A lesson about sharks

There are people in the world who are truly zealous for your success. They will feed into your life in a way that is meaningful, as you do into theirs. Then there are people who act like they want you to be successful because they have something to gain…an ego boost for themselves. Both peopleContinue reading “A lesson about sharks”

Faith and trust

There are seasons in which it’s easy to share, and then there are seasons wherein I go into turtle mode. Today, I know I need to share. As a matter of fact, I know I need to share more. Even though it seems like I wear my heart on my sleeve, I really don’t. Shocking,Continue reading “Faith and trust”

Strength, insecurity, dignity, grace, fear, faith…all the bloody things

There’s something in the air the week. It feels like a week of rapid transformation. Or deterioration. Or both. If I were to lay it all out, you wouldn’t believe the shit I’ve been facing. And it’s only Thursday. In general, I feel that I am a pretty selfless person. But man…this week…it’s been allContinue reading “Strength, insecurity, dignity, grace, fear, faith…all the bloody things”

Triggered into the future

Years ago, there was a man with whom I was very much in love. We were best friends. We were basically inseparable. There was one huge, glaring problem between us. My faith. We had hours and hours of discussions, debates, tirades for and against God. Finally, one day, he asked me a question. “Deneen, ifContinue reading “Triggered into the future”

Comparison is a waste of time

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “what does he/she have that I don’t?” I’ve found that question arising a lot lately in a personal situation. Tonight, I finally figured it out. You’ve got nothing but problems, woman. You see…I’m holding my own here. I support myself. When I go to sleep, I know that, atContinue reading “Comparison is a waste of time”

You have ACES, baby!

We are all dealt a hand of cards when we’re born. Genetics. Family. Geography. But…how you play the hand is up to you. Last night, I was watching a poker game. Everyone at the table plays a certain character at the table. The old dude who is extra chatty and drunk. The aloof guy whoContinue reading “You have ACES, baby!”

Thunderbolts and fire

Years ago, there was a woman who spoke something over me. In the ensuing 20 years, I’ve thought of that word sporadically…but it never seemed…possible. I held lightly onto what she said…but if I told you that it brought me comfort, I’d be lying. I used a beautiful word spoken over me as a barteringContinue reading “Thunderbolts and fire”

The Power of YOU

Yesterday started off so well. My morning was super productive. I felt like a million bucks. Then…I don’t know what happened. My energy drained from me, like I unplugged the stopper in a bathtub. I had been celebrating a victory…a small battle won that felt like a hard fought victory for the good guys. ButContinue reading “The Power of YOU”

Intuition

When I was a kid, my family and I were on vacation in the Poconos, and for an entire day, I was so sad I cried all day. Nothing could cheer me up. When we got home, we found out that one of our relatives in Germany, who I had never met, had passed away.Continue reading “Intuition”

Surrender

Yesterday was one of the most difficult days that I’ve had mentally in a long time. I woke up and I was just depleted of all of my energy. I felt empty and cracked and hopeless. I was standing in quicksand and sinking quickly. Fortunately, God had other plans for me.   He drew meContinue reading “Surrender”