The Liebster Award & 100 Followers!

Thanks to Mahogany over at Crazy Fun Sexy Guide: For Women I was nominated for Liebster Blog Award!!! I also found out that I have 100 followers today! I am grateful for everyone who reads and follows this blog.  I have been busy but I will  be making regular post soon I promise. Stay tuned for some Advent (Christmas) reflections and interviews to encourage you during this crazy time of year! Be Blessed.

libsterWhat is the Liebster Blog Award?

It’s an award that was reputedly started in Germany in order to give smaller bloggers recognition for their hard work. You receive this award from a fellow blogger that feels your blog is both worthy & important to them.

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2012 Blog of the Year Award!

It has been very encouraging to receive a few blog awards lately and thanks to Nizy over at Nizy’s Life Compendium, Eunice at Living and Loving, Rynnie at Modest is the Hottest I received five “Blog of the Year 2012 Awards”.

Below are blogs I think deserve this award because of the inspiring content:

  1. Nizy’s Life Compendium
  2. Crazy Fun Sexy Guide for Women
  3. CloudIn
  4. The Tale of My Heart
  5. Tripod Trippin’
  6. Coco J. Ginger Says

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Link Love!

My article Romney vs. Reality: A Social Worker’s Perspective has been shared on a couple of great sites and I am so grateful so I wanted to pass on the link love and share some articles I love with you.

I am now a Huffington Post blogger thanks to Rev. Jennifer D. Crumpton  who passed my article on to the editor of Huff Post Religion! She has a great blog on Patheos.

My article was featured on:

Faithful Democrats

Sojourners Emerging Voices Blog

For Harriet (where I remixed the post for Black women): The Economic Myths That Keep Us Chained: Romney’s 47% vs. Reality

Huff Post Religion

Link Love

My cousin’s challenging reflection: Nice Guys Finish Last….

Fat Fem Pinup’s thought provoking post Love: The Myth of Instant Gratification

Black Energy News always comes with practical but deep knowledge here is her most recent post: How to Duplicate Things You Appreciate in a Relationship

LA Liberal Evangelical Examiner ask Whose Religious Experience & Politics

I hope you enjoy these post as much as I did, share and follow these great blogs!

A Great Blessing & A Great Responsibility: Sojourners Emerging Voices Project!

I am humbled and blessed to be apart of Sojourners Emerging Voices Project which is a  initiative that aims to raise the voices of new leaders for faithful justice. I found out about this in the spring but the project was officially launched yesterday. God is hilarious because a few years ago I  complained to friends and God about the lack of women and people of color speaking, leading and writing in the faith-based social justice world. Often when we complain about something that needs to get done God will point back at you and say “why don’t you do it?” In 2007 I was discouraged about the lack of concern for justice I observed in the church, had recently left a really bad church situation and was praying and crying about the gap between my reality and the church. During that time after a fast I learned about Sojourners from a email to Union students inviting us to apply for a scholarship to the Pentecost 2007 Conference (which I thought was a Black Pentecostal Social Justice Conference, one of my girlfriends even thought I was going to meet somebody there, LOL). I attended the conference and found a community of Christians striving for justice nationally but more importantly in NYC. At the conference I met Lisa Sharon Harper (a fellow Emerging Voices member), Rev. Peter Heltzel and Anna Lee Winans all founders of NY Faith & Justice. I returned home fired up to organize people of faith for social justice. A year later I was able to intern at Sojourners as a Beatitudes Society Fellow and began writing for the magazine and blog. I never expected to have these opportunities but God does hear our spoken and unspoken prayers. Those who know me know that I come from very humble circumstances and I was not raised in church, all I have to qualify me for this work is God’s grace and the words of my testimony.

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Poetry Challenge Day 27: When the Storm Arrives

When the storm arrives where will you
be?

Where will you turn for shelter?

Who’s Arms will protect you from the wind?

When lightening strikes will you see?

We dance in the sunshine but can’t
withstand the rain.

Life is invigorated by the sun,

yes this is true,

but without the rain to cleanse us we can never be born anew.

When the storm winds blow will you

stand strong?

Or topple like the houses you’ve built with vanities.

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Poetry Challenge Day 26: Travelin’ Shoes

Lord if I leave it all to go travelin’

will I find you on the journey?

Will you walk beside me unseen,

until you reveal myself to me?

Sometimes I want to walk towards

the setting sun until I fall off the horizon.

If I fall will you catch me, in the arms of

eternity?

Who can travel with me who won’t

take me off my divine path?

My road map is crumpled and dusty.

My feet are blistered and tired.

Yet I want to run not walk on this

journey.

I want to travel and encounter your

image in all I see.

If I go traveling’, journeying and dancing

spirit will you lead me to my

destination?

Will you be the compassionate

compass that wraps me in Love?

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Poetry Challenge Day 25: Scarlet

Deep, dark and bright all at the same time.

Love and hate coexist together.

How can passion turn into sorrow?

How can love turn into pain.

Who knows the interior of the heart,

When it is deceitful above all things.

Scarlet passion/scarlet hate,

A thin line between LOVE & HATE.

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Photo by Scarlet Dee

Poetry Challenge Day 23: I Sense You…

I sense you,

but I can’t see you.

I know you,

but you are a “stranger”.

I follow you,

though I don’t know where you are going.

Our paths have crossed and are about to cross again.

Destiny’s date is with us.

We will recognize each other at the ordained time.

Until then I will Love, Laugh and Live,

in the knowledge of our coming joyous

love.

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Poetry Challenge Day 14: Clarity

         Quartz taken at the Museum of Natural History in NYC

I used to see into the mirror of my heart dimly, but now I see clearly.1

Clarity is more valuable than diamonds, rubies, emeralds and

all the precious stones deep within the earth.

What lies within is the greatest wisdom,

release all you own to obtain it

and once you have this truth sell it not.2

1. 1 Corinthians 13:12

2. Proverbs 23:23

Poetry Challenge Day 12: Freedom Day

Instead of “Independence Day” we need a Freedom Day.
A Day of truth.
A Day of love.
A Day of pride in who we are.
Artificial fireworks will never replace
the Starlights that led our ancestors to freedomland, because these lights illuminate life.
Independence is a myth that separates BUT
Freedom liberates.

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“Chinese Crisis” Theater of the Oppressed Exercise