You are the pearl

“June? You were born in June? Then why did your parents name you January?” It is a question I have gotten a lot. I know the answer. Sometimes I take the time to provide it. Other times I don’t. It has also taken me a number of years to embrace the name myself. To even [...]

The truth about love and lists

I am here to be real. To be straight up. To share the messy. The truthful. And if you remember, I had some issues about love and what it meant for me a couple months back. All because I was tasked with making a list. I shared a little about that assignment and how it [...]

Walk tall, and own your crown

Ever watched one of those beauty contests? You know, like Miss USA, Miss Universe, and the like? I have never been in one of these pageants. Just not my thang…but I have watched them. And one of the questions I always had-how do they keep that huge crown on their head? Pins of some sort, [...]

The spirit of love

"For the whole law can be summed up in this command: Love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians 5:14 It has been said when discussing the act of finding love, that the secret to loving another person is to love oneself first. Some may see this as selfish, but when looking at the command "to love [...]

What I know now

"Are you an albino?" "I was wondering that, too. You know...because of the hair and big lips." Those questions? Those comments? They were made about me. All while trying to get through an already awkward middle school gym class. Those comments told me these things: You don’t fit in. You look different. You don’t belong. [...]

“Real” Love….getcha some.

I’m going to show my age here. Urban Cowboy. It’s a movie. John Travolta. Not so Grease and Saturday Night Fever cool. Common boy meets girl, fall in love, fall out of love, do whatever you can do to make each other jealous until you realize...well darn, he really was the one type of movie. [...]

Through his eyes

In my job with students during the weekday, I get to spend my time supporting them in various activities. I have had the pleasure of learning how to play the saxophone. I have sat through many an assembly. Gone on a number of field trips, and completed a number of art projects. This was no [...]

Not Today

I’ll sing the night into the morning I’ll sing the fear into Your praise I’ll sing my soul into Your presence Whenever I say Your Name Let the devil know not today. -Hillsong These are the words of a song I heard while driving home on a summer afternoon a little over a year ago. [...]

Until His voice is louder

"Whose voice is loudest in your life?" -Sadie Robertson "You failed again." "Not good enough." "Yep. Told you they were right. Nothing redeeming in that one." "No one cares. No one is listening. Where is your God now?" "Mmmmhmmmm. You messed up good this time. He isn't coming to save you." Imperfect. Failure. Incompetent. Naive. [...]

Mom: One beautiful, slimy, mess

I have a confession when it comes to the idea of the “perfect” mom. It has to do with my kitchen. Well, let me be honest, the downstairs portion of my house. The parts of the house that people can see. See, I have this deep hatred of slime-making. For about 4 months this summer [...]