Don’t Give Me an Alias, I Want My Name In the Bible

Don’t Give Me an Alias, I Want My Name In the Bible

I don’t know about the rest of the women out there, but when I first read the bible I couldn’t help but notice how male dominated it is. Yes, there are a few women who are mentioned by name and have a popular story that almost everyone knows. But let’s be real. There had to be more than just Ruth, all the Mary’s, Esther, Eve, Elizabeth, Rachel, Hagar, Martha, and Rebekah. In all those centuries of living and there weren’t…

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My Husband Won’t Marry a Virgin

My Husband Won’t Marry a Virgin

If you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, I am not a virgin. Being raised by a pastor in a household focused on kingdom living, I was told my entire childhood to wait to have sex until marriage. My mother would even go so far as to explain how short and unenjoyable sex had the possibility of being if I had sex in my teens. So why did I decide to have sex knowing it was a sin and…

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None Of Us Are Worthy

None Of Us Are Worthy

I have friends from all types of backgrounds. Some of them have been in the church their entire life. Some are new believers and even others are struggling with the concept of God. Recently, I’ve heard the scriptures about the woman with the constant bleeding over and over in sermons and I started to think about my friends. About the friends who have told me they don’t feel comfortable in church or who don’t feel worthy enough to walk through the…

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He’s Bigger Than It All

He’s Bigger Than It All

Lately, I have been warring with religion. I don’t like the disconnect religion has created between believers. I disagree with the way we treat people who have a different belief or don’t fit into the rules and regulations placed on the category of “Christian.” Where is the love in any of that? Where is God? Where does it say to talk about those who are different from you? Where is it written to stop loving and communicating with someone because…

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Rape Culture In America, Yes You Too Church

Rape Culture In America, Yes You Too Church

Rape. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women will be raped at some point of their lives. Rape culture? The idea that a woman holds some responsibility for her objectification by men. That she’s somehow responsible for what this objectification causes a man to do. We see it everyday. As women, we live it. We even have the nerve to tell our young girls that affection from men comes in the form of harassment such…

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They Called Me a Hypocrite

They Called Me a Hypocrite

I’ve never met someone who hasn’t messed up. We all have flaws and we all are a work in progress. Even those of us who are Christ-like. Yet every now and then we encounter people who expect us to be perfect. The conversation normally goes something like this: “You’ve messed up time and time again.” “Yes, I’ve messed up. I am not perfect, but I am still pursuing a life for Christ.” “No you’ve messed up too much. It’s people…

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To My Father

To My Father

To the man who gave me life, You gave me my name. You stole my heart after my first breath. You were my hero, the greatest man alive. From the very first day, my love for you has shaped who I am. October 11, 2000. I can still hear my mothers screams from the laundry room as my brother and I stared towards her in fear. I’ve never heard my mother scream like that before. I’ve never heard such a…

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To Nana

To Nana

Nana, I’ve typed out and erased these first few lines so many times. I wasn’t going to write this. At the end of the day, if nothing else is expressed, I just want to say…. I love you. I’ve been angry with you for so long. I almost forgot what pure love for you felt like. Then, I heard your voice for the first time in years. I can’t explain exactly how that felt. As if all these years of being…

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To My Sister

To My Sister

If there’s only thing I’ve learned about ministry over the years, my life story is not for myself. Instead, it is a testimony I will use to proclaim the nature of God to others. With that being said, learning to forgive has been my hardest battle. In short, there are three people who I have harbored unforgiveness towards for a very long time. I am gong to write a letter to each of these people, one living and two deceased,…

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Butterfly

Butterfly

I wonder if it hurts To become a butterfly To go from a being of the ground to one made for the sky But as if that pain wasn’t enough To then endure the task of breaking the cocoon Coming out of its shell It’s so much work to become a butterfly, so much to endure But oh how beautiful you are

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