When our faith gets tested, we have the chance to grow.  God guides us to uncomfortable places because He knows most of us are too afraid to seek them out ourselves.

Not too long ago I was encouraged by a leader in my church to share my 'sufferings' with the people I do life with so that they see that [my] faith is attainable. At first, I was irritated that he would think that I would hide my own suffering. [and to be honest, it felt … Continue reading When our faith gets tested, we have the chance to grow.  God guides us to uncomfortable places because He knows most of us are too afraid to seek them out ourselves.

People don’t grow where they are planted, they grow where they are loved.

My Sunday mornings are cray cray.  Like, seriously.  This season of life has brought me "slower" weeks and VERY busy weekends. I spend most Saturdays on my seminary's campus in class or out and about volunteering.  And of course, I spend time with family and friends.  Sundays though take the cake. On Sundays, I do … Continue reading People don’t grow where they are planted, they grow where they are loved.

Filling the hole in the family structure

There is a HUGE hole in the family structure. Men have disappeared and are not fathering their children. So..... boys aren't being taught to be men, by men.  They are being taught to be men by women.  (And, girls aren't being taught by their fathers to be women.) And, as much as I love women … Continue reading Filling the hole in the family structure

The impact of our forefathers and epigenetics

As a child and young adult, I was fascinated with my ancestry. Mostly, my Greek ancestry. My great-grandparents came over on a boat from Greece and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Luckily, for me, my grandparents were wise and made their way south to Charlotte, not long after getting married.  Charlotte was a new city at … Continue reading The impact of our forefathers and epigenetics

Respond to a child with trauma informed LOVE

At the beginning of the summer, I made plans to take some kiddos to CiCi's Pizza and SkyZone.  I had been promising one of the 9-year old boys that if he was good three Sundays in a row at church that I would take him to CiCi's.  (What is it with that place?  It's just … Continue reading Respond to a child with trauma informed LOVE

Impact of stable caring adult: Help a child develop resilience, confidence and problem solving techniques

The past two months, I've been working on a new business venture. It has COMPLETELY consumed my life.  And pretty much the lives of all of 'my people'. Especially my dad. That new business venture?  AirBnB.  Yep, I jumped on the bandwagon. Bought a house in the cutest little neighborhood a mile from uptown and … Continue reading Impact of stable caring adult: Help a child develop resilience, confidence and problem solving techniques

Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount

A few years ago I  had the opportunity to travel to Kabul to work with some of the most talented colleagues that I've ever had the honor to work with.  We trained government and private sector leaders on stakeholder mapping and helped them develop an advocacy plan to improve the health of the country.  I had … Continue reading Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount