I've spent the month of November studying and practicing gratitude. Every day I made a list of three things for which I am a grateful. I challenged myself to remember all that God has done in my life. Last week, subscribers received an email urging them to remember the things God has done for them.… Continue reading Thanks for Nothing
It can be difficult and frustrating to navigate our faith while being a part of a family where everyone is not on the same page of the Bible or maybe they're not in the book at all. In John 7 Jesus' brothers encourage him to go to Judea to the Jewish Festival. They told him to perform… Continue reading Stick to the Plan
There is a difference between being "cracked" and broken to pieces. A cracked vase can still hold a candle and shine light. A vase that is broken to pieces needs to either be fixed or thrown away. The more broken pieces the less useful the vase becomes. We are empty vases that are filled with the… Continue reading 7 Steps to Start Healing
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.
One of my favorite tactics when my mother asks me to come home and do something is to quote the Bible. "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family." That's Matthew 13:57 (NLT). It basically reinforces the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt. Regardless of the books and… Continue reading Just Like My Father