We’ve all been wounded be it physically, psychologically, emotionally, or mentally.
We all have scars…
In the summer of 2012, I had an emergency appendectomy after 2 weeks of acute pain. I can never forget the excruciating pain I experienced up until surgery as doctors explained to me the laparoscopic procedure to remove my appendix. Even though I was in pain at that present time, the surgical process would be minimally invasive and the healing time curtailed due to advancements in surgical technology. The procedure, however, would leave a permanent scar near my belly button. Read more
Had the privilege to photograph the Ladipo guys this weekend at Barrett Park for their holiday photos and truly enjoyed every aspect of it. They are truly a handsome bunch and a great family with genuine love and respect for one another.
For the past few weeks, I have seen this verse posted multiple times in my news feed by some well meaning people in response to what is happening around the world:
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
The Truth is – if our motives were to be exposed before this scripture, what is implied is this: ‘‘Ya’ll Need to Repent. America needs to repent. Folks need to repent. We need to repent.” But very rarely do we mean – “I need to repent.” We hide under the cloak of collectivism and plurals when God wants to deal with us as individuals. We deflect blame to another and become defensive when we are offended. You see, we are all responsible for the ills that we face because we have failed to take the time to deal with the “I”.
Systems are broken because they have been developed by broken people. Yes…You are I are those broken people. Broken people mess up consistently.
It is so easy to miss the blind spot in our lives while focusing on the wrongs in another. I understand that repentance takes vulnerability, transparency, and humility and it is downright hard. It is admitting that ‘I am wrong’ and seeking to choose another way– a better way, God’s way! It is only when we deal with “I” that the “We” and the “Ya’ll” can be forgiven. I need to repent daily because I have been wrong daily.
‘If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.’ – 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3Read more
Love is trusting that God’s plan is way better than any that we can devise. It is putting all our hope, all our dreams, all our vested interest into his hand and believing that without a doubt that the God of today can guarantee that He will take care of you tomorrow. Read more
It’s busy around this time of year. There are cookies to be made. Carols to be sung. Lights to be strung. Ornaments to be hung. Shopping and shipping to be done. So much to do as we celebrate. We go through these days mindlessly as victims of habits. We struggle to be present while we scour stores and stand in lines to purchase presents for others. I suggest you stop, you breathe. Read more
As I sit here, I mull over the conditions of His love and it overwhelms me. No condition – I mean nothing can keep Him from pursuing me! No mountain, no valley, neither death, nor sickness, nor mess ups nor failures can keep me from His love. His love for me is UNCONDITIONAL. He pursues me hard. I do not have to strive for His love or sell my body and soul for it. Nothing can separate me from Him. He loves me and I try my best to love Him too but can He be trusted. I admit; I find it so hard to trust Him at times. Read more