Friday, July 31, 2015

CELLUS HAMILTON "CAT-O-RACKS" MUSIC VIDEO (@CELLUSHAMILTON)


Hello Gems! I have something for you... and it's good. Cellus Hamilton recently released the visual for his single "Cat-O-Racks." The song and video is really giving me Childish Gambino vibes, which is a good thing for Christian Hip Hop. Imagination can sometimes come off tacky and not well done but shouts out to the directors and editors for this video. They really created a great piece of visual art and bodied it. The visual is matched with a great song that describes how the devil can use lusts and other indulgences to blind you and hold you down. The enemy tries to really distract you when you are focused on God and have put your old ways behind you, as also displayed in the video. Overall, good work Cellus Hamilton. Continue to create thought-provoking work.

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#FOODFORTHOUGHT: 5 RULES FOR ENJOYING YOUR LIFE

Hey Folks! As I stated in a past post, I just celebrated my 25th birthday! I am so excited about what the Lord has in store for me. Now that I am finally coming into my own, I just really want to enjoy my life. I say I am going to do so every year but I never do. I don't want anything to hold me back from just doing whatever I want to do (that is pleasing in the sight of God, of course). To truly enjoy life, I know I must renew my mind and the way I operate my daily life. Well I came up with 5 rules, or reminders, for me to stay in my "Enjoy Life" zone.


1. Be a dedicated Believer in Jesus Christ. There is no joy or true fulfillment if Christ is not the forefront. And I said dedicated believer. In order to enjoy my life, I just can't engage in fellowship with Him at Bible Study and Sunday Service, no matter how busy I get. I have to keep my personal relationship with Him tight. I have to seek Him and stay in His word daily. I have to continue to serve Him in the capacities He has instructed me to. Enjoying Life is not synonymous with lessening the "Jesus Effect" over my life (as many do this to seek enjoyment from worldly outlets). If anything, your walk with Jesus has to intensify in order to look past all the trouble in the world and in your life to value true enjoyment.

2. Don't worry about what you don't have. This one is going to be a hard one for me but I have seen many improvements in this area of my life since I gave it to the Lord. I am a recovering worrier and I worry about everything! Money (or the lack thereof) is a major trigger for me. People think I am frugal because I am good with money. I realized I was frugal because I didn't trust God to do what He told me He was going to do when I prayed to Him about why I didn't have any money years ago. This worry has seeped over into my thoughts about future relationships and plans for my life. I had to realize that life is short. It could end tomorrow while I am worrying about something that hasn't happened yet. Plus, God holds my life in His hands. I am trusting Him now to provide everything I need to make it DAILY. Yes, I have opportunities daily to worry but I choose to trust Him instead. I want to go on trips, look pretty while doing so, and experience quality living. If it is God's will for me to enjoy my life (which it is), I know He will provide if I ask and seek Him. Don't worry; trust Jesus.

3. Embrace the unknown. I just told y'all I was a worrier. So unknown things used to really bother me. I don't even like to not know what the driving directions are when I get in the car. But I now look at the unknown differently. As I grow closer to Jesus in my personal walk with Him, He divulges more and more information to me about His Word and about my future. I now look at the unknown as an opportunity to let the Lord pour into me. And I figure if the Lord hasn't told me about it yet, than that means He has it under control without my help or knowledge. It is freeing to know and realize that the Lord truly has His hand on all things, known and unknown, concerning you. Enjoy every moment and relish in the fact that this awesome moment will lead to the next even if you don't know what that may be yet.

4. Live. Laugh. Love. LIVE your life. Do new and interesting things. Make time for yourself. Explore your God given passions and skills. Live the great life Christ has in mind for you. LAUGH at everything. Don't take yourself too seriously. I was always so serious. Many times I look back and think, "What a waste of time I could've spent having fun." Be happy and provoke happiness in others with a kind spirit. LOVE everyone. Now is not the time to shut down your heart. Be smart with your heart but don't be afraid to love people. Let people in after praying to God for discernment.  Do things to show your love for the people in your life you know love you back. Christ loves you so that you can spread His love.

5. Keep His Peace. Simply put, No Fight Fight. It can be difficult at times but thank God that you have the power to control your emotions and to practice self-discipline. Only through the peace of God will you be able to enjoy this awesome life of new experiences you just asked for. Things will always happen to anger or annoy you. Peace is a practice that must be harnessed within one's own mind and spirit. Don't let those emotions steal your peace. I could be eating ice cream sundaes on a yacht with my homies Jesus, Tupac, Beyonce, and my future husband wearing Louboutin shoes I didn't pay for, and eating grapes out of my Birkin bag. But if I let the captain's hacking cough over the speaker for 5 hours make me irritable, I missed the chance to enjoy and revel in the moment. Instead, focus on making and taking your own peace wherever you go.

I hope that these rules and reminders were helpful. Please let me know if you have any other good ones. I am serious about really embracing and living life to the fullest. As Christians, we will suffer and endure trouble on this earth. However, there is another side of God that is prosperous in joy, peace, love, self-discipline, and even riches. All of those things are heavenly and he does want to share those things with you. You have to give God your whole heart first. And then you really have to trust Him even when it doesn't look like nothing heavenly is going to happen for you. Trust in your Lord. SMOOCHES XOXO

#STYLEMOMENT: FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI (@FRANCESCAMUSIC)



Hey Sugarfoots! Today's Style Moment goes to the lovely Francesca Battistelli. In her promotional photo shoot, Francesca gets ultra glam in black and white. Francesca's use of elegant silhouettes, glam face, and perfectly coiffed hair allows her true beauty to shine through. Talent and endless beauty to match. Oh, she did that!

If you are beautiful, stylish, deserve your moment to shine, and you would like for Miss Elisa K, The Blog to feature your graceful style, please email me at info@misselisak.com. Subject: Style Moment. Coiffed. SMOOCHES XOXO

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SEAN C. JOHNSON "NO FLEX ZONE RE-IMAGINED" MUSIC VIDEO (@SEANCJOHNSON)


Hey Muffins! I got that fire. Sean C. Johnson recently released a visual for his single, "No Flex Zone Re-Imagined." I really love the video which depicts Sean working as a janitor and doing odd jobs in his neighborhood. The song talks about the things we do in order to stay on the right track and survive once we give our lives to Christ and we are not automatically living the "promise." This song and video hit home because I have been thinking about this so much lately. If God calls you to ministry or shows you what you are called to do but there is no instant money or paycheck that goes along with that, what would you do? How would you handle it? Would you take a job that protects your deliverance and allows you to do what God called you to do? It's not ideal, but its real. In the lives of many Christians, living for Christ is a no flex zone.

If you would like your music or video featured on Miss Elisa K, The Blog, please email your inquiry to info@misselisak.com. Subject: Music Feature. They Know Better. SMOOCHES XOXO

#FOODFORTHOUGHT: 25 DOWN, AN ETERNITY TO GO

"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NLT)


Hey People! My birthday has come, and it came pretty fast. So much has happened in a year; 24 was a whirlwind. However, I learned so much about myself. I really grew in my relationship with Christ. I began to live out what I've been called to do and I have been doing it the way in which the Lord has instructed me to. I really had to trust God this year. I really had to lean on God. I had to grow a tougher skin. I had to get used to being alone yet content with the season. In the past, I have always been alone. I've had more seasons being alone than I've had with lots of people in my life. But in those seasons, I was always depressed, sad, lonely, and angry with God. At this point in my life, I have matured and I realized that if God put me in a season it is for a reason and for my best interest. Am I comfortable? Nah. But I now want to be wherever the Lord wants me to be. I have real joy. I find myself smiling for no reason; I'm still working on smiling more often but baby steps :) I am grateful. I am more open-minded and less judgmental. I am forgiving others, forgiving myself, giving situations to God, and really letting go. I like how I look and I love myself. I still have to work on my people pleasing and worrying about what people think of me and my decisions. But even that has improved because I know in my heart I am seeking God and letting Him lead every action. So instead of feeling criticized, I just remind myself that these aren't Elisa decisions, these are God decisions. I understand that my steps are ordered by Him. Clearly, I couldn't have orchestrated anything that has happened in my life. So if people don't understand it, don't like it, or think I should take it a different route, they are now questioning God's will and not my plans. This year I realized, I have no plan. I wish I really did. I have a plan but I don't know what God is going to do. Not having a tangible plan in business confuses people so I know I have to put something on paper lol. However, this is God's baby that He allowed me to birth. So whatever He tells me to change, I am going to yield. Finally, literally a few days ago, I erased the numbers. You know, the numbers of the guys who you hope will miraculously think you are the one one day because they would be perfect for you. You communicate periodically to make sure you stay in their wavelength. I realized that I'm not fully trusting God with my love life by doing this. Plus, those men don't want me if they know me and still aren't pursuing me. It was hard but I really don't want my heart filled with mess. 24 was the year of development. The Lord really cleaned out my heart and yo it wasn't pretty. But it had to be done! And I am glad I just let the Lord take the reigns and I let go. I just got tired of the same cycles and generational curses. These things can't go where the Lord is going to take me in 25.

25. I am humbled. So many exciting and big things are happening! I am happy and grateful because the Lord is confirming what He told me and He is beginning to show me new things. For a minute, I wanted to be excited but I felt a cloud over everything. Every birthday past, I would get really depressed and lonely. I now realize that many of my friendships when I was younger were situational. So it was difficult to have huge birthday parties with tons of your school friends in the heart of summer. But the inferiority and loneliness of those summer birthdays, led into my young adulthood. I just didn't like my birthday. I wanted to celebrate but I never saw the point in doing so alone. Back to the present, there are always stressful issues that come along with the good things in your life. I almost thought that those stressful things were the clouds. But those were just tests. "The cloud" was the spirit of depression that came on schedule to lay on me as it does every year. The tests I went through recently were tests I failed in the past. As a result, those situations would cause the spirit of depression to fall on me. But not this time! I passed the tests. And depression will not lay on me and hover my birthday. Everything isn't perfect, but I thank God for life. When I want to think about all the bad things, I say this word: TEMPORARY. This life is so short. God sent me and YOU here to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ. More than I want money, a house, friends, and a man, I want to praise the Lord in eternity forever! So that means here on earth, I can't be distracted. I have to focus on Christ. I can't even focus too much on what the people in my life are doing. I can love them, minister to them, and support them as the Lord leads me. However, when I get to heaven and its just me and God, I have to answer for all of my actions. I have to do me. And doing me means following Jesus.

So 25 is turn up time. I am about to turn up my faith and turn up my prayer life. I am really going to continue to love Elisa, learn how to better myself, and take care of myself. I am going to enjoy my life as my workload has already been turned up. I have to live life, enjoy it, and not complain about not doing so. I have so much expectancy for 25. I just really want God's will to be done in my life. The difference from this year in comparison to every other year, my eyes are set on Christ and eternity. My eyes aren't focused on "what can I do to get where I want to be?" My mindset this year is "Lord, what do You want me to do to get where You want me to be?" So 25 years of life down, and now an eternity to go. SMOOCHES XOXO