Showing posts from November, 2017

A Month of Humans I'm Grateful For-November 2017

November 1 - My Papa Rob Williamson When I was ten years old my father killed my stepmom and himself. My other male family members were no better. This precious couple, Robert and Judy Williamson took me under their wing. I called them my Nina and Papa Rob.  Sadly I lost my Nina several years ago so for this I will focus on my Papa Rob. My Papa Rob loves me and my babies as his own. He has never missed a birthday or holiday. He shows up and loves me beyond words. When my babies were born he got them embroidered baby blankets and snuggled them. I couldn't give them a grandad, but I gave them a gift far greater, a Papa Rob.  When I graduated high school and college he was there cheering me on. When I got involved in an abusive relationship he kept reminding me of what real love looked like.  When I walked away from God he loved me so big it was impossible for me to forget God's love. He has celebrated with me and grieved with me. Goodness, he even started

The Church I Need

I spent years in church never hearing anyone publicly speak about mental health, domestic violence, or child abuse. Because no one talked about those things, I was left feeling like God didn't care about them or the fact that carrying that burden was killing me. It is my desire to be somewhere that talks about those things AND other issues that those in our community and world struggle with.   I want to walk in with my patchwork quilt family and not be looked at weirdly (not so much an issue in Charlotte).  I want to go to a meeting at Safe Alliance and feel confident suggesting my place of worship as a place that would both minister to those we work with, but would also participate in awareness events and outreach to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  I want to know that when depression or anxiety grows bigger than me that there are those who will walk with me and not tell me just to pray more or have more faith.  I want to be somewhere that those in the LGBTQIA com

Stop Saying, "God is in Control," and DO SOMETHING!

When something bad happens I see so many of my Christian friends sharing how we all just need to relax and know that God is in control, that He has a plan and purpose for the awful thing that has happened. While I agree with you, there is something you desperately need to know. What most Christians don't seem to understand is that if basic needs are not met, that plan and purpose is irrelevant to the unbeliever or even to believers who are in the throws of a crisis. Jesus demonstrated the importance of meeting basic needs when He fed the 5000 in Matthew 14:13-21. If God’s Word were enough, why would Jesus stop and feed people? Why would He interrupt His teaching to make sure that people were not hungry? I, as one who has been hungry, will tell you, He did it because He knew that until basic needs were met they could think of nothing else. There is this really life changing episode of South Park, which is a particularly crass and terrible adult cartoon show, that I am honest