A Church’s Refusal to Name Racism Gives White Supremacy a Seat in God’s House

The Sunday after the Charleston Massacre, churches all over the country prayed for the victims and their families. Taking their cue from the Emmanuel AME Church itself, pastors, reverends, and deacons encouraged their congregations to seek solace in God’s embrace. In addition, they implored their flock to show compassion and forgiveness. Their message encouraged togetherness in […]

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How I Came to Believe in the Body of Christ

I’ve long been fascinated with the ability of people who’ve lost their sight to still get around in the world. How afraid I’d be in perpetual darkness, unable to even move from one spot. I get bumps and bruises while moving in my own house, a place that I know very well. So when I […]

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I Never Intended to be a Christian Blogger

I don’t consider myself a “Christian blogger.” That label seems to be laced with all sorts of baggage that I don’t want to take on. I don’t want to come across as a “Jesus freak,” someone who can’t stop talking about God and who sees God in everything everywhere all the time. Someone who is unapproachable […]

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In the Darkness

I wrote this last year, right around this time. On this first full workday of Daylight Savings Time (or the end of it, I don’t know), I felt this downward pull/push. But I’m also mindful of the treasures and lessons in the darkness. I needed to read this again. Maybe you need it too.

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Three Unhelpful Words

Believe me: I’ve counted them. A million times. Backwards, forwards, upside and out. I’ve written them down. I’ve told my friends. I’ve laid them at the altar, giving thanks and praise. My home. 1 My children. 3 My husband. 1 My job. 1 My degrees. 3 My friends. 10+ My family. 10+ My (physical) health. 20+ […]

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I’m Here, I Exist

When I tell someone I have bipolar 2 disorder, the shock that comes across his or her face often takes me aback. If they know me, their shock is a tad annoying. What does me saying I have bipolar disorder change for them? What does the admission trigger in their mind about what someone with bipolar […]

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NaBloPoMo – October 8: Grateful

I had a weird up and down day. It started down. I wasn’t sure about my hair. I was so tired and had a long drive and I wasn’t sure what was going to be at the other end of that drive so I was anxious. I remembered a scripture in James 1 (this is […]

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NaBloPoMo – October 6: Thirst

Is it just me, or do you find you find yourself more thirsty the more water you drink? I’ve been really trying to get my water intake up, especially because I drink too much coffee. So I’m likely doing abut 70 ounces a day now. But I constantly feel parched, my lips are chapped, and […]

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Humbled…and Tired

First, let me say how humbled I am that y’all are still reading. That I’m still getting emails from folks wanting to connect. That my stories and experiences are making a difference. I’m totally and completely humbled. Second, as you can imagine, I’m exhausted. Tired. Writing a dissertation in a year while nurturing a marriage […]

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Go shortay…it’s ya birthday…we gon party like its ya birthday

Well, it was my birthday. And it was fabulous. Baseball game with kids and fellow 30-something’s in the backyard. I was obviously the MVP — got on base at every at bat. Then followed by karaoke at what I thought was going to be a happening bar but what turned out to be a little […]

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