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Jan
15
Blessings In The Midst Of It All

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I was reading the scripture in 2 Samuel 13: 1-19, where the story of Tamar was told. She was the daughter of King David, and sister of Absalom and she had a half-brother named, Amon. According to the story, Amon had developed lustful feelings for his half-sister and it eventually led to betrayal and rape.


As I continued to read how Tamar’s story unfolded, I was in such disbelief at how it ended. In 2 Samuel 13:15-19, it states, “Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” “No!” she said to him. “Sending me away would be a greater wrong than what you have already...


Mar
17
Three D's To Avoid

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There are many things in life that I have grown to appreciate. Without them, I'm sure that I would find myself in some frustrating situations. Yes, I do enjoy my technical gadgets, but that's not what I'm referring to at this time

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I'm thinking of warning signs. You know, like the road signs that say, "warning construction ahead." Or, what about the warning signs on prescription medication? I appreciate the warning label that states you can take the pills with or without food.

Over the last year, I've experienced a few feelings that I didn't initially pick up as dangerous, but realized over a period; those feelings were causing harmful side effects. I thought that I would take out time and w...


Feb
17
The SWITCH Event

I had the privilege of working with Christina, and she is someone that I thought you had to meet. She is creative and has the heart for helping others. Oh, let me tell you that she is oh so creative and comes up with the coolest ideas.

I thought it would be fun for you to read about her latest project. It is a reminder to each one of us to overcome any fears we have and pursue our passion.

God is with us and faithful to guide our steps!

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Imani Daniel (left) and Christina McSwain (right) - Tale of 2 Thrifties

We are Imani and Chris, best friends turned business partners. We are haute hunters. Thrifter sisters. Curators of pre-loved pieces. We're the girls that make defining style moments happ...


Feb
09
T.R.A.U.M.A. Redefined

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Do you know anyone that’s experienced a traumatic event in his/her life? Or, maybe…you have? Often, I am surprised when I share my traumatic childhood experience with others and I discover that, after listening to their stories, they have suffered some type of trauma as well. Often, the person I’m speaking with is unaware of what causes trauma. Here are a few common sources of trauma:


• Rape
• Domestic violence
• Natural disasters
• Severe illness or injury
• The death of a loved one
• Witnessing an act of violence

Some of the emotional symptoms I had to work through were denial, anger, low self-worth, sadness and emotional outbursts. There would...


Jan
01
My Mess Is Now Message

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Have you ever been in a situation that was messy? I mean the kind of mess that leaves you feeling uncertain about how to move forward, it leaves you with a vague view of what your future holds. The kind of situation that left you puzzled and asking yourself, "How did I get in this situation?"


If you have, I am sure you will be able to relate to my story. If you have not, keep walking through life and reach out to me if you find yourself in a messy situation. I will be that girl saying, "Yeah, I understand" as you share your story with me.

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Imagine a woman who was successful in her career, had loving friends, and family around her but whose heart, filled with a bunch of mess.

I read in Fact...


Dec
23
Lessons Learned From The Pit

I love reading stories in the Bible and seeing how God uses those same stories to show us how our lives are not too different. In fact, when faced with challenges, the Bible gives us the answer to our problems and we can learn from those that have already experienced what we are going through. How cool is that?

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I was reading Jonah 2:1-10 one morning and I could clearly see how Jonah and I had something in common. No, I did not get trapped in the belly of a whale, but I have had my share of situations that had me feeling trapped and left wondering will I get out of this situation? How can I get out of this? I wondered if God could heal me from the brokenness that had me trapped and hurt?

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Nov
15
Shine, Slay, and Repeat


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Have you ever had an encounter with someone at just the right time in your life and it changed everything?


Well, that happened to me this year. I will never forget my encounter with a man that I met who left a positive impression on me. In fact, I do not remember his name, but I will never forget his kindness and compassion towards me at one of the roughest moments of my life. You see, I walked in his office, and he did something that surprised me from the start of our conversation. He listened! Yep, he had every reason to take over the conversation and tell me what he thought but instead he listened.

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I did not share it with him at the time, but the moment he displayed to me that he ca...


Sep
22
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Have you ever had a moment when God used a situation to teach you a memorable lesson? Well, I’ve had my fair share of times, but one in particular stands out to me. My son, Xavier was in the first grade and my brother agreed to pick him up from school for me. Initially, I was a little nervous. My brother worked third shift, and I was afraid he would over sleep or forget. He assured me he would remember to pick him up. So, I decided to keep that as the plan for the day. I left trusting that he would set his alarm and everything would work out fine.

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Well, time passed and after 4pm, I received a call from his school. No one had arrived to pick Xavier up, and they were wondering if I wa...


Sep
07
DO YOU HAVE M.A.T. FRIENDS?

M – Motivates you to pray
A – Affirms your feelings
T – Trustworthy with your pain

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When I reflect on a story in the bible where a band of brothers carried their friend to Jesus to be made well, I can’t help but think of the circle of friends I have around me.


Luke 5:18-20 states,” Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

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Aug
22
OUR WORDS HAVE POWER

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After reading in James, I had to come clean with myself about my words, tone, and response to myself and others.


James 3:5-6 (MSG) “It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.”


This hit home for me. Let me start by saying, my name is Erika Greene, and there are times that I struggle with the “untamed tongue” syndrome. I have struggled with keeping quiet most of my life. I can remember a time in high school w...


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