Saturday, November 14, 2015

" Love Letter to Paris"

2 Thessalonians 3:3, "But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one."

We are living in perilous times where the people's hearts towards God has shifted to despair and destruction. When acts of terror and everyday discretion towards humanity takes place, we ponder the question, "What would make a person do such a thing?" The lack of God on the inside shows the manifestation of Satan on the outside. In times such as these, it's quite easy to want to dismiss the destruction as a hopeless situation that we have no power to control or prevent in future occurrences, but let us hold fast to the Word of the Living God. God has and will always be faithful and the beauty in the ugliness of destruction is He will establish us and guard us even in the midst of trouble from the evil one. Although the events that have taken place locally and globally throughout the nations have been tragic and disheartening, there is still some GOD to be found in the BAD. Events such as Paris, gives us insight on how we can refortify our walls from the enemy, how to restrategize security measures and strengthen  high traffic locations of vulnerability throughout the nations. Many lives were sacrificed, but ultimately more lives will be saved from the ashes of this disheartening event. May our hearts be softened towards each other and ultimately towards humanity after the residue of this heartless event has ceased. Apostle Paul said it best, "Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ" (2 Thessalonians 3:5).

Thursday, November 5, 2015


2 Corinthians 10:12, "For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise."

Blessings!! The holiday seasons are approaching us once again and the anxiety and pressure of trying to keep up with our perception of those who are ahead is contaminating our perspectives of what the season is truly all about. I challenge you in your thinking, spending habits and in your personal life to redefine what Thanksgiving means to you and how you display your personal beliefs to the world. In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul challenges us to not class ourselves or compare ourselves with others because the aftermath leads to us not walking in wisdom. The danger in comparing your seed to someone else's harvest is you don't know if what you perceive as a harvest as being an actual harvest or the fruits of someone behind the scene labor. Everyone who appears to be rich are indeed not wealthy. A person who appreciates every blessing is indeed a wealthy individual. As Thanksgiving approaches, let us be mindful to not only be thankful, but to give liberally. A person who has an attitude of thankfulness often have giving at the core of their service. Re-establish tradition this year to ensure you are not only speaking thankfulness. but are living in a spirit of thanksgiving not just seasonally, but daily. As a child, we song a song in the youth choir called "Count your blessings." The lyrics stated, "Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings to see what the Lord has done!" I admonish you to count your blessings on today, you too would be amazed to see what the Lord has done not only in you, but with you. Have a blessed harvest season and remember that God doesn't run low in resources, He has enough supplies available to fulfill each of our needs.

Monday, June 22, 2015


Psalm 122:1 "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord."

From the age of 5 years old, going to worship in the House of The Lord has been one of my most sacred experiences. I found great joy on Saturday evenings getting my attire out for my grandmother to "press" for Sunday morning worship. The Church has historically been the hallmark not only for African-Americans, but for most Americans. The tragic events that transpired at Mother Emanuel in Charleston, SC, was the culmination of hatred and pure ignorance. With all that has happened, as followers in faith, let us not allow the act of one person to define our relationship with God. He is still all knowing and encompassing. He is not responsible for what happened, but He will hold those who did it accountable.  Stay grounded in your faith and in the author and finisher of your faith. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

"Pieces to Peace"

May 2015 has forever changed my perspective on life and living. I said farewell to my 20s without knowledge of knowing that I would not experience my 30's without the woman who I have loved with every fiber of my being my entire life-my GRAND-MOTHER Emma. The greatest gift I received on Mother's Day-30th birthday was her singing Happy Birthday to me. 3 days later I was left in pieces seeking peace. As you go through life, if you're not willing to grow through living it can be difficult to understand God's peace that surpasses all of your understanding. I've learned through this season, that nobody is immuned to pain and suffering and weeping may only endure for a night-God has ordained joy for every person who loves Him. No matter what you've experienced in this season of your life know that your best days are your ahead days. Go in peace and grow through the pieces!

Saturday, March 7, 2015


Today our nation commemorated the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. 50 years seems so long ago, but in retrospect it is still freshly painted on the hearts and minds of those who fought for us to be treated as full fledged citizens in contrast to a portion of what the Constitution deemed African-Americans. As we progress forward, it is my fervent prayer that we redeem ourselves and the upcoming generations by renewing our covenant with God, our households and communities in terms of walking in our integrity and being fully involved in our homes. I often try to calculate the depth of pain and embarrassment our elders endured and suffered for us to just be counted as present in a nation that didn't desire to recognize our presence. I find it absolutely amazing to fathom that the same omnipotent God the elders, leaders, and protestors called on is the same God who answers us-isn't that beautiful?! We owe it to them and to ourselves to march on daily in our personal journey of greatness. I leave you with the words of the leader of the movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Black Her-Hi(STORY)

February has been a month of reflection and revelation for me in more ways than one. I had the honor to honor ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities and some globally. The common fabric that I discovered interwoven amongst all the honorees was God. Like our ancestors, God continues to be a very present help. I encourage each of you to continue to strive for excellency everyday of your life and be the change you desire to see and be. When you get the opportunity, write your own bio and give yourself a high five for how far you've truly come! There still remains progression to be made, but we are on a really good path. May the words of James Weldon Johnson leave you with a renewed strength:
"God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land."

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Beauty of Blessings

Psalm 37:4
" In the same manner delight thyself in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thy heart."

As the month of January culminates, I pray you take some time to really get to the core of what you want and why you need it. We often get so caught up into the future that we forget to relish in our present. There's beauty and blessings all around us if we take the time to make time for what truly matters. Devote some time each day to glean from the Word, listen to the birds, or savor your sip of coffee. Delighting yourself in The Lord produces not only true peace , but aids in God guiding you to the things that your soul truly desires.  Take some time to enjoy the view and see your heart the way God sees you. Be blessed and be a blessing! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"With this Ring"

Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and wild deer, not to awaken love until the time is right. (Song of Solomon 3:5)

Like many of my sisters across the nations, I watched Lifetime's "With this Ring." The movie started out with a statistic stating that 1 out of 2 black women will not marry. This statistic is alarming, but it doesn't make it an emergency. Society pressures women to have the ring, the home, the children and be financially stable by the age of 30. These expectations have left many of our sisters alone with the feeling that they have to do it on their own. Love is an emotion and shouldn't be made a demanded expectation. The bible makes it clear, love should not be aroused nor awakened until it so desires. A woman doesn't have to make herself available for love, just remain accessible to being loved. Focus on you and God will bring him to you in time at the right time! Be blessed:))

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

No Pain~No Gain

 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes. (Psalm 119:71)

Pain is an emotion that none of us truly desire to experience in our lives. Pain is often an usher into understanding our Purpose. Some things we go through in life are painful, but they are also purposeful. If you hadn't gotten fired, you wouldn't appreciate getting hired. If you had never been  broken, you wouldn't understand the beauty of fulfillment in its totality. Pain no matter the depth always takes us deeper in God and shows us God in a different way. Always look at your pain in perspective and take some time to allow it to teach you. It is good that you were afflicted, it helped you to lean on Jesus and learn from God. The greater the pain, the greater the purpose! Be blessed and be a blessing!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Surviving Spiritual Storms

"And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm." (Luke 8:24)

As we continue to grow through 2015, we will encounter storms of life. Storms come in our lives to build us-not to break us. When you experience storms throughout your life, don't focus on the storm, concentrate on who controls the waves. When the disciples were confronted with an unexpected storm, they went into "spiritual survival." Surviving spiritual storms are easier when we don't make things difficult. When you encounter a storm, take the measures the disciples applied. Go to Jesus, activate your faith, make your petition to Him and put it all in His Hands. Jesus is an experienced lifeguard who will shield you from the winds and billows of life.  Keep the faith, all storms come to pass! 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Overcoming Hurt Attacks

Jeremiah 33:6, "Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth."

As you continue to grow forward in 2015, you've got to deal and heal from hurt. Many are often in good health, but are unhealed. The Bible makes a distinction from health and healing. Health is physical and hurt is spiritual. The key to overcoming hurt is overcoming the pain. You've got to give yourself permission to grieve then make the necessary adjustments to not place yourself  in the same situation again. Creating boundaries and standards gives others a blueprint of what to expect and how they are to conduct themselves in your presence. Secondly, forgive yourself for ignoring the signs and warnings. The Holy Spirit is an indebted moral compass on the inside of each of us and can be activated by active listening and faith. Don't ignore any unction you feel or hear in 2015. Lastly, give yourself a timetable to heal from hurt. It doesn't mean you'll automatically be healed in that time, but it will help you make the adjustments of getting back on track overtime. Get the lessons from the hurt, apply them into your daily living and walk in the abundance of peace and truth that is an inheritance to you as a Child of God! Be blessed and be a blessing!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New You!

Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says The Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."

Welcome to 2015! The slate is clean and you still have the opportunity to choose better for your life. The New Year is a season to examine and take inventory of what's going right and what we can do better. In the New Year as a New You, I admonish you to renew your mind and covenant with God daily. As you go forth planning your days, always leave and make room for God's plans to lead your planning. His plans are far greater than we could ever think or imagine. God plans will always lead you into prosperity and provision. I encourage you in 2015 to let Jesus lead you all the way-as the psalmist coined, He's a mighty good leader! Stay focused and faithful-God has an expected end to your exciting beginning! Blessings!