Quick To Listen & Slow To Speak – Part 1

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Quick To Listen & Slow To Speak

Social Commentary – We all do it! Whether it’s in conversation with family and friends or commenting on your favorite social media outlets. We always seem to have something to say. Some of it is welcomed. Most of it is not. This week I will be sharing tips on how to ensure our thoughts and talk are purposeful and positive. Read more

Love Is – Day 4

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Love is Day 4

Love is staring at your reflection in the mirror and admiring every blemish and scar. It is affirming that it does not define you but bears witness to your experience and growth throughout your life’s history. Love is stroking your wrinkles, love handles, stress marks, and burns and acknowledging that life has happened then appreciating that life has happened. Yes, life has happened. You have lived. You have matured. You have changed. Read more

What Ferguson Teaches Us

What Ferguson Teaches Us

*Updated 11/25/2014– The Verdict is in and Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted. My response is still the same:

As I await the verdict for the Michael Brown case, my heart plunges a little deeper. History has repeated itself again yet parts of the church have remained silent–cloaked behind cultural differences and innuendos. A harsh reality is this: many have not forgiven nor forgotten what transpired a little less than 500// 50// 5 // 3 years// 3 months ago. Ferguson has caused old wounds to fester and it needs true healing not a band-aid but true internal surgery. At the core, this is not a #‎race‬ issue, a #justice issue nor a ‪#‎political‬ issue. This is a ‪#‎sin‬ issue. This is a #heart issue. Our heart is deceitful. we honestly cannot trust it. The headlines prove why. ‪#‎Hate‬ and harboring offense are both seen as sin in GOD’s eyes. God is not most concerned with your church. He is most concerned with HIS church. God’s passion is His people. Read more

This is Home – A Place Where I Am Known

I Call This Home

HOME – Oh the familiar!

We all have various definitions of what and where home is. It is often associated with a feeling of welcome, knowing and comfort where one can sure find refuge. I have had the opportunity to call 9 different locations home in the past 10 years (*no, I am not a military kid*) and have learned many lessons along the way: some great,  others not so great times, and a few dreadful moments drizzled in between for good measure. Read more

Lord, Teach Me – An Earnest Prayer

32 “If you love those who love you, what

Lord, you have asked that I not be limited in my scope of you. Yesterday, prompted me to dream God-sized dreams for your people– trusting that you are able to do them. Why is my scope of you so limited. Why does my finite mind limit your infinite power when ;I know you want to do more in me and through me. Why do I doubt your ability to work as you said that you would.

My faith in you seems to waver every day. Some days, I am confident and other days I doubt. My emotions seem to rule my life if I do not keep them in check by the principles of your word. Teach me Lord not be a slave to my emotions and the toxic habits that my heart is prone to. I need more of your ‘living water’. I need to molded and shaped to be the person you oh God has called me to be. My heart needs to be broken by the things that break your heart. Mercy needs to be shown to those you desire to show mercy. I need to forgive those you have instructed me to forgive. I need to banish and curse the ways, you have asked that I give up. Show me what Godly repentance is. Show me what it means to do a 180, to change my mind because it has been renewed and transformed being washed by Your word. Read more