A Call for the Wailing Women

A Call for the Wailing Women
“It’s time to call for the wailing women” Those were the words I’d hear from time to time in the church of my youth, led by my Granny and, then my Aunties.  When I went away to college and attended a church filled with strong praying women, I’d hear that refrain again: “It’s time to call for the wailing women.” When situations got tough around us, in our homes, neighborhood, communities or the nation, I was raised to “call for the wailing wom...

God Still Has the Last Say: Racism Won’t Overpower Our Faith

God Still Has the Last Say: Racism Won’t Overpower Our Faith
Yesterday morning I was preparing to lead my Women’s Ministry 7 AM weekly prayer call. I was planning to use a devotional method called Lectio Divina to have the women reflect on Ephesians 3:20-21 before we prayed. I had been contemplating and meditating on Ephesians 3:20-21 for a few days.  Here’s the passage. Eph 3:20-21, NLT Lectio Divina (Latin for Divine Reading) is a prayer of meditation, listening for God to speak throu...

Alone Together: 10 Ways to Stay Connected with Friends & Family

Alone Together: 10 Ways to Stay Connected with Friends & Family
by guest blogger, Kristen Cowart @LadyKay_00 on Twitter As we’re practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, it can be tricky staying connected with friends and family. However, I find it’s important to check in on the people around us and make time for fun and celebration. With this in mind, I’ve put together 10 ways that I think are helpful for staying connected with friends and family.  #1 Call, Text and FaceTime Others ...

On Mental Wellness: A Helpful Framework for This Stay-At-Home Season

On Mental Wellness: A Helpful Framework for This Stay-At-Home Season
As part of my April WELL Women Series, I shared a neat framework on mental wellness that I learned about this past Saturday on an NPR segment featuring Dr Su Varma, a psychiatrist out of New York. She was being interviewed on NPR about strategies for singles or people who live alone to manage the loneliness during the stay at home orders. I found that what she had to say was relevant and valuable to all of us. Here's the link to the interview for you to ...

The Hope of Holy Week Playlist

The Hope of Holy Week Playlist
This is Holy week, the week leading to Resurrection Sunday. My Facebook friends joined me on Wednesday of this week to look at how the songs of this holy season help to inspire hope within us during this pandemic. Then they helped me build our Holy Week playlist. I received 36 suggestions to add to the ones I offered in the Vlog! First here's a reminder of why these songs are important: They remind us of the path that Jesus walked.They affirm the l...

The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading
One of my favorite activities is to sink into a steaming bubble bath with a good book. Reading takes me to places far away, visiting with people of different lands, cultures and times. What better time to explore The Power of Reading than now, while most of us are sheltering in place during this COVID19 pandemic. There's so much bad news being shared these days; I thought I'd take some time and bring some uplifting messages and ideas to help us get throug...

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope
These are indeed critical and challenging times. But I believe together we can get through them by the grace of God! For instance, I heard on the news last night that many seamstresses and designers are sowing masks to help with the shortages of masks for health care and front line responders in this COVID19 pandemic. I prayed about what more I could do. I heard: I cannot sew masks, but I can sow seeds of hope. As a minister, Board Certified Coac...

What’s The Object of Your Search? — A Reflection From Howard and Sue Thurman for Black History Month

What’s The Object of Your Search? —  A Reflection From Howard and Sue Thurman for Black History Month
For Black History Month, I read Howard Thurman’s autobiography, With Head and Heart. Thurman was a prolific author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.  For instance, his book, Jesus and the Disinherited has informed many a social justice activist.  In fact, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. carried a copy of this book “in his briefcase  as he journeyed up and down the land.”&nbs...

2020–The Year of Clarity

2020–The Year of Clarity
In perusing through stock photos for the perfect image to welcome 2020 to my readers, this picture captured my attention immediately. Though shown in silhouette, I saw myself in the female figure. The brief case. The professional dress. And the cape. That cape did it! I thought:  “My superpower is being able to look back on 2019 and thank God for how I got over.”  “How I got over” is a refrain from an old gospel song made popular by Are...

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling
Recently I had the great pleasure of speaking at two leadership conferences that got me to thinking about my own leadership as a calling.  As many of you know, I have been writing on the topic of women's leadership since my first book, Leading Ladies, was published in 2000. My most recent book, Influence Starts with "I" focuses on developing the skill (or art) of influence --the power to effect change in people teams or organizations for the good of...