Author Archives: MELISSA, MULTI-TASKING MAMA

Dear Mama of Michael Brown

michael brown I can’t imagine the horror and heaviness of heart you have endured in the past week and a half since the tragic, senseless death of your son. I want you to know that regardless of what ANYONE says or ANYTHING your son did in the past, he did NOT deserve to be gunned down and left on the hot, dark pavement for hours.

I’m sure that when you held your bouncing baby boy in your arms for the first time, this scenario was the furthest thing from your mind. I’m sure that all you held in your heart for your brown eyed, brown skinned boy were hopes and dreams and love. Hopes that have been dashed, dreams that have died and love that couldn’t save him from the realities of the world we live in.

I’m sorry- deeply, truly sorry- for the picture that others are trying to paint of your child. It matters not if he did or didn’t steal cigars or anything else. It matters not if he hung out with the wrong crowd. It matters not if he was jaywalking. It matters not if he had or didn’t have a juvenile record. The indisputable fact is that your boy was unarmed in broad daylight and was shot six times anyway. Teenagers make mistakes, no matter the color of their skin. There is no spin or excuse or justification that will ever make what happened okay.  And, I’m deeply, truly sorry that it will still be attempted in order to deflect blame and accountability away from those involved.

I am not naïve to the fact that if this had been one of my white teenage sons, the outcome would have been different. As the mama of a black daughter, I am well acquainted with the fact that the encounters she has had with the police, for minor traffic offenses, have varied drastically from near identical incidents that my white sons have faced. Racism may be more subtle than it was 50 years ago but it runs just as deep in this country.

You, sweet mama, deserve justice for your son. You deserve closure. You deserve transparency. You deserve sympathy and respect. You deserve peace. You deserve answers. You deserve for your son to be walking, talking, breathing- you deserve for your son to be alive.

Please know that the character assassinations of the few do not reflect the hearts of the many. Please know that my heart bleeds for you and your family. Please know that your son matters and that his death will not be in vain. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers and if I could hug you and apologize to you on behalf of my race, I wholeheartedly would.

May justice and truth prevail.

Sincerely, A fellow mama who cares

The Importance of Rest

I don’t know about you but I tend to take sleep for granted. Until it is elusive. When a deadline looms, something stressful takes up space in my thoughts or my allergies are giving me a fit; sleep doesn’t come as naturally as it usually does for me.  And, I almost immediately begin feeling theContinue Reading

A Healthy Medicine Cabinet

I am new to the world of essential oils but am so excited about the health benefits of using something natural rather than chemical for my family’s health and well being. I came across this informative video about the myriad of medicines that can be replaced with an all natural essential oil. I wanted toContinue Reading

Plugged In- Final Session

When I originally taught this prayer study it was so helpful to me in the season of life I was in–> with a new job, leaving full-time ministry and juggling the demands of teenage and young adult children.  Now, reposting two years later, the irony is not lost on me that I am starting aContinue Reading

Plugged In- Session 6

This session we are focusing on the verse in Ephesians that instructs us to pray without ceasing.  Is that really possible?

Plugged In- Session 5

Oh, friends!  Thank you for sticking with me through this study on prayer.  Our communication with God is life-giving.  We can’t take it too seriously. This session we focus on the third key to an effective prayer life: Changing what you are praying for.

Plugged In- Session 4

This session talks about utilizing a prayer journal. Have you ever written your prayers to God?

Plugged In- Session 3

In today’s session {session 3 of Plugged In: Accessing God’s Power through Prayer}, we are finishing up with the barriers to an effective prayer life. If there is one book of the Bible I could point you towards as a practical “how-to” for the Christian walk, it would be the book of James.  You willContinue Reading

Plugged In- Session 2

Wednesday, March 5 begins the Lenten season.  Although the church I attend doesn’t celebrate Lent, I do in my personal walk with Christ and have for the last several years. It is a sacred time of growing closer to Him and asking Him what He thinks has become an idol in my life that IContinue Reading

Plugged In- Session 1

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God ~Mother Teresa God desires relationship with me, with you, with each of His children.  One of the ways this is accomplished is through prayer. During the next eight weeks, we will identify barriers to an effective prayer life and seven ways toContinue Reading