• blog update,  Faith & Life,  Holy Land,  Inspired,  unexpected blessings

    “Welcome Home!”

    I am excited to share with you about my trip to the Holy Land, which I experienced just about a month ago.  This weekend was my first one back with my local community of believers. It’s the best way to explain how I plan to approach what I share with you.  While “Welcome Home” is a sentiment many of you have and will say to me, it’s actually the first thing our tour guide said to us when we got on the bus in Israel.  The Holy Land is where God created humanity, therefore it is our home. It’s the place where Jesus was born, taught and died, therefore it’s…

  • blog update,  Faith & Life,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    Savor the Savior

    “ But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 (ESV) Pictures are powerful. They evoke memories of experiences. They take you back to the time and place and people who were/are a part of your life. This must have been one of the first pictures I took and posted on social media in 2005. It takes me back to my college days and the friends I made. But at the time, I didn’t who care who saw the photo. It was just the new trend to post it for others to see. Remember a time when we lived life, took photos and enjoyed the moments?…

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    Stress

    I went to a new doctor this week for a regular check up, and when I got on the scale, the number was one I had never seen before. It wasn’t bad, it just confirmed how stress has wreaked havoc on my body for the last several years. I came to the realization that I can’t casually discuss this concern with just anyone in my daily life. Many people that know me, have made assumptions that because I look a certain way, I don’t have to do anything to take care of my health. In casual conversations, many times, I am told I can eat whatever I want, wear whatever…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    Abishai

    We met on the metro on our trip home from downtown. We had both just witnessed a rather strange occurrence. A kid got off the metro as I sat and waited to continue. Immediately he was tackled to the ground by police. He was trying to sell dope, the police officer told the lady on the platform as he put handcuffs on him. The kid didn’t seem suspicious at all and he said he was innocent. Another police officer came on our car and searched it. He walked right by me. I noticed another passenger who was witnessing these events with a sense of anxiety as we waited. The police…

  • Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    An Open Letter to my fellow ministers of the Gospel

    Last week, I was saying my prayers at bed time, and as I approached talking to God about a very specific conversation I needed to have, I experienced something I had only previously read in Scripture. The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I…

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    What I’m learning…

    As I reflect on interactions I’ve had in the past couple of days, I ask myself the question, “Is it better to speak up and share, even if I didn’t have all the facts, or is it better to not speak at all?” We live in an age where it’s hard to wait when something happens. We’ve created a culture where first one to speak gets the worm. But the risk is that you get something wrong, and you pay for it, sometimes quite harshly. When I posted a few days ago, I had thought long and hard about it. I had had a few important conversations with those around…

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    2019: Time to LIVE

    As I reflected on 2018 and began thinking about what word and Bible passage I wanted to focus on in 2019, the word, “Live,” came to mind. I spent a lot of 2018 worrying about how I wanted to change things, instead of living in the moment of each day. I haven’t had the energy to truly live the way God intended me to. I’m ready to live out the life gifted to me in 2019. And not just living ,but living like Jesus. What does that look like? It certainly won’t look perfect, but as much talking that has gone on in these past years, I am ready to…

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    2018 Reflection: Transformation

    How have I been transformed in 2018? It’s been a journey, but one that I can now reflect back on as having purpose and meaning for my year. God’s Word transformed me as I listened to the whole Bible in a year. Many books, chapters and verses had an impact on me, but bigger than that was the consistency of being in the Bible everyday. God is faithful in His presence and what He reveals when we are reading the God-breathed Scripture. A series of tragic events caused me to realize that I needed to write on the important topic of mental health, and more so, our personal journey with…

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    #66in52Complete

    I was challenged as 2018 approached, to read the Bible in a year. It’s a plan I had never pursued and felt like it was a good time. Reading has become a bit of a chore for me, as much as I don’t want to admit that, so I was thinking of alternate ways to try it.  Podcasts and audio books have become a popular way to digest more info, and one I have enjoyed over the last several years. The Bible is accessible this way too, and I have a commute to work that is long enough to listen to a few chapters a day.  The friend who challenged…

  • 30 Days of Thanks

    Be Kind

    It’s the first day of November! It is my birthday month, but I still think this would be one of my favorite months even if I didn’t happen to be born the day before Thanksgiving a few decades ago. After Halloween (or even before), many people jump immediately to decorating and listening to music for the Christmas season. But I think there is purpose in the season of celebrating the many blessings of this earthly life. I like the pause, to breathe and be thankful before the holiday season begins. As an adult, gifts aren’t really the focus of birthday celebrations for me. The reality of adulthood is we can…