Friend of a Friend

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 […]

Don’t Blame Oscar

While most of my twitter timeline is outraged about the Oscar Noms, there were a few good opposing arguments that I had to agree with. Awards are based on merit and performance. That’s true. But when a merit (or penal) system is so glaringly disproportionate, the system is clearly broken. Consequently, we need to take a look at our intuitive human biases on an individual level to make systemic change.

Bird Box: You Can’t Handle the Truth

  I tried , but there are tiny spoilers in here so proceed at your own volition. It’s been a few days since I’ve seen Bird Box on Netflix. I’ll admit that for two days my mind was reeling with possibilities.  What is Bird Box about? Parenting. social media, racism, death and grief, bad decisions, […]

Follow the Little Voice, Not the Loud One

“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 […]

Motherhood with Wisdom, Power, and Faith

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.  

Two Tips for Two Thousand Decisions

Psychology Today suggests that we make about two thousand decisions an hour. Can you imagine if you prayed over every decision during the day. Your prayer life would be Ah-mazing…and you could blame God for any mistakes along the way. Woot! The reality is that we don’t pray about each one of those two thousand […]

Cancel Your Trip to Perfection

Setting a goal because you “should” instead of focusing on what you “will” is why the train goes off the rails, spiraling you into an endless cycle of fixing life rather than living it. 

Pro-Choice Christians

Shine TYC is AUTHENTIC, BOLD, SMART, and COURAGEOUS and so we are not afraid to express our views.  We believe life begins before conception.  We believe you were a purpose before you were a person.  We also believe in a woman’s right to choose. Pro-Choice does not mean pro-abortion. As of late, people seem to be […]

Happy National Thesaurus Day Jesus

    “Christ, Good Shepherd, King of Kings, Lamb of God, Lord, Lord of Lords, Messiah, Prince of Peace, Redeemer, Savior, Son of Man” It’s National Thesaurus Day!  It’s the day that Mark Roget – you know,  of Roget’s Thesaurus – was born.  You may be wondering to yourself, “How does one celebrate National Thesaurus Day?” Well, […]

How Change Happens

Christian Lifestyle Personality, Kamryn Adams, explores the immediate nature of change using Paul’s Damascus experience.

4 Reasons Why I Believe in Jesus

In 1 Peter 3:15 we are told that we should be ready to explain our faith if asked.   I do not need to get into the deep theology and fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy to explain my belief. To me, it is a logical choice.   The Integrity of the Gospels The “biographies” of Jesus: […]