The Sacred Pilgrimage of Woman Becoming

“Woman becoming,” I called the whimsical reflection I saw in the mirror. My eyes were red and remnants of last night’s eyeliner had made its way under my eyes. I’m not sure how it happened, but it made me chuckle. My hair was knotted, in need of a good brush. Maybe a bit of washing. […]

Redefining Terms

When I was a little girl, faithfully attending Sunday school each week, we had a little saying that went like this: “Jesus, Others and You—that’s how you spell JOY.” I inhaled that sentiment like it was the sweetest of perfumes. YES! We should always be last on the list, giving ourselves away to Jesus and to other people. That’s […]

Being Kind to My 14-Year-Old Self

“Oh, please. We don’t need to see that. Next picture,” I said, looking away from the computer. My friend and I were on Facebook looking through old photos when we stumbled upon a picture from my awkward teenage years. I was 14 years old in the photo. My hair was a frizzy mess, I was […]

When Persistence Doesn’t Pay

By Tiffany Baker | Twitter: @revtiffanybaker I learned persistence from my mother. Like some children learn to fold a fitted sheet or bake a perfectly flaky pie crust, I learned how to put my head down and persist. My third-grade vernacular included the words “effective effort” and, before every spelling test or group presentation, my mother would […]

Speaking Kindly to my Body

It’s hard to remember a time when I looked at my body with pride. I’m sure it was there in childhood. I could run and jump and skip. There was joy in play. But somewhere along the way I started to see my body as the enemy. Change seemed like an impossible task and often, […]