One of Those Nights

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I’m drinking an Amaretto Sour (heavy on Ameretto, light on sour) and watching For Colored Girls.

Tonight is going to be one of those nights.

When my old foe, Depression, attempts to pull me into the dark abyss of self-pity and hopelessness this is the Bible verse I cling to:

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

I’m sharing this for all those with tears, pain, and heartache.

Pray, persist, and prepare for a time when all this will be a forgotten memory.

*Rae

God Will Provide

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For the first time tonight, I attended Wednesday service at Church. I didn’t plan on going.

I had a dinner date with an old friend. I figured since I was already out of my house, I could swing by the Lord’s house.

Then I realized I left my Bible at home. I know me. If I went to pick up my Bible for Church, I wouldn’t have gone at all. Because #homebody

Plus I get nervous doing new things. Nerves are great at convincing us to avoid new situations.

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My Top 5 Favorite Apps

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Since I published 7 Tips for Christian Bloggers, people ask what apps and tools I use. So allow me to share a few of my secret blogging weapons.

Disclosure: I am not a paid endorser. I’m not that special đŸ˜„ All the apps referenced here are ones I use just cuz I like ’em.

  1. Snapseed: Google’s awesome free photo editor. Since I am a Google kind of gal, I like using apps developed by Google because they work seamlessly with Android devices. This is the app I use to combine images with quotes and Bible verses.
  2. Pixabay: This app provides users access to over a million high quality images that fall under the Creative Commons CC0 license. The CC0 license is the most liberal licensing available for content use.
  3. Merriam-Webster Dictionary: I don’t always pay for my apps, but when I do… they’re Merriam-Webster dictionaries. As a blogger, the only thing more important than ideas and pretty pictures is words. Right? I love this app so much. It also has a built-in thesaurus.
  4. Webster 1828 Dictionary: If you’re into theology, particularly of the Christian kind, an 1828 dictionary is a must. It’s a great reference for understanding language used in early American literature. Those old sermons, for example.
  5. Pinterest: It’s Pinterest. ‘Nuff said. Plus there are a ton of Bible study tips and ideas.

I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours. In the comment section, feel free to share what apps you like to use when blogging.

*Rae

Shining in the Dark

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The other day, I bought a rhinestone cross to hang on my car’s review mirror. Yes, I’m tacky like that. Love me some rhinestones.

Anyway, I figured it would be gorgeous in the day time when the sunlight hit the stones.

I haven’t really noticed it much driving to and  from work.

Last night on my way back from a trip to visit my grandmother, I saw the cross light up like I’ve never seen it in the daytime.

It was due to the headlights of the car behind me.

But it was gorgeous!

It reminded me that even though Jesus is with us always (Matt 28:20), His presence really shines in the darkness.

*Rae

Easter Eve Reflections

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Usually this time of year, I feel super sad and guilty about Christ’s death. Even the resurrection isn’t enough to round the rough edges of shame.

A little background on yours truly: I always envisioned myself as something of a bad ass. ‘Bout that life.

Real as the Streets, so to speak.

Being a stone cold bitch with deep pockets and shallow emotions was the route I was tryna go. But that wasn’t bad assery, that was cowardice.

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So love.

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I’ve been thinking. As use.

And one question I find myself asking is, “What is the truest form of love?”

Is it involuntary like a heartbeat? Like a mother’s love for her child.

Or deliberate and purposeful? Like Hosea’s pursuit of Gomer?

Is it easy and natural or complex and difficult?

Did Christ go to the cross because He chose to love us? Or because He is love?

I wonder if humans are even capable of real love. 

Or has the concept been so soiled with self-gratification​ and commercialism that we wouldn’t- or couldn’t- recognize it, even if it was hand delivered to our doorstep.

*Rae