It Won’t Inflate For Long

It Won’t Inflate For Long

I may have shared that I’ve been walking daily over the last three months. I have a curiosity about looking at how people elect to decorate their homes, inside and outside. The choices, selections, colors, make me happy. Their artistic expressions and how they came up with something so polar opposite from me is fascinating. However, I just don’t do…

Walking Among Weeds

Walking Among Weeds

While on a walk a few days ago, I listened to a sermon by Bishop T.D. Jakes. I can’t recall the full context of the content, but I do recall that He admonished us to ask God for revelation. As I walked, I followed his instruction. God’s response was not only instantaneous, but overwhelming. Everywhere I looked, I heard the…

Return to the Mirror

Return to the Mirror

I would say during the last quarter of the year while listening to a sermon by Pastor Steven Furtick, I took notice to the words, “You will survive the sifting.” If you’ve never been in a season whereby everything you encounter seems to attempt to snip a little peace or piece out of you, just move along – nothing to…

Frequently Bought Together

Frequently Bought Together

I had one of those sleepless nights. I think my mind was focused on the fact that I needed to arise early in the morning for service. I went to bed with it on my mind and perhaps my intention awoke me – or so I thought. A few hours after I laid my head down, I awoke. At first,…

Praxis, No Filter: The Advent Edition on Peace

Praxis, No Filter: The Advent Edition on Peace

Dr. Seun Bello Olamosu has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. Dr. Seun identifies as bicultural, having been raised in Nigeria but living in the U.S for most of her life. Seun joined the Office of Undergraduate Education at Duke University in June 2019 as the Assistant Vice Provost. Seun earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy…

Blessed Is She!

Blessed Is She!

I should have known it to be a set up. Our Pastor, who also happens to be my Soror (skee-wee), posted on social media, inviting folx to join her in reading the Book of Luke during the month of December; essentially a chapter per day chronicling the birth of Jesus. She requested those who were interested to post a “yes”…

Too Many Tabs, Indeed Only One

Too Many Tabs, Indeed Only One

I was on a zoom call a few days ago (original, right). While I was speaking and referring to something, I searched for the document which provided the explanation that my memory failed to recall. I searched and searched but to no avail, I couldn’t find the information I was seeking. I had no less than 20 tabs open. With…

Sing As Expected

Sing As Expected

It’s a new dawn. I have been wrestling with a sinus infection this week that has interrupted my sleep, and I ain’t happy about that at all. On last evening, I suppose the medications aligned and allowed me to slumber until around 5:30amish. I elected to hop on the “30 Days of Thanksgiving Prayer Call” by Pastor Arlene Mitchell of…

God’s Got His Game On Block

God’s Got His Game On Block

A few days ago, I agreed to update my phone. I felt like I was being propositioned so much to the extent that I might need legal representation to ward off the insistency that I cosign to a process that I wasn’t clear about. The history I had with such an agreement posed problems. One time I recall the “update…

The God of Consent

The God of Consent

I attended a program on the campus where I am employed a few nights ago. In an effort to follow Covid protocols, the program organizers made consent wrist bands available. Program attendees were asked to wear the consent wrist bands to communicate nonverbally and visually, how they desired to engage with others. Red signaled that one maintains a strict six…

Their Next Depends On Your Now

Their Next Depends On Your Now

I believe God has us deeply connected with one another. I am not suggesting through our shared bloodlines in the natural, but instead the bloodline of faith. Even if I am unaware of what you are experiencing, my faith can impact your navigation and subsequent victory. That is one lesson that I pray that we never forget as we continue…

Ain’t Nobody Coming To See You!

Ain’t Nobody Coming To See You!

One of my favorite movies is the Temptations mini series. It chronicles the narrative of one of the most influential music groups in history. Comprised of many famous “one liners,” one that I find ways to incorporate often in conversation is that of David Ruffin when he utters, “Ain’t nobody coming to see you Otis!” I holler every time. Essentially,…

Find Yourself in Worship

Find Yourself in Worship

Last Sunday a glorious thing happened! My dear friend was ordained as a Minister. I was so excited and blessed to be in the number to witness the public acknowledgement of such an enormous responsibility. I was adorned in a dance garment because I was to minister in dance. As I sat in the sanctuary considering that on more occasions…

God Is My Hod

God Is My Hod

The most curious thing continues to happen. Each time I attempt to type God on my phone or tablet, the autocorrect kicks in and replaces God with Hod. At first it was only a minor inconvenience, but after a while, it become seriously annoying – such to the extent, I paused, reflected and realized that perhaps the Holy Spirit, who…

This Heat Right Here

This Heat Right Here

My mother detests heat. She grew up in rural Arkansas, so she’s definitely familiar with it, but seriously miss her when the temps hit high. She has to go inside. Funny enough, I’m quite the opposite. I spend so much time being cold that I appreciate the warmth of outside. I don’t like to necessarily perform activity in the heat,…

Say It Again For the People in the Back!

Say It Again For the People in the Back!

Growing up, I liked sitting in the back of the bus. Sidebar: I know, it’s what Sister Rosa fought against, but the fun happened at the back of the bus, on field trips, on the way to Lindblom (#SWOOP) to pom pon competitions and other events. While sitting in the back provided entertainment, one also missed out on critical information…

Help Me With My Doubts!

Help Me With My Doubts!

Do you have them? Do they overwhelm your peace? Do they thrust you into a sunken place? Do they attempt to rob you of the abundance of God? I suspect each of us, as holy as we are, can answer yes, at some point in time, or perhaps even earlier this week, this day, this morning, or even right now.…

He Sees. He Sends.

He Sees. He Sends.

I was lured to order something online. Hey, I’m not alone. In fact, there must be a support group for those who are a bit “click happy” since we’ve been sheltering in place. While browsing, I found a gift that I absolutely knew someone in my life would love and appreciate. I didn’t go for it immediately. I clicked on…

He Is The Ultimate Care Emoji

He Is The Ultimate Care Emoji

Like many others in a means to maintain some sort of connection with people while observing social distancing, I’ve come to the realization that a great deal of engagement happens via social media. It’s through this utility that I learn of good news, not so good news, partake in a little political debate, receive encouragement and enjoy a healthy dose…

Before the Door Closes

Before the Door Closes

I absolutely love this time of year. The birds begin their concerto around 4:30ish in the morning. The sun lovingly sends her brilliance through our blinds shortly after 6am. The days are longer and the warmth envelops me in a manner that is unexplainable. Accordingly, I love sitting outside, to write, do other work, participate as of late on Zooms…

Your Connection is Unstable

Your Connection is Unstable

Like countless others, I’ve been working from home for nearly nine weeks. Allow me first to insert a praise break, as I am grateful to the Lord Most for providing me with employment that has enabled such a practice. The reality that accompanies my new normal has involved participating in an endless number of virtual meetings. Now this is where…

The Siri God

The Siri God

I can’t tell you what version of iPhone I have nor when I secured it. Historically, I fail to read the manual or learn the commands. I know, pitiful, right? At any rate, as a previous iPhone owner of numeric identification, I used to know how to connect with Siri, the internal helper; but now, I find her when I…

Praxis, No Filter with Shaniece Gamble

Praxis, No Filter with Shaniece Gamble

“The reality is, my prayers don’t change God.  But, I am convinced prayer changes me.  Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.” – Lysa TerKeurst Today’s episode is summed up in reference to the aforementioned quote. Listen to Shaniece Gamble unfold the power and transformation of prayer in her…