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Preserved by Purpose: Loving the Most

“The one who loves least controls the relationship.”    I can’t remember who said this; I think it was a former pastor.    However, this saying has always resonated as one of the most truthful statements I’ve heard about relationship dynamics.      It’s a challenging thing to recognize because sometimes we spend so much time trying to convince the other person how much ... Read More »

Preserved – Surviving a Storm of Faithlessness

Like most great mountain top faith-empowering experiences, there is usually season of faith-trying experiences that follows.   We survive storms like getting fired, finding out our spouse or significant other has betrayed us or a bad diagnosis from the doctor.  Yet, we end up nearly drowning in the sea of faithlessness that often follows these storms.  In fact, it is in those seasons ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose: Stay the Course…and Follow God’s Directions

“You are on the fastest route despite heavier than normal traffic.”   After hearing my GPS calmly state this as I was staring at a line of red brake lights ahead me on the highway, I chuckled and told her that she was wrong this time.    It looked like the route I was on was the worst one.    Then I laughed ... Read More »

Inspiration for Mothers: Releasing My Daughter

It’s a wrap! My daughter graduated from high school this weekend. Oh what a wonderful time of elation, excitement and celebration as I watched her cross the stage to receive her high school diploma. Feelings of joy and sadness both overwhelmed me as I heard the announcer call my daughter’s name. For after twelve years of sweat, labor, and tears, my ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Boaz Ain’t Broke

“I don’t want a Paw Paw!” exclaimed a 50 something co-worker a few years ago.    After we stopped laughing at her comment, we resumed our conversation about her struggle finding mature men who were marriage material.    Clubbing was out of the question and the men that she seemed to be meeting were too old (and set in their ways) for ... Read More »

Let Your Soul Grow in 2017

Every year we make New Year’s resolutions.  We say we are going to start exercising, dieting, investing more, saving more, giving more, doing more, and changing bad habits.  We often pray for money, material things, houses, and cars.  How often do we pray for our soul to prosper?  This year let’s make the commitment to fast more, pray more, read ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose: The Immortal Life of Peace

The story of Henrietta Lacks, a Virginia mother whose cells have transformed medical research for over 60 years, is both amazing and heartbreaking.    Cells taken from her body without her consent during her treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins University in the 1950’s have proven to be the most medically viable cell line.  A 2010 book and recent HBO ... Read More »

Stop Doubting the Vision

By Rev. Yvette R. Blair-Lavallais Habakkuk 2: 1-3 – I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint.2 Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may ... Read More »


You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander and dirty language.  Colossians 3:7,8 When you look at your hands, do they each have four fingers, a thumb and the same three lines drawn across the palm of both hands? If your answer is yes,that’s because ... Read More »

Upgrade Your Faith – Wait on God

By Rev. Yvette R. Blair-Lavallais One of the hardest things in following Jesus and being on this spiritual journey is having patience to wait on God. I think one of the reasons is that we live in a culture that promotes a mindset of quick, fast and in a hurry. We rush in and out of fast food eateries, complaining ... Read More »