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Circle: Take Note of Those Around You

What’s the first thing people think of when discussing legendary Biblical characters? Some may say miracles. Others might say lessons. A few may even say favor. Me myself, I have begun to consider their circles. I know that may seem a bit random, but it is something to me, that truly plays a strong part in one’s success. How did the older folk say it, “If you have 4  ___ friends, you’ll be the 5th.” (Put whatever you’d like in the blank.) Ruth was around her mother-in-law. Elisha followed Elijah. Peter was with James & John. Even Jesus had an inner circle. You do the math. What happens around you affects what happens in you. If you look at various people in our time, from the Obamas to Mark Zuckerberg, from Jackie Hill Perry, from me and you, we all are influenced to follow the flow of those around us, whether we realize it or not. I myself have done it, and I am grateful that I did. As a result of amazing fellowships, mentoring, healthy criticism and correction, & love I am able to w…

Rest In Peace (In Honor of Ollie Coley)

A heart of gold with a priceless smile that could not be ignored. A soul that helped whoever was in need and never closed an open door. Spilling out truth at all times while giving love that would never end. A disciplinarian when necessary and when comfort was needed, a friend. Never to be forgotten or ignored. Always to be reverenced and remembered. A woman after all of our hearts, who never saw one as smaller or bigger. She will never leave our sides and her memory will never cease.

Gratefulness: Give Your Honor Now

Recently I lost a member of my family. My great-grandmother passed on Saturday, March 2, at the age of 86. She was a true light. With honesty and light, she showed love to others whenever she could. If they needed edification, she provided encouragement. If they needed support, she was a shoulder to cry on. If they needed truth, she told it like it T-I-IS. In my eyes she truly was a staple in more ways than one. Various times of my life where people in my family, including myself, were struggling she lent a hand. It was truly her essence. To be honest, losing her truly shocked me because I did not see it coming. I thought I had a little more time. To me, the time would come soon enough, but it would not come yet. As you can see I was wrong. This has truly convicted me because I was reminded that none of us will be here on this Earth forever. We all have a chosen purpose and a chosen time. Once that reaches its end, there is nothing we can do to change it. That is why we must fulfill what Go…

Revolution

Marching feet as steady as African drums. War cries of hymns & chants of people trying to overcome. Protestors with boards and signs a raised all on one accord trying to start a revolution that will shift our world.
Entire cities a blaze with fires of frustration and anger that have built up over the years due to oppression of the soul. Communities attempting to keep their youth out of the reach of danger, while living in a system corrupted since the days of old.
A system of the haves and have nots. A country divided by races such as black and white. Built on the backs of enslaved people who hope they will soon reap a reward for fighting the good fight.
Marching feet as steady as African drums. War cries of hymns & chants of people trying to overcome. Protestors with boards and signs a raised all on one accord trying to start a revolution that will shift our world.
A superpower that is divided at its very core. Separated by the color of one’s skin. Labeled threat or victim. Tarnished by years o…

Temperance: Continue to build your walls

If you could name the thing that God has helped you grow the most in what would it be? Some may say patience because they used to not be able to wait on His timing. Others may say forgiveness because they were not able to let things go for their own good. Me, I would probably say temperance because I used to be a living, breathing fire cracker.

Anyone who knows me knows what I am talking about. There was a time in my life where if you looked at me wrong I tried to turn into a heavyweight boxer, with my words that is.

I would say whatever came to my mind with no filter at all. You would think I was a lawyer trying a case in front of the supreme court because I brought out all of my weapons. There was nothing that could stop me.

Now I'm not gonna lie, it felt good. The essence of saying what I want and not being controlled by others was amazing...for those few moments. Then, the consequences kicked in. The stares started. The relationships disappeared. People stopped wanting to talk…

Usher Me (In Honor of Tashia Fletcher)

From our first meeting
you were there with hands and heart open on one accord,
not caring about others opinions or thoughts
regarding what I should be living for.
With love overflowing like the God that we serve
you helped ease every worry & calm every nerve.
With your smile, your spirit, & your soul honey sweet
you helped me see that no matter what my life in God was complete.
Opening up in various ways you were a sister and a friend
used by God to help me get to where he had for me to begin
With positivity and perspective,
joy and peace,
you encouraged many to trust in the Lord
and live their life in ease.
Even in you're going away
you have made it clear in the end
that we should all live every day like it's our last for Him.
So as you are laid to rest
with joy I decree, you were a tool that
God used to usher me.


InhonorofTashiaFletcher
May you Rest In Peace

Different

All right, I'm ready to have a heart to heart. A real moment of honesty and truth.  A time where I pulled out some of my hidden feelings,  revealing what crosses my mind when life hands me a, "1, 2".
Now, some may think, "What is there really to show?" "What is there truly to say?" "You have won the good fight and you glow in Christ everyday."
What you don't realize is that divine involves difference  and that's not as easy as it seems. Because when stains are what is normal it feels really lonely to try to stay clean.
I'm not saying I am perfect  or that I don't do wrong.  However I've caught many a side-eye for trying to play "God's song".
From terms like "weird" to "church girl", the comments grew and grew,  starting from the cafeteria all the way to the pews.
It resulted in frustration  and added worry plus despair  because I wondered how God loved me, then allowed this treatment that was so unfair.
Th…