Friday, December 28, 2018

Wash and Go Hair for Black Naturals

"Your hair can't do that"

we were told early on...

lies

fed to us
from our youth

falsehood used to

control us
limit us

but

(in order to understand)

the brevity
the bravery
the beauty

of finally being "Hair Free"

you must first understand

the brokenness resulting
from being conditioned

(yes, pun intended)

to believe that
that with which

you were born

cannot...
will not...
should not...

do "something"
(insert lie of choice here)


Until we grew up and finally learned to reject all of those

myths
misnomers
misstated "facts"

realizing that

what God gave us is

simply
beautifully

ours

and that there is immense

freedom
found in
finally

learning to just
wash and go

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Living The Rich Life

So, you wanna be rich?

chances are
if you are reading this

you already are

let's see...

you have life
you have breath
you have literacy skills

(and apparently internet access)

pretty favorable conditions
when you add it all up

because

being rich has nothing 
to do with $$

but everything
to do with condition

spiritual
emotional
moral

condition

it is ultimately a state of the mind

(but unfortunately, we often do not see ourselves as rich)

instead

we compare
we contrast
we hope
we dream
we lack contentment
we confuse wealth with riches

but...

what if we each found

a way
the way

to live the rich life

with nothing more
than what we already have

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Everyone Needs A Grace Squad

I felt low...

then each one of them
came by and offered

something
of value

family
friendship
sisterhood
freedom
strength

so I

asked them
presented them
introduced them

and grace took over from there

proving just

how...
why...

everyone
needs

a

Grace Squad!
(missing one... but still "Graced Up")

A Season of Thanksgiving

Last year we
let Thanksgiving linger

(read that post here)

because...

Thanks
Giving

is more than just a day

it is

an entire season
an entire lifetime

of

stopping
noticing
noting

saying "thank you"
for...

family
friends
faith

supply
resource
provision

acknowledging
that as...

the world
rushes about

the wind
rushes in

so that each day
we can say "thank you"

for

peace
love
joy

and

(of course)

double
grace

Thanksgiving 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Crunching Leaves (My Thanksgiving Repost)

We held hands
shared apple pie
and crunched leaves

in the hospital courtyard

I believe that it was his way of letting me know it was ok

to...

keep moving
keep living
keep enjoying the moments of life

even though we had to leave her there... again

Doctors were giving up
but 36 years later, and yet she lives



she lives
I live
we live...

all because He lives

This time of year always reminds me
(that just like those leaves)

we are still here for

a reason...
a season...

And as they start 

turning beautiful colors
falling off of trees
and blowing in the wind

they float to a soft landing where they wait for

that final crunch
that final "surrender"
that final "thank you"

Life is like that...

we grow
we mature
we change

and just as we are starting to get the hang of it
it is time for us to let go and sail away with the wind

That's what life and crunching leaves is all about...

understanding and acknowledging

the surrender
the process of dying out to bad habits and old ideas
the letting go of one's self and becoming selfless...

in preparation for that final crunch

We are always reminded of that during this time of year

And as life keeps changing

leaves keep

turning
falling
blowing

I am reminded that I am still here for a reason, a season

and so as they surrender,
so do I

because

I am grateful for...

another day
another chance
another opportunity to

hold hands
share apple pie
and crunch leaves

I'm So Thankful

(originally posted 11/14/13)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Only Thing That Matters

So it goes...

we live
we laugh
we learn

we meet
we share our lives
we build relationships

all because

He lived
He healed
He taught

He introduced Himself
He shared and gave
His life

to cultivate a relationship with us
so we may know Him

Grace Showed Up

and that's all good
that's all great

but at the close of the day

the first thing that will matter
the only thing that will matter

is
if

we have also

cultivated a relationship with Him
so that He may know us

Matthew 7:21-23

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Invitation to Live

Dear friend
you 

fret about the future
regret things from the past

let too many of

your days
your moments
your lives

slip by without notice

you fail to show grace because
you fail to receive it

But friend
you

cannot control the future
cannot change the past

you do not know what tomorrow will bring
or if it will even come at all

So friend
you

should just commit
to showing up

today

here
now

R.S.V.P
to His invitation to

live
contribute
be

unapologetically
you

fully and completely
whole

John 7:37