Inspiration For Yours Ears & Soul: Poet / Singer Jamila Woods, New Hip Hop Artist Naji & Nuturing Friendships 

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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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Can I be real with y’all? Stress threatened to annihilate my joy this week. I didn’t know if I could post this series. But then I started to think about God, and how through all the chaos and challenges, His spirit brought me serenity and beauty.

I am still digesting Sarah Jakes-Roberts powerful sermon about renewing your mind for the miracle.

I heard about Jamila Woods’ music, but this morning was the first time I had a chance to listen, and I am in awe! She totally and completely restored my musical life, y’all.

Blk Girl Solider, an ode to the epic resilience of black women is on repeat. These lines: ” She don’t give up… Rosa was a freedom fighter, and she taught us how to fight. Assata was a freedom fighter l, and she taught us how to fight…” Listen to the whole album on Soundcloud (it’s free).

Speaking of musical inspiration, heard of Naji? He is a thoughtful young Hip-Hop artist whose latest piece focuses on a range of issues from the violence in our communities to police terror and the legacy of systemic racism.

Hip-Hop artist Naji | Image via YouTube

I love this beautiful piece on the daily devotional website Our Words Collaborative by Andrea Marlowe on standing in our faith and remaining true to our relationship with God, no matter what others think.

Loved this podcast on Black Girl In Om about truth in sistahood and friendship.

I am inspired by the Sioux tribes of North Dakota who are resisting construction of  the Dakota Access Pipeline, and instead  calling on us to honor nature.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Alabama Shakes, James Baldwin, and Podcast, Black Girl In Om

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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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Photo Credit: Pieter M. van Hattem / GETTY IMAGES
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Lately, I am listening to lots of podcasts (informational, spiritual & inspirational), and of course, music! I also discovered some beautiful writing this week, too. Here’s what is resonating with my spirit lately:

How appropriate is a song about not wanting to fight anymore in today’s world of strife and pain? This video, all of the soul and beauty it captured, is stunning.  I enjoyed the short interview on NPR from last year about their current album, Sound & Color, and why Alabama Shakes does not play it safe.

Great podcast from Marc Steiner celebrating the prolific writer James Baldwin’s birthday, Aug. 3.

Speaking of amazing podcasts, have you listened to Black Girl In Om? I am not sure how I discovered this awesomeness, but I am all over every episode now. It is so affirming to find an online space that celebrates wellness, beauty and the intellect of women of color. Check out their website and digital magazine, too. Life, y’all!

I absolutely connected so much with Jennifer’s beautiful blog post about prayer life for busy parents.

My new friend Kami (a fellow writer at Our Words Collaborative) has a profound post on her blog, “Learning the Art of Letting Go.” These lines: “As real and necessary as it is to learn to hold on through the hard and often mundane moments in life, there are circumstances that instead call for us to let go. Over these years of illness, one of the hardest things for me to let go of is the idea of my former self.”

This arresting and prolific essay, “Confessions of a Little Black Girl” from the creator of the lovely online magazine, Inkfully, about the challenges of growing up as a brown girl in America.

Artwork by Bethany Joy

I ❤️ this artwork from  Bethany Joy, this month’s artist for Our Words Collaborative, a Christian online devotional where 30 of us share our faith journeys daily.

This Thursday’s devotional by Ari Heick about God refining our rough edges really spoke to my heart!