***This is so important, you must read this!***
My boss, who I have known for quite a few years (along with his wife) has had some devastating news! One minute his wife was okay and today I received the news that she was in the hospital, had surgery the past week for a tumor and they don’t know what the final outcome will be. Her sister, which is a head nurse in another state, flew out and reviewed some of the paper work and said it DOESN’T LOOK GOOD! He said she’s not the same and may not have very long to live! They also have 2 children at home. They are still awaiting the final test results, so there’s still SOME HOPE! YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOUR TIME IS OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER’S TIME WILL BE! I’m sharing this with you because ONE, I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU ALL TO PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY!!! IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO! And TWO, don’t hold grudges! You never know when their time will be or your time will be! Cherish every moment you have with them because tomorrow, with them or with you, may not ever happen!!!
Okay, so I didn’t post yesterday, why? Because I was swamped with work and all other sorts of nonsense! BUT does that mean I missed the ever so butterfly, sparkly premiere of #Beautiful by Mariah Carey and Miguel? OF COURSE NOT! Okay, let me first tell you that no there weren’t butterflies and sparkles coming out of the speakers as I listened, that was just a little (friendly) sarcastic humor for those who like to (playfully) mock me for being a Mariah Carey fan!
So, on to my personal opinion/review of the song! I really don’t listen to secular music much anymore (not that I hate it, I just choose not to) but I do like some of Miguel’s songs. I like his unique vocals and creative lyrics, but on this song (since he sings first) he is quite soothing and relaxes the mood and actually makes me want to go and put on his song “Adorn”. I think he did a fine job on the song especially singing with Mariah! Mariah on the other hand (okay I’m a little biased because she’s my favorite) is very subtle with her vocal range, but uses the whistle register enough to make you want so much more. She gives you enough of her full voice to leave you on the edge of your seat, and those backing vocals are always on point! When she harmonizes with herself and uses the whistle register at the end it’s like rainbows, butterflies, and glittery notes! LOL, okay, really, it’s just simply #Beautiful!
Some may say “It’s not Mariah, not her usual style” but really, Mariah was one of the first to take it to the next level. She always changes with the times, which makes her more in demand from the hottest, newest artists, that much more diverse and, well, still the Biggest Selling Female Artist of all time!
Take a listen!
Ever been in a situation where you thought everything was fine with your friends or family and then you notice a change in their treatment toward you? What exactly do you do? You try to reach out and find out what you did wrong, so that you can RIGHT your wrongs. You are willing to apologize for what it is you have done, but are clueless about it.
In Matthew 18 verses 15-16 it states “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” So when there is a conflict, you must talk directly with that person who you have a conflict with and try to resolve it. If not, try to resolve it with witnesses so that the words spoken are being held accountable for. You cannot solve any conflict by telling every other person the problem you have and not even mentioning it to the person with whom you have conflict with. Which brings me to my next point.
How, then, are we supposed to correct our own faults if no one tells us the faults that we have and we don’t see? In Luke 6:42 it states “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye’, when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” When someone is willing to help you correct your own faults, they must also correct themselves. But there is nothing wrong with someone bringing to your attention something you could correct, especially when you are willing to change yourself (because you can’t change someone else).
Next, I am speaking on Proverbs 10:18 “Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool”. This is a major issue in the world today. Instead of coming to the person one has a problem with and trying to help them see their wrongs and faults while also correcting themselves, they spread lies and slander others. However, sometimes there is nothing you can do about a situation, but pray. I have come to the conclusion that, no matter what jealousy, anger, strife, or hatred may come against me, I have learned to love the verse in Proverbs 10:12 that says, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
Sometimes these issues are out of your hands, but there are the previous steps that I have taken to overcome it all. First, I have tried to reach out and apologize, providing a way for others to see I am willing to correct my mistakes. When that fails, I have tried to step back and view myself, see what I can change about me and what I may have done to hurt someone. Then, I have seen that me keeping these issues between me and that person (while also taking it to God and praying about it) helps me to be in a better peace, knowing I have not slandered or spread lies about the issue. Finally, I know I cannot overcome anything with conflict, anger, jealousy, strife or hatred, but I can love without any of these things on my heart.
I hope this encourages you to not be down about a conflict that may be facing you today. If a conflict is still left unresolved and you’ve done everything you can to make amends, don’t feel bad. You can live knowing this won’t be something over your head. Change yourself and your wrongs and you will be leading by example all while coming out victorious!
“Here she goes with that Mariah Carey business again!” someone says as they roll their eyes, lol! Okay, you’re going to watch the first part of this video and think “She doesn’t sound like the best singer in the world with all of those notes and sounding like she’s running out of breath” But of course, if you have ever sang or gave speeches, etc, you will know that not every day you can be on point. Just like some of us with our lives and work, we are not always on point and make mistakes. Singers, even the one and only with that big 18 number one hits, aren’t always perfect. You can see she didn’t give up and worked hard to the very end. I must say, that note at the end definitely shows that even though she may have a rough start, she can still pull through and throw that performance all in your face! So, here it is, live, Mariah Carey singing Don’t Forget About Us!
Okay, this is a live video of the same song, posted on YouTube from a fan. There is no doubt she is singing this live. And yes, she hits every note and falls to her knees singing that last note! Go Mariah!
What is a friend? A friend is “A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.” And then a best friend is defined as “the one friend who is closest to you.” So yesterday in the morning, me and my husband had a little misunderstanding. Nothing major, something that was easily corrected and always is because we talk about our feelings to one another. Now let me tell you, I really feel this man is my best friend. It’s not usually weird for a woman to say her husband is her best friend, but it’s usually frowned upon by some males when a man in turn calls his wife his best friend. No matter what the outside may feel about this, we both agree that we are each other’s best friend. I have a best friend outside of our relationship as a woman and my husband has one outside our relationship too. We both need another woman (for me) and man (for him) that we can talk to and relate to as a man or woman, but we also keep our relationship details as a minimum to the outside. We have found that this makes our alone time so much more fun, sacred, and (we’re all adults here) sexy. There is nothing better than to have a best friend, such as my husband, with whom I can tell all of my secrets to and vice versa.
I have found my TRUE best friend in my husband and I’m so very thankful for that. I want to encourage you to find your best friend and do all that you can to make the relationship right. Whether it’s your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, wife, or a girl friend or boy friend. No matter what, value your relationship. Don’t let it go to waste. We only have one life to make it right, so make sure you spend every moment loving and you are guaranteed to receive love in return. True love for a friend will never go unnoticed!
Okay, I know I’m always hitting you with the Christian songs, and I’m not going to change that at all. But I still love the way Mariah Carey sings and because she is coming out with a new single this upcoming week, I have decided to do some posts with her live songs that I love the most, from YouTube. The videos will be ALL LIVE performances all the way from 1990 until now! I also have lots of friends/readers that are also fans (or Lambs as she calls us) and this is for them as well! I will still continue my regular posts as normal so no need to feel Mariah overwhelmed lol! As always, I appreciate all of my readers for taking the time out of their busy day to read or watch my posts. So, without further ado, here is the first video that I would like to share of Mariah Carey singing “We Belong Together” on Oprah live.
Here is another song, “If It’s Over” on Oprah live. I was 7 when her first album came out and fell in love with her voice then and still love it now. Most people don’t realize how incredibly talented Mariah has ALWAYS been, but you just gotta watch this to see for yourself.