|Posted on June 18, 2019 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Every Father's Day evening during my childhood, my family would drop my uncle and other church members off to catch the bus to attend an annual meeting of my childhood denomination that is taking place this week in Baltimore. This morning, my mother sent me an email that lists all the particulars of this meeting that she was unable to attend this year. One of the first things I noticed is a flyer for a late night service that featured 11 male pastors and preachers.
While there weren't all of these fancy flyers in the 80s and 90s, images of all men as preachers are the only ones I saw growing up as a Baptist youth. And while I knew a few women who were evangelists and licentiates, at an early age, I knew who got to speak on God's behalf.
While memory and journals indicate a call to ministry as a teen, it would take until my mid-30s to finally answer this wondrous calling that I wrestle with daily.
Images such as the flyer I reviewed today also reinforce why I try to do my small part to build up women who preach, struggle with answering that call, or have silenced the thought because they believe there is no room for their voices. After hosting my first Women in Ministry Fellowship in 2014, I'll never forget a male pastor asking, "Who told you, you could do that?"
I answered, "the Holy Ghost." I am now an ordained woman within American Baptist Churches USA, and I have moved geographically and theologically away from my early formation that affirmed I was to be quiet in the church.
My prayer this week is for safe travels for all who will gather in that space. I pray that the preached words and training will bless all who attend these sessions. I also pray that those sisters who participate as teachers, missionaries, youth workers, and first ladies will feel affirmed and stirred even more to answer callings some have likely muted. I also pray for that teen girl who is still figuring out the voice of God. May what she sees not mute or override that still small voice that she hears! And may what she is hearing be confirmed by a prophetic voice along the way!
If you are a woman you know have been called to the preaching ministry and would like to be streinghted as a proclaimer of the Gospel, consider joining us on Oct. 12, 2019, for our third instalment of our Women in Ministry Fellowship. Register today
|Posted on May 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Even a real cook has experienced the frustration of quickly grabbing the wrong seasoning and ruining a good dish/pot.
Whether you grabbed nutmeg when you meant to shake paprika or you didn't shift the top from pour to sprinkle, many of us have improperly seasoned a dish in progress.
This morning in meditation, I considered that the same has happened in some of our lives!
Maybe you thought the love you had found was some "raw sugar" that would sweeten only to learn you had added grits.
The texture is off, it lacks salt, and the longer it sits, the harder it will be to remove.
Maybe you thought you were sprinkling "cinnamon" in hopes of adding the right spice to your life, only to find it was bitter herbs.
Today the Spirit says "Throw the whole pot away and start from scratch‼"
As I reconsider what shifts need to happen on the menu of my life, may you also consider that the proverbial dish/pot you've been trying to save may need to be taken straight to the dumpster! You'll get the resources for new ingredients, a revised recipe, and God is God enough even to change and heighten your tastebuds. Trust me, the cinnamon flavored chicken I once cooked was salvaged but as we Geechee say "ee ane ha eat gud!"
Rev. Dr. Arlecia Simmons
|Posted on September 16, 2018 at 10:00 PM||comments (1)|
Don't let the title fool you, but this book is for any single adult who has the pleasure of dating in these innanet streets!
If you're a single woman who has ever received that "Hello, Beautiful" text message, you already know the challenges of dating in the digital age when you receive more characters than phone calls or visits.
This ebook is funny, informative, and above all it is a quick read!
And even if you're married, it makes for good comedy!
So the next time someone text you WYD, you'll consider what you really need to do.
Thank you for your support!
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|Posted on September 4, 2018 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
A #LaborDay reflection honoring #women:
Today I'd like to honor the sisters/sistahs who labor tirelessly to keep the wheels turning.
From working 2 to 3 jobs as a mama trying to make ends meet to staying up all night to bake cakes so the PTA or the church house can meet their budgets, what would we do without hardworking women?
It's work just walking out into the world as a woman, as our work is expanded by all of the additional expectations of bosses, coworkers, clients, customers, patients, and students. We get one paycheck although we have multiple assignments.
Even if we have one title or job description, the assumption is that we'll always serve as ex-officio members on everyone's committee or team! If we are students, we become the instructors on life for those sitting near us.
So today, whether you are working on your entrepreneural endeavors, finishing out your shift, or sashaying around your house in a caftan, I salute your labor.
I salute your rising early in the morning and being the last to go to bed.
I salute our labor.
I thank #God for our gifted hands and righteous minds that make ways out of know ways.
I salute you, �� woman.
In Power and Perseverance,
|Posted on August 3, 2018 at 2:20 PM||comments (1)|
Some exciting things have been going on in my world, and I will soon share them via my new website. If possible, please like my new https://www.facebook.com/DrLecia/" target="_blank">Facebook page for updates. You can also search for @DrLecia on FB.
I recently took a trip to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. When time permits, you can read about it here.
As always, continue to look and live!
|Posted on May 6, 2018 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
Wow! I’m wrapping up the first weekend of May 2018 and wondering where the time has gone.
As the year fades away, I’m more focused on the things I placed on both last and this year’s To-Do List. Writing the next book is still #1 on the list. This weekend, I made a major investment in accomplishing that goal by attending the #ScribesArise Writers Bootcamp held in in the suburbs of Chicago. During the gathering, the words “charismatic,” “prophetic,” and “burning words” were used, so it was not ordinary writer’s retreat. I left not only inspired, but also infused with the fire of he Holy Spirit to continue writing words that are on assignment. Like the prophets and scribes who produced the writings
While most academicians will work to churn out research articles this summer, I’m looking forward to pouring out my soul in spiritual writing. Just go to any bookstore (yes, they still exist) and you’ll find rows and rows of books from well-known authors like T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, and Joel Osteen, just to name a few. The categories have expanded over the years, and I’m still talking about all of the books that are supposed to be alongside the many authors and books that fall under “Christian Life” or “Spirituality.”
A sister must get to work. I’ve been writing, but now I’m writing with more intentionality.
My prayer is that I won’t take the words inside of me to the grave, but my prayer is that they will be released to heal, inspire, and restore. They'll be released to help people LOOK and LIVE!
May the words you have on assignment flow out onto pages, blogs, songs, prayers, and books in this season. May our names not be recorded in the card catalogue of all the books that went to the grave with authors who did not birth them during their lives.
|Posted on March 30, 2018 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Beloved, others don't have to understand your dreams, goals, or your motives.
I was recently sharing with a few women about my interest in "marketplace ministry." Someone chimed in it was because of the money that could be made. I quickly corrected their assumption.
I believe LIGHT needs to be everywhere decisions about my life are being made. The engineers designing these phones we stare into all day may never make it to a church or synagogue, but what if they encountered a voice of LIGHT during one of those company meetings or professional development sessions everyone hates. What if we envisioned that people could encounter the divine in every aspect of life, including in their workplaces and social spaces?
Did Jesus meet people soley in the temple, or did he encounter them at wells, in graveyards, near the sea, and moving through towns?
I'm glad today that Jesus' divinity didn't allow people to place him a box that could only accommodate his humanity. Many just want Jesus to be Mary's baby, the carpenter's son, and some still believe he was simply a prophet. I'm glad today that he was all of that as well as Savior of the world.
If they doubted Jesus' potential and motives then trust that they will doubt yours! So here's your Good Friday word not spoken from the cross:
Don't allow your dreams and visions to stay in "a tomb" because of what others think! May the Holy Spirit breathe life into those spaces of your life where you and others have already written obituaries.
The hope of resurrection reminds us that what you thought was dead can live again! May you be blessed on this most special weekend, and as always, continue to Look and Live!
Rev. Dr. Arlecia Simmons, Chief Encourager
#GoodFriday #reflection #ministry #inspiration #shifttheculture #resurrection #Lent #Easter #death #newlife #journaling #entrepreneur #looknlive
|Posted on January 20, 2018 at 7:45 PM||comments (1)|
Often we become stuck in "survival mode" and it appears our minds deactivate the sensor for the things that bring us life. Those actions that give us arenaline rushes! Those areas of our lives we where humanity met divinity, and we felt God at work as we sang, danced, gave speeches, wrote, and stirred up our gifts!
Today, what is it that you miss doing because your "sensor has been deactivated"? Have you stopped singing, drawing, sewing, making bath salts, restoring engines, designing, or whatever gave you a high money couldn't buy?
What will it take for your to shift or recalibrate?
In the words penned by Donald Lawrence, "I minister to you as I minister to myself!"
After answering the above questions, pray that God would restore the gifts placed within you to "factory condition!" Hope again! Dream again! Always #LookNLive!
|Posted on December 19, 2017 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
During this season, many consume alcohol not just because it's a "drink with friends," but the alcohol suppresses the unprocessed pain experienced this year and the year before that.
For some, alcohol makes you "feel good," but for others it's about FEELING NOTHING.
May we all heal in our inward parts and experice love that is stronger than 200 proof moonshine! With prayer, work, and the love and support of others, may your new normal be a love hangover!
I know it has been a long season, and last Christmas you prayed love would find you by this Christmas. What Do the Lonely Do At Christmas? Hold on! Wait for love in action and not just a title! #looknlive