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Monday, May 23, 2016

Prayer journal



Over the past year I started more regularly keeping a prayer journal. I had heard yearssss ago that it was a great way to keep track of your prayers and when they were answered. I'm lazy and a procrastinator about many things... this was no different.

About 3 years ago a good friend of mine challenged me to step up my "prayer life". At first I was insulted. We barely knew each other at that point and I thought, "How DARE he?! I PRAY! How you gon' challenge me to step up my prayer life?!" I led the prayer team in a ministry I was a part of years earlier. However, I hadn't been praying as much as I should have around the time my friend put forth his appeal. Truth be told, the Holy Spirit had been nudging me to pray more so I knew that this guy was on point. I pushed pride out of the way and brought my flesh under subjection.

I went to a prayer conference at my church the following year and won a journal as a door prize. I figured I might as well turn it into a prayer journal. I wrote very little in it that year (2014). By 2015... told you I was a procrastinator... I had started to mark that puppy up as I saw how the Lord was answering my prayers! The more He answered and I wrote it down, the more I wanted to pray!

You see, it wasn't that the Lord only answered when I wrote them down; it was that I had a record of His work in my life that I could refer to. And don't be fooled; not every prayer got a "yes". Some got a "no" and I was a little disappointed but glad to hear from the Lord.

As I began to check off answered prayers, I grew excited about the work He was doing that was exceedingly, abundantly more than I could ask or think!

Do you keep a prayer journal?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

She had a birfday!!


My roommate had a birfday, y'all! Check out this cake! I wanted to get her something fabulous for the big day so we did this! Well, almost this. It was basically this cake minus the bust in the top right corner.

It's cool to be able to afford to celebrate the people that you care about while they still have breath in their bodies. Grateful to God for this woman!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

I luh Canada

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So there are a few places that are dear to my heart: my hometown, any library, a Bible-teaching church, and...Canada. Lord, have mercy! I luh me some Canada. I've only been once...and it was only for a few hours, but I love the place!

There is something very exhilarating for me about traveling to another country. My passport opens doors that my mind has only dreamed of and my eyes have only seen in pictures and videos. It gives me a chance to experience another culture and to make memories that will last a lifetime! God's creation is beautiful - from the people He made to the cultures He gave them the imaginations to create.

Looking forward to my next trip to Canada!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In honor of little black girls

From Mary Hoffman's book Amazing Grace


"That nappy hair."

"That dark skin."

"That big nose."

"Those big lips."

If you are a black kid, you've probably heard hurtful words like these.

I remember being 10 years old. It was an odd time. I was still a kid, but I was in the double digit years for the first time. I was the plump, too-tall-to-be-10 kid. I loved reading and excelled in school, but I didn't feel like I really fit in. I wanted to be a Latina with dark, straight hair. Why a Latina? Well, I couldn't be white and didn't want to be white. Mind you, I didn't know any Latinos, but I was in Spanish club in about 3rd grade, and I had a Cabbage Patch doll that I thought was black due to her caramel-colored skin that matched mine...but when I popped in the CD-rom to register my doll, I found out she was a Latina. Welppp, that's what I wanted to be, too, because I wanted to experience what it would be like to not be black.

As a concerned auntie, I've been thinking about how to encourage my oldest niece and promote healthy self-esteem. For Harriet compiled an amazing list of 25 Empowering Books for Little Black Girls. While she is 10 years old and in this "tween" stage, I still think that several of these books will be helpful in opening her eyes to see herself as a person with a rich heritage and limitless possibilities.

As I got older, I began to understand that God created me and that everything that He created in the first 6 days of Earth, He declared "good". I understood that God loves me so much, that He wants me to not have to be separated from Him. He took measures to ensure that I have an opportunity to experience and know Him and His love, abundance, hope, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. What a good God! I want my niece to understand these things now, in her younger years, so that she can spread God's story to others so that they, and she, might experience the same. And change the narrative to...

"That lovely tightly coiled hair. Look at bounce!"

"That beautiful mocha colored skin. Sweet!"

"That strong nose."

"Those delightful lips that only people from a rich continent and history of being survivors."


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