’re going to insult and the actions they might take with it. In my case it was my wallet closed up shop.

I’m a firm believer in the right to believe in whatever faith you want (if any at all) but please don’t take that as a signal that you should wear shirts which make fun of a religion.

What’re your thoughts? Do you think I took it too far?…

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getting pregnantIn an effort to continually maintain a care and discipline toward the creation of our bodies and the planning of our families, it is vital to have an understanding of the way that women’s bodies work and the cycles which affect pregnancy. Planning a family can be challenging in a variety of ways, whether we are not able to get pregnant when we want to or if there is an unexpected pregnancy when we are not necessarily planning to. Of course, children are ultimately a blessing from God no matter when they arrive, but giving some time and attention to planning our families naturally can often help us feel a little more at peace and avoid some chaos.

Understanding Ovulation

While most ovulation kits are made to predict fertility in order to allow the woman to conceive, there are also conveniences to predicting ovulation that may be effective in allowing families to avoid getting pregnant if it isn’t the right time. Tracking a woman’s ovulation and being aware of her fertility may be approached in a several ways which, all combined, may help a couple to avoid pregnancy. Using ovulation predictor kits or tests may allow a woman to have a better handle on her cycle of fertility and be able to plan for the future in a more educated manner.

Ovulation Predictor Kits

OPKs (Ovulation Predictor Kits) typically use a urine sample to determine at what point in the month she is most likely to get pregnant. A surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) indicates that egg is ready to be released from the ovary and travel down the fallopian tubes toward the uterus with the potential to be fertilized. Because most women ovulate 14 days prior to the arrival of their periods, a woman needs to track her cycle on a calendar to understand when she is most likely to ovulate and begin testing a few days before that time. Certain fertility kits come with an electronic tracker to tailor the testing days for the individual woman’s cycle in order to provide the best possible information.

Several companies make ovulation predictor kits which are used for family planning, including Clearblue Easy Fertility Starter Kit, First Response, Wondfo, Clinical Guard, Answer, and other options.

While most of them use the woman’s hormones in a urine sample to predict fertile times, other tests may use a woman’s saliva or sweat with similar results of predicting ovulation. Knowing when to use an ovulation kit is the key.…

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Jesus Christ NRA Member 000001As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are taught to live a fulfilling life of peace, happiness and love. We are taught to love thy neighbour and to appreciate them as if they are a part of our family. Unfortunately, everyone isn’t always on the same page in relation to living a life of fulfillment. There are people who make it their goal to steal from others or physically hurt others to gain for themselves. As an American and as a Christian, we have the right to protect ourselves with any means necessary which includes defending our homes and our families by any means necessary. That is why I have an arsenal of firearms in my home in the case an intruder tries to break into my home and hurt my family.

It is important to have weapons in your home to protect yourself and it is also important to know how to use them in the case an unexpected emergency takes place. I take my family every month to a gun range so that everyone in my family is trained on the safety and functionality of the weapons in the house.

I also ensure that all of the weapons are in working order and have the appropriate accessories to help in certain situation. In my bedside drawer I have my favorite hand gun with a lightweight mounted flashlight so that I can see my target even if there is no power in the house. I find these accessories to be extremely important and I make sure I have the absolute best in terms of quality.

I had a situation one winters eve where an intruder entered the house. We live in a very safe Christian neighborhood so I was surprised by the events all together but let me tell you I was sure glad I had my weapons.

The intruder broke in through the kitchen window at the back of the house while my wife and I were in the living room. It was a petty thief looking for jewelry and cash but let me tell you, he didn’t get his hands on it that’s for sure. I came running into the back kitchen as he entered the house and you should have seen the way his eyes lit up when he saw my shotgun staring him in the face. He quickly hit the deck with his hands over his head. The cops were there in minutes and took him off to the slammer.

I would hate to know how the above story would unfold in the case I didn’t have any of my tactical gear. I am looking at purchasing some night vision gear for those dark nights when I want even more protection. Nobody will be hurting my family!…

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