God & the City…My Birthday!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Galatians 5:22

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Celebrate and have a good time, Amen!

Yes it’s my birthday! Thank you Jesus for another year, for my beautiful amazing Son, Husband and Family! I’m just so incredibly thankful and incredibly amazed at the Goodness of GOD.

It snowed last night which brought forth an amazing Snow day! The hubby and I get to snuggle in today :). Well it being my birthday and the fact of it Snowing, it reminds me of this same day just a few years ago when I was going through a difficult time, I was going through a break up (from my current hubby and our story is a testimony of God’s grace and when something is meant to be) One thing that had always touched my heart is my lovely mom telling me as it was snowing, “the angels are blessing you on your birthday.” So I receive it today also! HALLELUJAH!

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Last month, a couple of days before Christmas, my family lost a loved one. My beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Grandma, Fidelina Cabral. I really didn’t know how to write about her passing, I really didn’t know how to even publicize it just because, to me, it was so personal. I loved my Grandma more than anyone can know. I loved her so much, growing up I actually lived with her in the Dominican Republic, I also went to school there, I believe it was 1st grade, but only for a bit. And even though it was only a time, it was wonderful slice of time, it was my perfect time with her that I will never forget, it was simply heavenly.

I remember her allowing me to have a pet, a pet chicken, which I got by way of motorcycle, yes I was adventurous even as a youngster. (They later told me that they made a Sancocho, which is a Dominican version of Chicken soup) I also remember just enjoying my bedtimes with my grandma who taught me how to love myself. She told me, every time I kissed my self I was kissing my heart ♥. It ended up with me kissing my entire left arm for the longest time because it was the one closet to my heart, I was young & free!

I just wanted to be around her. I loved everything about her, the way I would hug her and how she was perfect for hugging. I remember telling my young and naive self that I want to be pleasantly plumped, just like her, when I get old (when you’re young old is like 30) because those are the best hugs. She always looked good and smelled nice. She had a character and a gentleness, that all I wanted to do was know more about her.

Funny, because my father tells me that I favor her in my talents, that she was good at interior design, putting things together and making them beautiful. I know that God at times passes on gifts from our family members.

Today on my birthday I just want to honor my Grandma, a woman who I loved and admired. I love you Abuela. Te amo.

In truth she also inspired me and God really did encourage me as well….In my shop you can see that I have a few pieces of knit ware. I never truly got to learn from her I only had one lesson when I was 15, but it never stopped me to pursue it because for me it’s a piece of her I get to express. I almost gave up in learning one day, it’s not easy getting your instructions from a book, but by the grace of God I can knit!

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I’ve learned that we all go through ups and downs, & unfortunately we even confront the darkening abyss of (eerie music plays) death. We all have experienced death in one form or another, whether it is a loss of a friend, or a loved one perhaps a pet or a plant. A grim truth is that one day we all will die.

My grandmother for one, has a rich past and her story is just incredible. I feel as though we all get the choice on how we choose to live this gift called life. We sometimes take things for granted or sometimes to seriously or to harshly. There are somethings that we just have to let go and learn how to bounce back from, things that may break us.

One thing that I love and hold on to that although there is a grim truth, there is also a magnificent truth that just covers you with grace, peace and love and that is JESUS.

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The only reason why I’m here, the only reason I am alive and I’m able to do what I do is because of Jesus. I can not do anything without Him and I’m so thankful that you are never alone when you have GOD by your side.

GOD’s word is completely true, there is so much wisdom and power embedded in every scripture, it brings you peace, strength and a knowledge of who you are and who loves you. Jesus.

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Coming into this New Year, working on my new website, my new collection and gallery show I have a decision. I can choose my perspective on how I should see this time in my life. I can either allow the impossiblness of it all to over whelm me, or I can rise up with Christ. Don’t get me wrong, I have felt a few times that maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew. Not only am I building the new website, which I feel it in my spirit, by the grace of God, that its going to project me to the next level, which I’m totally excited about; it will be my blog & shop integrated in one domain name which is so AWESOME! (www.lindamendible.com It’s under construction so please me patient) Then I have a Gallery/Bag Show which I am currently preparing for and will be presented in March with a reception, awesome I know. ♥

Let me tell you though, building the bags for my new collection is not as easy as I thought it would be post baby, if you feel me. And I don’t regret not one minute of this struggle, not for a second, to be perfectly honest I know my baby boy is a gift right from GOD and God’s timing is genuinely and incredibly Perfect! My son is such a blessing and I feel as though he just makes me that much more better! Thank you LORD for this time in my life!! Hallelujah! Thank you for it all! ♥

I’m currently just relying on GOD, asking GOD to multiply my hours, to give me the wisdom, discernment, understanding and all the fruits of the spirit to me and my family, because I want to use everything I have for GOD and I want to do it how HE wants me to do it, because that is the vision.

Many times I feel misunderstood, like people just don’t get what I’m doing and yea it can hurt and sometimes I lose but I’m always a winner when I’m in Christ and one thing that He’s told me from the beginning deep deep down in my spirit and just in a beautiful way that I will not ever forget or so help me JESUS, is that no matter what, He’s got my back.

On this Glorious day 🙂 I want you to know, that no matter what difficulty you are going through, no matter what others are or not saying when you have Christ in your heart, honey He gives you everything! HE’s got your back no matter what! Be encouraged to know that what ever you do for the Lord does not go in vain.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36

Inspirational video of the day: The Chinese bamboo

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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God & the City… Rainy Days.

 He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45

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Hellllllo and Good day! Phew! So much has transpired since the last time we’ve interacted 🙂 I just gotta take a praise brake!

HALLELUJAH!

Rainy Days? Well today where we’re  at, it’s a snowy day. It snowed last night! Isn’t that awesome! Thankful that North Carolina does not snow like Upstate New York! I praise you Jesus!

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As you  may have read in my previous post I’m going through a Re-brand of Natural True Beauty, and it’s not without pain.

There are moments we can feel that we are doing everything we believe that is required by God to live a blessed life. We may even look at the other side of the fence and ask God, “Lord those people live in sin, why is their grass green and mine hasn’t even started to bud!” hehe or something in that form. Or “God, they don’t even go to church and you gave them everything I asked for!” Or “Why…Lord haven’t I received my blessings!!” (and you shake your fist, or not)

We all get the benefits of basking in the sun and going through the storms of life. We all live and go through life! Yes we can rely and hold on to the promises of GOD, but we can’t sit on our high horse and judge the grass on the other side. When we don’t know what they have sown, where they are in their lives or what they do behind the closet. (maybe pray?)

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:7-9

One thing I’ve learned the hard way,

You can’t look at whats going on, on the other side of the fence.

You have to tend to your own garden, guided by the grace of GOD! If not your grass will not be green let alone bud.

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Mathew 7:25

No matter what anyone is doing or not doing, remember when you wait and trust in GOD you are building your House on the ROCK!

I loved this verse:

“Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? Job 38:2-5

We can’t begin to understand GOD, nor His plans for us but we certainly can rest and be assured that HE loves us so much that He’s written it down for us, He’s sent His son to die for us and He’s suffered for US.

So stop looking at the other’s house, because you never know when a rainy day will come.

Question GOD? What if God questions you?

Be Blessed. ♥

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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God & the City… ReBranding!? Wha!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

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First and foremost I just gotta Praise HIM!!!!

HALLELUJAH!

Thank you JESUS!!

YUP. Yes. Certainly. Why Not?

Is what I am saying to re-branding my current company,  Natural True Beauty where I specialize in doing custom handbags for the discerning customer.

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I feel as though God test’s us. In many ways I feel as though Natural True Beauty LLC was God’s test to me.

Ever since I had decided on what name I would re-brand Natural True Beauty as everything, and I mean everything just made sense and clicked into place. Not only is it going to be a smooth transition, but I truly feel down in my Spirit that this is it.

I found…me.

If that makes any sense. Which it will once I reveal the name.
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Yes, it’s truly me, haha. I’ve noticed that I have changed sooo much. From a single girl, to a happily married mom.

In these last few weeks I have been really calling out to God asking Him what and who does He want me to be. For so long I have been trying to hold on to this image of who I thought I was.

But once Emanuel, my son, came into my life I totally and completely have changed.

I’m not going to bore you with some sob story of how I decided.

But to be perfectly Honest I have been asking GOD for some time about Natural True Beauty and if I should just give up, I’ve been praying and calling out to Him because quite frankly, I began feeling very uninspired. I couldn’t see.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve been thinking about using my Name for quite some time now. It wasn’t until recently for the first time when looking down at my son I began thinking, ‘he’s just him. He doesn’t really care about what you think of him, he doesn’t really care about what other babies are doing or wearing. He doesn’t care that mami & daddy are very tired and he just wants to stay up, no no no, nor how loud he is (he’s very talkative by the way. He likes to voice his opinions). He just does him.‘ It hit me, I have to throw away the old mentality and embrace what God is trying to show me through where I’m currently at and where I’m going.

Once I totally committed to the re-brand,  everything just clicked. I was given a new passion a new vision and most definitely something I thrive on, the creativity that always lets me know that GOD is with me.

I’M BLESSED!!!

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I can’t help but be immeasurably thankful! It’s like I hit a wall and I broke through it.

Lately I have been asking my self, who am I, when in truth I should be asking GOD, and once I just waited on the LORD, and moved with his promptings GOD has opened New Doors and a New Year! That I can finally say, YES!

Yes to my blessings, yes to my dreams and yes to my family.

Being a woman is hard work, imagine being a woman on top of being a wife and add being a mom, oh yea and times that by hand-making bags and running my own online business. Time is precious, it’s priceless and it slips by so quickly.

So to save on time I had to throw away my old mentality, that I had to confront because let’s face it, the truth sets us free.

The Old mentality that I thought I could separate the Natural True Beauty from Linda Mendible, keeping up with all accounts etc. trying to “keep up with the Jones” trying hard to be “professh”. It’s just so easy and simple to have my Twitter, pinterest, instagram, etc all under my name. And I just don’t want to project one image and then a whole other image keeping it all the same but different? It just didn’t make sense anymore and I decided that I’m going to do me.

I had to throw away the old Linda and become Linda Mendible. Meaning I had to be true to me at all times. Time is very important to me, stressing about what I’m pining, what I’m posting and what I’m “marketing” logging out from one account to login to another, is to much time wasted. This way I can definitely just be Linda Mendible, I can just be me, and who ever doesn’t like it can bite me, j/k can suck a lemon pop. ha ha.  All jokes aside I finally got my peace, love and everything I need in Christ.

Honey, once I did this I was overcome with peace and empowered! To God be the Glory!!

It’s not easy going through the different seasons that life seems to take us through, but when we confront ourselves asking for the guidance of God, we begin to come out of our cocoons. Natural True Beauty for me was just a shell, a cocoon of what Linda Mendible is going to come out of and soar.

I believe it & I receive it, in Jesus name!

I was so afraid, so so afraid of the judgement of others and what others may think of me and what I’m doing that I fell into a wilderness that I was not at peace and my creativity was stifled. Now, with the guidance of Jesus I saw my fear. And I saw my son, how fearless he was, how unashamed he was to express himself not caring what ‘society’ deems appropriate or cute or even baby like. Haha. So yea I’m letting it all Go because I saw how it was weighing me down.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

In truth I’m going to do me. What ever happens happens, but I will make sure to stay in Gods peace and grace because it’s the only way I want to live. Its the only way I can live.

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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Top 5 Fab Fabrics of the week! Grace.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10

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It’s a new year and a new day. I would like to start this year with my first blog post! Yay!
These are my Top Fab Fabrics, they are not just any fabrics but these amazing fabrics are truly unique and mean so much to me.

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I think it’s amazing how God guides and leads our steps and the steps of those around us.

Grace…

I not only found favor with a kindred spirit but I also saw kindness and the grace of God to be working around me. When God is in it, there is no limit.

I’m thankful and blessed to have these at times quiet and peaceful days, of exercising my creativity and shining some light to God’s Word, to be moments of reflection and beauty. Although I’m in uncharted territory with this vision that God has instilled in me, I find myself loving each and every precious moment and appreciating each person and each gift.

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Take it one day at a time, is what I tell myself and what I’m reaching out to also tell you.

These fabrics are not only beautiful, unique, individual but the thread that aligns these pieces together is from my current client who has been so extremely patient and graceful. I can’t imagine continuing on this year without the people who encourage me, and up lift me.

Thank you so much for donating these and a whole lot other fabrics to Natural True Beauty, Shenine. You can find Shenine blogging over at: http://timelesstreasures4ever.wordpress.com/

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And can check out her amazing site: http://www.treasures4ever.com/

Shenine, with her precious personality and uplifting spirit has shown me the depths of God’s heart and love in such kind gestures that it is just incredible. I have to give honor where honor is due.

Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. Romans 13:7

Shenine, I honor you and pray to God that He continues to bless you and anoint you with this amazing Grace that He has over you. Thank you for being a blessing in my life.

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No one says life is easy, no one says that we wont face trials or trouble. As Jesus puts it,

In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. Matthew 5:45

This year is not only a new year, but a new start a new beginning. Taking the good and letting go of the bad.

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These fabrics not only inspire me to go boldly towards this New Year, but to thank God for the Grace He alone gives us that blesses those around us. This year take note of the abundance God has for you and live each day truly, honestly and fully!

Thank you all for your support, love, prayers and Thank you Jesus for it all!

HALLELUJAH!!!

P.S. This Little guy turns 4 months today!!!!

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Until Next Time! Ciao!

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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ON VACATION! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Lord willing, See you all next year!

Blessings,

Hosanna in the Highest!!!

For His Love & Glory,
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