Matters of the Heart

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Proverbs 4:23) Seventeen years ago, I was diagnosed with a condition called mitral valve prolapse. The day of my diagnosis still haunts me today because it was a day of great fear and uncertainty. On that day, as I left work abruptly because I was having what I believed to be chest pains. The pain invaded my neck and my left arm and it also wrapped a sheet of anxiety around me. I couldn’t breathe – I couldn’t think. Although I am a Believer in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I also wondered during that time if my “time was up.” As a divorced mother with two daughters, I began to think about their welfare – I began

A NEW ME Ministry Spotlight: Pastor Felicia Dexter

Fabulous. Beautiful. Powerful. Bold. Transparent. Giving. Humorous. Anointed. These are just a few words to describe this power-house beauty, Pastor Felicia Dexter. When I moved to Dallas in 2012 I brought my dreams with me. Starting in a new city was scary. I missed my home church and family in Houston, TX where I was shown much favor. About a couple of years getting settled in Dallas, Pastor Felicia reached out to me about speaking at her Hats Off to Women Conference. I was in awe. She didn’t know me from a can of paint but she believed in me. It brings me to tears to think this powerful woman of God would see something in me that I didn’t quite understand within myself. That’s a true defi

The No Makeup, Makeup Look

Happy F.A.B. (Fashion and Beauty) Friday! Often our focus is on the girl who loves a made up face, from the really defined brow to the lip shade that says, “POW”. However, we understand that all the steps to a really dolled up face is not everyone’s cup of tea, so today we are serving lemonade! For the lady who only wants to do the bare minimum but still appear polished and serve natural beauty; this blog is just for you. When you want to wear makeup but don’t want to look made up, your best go to is a tinted moisturizer. The reason you want tinted is because it promises to give slight coverage for the fresh face look. It’s not for the woman who loves full coverage as it is intended to enha

The Company You Keep

Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:6-7 (KJV) Have you ever known someone who was a social climber? Have you watched them "position" themselves with others who are considered "influential", so as to further their own agenda? In my mind, there is a huge difference between networking and making an alliance to further your own selfish cause. When a Christian is involved in networking, he or she is careful in choosing an individual with whom to align themselves. Christ must be glorified in all we do! Design specific c

Course Corrections

As a spaceship rocketing off on its voyage tends to adjust itself automatically along the way, so should we married folk as we careen through our lifetime together. The end goal for the ship is some far off point in space, whereas marriage has no true “end goal” (and please don’t say “it’s the perfect marriage”). Yet, we must acknowledge as always that marriage undergoes changes – some positive and some challenging; but, how do we navigate our way through the challenges and keep going? Let’s examine a simple 3 step process to recognize what the change means to our marriage and then how we can make it work to keep us rocketing our ships to our chosen love destinations. Before we go on, let

Learning to Let Go and Let God

As a first time mom I always promised myself that I would create a life for my son that would allow him access to opportunities that I did not have as a child. I often prayed to God for the wisdom and strength to give me the desires of my heart. In my mind pursuing higher education would better position me to be able to provide a better life for my family. I do not speak of access to opportunities to only mean materialistic but also things money cannot buy, like love and time. As my son reached many of his developmental milestones many others were not ever reached. I always planned to do certain things with my son pending his age like zoo and museum trips. What felt like an eternity, I would

Pray for Protection...then STAY WOKE!

Happy 4th Everyone! Usually I post on Tuesday but since I'm currently in Philly enjoying family I thought it best to post today. I will be the first to tell you I get super excited when we're about to travel to Philly. Trust me it has grown me! Ha! My husband is from these North Philly streets so now it's a must we come visit often. We love the hustle and bustle of downtown and hitting the blocks where a few of my favorite stores are aligned: Boyds, BCBG, and InterMix. With our much needed get away, I've realized things have changed so much in our world. Where we wouldn't have a care in the world, now we have to be more mindful, watchful, and on guard in public places. I was never this typ

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