How to Abandon Everything Except Joy This Year

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

I love the Christmas season. I love the songs, the sights, and the smells of that time of year.

Oh, yes I do realize it’s February.

I just have to pause though and mention that I love, love, love the Christmas season (even in a pandemic) and I’m always sad each January because it’s over.

I can attribute the season to one word: JOY. And while I may no longer be singing about joy, or bells for that matter, I did spend a good part of the holiday season cultivating a list I knew I would need later. This list, to be exact, gives me all the feels on how to cultivate Christmas-like joy for the rest of the year. Continue reading “How to Abandon Everything Except Joy This Year”

Equal Sight & Value

Every year during the month of January, schools everywhere shift their social studies and history lessons to include that of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Before COVID, there were special school-wide assemblies and songs and even speech contests for children to proclaim the famous words, “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, I’m free at last!”

Because we all know that Rev. King was a minister and Bible scholar, it should be no surprise to us that a lot of his thoughts and actions are based on Biblical principles. From non-violence to pursuing peace to seeking knowledge and wisdom, it’s safe to say that this man knew Scripture.

And he knew it well. Continue reading “Equal Sight & Value”

Right Now I’m In-Between Places

Right now, I’m in-between places.

Wait. I’m always in-between places.

In my childhood, my in-between places happened from one birthday until the next.
 
As a teenager, it was between the time I got my driver’s permit until I got my license.
 
When I graduated from high school, it was between graduation night and the day I left for college.
 
As a young adult, it was between the job I took that I hated at age 22 because the world said I needed a job and the job I found at age 24 that lead to a meaningful career in higher education.
 
As a mom, it’s been the day I discovered I was pregnant until the day I got to meet each one of my little bundles of joy.
 
Right now, my in-between places look like the week between Christmas and the New Year.
 
It’s from the moment my eldest graduated from high school three ago until the youngest graduates this spring.
 
It’s from the ending of my marriage and the date stamped on the divorce decree until I marry again.
 
It’s from March of 2020 until whenever COVID is no longer a thing. 
Continue reading “Right Now I’m In-Between Places”

Worshipping Online All of a Sudden? Here’s Who You Should Watch

When I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago, one of the things people asked me was whether or not I was really okay. I blogged about it, I shared my story with others as I was living through it, and I took advantage of the opportunity to spend more quality with the people I loved.

In this day and time, I find myself asking the people more and more whether are not they are okay…really okay. Continue reading “Worshipping Online All of a Sudden? Here’s Who You Should Watch”

It Doesn’t Have the Last Say

Fear. Uncertainty. Anxiety. Worry. Despair. Isolation. Loneliness.

At any point on any given day, that’s pretty much what we’re feeling. We feel it as a nation. on our jobs, in our families…and it doesn’t feel good. When we turn on the television we’re faced with images of politicians who are ranting, people who are hoarding, and communities that are suffering as a result of a worldwide pandemic.

Yet and still, COVID-19 doesn’t have the last say. Continue reading “It Doesn’t Have the Last Say”