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...
I've shared that I was a victim of childhood abuse in my previous blogs. I can guarantee you will read or hear about it in the future as well. Why? Because it's something that caused deep wounds for me. I've had to cry, dig deep, and uncover all the ugly, so I could find the treasures buried underneath the pain.
Several years ago I complete one of Beth Moore's Bible studies, Breaking Free. I’ve completed many in my life but this one was life changing for me. She mentions generational curses and when broken, it impacts thousands later in life. I'm not sure about you, but the thought of taking a step to change my life, knowing it would help my son, his children, and years to come was my ...
Have you ever been in a room full of people and thought, "If only they knew what was going on in my life"? Or you thought, "I want to tell her or him, but if I do will they judge me." I know that I have.
It was during a time in my life when everything on the outside appeared great, but on the inside, I was sad and exhausted physically and mentally. You could not tell if you saw me, but I kept the pain hidden. Oh yeah, I struggled silently with an addiction.
When I share my struggle, some of you might wonder if it's an addiction, or you might think it could be a lot worse. However, let me assure you it's an addiction. The impact has similar effects as other addictions; such as damaging relati...
One morning, I read Psalm 23:1 and I have to admit that I’m not too familiar with the characteristics of the sheep. I was interested in learning more after reading that the Lord was being compared to a Shepherd.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.” - Psalm 23:1
Most people think if you live in Texas, you are knowledgeable of farm life. However, I admit that I’m not. So, I decided to read about the characteristics of sheep, which are called lambs when they are younger. One of the statements I read was about the sense of touch and how little lambs seek bodily contact with their mothers.
Just like lambs, we seek contact from our mother, but truly both parents whe...
I previously shared that I experienced childhood sexual abuse in one of my previous blog posts and spent a couple of years in counseling trying to heal from such a traumatic event. There were so many layers involved. I committed to doing the hard work because I finally realized I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I entered the doors with a heavy wounded heart and after several sessions, I left feeling as if a load was lifted. No, it didn't happen overnight. There are times I still struggle with self-worth. The difference is now when it surfaces, I stop the downward spiral of unworthiness and remind myself of the truth. The truth is that I am worthy to be loved, and I do not have ...
Can you think of all the times in your life when you were drowning in pain and disappointment? It may have been that time you were laid off from a job, your spouse had an affair, or you had a miscarriage after waiting years to get pregnant? Maybe you experienced it during your final round of interviews for a job. It seemed perfect, but then you find out they went with another candidate.
I believe it doesn't matter what causes pain and disappointment. The results are the same. You have more questions than answers. There is a feeling of emptiness and confusion, and you are left wondering what your future holds.
I can relate to you. That is exactly how the death of my sister made me feel. I coul...