Man-ificent Monday: Brian J. White

This week's cutie pie is none other than Brian J. White, son of former Boston Celtics player, JoJo White. Mr. White has been an NFL player (New England Patriots), model, and now an actor. You can see him in movies like Mr. 3000, Trois: The Escort, Stomp the Yard, Daddy's Little Girls, The Game Plan, I Can Do Bad All By Myself (He did so well in "Bad" that I did NOT like his character, lol), and next year's, Politics of Love. He's also on TNT's Men of a Certain Age. Brian White is not only a model/actor, he's also a philanthropist, participating in several events and organizations to benefit children (gotta love a man who helps kids). Unfortunately, ladies, Brian White is no longer on the market. He got married in August. Blessings to Mr. and Mrs. White!

Word(s) to describe: Que guapo! HOT! Gorgeous!


Tickle-Me Tuesday

Cute comic from Writer Unboxed.


Inspirational Sunday

"Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you. Keep your mind clear..."
1 Peter 5:7-8a

Rae's Thought: Each week, the TV show, Hoarders, showcases a person/family who has a serious case of hoarding. The definition of hoarding is to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc, in a hidden or carefully guarded place. These people keep massive amounts of things, sometimes in hopes of using it again or because of sentimental value. Over time, they've collected so much stuff that their living conditions become unlivable. Despite the horror of their living conditions, some of these people have an extremely hard time getting rid of their "junk".

Just like the people showcased on the show, the children of God sometimes have a terrible habit of unnecessarily hoarding "junk". We hoard things like worries, hurts, pains, past events, and anxieties. We keep them in a carefully guarded place in our minds and hearts, either for sentimental reasons (we don't want to forget what's happened), future use (we like to dredge up old stuff), or comfort (sometimes, it's easier to hold on to things because it's familiar).

Hoarding all of these non-necessities can and will make our life conditions unlivable. Our focus is pulled away from God and put on our stash. We find it hard to concentrate. We get bogged down, depressed, weary, etc. As if that weren't enough, we have an enemy who's roaming the earth in search of some unsuspecting hoarder he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). This is why it's so important for us to keep our minds free and clear of these things. As soon as Satan finds a way, he wiggles his way in our hearts and minds, making it hard for us go through life.

Today's verse tells us to give it all to God. Everything. Your cares, anxieties...even the good stuff. Give it to the One who can handle any and everything. Once you've given it all to Him, let Him take care of it. Don't try taking it back. When you've given it up, God will replace it with extraordinary things. I'm talking about peace, joy, true happiness. Allow his Holy Spirit to fill you up and remove your anxieties. Then, and only then, can we live the life of freedom and abundance God has purposed for us to live. Once you're filled with his Spirit, it's like you hanging a "no vacancy" sign in your heart and mind. Satan sees that sign and begrudgingly moves on. He knows that where the Holy Trinity (God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit) reigns, he can't be. He has no other choice but to leave you alone. Isn't that awesome?

Let God come and clear your "junk" now and watch Him do marvelous things in your life!


ARC Review: The Oracle Rebounds

Author: Allsion Van Diepen
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2010
* I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As the "oracle of dating," Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. She's supposed to have the perfect relationship. But now that Jared is "taking a step back," Kayla feels like a total fraud.

So the expert on dating starts taking her own rebound advice—and some from her friends—and stops moping around. Yeah, there are other possibilities out there—including the beyond-cute French foreign exchange student she's showing around town.

But when controversy erupts about the Oracle's advice, Kayla is sent reeling once again. Will anything work out for her this year? Yet when her friends start seriously needing the Oracle, Kayla begins to focus on what really matters: Viv, Sharese, Amy and Ryan, her true-blue buds. And suddenly, everything starts making sense again
….[Book Blurb from Barnes and Noble]

Review: Okay. First of all, let me say I haven't read The Oracle of Dating, the first book in the series. I know, shameful, right? In my defense, I thought I'd downloaded book #1 for some reason. Simple mistake on my part. Luckily, you didn't have to have read The Oracle of Dating in order to read and understand The Oracle Rebounds - although I do recommend reading in order.

Anyway, in The Oracle Rebounds, Kayla, who anonomously runs an online dating advise blog, is handed some pretty harsh news: her boyfriend, Jared wants to take a step back from their relationship to focus on his art and applying to art school. Devestated, Kayla breaks it off completely. She decides to use her own rebound advise in the wake of her breakup. I like how Kayla was heartbroken, but she didn't stay down or fall apart. Throughout the book, she makes decisions - some good; some not so good - that helps her grow in the end.

While I like that she didn't stay down forever, I felt maybe there could've been a little more time between her breakup and her other relationship with sexy French exchange student, Benoit. But then, I guess that's what a rebound relationship is all about.

The Oracle rebounds is the right book if you're looking for a sweet, fun read!

Rating: 3.5/5


Tickle Me Tuesday

An email sent to me...

A cabbie picks up a Nun.

She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won't stop staring at her.

She asks him why he is staring.

He replies: "I have a question to ask you but I don't want to offend you."

She answers, "My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive."

"Well, I've always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me."

She responds, "Well, let's see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2, you must be Catholic."

The cab driver is very excited and says, "Yes, I'm single and Catholic!"

"OK" the nun says. "Pull into the next alley."

The nun fulfills his fantasy, with a kiss that would make a hooker blush.

But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.

"My dear child," says the nun, "why are you crying?"

"Forgive me but I've sinned. I lied and I must confess, I'm married and I'm Jewish."

The nun says, "That's OK. My name is Kevin and I'm going to a Halloween party.