Tuesday, May 24, 2016

There is hope



There is hope. Amid the death and destruction, I see hope. Amid the disrespect for each other and disregard for human life, I see hope. Amid the dire statistics and desperate realities that plague our communities, I see hope.


I see it in the posts of my Facebook friends and family. I see it in the faces of their children who are excelling in academics, athletics and the arts. I see it in the photos and congratulations from sixth grade to high school to PhD.


I see it in the smiling faces and grace of the young ladies in the mentoring groups I volunteer with who I have seen transform from angry scowls and jacked up attitudes. I see it in the young women and men who I have seen grow from seeds in their mothers' wombs to responsible young men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, educated, socially conscious and saved adults.


I see hope in the posts of mothers who instead of berating, belittling and casting shade on Father's Day, salute and honor the men who are fathers and don't try to bestow that mantle upon themselves but rest in the grace of who they are as mothers. Be encouraged "single" mother. You are not alone. There is still a village. There is hope.


Congratulations to those who have set and are setting the example of Christian marriages withstanding the tests of time. Those who have set their face like flint and returned to school to finish degrees or pursue advanced ones.


Thank you to the teachers who are dedicated educators and sacrifice for their students and for some students are the "mothers" and "fathers" they don't have at home. Thank you to the preachers and pastors who pray, teach, walk the walk and sacrifice who are servant leaders and shepherds and not sheep shearers and swindlers.


Kudos to the parents who have put in the hard work, not been afraid to say no, and not cared when others didn't understand your decisions regarding YOUR child. To the parents who have gone to the parent teacher conferences, waited hours in the cold at a track meet for a one minute race, gone to games, recitals, checked homework and teachers when necessary.


I salute all of you this morning. Your work is not unnoticed. Your labor is not in vain. Our families are our foundation and our hope is in Christ Jesus, the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).


Keep shining and bringing glory to your heavenly Father.


"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16


There is hope.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Power Up

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10




We cannot operate properly if we don't take time to be still and plug into our power source. Our source is God, the omnipotent, all powerful, Creator of the heavens and the earth. The sovereign God is the source of our strength.

In this day and age, we are constantly using our smartphones. We use them to talk, text, take notes, take pictures, videos, etc. As we go through the day, our phone goes with us. It stays on the go. But eventually with all that we do on our phones, the battery starts to run down. That's when we have to put the phone is a stationary place, plug it in and recharge it so that we can continue to use it to do all that we do.

The same with us physically and spiritually. Our spiritual batteries get run down. We need to get still and plug into our power source. We can't operate on the run. We have to sit down and recognize where our strength comes from, plug into Him, listen to Him for wisdom, guidance, direction and discernment.We can't operate and fulfill our purpose if we don't take time to be still.In order to recharge, you need to be still.

Spend time in prayer and God's Word. It will give you the power you need to live.

Complete in Christ


A reminder to the ladies especially: You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You don't have to be jealous or feel less than your sisters. God has blessed you with gifts and has created you fearfully and wonderfully on purpose with a purpose.
"So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority." Colossians 2:10

A Lesson for Our Children


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

These Are the Good Old Days


These are the good old days.

Savor the moment. Appreciate. Congratulate. Celebrate.

Love deeply. Forgive quickly. Keep moving forward deliberately.

Make memories for these are the good old days.

Laugh loudly.

Pray sincerely.

Give generously.

Don't look back with regret but forward with hope.

Read voraciously. Learn every day.

Stay positive. Avoid negative.

Stop.

Slow down. Take in the moment.

Say "I love you" often. Give compliments freely.

Read God's Word daily and live it consistently.

Take lots of pictures.

Spend time with elders. Record their stories. Preserve this history. Spend time with family.

For these are the good old days.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sick and Tired

I am so sick and tired of hashtags.

Hashtags that announce or chronicle another tragedy.

 I am sick and tired of young mothers being raped and shot in the head. I am sick and tired of little boys like Tyshawn being shot in their heads, their little bodies riddled with bullets . I’m tired of young men dying in the street, their bodies full of bullet holes. Fathers dying,  their life being choked out of them.

 I am tired of young women visiting their grandmother dying of gunshot wounds while walking to a bus stop to go home. Young people with promise cut down by ignorance.

I’m tired of Tyesa Cherrys dying after going to a movie, killed by a bullet meant for someone else. I am sick of grandmothers, pastors and college students at bible studies being shot down in their own church. I’m sick and tired of young men going into elementary schools, college classrooms and movie theaters and randomly shooting and killing.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Seeing Red About Starbucks Cups



I hear that some Christians are upset that Starbucks cups are red. The ubiquitous cafĂ© has chosen a simple red cup for the holiday months. Apparently some Christians feel Starbucks has declared “war on Christmas” because their holiday cups usually have a snowflake or some other holiday symbol on the cup.

These Christians reportedly are "seeing red" (becoming very angry) over Starbucks cups. I read one post where it said that Christians were encouraged to say that their name is Merry Christmas so the barista will have to say the abolished words when they fix their drink.

I hear Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has even weighed in on the matter, suggesting a Starbucks boycott and if he became president everyone will be saying “Merry Christmas” at every Starbucks.

Wow.

Friday, October 9, 2015

From the Editor: Pain to Purpose

Have you ever been in pain? I mean real pain. Maybe it was physical pain. A constant ache that will not go away and nothing will alleviate. Maybe it is an emotional pain. Have you ever felt a stab in your heart that although no one has touched you physically you feel it in your chest and you understand why they call it a broken heart?

The pain of divorce or an unfaithful spouse. The pain of a wayward child. The pain of disappointment, rejection or depression. The deep pain of longing for a child and month after month the pregnancy test showing no pink line. The pain of longing for a spouse, someone to share your life with and to come home to instead of emptiness and loneliness. The pain of the death of a loved one.
Pain is a part of life. Pain is a part of the process.
We’re all in process. A process is a series of actions, changes or functions bringing about a result. Process is also defined as progress. God  has a purpose for the process. He is perfecting you. He has begun a good work in you and He’s going to complete it. (Philippians 1:6)
But  the process is painful. It doesn’t feel good. It hurts. But there’s a purpose for your pain. Just like the pains of childbirth produce the promise of a long awaited baby, your pain is giving birth to something God has placed in you. Your pain is going to produce his purpose, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13.

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