Holiday Gatherings and Unresolved Conflicts

 

As a child growing up, I remember so many wonderful holiday traditions, such as talking to my cousins on the phone the week before Thanksgiving and Christmas. The purposes of these calls were to compare what our moms were cooking on these special days. Full of anticipation, it was exciting naming all the pies, cakes and dishes we would soon be enjoying.

In Support of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

One Decision Away from Peace

Scriptural Truth:

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind [thinking] is steadfast, because he trusts in You. –Isaiah 26:4 NIV

 
I usually have a normal routine in the morning: prayer, coffee, etc. But today was anything but normal for me. As a matter of fact, the entire morning seemed like one defining moment. As I did my various tasks, I was constantly thinking about the afternoon appointment I scheduled for today with a dermatologist. This was not a routine preventive appointment. A couple weeks before, my family doctor requested I see a skin specialist, because while doing a regular woman’s exam, I found something of a suspicious nature.

Unforgiveness: If I were judge...

Scriptural Truths:

But God--so rich is He in His mercy!  Because of and in order to satisfy the great wonderfuland intense love with which He loved us.  Even when were dead (slain) by [our own]short--comings and trespasses.  He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ;[He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).        -Ephesians 2:4-5 Amplified Version

 

Shall not the judge of all the earth do right (Gen. 18:25)?  If we were answering this question in response to some one else’s situation, we would probably quickly respond with definite assurance, “Yes, of course.”  We would do this because many of us say we believe that God is just and fair, but do we really believe that He will choose to “do right” in our situation?  

Decisions: Do I Do What's Right?

Scriptural Truth:

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience, but let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4 NKJV).

 

I have been a Christian most of my life.  And I am thankful that I can say that there are very few decisions that I have made in my life that I regret.  This does not mean that in all my deciding I always heard a clear, direct Word from God. Some decisions were made from what we (Christians) call a sensing, a knowing, a confirmation, a leading, coming to a place of peace . . . etc. These are just some of our many Christian lingos that all mean the same thing:  I got a “go ahead” from God.

Whose Best Are You Giving?

Scriptural Truth:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. –John 3:16, 17 NIV


Whose best are you giving? Have you ever been in a relationship where you felt that no matter how you toiled, the relationship couldn’t get past this one offensive issue?  And after making several attempts to present your case concerning the offense to your offender—still no progress or change.  I’ve been in this predicament in my relationships before.  

Introducing the Walking Writer

Scriptural Truth:

For we walk by faith, not by sight. –2 Corinthians 5:7

Journey Reflections:

After I finally finished writing Volume 1 of the Can’t Shout It Out series, I felt such a sense of relief and accomplishment. I had walked out that part of my journey and had put my story on paper. Placing the last period on the last page of the book was victorious. I was excited as friends and family members celebrated with me. We even had an anointed book release celebration dinner (see Book Release Party I & Book Release Party II). Years had been put into writing this book.