Note: I absolutely do not wish to appropriate these individuals, their stories, or the problems minorities face by usurping this campaign for my own spiritual experience. I still have blind spots and I still make mistakes, so if this is in any way insensitive, please let me know. Thanks.
I recently had a conversation with my boyfriend about the ways in which people hear and experience God. We both were implicitly taught that the two primary ways to hear God are through scripture and prayer. However we both agreed we more frequently experience God in completely different, unexpected ways. As I recounted one of my more recent experiences, I couldn’t help but begin to cry. Continue reading “I Heard the Voice of God in a Black Woman’s Name”
Let’s talk about service. I don’t know about you guys, but I struggle with service. I always have, and I probably always will. There are two themes always at play in my relationship to service, both of which have a huge influence but which also seem to stifle each other:
- Service to others is important, and I should commit to it regularly.
- Service to others is often tiring and inconvenient, so it’s hard to do it as much as I should/want.
Anyone else have this problem? On the surface, it looks like this is a heart issue, like I’m not really as committed to serving others as much as I say. Otherwise a) I wouldn’t associate service with tiredness and inconvenience, or b) tiredness and inconvenience wouldn’t be enough to keep me from serving. Right? Well, no, I don’t think it’s that simple. This is definitely a heart issue for many people, one with which I do periodically struggle myself, but I don’t actually think this is the primary issue in my case. No, this isn’t a heart issue; this is a mind issue. Continue reading “Small Ways to Live a Life of Service”
I recently stumbled upon a post by The Activist Mommy that concerned me. Actually, it made me heave with annoyance, but my emotional responses are incidental. What’s actually important is the impact of the article, My Womb is My Weapon, and what its implications teach vulnerable women about their worth and abilities as women of God. They are extremely problematic and need addressed. So I’m going to respond quote-by-quote, as clearly as possible, so there’s no question of why her post is problematic. Continue reading “I Am a Weapon”