I started this month off talking about celebrating my friends and the importance of acknowledging their wins (click here). However, this past Thanksgiving, my sisters brought to my attention that I struggle to give them compliments. I literally laughed out loud because they were right. Out of the three of us, I come in last when it comes to passing out compliments. If I have on a nice outfit, my younger sister will say, “Ok, I see you!” If my older sister enjoys a post, she’ll text me and say, “You did that!” If I enjoy a meal they prepare, my response? “It was alright.”
They slightly overexaggerated because every once in a while, I will acknowledge something they did well. And to tell you the truth, they were complaining but I think they enjoy my usual reaction. I say it was alright, they call me a hater, I say whatever, they say I never have anything nice to say, I agree with them. It’s a whole thing we do. I’m good at celebrating their big wins, but the daily, mundane things, I would rather be a jerk about. Is it right? Eh, I guess not. Is it something I want to change? Not really. Is it something I should change? Maybe.
I know all siblings have unique relationships and this is the relationship I have with my sisters. If I’m being honest with myself, this is the relationship I’ve had with most people in my life until recently. My younger sister has told me for years that my expectation of people is so high and I can be hyper critical if things are not my idea of perfect. So, I have tried to be more intentional about pointing out the little things that I do like when I’m among friends and not just waiting for the “big” stuff, but this has not quite transferred over to my sisterships. Although I like the pattern I’ve settled into with my sisters, I do plan on adding a few more compliments throughout the year (not too many though; have to stay true to who I am lol).
Maybe you always give compliments. Maybe you’re like me, and when you give a compliment your friends and family think something is wrong. Whichever category you fall into, this week, take the time to compliment someone you don’t normally compliment. Or give someone a compliment about something you often overlook. Tina your hair looked nice last weekend. Lethee, I liked your maroon swimsuit. Savor these until March or so because until then, everything will be “it was alright” 😊
Proverbs 15:4 Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (NLT)
I have an older brother and sister, as well as a younger sister. My older siblings and I are over a decade apart, almost two (they won’t appreciate me saying that lol), while my younger sister and I are two years apart. Maybe it’s because of our closeness in age or us growing up in the same household, but it is because of my younger sister that I understand the complexities of relationships and how different they can look over time.
If you were to see my younger sister and me out together, you’d think we’ve always been two peas in a pod and in some ways that’s true. We have a similar sense of humor that often times makes sense to no one but us. We have similar taste when it comes to clothes (yesterday she showed up at my house wearing the same brand of shirt unplanned, see below; this actually happens a lot). In a lot of ways she knows me better than I know myself. Countless times, I’ve had to ask her what some of my favorite things are (music, stores, etc.) and she’s right every time and I do the same for her. We used to watch a show called Twinning, where twins were tested to see how well they knew each other and we would answer the questions as though we were on the show and got a lot of the answers correct. There are things she can tell me and if no one else understands, she knows I will, and vice versa. With all of these similarities, people still see us as night and day. She can appear a lot friendlier and more outgoing than me (keyword: appear). I’ve been described as quieter than her. Contrary to popular belief, she’s more sensitive than I am (well maybe that belief isn’t so popular). We have very different ways of handling conflict. Our idea of a good time can also look quite different. But as we’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that for years, I’ve allowed these differences to color how I’ve viewed our relationship instead of paying attention to how our shades of similarities filled in so much of my life.
When I was in high school (maybe a freshman in college), I told my younger sister that if we weren’t sister, I wouldn’t be her friend. Ouch, I know. I wasn’t angry with her. We weren’t in the middle of a heated argument; I was just making an observation. She agreed with me but it wasn’t until years later that she told me I hurt her feelings (in the middle of a heated argument). Back then, we both understood we didn’t get along. We laughed and dealt with each other but that was as far as that went, at least that’s how I saw it. Once I left for college, weeks would go by without us talking. We weren’t upset, nothing major happened, we just knew where we stood with each other.
Even through this physical and emotional distance, there was still an undeniable bond. When my parents decided to buy me a car, she was at the dealership texting me about what they were looking at. When she was having a rough time in college, I sent her a care package with some of her favorite things. I used to send her a scripture every day for years (okay, maybe it was a year), and when I would forget, she would remind me. When I didn’t believe I could accomplish certain goals, she was the one I felt most comfortable confessing those things to and she was the one encouraging me. It was so easy to forget all of these things and tell people I didn’t get along with my sister but that simply wasn’t true.
To this day, I tell people no one can get under my skin like she can. I thought it was because we were so different but I now see it’s because our bond is so tight. When she offends me, it’s not someone just hurting my feelings, it’s the person who knows me best hurting my feelings, and it’s the same for her. We tend to focus on the negative feelings when it comes to our relationships, especially those within our families but take time to look at the positive.
As the big sister, I realize I was trying to raise a mini me. I would encourage my younger sister not to talk to other people because I didn’t talk to other people. I wanted her to like the same music I liked. I didn’t give her much space to be herself and when she would attempt to create that space, I would see her as doing life wrong because she wasn’t doing it like me. I now see the flaws with that mindset and as adults our relationship has improved exponentially because we’ve both become more accepting of who we are as individuals. We still call each other out when we’re tripping, but it’s not because we don’t like each other as people but because we love each other and know we hold the power to encourage each other to be our best selves.
So I said all that to say, show grace when dealing with family, even the ones you can’t stand. Yes, they’re your family, but they’re people and a wise man once told me that people are going to people. They’re going to let you down, they’re going to upset you, they’re going make dumb decisions, just like you will. It may very well be true that if they weren’t related to you, you wouldn’t be caught in the same room as them but don’t say that out loud (learned that the hard way) and don’t be so quick to write them off. It’s easy to throw the whole relationship away, but sometimes it’s not only unnecessary, it’s detrimental. You’re right, you all may never be besties and that’s okay but you don’t have to be miserable around each other. Find ways to connect with each other, whether that’s watching a TV show together or sharing a meme. One of me and my sister’s favorite things to do is complain about our mother to each other. Whatever works for you! My life would look much different if not for my younger sister. Through the good and the bad, we’ve decided to let the good outweigh the bad. I’m glad we’re related.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
You all remember in school when the teacher allowed you to work in pairs but said everyone had to show their own work? If you had a good partner, you all collaborated, both contributed ideas, worked together to come up with an answer. If you had a not so good partner, either they waited for you to do all the work then copied your answer or they were unwilling to let you do any of the work and insisted you copy their answer. In both cases, both parties didn’t do their own work. Too many times in relationships, whether they be romantic, friendships, parent/child, coworkers, we’re unwilling to do our own work. It’s always someone else’s fault that we are the way we are. We take what others give us, and don’t contribute our own ideas and thoughts to the situation. We think we know it all, and won’t allow the other person to have a voice.
You may have had a rough childhood, but it doesn’t give you the right to be a rude adult. You have to do your own work and stop blaming mommy and daddy. This may mean going to therapy and figuring out how to break the cycles you’ve found yourself entrenched in. Maybe she cheated, but you made the choice to stay, so now you do the work of helping to mend the broken bridge and not look to her to fix it all. This may mean saying less and listening more or speaking up for yourself when you notice things getting off track.
As believers, we can’t have good relationships if we don’t have a good relationship with the Father. He’s already sent His son to do the work, it’s up to us to do our part. I don’t know about anyone else but when me and God aren’t on the best terms, I’m very difficult to be in a relationship with. I’m not as kind, as patient, or as understanding as I should be. I say mean things and I’m not sorry about it, I’m just not nice. Me, myself, and I have to not only make it right with God, I have to be accountable with the people here on earth that I call friends and family. That could mean praying more and reading my bible more often. It could also mean apologizing to my friends and family and not passing it off as, “they know how I am.” And part of this work, is taking steps to keep from making the same mistakes. This could come in the form of keeping that mean thought to myself or speaking up for myself when my needs aren’t being met.
I’m learning that I can’t look for other people to maintain good relationships with me. If I’m choosing to be in relationships, I’m choosing to do my own work. And I’m also learning that not everyone wants to do their own work and I’m unwilling to let them copy mine.
One of my favorite things to talk about are relationships. Perhaps it’s the marriage and family therapist in me but I could literally talk abut relationships all day (and now I’m realizing that at one point in my life, while in school, I did). I’m grateful I’m surrounded by couples willing to discuss the ups and downs of being in a committed relationship. I’m grateful for the men in my life who don’t sugar coat anything and for my other single ladies who are out here with me, trying to navigate this territory. Call me a hopeless romantic and maybe even crazy but I believe we’re all capable of extraordinary love. God loves us with a perfect love, so much so, He gave His only begotten Son. Every day, come what may, He chooses us. Every day, if we allow Him to, He’s perfecting us so we’re able to share this love. And from this thought, the questions I’ve been asking in my recent conversations about relationships are: are you experiencing the love you’ve always dreamed of or at least working towards it? Are you experiencing extraordinary love?
Extraordinary love will look different for everyone. It will feel different for everyone. For some people it’s being showered with kisses every day. For others it’s being able to pour out your heart and soul without fear of judgement. While others it’s being able to worship together whether at home or at church. And for some others, it’s tagging each other in every funny meme they see. Maybe for you it’s all of this or none of this, but whatever it is, I pray you’re experiencing it in your relationship. I pray you experience butterflies sometimes and you have more good days than bad. I pray you laugh from your soul every once in a while. I pray you’ve grown more spiritual than you were before you met your partner. I pray you go places and see things together. I pray spending time together isn’t a burden but a memory worth creating. I pray that even when you’re mad, you always remember you’re on the same team. I pray that apologizing becomes easier to do and forgiveness flows like a river. I pray you don’t just talk a lot but you communicate effectively. I pray you’re playing an active role in creating your own happy, your own extraordinary love.
Too often we fall into relationships because it’s convenient and we find ourselves waking up every day hoping extraordinary love will just appear. We hope our partners will sense what we need without us communicating those needs. We hope our partners will fill a need they weren’t created to fill. And sometimes we’re too afraid to let go of a love that isn’t extraordinary. We think this is the best we deserve when in fact, God has so much more. Extraordinary love is a choice and we have to actively choose it. A couple who had been married over 20 years told me that after you say I do on your wedding day, you have to commit to saying I do to that person every day for the rest of your life, which is to say, I choose you. So before you take that next step, be sure the extraordinary love is already in full effect.
I’m not just waiting to be married, I’m waiting for extraordinary love. If you’re single and desire to be married, hopefully that’s what you’re waiting for. And if you’re married or in a committed relationship, hopefully it’s what you’re experiencing. If not, I hope you get the courage to believe that not only do you deserve extraordinary love, but you can have it, if you’re willing to do your own work and let God help you create it.
Matthews 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
My cousin continuing her extraordinary love (July 2019)
Are you the person that replays arguments or conversations you’ve had with people and realize some of the stuff the other person said doesn’t add up? Or do you reread text messages and think about all the things you could have said? I am that person. If the conversation doesn’t end the way I think it should (of course with the other person realizing I’m totally right about everything), I’ll bring it up again with hopes that they would have been thinking about things too and finally see things my way, but that hardly ever happens. I’m learning to say less.
According to the Urban Dictionary, “say less” means you understand and nothing else has to be said. Many of you are like me and although we try to convince ourselves that we don’t understand, we do, we just don’t agree. And guess what? It’s okay, you don’t have to agree with everyone and everyone doesn’t have to agree with you. I don’t care how close you are or how much you have in common, they don’t have to think the way you do. For a long time, I thought the only way to have a productive conversation is if at the end, everyone agreed. But not only is that untrue, it often times left me frustrated for no reason.
People are allowed to think differently than you, Jocee. If Jesus had waited until everyone agreed that He was the son of God, He wouldn’t have made it to the cross or been risen from the dead, giving everyone the opportunity to receive the gift of eternal life. And Jesus took it a step further, not only did He keep living life, He asked God to forgive them. He didn’t worry about trying to tell them they were wrong, He went to His father.
I’ve wasted too much time trying to change people’s mind, instead of saying less and going on about my life AND praying for the person. I tell myself if I say it a different way they’ll understand, but they understood the first time and so did I. Stop replaying the conversation, delete the text thread, let it be what it is by praying more and saying less.
April 2019 (Chicago, IL)
Psalms 141:3 Set a watch, O Lord , before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
For more information about keeping your mouth closed, click here.
I was having a conversation about dating and relationships with a good friend. And when I say having a conversation, I mean I was fussing. I was fussing at myself and my friend. We complain about being single but have this ridiculous list of must haves we didn’t consult God about. We’re so quick to holler out, “I’m not lowering my standards for anyone!” Baby, those aren’t standards, their preferences.
Standard: a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment
Preference: a greater liking for one alternative over another or others
If you look back over your life and go through every individual you gave the time of day, have you always kept your standards? Have you traded standards for preferences? I know I have. And if I keep looking back, I’ll also see some individuals who met the standards but not my preferences and I barely looked their way. In some situations I spoke to God but I didn’t really listen to what He said. I wanted what I wanted, and God’s stamp of approval would be nice but too often, I didn’t make it necessary.
How can you tell the difference between a standard and a preference? My coworker once told me to throw away the list of my dream man… (::in my Soulja boy voice:: throw away???). She told me to start a new list and only include things that I could support with scripture. The Word of God is our standard. It’s what we use to guide our daily lives, so why not use it to guide our happily ever after? After I wrote my scripture based list, I had much less on it. If I measured up the guys I dealt with to my current list, all but one wouldn’t make the cut. My preferences were getting in the way of my standards. I didn’t even notice these guys weren’t meeting the standards because I was overjoyed to be entertaining my preferences.
Your standards may look different from mine but they should be rooted in the Word. Yes, God will give you the desires of your heart and if you spend enough time with Him, you’ll find your desires mirroring His. There are people in your circle of friends that haven’t spent nearly as much time as you have, talking to God about their spouse and their dream person just magically appeared. Everything they prayed for, they got, preferences and all. Are we doing this wrong? No, we’re not. I wish I had more evidence to prove it but I’ve decided to have faith instead. Once you reach a certain age, you realize things aren’t always what they seem and even if they are, you realize it took a lot more than you may be willing to give to get there.
Why does liking them on the dark chocolate side seem like a sin? Who wants a wife who can’t cook? Who wants to be with a man shorter than them? You like a natural girl; why is that bad? No one is asking you to lower your standards (some of y’all, need to get some, period) but you may have to adjust your preferences. The standard is the prerequisite to having a chance. Either you meet it or you don’t. There are no waivers, there are no exemptions. Preferences are optional, bonus points, if you will. It’s what you notice AFTER the standard has been met. If they have them, great; if they don’t, it doesn’t disqualify them. Make sure you’re measuring people by standards and not preferences.
1 Kings 3:9 “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
Be like Solomon; ask for wisdom concerning your standards.
These are the responses I get when I tell people I’m waiting for marriage to have sex. They are amazed at such a declaration. As I was having this conversation with a new friend and we discussed relationships, I started to wonder was this the point guys I “talked” to realize we weren’t going to work. After all, no one has ever told me, “I’ll wait for you.” I’m grateful they didn’t because it would have been a lie and in all honesty, I don’t want anyone to wait for me.
Wait for me to get my food before you start eating. Wait for me to finish getting ready before you leave. Wait for me to wake up before you call me. But don’t wait for me to have sex.
I’m not waiting for marriage to have sex because I want to be seen as an “angel” and it actually saddens me that we equate not having sex before marriage with being a non-human. I’m waiting for marriage because God said so. It’s that simple for me. Are there other areas I struggle with and have to ask God for forgiveness? Yes. But I’m always striving to do what God says. We all fall short, but what are you striving for?
I’m striving to be holy and desire to be with someone who is also striving to be holy. Not striving to make me happy. Not striving to marry me. Someone who is striving to be holy. I always tell people I’m a lot to deal with. All day, every day. It’s going to take you striving to be holy, to be with me. Not because I’m unworthy of love. Not because I’m any more to handle than anyone else. Not even because I’m waiting until marriage to have sex. I’m a human striving to be holy, so every day I’m not wrestling against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). I don’t want to wrestle alone.
I don’t want to carry the spiritual weight of my relationship, all the time. There will be times I am spiritually weak, and will need someone to hold my arms up and pour into my life. If you’re walking around on empty talking about you’re waiting for me, you’ll have nothing to give. This is why the bible tells us to be equally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14). I admit there was a time when I behaved as though I didn’t know what this scripture meant or I made it mean what I wanted it to. But by and by, after while, I realized there was no getting around it if I desired a Godly marriage.
There is the scripture in the bible that says the saved spouse covers the unsaved spouse (1 Corinthians 7:14) and you’ve heard love stories of how the saved man brought the sinner woman to Christ and they lived happily ever after. During that phase of my life when I was trying to skirt around 2 Corinthians 6:14, I settled on this being my destiny. I would meet a really nice guy who just needed Jesus and I would lead him to Christ and we would live an amazing life with a great testimony. I had no idea the trials and growing pains those couples go through. And, yes, every couple has their ups and downs, but did I really want to set myself up for such a relationship when I didn’t have to? No. A resounding no.
We’re called to draw all men to Christ (Matthew 28:19) but I would never want someone to come to Christ for me. I’ll be the light, I’ll be the salt of the earth, I’ll help them take that first step, but if we don’t work out, I would pray they are still moving towards Christ. This can only happen if you come to Christ for yourself. You’re not doing me a favor by waiting for me. If you don’t understand the purpose in the waiting (to be holy – set apart), your waiting is in vain. Wait for Jesus, don’t wait for me.
John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Two words that can change every relationship you’re in. We’re so quick to use this phrase to silence others when it’s us who needs silencing. Your opinion is not always needed. Your truth does not always need to be told (at least not at that moment). It’s okay if you’re the only one who knows you’re right. (insert your name), shut up.
I don’t consider myself very talkative, I’m not very expressive, and more times than not, I’m trying to fade into the background. However, my friends and family will tell you a different story. You have a problem, I have an answer. It may not be the right answer, but I have one, always. Even if it’s not a problem, I have something to say. Always. I could tell myself to be quiet, but I don’t seem to understand that. Be quiet sounds like a suggestion to me. I HAVE to tell myself to shut up. Maybe you can be a bit kinder to yourself, but whatever it takes, get your mouth closed.
What I think is being helpful, becomes damaging. My younger sister probably gets it worse than anybody because I know her better than most people, so as her big sister of course I know what’s best for her life… Expect I don’t. And the more I give my unsolicited advice, the less she wants to talk to me. She will tell you I’m usually dropping that knowledge, but a lot of what I say she’ll come to it on her own. If she’s in a dangerous situation, yes, I’ll speak up, but if I feel it necessary to always say something about everything, my “help” becomes a nuisance to be avoided, regardless of how helpful it is.
This is difficult for me and I’m learning to practice it daily because my relationships with the people I love are too valuable. Your job may be too valuable. Your marriage is too valuable. Your relationship with God is too valuable. This doesn’t mean you are a “yes man” or “yes woman,” and you go along with whatever is said but it requires you to use discernment and discipline. It means saying, “I think otherwise, but that’s me,” and leaving it at that instead of giving a dissertation as to why your perspective is the best perspective. Maybe the person will ask for more details, but it’s likely they won’t and you (we) need to be okay with that. If we can shut up, we will find ourselves hearing more and understanding more. We all just want to be heard. So do the people in your life a favor, and shut up.
This is our shut up face (July 2018)
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
I know it’s the question that’s been burning on the hearts and minds of everyone lol. But in all actuality, I get a variation of this question more often than one would think. It’s usually masked as “we have to find you someone” or “so, there’s no one? Like, nobody?” Usually when friends ask I respond by saying, “because you’re not praying hard enough.” I’m (mostly) kidding, but in these moments my friends seem more distraught about my single status than I am. And honestly, I’m not bothered by people questioning my singleness. It’s not a curse or a shame I carry around with me, hoping no one notices. It’s the season I’m in and just like people ask basketball players how their season is going, people may ask how the single life is going. There are some people who ask excessively or try to diagnosis you with a mental health disorder because you’re single, but thankfully my friends and family aren’t those people.
So why am I single?
Because I’m not ready. We often think because someone has a certain level of education, a career, certain material things, they have it together and are equipped to be in a relationship. Y’all, I’m a mess. And I know there may be people who are “more” of a mess and they manage to be in a relationship, but maybe they should follow my lead, and be alone too. And I know when I meet that special someone, I’ll get ready. But no one has came along to inspire me to be ready, so no, I’m not ready.
Because I can’t settle. I tried, God wouldn’t let me. He allowed the man to disappear, like literally vanish out of my life. And now I’ve grown to the point where I won’t let me settle. I don’t have time to lower my standards to fit someone into a role they were never meant to play. This is not the community league where everyone gets playing time. Only the best get in the game.
Because God said so. I got tired of talking back to God. “But God, he’s nice.” “But God, he’s cute.” “But God, he has a good job.” “But God, he goes to church sometimes.” God’s “because I said so,” became good enough for me. The more comfortable I became with “because I said so,” the less singleness felt like a plague. Marriage is a goal but it’s not THE goal. So until God says otherwise, single is what I will be.
I know I’ll eventually meet someone great but I’m in no rush. Perhaps if I’m 35 and still single, I may be singing a different tune but today I’m 27 and I’m okay. I get it though. As young children you are taught, you grow up, you get married, and have kids. A 5 year old told me I was weird because I didn’t have a husband or children and it was so funny to me because I kind of agreed. The older I get, and less single friends I have, the more I realize it may be a little weird. I can do weird though. I can’t do lonely, less than, ugly, desperate, unapproachable, or unlovable because I’m none of those. My single status is not the result of an inherent flaw within myself, it’s my season. And one of the things I love about seasons, they do change.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
It always takes me a minute to write about experiences I have with people, whether good or bad. It’s like I need the dust to settle to truly see how I feel about the situation. This has been a year in the making and I don’t even know where to start. Let’s start at the end.
Have you ever worked yourself up to be brave? You had a pep talk with yourself, allowed trusted individuals to encourage you with words of wisdom, and when the opportunity came to use your bravery, you actually did it? Well, I did. The big question was: “what are we doing?” After almost a year of going back and forth with this guy, going out on dates, going weeks maybe even months without talking, then picking back up, we were on a merry go round and that question was suppose to help me get off. The answer I received: “I’m not good at relationships.” Which was okay because then we could just be friends. We laughed a lot, had decent conversations, all the makings of a great friendship. But no one wants to be in the friend zone because as he put it, “it’s hard to get out of the friend zone.” But you’re bad at relationships though…
At that moment I should have left well enough alone but that made too much sense, so the merry go round continued. That is until not too long after that conversation, he ended up in a relationship with someone who wasn’t me and I got kicked off the merry go round and into the friend zone he didn’t want to be in. Now what? We partake in this poorly choreographed dance around each other’s feelings, not wanting to make things awkward between mutual friends, our families, and I guess each other.
A year later and were still engaged in this dance. I think about all the things I should have said, things I should have done, all the things I have learned. I should have walked away from the merry go round the second time I saw it going around. People aren’t bad at relationships, they’re bad at relationships they don’t want to be in. Too many times I held on to the idea of what could be instead of what was in front of me. I saw inconsistency as nervousness instead of as lack of interest. I saw silence as busyness, instead of as an indicator of his priorities. And no matter how well things seemed to be going when we were talking, I had to accept he wasn’t that interested in me and I wasn’t a priority for him.
Ladies it’s okay if someone doesn’t like you as much as you like them. It’s not okay to ignore those signs because then you end up like me, caught off guard when they find someone they like enough to genuinely pursue. It’s not okay for them to pretend nothing happened and for you to go along with it because you don’t want to ruffle any feathers. I was brave to ask “what are we doing,” but I should have continued to be brave and asked “what just happened?” Try as you might, you cannot just settle into the friend zone without a conversation. It may be uncomfortable but it is well needed if you wish to maintain a friendship.
Closure would have been cute three or four months after the merry go round stopped but it is no longer needed. I’m okay if we never talk again, I’m okay if we do. From a pure heart, I pray this guy encounters nothing but success in every area of his life. I went to my Father with all my hurt feelings and He sorted them out and allowed me to continue living my best life!
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Ferris Wheel, Merry Go Round, same difference, right? (July 2016)