Happy Tuesday to you!

Another strenuous work day is in the books. Your mind is all over the place, and you have no clue on how to settle down. There's only 15-20 minutes to spare before your children, or spouse, make another request. You decide the best place in the house to hide out is in your bathroom (of course, with the door locked). You sit on the toilet with phone in hand, perusing the internet for relaxation techniques. Somehow, you end up here...on a website you've never heard of before...with lots of scriptures...and sporadic posts. You wonder, "How does this blog post serve me any good?" Then, you get ready to exit out of the tab... until you see the following image.

You say to yourself, "I'm an adult with a mortgage and three children and responsibilities! Who has time to write down feelings, let alone color?" The answer is, you do. You do have the time to write down how the day's events impacted your thoughts and behavior. You do have the time to take your children's old box of crayons/colored pencils and doodle in a coloring book. At the end of the day, it's either this or die from an illness related to stress you did not make time to address.

While the image above may seem trivial, treat it as a catalyst. Consider it to be a the prompt that led you to take better care of your mental state. If coloring or journaling isn't your preference, at least this image led you to think of a million other things you would much rather do with your free time.  Perhaps, you would rather drink a glass of wine and watch TV. Perhaps, you enjoy bike riding on weekends but never thought to fit in a family ride around the neighborhood on a weeknight. Whatever you choose, let it be constructive and make sure it is not work related. Reclaim your peace of mind!

Start right now.



2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.




Happy Tuesday to you!

1 Samuel 21:7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the Lord; his name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul’s shepherds. 8 David said to Ahimelech, “Is there no spear or sword here with you? I did not bring my sword or my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.” 9 The priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod; if you will take that, take it, for there is none here except that one.” David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.” 10 David rose and fled that day from Saul; he went to King Achish of Gath. 11 The servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, ‘Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” 12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of King Achish of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them; he pretended to be mad when in their presence. He scratched marks on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle run down his beard. 14 Achish said to his servants, “Look, you see the man is mad; why then have you brought him to me? 15 Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”

Today I switched the format of the post by putting the scripture before the devotional. I wanted you to understand the place that David was in because many of you are in the same place. God promised David that he would be king. God anointed David to be king. You think that the promise and the anointing would be enough for David to rest at night. Nevertheless, the truth is that Saul’s continuous assassination attempts caused David to experience moments of overwhelming anxiety. If you are familiar with the book of Psalms, then you know David’s amalgam of emotions as he dealt with Saul's betrayal. The reality of his [seemingly] imminent death caused David to flee, cry in despair, and feel great sorrow.

Over time, another reality became more apparent to David. God’s sovereignty will never end. God’s Word never fails. Every Word of God is sure. Therefore, Saul’s attacks were merely show. None of his assaults against David would prevail. In fact, the more Saul pursued David’s life, the closer Saul approached his own demise. His attacks against David were a sign of him trying to maintain control. If David wasn’t as in tune as he was with God, he would’ve missed out on the fact that he would come out victorious.  Saul’s demise was just as certain as David’s victory.

The saying that the night is always darkest before dawn sounds cliche. Yet, it is true. You see its truth in the history of King David. You will also see its truth in your own life. The noisier, the crazier, the messier things seem, remember: God’s promise over your life overcomes all things. Your pending defeat is merely an illusion. As King David said in Psalm 23, it’s only death’s shadow. In conclusion, I remind you to be still and see the salvation of the Lord. Or, to put it in laymen’s terms, God’s got you. It’s all good. Even when it seems like it is not. King David made the transition from anxiety to confidence in God to immense gratitude (check out Psalm 34, Psalm 37, and Psalm 150). Now it's your turn!

Flee from fear, run towards faith, and give God your best praise all the while.




Happy Monday to you!

We all face challenging moments. Hardship is an unavoidable fact of life. The worse thing we can do in periods of difficulty is isolate ourselves. Isolation leaves room for negativity to fester in the mind and boil over into regrettable actions. Your list of positive influences and wise loved ones may not be long. That does not matter. Thank God for the righteous support system you do have-even if it’s one person. Lean on good people when times get difficult. Don’t withdraw yourself from love and sound counsel. Cry when necessary. Pray when you have the strength. There’s no defeat in tears. There’s no shame in relying on good people when you’re weak. When you’re able and strong, you also should be a person in whom others can confide. Too many people are committing suicide or losing their minds bottling pain and grief inside. Too many people are experiencing their stress transform into cancer or panic attacks or depression. Seeking help when you need it is NOT a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of self-awareness, a sign of self-care. Just make sure while you’re seeking help from the experts that you don’t forsake turning to THE EXPERT. 

God has given us trained medical professionals, trustworthy friends and family, classically trained entertainers, world-renowned chefs. All of these things were given for our benefit. Yet, not one of them can compare to the gift of a relationship with God. You can cry to God at any moment in time. You can lift up your burdens before Him. God will give you a song of praise. God will give you comfort and relief. God will give you strength and then insight to encourage others who are down. Ask me how I know? Just kidding. Don’t ask.

I love each and every one of you reading this post. I want you to know God is with you. God wants you to trust Him. God does not want you to isolate yourself from love. Don’t go into solitary confinement when things get rough. Lean on God and lean on Godly, God-led people. The just live by faith. The end of faith is great reward.



Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.



Happy Saturday to you!

It is a very calm September morning. For the serenity, I am grateful. In many communities throughout the world, this calm does not exist. Let us continue to pray for one another as a global family. This brings me to the point of today’s post. 

Prayer is a very powerful tool that we have at our disposal. Some of us take for granted its effectiveness in transforming people and circumstances. Some of us even have moments where we are reluctant to pray. We will try to utilize our human will and our limited knowledge to solve problems. Yet, there are some solutions that can be accessed through intercession alone. Today, you may have things that you are pondering in your heart. There may be decisions that you have to make or people in your life that need help. You may be overwhelmed by the seeming impossibility of certain desires. I encourage you— to take a moment to pray. 

Pray aloud if you choose. Purchase a notebook and write down your intercession. Walk through the park, praying in your spirit. Lie in your bed at night with your eyes closed and supplicate. Whatever method you choose, pray. Prayer is healing. Prayer is transformative. Prayer is a possession you have that no one can take away. So, utilize this possession with fervor and in faith. In conclusion, remember this one thing. God wants to hear from you as often as you’re willing to speak to Him. Anytime. Anywhere. Day or night.



1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6 who gave himself a ransom for all —this was attested at the right time.


Happy Monday to you!

I hope you all enjoyed the first installment of the fall fashion series. Don't forget to let me know which items were your favorites! Today, I'll be sharing thoughts on what it means to be a good friend. If the verses resonate with you, feel free to share your definition of friendship. Also, I would love to read comments on powerful moments shared with your closest friends.

Thoughts on Friendship...

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The friend I hope to be...

Provides a listening ear at the opportune time

Gives space with cognizance

Loves tangibly-near and far

Utters meaningful words alone

Flees from senseless arguments

Because life is short

And some memories live forever

Quick to forgive

Goes against the grain-never vengeful

In relation with Christ, always.

Experiences with me synonymous with

Radiating from His glory.



2 Samuel 1:17 David intoned this lamentation over Saul and his son Jonathan. 18 (He ordered that The Song of the Bow be taught to the people of Judah; it is written in the Book of Jashar.) He said: 19 Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places! How the mighty have fallen! 20 Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon; or the daughters of the Philistines will rejoice, the daughters of the uncircumcised will exult. 21 You mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew or rain upon you, nor bounteous fields! For there the shield of the mighty was defiled, the shield of Saul, anointed with oil no more. 22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan did not turn back, nor the sword of Saul return empty. 23 Saul and Jonathan, beloved and lovely! In life and in death they were not divided; they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24 O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you with crimson, in luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel. 25 How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan lies slain upon your high places. 26 I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 27 How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!