Sunday, February 18, 2018

#BlackPanther

Show them who you are...this affirmation is such a powerful spoken word and sets the tone of Black greatness, unity and devotion to family that was so definitively portrayed in the movie "Black Panther." There were so many hidden gems in this movie that I unearthed, but the ones that stood out to me among the many were the homage to our ancestors, the deep devotion and consistent commitment to family and culture, the flow of order with the man being the headship and the journey of two men whose fathers had deeply impacted their future. 
    Black Panther's homage to our ancestors was intertwined throughout the movie from the beginning to the very end. It powerfully sent the resonating message that we are who we are because of who they were. In reference to commitment to family and culture, the movie did an amazing job of conveying the need and power of a man leading his kingdom in order and the success that comes as a byproduct of male leadership and structure. T' Challa's father said it best, "A man who has not prepared his children for his death has failed as a father." I also loved how Black Panther showed the navigational journey of two men and how the presence of a father laid the foundation for one son and the absence of the other's father led to his inevitable failure.
    The timing of Black Panther's release was impeccable and rejuvenated a fire in me concerning where I come from and gave me an eternal hope concerning the direction I am going. I absolutely loved the theme of #BlackLove and how the movie so powerfully conveyed the love, adoration and honor that Black women have for men who sincerely love them and respect them. What spoke to the depths of my heart was how the movie allowed its audience to see a Black woman speaking life into the darkness of her soulmate's heart. One of the most touching scenes was Nakia telling T'Challa "You define the King you will become." It is my hope that through these healthy depictions of authentic love, as a culture we start to redefine who we are to each other and what we can become to the next generation. In the words of Nakia, "Wakanda is strong enough to protect itself and help others."





Thursday, January 18, 2018

#2018

Isaiah 43:19, "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do yo not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."

Blessings and Happy New Year!! By now mostly everyone has settled into 2018 or at least began the process of living your best life in this new season of your life. As you move forward in the affirmations, vision boards, resolutions and plans you have positioned in strategy, be mindful of being realistic and ensure that everything you are preparing to pursue is measurable. Many people go into a new year sincerely expecting newness and change, but we forget to insure that the foundation of the outcomes are staged from a place of long-term devotion and effort. While working on my Master's, we learned a term called "incremental steps," meaning that true change and big results are birthed through small steps. In life you can't get everything over night, but you can receive some things over time. I admonish you to receive this and remember this as you focus forward in your 2018 endeavors. God is truly doing a new thing in your life and as He springs up insight, wisdom, and blessings upon you, pray that He gives you the clarity to understand it and discernment on how to handle it-overflow can't be truly appreciated until one has an appreciation of their wilderness seasons. Here are a few pearls to cling to as you navigate through 2018...
  1. Go with God and allow Him to order your steps.
  2. When you make mistakes, allow them to develop you not demote you.
  3. Be okay with pulling away. Everybody isn't worthy of having a seat at your table.
  4. Always see GOD in the BAD.
  5. Your goals should be measurable and create a time frame for accomplishing them.
  6. Your cash should reflect your character. Be a good steward of your resources.
  7. Unapologetically choose you and what works for you.
  8. Schedule your Schedule.
  9. Create goals and plans monthly, quarterly and yearly.
  10. Trust and treasure your instinct. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Message of the Cross

Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."

Easter season is the most wonderful time of the year for me because it is a delegated time that we collectively position our sight on the Cross and our minds on the ultimate sacrifice that Christ gave for us to receive eternal life. As a child, the sacredness of the season did not resonate with me. Like most children, I was excited about getting my hair done, getting an Easter basket and a very expensive dress that I wouldn't wear again. As a matured believer, the weight of the day and the message of the Cross holds a special place in my heart. I find great joy in delivering the Message of the Cross to not only those in my women ministry, but to the people I meet along my journey. The Message of the Cross perspective will be translated differently through each of our personal experiences with God, but the overall theme is the same. Jesus hung, was crucified, bled and died for us and those who came before us and who will come after us. He looked beyond us and became a part of us. So as we commemorate the crucifixion and ultimate resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, take some time to tell someone about the goodness of the Lord and the sacrifices of Jesus. No matter what Cross you are having to endure in this season of your life, know that just like Jesus' Cross it's only temporary.  The ultimate message and measure of the Cross is that whatever we go through is always only temporary, but the harvest of the Cross is eternally.
God bless you and may His grace continue to shine upon you! 




Saturday, January 7, 2017

"Planning for the New Year"

                                                            Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Happy New Year!! What an exciting time to be alive in the land among the living! There are so many milestones we collectively as a country are embarking upon and if we are to put our best foot forward, it is imperative that we plan our 2017. There is a powerful creed that is often quoted, "When we fail to plan, we plan to fail." I am a firm believer that an organized life results in an overflow life. In all things, the Bible declares we are to do them decently and in order and that God has full knowledge of the plans He has concerning our lives that yield prosperity, hope and an expected outcome. With that being said, here are a few tips that I believe can assist you in ensuring that your New Year be better than your last year!

1, Ask God what He believes for your life and what the plans are concerning your life.
2. Ensure that the goals you have set are measurable and realistic.
3. Create consistency by investing in a planner and organize it accordingly.
4. Schedule all health appointments in January for the year for you and household and ensure the offices have accurate information on file to contact you prior to your appointment date.
5. Get clear on the revenue that is coming in your home and what amount is going out so that you can strategize on how to stay afloat throughout the year.

I pray these tips are helpful and help create harmony in your life in this new season of your life! I would love to hear from you on how you are strategizing to have a better and blessed year! Leave your nuggets in the comment section. Have a blessed week and a prosperous New Year!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Proverbs31: Proverbs31: #IVoted

Proverbs31: Proverbs31: #IVoted: Proverbs31: #IVoted : #Election2016 is finally over and prayerfully our nation can start to move forward in the business of striving for gre...

"My Best Friend's Wedding"

On October 15, 2016, I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope, Alabama. The entire weekend was magical ,full of  love and Southern sophistication! What I love about Megan and Drew's wedding was how they both collaborated and compromised on the date and details of their special day. #FutureSouthernBrides In order to protect your peace and to ensure that your groom and his company are happy, always plan your wedding on a by-week for your favorite football team or follow Megan's lead and have the game playing in the groomsmen rooms while they are getting dressed with plenty of snacks for them to enjoy. #YouGoGirl What I love about Megan's  planning of her wedding was how she consciously considered the cost of her wedding over the class of the wedding. Our beautiful navy couture bridesmaids dresses were from #BellaBridesmaids in Mobile, Alabama and because of excellent execution in planning, we were given a very reasonable time to save for the costs of the dresses and were afforded perks for ordering early.  We adorned our dresses with rose gold jewelry and Megan gave us the option to wear comfortable taupe shoes so that we could fully embrace every experience of the day! 
      Now go with me as I take you on a journey to relive the visions of love from Megan's special day. Beginning with the rehearsal dinner on the day before, the wedding party was served a full spread Southern style dinner that consisted of steak, potatoes, a garden salad, corn on the cob, shrimp and a delicate vegetable stir-fry followed by hot peach cobbler for dessert (delish)! Upon arrival to the rehearsal dinner, each bridesmaid was gifted with a beautiful rose gold bracelet and a framed picture of a special memory that we each shared with Megan. We were serenaded by a local talent guitarist and his wife and Megan honored us with her musical gift of song by singing a classic, "When the Right One Comes Along." 
          On the morning of the Hodges' big day, the wedding party had fellowship and breakfast in the guest house on the property of the venue. We partook in Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit bites, fruit trays, cheese trays and my favorite mimosas! We had such an amazing time catching up and sharing our memories of childhood, college experiences, motherhood, careers, and the #2016Election. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing diverse perspectives from Megan's Maid of Honor Shelley from Australia and Ellen from New York.  Upon the time of the wedding, Megan and Drew did a "First Look" (a moment between the bride and groom before the ceremony) and there were no dry eyes to say the least! I was not open to the concept but after witnessing it, my heart is open to the collaboration. The wedding was held at dusk behind the venue in a mystical wooded area clothed with oak trees, lights and southern style benches for the guests to witness the union. The pastor opened the ceremony so beautifully by telling the bride and groom and guests about the sacredness of marriage and how the wedding finger is the only finger that has a vein that goes directly to the heart (how amazing is that)!! I also loved how the pastor was attentive to details and perfectly intertwined Megan's love for Harry Potter by ending the ceremony with a quote from one of the novels, " You are protected, in short, by your ability to love." What a beautiful way to end a beautiful day!  The wedding reception was nothing short of amazing! Guests were treated upon arrival to Southern sweet lemonade, an open bar, sounds from an amazing band called "The Shade of Giants" and a Southern Style BBQ and Fish Fry all in one beautifully decorated barn! We indulged in prime rib, fried catfish, grits and mashed potato bar, salad, cheese, fruit tray, and squash casserole.  After a full night of festivities, Megan and Drew spent a few days of restoration at one of Baldwin County's historic and beautiful venues, "The Grand Hotel" where they enjoyed a Sunday brunch and all of the amenities that the gift of love affords. 












Saturday, November 12, 2016

Proverbs31: #IVoted

Proverbs31: #IVoted: #Election2016 is finally over and prayerfully our nation can start to move forward in the business of striving for greatness in our househol...