Nothing Concealed Will Remain Hidden…Love Rejoices When Truth Wins

More and more it’s becoming evident that Light and Truth always prevail.

In the wake of the rampant injustice, oppression, prejudice, bigotry, and ignorance that continue to pollute our societies, I’m reminded of the many Bible messages that encourage us not to be afraid, “for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known” (Matthew 10:26).

With the widespread access to social media and video evidence, many evil practices that were previously hidden are now being exposed. Things that used to be craftily covered are being uncovered, and media houses, bloggers, and the average Joe/Jane have no choice but to cover what is uncovered. What happens in ___________, stays in ___________ is no longer very applicable.

A just society is in the business of doing good, seeking justice, helping the oppressed, defending the fatherless, and fighting for the rights of widows. As carriers of light, we should remain incorruptible, full of integrity, even in the midst of lawlessness. Our character and name should stand for something, with loving kindness at the helm.

Love does not rejoice about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out (1 Corinthians 13:6). 

Is There Any Good News Anymore?

Is it just me, or does the media not report good news anymore?

Seems to me like we’re constantly being barraged by tragic, devastating, hateful media content. It’s overwhelming. Just when you’re coming to grips with one heartbreaking situation, another horrible incident occurs.

Is there any good out there? Why aren’t we hearing more about it? At some point this deluge of bad news will only serve to desensitize us.

I think it’s important to balance all the legitimately tragic news with positive stories as well. My heart cannot continue to consume this bad press.

So in an age where the media is constantly pumping out negative, dark, gloomy, hateful, tragic stories, there’s wisdom in turning to your Bible … it’s replete with GOOD NEWS and pages upon pages of LOVE and HOPE for all humanity.

How do you feel about all the doom and gloom news coverage?

My Unpopular Black Opinion

As a person of color, I’m always intrigued to read about black culture and how we as a people perceive ourselves. Although some would believe that the black community is monolithic in its thinking, this is furthest from the truth. Comments and opinions under the hashtag  reveal that not all black people share the same opinions regarding race, politics, relationships, hair, fashion, education, music, food, you name it.

Read below for a summary of some of the top “unpopular opinions” gathered from Twitter under the hashtag . Note that these opinions are not mine; they are the expressed views from Twitter. As a side note, I wonder what the opinions would be coming from an African or Caribbean audience versus a primarily African-American lens.
Racism and Sounding White
  • Not every white person is Racist & our history does not give us the right to be rude to every white person.
  • Americans don’t live in a “post racial society” and we are still suffering from the results of slavery.
  • Racism isn’t our problem to solve cause it was never our fault.
  • A lot of yall pull the race card before even knowing what happened… It’s devalues our movements as a whole
  • Praying is not gonna stop systemic racism. Time we take matters into our own hands on our feet and off our knees.
  • There’s no such thing as sounding white. We won’t progress as a race with a belief that voice associates with race
  • Speaking properly isn’t speaking white. Since when is being proper only a white trait?
  • Black people are racist too
  • Y’all need to stop saying he wanted to be white. He had vitiligo. He was a proud black man. (regarding Michael Jackson)

Dark Skin vs Light Skin Beauty

  • Darkskin women been fine. This didn’t happen overnight.
  • Being lightskin does not automatically make you pretty and being darkskin doesn’t make you ugly.
  • That lightskin-darkskin stuff is a direct descendent of white supremacy. don’t feed into that.
  • My dark skin was always beautiful. Didn’t take the “melanin” trend to make me feel “IN”.
  • Light Skin and Dark Skin jokes aren’t jokes. Their suppressed brainwashing. STOP IT.
  • Just cause I’m light-skinned doesn’t mean I’m not black, stop telling me I cant be black because I’m not dark.

Relationships, “Mixed” Kids, and Fatherhood

  • Interracial relationships are not the problem. The problem is when you bash ur own race & refuse to date within it.
  • Being in an interracial relationship is not a sign of self hate.
  • The not having a father jokes have never seemed funny to me.
  • A single mother CAN NOT teach a boy how to be a man..
  • Growing up without a father is MUCH harder, but it is NOT a death sentence.
  • Mixed kids are no more beautiful than chocolate babies.
  • Its not cute to have young children cursing, twerking or fighting and the adults in the room egging it on.
  • Stop referring to your husband, fiance or boyfriend as “my nigga”. If you truly love him you would respect him.

Black Women (BW)

  • We need to treat our African American women like the queens that they are. Chivalry isn’t dead.
  • I don’t want any compliment that ends with “for a black girls”
  • As a BW, we really don’t care what race BM date…we just get mad when you belittle us.
  • Black women don’t need to be hyper-sexualised to be attractive period.
  • I do not want to be anyone’s “trap queen.”

Natural Hair, Good Hair, and Self Hate

  • Good hair” and “dark skin vs. light skin” are forms of internalized racism taught to promote colorism & self hate
  • There’s more to black culture than natural hair styles, fat asses and big lips.
  • Just because a girl has short hair doesn’t mean she is ugly or bald…
  • Just bc you wear weave doesn’t mean you have no hair.
  • “Good hair” means healthy hair, but does not mean a certain length or a certain texture.
  • How is hair that grows naturally from someone’s scalp not for them..
  • “Natural hair isn’t for everybody” is the DUMBEST statement. How is embracing what you were born with not for you?
  • There is no such thing as “good hair” whatever hair you were born with is “good” enough. Spirals, waves, or Kinks.
  • When I went natural, it was more Black people than white people who had something negative to say.
  • My relaxed hair does not mean that I value Eurocentric beauty and hate myself and my culture.

Education: Intelligence Isn’t white

  • Using proper grammar & enjoying reading for fun does not mean you’re “acting white.”
  • I’m sick of boys trying to become rappers, go be a damn doctor, a lawyer, something.
  • Sports and rapping is not the only way out the hood.
  • Talking with slang doesn’t make you ‘ghetto’ & using proper grammar doesn’t make you sound ‘white.’
  • My ability to form coherent sentences and my vast vocabulary doesn’t make me “white”. Intelligence isn’t white.
  • It’s okay if you’re not good in sports. Get in those books and stay in them.

Black Music Culture

  • Really don’t like rap music; between the excessive profanity, violence and degradation of women I can’t stand it
  • 90s hip hop SLAYS current hip hop.
  • I don’t get the Drake beard or music love.
  • It’s ok to listen to other genres of music other than Hip-Hop and Trap.
  • I’d rather listen to Maroon 5 than young thug. he raps like courage the cowardly dog tryna explain a situation.
  • Beyoncé is alright. Music wise she’s okay. Looks wise she’s decent. Yall overhype her.
  • Beyonce is a normal human being and shouldn’t be worshipped.
  • Tyler Perry movies are the same. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM.
  • The black community doesn’t know the extent Michael Jackson cared about his own race. He was hella woke.
  • Dresses and Jordan’s don’t go together.
  • Pulling up sagging pants will not end inequality for black boys or men.

Thoughts on Southern Cuisine

  • Fried chicken is overrated and it’s killing our people.
  • I hate kool aid it’s either too damn sweet or bland color water.
  • Peach cobbler is horrible.
  • Collard greens are disgusting.
  • Grits are nasty.
  • Cornbread is disgusting.

Sound off your “unpopular opinion” with the hashtag .

All You Need is ONE Word From God

All you need is one word, one message from God.

One word from God can change your life forever.

  • Turns around circumstances
  • Creates peace where sorrow abounds

One word from God started creation.

  • Breathes life into emptiness
  • Gives vision to transform nations

One word from God can activate dormant blessings.

  • Ignites purpose to lukewarm faith
  • Unlocks promises for your seed and generations to follow

Are you attentive to the Lord’s voice?

  • Listen carefully, it strikes with flashes of lightning (Psalm 29:7)
  • Carries creative&healing power

#AllYouNeedisONEWordFromGod

Does Your YES Mean Yes, and Your NO, No ?

Yes and No. They are two of the first words we learn, and boy are they misunderstood. Wisdom is knowing when to say yes and when to say no, even as a budding toddler.

Therefore, we must strive to be intentional with our word and hence time:

  • Don’t say yes to everything.
  • It takes courage to say no, even to seemingly good opportunities.
  • Closing the door to one opportunity could open gateways to others.

Integrity shines through when you let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no (Matthew 5:37).

Is your word bond?

365 Moments (D3): Keeping A Cool Head In A Hot Situation

Sometimes we’re put into challenging situations to test our mettle. Here’s my story about keeping a cool head in the midst of road rage.

Source: iwantthatsign.com

Source: iwantthatsign.com

Anyone who’s visited Montreal knows that the roads are a hot mess and constantly under construction; sadly, road ragers tend to proliferate in such environments.

I had just dropped my daughter off at daycare and was heading back home with baby, when trouble erupted. I was confronted by an angry elderly couple. You see the road I was driving on could only accommodate one car at a time. Thinking I was being the bigger person, I pulled my car to the side of the road to allow the driver to pass (and I didn’t have to since I had right of way). I guess I didn’t leave the driver enough space because what ensued was redonkulous! Dude inched near my car, rolled down his window, and began shouting like a rabid animal; ironic how age is not a predictor for good behavior.

As he was spewing his venom, I told myself, “Don’t engage, don’t engage.” I refused to make eye contact and kept my window firmly shut. All I know is that it was too early in the morning to get worked up by a road rager. I was not going to let this man’s disrespectful behavior set the tone for my day.

How many of you can testify that we should be slow to speak and slow to become angry?

A few thoughts on anger:

  • Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
  • People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness (Proverbs 14:29)
  • Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm (Psalm 37:8)

I’m proud of myself for displaying a high level of emotional intelligence: I controlled my emotions, I was not easily provoked, I did not lose my temper, and I didn’t act a fool in front of my baby.

Source: Jed Rogers Design Studio

Source: Jed Rogers Design Studio


This post is part of an ongoing series under Quick Tips for Creating a 365-day Motivation Guide.

Tales From 2AM Feedings: Naps Are Overrated, Anyway

Sleeping Baby-2

There’s this sacred window of opportunity where I’m winning the battle of sleeps with my tired fussy baby.

I’ve fed him, changed him, shushed him, prayed over him; his droopy eyes and limbs seem to be cooperating.

As his body goes limp, I know it’s now or never. Delicately, I lay him to sleep, secretly rejoicing for this gift of solitude.

Success! I know he’s tired. He needs his sleep. I do the math and estimate about a 2-hour nap.

My heart races with joy thinking of all the things I can squeeze into 2 hours: reading, workout, writing, chilling, cooking, shower… excited, I brew some hot tea and open my laptop to maybe write or catch up on some reading.

Ahh, bliss.

“ahh-hek ahh-hek aaaa aaaa …” 

Annnnd the whimpering begins.

Quiet and faint at first, like a distant train. My ears must be playing tricks on me. He can’t be awake, I just put him to sleep 15 minutes ago.

The whimpering gains full steam and before you know it it’s full on wailing—the train has arrived.

“Wouaaa wouaaa wu wu wouaaaaaaaaaa WAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!”

As quickly as my dreams of mommy time formed, they fade away. The peace and quiet dissipate. Time to throw away that tea.

Naps are overrated anyway. I’ll dream again tomorrow.

Dare to Love People No Matter Who They Are or What They Do!

Check out this awesome love challenge from the phenomenal book ChurchShift by Sunday Adelaja, pastor of the largest evangelical church in Europe . If you haven’t yet read this book, go get your copy—it will rock your world!

Love Church Shift

Love people! 
Love them no matter who they are or what they do. 
Love people regardless of their faults. 
Love them unconditionally. 
But if there is love, then that love draws and keeps them. 
Love is the strongest bonding agent in the universe.