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Daring to Look Odd

When I decided to fully stand for Christ and vocalize our relationship I knew that there would be pushback. What I didn’t anticipate is that it would happen as soon as it did. Being under 30 and openly saved is a very interesting experience. Even more, being within youthful circles with people who may believe…

Encouragement

It seems that today we have lost sight of the power of encouragement. Not just encouraging others but also ourselves. I reflect on the times where one of my friends would call to vent and instead of encouraging them to do better because of who they were, I would join in the mess or the…

Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a major component to understanding identity. It is that secret compartment that we house our emotions and images about ourselves. Self-esteem impacts our actions, motives and even our words. How does something that is invisible, that is first obvious to us then the world have so much power?Measurement. Whether we realize it or…

Self-R.e.s.p.e.c.t

Aretha Franklin has this song called “Respect” which debuted in 1967 that speaks to a man not respecting his woman. Basically the woman is begging her man to respect her when he gets home. She laments that she’ll give all her money and in essence everything for him if he’d only respect her. Now the song…

Peace

Peace is something that America needs right now. In the aftermath of the club shooting in Orlando that left many dead, in the face of heated Presidential elections, reality tv, and mass killings in major cities, we need peace. Even more than outward peace though we need inner peace. Inner peace comes from the Lord.…

The Beauty of Grace

In a world filled with people who have something to prove, grace can be tough. Especially when so many women are attempting to show that they are on equal playing fields with men. However, I’m learning that grace is a virtue, it is the essence of strength. There are two types of strength covert and…

On Loving Yourself

Do you know how it feels to love yourself? I mean  really love yourself! Like every imperfection, every flaw, your awkwardness, your laughter? If you don’t then how do you expect anyone else to? Understand that love and appreciation are two different things. I can appreciate my hard work while not loving the outcome. We…