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Dana’s Story: Faith, Marriage, and Motherhood (pt. 1)

My own story speaks of a singular narrative: of a single Ghanaian-American woman in her mid-twenties pursuing Christ and all he has for her in this season. But there are many people in other seasons of life – and God is speaking to them too. I’m excited to share this first part of an interview I did with Dana, wife to Alex and mother of the beautiful baby Ava and puppy Bentley. Her story is one of strength, perseverance, humility, and grace in the face of challenge and loss. She, like all of us, is striving to be attentive to everything God is teaching her in the season she’s in, and I hope her narrative blesses you as much as it did me.    I’m sure people reading this want to know: Who is Dana?  Dana is passionate. I’m passionate about the people and things that add value to my life….

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in Faith

Grammar Check

So, funny (or not so funny) story: When I moved to Ghana at 8 and started class four, I knew next to nothing about grammar. I remember taking an English test and getting a big old zero, and my father and sister laughing at me because for the question that asked for an example of a verb, I put ‘Kofi’. LOL Well, I graduated junior high with 9 One’s and high school with 7 A1’s (distinction by any means) AND I graduated from an Ivy, so joke’s on them! lol The reason I bring up this story is because I find that sometimes I have issues with my spiritual grammar too. In particular, I find that I battle heavily with qualifiers – the things and people and circumstances from which I find my sense of value. And my qualifiers have changed over time – from society and friendships and relationships…

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in Faith

Three Close Christian Friends

As a Christian you need people in your life who will hold you accountable. You need people you can be vulnerable with. Jesus could have chosen to walk this world alone – frankly it’s hard to see of what use the disciples were to him at all – but there is power in community. As much as they needed him, he needed them. You need people in your life to go to for answers- but not just for any answer, for the GOD answer. You need people who won’t just give you their opinion because they realize that, In the grand scheme of things, what they think is irrelevant. You need people who will tell you what God thinks, and go a step further to contend and intercede for you to find the answers and your purpose with God. You need people in your life who randomly text you and…

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in Faith

The Silence of the Lamb

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with the pop culture reference lol It’s the best phrase I could come up with to describe the heart-wrenching horror that comes with those seasons when God is silent in our lives – when we feel most distant and most removed from our center in Christ. While a lot of times these seasons come when we ourselves have turned away from God and followed our own devices, there are times when we have not moved an inch, when we are still firmly planted in the Word and House of God, and yet there is a sudden unexpected chasm between our hearts and His. If we have not moved away from God then it would reason that He must have moved away from us, wouldn’t it? Suddenly we begin to question our faith: did we ever really believe in God? Are we really who we say we are?…

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in Food, Kitchen

Coconut Cranberry Zucchini Muffins

Makes 16-20 muffins Ingredients 1 cup mild olive oil 3 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium zucchinis) 1 cup honey or maple syrup or mix 2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla essence (I used a dash of maple as well!) 1 tsp cinnamon 3 cups flour (I used 1.5 whole wheat, 1.5 white flour, I’ve also used all oat flour before) a dash of salt 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp baking powder 1 cup coconut shreds 2/3 cup dried cranberries Directions Preheat oven to 350 In a medium bowl, combine shredded zucchini with beaten eggs, olive oil, essence and honey and mix thoroughly In a bigger bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to aerate. Fold wet mixture into the dry mixture – do not over mix. Fold in coconut shreds and cranberries as well. Spray muffin tins with oil spray and fill each tin two-thirds…

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in Faith

Strengthen Your Core

As I begin to plan out my schedule for #ProjectHopefullyIWillHaveABeachBodyThisYear, I am forcing myself to input days solely for core exercises. Core workouts are the ones I despise the most. I will run on a treadmill for an hour, or pull a weighted sled half a block, but ask me to do a plank and I’m out. lol. Core exercises are painful. Core exercises boring. Core exercises take the longest to show results. And yet it is core exercise that is most essential to any workout routine. When your core is in shape, you can run faster, walk longer, lift heavier and in correct form. And the reason why is because your core, essentially, determines your stability. You can be as strong as anything, but without stability, you will never seethe results you want. As I thought about this I began to think of my own life and how unstable…

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in Health & Wellness

Warm Weather Skin Care

As the weather warms up (or doesn’t depending on the degree of global warming that has hit your side of the world lol) I always seem to become more prone to nasty breakouts and blemishes. So as winter begins to (slowly) fade away, I always need to revamp my skincare routine to make sure it remains as healthy as possible. Here are a few of my current faves: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel, Extra Strength Formula, $16 This product is an absolute gem for those days when nothing seems to cure a pesky breakout and your skin just needs fast relief. It’s a daily treatment, so I usually get the 5-pack (because it’s WAY on the pricey side and I can’t afford to actually use it daily), but five doses does the trick! My skin is always a lot more radiant and less blemish-y after about a week of…

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in Qs & As

It’s not easy being an adult! I made the switch from daddypendent to independent about 6 months ago & it’s not a joke at all! I just got paid & I was drawing up budgets for shopping (YAASSSS) & bills & other things then realized I forgot about my tithe… Bruh! Anyway, I’m not as “rich” as I thought & shopping will have to wait until later. The struggle is real but diaris God lol!

Bruuuuuh lmao. It’s too real. I’ve been independent for 8 years now and I can’t say I’ve completely gotten used to taking care of myself. There are still days I wish I could call Daddy up and solicit funds lol. But you know, even on those days when it feels like my paycheck is spread real thin, or the future looks bleak, I never once think of reneging on my commitment to God with tithe, so I love how you chose to defer shopping till later. It’s not an easy choice to make in a world that says everything we earn is ours and for our sole benefit. We can be confident in the fact that in plenty or in little, God will honor our commitment to Him with our finances, and will bless us above and beyond our means to contain it!

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