When preparing for this project, a few people asked me “Why an inspirational blog?” “Why not a fashion blog?” …And I could not help but smile before responding. I guess given the fact that I love fashion and seem to have a natural touch for it they felt I could have easily done so if I simply needed a hobby to occupy my time or needed to make some easy cash; but that is not my intention or motivation for this blog page.
This page not only forces me to step out of my comfort zone as a natural introvert but it also unveils the other side of who I am not as a mere woman but as a woman of God. Culturally, there are so many women (and men) that are out of touch with their spirituality that it has been reduced to a Sunday morning church experience. Worse than that, I have found that many people only refer to God in times of trouble or uncertainty. And more disappointing is the fact that we have allowed society and the media to infiltrate and pollute our perception of what a “real” woman is. Physical appearance, job titles, social status and material possessions seems to be the determining factor of whether a woman has reached any level of success. The media has now defined a woman’s beauty and success as fame and fortune through sex tapes, scandals, the number of followers on social media, designer clothing, successful cosmetic surgeries and makeup.
Young girls, might I add young “Christian” girls are now idolizing women in Holly Wood simply because of what they see when the cameras are rolling and the size of their net worth. And while I have absolutely no objections to realizing and maximizing one’s fullest potential; I often struggle with the notion of a beautiful, successful, powerful but nasty spirited, nefarious woman. So as much as I love to look nice and I wouldn’t mind helping other women to do the same, there are thousands of resources out there that promote “work out for bomb butt” or “how to get your brows on fleek”.
I would much rather focus on ensuring that we do a daily evaluation and check of our spirits so that it matches the physical beauty. The scripture said it best:
1 Peter 3: 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.
That season in my life when I was transitioning from the adolescent stage into my teens, I became very self-conscious, attention given to my physical appearance was paramount. I would spend countless hours fixing my hair in the mirror and making sure that my attire was always neat, polished and well-coordinated. And while it was quite normal for a young girl to want to look her best, I would very soon come to discover that my physical appearance alone could not sustain me through the normal pressures of life, much less the issues that I faced.
So I sought comfort in the two things that transcended the time and space that I was currently in i.e. Christian television and my journal. Christian television helped to reaffirm my faith in God and create a sound biblical foundation for me at the time; it became the starting point for my most intimate moments spent with God alone. Apart from that, I felt that I could not confide in anyone else so I would journalize all of my deepest thoughts. Those journals became an outlet for me and by the time I was done talking to God through them or just simply expressing my thoughts through my written words I felt better.
I found that journalizing my experiences not only allowed me the release that I needed, I was also able to document dates and events that I could actually look back on days, months and years later to see my progress. That writing trend also filtered into the way I chose to communicate with family and friends whenever there was something pressing that I felt needed to be said. Sometimes the effects of my words did not result in the most favorable outcomes; it was with each of those experiences that I recognized the power of the written word. I did not know it then, but I strongly believe now that with each experience that I documented either by letter or journal entry, helped me to first recognize and then cultivate my gift.
Needless to say, I don’t journalize my thoughts and experiences nearly as much as I did back then because I am now able to articulate verbally what I want to say and to who I want to say it to. Nowadays, if I am faced with a challenging situation I have my husband and a few faithful confidants that I am able to talk to and when I feel that I can’t talk to anyone else I simply go to God during my quiet time of devotion.
My desire is that this blog will be to some woman or man reading it what Christian television and those journals were to me during some of the darkest times of my life i.e. a ministering tool, a breath of fresh air, a gentle reminder, sound rebuke…a saving grace.
The purpose of this page will be to provide inspiration, insight, awareness and provoke positive change through my written words.
I have no intentions of posting daily, there will be no set sequence or schedule for my postings. As I am led I will share with you based on personal experiences both past and present, life lessons, my thoughts, observations and spiritual revelations…My writing style is free flowing and very candid so sometimes words get lost in translation but I am opened to answering any comments or questions you may have for clarification.
I hope that you not only enjoy the posts but that the words written within inspires, ignites, provokes but most importantly transform.
If you have not already done so, I also encourage you to read the “About Me” Page to gain a better appreciation for this project.