Trusting God

Get Lost

I have a routine for just about everything. A surprise party would not go over well with me. A couple of weeks ago, I flew from Jacksonville to North Carolina with a transfer in Atlanta. When I fly, I usually plan how I’m going to use my time. On the flight between Jacksonville and Atlanta,…

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God Blesses Single Mothers

Flowers, jewelry, and steaks on the grill were a part of many Mother’s Day celebrations this month. But for many single moms, Mother’s Day is another day of struggle, doubt, and loneliness. While we see images of mothers surrounded by doting husbands and children, that picture is not reality for many single mothers. Whether a…

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Uncovered in the Sanctuary?

Did you have a big brother? Maybe you went to school with an older cousin who kept an eye out for you. Perhaps your father was active in your church. If you had these male influences, you felt protected at school, in the neighborhood and at church. But what happens when you’re an adult? Who’s…

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Were You Born a Christian?

I was born a Christian and raised in the AME church. By the time my mother grew tired of going to church, I was religious and managed to get myself to church just about every Sunday. During my college years, I would occasionally party all night, grab breakfast and head straight to church. I was…

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Rejection

Being rejected is painful when it occurs, and the sting can last for decades or even a lifetime. However, there are valuable lessons in rejection. First, rejection is information. I tried three or four network marketing ventures. I never had more than one person in my downline. I personally know a few people who have…

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Ingrates

In October of this year, I took in two teen boys. Their mother was in a coma. Their abusive, alcoholic father had been estranged from the family for over five years. Although the mother had six siblings and several friends, no one would take in the children. The children were a few days away from…

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Ask

Last week I attended a conference in Atlanta. The hotel was sleek and modern. The customer service was superb. When I checked out, the desk clerk asked what could have been better. I told him that it would have been nice to have a coffee maker in my room. He told me that coffee makers…

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When You Say Yes

As we mature as Christians, the Lord will ask us to do more, be more and become more. Many of the Lord’s assignments will be unattractive. Some will seem completely out of line with what we believe is our unique calling. When you answer the Lord’s call and say yes, here is what you can…

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The Blessing of Being Single

Many Christian singles long to be married and feel that being single is some warped punishment. Having been single most of my adult life, I’ve come to recognize that being unmarried has many benefits. The first three weeks of my three-year marriage were great. We moved in together, went on our honeymoon and enjoyed the…

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Fired, Part 2

In August 2001, I was fired. I had been at the job for two months, and I was miserable. But, I was the single mother of two children, and I had a new home under construction. I couldn’t quit. After learning that my services were no longer required, I told the executive director that I…

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