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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

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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I don’t want to go to Church.

I don’t want to go to Church.

There’s a saying in AA that goes “ the best time to go to a meeting is two times: when you want to and when you don’t want to”. The implication being that you need to show up and sit your butt in the chair, regardless.   Nowadays, I find myself reluctant to go to...

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Begin now, Begin again

I took the February Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The whole process was really exciting and overwhelming. I self-studied and then took an intensive course. It was no joke. Just because God guides you towards a field and a harvest doesn't mean he isn't going to...

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Wisdom

Wisdom

Dear Reader, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5(ESV) I don't like advice. I will not ask for help in hell or high water. I will accept help if you volunteer it but it's...

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New Year, New You… NOT.

Dear Reader, I am certain you are familiar with the concept of "New Year, New You" or "New Year's Resolutions". The idea of having a fresh start is really something I am for. I'm all for doing new things. However, I am very aware that just because it's a New Year,...

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God is still Good.

God is still Good.

Dear Reader,   My grandmother died on December 6 ( her birthday) . My father had heart surgery a day or two after. My uncle had to go to ER. My other uncle had a stroke shortly before my grandmother's death.  My family gathered to mourn my grandmother's loss....

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Looking for Jesus in The Old Testament

I had a conversation a few months ago with a Christian friend of mine. She came to me because she felt wounded or as we, millennials, like to say "She felt some type of way" about the passages she had been reading in the Bible. I knew exactly what she meant. The rape...

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The Word at the Beginning

The Word at the Beginning

This advent season, my church is focusing their time on Genesis. We began with Genesis 1 and the beginning. There were a ton of good points made. I especially liked the notable quotes from Robert Madu: “Willpower is not real power”, “God can create something out of...

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The Advent Season

Dear Reader, I have a lack of impulse control and some patience issues. These are made even more evident during the Christmas season. For example: I go buy one gift and end up with five per person. It's a problem. And don't get me started on waiting on lines. I will...

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Tailor-Made

So I'm reading one of the YouVersion Bible App's plans (the one called Tailored Dreams), and Day 3 kicked me in the face. Not literally, of course. I cannot really accurately describe how it kicked me in the face so I will just paste the devotional content below in...

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Worship, a poem

  There is a cathedral inside my purse church bells sounding in my neural pathways hallelujahs just underneath my tongue   my heels shout amen my toes say glory my knees creak with the groanings of the holy spirit and on church days   People look at me...

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Beauty

Beauty is a rough topic among millennial women. Even my close friends struggle between the two extremes: eating too much, or eating too little. I have two friends with life-threatening eating disorders so I try very hard to not comment on anyone’s appearance. A “wow,...

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Rest

Rest

"Take less action", she said. I looked at her like she had three heads. I'm asking "what should I do about this situation?". She answered " Take less action". I'm a doer. I will agonize, contemplate and try to figure things out. I will be up at 3am googling solutions....

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The myth of Millenial- Flight?

I've noticed that there is a ton of Christian blogs discussing millennials. It is hilarious to me because most of these article authors assume that there is some sort of mass exodus of millennial happening in the church. It's a heated panicked discussion of "how do we...

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#metoo

If you've been around social media, you have seen this hashtag. It is to spread awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and sexual harassment.  As a woman of color, living in America, I always wondered if my experiences of sexual violence were unique to me. Yes,...

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I am no victim

Dear Reader, I have been listening to this Kristen Dimarco song for more than a week, every single day. The first time I heard it, I sobbed. I was hysterical because I wanted to believe the words but I just couldn't. Now, it seems like the more I listen to it, the...

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