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    Posted by Manwell July 06, 2013

    So my brother is freakin blessing me right now and I'm so proud of him. Just 4 months ago he weighed 340 lbs and the doctors told him that death was around the corner if he didn't change his lifestyle. Well today he's down a 100 lbs at 240 and going strong a changed man and its amazing! I wanted to talk about this because it reminds me that we each have an area in our lives that a spiritual doctor could say, "if you don't change this way of life, death is surely coming". For some of us it may be literal death and for others its a spiritual death. I refuse to sit back and let death come to me because I'm too lazy to fight that area of my life. The bible asks us to judge ourselves harshly so that God won't have to do it himself and thats what we should do. But don't judge yourself in a negative way and beat yourself up. That does nothing for you or anyone else. Condemnation isn't of God, but conviction is. You have it in you to alter your life's course. There's nothing that the enemy has distorted in your life that has more power than you. NOTHING! Not porn, food, adultery, addiction, liars, death, disease, nothing at all can over power you if your trust is in Jesus. The fight starts in your mind. If you believe you can overcome, you will. And thats not optimism, thats faith. Believe in yourself and the purpose God has for you. His dream for your life is alive and well and our silly imperfections won't deter you from that as long as you keep running after Him. DON'T STOP! If we don't give up on Him, he'll never give up on us. I love you all so much and I believe in you.

    Sincerely,
    Manny
    @manwellreyes
    #mindofmanny

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    Posted by Manwell June 24, 2013

    Its quite upsetting sometimes when I wake up and remember that I'm human. See, as a fellow human there's something that I recognize that's going on inside of me and inside of you and that's the war for our souls. That annoying little battle of right and wrong that every single day we have to fight and more importantly win! Sometimes we get lost in the idea that sin are little acts that we commit that we're always trying to avoid so that daddy God will be happy with us. But the truth is that sin is something we're born into. Its a condition that we have like a bad disease and the "acts" of sin are just the symptoms that show on a daily basis. With that said, I don't want you to concentrate on the acts of sin trying to beat them with your will cause that will rarely work. I've learned that the only way to truly conquer this condition is to put full faith and hope into the cure. The more focus we put on the symptoms of sin the more they take up space in our thoughts and we waste our time trying to build man made walls that we hope will keep sin out. But if we put all that time and energy and focus into just concentrating on Jesus, then everything else just falls into place! Its absolutely crazy how that works! I used to do everything and anything to avoid sin and somehow or some way it would always find me simply because I was spending so much time defending the attack than diving into the won who can not only stop the attacks but win the war!!! Let your hope rest in Jesus. If you're struggling with something its good to have boundaries and limitations but please don't let your hope rest in those things! Let it rest in Jesus! Focus on Him. Think on Him. Meditate on Him. The cure for our condition. Trust Him to win the war raging inside you…He will do just that.

    Sincerely,
    Manny
    @manwellreyes

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    Posted by Blanca June 18, 2013

    As some of you may already know, I LOVE me some Makeup! I don't know when the obsession happened lol but somehow, some way I have found that my collection of lipsticks and eyeshadows keep growing every year! I will admit, I haven't always loved putting on makeup cause I haven't always been good at it, so it takes me some time to put it on right. But thankfully, through my make up artist, Zuly, and some other make up artists i've worked with along the way, I've been able to learn a few tricks as well as learn about the amazingness that it MAC cosmetics!! MAC is such a great line cause it offers you literally everything that has to do with makeup in a variety of different colors and shades. i love how much their lipstick colors pop and how they have one of kind eyeshadows and facial products that tend to all skin type. My favorite thing about their stuff is that after a long, sweaty show, my makeup still looks fresh and in place:) so heres a list of a few of my favorite things from MAC:

    1. Lady Danger Lipstick- The best fire red lipstick ever! and it stay on for a long time!

    2. Candy Yum Yum Lipstick- I wear this one a lot... It's a super hot pink that looks so amazing on!

    3. Gold Deposit- This is a golden-shimmer bronzer that makes ur face look like its glowing

    4. Pro Longwear Concealer- this is the best concealer i have found. It stays on all day and has amazing coverage!

    5.Lingering Eyebrow Pencil- i just bought this recently and I'm so glad I did. Makes filling in your eyebrows so easy! Plus it looks natural!

    6. Carbon Eyeshadow- a dark matte black that it great for smokey eyes

    7. Romp Eyeshadow- a beautiful golden brown

    8. Fascinating Eye Pencil- A pure white color that is great of reputing on the inner part of your bottom eyelid. Makes your eyes pop!

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    Posted by Manwell June 11, 2013

    Why I Love Our Fans

    This blog is dedicated to the person reading this right now. I'm assuming you're reading this because you have some sort of interest in what we have to say as a band and ministry. With that said, I want you to know how important you are to the success and utter happiness of Group 1 Crew and us as people. I know sometimes its hard to believe that your words or opinions have any weight or power but I'm here to assure you that they do! When you write us about the amazing things that God is doing in your life because of our music it makes us feel like we're doing something right in this world, that our ministry has purpose. On the same note when you write things that are not so nice in the name of your opinion, it cuts deep! You are the reason a ministry like G1C exists. Our salvation is based in Christ but our purpose is alive in you! You're more than just listeners and fans, you're family and participants of our walk of faith. We no longer consider our music something we do just to be cool and make great tunes, but we feel like its a service now for you to be able to celebrate joy and dancing and love with your family and friends. We want to be a part of your life in every area so that God can be glorified and honestly so that you can have a simple smile on your face. You're loved and appreciated and I didn't want to let another day go by without telling you that. So if you consider yourself a fan and friend, my heart and gratitude goes out to you. You're the heartbeat of our music and we love you for it.

    Sincerely,
    Manny

    @manwellreyes
    #mindofmanny

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    Posted by Blanca April 04, 2013

    I have some very exciting news to share with all of you! Ben & I found out this week, that we are having a little baby BOY!!! We cannot wait to meet our son in August of this year. Ben is already planning drum lessons and father/son golf days:) lol. I'm praying that he picks up another instrument, because I can't handle two drummers in one house!

    Honestly, we're just happy for this new season and all we care about is having a happy & healthy baby boy! I'll continue to keep you posted on any other updates. And NO... we haven't picked out a name yet! haha. That's been one of the hardest parts :) So... if you have any great ideas, feel free to throw them our way!

    Here are some pics from my doctor's visit.

    xoxo Blanca

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    Posted by Manwell March 18, 2013

    So I had the pleasure of speaking to a student here at our show at this college I won't name and I asked her what she was studying in college and what she wanted to do with her life. Her response to me was that she wanted to be a photographer but that she didn't know if she wanted to do that because it was so cliche. It instantly peaked my curiosity because I'm such a die hard dreamer I couldn't let her get away without telling her to follow her dream! To think that she'd let her passion pass her by because "everyone" was a photographer and the field seemed riddled with posers and fakes blew my mind!! There's going to be resistance or competition in every field you go into. The point is to find something that you LOVE to do and have an absolute passion for because those are the jobs that you're going to give that 110% to without even thinking twice and when no one is looking! Thats the dream that you think about when you're at your normal job or before you go to bed and you have that "I wish" moment. God created you with these specific likes and dislikes and those are the unique things that you should celebrate and nurture because those are the exact things that will set you apart and make you a commodity of creativity. Dream big you guys, and dream often. It never ends if you choose to not let it.

    Love you

    #mindofmanny

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