Tonight we go live at 6 pm EST to discuss our new book, God Blocked It!, written with Dr. Tamika Hall. In this devotional anthology, you’ll read stories from nearly 30 women who have seen God’s protection, redirection, and correction as they navigated life. They share a story, a scripture, and a devotional for you followed by reflection questions to drive the scripture and devotional home.
In our Meet the Authors segment, Dr. Tamika Hall will ask us questions and we will all cut up, have fun, and share why we felt these were the best stories to share with you. Learn more about us and our chapters as we laugh, cry, and everything in between with one another. (Crying not guaranteed but has happened on past episodes!)
Amanda Baker has done it again!
Her way with words once again had me wrapped up in a blanket, drinking chai, and going deep into my emotions to explore connection with God, self, and others. She has this way about her words that can empower me to dive deep into thought, exploring what she intended me to take away, questioning my understanding of what poetry is in today’s time, and extending myself past my comfort zone into areas where I am longing to read more and then sit with her on a couch to talk about what it was that led to each poem’s creation.
Friends, this weekend I had an opportunity to sit back and read an advanced reader copy (ARC) of the long-awaited 2nd poetry book from Amanda Baker, “What is Another Word for Intimacy” released today by Yellow Arrow Publishing. When I tell you that I have been waiting since May 2020 for this book, I am not exaggerating at all. As soon as I finished her first book, Ask, I wanted more.
Thankfully, she was nice enough to support my habit of wanting more and more of her poetry through her diligent posting and sharing her readings on Instagram over the past two years. And while I am thankful for some of those poems, such as this post, and this one, and this one, it’s not the same as being able to hold her writing in my hands in book form, sit with it, and let my mind and pen wander as I look at the clean white paper that she bled upon to share her lifeblood of words with us. (Okay, yes, I do realize she typed it into a computer but give me the dramatic effect of picturing her writing on blank sheet after blank sheet until she confirms otherwise.)Read More
This month, I am back to sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose. This anthology is a book of devotions we released with Dr. Tamika Hall of Tamika Ink back in February of this year. Today’s highlight is of a chapter written by one of the co-authors, Mercy Pinder.
In four pages, Mercy shares how she had to make some changes in how she chose and continued with friendships and relationships in her life. She had to make purposeful and heartbreaking choices that meant ending some connections and choosing to honor herself over giving of herself until she was broken. The choice came with heart break and pain, but in the end turned out to be a gift because now she is surrounded with folks who lift her up and honor her.Read More
This month, I am back to sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose. This anthology is a book of devotions we released with Dr. Tamika Hall of Tamika Ink back in February of this year. Today’s highlight is of a chapter written by one of the co-authors, Tonya Johnson.
Tonya speaks a truth that many are afraid to say in these times: if you are a child of God, spiritual growth is necessary. It is impossible to remain the same as the day you said “Yes” to Him if you truly walk with God. Why? Because His love inspires changes. Serving Him, walking with Him, and loving Him will result in change…even if you don’t realize you are growing. And she speaks this truth because she knows it from experience. When she finally allowed herself to lean into His understanding and not hers, she was able to let go and speak positivity and life over herself to understand how everything we face leads to spiritual growth.Read More
Do you constantly find yourself too wrapped up in your flaws? If so, it could be getting in the way of living the life you dream of and COULD be loving if you’d stop putting yourself down and start embracing your flaws.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Each of us has flaws. However, many of us fight against them; harshly criticizing ourselves for not being perfect. While there is a lot of pressure around us daily to be perfect, it’s just not possible. When we try, we end up hating ourselves and living a life that isn’t true to who we are.
If you want to learn to elevate (reach your next level), you MUST embrace your flaws and start to love ALL of yourself. Let’s look at why and the benefits you can experience if you will stop putting yourself down and start loving the person that you are.
This month, I am sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose. Today’s highlight is of a chapter written by one of the co-authors, Dr. Tasha Wilson.
Tasha’s chapter is among the shortest and yet one of the most powerful in terms of truly showing how a few words spoken in the right way to the right person can pack more healing within them than paragraphs to the wrong person. If you have been affected by grief but not allowed yourself to truly heal, what she shared will speak to your heart and spirit in ways that may require many tissues and a few trips to the library and a therapist because you will be ready to do the work. (The good news is that Dr. Tasha coaches millennial women on how to rise from a place of pain to a posture of promise. Reach out if you are in that category and she can guide you toward the promise land!)
This month, I am sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotion Written by Women of Purpose. Today’s highlight is of a chapter written by one of the co-authors, Robin M. Sample, MSW.
Sometimes you meet someone who share their story and you almost don’t believe it because it’s like “How are you still living?!” Robin is one of those individuals whose story comes with a trigger warning. She has endured, walked through, crawled through, and maybe sometimes sat in some serious traumas. Ones that will break your heart as you read about them. I know because even though we share this trait, my eyes began leaking as I read her story and thought of this little girl enduring so much pain so young in the ways that she did. It’s heartbreaking.
But isn’t it like God to take that heartbreaking story and allow the person who triumphed over it and came out on the other side victorious to share it with others so they know they aren’t alone?Read More
This month, I am sharing summaries of some of the chapters within The Purpose In My Pain: A 28 Day Devotional Written by Women of Purpose. Today’s highlight is of a chapter written by one of the co-authors, Desha Henfield.