6. Be Gentle This was an important lesson I learned this year when striving to improve my communication. Gentleness can turn an argument into a casual conversation. “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is...
It started in late April. This feeling of loneliness overtook me, and I realized I hadn’t hugged anyone outside the walls of our home in over six weeks. The thing is, I’m not even a big hugger. I like...
I will admit, I struggle with anger. Not so much now as I did in childhood, but the wrong word at the wrong time can leave me highly upset. I’ve learned to walk away, but walking away doesn’t erase...
A long time ago, in the Garden of Eden, marriage was created and established by God. As Genesis 2:24, explains, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become...
It is the elephant in the room. You know it is there, but you silently hope the topic would disappear. Race is here and it is not going away. Education, advocacy, and open, honest dialogue is needed for growth...
When it comes to dating relationships, one of the toughest conversations occurs when we must “define the relationship.” Learning where the other person stands within the relationship is essential. Lack of communication here can cause confusion and undue stress...
The evils of racism have been woven into our world throughout history, and tragically, still affect many lives today. It’s real. Divisive. Oppressive. Hate-filled. And it grieves the heart of God who made us and loves us all. To...
As a Christian, I have always felt that regardless of the color of my skin, the church would be a safe place. I imagined there would be no discrimination, no hierarchy based on race, no infiltration of laws that...
I remember as a child, I told someone close to me that I was going to spend time with another friend on a different day. They replied, “Kelly, what?! Why don’t you want spend time with meeeee…? You must like...
When we moved to the next church (from the 12-year-pastorate where we had had the near meltdown and gone through the year of counseling), we were glad to close the door on that difficult and painful period and go...