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Taking Nations

I’ve been trying to find the right way to express the understanding I’ve received about our mantle as Christians over the past few days, and I really couldn’t find the words until today. Last night, a midst flooding in the capital of Accra, there was an explosion at a gas station that left almost a hundred people dead. All over social media there are videos of news agencies displaying the gore of unidentified charred bodies strewn across the ground. The response? A flurry of government accusations, sorrow, pointed fingers and “Pray For Ghana” hashtags. #PrayForGhana I’ll be honest- I don’t remember the last time I prayed for Ghana- or any country for that matter. I pray for my family, I pray for people I know, I pray for situations and social change, and for God to use me mightily in my generation to enact His will- but I don’t really pray…

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in Dear Diary

Random Musing

The Christian walk is finding out you’re wrong 70% of the time. (where 70% is being extremely generous lol) We’re constantly learning and unlearning- changing our understanding of right and wrong, good and bad, permissible and acceptable- shifting the scales of our earthly mindset and reconstructing worldly notions until they’re totally balanced in Christ. To be a Christian you have to become OK with being wrong. It’s the most humbling thing in the world.

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But Even If He Doesn’t

Growing up, the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was my absolute favorite. There was something spectacular about knowing there was a God who could deliver me from fire… aaaand Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were the coolest Bible names ever lol. I’ve been meditating on the story and I’ve known there was a message in there I wanted to share, but it was one I was in a battle with myself, so I shoved to the back of my mind. Yesterday, I was reminded of it, and I just have to share. Some background for those who don’t know the story: Around 605BC, Babylon under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, laid siege to Jerusalem, destroyed it, and took many Israelites captive- among them the youth of royalty, including Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (these were their names before they were taken captive). The Bible says: The king told Ashpenaz, head…

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in Qs & As

How is your lifestyle now different from the one you had before you truly gave yourself to God?

From what perspective? The changes I’ve made as an individual, or the changes that have happened in my life from an ‘external’ perspective? Well, if you mean changes I’ve made as an individual, the answer is none really. See, we’ve been taught to believe that being a Christian requires ‘changes’ on our part- like we’ve got to scrub away some of the ‘filth’ before we can really boldly declare Christ our Savior. But the very flaw in this line of thinking is that the point of needing a savior is that there’s nothing we can actually DO on our own TO make ourselves clean. I’ve attempted it before though. I’ve approached my faith with the mindset: I’m not going to do this anymore or that anymore- and guess what? I did. Lol. Like clockwork, every time I relied on myself to ‘change for the better’, I reverted back to former…

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How did you fully trust God?

It’s a process – one I’m still going through lol I think as human beings we all like to be in total control of everything. We’re taught the formulas for life and for success- be good and work hard and life will work out just right. So you’re good- or at least relatively so. You don’t do ‘bad things’ or kill anyone or anything of that sort. You work hard- go to the best schools and get good grades. You follow the formula to a T. And so you figure, it’s all going to work out. I got this in the bag. But it doesn’t. And you don’t. And for the life of you, you can’t understand why. After crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s there is still something missing- the formula isn’t complete. And that’s where I found myself. Essentially, at the end of myself. I…

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in Dear Diary

Why I Hate Being Asked What I Look for in a Man

Isn’t that the single most tiring question ever? I honestly think by now men should have realized there are certain basic qualities all women are looking for in a man – whether short term or long. No one wants a douchebag. Wealth is good, but drive and passion are even better. Intelligence is a given. I’m really not sure what exactly a dude expects you to say in answering the question that he hasn’t already heard a million times. Sure, there may be some more specific attributes I am looking for in particular that other women might find trivial, but really, the basics are (in no particular order): Indpendence Looks Communication Sense of Humor Intelligence Passion Ambition Confidence Honesty/Transparency Anything beyond that? Don’t ask me. Really. Don’t. Firstly because, well, I really don’t know what I want. Yes, I’ve accepted the fact that I really don’t. Honestly, just think about…

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in Devotions, Faith

The Message in the Storm Pt. 6: Weathering the Storm

It was late at night. Dinner had been over for a couple of hours, and Jesus was tired. He overheard the disciples murmuring about how they could see the weariness in his eyes and in his gait all the way to the Mount of Olives. And now he was at Gethsemane, with his three closest friends: Peter, James and John. He looked up at the dark sky and realized it was star-less… pitch black. He couldn’t help but wonder if His Father had done this on purpose- a sign to him of what was ahead. The agony invoked by the mere thought of it was overwhelming.  He turned to his friends: “Peter, John, James… I know what’s about to happen will be hard on you. You will no longer want to be associated with me” The three scoffed at even the suggestion that after this long, and how far they’d…

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The Message in the Storm Pt. 5: Fear and Faith in the Storm

Today’s passage has me laughing every time I read it: That day, at evening, Jesus said to his followers, “Come with me across the lake.” So they left the crowd behind and went with Jesus in the boat he was already in. There were also other boats that went with them. A very bad wind came up on the lake. The waves were coming over the sides and into the boat, and it was almost full of water. Jesus was inside the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. (Mark 4:35-38) I can’t even begin to imagine how pissed I’d be if I’d followed Jesus onto that boat, leaving the safe shore and crowds behind, and rowing straight into a storm while he slept comfortably on a pillow down below.  But then again, maybe not. Because isn’t that what we’re supposed to do as Christians? Leave the status quo and comfort of…

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