Jesus used a lot of gardening and farming illustrations during his ministry. Now that I've started my container garden, chapters like Matthew 13 with the Parable of the Sower and the Parable of the Weeds have come to life for me. I'm telling you, my container garden preaches to me.
I can't believe it's already April. I'm so busy that the spring just sprung itself on me. What am I busy doing? Well, let's see... As a novice container gardener I am waiting for the last frost so I can move my veggies outside. I'm waiting for my younger son to make his college choice.… Continue reading Wait is an Action Verb
My word for 2021 is "Grace." This has been my best "one word" year ever because, well... it's grace. I don't have to do a whole lot with it. Such is the nature of grace. This is my year to just be. I suppose I could have chosen "be" for my one word but it… Continue reading Six Weeks into “Grace”
The end of the year is approaching and we're all making plans for next year. My husband and I are in the process of choosing our #oneword for 2021. It's a "thing" in our home. We pray and meditate on God's instruction for the coming year. Then, we choose a word that will keep us… Continue reading Just Stop Talking
Here's an excerpt from my forthcoming book. This powerful truth didn't hit me until I saw the worlds on the page... This is my sixth book. It is the book I’ve been afraid to write my whole life. It was inside of me when I first started journaling as a teenager. It was the book… Continue reading I Got There Eventually
“I testified. My mama cried. Black people died. When the other man lied.” These are the opening lyrics to Public Enemy’s 1991, “Shut ‘em down” and they are also the words that inspired my recent personal retreat. By the grace of God and the power of His vision I have been able to achieve the… Continue reading Shut ’em Down: My Personal Retreat Experience
Did you miss me? Be honest. It's okay if you didn't even notice I was away. It's been a few weeks since I lasted posted on Shine TYC. I've been consumed by completing the first draft of a project that's due — and my older son's wedding and my younger son's college applications. If I'm… Continue reading Be Honest with Me