August 18, 2020

Let's be real for a moment, vulnerability is tough! It took years to be secure in my own skin. Over the years, character traits such as "hyper", "silly", "loud" and "giggly" followed me everywhere.

As time went by, questions began popping up in my head, "Will my idiosyncrasies draw me away from potential clients and employers?"

Answering my own question, I began "simmering down" for the world. 

And...

In 2016, I moved into a cute townhome in the heart of Houston. As an extreme extrovert, what better way to move into a new place than to invite people over for a Housewarming Party? 

Friends splashed in the pool, good food was devoured, gift cards showered the table and bottles of wine lined the new bar. Unfortunately, wine was not a favorite of mine, so they were displayed as pieces of art instead. 

About two years later, my hu...

June 30, 2020

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 62:3-5
3 You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand,
    a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 No longer will they call you Deserted,
    or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah,
    and your land Beulah;
for the Lord will take delight in you,
    and your land will be married.
5 As a young man marries a young w...

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 41.10
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Over the last few months, we have witnessed fear rear its ugly head in so many different forms with the Covid-19 pandemic. Our neighbors all over the world found themselves scavenging stores with empty shelves because of hysteria. 

This disease...

March 18, 2020

Even with all the hustle and bustle going on in our nation right now, this has been the most relaxed I've been in over six months, maybe even longer. 

Some of my most favorite activities require solitude, prayer and writing and what better way to make myself do those things while we're all encouraged to stay home. After some time, I remembered that Baylor asked me to write a daily devotional and guess what? 

The devotional...

March 11, 2020

Spring Break is here! Wow, I have not uttered those words in over ten years and I'm just as excited as I was back then. Last week when I was thinking about this post, I had already begun my reading list, to-do list, cycling schedule and boy was I tired. 

To be honest, seminary has been an absolute blast and other than my husband, I have not told a soul about this new journey. So I thought, what a wonderful opportunity to s...

Yesterday was tough.

Bad days don't come around very often for me but yesterday, it truly was one for the books. During my normal lunch hour, I feasted on a delicious salad from Cafe Express. I'm not sure why I was searching for June 2019 because the event I was trying to book was for June 2020. All of a sudden, I felt a rock form in my throat. It may sound weird but a heaviness crept up until tears began whelping up in my eye...

Back in January, God advised me on numerous occasions that this would be a year of pruning. Sadly, I "thought" I knew what He had in mind but I did not have a clue. If you missed those messages and want to catch up, feel free to listen HERE.

The process began with a glimpse of 2019's focal point to, "Be Present". Slowly but surely, God's reminder of what was to come, came into fruition. And just as expected, the...

November 26, 2019

Good afternoon all! I wanted to drop into your inbox and let you know I will be taking time away from social media to dig deeper into a heart of thanksgiving with my Heavenly Father over the next couple of days. 

During this hectic time with food shopping, meal prepping, and family gatherings, I want to remind myself of the reason for the season; in hopes to encourage you to do the same. I mean, 

"What if you woke...

October 1, 2019

"Are you finding what you're looking for?" She asked.

"No ma'am, but I'm just browsing." I responded.

I searched for her Barnes and Noble name tag when she added, "Yeah, me neither ... they're looking in the back though."

Gabby was her name and she was patiently scouring for her book. She was petite with equally short black hair, falling onto her cute white cardigan. Instantly I knew she was one of us and it took all of about th...

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