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#TheAffirmation: The Introduction

#TheAffirmation: The Introduction

BlogFam, TODAY is a NEW day!  A day that I have never seen before and I am more determined than ever to make the MOST of today and everyday after today!  I know that you might be wondering what brought this on and so I will share with you a little bit of the SHIFT that has taken place in me.

As you know, I have been writing this blog since December 2011.  It really has been a complete JOY to write and to engage God's Word in this space.  I love to write and this platform to do so is life-giving for me and prayerfully to those who join me in this space to read and comment on what I have written.  

Over the last two years, so much has happened, some of which I have shared, most of which, I have not because I have been very intentional in making this space a place where people can come to be inspired and challenged by the Word of God.  I will not abandon that emphasis; however, one conversation and one convention that I have experienced recently has compelled me to SHIFT in this next season.

The Conversation - I attended the Southern Christian Writers Conference on the first weekend of June 2014.  I was re-energized in so many ways regarding my writing.  I will not go into every detail but I will share with you one question that I was asked.  At lunch on the final day, I was sitting with a Literary Agent seeking advice and gleaning from her numerous years of experience and success.  She asked me a question.  She asked me this: Whose voice do YOU think is missing?  And almost immediately, I answered, "MY VOICE... and the voice of young adult African American women who are believers in Jesus Christ but who are growing in their faith and knowledge of Him while facing life's challenges and changes."  

I have to tell you this.  The lock screen on my phone is a picture of just a few of the leading women Bible teachers of today... Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Christine Caine, Sheila Walsh, and one or two more.  It did not take me long to answer her question because while I am inspired by the Word of God taught by these women, my face, my voice, my friends are missing from the content, the illustrations, and the perspectives of these women.  And NO I am not saying that I represent every African American woman or every young adult woman.  But I am saying that the most prominent teaching and preaching voices on the landscape - and maybe even on the horizon - do not speak well for me or for many of the young women I know.

The Convention - On the last weekend of June 2014, I attended the Quadrennial Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  I was invited to facilitate a workshop there and I was very prepared to lead it but I was NOT expecting what happened for me as I participated in this gathering.  I had been on a 21 day fast leading up to the Quadrennial, fasting and praying that the Lord would prepare me as I led this workshop and to keep me focused and grounded as I walked through the various changes I was witnessing at home in Memphis.  So, when I arrived in Atlanta, GA, my Spirit was just OPEN to hearing and seeing something I had never heard or seen before but would bless me without a doubt.  And then, on the first night of Worship, I was in a room full of women from all over the world who gather every 4 years for a "revival" of righteousness and justice and service.  I saw the intentionality of the worship to include many different faces and voices.  I heard an inspiring word from the General Minister and President of the denomination, Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins.  And I felt at home in this space, amongst these women.  I was so excited to be there and I was ready to learn and to grow and to get connected.  I returned to Memphis, TN with a new sense of commitment and personal conviction to the larger ideals of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  

The conversation and the convention, together, have caused me to SHIFT...without apology or apprehension. I know that I am different.  I know that I have been changed.  I know that I am at peace.  

Therefore, I am shifting my blog, just a little.  I am NOT changing the name but I am NOW targeting women, who, like me, are believers in Jesus Christ but who are growing in their faith and knowledge of Him while facing life's challenges and changes.... AND I will begin this NEW series by reflecting on the Affirmation of Faith I repeat every Sunday...

As members of the Christian Church,
   We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
   the Son of the living God,
   and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
In Christ's name and by his grace
   we accept our mission of witness
   and service to all people.
We rejoice in God,
   maker of heaven and earth,
   and in God’s covenant of love
   which binds us to God and to one another.
Through baptism into Christ
   we enter into newness of life
   and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit
   we are joined together in discipleship
   and in obedience to Christ.
At the Table of the Lord
   we celebrate with thanksgiving
   the saving acts and presence of Christ.
Within the universal church
   we receive the gift of ministry
   and the light of scripture.
In the bonds of Christian faith
   we yield ourselves to God
   that we may serve the One
   whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory, and honor
   be to God forever. Amen.

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