Spending Time with My Heavenly and Earthly Fathers

Hello friends, great to be back with you. I hope you all are having a healthy and happy summertime. We just recently celebrated Father's Day. I had the opportunity to spend the day with my Pops at one of my favorite spots in the beautiful state of North Carolina - Airlie Gardens in Wrightsville Beach. … Continue reading Spending Time with My Heavenly and Earthly Fathers

Facing Uncertainty with Assurance

"Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty."Brian Greene, theoretical physicist, mathematician, and string theorist You may not be exploring the unknowns of the cosmos like Dr. Greene there, but we all have to face uncertainty. There has been plenty of it going on. I am uncertain when I will be able to fill up my gas … Continue reading Facing Uncertainty with Assurance

Growth and Strength for the Future

Hello dear friends. I am so glad to join you all again for this edition of "Take It In." Today, I want to look at the past and present. I'm no Dr. Who, but I like to keep a broad perspective. What brought me to this theme this week is some personal reflection I was … Continue reading Growth and Strength for the Future

Hope and Healing Amidst Hurt and Hate

Hello dear family. I am so blessed to join you all again. I, like all of you, are disturbed and troubled by the headlines as of late. Two mass shootings just weeks apart. Both senseless, both driven by a hate of fellow human beings. What drives someone to that point is a topic for a … Continue reading Hope and Healing Amidst Hurt and Hate

Staying Well When All Is Not

Hello dear friends. It is wonderful to join you all once again. Today, I am going to get back to my blogging roots so to speak and talk about holistic health and wellness. This important topic is what sparked my passion for blogging and the editorial field. I've been blessed to work with so many … Continue reading Staying Well When All Is Not

Peace for the Days Ahead

It is so good to be back with you all. 2021 seems to be in competition with its predecessor for craziest year of ever. Presidents, pandemic, and protests continue to dominate the headlines. More anxiety, uncertainty, fear, and frustration grip the minds of hearts of people. Is there a remedy? What should we do? What … Continue reading Peace for the Days Ahead

When God Speaks

Hello Dear Friends,I know this is a night many of you have been dreading- election night in America 2020. After months of partisan attacks and tensions, and ads upon ads upon ads in your electronic and physical mailboxes- we are finally here. I felt pressed to post. There is so much worry, fear and angst … Continue reading When God Speaks

A Prayer for the Peace of the Lord

Hello dear friends, thank you for joining me in this edition of "Take It In." I hope you all are safe, healthy, and well. It seems like every time we join together, more strife has been added to our society. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, we all can see this- our … Continue reading A Prayer for the Peace of the Lord

The Sanctity of Life and the Folly of Human Nature

Whew, it really is crazy how time flies. I am so glad to be back with you all. Our world continues to be chock-full of uncertainty, angst, and overall calamity. Of particular concern to me is the seeming lack of recognition for the sanctity of human life. The folly of human nature ties right into … Continue reading The Sanctity of Life and the Folly of Human Nature

The Light of God Shines Brightest in Dark Times

Hello dear friends. So much is going on right now. Riots, protests, unrest, fear, and anger— it can be a bit overwhelming. I wanted to take some time to observe, reflect, and take it in (no pun intended) before I posted anything. After lots of prayer and talking with loved ones and reading lots of … Continue reading The Light of God Shines Brightest in Dark Times

Amazing Miracles in Everyday Life

Hello everyone, so happy to join you for another week. Firstly, I just want to say thank you to everyone for all of the engagement with the blog as of late. You all are the reason I do this and I am so humbled by the response I am getting. I will do my best … Continue reading Amazing Miracles in Everyday Life

Where Does Suffering Take You?

Does that title have you thinking? I hope so. It sure has had me thinking a lot this past week. My constant prayer throughout my life has been for my experiences to not go in vain. My failures, my mistakes, my pain— I want none of it to go in vain. If they can help … Continue reading Where Does Suffering Take You?

The Power of Loved Ones and Sunshine

Hello friends, I am so glad to join you again this week. I hope you are staying healthy and well. As things begin to open up little by little, I urge you to continue to follow precautions and be safe. I am glad to see the dark cloud of COVID to pass by a bit. … Continue reading The Power of Loved Ones and Sunshine

Words of Encouragement to New Grads

Hello friends, hope you are having a good week amidst the continuing madness. There continues to be both good and bad news coming our way about this whole pandemic ordeal. Some places are beginning to open back up, with caution obviously. More testing is in demand and some of the world's most brilliant minds are … Continue reading Words of Encouragement to New Grads

Recall Past Triumphs to Overcome Present Challenges

Hello everyone. I hope this post finds you well. I know things are still pretty wild out there. Humanity has indeed survived worse and we will survive this. God is still with us and in control. I wanted to bring up an important lesson I have been revisiting lately to you all. That lesson is … Continue reading Recall Past Triumphs to Overcome Present Challenges

Finding Your Way Back After Loss

It has been a long time, friends. Sorry for my absence. To be honest, I lost my heart not just for this blog, but for writing. Aside from some poems here and there, my writing fire died out. I immersed myself in a new job opportunity and relationship instead. I recently have lost both of … Continue reading Finding Your Way Back After Loss

Timing Is Key

Hello everyone! I've missed you all. It is so great to be back. I have had quite a month. A lot of big changes have been going on in my life lately. I'm in a new city, continuing to master my new job and building a whole new life. It is an exciting, refreshing chapter … Continue reading Timing Is Key

Why Letting Go Brings Peace and Pain

Good to be back with you all. I know it's been a minute. I hope you all have been well. I have had many great new things going on and lots of tasks to do. Amidst all of the great new changes, some things haven't been so great. Some things have been downright awful. Just … Continue reading Why Letting Go Brings Peace and Pain

Healing Starts with Ownership

Hello all! So glad to be with you with week. I apologize for my absence. I may not be bale to post every week like I was doing due to new job responsibilities. However, I will still try to post at least every couple of weeks or so. As always, I encourage you to please … Continue reading Healing Starts with Ownership

Unexpected Breakthroughs

It's great to be back with you all this week for a new edition of "Take It In." So much has been happening lately. I'm happy to report they are all good things. I got hired for an amazing new job and am moving to an area I really love. It almost seems too good … Continue reading Unexpected Breakthroughs

Do Breakups Have to Be Ugly?

Welcome to this week's edition of "Take It In." I haven't talked about romantic relationships specifically in awhile. They have been a big deal since humankind began (obviously). To specify, I am focusing on relationships between significant others, not marriages (that is a whole other beast to tackle). In regards to these relationships, one of … Continue reading Do Breakups Have to Be Ugly?

Adventure is the Salt of Life

Hello everyone! I know this post is off my regular schedule. I took some time off for the holiday and needed to refresh my mind. I honestly did not even know what I wanted to blog about last week. After some fun adventures, I am ready to come back with something very important in life … Continue reading Adventure is the Salt of Life

5 Pieces of Advice to New Graduates

Welcome back to the graduation edition of "Take It In." Indeed, graduation season is upon us. To those of you who are finishing studies or have loved ones celebrating this milestone, congratulations. It really is a remarkable achievement. With this achievement, however, comes a lot to think about. You are probably asking "What's next?" Allow … Continue reading 5 Pieces of Advice to New Graduates

Passion and Pain

Glad to see you all for another edition of "Take It In." this week. I pray your week is going well and you are having success and peace. Success and peace are not possible without the two items mentioned in the headline. We find success through passion, and peace through pain. A dear friend and … Continue reading Passion and Pain

Life Glows in the Dark

It is good to see you all this week. There has been a lot of darkness and pain in the news. The horrendous tragedy in Virginia Beach and continued battles over abortion, trade, and foreign policy continue to dominate the headlines. Perhaps, like myself, you have personal darkness enveloping your life. You can't see where … Continue reading Life Glows in the Dark

Why Are Relationships So Hard?

Welcome to this week's edition of "Take it In." Hopefully, the headline for this week really grabbed your attention. The topic has had my attention for years. Relationships are tough. That is pretty common human knowledge. They do not start when we start dating or have our first significant other at 17 or what have … Continue reading Why Are Relationships So Hard?

Busyness Does Not Equal Success

Glad to see you this week for another edition of "Take It In." I hope your week is going well thus far. I recently saw a post on Facebook from a friend. It said something alone the lines of being "busy" is not a badge of honor. This thought has such so impact for our … Continue reading Busyness Does Not Equal Success

Back to the Drawing Board

Welcome back for another edition of "Take It In." I hope your week is going exceptionally well. I am glad to report some positive news. I am officially back to work and doing work I enjoy. I've witnessed some real miracles in my personal life recently and want to testify to the good works God … Continue reading Back to the Drawing Board

A Time of Remembrance, Call to Action

It's good to be with you all this week for another edition of "Take It In." A lot has happened in the national news. I am troubled to report on the shooting in my home state at UNC Charlotte. There were also recent shootings in Tennessee and the Poway Synagogue in California. I find it … Continue reading A Time of Remembrance, Call to Action

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Hello to you all and thank you for joining me for another edition of "Take It In." I hope your week is going exceedingly well. I am doing something different this week. It's been a time of struggle,pain, and triumph recently. That is why I want to share a poem I wrote a little while … Continue reading Looking Back, Moving Forward

Love is not convenient, wisdom is a must

I hope you all are having a great week so far. I'm glad to be back for this week's edition of "Take It In." My title was short and sweet this week. I just want to drive that point home about love. I've reflected a lot this past week on past relationships, both platonic and … Continue reading Love is not convenient, wisdom is a must