Look For Life In Dead Things

Look For Life In Dead Things

As my mother would say, “Y’all have to hold my mule for this one.” The Holy Spirit has been downloading this blog post in my spirit throughout the week. I believe it’s baked enough to share it with you. Six weeks ago, I posted a picture of a nest that birds built in one of the hanging baskets on our…

He Prepares a Table

He Prepares a Table

Therein lies evil in the land. Some folx carry it around with them. Others have power and influence to cease it from going forth, but instead perpetuate it through silence or rhetoric. Still others spew it in their words and deeds. We don’t always know the reasoning, but perhaps we can agree that it operationalizes without seeking the assistance of…

Come Away With Me

Come Away With Me

A week ago, I answered a call. I think at first I thought it was spam. Admittedly, I may have ignored the call – dare I say even blocked the beckoning. But God. God has a way of interrupting. He knows how to get around the noise and the barricades that we erect. God sent a message of confirmation to…

He Takes Dramatic License Over Our Life

He Takes Dramatic License Over Our Life

I’ve shared on many occasions my love of watching programs on television. My daughter recommended that I check out First Ladies on Showtime. It did not disappoint! The acting and the manner by which the writers wove together narratives decades upon decades apart was remarkable. As I binged the show to catch up to where my daughter was, I noticed…

God’s Got a Chip For You!

God’s Got a Chip For You!

I had so much fun during the course of last week watching Dillon. Apparently, people associated with Dillon’s mom think more highly of Dillon’s behavior. The mother elected to record Dillon being placed in time out. While recording, Dillon pulled a large what appeared to be tortilla chip from underneath her shirt. Dillon had prepared in advance for her staycation…

The Protector of Peace

The Protector of Peace

It’s been a month – negate that, it’s been a year, but we’re not delving that deep today. While traveling to New York to assist the young professional settle in her new apartment, my Aunt Eloise, my mom’s sister passed. She’d been ill for a number of years, but experienced a decline over the last four to six months. Our…

Can You Serve God When It’s Explosive?

Can You Serve God When It’s Explosive?

Two weeks ago I was tasked with contacting the gas company for a refill for our propane tank. Unbeknownst to me, we were strikingly low, impacting our ability to have hot water or use the burners on the stove as they are powered by gas. At any rate, before I realized how low we were, I checked the unit outdoors.…

Just Leave Me Alone!

Just Leave Me Alone!

I can’t recall the exact time frame, but I believe it was early in the pandemic (think summer 2020) when a friend and colleague visited a plant sale and dropped off a bit of his spoil. He chose her because she was pink and green and he understood my affection to the colors. He also jokingly said, “She’s been in…

It’s Giving God!

It’s Giving God!

I was blessed to attend a professional conference last week. First in person experience in over two years. Suffice to say, I was excited and nervous. Being in a room with hundreds, even thousands made me a little queasy. However, I’d committed myself so, I got myself under subjection and went. I had a nice time overall, yet something was…

There’s a lot of weight in that “if”

There’s a lot of weight in that “if”

A classmate of mine responded in the comment field to last week’s blog.  Check it out if you haven’t.  He commented that the post was a gentle reminder that “if” we listen closely, God will speak to us. I couldn’t agree more. I replied, “I agree wholeheartedly! A lot of weight in that “if.” Shortly thereafter, I entered into my…

He Rescues Me

He Rescues Me

Whew chile. Less than one week with our rescue. Hold up. Going too fast. We had our beloved Sweet Diamond for 17 years before she crossed the rainbow bridge. We got her at four months old. Our daughter was 10 and I was…..17 years younger. 😂 I recall training and adjusting, but obviously, like childbirth, I recall it being painful,…

God Is In The Everythingness

God Is In The Everythingness

Over the weekend I was blessed to celebrate a sisterfriend on the 1st anniversary of launching her business (https://work4changellc.com/). It was an intentionally intimate gathering of friends and family who she wanted to honor and thank for supporting the vision God gave to her. At some point during the evening, she said, “God is in the everythingness” of it all!”…

Skip Recap

Skip Recap

While binging on a show recently (Sweet Magnolias – you’re welcome), I noticed that as a new episode aired, there was an option to “Skip recap.” In other words, one could enjoy a synopsis of what happened on the episode prior (sometimes even further back). It encompassed memorable scenes, action and/or dialogue. Sometimes I’ve found this option helpful if I’ve…

#StillHere

#StillHere

As the preacher would say, I won’t be before you long; but I actually mean it. Sometimes a lot of words are not required because the message may be ascertained quickly. A soror of mine shared a post regarding over 700 and some odd days in this pandemic, and navigating the virus with her child who is quarantining. She ended…

The Vulnerability to Manage Vulnerability

The Vulnerability to Manage Vulnerability

This feels like the longest January on record. LOL! I mean, I really did not arrive in 2022 with high expectations. After all, we’ve been duped for the last two years. I made certain to sit still, not touch anything and behave to the best of my ability. However, as my mother used to say, “everyone doesn’t have home training.”…

God Will Be Back In 10 Minutes

God Will Be Back In 10 Minutes

I fell victim to an ad on Instagram. Deep sigh. I know. I purchased some foundation. The shade did not match. I sought instruction on returning the item, however I attempted to do so out of the window of opportunity so to speak. Unbeknownst to me, the foundation was a huge cost, and coming up at the end of a…

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…

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”…

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…

Praxis, No Filter: The Advent Edition on Hope

Praxis, No Filter: The Advent Edition on Hope

We are in the season of Advent. A time of reflection as we not only celebrate the birth of Christ, but also the second coming of Christ. To begin our Advent Edition of Praxis, No Filter with our first tenet of Hope is Minister Mary Jane Jackson Palmer. She is a graduate Mississippi Valley State University with a BA in…

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…

The King Who Knocked

The King Who Knocked

Anything in the book of Revelation was scary to me as a kid (low key I’m still a little shaken). I am a visual learner, so the imagery in the book was enough to cause me concern. Yet, one verse always gave me comfort. It was Revelation 3:20, ““Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you…

And God Still Chose Them

And God Still Chose Them

One of my favorite narratives in the Word of God is that of Moses. Moses’ beginning was rough. Imagine being terrified of death for your child. Moses’ mother was so desperate to ensure his safety that she placed him in a basinet to sail upon the water in hopes that his life would be spared. Thankfully, a daughter of 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…

Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit

A few weeks ago while visiting family, I noticed something quite peculiar. There was a tree that appeared to be uprooted from the ground, yet the leaves were green and it was apparent that fruit was forthcoming. I was in awe. I was told that the tree was knocked over during the fall from a storm and no one disturbed…

What Do You Like On Your Popcorn?

What Do You Like On Your Popcorn?

When I tell you God is up to something, believe me. However, I’m certain that I don’t have to remind you. When our God is in the neighborhood, go ahead and make sure you are prepared to receive. I’ve both witnessed and experienced conditions that suggest that God is not on the throne, or concerned about us, or fighting on…

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.…

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,…

When God Says Enough

When God Says Enough

Let me offer the caveat. If blue was not your color, you might elect to check in next Monday because this blog is centered on the magnificent declaration that occured over the weekend in the Biden Harris camp. The Peanuts gang told us over 50 years ago, that people shouldn’t discuss, “politics, religion and the great pumpkin.” Lucky for you,…

A Lot Lesson

A Lot Lesson

My mother and I have assumed a walking challenge for the month of September. We walk out of our neighborhood and onto the sidewalk of a busy street. The speed limit is 45, although one would never assume that from the indication of travel. Often the cars are going so much faster. Mom and I walk to a particular street…

Come Closer

Come Closer

I’ve tried to tell y’all that Diamond is a prophet. I tell you I loose count at the number of Godly lessons and parables she has modeled for me over the last 16 years. She is the truth! LOL! But in all seriousness, I love how God uses His creation both human and furry to provide guidance and example. Diamond…

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…

Praxis, No Filter with KS Lewis

Praxis, No Filter with KS Lewis

All food discussions lead to God! Seriously though, where’s the lie? And when you consider this episode of Praxis, No Filter, you will devour every morsel and grain of wisdom KS Lewis shares. We discuss the ingredients to love, faith, hope and all that is good for the soul. Check it out, you will no doubt be filled and still…

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…