There was a time when all I had was my God, my mom, my baby daughter, and my faith. Of course I had my ride or die friends, but we were all young and they were trying to make it, just like I was. But, being in my early twenties, with a new baby, I was a Christian, but obviously not perfect. I was saved since an early age, so I always knew about God, but I didn’t KNOW Him, and had actually only heard Him speak to me a few times…that I could remember. Being a new mom, I wanted to do everything for my child; I wanted to be a great mom. But, I wasn’t equipped. I was a college graduate, but I worked at a hotel making very little money. And this is when I began to see God moving in my life. [Read more…]
I know that marriage is designed by God. I know that it is His will for His people to be fulfilled in their marriages. I know that God does not like divorce, but it is permitted. But what I find interesting is that the Bible doesn’t really talk about separation. Knowing the little I know about the Bible, and from what I know about God, it’s safe to say that He doesn’t like separation either.
But, now that I am separated for the second time in my very troubled marriage, I have to say that I have a renewed mind regarding my perspective on many things, particularly the topic of love and God’s will for my life. I am learning to find answers and guidance from the Bible during this particular chapter in my life and I must say that it has been quite helpful. [Read more…]
Not everyone is caught up in the Christmas spirit; some people actually have the Christmas Blues. You know, where you care, but you’re just not feeling it? If you are one of those people, but want to get out of that funk and experience the holidays more fully, try one of the following ways to help you beat the Christmas Blues. [Read more…]
I recently read yet another article where a black person was not altogether claiming her blackness. She was black, however, she stated that she considered herself more “international.” International, or not, black is black.
So again, I started thinking about what BLACK is to me and wondering if it’s so different for any other black person. TO ME, if you were born in America and have African ancestry (or even Caribbean) as well as a blend of other races, you’re black, especially if you look black. My own genetic makeup is a blend of African (who knows from which country or tribe?–and I’ve heard Caribbean as well), Cherokee Indian (or so I’m told), and white (or Caucasian, if you prefer). And TO ME, this blend, being multiracial with African being the predominant origin, is what makes me BLACK.
Sometimes when we date someone or are married to someone, we want to please him to the point where the line between pleasing him and giving up our self-respect becomes blurred. Even I was in that situation where I wanted to do God’s will by being unconditionally submissive, not realizing that God’s will was also for me to be honored and respected, and not at the expense of pleasing someone else. [Read more…]