What Strong Women Do

None of the ladies in my family shrink back. Distinctly southern, full voices fill the room when we enter. We’re known for our loud laughs and warm embraces. We aren’t afraid to speak our minds and take the lead. We see a space and fill it. We see a need and fill it. I never […]

Launching SheLoves Church

When a virus isolates us, we lean in to the opposite spirit. Here on SheLoves, even more than before, we’re leaning in to safe online community. COVID-19 days feel scary and uncertain, yes. Yesterday, our family restaurant closed—for how long we don’t know. And yet, I hope and trust in a God who looks after the […]

Reframing My Ugly Photos

Last fall while I was in Southeast India for four months launching an academic initiative in collaboration with a women’s college, I got to speak several times at various conferences and events. My first engagement was five days after I arrived in the coastal town of Chennai. I was jet lagged, tired, and emotional from […]

You Are An Immaculate Measure Of Grace

A Short Blessing For The New Year (Especially For Women of Color): You are an immaculate measure of grace. Every fiber, every molecule, every atom that builds and holds you together, tells the story of how truly magnificent your presence on this earth is. The space you take up is the space you bless. Your […]

She Is Enough, She is Perfect

Trigger Warning: Mention of sexual assault and suicidal ideation *** I was born needing to be fixed. They didn’t have the fancy ultrasounds forty-some years ago, so I came out bloody and ready to breathe life into the world—except I could barely breathe. I was born disfigured; my lip was attached to the bottom of […]