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…

Sane to You!

Sane to You!

Happy New Year! Praying God’s abundance over your life, which includes your mental acuity no matter what you find yourself navigating. I know this is the time where folx are declaring and speaking into existence. I stand in agreement with you for your petitions unto God and I desire for your wellness and well-being to remain centered as you move…

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…

He Will Not Make A Waze

He Will Not Make A Waze

A few years ago, my cousin in the ATL shared that she used Waze to navigate traffic. God knows you need Waze and a staff like Moses to move about that place. It’s busy beyond measure. I didn’t find it of use to me in North Carolina; but since y’all opened up the city and keep placing the Triangle on…

Praxis, No Filter: The Advent Edition on Joy

Praxis, No Filter: The Advent Edition on Joy

This episode of Praxis, No Filter:  The Advent Edition features, Monica Moody. She is a certified life purpose and career coach, spiritual writer, trainer and facilitator. Monica is also the founder of Owning Change, an organization aimed at supporting the world with shifting towards love and grace. Most recently, she authored a book entitled, “Be Yourself to Free Yourself: Awakening…

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”…

Praxis, No Filter: The Advent Edition On Love

Praxis, No Filter: The Advent Edition On Love

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Donna Sherrie understands this verse and is a living example of the love of God! Self-worth coach, author, mentor, minister of dance and believer of second chances joins Praxis, No Filter and unpacks…

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…

Respect the Kicker

Respect the Kicker

A few days ago I participated in a professional development opportunity focused on leadership. One of our facilitators shared that they were a big rugby fan and desires folx to respect the game. As you may know, rugby is not as popular in the United States, so unless you are a rugby fan or player, you may not be aware…

Keep Shouting!

Keep Shouting!

After lots of scrolling, I elected to watch a movie. As the opening credits began, I noticed the warning. It was rated PG13, and had the word Fear beneath it. I suppose I was to assume that the movie would possess an element of fear. After watching it, I concurred with the warning, but it wasn’t the type of fear…

April Showers Still Bring May Flowers

April Showers Still Bring May Flowers

The main thing that excites me about spring is the flowers it ushers in; and the signaling that warmer weather and longer days are on the horizon. But back to the flowers. The hard work, the planting, the tilling, the disturbing and the aching that accompanies said actions brings forth beauty. We cannot reach nor attain the beauty without the…

Seeking a Superhero?

Seeking a Superhero?

The photo attached to this blog entry was from a few years ago as I participated as a panelist. I was demonstrating my superhero pose that I was encouraged to enact when I’m preparing to embark upon a situation that would attempt to undermine my purpose, my confidence, my truth. It’s been a minute since I’ve had to pull the…

Shower Kneed

Shower Kneed

I’ve danced for as long as my memory can recall. In high school, creating a formation with some choreographed movement with a portion of the team being on their knees was always a go to move and a show stopper. Later in life, when I transitioned to leading praise and worship through dance, I found myself again creating movement that…

Open for “Business”

Open for “Business”

Folx are getting the vaccine to fight against COVID and feeling a little less frightened about being in public spaces. I’m folx, although I am still very much committed to wearing a face covering, and actually curious as to why we never did – but that’s a different story. Last weekend, I connected with a soror for a pilgrimage to the nail salon.…

Our Witness Must Witness

Our Witness Must Witness

I’ve shared in previous blogs my challenges with my eyesight and the fact that I’ve worn corrective lenses for over 45 years; in other words when I was in heaven prior to arriving on earth. LOL! In all seriousness, if wearing contact lenses wasn’t enough, I’ve now reached a point in my life where I additionally require readers. Sheltering in…

Hindsight is well…”2020″

Hindsight is well…”2020″

I’ve heard the sentiment for decades, “Hindsight is 2020.” It erupted a sense of eye rolling in my spirit, that is because I was once told by my opthamologist that my eyesight was about 20/400. Talk about shade. Tis true, however. So the consideration of someone having perfect vision, being able to read the very bottom of the eye chart,…

You’re Struggling

You’re Struggling

I don’t think that I dream often while asleep, or rather if I do, I do not recall the dream when I wake up. However a couple of nights ago was certainly the exception. Not only do I recall the dream, but I woke up immediately pondered the message. In the dream, I was walking outside, seemingly from a building…

And the Lord Remembered Her

And the Lord Remembered Her

It’s difficult to believe that half the year has passed. Many of us have pretty much remained in our homes, limiting our contact outside as we follow the recommendations for public health professionals. While some have relished in this gift, others like myself have ebbed and flowed. I am grateful to have a place of shelter, and relative access to…

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…

Praxis, No Filter with Shirnetta Harrell

Praxis, No Filter with Shirnetta Harrell

Shirnetta Harrell is wife, a mother, a clinical social worker, and CEO of her own brand, but the most important title that she doesn’t take lightly or for granted is that of a worshipper. In this season, as we navigate difficulty, challenge, sadness and in need of encouragement, allow this episode based upon the blog post, “He Is the Ultimate…

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…

Praxis, No Filter with Dr. Shae Grays

Praxis, No Filter with Dr. Shae Grays

The United States of America is experiencing a pandemic amidst a pandemic. Over the last week, the reality of the devaluing of black bodies set in in a way that we are still attempting to reconcile. On this episode of Praxis, No Filter, we speak with Dr. Shae Grays, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion with the College of Natural…

Did We Volunteer As Tribute?

Did We Volunteer As Tribute?

It’s been a hard week. Truth is, it’s been a hard 400 years. I’m referring to the enslavement of Afrikans, kidnapped and brought to America. You can read the history books for the details, or trace the trauma in our lived experiences, but the remnants of the devastation are what you are bare witnessing to in the streets. Everyone has…

Praxis, No Filter with Cassandra and Kyra Williams

Praxis, No Filter with Cassandra and Kyra Williams

There are times in life when the prayers you’ve prayed for others become necessary for yourself. In this episode, I’m joined by my cousins, who reside in New Orleans and have been on the battlefield warring against COVID-19. Hear my cousin Cassandra, who just returned home after a month in the hospital share her experience and her daughter, Kyra, who…