It is one virtue that I struggle to maintain. Stilling myself and adopting the mindset of ‘not-yet’ is one of the hardest disciplines that I have had to exercise. I remember as a child wanting everything right now. As an adult that desire is still there but has to be tempered daily. I can tell you from experience that what you desire may not be what is best for you. It may actually be to your detriment not your betterment yet it can be so difficult at times… Read more
*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
Today’s post is a guest feature by one of my dear friends: Ali Kennedy.
Ali and I met when we received jobs at Christian Union – Princeton University. Since then, we have been office-mates, room-mates. Carved pumpkins and built ginger bread mansions. Hosted barbecues and dinner-dates. We have laughed and cried together. Cast vision and expressed frustration together. We spent many times locked in our office praying for each other. We’ve sought each other for wise counsel.
We cheered on as we watched our men graduate together.
I served as one of her bridesmaids and cheered her on when she later married her man:
Ali is a true sister and an extremely talented communicator. Continue reading and you’ll see what I mean: Read more
Some of the most important lessons learned are the ones about oneself.
Last Sunday, my husband celebrated his birthday. We took time early that morning to reflect and discuss some of the key lessons he has learned along the way. In our 9-year journey together, I have gleaned much from him. Some lessons have been learned through observation while others have been learned through conversation. All lessons learned have made my quality of life better. Here are 5 life lessons learned that I believe we can all use:
1. Smile More:
If you’ve ever met my Wesley, chances are you will meet him with a smile on his face. Leading studies show that greeting someone with a smile – softens his/her defenses and makes you more approachable and trustworthy.
Wesley is an EARLY morning person and as a result I find myself rising early as well. It is amazing how productive you can be in the first 3 hours of the day while the rest of the world is asleep. It presents an awesome opportunity for personal and professional development in the midst of quiet.