My Hair, His Glory
“When laas yuh comb yuh hair?” (When was the last time you combed your hair?)
“Yuh cyanh comb yuh hair?” (Why can’t you comb your hair?)
I've always had what Jamaicans call “long hair”… in truth, it was probably more like medium length as my hair ranged from shoulder to mid-back length. In June 2017, hyped up on YouTube videos featuring women of color with waist-length hair, I embarked on a hair journey. I wanted to see if there was truth to the statement that black women could have long hair. Starting with freshly processed hair, I began my journey to dispel the myth. Read more...
4 Tips for When Our Peace Gets Tested
I woke up with a song in my heart. I was energized and motivated. I was able to see God’s plan for my life and could see the next steps ahead of me that needed to be taken.
I went to work eager to get things done… not the nature of the work per se but to tick things off my to-do-list so I could go home and start my “real” life. Read more ...
3 Things You Should Know About Body Shaming
I was always the “fat girl”. The chubby child. The one who was bigger than everyone. This was long before “fluffy” became an accepted label. “You’re so broad.” they would tell me. “Your hips are so big.”
These words were not being said to complement my shapeliness, no, they were said to highlight how different I was from everyone else. I heard the words that weren’t said. “Why aren’t you thin … like her?”
Pretty soon the words started coming out of my mouth. “I’m so fat.” “My thighs are so big.” “I wish I were thinner.” I started body shaming myself. Read more ...
God's Grace When We Fail
Unworthy of God's grace.
I had gotten the word. I was fired up and motivated. I was feeling rejuvenated and positive – ready to sit back and let Jehovah fight my battles. Then I walked into the office. In less than five minutes I was snarling at my coworkers. Oh. My. Word. Read more ...
Do We Believe the Positive Words We Tell Ourselves?
There have been hundreds, maybe thousands of books written about the power of positive thinking.
The words we tell ourselves can either drive us into action or trap us into a prison the likes of which cannot be escaped from. Read more ...
Have you ever had a secret? Was it one of those that made you feel guilty? Or one that made you feel dirty for knowing it?
Was it a secret that you were excited about? Bathsheba was a woman who knew a great secret.
When we first meet her, she’s naked in a bath unaware that King David is looking at her and lusting. Bathsheba is best known as the woman that David had an adulterous relationship with. She's the mother of Solomon and an ancestor of Jesus. Read more...
10 Things Instagram & Pinterest Don’t Tell You About Bible Journaling
If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I’m just a little bit obsessed with Bible journaling.
After months of watching YouTube and looking at pretty pictures on the internet I decided to dip my toes in… only to find out that I had actually been Bible journaling for years – just without the pretty pictures.
Recently I got a journaling Bible – the one I chose was the Inspire Bible because, well, it was already pretty so I didn’t have to worry about actually drawing pictures since art isn’t a natural gift of mine. Read more ...
Where'd She Go?
If you’ve been following along on my little space of the blogosphere, you would have noticed that for about two months there has been … nothing. “Where’d she go?” you may have wondered. “Did Hebrews12Endurance.com join the scores of blogs that have been abandoned?” “Did Ami lose interest?”
Well, yes and no.
I would love to tell you that I spent the past two months deeply immersed in Bible studies. I would love to say that I was taking time off to rejuvenate. But, no. I was just burnt out. I spent the past two months (or more) in a funk. Read more...
Finding Endurance for the Race
She's at this place where God can call and say go, and she says "Yes Lord" while I'm still at the place where if He asks, I'll say, "Really Lord, are You sure You wanted to ask me?"
Why is it so easy to look at what other people have but forget about what we have? Read more ...
The Monkey On My Back
A few years ago we had a team event at work. At the event there was a mini rap battle. One of my co-workers wrote a rap in which he spoke about the monkey on his back followed by a litany of all his daily chores.
We laughingly teased the supervisor that she was the monkey and that she needed to get off the young man’s back. That being said, don’t you sometimes just feel as though you have a big ole’ monkey on your back?
Not one of those cute ones that’s curious about their surroundings … one of those really heavy ones that hang on to you like dead weight. Read more...
When Grief Comes Calling
We know we're going to die at some point. We know that everyone we know is going to die too. But somehow we manage to live in denial of these two basic facts. Until it actually happens.
What do we do when death walks through our door? Read more ...
Don't Look Back!
“Don’t look back or you’ll turn into a pillar of salt”.
I was singing a line of Marvin Sapp’s 'Never Would Have Made It' when my then seven year-old son made that profound statement.
I laughed. Then I really started thinking about his comment: looking back does sometimes immobilize us.
We can get so caught up in what we have gone through, and the people who've wronged us that we become embittered. Read more...
I wonder what would happen if people stopped hiding behind masks and started saying how they really felt. I mean, the typical conversation begins this way:
“Hi, how are you?”
“I’m fine, and you?”
“Doing great, thanks!”
Both speakers wear a pleasant smile yet all the while their eyes are frantically screaming another story, “I’m not fine. I’m struggling.” Any attempts to tie down a deeper answer results in a reassurance that the conversant is doing just fine. Read more...
More Than I Can Bear
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:13).
Have you ever been going through it? A situation so difficult for you that in the midst of it you've cried out to God Read more ...
Transforming Into A Christian Family
My family and I are going through a transformation process. We're learning to become a Christian family.
My husband and I grew up in the church (now I have to admit he got a lot more of a spiritual foundation than I did). But, we both grew up thinking of ourselves as Christians. Read more ...