By now, many of you have received end of the year notes filled with holiday wishes, and New Year’s resolutions.
This isn’t that.
I want to do a couple things. Firstly, thank you for the tremendous support this year. My email listserv has grown exponentially, my speaker calendar was off the chain and you’ve made 2016 the most poppin’ year to date on my blog. I appreciate your allowing me to be authentic and share my heart with you, even when it’s broken. I am a testament to the fact that love, like that from our Father, truly does heal (1 Peter 4:8). I was in bed yesterday watching a Lifetime Original Christmas movie (duh!), and heard the lead character say, “The thing about cracked sidewalks is that once you trip over a crack, you start to pay attention so you won’t fall in the same place again.” After hearing that, I immediately started formulating this piece. I can turn anything in a sermon because I’ve learned that God speaks in the seemingly most random places. Here’s what I mean.
Lipsticks. And purses. Handcrafted jewelry, OH MY!
It’s back! The 2016 edition of “My Favorite Things” is here. I’m so excited! And this year I’m approaching my gift guide a little differently, featuring 20 of my favorite things for a special lady in your life. I’m living Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (ESV). So, I’m sowing good and expecting good and sowing faithfully and expecting faithfully every day. In fact, I’m giving away FIVE items on my favorite things list to one beautiful winner on Instagram. Follow me @EboneeSpeaks for contest details. Let’s get into this list because it’s the best one yet, and includes socially conscious products, Christian business owners, womenpreneurs, black-owned businesses and mainstream brands I LOVE. Let’s do it!
I was on an airplane (what else is new?) listening to NPR’s TED Radio Hour, and thinking about how I was going to recap my birthday season and vacation for you. I was thinking about the things God spoke to me, my thoughts and feelings, etc.
I’ve started a series of conversations that I haven’t been able to finish. I want to talk to you about the state of the world, the state of the country, the state of human trafficking reform, the state of the church, the state of issues related to racial equality, and the state of my heart as I understand it. I began writing about each of these things, but couldn’t complete a single thought. I couldn’t find the courage to describe how I felt when I saw the video of Alton Sterling dying (I didn’t fully watch the Philando Castile murder). I couldn’t find the courage to explain how I felt learning about the Oakland Police Sex Scandal. I couldn’t quite put into words the thoughts I had watching Republican National Convention. And to top it all off, my birthday is two weeks away, which means my grief rings as high as my gratitude. As I led a girlfriends prayer call yesterday morning, I knew that I had to immediately get these thoughts down.