This is My Christian Story

Exodus 3:14

I Am Who I Am


Just a few years ago it seemed liked my life was deeper than hell itself.  My kids disowned me, my husband left me, and I had become a one hit wonder in less than ten years leaving my parent's house.  My problem wasn’t addiction it was fame.  When I was little my daddy always told me I had the voice of an angel, but mama said  I needed more than good looks and a sweet voice to get me out of those woods.  I should have listen to mama, but I was a daddy’s girl and I trusted what he said.  I mean I was the fore front of our church choir, and winning the school’s talent shows was always a piece of cake, and so I thought surely mama was wrong.

By the age of 17 I made it big and I don’t mean just making it out of those woods big, but I had made it to Hollywood. Where I’m from, people thought if you made it to Hollywood, than you can make it anywhere.   And all that hard work had finally paid off, because I received my first big check, and was living the life. 

Life was good and nobody could tell me nothing, my head was filled with too many things the world offered me and not much of anything else. 

Well, by the age of 26 I had a husband, two kids, and I was left for broke.  

photo credit: brian zahnd
During the last five years  of my life, I felt like death was literally knocking at my door.  When I meet my husband, he was an honest man who knew how to take care of his family, but over the years I had called this man every name, but a child of God that I had literally ran him away.  He stuck by my side most of time though, during those years, but I know he was miserable...I know I was. By the time I reached 30, I guess he had taken all that he could take and so had my children.
When my husband left me it did something to me.  I knew I had not been the best mother and wife.  That fame took over my life and I was living in the world.  I had lost all the values I learned growing up in my parent’s house.
The day my husband left me, it’s like a light came on in my heart and I began to hear my mama's voice over and over again saying “I needed more than good looks and singing to get me out of the woods.”  I know now exactly what she  was talking about.  

Well, as I was going to bible study one night I heard a soft voice telling me “it’s okay and I am who I am.”  I immediately began to shout and praise God like I saw my aunt’s and grandmother do back when I was a little girl.  As I continue to praise and shout more, that soft voice said “ the spirit of the Lord is upon you and you are heal, because of your belief and most importantly your faith.  I felt like God was telling me  he heard me, when I really thought he wasn’t listening after the divorce from  my husband, and the abandonment from my kids.  But he said it was at those times child when I was with you the most, because I  wrapped you up and held you close. 
I lived in the world once upon a time in my life.  What the world offered me was short lived, but what God offers is always there.  It took so much time to rebuild what I destroyed for my kids, but time help heal the open wounds.   

I’m still living my life, but I’m living for what God can offer, not the world.

Bible Story: Mark 4:37-41 Jesus is in the Boat

Bible Story: Mark 4:37-41
"Jesus is in the Boat"
Jesus was on the boat with his disciples during a very bad storm.  The disciples became so worried and afraid that they woke Jesus and said, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"  Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the wave, "Quiet and be still!"  The wind immediately died down and it was completely calm.  He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?"  The disciples were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" 

Have you ever been in the same situation too many times to count?  You said to yourself if God moved that mountain he can surely move this one, but for some reason God seems to be moving a little bit slower this time around.  God hears and sees all.  Don't wake him, because he is right there in the boat with you.  This is simply stating no matter what it is, God is right there with you. 

Curious about Tamela Mann's Weight Loss
photo credit: Tawni Haynes
So are we!

In an interview with Essence Magazine August of 2012, Mrs. Mann explained why she decided to lose weight.  Read her interview from essence as she discusses her album "Best Days," her movie role in the movie "Sparkle," and her recent weight loss. You're having some good days alright. What inspired Best Days?
TAMELA MANN: What inspired me first was time. I was kinda behind on getting a project out. The lyrics of the song “Best Days” is what made me want to encourage God’s people that our best days are ahead of us and to hold on. Change is coming. We have to trust and believe that our God is still in control, regardless to what’s going on in the world. The album has some pop elements.
MANN: It’s the music of pop, but how I deliver it is still me. You don’t have to worry about me going too far out of the box. It’s just a different sound. How did you land the part in Sparkle?
MANN: I actually got a phone call for the part. I was shocked, but happy at the same time. I made myself look a little older on my audition tape, like I was from the 1950s, and David sent it in. I was so happy when I got it. What was it like working with Whitney?
MANN: It was a wonderful experience. I had such a good time. We talked about the Lord; we talked about family and about singing. She actually got to hear the first two songs that I recorded, “All To Thee” and “I’ll Hold On.” She was like, ‘I can’t wait to hear the rest of it. You’re gonna get ’em with this, baby.’ I was very hurt when I got the call about her passing. Did you spend any time with her off the set?
MANN: Every scene I had in the movie was with her. I don’t have a very big part, but it was a great part.  We’d sit and have lunch while we were filming, but I wasn’t trying to be pushy like that. I took pictures with her the last night. People who knew her talk about how sincere she was. Did you get to know her a little bit better personally?
MANN: She was very sincere. We were jumping to the music of Fred Hammond and John P. Kee every morning at like five, six o’clock. That was her wake up. You’ve slimmed down lately. What’s the secret to your new body?
MANN: I’m trying to keep this weight off. I’m working out. I have a trainer. I’m trying to eat right, not a whole lot of desserts. No sodas. Every now and then I’ll take a swig of somebody’s.

David Mann Diagnosis With Diabetes
We recently learned David Mann, Tamela's husband has been diagnosed with diabetes.  Not sure the exact date, but Joy 105 reports it was a shock to the couple and they have had to make some lifestyle changes.  David says,
We both lean on each other a lot.  When I am weak Tamela is strong and when she is weak I am strong.
Here's a video from David and Tamela Man's Social Cam page, as David shares his lovely nurse stance...Y'all pray for him!

Tamela Mann Represents For The Plus Size Girls
Tamela Mann in Tawni Haynes Apparel

I am really curious about Miss Mann's fashion.  She is really bringing it and representing for plus size girls and women all over the world.  She is even rocking a different hairstyle to show her pretty dimples.  I recently found a fashion designer in Cedar Hill, Texas who has designed a couple of outfits for Miss Mann.  Her name is Tawni Haynes and she is a bad to the bone seamstress.  

You'll be surprised, I was browsing through her Facebook page and her garments are beautiful for church going people.  You know how they always putting us church folks in a box about what we can wear....
I have listed a couple of pictures below I found online and on Facebook of Miss Mann's in Tawni Haynes fashion.  Let me know what you think.
photo credit: Tawni Haynes
Photo Credit: Tawni Haynes

Follow on FB @ Tawni Haynes
Here are a couple of other designs by Tawni Haynes

Fantasia Barrino in Tawni Haynes Custom Apparel

Tawni Haynes Custom Apparel
Tawni Haynes Custom Apparel
I just love this.  Great Winter look! Tawni Haynes Custom Apparel
First Lady look: Tawni Haynes Custom Apparel

Love, Love: Tawni Haynes Custom Apparel


Read More on Tamela Mann and David Mann's weight loss journey from EEW Online Magazine
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