From my third floor balcony, it was a beautiful little snow scene to awaken to on Monday, February 15th. In Houston, TX, snow is a rarity! In fact, the news had been preparing us for the coldest storm in Texas history. But little did we know…

Despite the weather forecast for an icy forecast with temps dropping into the teens, many were not prepared! It was unprecedent!

The report of several deaths meant grief and mourning on top of the natural disaster — icy roads, frozen pipes, power outages and boil water alerts.

I confess, for me, a part of Black History Month is bittersweet! I choose to focus on February as the “love month.” Honestly, reflecting on the history of brutality, senseless and inhumane treatment of my people who deserved to be treated equally as created by the Creator is gut-wrenching. Thinking about the hatred, ignorance and depraved mentality of those who inflicted pain and suffering pierces my heart and triggers initial thoughts that are not Christlike.

Yes! I am confessing! And what really angers me is that many of those who participated in the horrible acts of violence and brutality, even…

The harsh realities in 2020 interrupted our lives that many of us felt it could not get any worse. I assumed I learned several things last year that I thought would help me deal with any unexpected interruptions and detours in 2021. Guess what? I was wrong!

I base my foundation on the sovereignty of the Creator who made us in His image and likeness. And because He is intrinsically good, He made His highest creation — human beings — good with the ability to love one another without prejudices. …

It has been a very challenging 2020 to say the least! Nevertheless, if you’re reading this, you now have an opportunity to begin again.

Many will say they want to forget 2020 because of all the calamity, challenges, loss and grief caused by the global pandemic. However, I am not certain that we should forget altogether. If we forget, we have no measurement or comparison for our now. And for believers we forfeit a reason to express our gratitude to God for protection and provision. Ultimately, we survived it all! That is something we should remember!

Of course! We mourn…

In times past, allowing people to grieve and mourn the loss of a loved one or dear friend was taboo. Mourners lacked the space and time to grieve. At funerals or during visitations you could overhear comments such as, They are in a better place, Don’t cry, Everything is going to be alright, Don’t worry, I’m here for you, Call me if you need anything, I’m just a phone call away, I understand how you feel. The list of comments goes on and on.

While the intentions were to offer comforting words, they sent another subliminal message — move on…

A Christian Perspective:

The Covid-19 Impact on the Seven Mountains of Influence in America

Since the coronavirus (Covid-19), I have spent time praying and meditating on its impact, specifically on the seven mountains of influence in America. This essay expresses my personal commentary.

Below is an excerpt from Dick Eastman’s book, A Watchman’s Guide to Praying God’s Promises:

“In the mid-1970s God drew two visionary leaders together for a luncheon meeting in Colorado. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With A Mission were those men. As they came together each felt the…

Of course, we all long to be secure and safe. Unfortunately, on this earth, life itself offers no guarantees about our safety and security. For those of us who believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible Word of God, we do have a word from Jesus in John 16:33 . Truth is it is inevitable that we will face times of uncertainty, hardships, threats of violence, disturbances and troubles. As I am journaling this, we are in the middle of a pandemic — a worldwide crisis — Covid-19, a coronavirus, fears and anxiety are overwhelming many with uncertainty.


“Nurturing Homeless Teen Girls into Beautiful Flowers”

While browsing my Instagram page, I saw a comment on one of my post that was trending (#MaleahDavis). The logo captured my attention with its colorful design. Not to mention, I love flowers period. I read some of the posts on their page and quickly visited their website. I had an aha moment. Immediately, I saw the three (3) concepts that drew me in like a magnet: Inspiration. Impartation. Innovation.

The project beams with colorful and hopeful inspiration.

The programs offer solutions to societal issues and imparts knowledge to young sprouting minds.

The innovative concept of the founder is literally…

Photo by Andre Ouellet on Unsplash

Silence gripped the air as Jana strolled the narrow, winding path with Jordan that led to their secret place. But that day the serenity was powerless against the assault of negative thoughts. They jabbed fiercely in sequence and with precision to annihilate any hope of a prosperous New Year.

She whispered the words she heard, “You’ll never get out of the mess you’re in now. What’s the use of trying… It’s never going’ to end! Your prayers will never be answered. Nobody cares! You might as well end…”

Just before the fatal dart to pierce her heart, Jordan held up…

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28

Have you ever been betrayed by someone close to you or in your inner circle? If so, you know the intensity of the pain and grief of the soul. I know how painful it can be when you trust someone with your heart and then they stab you in the back so deep that the wound pierces through your heart!

However, as painful as betrayal is, it can work for our good if…

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