Freedom for All, Not Just a Few

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

– James Baldwin

How can I celebrate freedom if I know you are bound? My liberation is tied to yours, our spirits joined.

I hear the insistent and unwavering words of the poet Langston Hughes, “I, too, am America,” or Fredrick Douglass’ brilliant speech in 1852, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” and the revolutionary Assata Shakur saying:

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.

It is our duty to win.

We must love each other and support each other.

We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

I see the willful neglect of immigrants (aren’t we all) in camps across America, Mamas drinking from toilet bowls for water, babies crying across walls, holding on to visions of parents, their sole act of defiance in these desolate spaces.

I feel the stifling and myopic stereotypes of women whose brown skin matches mine… We remain unseen.

I hear the chains of countless brothers and sisters shackled in the prison industrial complex (over 2 million) and a suffocating economic system; then I turn to children whose cocoa brown eyes hold a sadness they cannot name, caught up in America’s school to prison pipeline, told over and over again in numerous ways they are less than…

And so happiness is not what comes to mind, y’all.

What I feel is commitment to challenging America to be what she must, and to hold space for the voices of those standing outside its gates with me.

I am them. They are me. Each of us linked in the eternal struggle for freedom.

This is the work, beloveds.

And it is urgent.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Lauren Daigle’s Inspiring Music to Victory Over Struggle

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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With everything going on in the world, taping into inspiration is more important than ever. It’s awesome to get back to sharing this weekly series with you all – Inspiration  for Your Ears & Soul, I really believe we have to cultivate gratitude and celebration of those miracles we overlook everyday.

Here’s a weekly round up of positivity and light for you all –

Lauren Daigle’s voice has lifted me out of some dark times; her latest album is on Spotify and it is a gem.

Pastor Sarah Jakes-Roberts – Girl Get Up
Chills listening to her encourage women to step into faith, believing that with God’s help, they can get back up again.

Thank you, friend so much, friend – Jada S. (Writer / Mama / Storyteller and more) for sharing on Instagram earlier this week.

Our guest for Woke Wednesdays (on IG Live) this coming week, Alex (@bridgerofgaps) has an amazing post about understanding white privilege, how this shows up in daily life and some of the inner work he is doing to break free. Go read it!

This quote from Audre Lorde on @wellreadblackgirl always gives life!

Don’t Keep Your Day Job: Making a Living Doing What You Love, is such a dynamic podcast encouraging us all to move from disillusionment to hope…

Every week I’m blessed by Cathy’s words and the guests she features. I absolutely loved the episode with Melissa Camilleri, founder of Shop Compliment (an inspirational and empowering lifestyle co.)

Healing. Growth. Understanding it’s all a process, such powerful words from Jada Pickett-Smith via @blackgirlflymag:

Why God’s Grace Changes Everything 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.” -Dwight Lyman Moody

There I was sitting along the curb adjacent to the supermarket shaking. I am sure I made quite a pitiful site – disheveled hair, mascara running, flip flops partly coming off. As I waited for the tow truck to move my car from the scence of the accident, two young women asked if I wanted them to buy me something to drink – lemonade, juice, or soda?

I thanked them profusely, and as my mind settled hours later, I began to liken the experience to God’s grace for us – unexpected, kind, loving, affirming, and showing up when we lest expect it.
He meets us right where we are, whether on a parking lot or on our bathroom floor. Ever fatihful, He guides us through each trial.

These past few years, I find my prayers are soaked with tears. I am believing for what I cannot see, and battling voices who would have me surrender to defeat. Each time I want nothing more than to wallow in sorrow, God sends a prophetic word, a sign I have asked for lately, or someone with a kind word. Grace in action, friends.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain… ” Hebrews 6:19 

Do you feel undeserving of the Father’s love today? Have you done something you say disqualifies you from being a candidate for redemption? I assure you, God is there, and He has been all along, waiting to hear your voice.

Your words need not be flowery or refined, just come as you are in this moment – broken, weary, confused, doubtful or frustrated. He knew these feelings would attempt to decimate your spirits before you were born. And He waits. God so longs to demonstrate the depth of His grace in our lives.

Relax. There is nothing you or I can do to earn it. Our assignment is simply accepting it and telling others they too can receive this tremendous gift. God’s Grace – infinite, expansive and rooted in radical love which defies all human understanding. I pray, friends, that like me, you will accept it. God is here, amid all the noise and messiness of our lives, waiting to comfort and restore your peace.