Friday, August 29, 2014

Two Years For ElevateHer!

"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Two years ago the Lord encouraged me to take a big gulp of courage and Elevateher International was birthed. No other role has created confidence, joy, growth, patience and allowed me to see the power of God than this venture to start a nonprofit to help women find life. 

The greatest lesson I've learned is to keep walking even when it seems like walking is not a viable option; it's in those clumsy, messy and imperfect steps that the Lord shows us his power!

Happy Two-Year Anniversary ElevateHer! 

May The Lord continue to expand our vision, expand our territory, provide for our needs, bring partners to help us accomplish the goal of helping women find life and touch many more women so the Lord can breathe new life into their souls. 

Let us keep walking, however imperfect the steps may be.  Let us be bold, courageous and faithful with each step. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

I will not live in fear!

"For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control". 2 Timothy 1:7


Another public story of another black teenager killed while unarmed.  I have 3 black teenage sons.
I will not live in fear.

Confusing thoughts overwhelm me as I try to rationalize why this shooting had nothing to do with race.
I will not live in fear.

Anger builds when I cannot shake the feeling that this shooting and all of the others had EVERYTHING to do with race.
I will not live in fear.

Pain in my heart each time the front door closes and my son drives off with his other black friends.
I will not live in fear.

Saddened over videos instructing black boys how to respond to the police to not end up dead.
I will not live in fear.

Praying that the good education, manners, neighborhood and community we provide our children will be enough.
I will not live in fear.

But I will teach my black sons to not live in fear and stand up tall and confident.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons to treat everyone with kindness regardless of color, race, gender, sexual orientation or the uniform they wear.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons to live with pride and dignity in the skin they were created.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons that though many may look at them and see another set of black boys, God created them fearfully and wonderfully with black skin on purpose not by accident.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons to dream big and go after impossible dreams.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons to know their strength and worth.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons to always stand up for justice and the cause of the oppressed.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons to love the Lord with all their hearts, mind and soul.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons to not ever, ever give up on hope, no matter what the present may say.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my black sons to love boldly and deeply especially when its hard.
I will not live in fear.

I will teach my sons to learn the power of forgiveness especially for the ones that cannot see their worth and mistreat them, for their strength will be tightly wrapped in their power to forgive.
FOR WE WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR!

To all of the mothers of black sons, let us band together around prayer and not allow what's happened to countless black boys in America taint our jobs to raise upstanding men of worth and purpose.  Let us not raise men that are afraid to live and move about the world seeking to fulfill their purpose.  Let our fears not dictate their paths.  We shall not live in fear because God did not give us a spirit of fear!!