It happened to my sister…it could happen to me

This is actually my Facebook post that I’m publishing here. It’s not fancied up but if it can stir conversation among you,God please us it: 

I’ve been waiting to post this. Praying God use this. Please read if you can.
I’m not looking for a Facebook response or debate. No emoticons needed. Read. Pray. Act. 

In light of recent issues, I stand reminding you that this story of hatred towards my sister could have easily been me. It’s an ugly thought. But it’s true. While she was sitting under a tree, reading, enjoying time with her puppy, She was threatened in broad daylight because of her skin color.

See the video post here: https://www.facebook.com/christiana.clark.7/posts/10157191191620151

This could have been far worse. 

And this could easily happen to me.

Wherever you live, this evil will show itself. Please rise up and respond. It won’t be easy to ask your friend not to joke line that. It won’t be easy to call grandpa or uncle on a racial slur. It’s unnerving to check our own selves on the fear and prejudice in which we may have been unknowingly brought up. But it’s time to face it.

Because God has made us wonderfully and perfectly–all of us. And right now, though all lives matter, media and questionable actions are hitting the core of the lives of Black people. Don’t be offended at the saying Black lives Matter. It’s not a calling card to rebel against police. It’s just a reminder that we as a nation need to continue to embrace each other. It’s a chance for all of us to validate each other. See, the stories we know of our parents and grandparents–we are being confronted with in our time and all to often these days. Whatever the truth is in these circumstances, can you imagine the fear and anger that it incites? If I said I love you and you said well I love everybody…your generalization alienates my personal statement of love. Love everybody! And love me, too!

Do you realize I could be one of those stories put in the wrong place at the wrong time? Sin still exists. We need to do more than talk. Pray people of God, I am asking you in particular to pray but to act. Most importantly share the Gospel of Jesus with everyone. It is Christ who shows that we ARE all equal. Every one of us needing forgiveness. Every one of us imperfect but wanted by our Creator who made a way for us not to obtain perfection, but salvation. As we do that, then we can also gain wisdom from God and respond in right living, in love and in truth, in the right words and deeds to combat this evil and triumph.
Me and my beautiful family.

Stay Just Peachie everybody

“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭AMP‬‬

http://bible.com/8/jhn.14.27.amp

You Know What? I Need You. Reflections for Friday

You know what? I need you.

Life is happening fast around here. I have decided I need to take time out to remember what happens between the scheduling and exhaustion of everyday life and just reflect. 

This week, you know what I realized? I need you.

I have the honor of being a coach, a mom, a mentor, a leader, and a teacher in some capacity everyday. 

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Most of the time, my mind is consumed by what my particular “team” needs at that moment. I am motivated by the fact that they need me. However, as I look at this week in particular, I can see that I need the people around me as much as they need me. The people I serve–both seen and unseen, including you Reader friend–also serve me often without my acknowledgement.

I know this is not a profound or new thought, but explore this simple moment with me.

 I need every person who comes in and out of my life to help shape and reveal who I am. My volleyball team may need this Coach to guide and develop them but I need someone to inspire and someone to whom I can impart my love and knowledge of the game. My kids need me (they would be dirty, naked, and pitiful without me, right?), but I truly need them (I’d be so much more selfish, impatient, and love-deprived without them, right?). As I check down the list of other relationships I have, the more I see I am as much the benefactor as I am the nurturer. That is, if I take the time to allow that revelation to sink deep.

This kinda deflates the power of my adult pity parties. Playing the caretaker-martyr doesn’t give as much satisfaction if I realize the incredible amounts of gifts that I receive as I give. Can I really be thankful for the aggravation and frustration that some relationships bring with them? Yes. 

Not only can I be thankful, but I can also be humble in knowing that you may need me, but, you know what, I need you, too

Take your moment today and stay,

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You Know What? I Need You. Reflections for Friday

You know what? I need you.

Life is happening fast around here. I have decided I need to take time out to remember what happens between the scheduling and exhaustion of everyday life and just reflect. 

This week, you know what I realized? I need you.

I have the honor of being a coach, a mom, a mentor, a leader, and a teacher in some capacity everyday. Most of the time, my mind is consumed by what my particular “team” needs at that moment. I am motivated by the fact that they need me. However, as I look at this week in particular, I can see that I need the people around me as much as they need me. The people I serve–both seen and unseen, including you Reader friend–also serve me often without my acknowledgement.

I know this is not a profound or new thought, but explore this simple moment with me.

 I need every person who comes in and out of my life to help shape and reveal who I am. My volleyball team may need this Coach to guide and develop them but I need someone to inspire and someone to whom I can impart my love and knowledge of the game. My kids need me (they would be dirty, naked, and pitiful without me, right?), but I truly need them (I’d be so much more selfish, impatient, and love-deprived without them, right?). As I check down the list of other relationships I have, the more I see I am as much the benefactor as I am the nurturer. That is, if I take the time to allow that revelation to sink deep.

This kinda deflates the power of my adult pity parties. Playing the caretaker-martyr doesn’t give as much satisfaction if I realize the incredible amounts of gifts that I receive as I give. Can I really be thankful for the aggravation and frustration that some relationships bring with them? Yes. 

Not only can I be thankful, but I can also be humble in knowing that you may need me, but, you know what, I need you, too

Take your moment today and stay,

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