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Preserved by Purpose – Prayer for Christmas Blessings

For some, Christmas is a time of joyous celebrations with loved ones; for others, it’s a challenging time of balancing hope and expectations with God’s sovereign will for our lives.    This prayer encouraged me when I wrote it a few years ago and I wanted to share it to encourage others during this Christmas season. “I praise you God for ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Complaint or Compliant: The Choice is Yours

Even though I’m a fairly good writer, I’m not the best typist.   This is why I’m glad that there’s spell check.  Even though it’s not always perfect (my first name is always flagged as incorrect), spellcheck catches most commonly misspelled English words.   Once in a while working on a writing project, I did my usual spellcheck.  And because I knew ... Read More »

SILENT CHRISTIANS: A Theory Explaining Why Racism and Bigotry Lives On

The 1939 movie Gone with the Wind (GWTW) is a struggle for me to watch. And, reading the novel was well almost impossible. There’s a scene when the protagonist, Scarlett O’Hara (the original “Real Housewife of Atlanta) asks the black characters of ‘Mammy’ and ‘Big Sam’ to milk cows or tend horses or complete some farm- related tasks and they ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Connections that Matter

“Shewanda Riley!”   The cheery, broad smile and dark chocolate face beamed at me and repeated my name again.  “Shewanda Riley!” I was waiting outside the luncheon room with a dozen of others who were attending the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education Annual Conference in Corpus Christi, a number of years ago when I heard the familiar voice.  ... Read More »

Excerpts from My Mama Told Me…

One More “I am an advocate for hurting children who live in abusive home environments. To the adults in these situations, please recognize that children deserve to be children and it is your duty to protect them and make them feel safe in their own homes. A child’s safety supersedes the supervising adult’s well-being. Leave for your children’s sake. They ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose – Show and Tell Christians

I remember show and tell assignments in school being those sometimes boring presentations covering what we did over summer, what we wanted to be when we grew up or our favorite food.   One thing was clear, the less you had to show, the more telling you did.   If all you had to show for a summer vacation was a picture ... Read More »

Preserved by Purpose: Living Off the Wall

Even though it happened a few years ago, I still remember the scene as if it happened yesterday:     “RJ!   You’ve got to get off that wall!” encouraged my mother and father to my 11 year old nephew as he nervously made his way around the skating rink by himself.    He was doing his best to navigate the fast paced Saturday ... Read More »


For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness’ for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these things come from within; they are what defile you and make you unacceptable to God. Mark 7: 22-23, NLT “I don’t know what to say,” one family member said in ... Read More »

Preserved – Living above See Level

A few years ago, I had one of my most challenging   experiences with my natural vision.    What started out as a normal day for me ended with me having a splitting headache and blurred vision.  I thought I might have my contact lenses in the wrong eyes so I switched them.  But my vision seemed to get worse so I ... Read More »

The Door

Jesus said, “I am the door. By me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.    John 10:9, KJV  My daughter wanted to invite her new friend over for a visit to our home. After learning about the background of my daughter’s friend, my immediate reaction was to keep the ... Read More »