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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Almost a Hoarder

I cringe when I see those shows on tv-- men and women whose families come together for some form of intervention trying to convince a loved one that they are living a life of destructive excess. Hoarding things and holding onto them as if there were some value still in a broken coffee mug or a room filled with old newspapers.

I wonder when I watch those shows how close am I to becoming one of them with my book shelf stacked a little beyond its capacity with books found, given and bought. "I love books," I reason, "I want my kids to love books." Greeting cards in my bureau. Stacks of patterns under my bed and cabinets and boxes stuffed full of yarn and fabrics, notions and needles. Things that I am making. Classes that I will be teaching. And when someone comes to me with questioning in their eyes about the project they know I can, and will complete with the supplies out of my stash to mend or make...I reason.

And on those days when I feel particularly energetic I start to sift through things, a trash bag at my side as I wistfully toss what I know I won't finish, what I think I won't need, stickers that have lost their glue, paper that is faded, patterns for things that are out of fashion, yarn that is knotted. Those things I throw away. And in the throwing away I gain new inspiration in found things that had been forgotten. I am drawn into who I was created to be. I am drawn into a creative vision that I can't help but explore. I reason.

When I die, if you are given the task of cleaning up and clearing out you might be on the edge of referring to me as a hoarder. You will think I was almost there. The treasures of my life on bookshelves and tucked under my bed. You will think it was excess. But if you look before you throw it away you might find the treasure of love folded and tucked between sheets of unused fabric, you will find my sanity and my peace there, you will find my heart.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Book Review: She Speaks

What a disappointment! I received a copy of She Speaks Wisdom from the Women of the Bible to the Modern Black Woman for free as a member of Booksneeze.com. I received the copy with only the agreement to write my honest review of the book. I am not otherwise associated with Booksneeze or Thomas Nelson Publishing in any way and have not received any compensation for this review.

I already had a copy of the Bible by the same author and was excited to receive this complimentary book in the mail. I thought that I would receive something new and encouraging, uplifting and courageous. To my dismay, this book is a collection of excerpts from the Sisters in Faith Bible. Verbatim, the text in this book comes from the "Women of the Bible" sections in the Sisters in Faith Bible. Unfortunately, I was unimpressed with those sections in the Bible and was very disappointed to find that I now own a collection of them. The "monologues" are dry and not very creative at all. I didn't find that much thought was put in the writing of those sections to bring the women to life, they simply restated the text. There were no knew incites or supposition to what may have been their thoughts. Something I was looking forward to reading.

As much a disappointment, I am glad I have the Bible and will pass this little book along. I don't recommend it. Pick up the Sisters in Faith Bible instead.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Need a New Bible? Try Sisters in Faith.

I received a free copy of Sisters in Faith Holy Bible as a reviewer for Thomas Nelson at Booksneeze.com. In exchange, I give my honest opinion.




The cover, is amazing. This is a beautiful Bible and is perfect for gift giving. When I opened the pages I was equally impressed. The pagesThis Bible is beautiful from cover to cover. The font is purple and pink and very easy to read. There is a Feature Index and Concordance. There are study guides, devotions, supplements and helps in this Bible that speak directly to women of color.

After having the Sisters in Faith Bible for only two weeks I found that I was using some of the Empowered Faith (motivational articles) to minister to friends. I recommend this Bible for anyone looking for a King James Version. This is the Bible to gift your girlfriends.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Book Review - The Purpose Driven Life

I received a copy of the most recent, re-release of The Purpose Driven Life (expanded edition)by Rick Warren as a blogger from Booksneeze.com. I received the book free and in return I read the book and post my honest opinion. I am not paid for my review. Oh...and this was supposed to be posted earlier, I just couldn't finish it that fast...   :(

So...I read this back in 2003 when our church broke off into home groups to study The Purpose Driven Life. From that reading I took what was of value to me and left what was not. Having gained 9 years of living, and being in my calling, I approached the book a bit differently this time around. My mind was in a different place and of course, my outlook on my future is clearer.

The expanded edition has two more days of study: The Envy Trap and The People Pleaser Trap. Wow!  and Yes! Before I even read the new chapters I knew Rick Warren hit this one right on the head. I found myself reflecting on walking in my calling, using my gifts and talents and looking around. What are other people doing? Why can't I do that too? No one is going to be happy with what I am doing...I have to do what everyone asks...I can't say no.  But that isn't what God has called me to. I realized in reading the new chapters that I have what God has for ME! I can't get caught up in what other people are doing and what there situation looks like from my vantage point. I also can't worry about what other people think and say about me. It surely isn't about pleasing man...it's about pleasing God.

The scriptures at the beginning of the chapters are perfect and give a Biblical reference point that can be studied and meditated on.

I am so pleased to have been able to re-visit this book. I was not disappointed...well, maybe a little bit...the book has those QR codes you can zap with your smartphone. I don't have a smartphone, but I can get connected online. Super addition to the book.

I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars...$22.99 (retail) is a lot for two chapters...

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Twelve Unlikely Heroes by John MacArthur.



I received a copy of this book as a reviewer for Booksneeze. You can too. Just read the book and give your honest feedback.

Twelve Unlikely Heroes was exactly what I thought it would be. Images from the Bible of God using ordinary, flawed, sinful people for very extraordinary, exceptional assignments for the Kingdom. One of my favorite characters in the Bible is the Apostle Paul. I always considered him the most fortunate to be chosen from his despicable self to change his life so drastically and life his life for Christ, to share the Gospel, to win souls and to be so ultimately sold out. Twelve Unlikely Heroes gives you a straightforward glimpse into the lives of others in the Bible and maybe even to reflect on your own life and worthiness as seen through the eyes of God.

As I read the book I was able to look at my life in ministry and shout a heartfelt AMEN! for being one of the chosen; an unlikely hero in my own right. Living the life of a new creation and understanding that it's not my past that interests God, it's the future that He has destined me to and how stepping into that purpose is what He's waiting for.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

That's Enough About My Hair



A lady stopped me the other day to compliment me on my hair...then she asked me when did I "go natural," how long had I been.  Why do some assume we all had perms and had to "go natural."  I did get a relaxer, back in the 80s, but I only did that for a short time. It was almost a hairdo. It was definitely not a lifestyle. I have worn my natural hair 41 of my 42 years. I never considered myself as one going natural. The state of my hair is the one that always was. I think we should all be a bit more classy about how we address one another. She could have stopped at, "your hair is so pretty, can you tell me how you do that style?"

The style, by the way, is a flat twist out (a two strand twist that is twisted similar to a cornrow, starting with a small section, divided in two, then picking up a bit of hair on each twist and joining it into one of the two sections as you work your way down the parted section). I washed my hair and while wet and very well conditioned combed it all to one side, then parted from my left temple across my head to the right and flat twisted one section at a time for a total of 6 sections. I wore it like that for a day while it dried completely. (I could have just sat under the dryer...but  the style was cute enough). Then I un-twisted them and fluffed the parts away.

Beautiful large curls.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Notecards






White on Black is so much fun! These are a set of notecards I designed. For sale. $7 for the set of three.