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To Everything, There is a Season

Dear Reader Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8  reminds us that to everything there is a season. As we near the end of the year 2022, we can reflect on the seasons of life we’ve experienced this year. We can pause and think about what knowledge and wisdom we learned this year that...

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How to Fight Seasonal Depression Naturally

How to Fight Seasonal Depression Naturally

Dear Reader: Winter can be a tough time for a lot of people. The days are shorter, the weather is colder, and it can feel like there's less to look forward to. For some people, these months can trigger seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression...

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How to stay focused on your new year’s vision plan

How to stay focused on your new year’s vision plan

Dear Reader,  It’s the new year, which means it’s time to get focused on your vision plan. Yes I chose to save this post for near the end of January. My reason is because this is the point where most people are already done with their New Year’s Resolution. ...

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Tips to Help Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Winter

Tips to Help Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Winter

Dear Reader,  If you're like me, you’re not really on the lookout for the newest beauty trends and products to hit store shelves, but you have dry skin. Because of this and social media, you may have noticed that winter skincare is having a moment. This season,...

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CHRISTIAN BOOKS TO READ THIS YEAR

CHRISTIAN BOOKS TO READ THIS YEAR

Dear Reader:  Christian books are a great way to grow in faith and learn more about God. If you want to start reading Christian books this year, here are some of the best ones that you should read. - "The Shack" by William P. Young: This is one of the most...

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Simple Tips for a Fit and Healthy Winter

Simple Tips for a Fit and Healthy Winter

Dear Reader:  Hey there! Now that winter is in full swing, it's time to buckle down and get serious about staying fit. For some of us, that means hitting the gym harder than ever. But for others, it might mean trying a new workout routine or signing up for a...

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WRITE THE VISION

WRITE THE VISION

Dear Reader: Habakkuk 2:2-3 states “And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely...

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The Story of Christmas 

Dear Reader: I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here,  but I felt that December wouldn’t be complete without discussing at least a little bit of the story of Jesus. While scholars are certain Jesus wasn’t born in winter, it is the time we chose to...

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This Christmas, enjoy these classic holiday tunes!

This Christmas, enjoy these classic holiday tunes!

Dear Reader:  It's the most wonderful time of the year! 'Tis the season for gift-giving, festive parties, and of course, Christmas music. Whether you're looking to get into the holiday spirit or just need some background noise while wrapping presents, we've got...

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Winter is Coming: A 101 Guide for Adults

Winter is Coming: A 101 Guide for Adults

Dear Reader:  Winter can be a tough time of year for adults. You have to worry about things like shoveling snow, making sure your car is winterized and stocking up on supplies in case of a winter storm. It can be tough to keep track of everything, but don't...

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Living for Righteousness

Living for Righteousness

Dear Reader, Proverbs 21:21 (ESV) states "Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness  will find life, righteousness, and honor." In the Bible, the word “righteousness” is used to describe people who are in right standing with God. It is not a state of being...

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HABITS IN THE BIBLE

HABITS IN THE BIBLE

Dear Reader,  The Bible is a compilation of 66 books written by 40 different authors over a span of about 1600 years. I know, right?! The Bible is not just a book, it's an entire library. It's full of stories, histories, and instructions for living. The Bible has...

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Domestic Violence and the Holidays

Domestic Violence and the Holidays

Dear Reader: The holidays are often a time of joy and community, but for people in abusive relationships, they can be stressful and dangerous. Abusive partners may use the holidays as an opportunity to control and isolate their victims. They may also become more...

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Creating a Space You’re Grateful For

Creating a Space You’re Grateful For

Dear Reader:  It's easy to take our homes for granted. We often complain about the noise, the mess, and the lack of privacy. But what if we took a step back and tried to see our homes differently? What if, instead of complaining about all the things we don't...

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Gratitude? – it’s that time of year again 

Dear Reader,  It’s November, so it's time for all that gratitude and thankfulness talk. Gratitude and Thankfulness are not actually the same thing. Thankfulness is the feeling. Gratitude requires showing appreciation. Let yourself bubble up with Thankfulness so...

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Concepts that science and faith both agree on

Dear Reader: I just wanted to point out that there are many things that science and faith both agree on. Aliens: The possibility of Life out there There are a number of verses in the Bible that allude to other life forms than humans. The most famous mention being in...

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Healing: Herbs, Prayers, and Modern Medicine

Healing: Herbs, Prayers, and Modern Medicine

Dear Reader:  Herbs, prayers, and modern medicine have been used for centuries to heal the body and restore balance. Each of these methods has its benefits, and when used together, they can create a powerful healing experience. Herbs can be used to support the...

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Christians and Science

Dear Reader,  This month we’re gonna get into Christianity and Science. There are some of you that are doing a great job in accepting that faith and science go hand in hand. There are others that won’t touch science with a ten-foot pole… that are like the world...

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Cleaning and ME

Dear Reader,  We talked about spiritual cleanliness last week but this week I want us to roll up our sleeve and talk about cleaning house. I want to share you what I’ve learned in my few years of adulting and my top tips for cleaning. Let me know if you have some...

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Cleanliness: Is it really next to Godliness?

Dear Reader:  Everyone has heard the phrase, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” That’s not actually in the scriptures but has been attributed to be in them nonetheless. While this is not a true proverb, there are several references to cleanliness and cleaning in...

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Routines, Rituals, and Practices 

Routines, Rituals, and Practices 

Dear Reader,  This month we’re going to talk about routines, rituals, and practices that make our lives better. We’ll talk about morning and evening routines, spiritual practices, exercise, and even cleaning! God wants us to have an abundant life and there are...

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Church as Family 

Dear Reader:  I want to encourage you to use church as a resource. I know its not a happy place for alot of people and even those who engage in Church may be relunctant to fully go all in. But do it ! WAYS TO ENGAGE IN CHURCH TO FIND FAMILY Join a team. It does...

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How to Build your Family of Choice

How to Build your Family of Choice

Dear Reader,  For some, relationships with family are simply irreparable. Last week we learned that God wants us to have a full life and not continue to retraumatize ourselves just because they’re family and we feel like they have to be in our lives.  For...

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When Your Kid is Not a Believer — in God

When Your Kid is Not a Believer — in God

Dear Reader,  I know that there’s some parents out here who are really upset and aghast that their child does not believe the same things, have the same values or walk in the way that they were taught.  I want to reassure you today that that is really perfectly...

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 Tips for Resolving Family Conflicts

 Tips for Resolving Family Conflicts

Dear Reader,  As you know, this month we’re talking about family and so we have to get into how to practically resolve/ diffuse family conflicts.  Be Honest: God does not say that you have to lie to reconcile with people. That ain’t biblical. You can still...

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Biblically Imperfect Families

Biblically Imperfect Families

Dear Reader,  I wanted to start off our foray into families with an exploration of biblically imperfect families. You know the ones I’m talking about. Starting with the infamous: Sarai and Abram, turned Sarah and Abraham… to Esau & Jacob. Let’s not forget Mary and...

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Working out faith with Family

Dear Reader,  This month we’re going to be talking about all things family. Whether a family of choice or family of origin, whether they be friend or foe, let’s talk about family and faith. God wants us to have connections with people. No person on this earth is...

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Gratitude in the BIBLE

Gratitude in the BIBLE

Dear Reader,  As the last post for May, I just wanted to take a moment to get into some of what the bible says or presents regarding gratitude. I want to go into some bible stories.  LEPER (LUKE 17:12-19) Leprosy was a serious thing back in the day. It was...

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Encourage Yourself

Encourage Yourself

Dear Reader,  This past weekend was my birthday so I took a little break for my birthday from posting. But one of the greatest tenants of living in gratitude is to actively encourage yourself. Most of the negative scripts that subconsciously run through our minds...

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Christian Affirmations From The Bible

Christian Affirmations From The Bible

Dear Reader,  I just wanted to share what's on the inside cover of my spiritual journal. It’s basically a list of affirmations that come from the bible. I thought I should share so that it would help someone. It also helps me to write out the verses and read them...

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PRAISE ON THE INSIDE

Dear Reader,  Since our topic for the week is gratitude and praise, I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite gospel songs:  J Moss’ Praise on the Inside. My favorite lyric is “ There’s a praise on the inside that I can’t keep to myself/ A halle-...

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Gratitude From THE SHADOWS

Gratitude From THE SHADOWS

Dear Reader:  Gratitude seems all fun and dandy until we’re going through a dark night of the soul--until fear or despair gets a grip on us and we can’t seem to think of anything else. I’m not talking about clinical depression or any psychological illness. I’m...

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A Gratitude Practice

Dear Reader,  Today I want to talk to you about having a gratitude practice. Nothing but breathing and your heart beating come automatically in this life; everything else takes practice.  Why Practice Gratitude? I don’t know why… I could tell you the...

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Gratitude Journal Ad

Gratitude Journal Ad

This is about yesterday’s post on the practice of gratitude. I wanted to share with you the gratitude journal I use and the one I used before the current one.   And remember, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The journal I use now:...

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Breath of Gratitude

Dear Reader,  This month is going to be all about feel-good vibes. We’re gonna dive deep into how to live out gratitude. I may talk about some stories in the Bible, some biblical affirmations to help you speak truth to the darkness, or just talk about my...

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Saving

Dear Reader,  Today we are going to talk about saving. Eh. I know. I even hate uttering the word. It’s especially hard to save for a rainy day when it always seems like it's raining or when your life seems to just move from one crisis to another. Alas, saving is...

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How to Save Intentionally: No Spending Days

How to Save Intentionally: No Spending Days

Dear Reader, Don’t you just love the shot of dopamine that you get when you click buy on an online website? Doesn’t your heart just sing when you walk away from the store with a bag? Then scheduled no spending days are for you.  A spending day is any day where...

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Credit Cards: Necessary Evil or Financial Lifesaver?

Credit Cards: Necessary Evil or Financial Lifesaver?

Dear Reader,  There is a lot of debate about whether credit cards are necessary or evil. I personally didn’t even attempt to get a credit card until my thirties! My mother told me that credit cards were from the devil and I believed her and that was that. Now, I...

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Per Paycheck Budgeting: The Pros and Cons

Per Paycheck Budgeting: The Pros and Cons

Per Paycheck Budgeting: The Pros and Cons Dear Reader: Per paycheck, budgeting is a financial strategy that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. The basic premise is simple: break your monthly budget into smaller, more manageable chunks,--- aka two weeks,...

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Cash Envelope System

Cash Envelope System

The Cash Envelope System: An Opinionated Look at an Old School Money Management Method Dear Reader,  The cash envelope system is an old-school money management method that has been making a comeback in recent years. This system involves using envelopes to track...

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ZERO BASED BUDGET

ZERO BASED BUDGET

Dear Reader,  Today we’re going to talk about something that’s super-duper popular: the zero-based budget.  The idea was made popular, especially in christian circles, by Dave Ramsey. The whole concept is that every dollar is accounted for, and that income -...

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Dave Ramsey’s book/ books

Dave Ramsey’s book/ books

Dear Reader, I like to think of Dave Ramsey as the start of this whole zero based budget craze. I'm not sure if he actually was but I guess at this point it doesn't really matter. Below is a link to a book that got a lot of people to rethink their financial practices....

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Financial Stewardship

Dear Reader,  I want us to spend the month of April learning together about finances. Money is mentioned a lot in the Bible. Not just in Proverbs or the Old Testament either, Jesus makes a point of telling parables and stories involving money. Since the Bible...

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The Story of Deborah

The Story of Deborah

Dear Reader,  I would like to end Women’s History Month with the story of Deborah:the judge, the military leader, and the prophet. The Book of Judges even describes her as a “mother of Israel” but it can be assumed that this is a title as there is no mention of...

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Women as Prayer Powerhouses

Women as Prayer Powerhouses

Dear Reader, Did you know that women have always been the prayer powerhouse of the church? From Bible times until now, women have been at the forefront of prayer. In this blog post, we will explore why women are such powerful prayer warriors and discuss some of the...

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I AM A COMPLETE WOMAN

I AM A COMPLETE WOMAN

Dear Reader,There's a lot of talk about singleness and being single lately. Some people seem to think that if you're not in a relationship, then you're not really a woman. I know this to be true of my parents, but I think that’s more of an indication of Haitian...

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Bad Girls of The Bible

Bad Girls of The Bible

As you can see, I started off Women's History Month talking about the "bad girls" of the Bible. I wanted to take a moment to talk about the women who are vilified by Christianity in sermons, in children's stories, just everywhere. Even people who do not read the Bible...

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Delilah, betrayal, and work cultures

Dear Reader,  We all know the story of Samson and Delilah. There are two interesting parts about the story to me: 1. She’s the only woman who gets named in the story and 2. He actually wife-d her. Samson, an Israelite, loved/and/or married Delilah, the...

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On the ‘count of Eve.

Dear Reader,  March is Women’s History Month. I thought I’d start this month by taking a moment to talk about women in the Bible. There are obviously a lot of choices, but let’s take a moment to talk about Eve, the first woman mentioned in the canonical Bible. ...

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My Christian Music Faves

My Christian Music Faves

Dear Reader, I thought I would take a moment to talk about how I use music to encourage myself. I really like to just take a moment during my cleaning/cooking/ weekend-frenzy to really listen to music.  Sometimes that listening to music sesh ends in a full...

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Meal Planning- Plan

Meal Planning- Plan

Dear Reader,  Since I talked to you a bit about my body image/ weight struggles, I thought I would take a moment to talk about my meal planning- plan.  Firstly, I freestyle breakfast. I do not prepare breakfast. I used to bake some breakfast muffins but...

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Body Image & Jesus

Dear Reader,  I am sensitive about my body. Any comments at all about weight (whether positive or negative) will lead to obsessing about it. I am not the only one. Social media, the million weight loss programs being advertised, pills, surgery etc--- all of those...

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Christianity and Race

Dear Reader,  Let’s talk about race. In honor of Black History Month, I feel like I have to take a moment to discuss this uncomfortable topic.   As many resources exist on liberation theology, diversity,  critical race theory for Christians, the...

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Black History Month Read

Black History Month Read

I'm just taking advantage of Black History Month to recommend a book. I really did not want to read this book. As a Black woman, living and making my life in this world, I was quite frankly tired of the discussions around race. But this book provided so much really...

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What the Bar Exam means to me now

What the Bar Exam means to me now

Dear Reader, I realize that I told you about the first time I took the bar exam. And then right after it, the blog dropped off. The truth is I failed the February 2021 bar exam by 13 points. That’s the honest truth. But God loves a good comeback story. I passed the...

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Christian Mysticism

Christian Mysticism

I'm been learning more about different aspects and sects of Christianity these days. One of the most fascinating ones to me is Christian Mysticism. The Encyclopedia defines Christian Mysticism as "the sense of some form of contact with the divine or transcendent,...

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When it feels like a void … but it’s not

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 For those who have been following this blog, who have been connecting...

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It’s all about You

It’s all about You

I finished taking the bar exam today. I won’t know the results for months but as I sat reflecting on this momentum, I thought about water. About ripple effects. About the disastrous break up that made me learn tech skills. About the church break up that led me to my...

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when a heart breaks

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief” (Psalm 31:9, NIV) I don't really have anything elegant or quippy to say. I spent the past half hour scream-pray-singing "take courage my heart, stay steadfast my...

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Of Sackcloth and Ashes

My mother has done something strange but biblical. She sewed together a few of those old timey rice bags and made what looked like a blanket. And lain in it to cry out her sorrows to God. She's Haitian so when she said something about "levangil sack'la." I started...

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Birthday praise

Birthday praise

Do over Before the Game is over Today is my 32nd Birthday. My aunt sent me this photo. In 2006, I was about 17 and I preached a sermon called Do over before the game is over. I laughed when I saw this photo because I did not yet have a full understanding of God’s...

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The view from my  mind’s window

The view from my mind’s window

I haven’t been outside since March 9, 2020. On The Friday before that Monday My primary care doctor called me and told me with your immune system and your lack of proper lung function, I need you to go inside and not come out indefinitely. On the Tuesday before that...

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Do the hard things, someone out there needs you to.

I'm a runner. When I see something in front of me that seems big, I am more likely to run away than confront it. This is the me I have always known. There's something about being on the path that God called you to that is infuriating, frustrating and still more...

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Obedience and a blessing

A lot has happened. I finished my first year of law school. I turned thirty one years old. I got incredibly sick. What I really want to discuss is something someone said to me a couple months ago. I won't say her name in case she reads this. She hinted really strongly...

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Dig another well And set your self free

Hi y’all I started my second semester of law school a month ago. I received the grades from the semester and was overjoyed about what team me and God could do. Then I started doing a lot. Black law student Moot court, judicial interviews, live streaming as a gamer,...

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wounds

I think I'm feeling something close to despair. I know that God is good. That He is faithful. That those things are facts independent of my feelings. However, I feel wrecked. I feel abandoned. I feel like everyone I ever trusted was untrustworthy ... like even myself...

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God’s Plan – Not the Drake song

Dear Reader, Law school started.  My relationship ended. My brother got married. And I began to ponder on a particular question. How much can I alter God’s plan for my life?  From this question came subsequent questions: Is God’s plan rigid and narrow? Is it...

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Wash me, Jesus.

Wash me, Jesus.

Dear Reader, I love that I attend a church that ushers in the presence of God  and that I actually have a life-changing experience every single time I attend corporate worship. I’d like to think that this just happens like a stroke of luck but it doesn’t a lot of work...

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broken

I did this thing. It's an intensive art/ movement/ talk therapy thing for women who have been sexually assaulted. I did this thing. Emphasis on the I. I didn't consult anyone before I did it. I didn't ask God for his opinion. I said to myself I'm going to do this...

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Talking to myself

I have always collected words, phrases, thoughts, etc. It is something I have always done. In middle school, I spent recess periods seated at the entrance of the playground on a huge concrete rock poured over a book. Words have always been important. In high school,...

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God is in the details

Remember how I said I got a full scholarship to law school. I omitted a few details. It wasn't the school I had my heart set on going to. It wasn't the school I prayed over and visited and acted like I was already attending. When I got that full scholarship, I was...

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Morally right? Ethics? Or Jesus?

It is hard to understand that I am called to higher standard, especially since I love to argue and debate.  It isn’t enough for something to just not be illegal. It isn’t enough for it to be ethical. I was present for a discussion about the Cosby case that turned...

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The Cross and the Good News

The Cross and the Good News

Dear Reader, This is the gospel: Jesus lived. He died. He resurrected. And he is coming again. I think it’s important during this time of celebration to remember the basics of the good news. I think I get so excited about Jesus and what he can do. I forget what he has...

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God does whatever he wants

God does whatever he wants

When he wants. My church hands out these card things in the beginning of the year. I wasn't even going to waste my time filling it out. It says " Write down your dreams for 2018 Below". I took it home blank. I journalled in my diary about it. A few days later, I woke...

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