Bread and Wine

The world is full of smart people, really really smart people, but so very few wise ones. Several years ago that became apparent to me. Yet another cycle of terrible choices followed by more terrible choices made it evident that despite my intelligence, I was the 2 Timothy 3:5-7 woman; always learning, yet never coming to the knowledge of the truth. 

Maybe you can relate. I knew my choices to be destructive and unhelpful but I simply could not stop! Looking back now, my actions were senseless and reckless and only lead to a horrific spiritual death and destruction. I was committing spiritual and intellectual suicide.

I had committed to attending every prayer and deliverance meeting this side of the Mississippi. I had decided I needed to answer yet again, every altar call. Yet try as I did, I left each meeting equally as weighed down and often bewildered. 

One early Wednesday morning, I drug myself into a prayer meeting and I opened up to the book of Proverbs. My...

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Wading Through Disappointment

Uncategorized Sep 11, 2019

Disappointment can feel so toxic. Most of us will do everything we can to avoid it. Our culture hates it. To some extent this is understandable. We are conditioned to love happy endings because, after all, the Bible ends in the happiest of endings. But Disney has capitalized on our God-given yearning for pleasure and in our sinful beings, we have feasted on a steady diet of no sorrow or discomfort. Comfort, rest, and self-care are the rule of the day; thus, when reality and expectation clash, the smokescreen blows away and the utter commotion within our souls is exposed. Nothing is more revealing of past pains than new seasons of dashed dreams

It is at this junction many of us get stuck in hopelessness. Now there are varying degrees of disappointments, but I truly believe that these can be helpful, if practiced daily, to transform our perspectives. They can help you get unstuck, and back on the pilgrimage with joy.

1. Disappointment can be great for chats with God.

I am afraid,...
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Who's With Me?

who's with me? Sep 11, 2019

I couldn’t sleep yet again—my mind and body writhing with anxiety and loneliness. I am no stranger to either. I was never fully conscious of how often it was present. But now that I am aware, I wield the same weapon as when I battle through depression—the Word of God. It is my mantra. Yes, my incantation. Here the spirit reminds me all that He has ever told me about Jesus and I am renewed. It’s almost as if my head is being pulled out of the sand and I gasp for air and the tightness in my chest loosens up. You know the feeling you get after you have been underwater holding your breath too long and you are striving to reach the surface? Well for me, the Word is that first inhalation I take when reaching the "top". Nothing will ever compare to it. 

This particular evening, the spiritual hypoxia was causing my chest to cave in. So I swam to the surface as quickly as could be, searching my mind for a verse that was familiar. I needed that tightness to...

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Irresistibly Intelligent Fools

 In case you haven’t noticed, good parenting is the latest trend. And as all trends go they must be observed. But I recently had to put an end to my obsessive searches for and skimming through various Instagram stories and blogs. Like a madwoman, I would scroll on my phone, through the stories of the newest and hippest Instagram influencers with the ‘clearest’ voices on parenting with the right picture-perfect hipster images. Cringe! My social media binge usually left me either with a gut-wrenching sense of defeat since I had obviously just failed at the newly posted parenting cue or a piercing grotesque sense of pride that said “You only just now figured this out?! Honey, I knew that a decade ago.”

 

Admit it. You too have joined me and so many others in chasing down the newest method, the latest scientific discovery, the best and ‘rightest’ approach with that key phrasing and pertinent mom —dad— tone. Please...

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