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...

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...

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...

GUEST POST: Crying Out

GUEST POST: Crying Out
By Guest Blogger: Vernee’ Washington The wilderness is a desolate and deserted place, a place of lack, scarcity, and silence. When you hear the word wilderness in reference to the word of God, what do you think about? There are two instances that typically come to mind - the children of Israel and their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and the leading of Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. But I submit to you that there is

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we pause to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though known as a civil rights leader, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, in recently reading his book of sermons, "The Strength to Love,” I was keenly reminded through his passionate words, colorful metaphors and spiritual themes, that Dr. King was first and foremost, a man of God -- preacher and pastor. In a day and time, when so many preachers are clamoring to make "their minist...

Pursue Your Dream

Pursue Your Dream
  “A dream fulfilled is a tree of life” (Prov 13:12 NLT) Today is a great day to get started on pursuing a dream. My latest e-book, Pursue Your Dream,  will help you get started. No More New Year’s Resolutions What was your 2014 New Year’s resolution? Did you achieve it? Pursuing your dream is not the same as making a New Year’s resolution. In fact, did you know that 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions but only 8%  are successf