Sunday, August 23, 2020

The Gospel: Who, What, When, Where, and Why

 Whew! What a year we’ve had thus far. Tragedy, loss, pestilence, death, injustice, economic collapse, social discord, and civil unrest: dealing with any one of these things at any time would be bad enough, experiencing them all at once feels apocalyptic. With everything happening, the first, second, and third thoughts that have been running through my mind is Christ and His return. No one knows the day although, the word tells us the time leading up to it will be marked by Godlessness (2 Timothy 3) and terrifying calamity (Matthew 24, Daniel 11). Jesus will come unexpectedly but because we, who are in Christ, are not in the dark, we will not be surprised when the day of The Lord comes like a thief (1 Thessalonians 5 vs.1-11). It is comforting to know believers will not be caught unaware however my thoughts haven’t been on believers, they’ve been on the unbelievers, and those who knew Jesus yet turned away.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Introducing: Six Years And A Quarter Way Through


I’ve always believed the greatest pains give birth to the most beautiful things. Like a coal under pressure, a woman in labor, and the crucifixion of Jesus, all birth life’s greatest treasures. Two years ago during a time in my life where I was determined to remain faithful though undeniably in distress, I began writing my debut novel, Six Years And A Quarter Way Through. What started off as a means to alleviate my burdened spirit turned into my greatest joy. Twenty Years after I first said I would, I was writing a book; A book, which loosely tells my story while encouraging other young believers to stay the course no matter the difficulty.   



Last week I watched I feel pretty, a romantic comedy about an insecure woman who suffers a head injury, which causes her to see herself as she always wished to be; beautiful. While the film was indeed funny it was also heartbreaking. In one of the early scenes, Renee, the protagonist undresses in front of the mirror, wearing only spanks she considers herself. Minutes later she walks away defeated and forlorn.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Seeking wisdom: 31 days of Proverbs


What should you do if you feel you need wisdom? Ask and it shall be given to you.


A few months ago I began praying for godly wisdom. I imagined I’d wake up one-day filled with it, without doing anything more than asking it to be so. Things didn’t quite work out that way. This is what actually happened; I prayed for wisdom and God directed me to the book of proverbs. Before I get into what I learned during my 31 days with proverbs (I spent a full day on one chapter), it’s important to understand why I prayed for wisdom in the first place.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Three Ways God taught me humility

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things (Mark 6 vs. 34).”



I took the same class for ten years. Before you start asking yourself, how is that possible, allow me to explain. It was the kind of course that had a three-part final examination: the lab, written exam, and practical. The first time I took the test I failed all three parts, later I’d pass the lab but not the written or practical. Then I passed the written but not the practical or lab, and so on so forth. I came really close to dropping it until the professor, an incredibly kind and very patient man, spoke to me. He didn’t shame me about failing His class repeatedly instead He was encouraging. After talking to him I realized, some things you get delivered from others you’re delivered through. There was no avoiding this class, I’d have to pass it to move forward, I would need what I’d learn for where I would go next.

The Promise before the process . . .


As a young child, my dream was to be the brightest of stars. I imagined being the leading lady in wildly successful movies, TV shows, plays, and joining the elite club of E.G.O.T. (Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, Grammy) recipients. I voiced this dream to very few people instead shared a more practical course, though I never truly tuned out the desires of my heart.