I was deep in the church during those "name it and claim it" years when the evidence of your faith was determined by the size of your house and the make of your car. As much as I don't agree with that teaching, I also don't think many "good" and "faithful" Christians understand that money… Continue reading More Money. More Possibilities.
I used to love watching Family Feud when I was a little girl. I was pretty good at it, too. I can hear Richard Dawson now, "Name something that people take to work with them." I would race to get all the right answers. Recently, I turned on a national news channel. After about thirty… Continue reading What’s New? Not Much.
You remember it. "Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me." As I grew older I realized that this little saying was not true. Names, and the words we utter from our lips, can certainly hurt. Many people have suffered emotional harm from being called names. Beyond the emotional wounds,… Continue reading Sticks, Stones, and Names Can Kill You
And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. - Ruth 1:14 A big part of knowing who you are is know who you ARE NOT. Recently on Honey and Onion we talked about knowing your limitations. As always, I go to the Bible for guidance and… Continue reading Too Much Orpah to be Oprah
Fearless people scare me because fearlessness often leads to foolish behavior. The KJV of the Bible translates 2 Timothy 1:7 as "God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." People quote it all the time and some folks say there is never a… Continue reading Fear Gets A Bad Wrap
I really enjoy a good story. Of course, living a Shine TYC life means I see everything through the lens of my faith -- a Christian World view doesn't idolize or demonize anything in God's creation but understands there is a way to use it all for God's glory. So, that brings me to my… Continue reading What I learned from Alita: Battle Angel
While some of us sing, "What a friend we have in Jesus" others may be thinking, "Well I don't really know Jesus like that, but my friend does." Is Jesus your friend? Or is He a friend of a friend? I briefly met Michael Jordan back in the day. I knew a lot about him… Continue reading Friend of a Friend
For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and send rain on the jut and the unjust alike. - Matthew 5:45 NLT Let's get one thing straight. You are going to have problems and likely more than one in a lifetime. God never promised anyone a life without problems. In fact,… Continue reading You’ve Got Issues
"Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant." - Galatians 1:10 Obviously! Paul is pretty direct in his message to those foolish Galatians. His goal is to do the will of God, regardless of what people think. That… Continue reading Follow the Little Voice, Not the Loud One
In the current environment I'm fighting like Rizpah to keep the scavengers from tearing away at my sons-- their dignity, honor, self-esteem, self-image, and life itself. I have to watch police, politicians, teachers, coaches, store clerks, and strangers who might consider skittles to be dangerous. Every night I fall into bed, I thank God that my sons are alive and pray they live another day. It's a real, not at all irrational, fear of this Black mother.