Daddy

Yesterday, sitting in a busy restaurant, I began to meditate on this thought: “Jesus is the perfect representation of God.” My earthly father had a difficult life. His backstory was filled with a loss of a mother and sister at a young age, racial discrimination, poverty, separation from younger siblings. As a child, I did not find my earthly dad easily approachable. He was a good provider never abusive but...

Reconciling in Love

In light of everything that has been going on this week, I have been reading and meditating on Acts 15. Paul and Barnabas were two mighty men of God. They had preached together and had seen many miraculous signs. Paul, the straight forward Apostle and Barnabas, the encouraging Pastor. They seemed like the perfect match…until they weren’t. At the end of Acts 15 the dream team had an argument so...

You Are the Church

I had a great conversation with a friend who co-pastors a small church in Holly Springs. We were dreaming about what the church should look like. Yesterday after speaking with another friend, I started dreaming about what the perfect church body would look like for me. Here is my list: 1. I want a church body that is diverse – from the leadership to the members. I want a church...

Flip the Script

This blank Facebook Post is staring me in the face this morning. Daring me. Daring me to find the positive. In a week that has been filled with obligations, deadlines, bad news, and sleepless nights, how do I end it on a positive note. How do I encourage when I need encouraging. How do I point to God when I just want to have a pity party. “FLIP THE SCRIPT,”...

Walking Through the Fire

My students were complaining about a decision I made. They said it was “unfair.” And because I am such a compassionate and loving teacher, my response was, “Life is unfair and then you die.” They were not exactly happy with my response. But the truth of the matter is, “Life is unfair.” Sometimes, spouses cheat, financial devastation occur, children get sick, natural disasters destroy, bosses fire, lives are lost. Sometimes...

The Fear of The Lord

Looking through my memories on Facebook, I noticed one thing: I am always overwhelmed and tired this time of the year. And every year, I come to the same conclusion: stop focusing on all that needs to be done and focus on Jesus. Yesterday grading papers, writing recommendations, preparing for my bible study, and preparing lesson plans ALL screamed “NOW!” But instead of allowing them to dictate my schedule, I...

A Mary Rest

I hear the voice of God calling, “My daughter, I need you to rest.” “I know,” I respond, “But I HAVE to…” He replies, “Choose what is better.” “Are you a Mary or a Martha?” This question has plaqued too many women in bible studies. We force women to choose. To put themselves in a box. To see themselves either as Type-A driven personality or a laid back Type-B. Who...

Positivity

Each year I am overwhelmed by students asking for letters of recommendations. To help write a letter that is personal, I ask the students to complete a survey. This response captured my heart. What was your favorite memory from my class? “My favorite memory of calculus BC would have to be being greeted by you everyday. No matter what was happening that day or how long the week felt you...

Unfinished Pages

I am preaching tomorrow at the Belonging Women’s Conference. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. For about the last six months, I have been struggling to find a sense of belonging in one area of my life. I have been hurt and rejected yet not released by God to leave. “Stay,” He has consistently instructed. I feel like an Old Testament prophet, asked to do something difficult to...

What the Heck?

Have you ever got mad with God for answering your prayer? Is it just me? The other day, a friend was experiencing a major crisis. We prayed together and BOOM! The next morning our prayers were answered. Now, while I was excited and happy for my friend and we rejoiced in the Lord together, I have to admit, I was a little like, “God, what the heck?” I have been...