Thursday, December 8, 2016

"You can't even believe what you see"

"Sometimes, you can't even believe what you see", my mama said.

"Huh?", I asked, puzzled. How can you not believe what you see? If you see something, then duhhh...

Example: local election: I saw the results at about 10:11 and figured it was over. I woke up and it was exactly different.

Example 2: A lady saw a man and a woman together often talking and laughing at church. She thought they were dating. She later found out that they were brother and sister.

Sometimes you can't even believe what you see.

In times like these, I'm reminded that the One that I can't see is the One that I can trust and believe.

"For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." Romans 1:20 NLT

"Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation" Colossians 1:15

Ya know... Things like that :) Praise the Lord!

Friday, December 2, 2016

This is Us

Have you seen this show?!! I love it!

The older I get, the more I enjoy entertainment that is real, complicated, and tells a good story. I'm alllll about a good story. With that, I have been lovin' the new NBC comedy-drama, "This is Us". It's about a white family who adopts a black son to replace the triplet they lost. They end up with a daughter who struggles with her weight, a son who is a B-list actor, and a son who has a high-paying job that no one really understands in addition to a wife and 3 kids. I won't spoil the show for you, but it is amazingly well-done. It covers themes of love, family, race, and life oh-so-well.

Check it out on Tuesday nights on NBC!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Why I have to study Spanish

"Promise Auntie one thing... That you'll learn another language. It's the way our country is going. Believe now; I'm telling you the truth."

These words from my aunt have been gently nudging me. "Is that You, Lord?"

I've been studying Spanish on and off for the last 14 years...and I'm still not fluent. Shameful, I know. And I'm so afraid.

Afraid of failing. Lazy and afraid to mess up during practice.

But that is coming to an end. I HAVE to study Spanish. Looking at projections, Spanish is/will be the 2nd most spoken language in the United States. It's a beautiful language! Here are my other reasons though:

1. I like when I'm able to communicate with people in their native language.
2. I like the way that it surprises people when a black girl with a clearly Southern accent (proving she's not "Dominican") starts speaking Spanish.
3. I like to show I like the effects of #2.
4. This will open up my travel and employment opportunities.
5. Maybe I'll marry a Latino and have bilingual babies! Speaking the language will help me converse with family members who may not speak English.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What I learned from dancing pt. 2

Happy early Thanksgiving!

The guy that I danced with the most that night was probably at least 25 years older than me but a good dancer. We danced with a space in between and he turned me (not spins he said...) so many times that at one point I was dizzy. It was fun though! I followed him and this other guy so easily too because they were really patient in helping me learn.

Ok so back to the previous story...So Mr. Watch extended his hand, and I took it. I tried to tell him that I wasn't a dancer and that this was my first night there, but he didn't seem to mind.

Him: "Just follow my lead."
Me: "Ok, I'll try."

I looked down at his feet to try to keep up. Then, I think I stepped on his feet.

Me: "Sorry! I told you I'm learning. Thanks for being patient."
Him: "You have some control issues, don't you?"
Me: "I'm trying to learn. I'm trying."
Him: "Well, just follow my lead."
Me: "I have the same conversation with the Lord."
Him: "I'm not even gonna touch that."
Me: "Just being honest. I'm trying."

So I decided to stop trying to figure it out, leaned into his chest, and followed his lead. It was beautiful...

Until I tried to figure out how in the world this was happening and looked down at his feet.

Me: "Oops! Sorry!" I said as I stepped on his feet again.

After that dance, I went back to my seat before another man approached me to dance, and I learned all about his job and how long we both lived in the area.

Later, Mr. Watch came back and we danced again.

So what else did I learn? I learned that just like dancing, when I try to figure out how things are going to work out and rely on myself, I mess up. When I depend on the Lord and follow His lead, things might not always flow smoothly, but He takes care of me. He's so patient and kind, guiding me back to where I need to be, chastising me when I'm wrong, but always loving. Sometimes I kind of glide along, and I wonder how things worked out so well and it's...beautiful.

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