Mercy, Peace, and Love for September 2015

It’s the first of the month, meaning another opportunity to start over and chase after your dreams. Wishing you all a wonderful Month of September! 

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. 

  

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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). 

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.

Make Love Your Aim: Grow in Love

It hurts my heart to witness a society divided spewing hate and injustice. It’s disappointing to see the Bible branded as a tool for hatred and intolerance.

I wish the world could see that God’s heart is LOVE. I wish the world would appreciate that we are all just people trying to find our way.

Rather than sowing hate and negativity, can’t we simply enjoy our family and friends and be grateful that we get to LIVE today? Do we need another tragedy to remind us to love one another? To appreciate and care for each other?

Love should be the motivation for all our interactions. Jesus—the embodiment of perfect love—encouraged us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).

I’d like to consider myself a friend to everyone who shares with me the time of day. No agenda. No judgment. No holier-than-thou attitude. So simple.

I leave you with this beautiful Bible passage on love:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

Yes, love never fails. Love always wins. God is love. For God so loved the world…

Tales From 2AM Feedings: If Love Handles Were Made of Love

Five months in, these 9 moments make early morning breastfeeding worth the sleeplessness:

  1. Seeking curious hungry eyes
  2. Sloppy greedy suckles
  3. Squishy chubby hand massages
  4. Sweet milky warm breaths
  5. Snuggly love handle grabs
  6. Squiggly strong thumb grips
  7. Smiley giggly high fives
  8. Sheepish drunken smiles
  9. Singular faint exhale “huh”

As I drink him in, our eyes lock gazes, my heart swells with love, and my ample love handles melt away.

Loving on Purpose

Love is intentional:
We create love
We grow into love
We learn to love
We put on love
We love because He first loved us

Love is potential:
It has capacity to grow
It has no room for fear
It dwells in action not word
Let all that you do be done in love
Walk in the way of love

Love is unconditional:
Greater love has no one than this
To lay down one’s life for one’s friends
But if we love one another
God lives in us and His love is made complete in us
For God is love

Top 10 Picks for Mother’s Day Messages From Twitter and Beyond

What’s the most important holiday in May? Obviously it’s Mother’s Day.
I had fun journeying through Twitter to see what the world had to say about this special day. Continue reading for my top 10 picks from around the world.

1–It goes without saying that I am eternally grateful for my mother’s love and support. Though I didn’t post my sentiments on Twitter or Facebook (she doesn’t own either account), this tweet sums up my feelings quite nicely.

Mother's Day

2–These days, it seems like social media love carries more weight than face-to-face affection #fronting.

Mother's Day tweet

3–Remembering and honoring the angel mothers who are no longer with us.

Mother's Day tweet

4–A mother’s love is alpha and omega—from beginning to end.

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5–Giving props to the single dads who step up and slay both roles as mother and father.

Mother's Day tweet

6–Empowering women empowers a society. Let’s recognize and reward women’s work every day, not just on Mother’s Day #genderequality.

Mother's Day

7–Tribute to this Canadian woman and all others who offer free grandmother services to young mothers and their children who need mothering. 

Mother's Day

8–Mom always knows best #hindsightis2020.

Mother's Day

9–Endearing how Justin Bieber thanked his mom for ending his stupid phase. Haven’t we all been there?

Mother's Day tweet

10–This is a sober reminder to always treasure our mothers!

Mother's Day

What is an important lesson you’ve learned from your mother?


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Journey.”

Tales From 2 AM Feedings: What Motherhood Taught Me About Love

I have fallen in love with The Book of Negroes—also published as Someone Knows My Name—an award winning historical fiction novel by Lawrence Hill portraying the journey of a free African girl turned into a woman and a slave. This masterpiece relays the impact of slavery in a very raw, emotional, complex, and real way. What’s awesome is that the message of the book also resonates with my current perspectives on love and motherhood.

What has The Book of Negroes got to do with parenting?

A lot.

You see, one of the hardest things about parenting is learning your child’s love language: the more children in your care, the more languages to learn.

Book of Negroes pg183

The protagonist in this book, Aminata, shares her experience as a mother to her newborn son.

His sounds and movements were just like a new kind of language, and I wanted to learn it all so that I could give him everything he needed.

I too have been learning my baby boy’s language.

  • I “wear” my baby when I can, so that he’s interacting more with his surroundings while I familiarize myself with his sounds and mannerisms.
  • I’ve been learning his triggers so that I can minimize his discomfort and avoid excessive crying.
  • I try to nurse him before he cries; my ears are attuned to the sounds of him grunting or rooting to suck his chubby fingers.

Family is precious. Love them good and love them big. Love them every day.

The tragedy of this story is that at just 10 months of age, Aminata’s “master” stole her son and sold him into slavery. The painful loss was compounded by physiological reminders such as being “full like an unmilked cow.”

As a mother and Black African woman, my heart weeps for Black women before me whose children were viciously stolen and sold as slaves.

The Book of Negroes teaches us that family is sacred: “love them good and love them big. Love them every day.” I thank God for my children. I love them harder every day.