|Posted on December 4, 2017 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Praise God for a weekend of rest and renewal!
After a quick trip to Savannah to do some further study of Gullah/Geechee culture and an impromptu birthday celebration for a friend, I’m rejuvenated to finish December STRONG!
Finishing the month strong means finishing the year strong. 2017 has been a year for the books, literally. The past six months have alone reminded me God is a God of miracles who is our ever-present help in the time of trouble.There’s trouble that just comes with the adventures of living in the land of the living, and then there’s trouble we bring to ourselves. Yep, we contribute to some of our trouble.
Recently I realized that I’ve been spending too much time getting ready in the morning. More specifically, I’ve been spending significant time looking for black socks. Not only was my lack of planning causing my trouble, but also continuing this search over and over was costing time. Inevitably time always cost us money.
During my time in Savannah, I stopped into a store and purchased 6 pairs of black socks. Yep, two different styles of black socks. I was “too shame” that I had gotten so frustrated before departing that I simply put on two different socks and kept it moving. It took a matter of 15 minutes for me to solve a problem that I began to have since the weather changed.
While the purchase of socks was a simple answer to my recent troubles, it reminded me that there are other areas of our lives that cost time and inevitably money.
As I approach and prepare for 2018, I’ve started to assess what else looks like my drawer of mismatched socks.
What is it that you’ve been “rigging” and trying to make work when its season is past due?
What are you holding on to that no longer functions, matches, or will serve you where you are headed?
In what area of your life are you wearing 'mismatched socks' and masking it as having it all together? I could go on and on with the questions, but there’s some rearranging of my own “drawer” that continues.
On this #MotivationalMonday, may you have warm feet that run to get your own “sock drawer” in order! And as always, continue to #looknlive!
|Posted on October 22, 2017 at 3:55 PM||comments (1)|
It's that time of year to start thinking about #holiday gifts. If you start early, you can be intentional with your gift-giving. I love gifts with stories attached. I just love gifts; it's one of my #love languages!
For example, I recently wanted to leave a gift with the unit that had invited me for a #Gullah presentation. Because I had a few months to think and prepare, I was able to gift the Center a #sweetgrass #ornament that had been made by the young son of the sweetgrass artisan who made the earrings I wore that evening.
I had a story to share because not only was the gift rare, but also purchased directly from its producer.
As I presented the gift, I could share that story as a sign of hope for the preservation of the #culture!
#Christmas #Kwanzaa #hospitality #sharing #lovelanguages #digginfortreasure
If your group or organization would like to learn more about Gullah culure, send an email to [email protected] to book a presentation or by Dr. Arlecia Simmons.
|Posted on October 10, 2017 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
I pray you are well as you read these words.
One of the ways my faith was framed was in the churches of the South Carolina Lowcountry, more specifically the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Nestled in the residential community of what was once considered the Accabee Plantation is where I heard the songs of Zion, some of which were in the hymnal and others that were stored in the memories of the saints.
To this day, there are songs I’ve never seen written lyrics for even after numerous Google searches. As I watch my hometown of Charleston, S.C. transition into a gentrified community where Gullah natives are seen more as “tourist attractions” than residents, I am led to continue the work of preserving Gullah-Geechee culture.
These days, I’m excited to share some of those songs and the history of my Gullah-Geechee people in presentations, lectures, and workshops. The first time I publicly “owned” my Gullah-Geechee identity took place in a classroom at Winthrop University. For my informative speech I talked about a history and culture I had only heard bits and pieces about before I did my intensive research. We just lived it; we didn’t talk about. We be who we be cause dat who us be!
On Sept. 28 I had an amazing opportunity to share my heritage and musical offerings on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Here’s a snippet of a classroom talk that was a preview of the evening lecture. Take a listen at http://bit.ly/GullahGal.
If you are or your college, group, or organization would like to sponsor a program on Gullah culture, feel free to contact me at [email protected]
|Posted on September 22, 2017 at 1:40 AM||comments (0)|
Domestic violence is no respector of person, and both men and women can find themselves being loved to death. A few weeks ago, I was troubled after reading a story of a young woman who could have easily been a friend. I address the possible events surrounding her death in a post published at For Harriet.
|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 11:30 PM||comments (0)|
Christians have a communal faith. We can't have a "well, my hood is good" mentality.
Your cul-de-sac may be quiet today, but it may not stay that way!
We don't have to be in Charlottesville to confront the powers and principaliites that have ignited the fires in Charlottesville.
They're in our respective zip codes, too.
Prayers for all who will mount the sacred desk and operate as a prophet in a midst of the people! #anetimetobescared
#whoismyneighbor #resist #Charlottesville
|Posted on July 1, 2017 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
I’m working on my next book, which I am hoping to release by the end of 2017. Let me rephrase that, my next book that WILL be released by Christmas. I went to a familiar research site as I write and think out its reach: the book aisle.
Are you working to release a literary offering by year’s end? Here’s a short video that may help you figure out what genre your book may find it's home in.
Visit http://bit.ly/lelebook. Leave a comment below about your writing process!
|Posted on June 26, 2017 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Some days we submit "Prayers of Petition" and other days we submit "Pray Requisitions."
The latter is often submitted with some expectation and knowledge of the exact "fund" or "account" from which the requisition will be "paid" or answered. Additionally in some systems, a requisition could take multiple approvals or signatures. In college, I spent my summers filing paperwork that had found its way through procurement, accounts payable and systems accounting! Getting requisitions paid was a process!
This morning as I cried out to God on a matter, I amended my request by expressing to God that however the need was addressed would be just fine with me. I stopped suggesting to the omniscient God the ways my request could be "funded."
I am not going to expect it to come from the South if you want to send it from the West. I am not going to expect a contract for work if you choose to send it as an unexpected love gift. I am just going to stand still and see the goodness of the Lord. I am going to get out of God's way! God doesn't need me on the advisory counsel. In the words of the old saints "Anyway you fix it (bless me) will be alright with me!" Amen.
|Posted on June 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Looking and living means leading an abundant life in ALL seasons. Please click on bit.ly/lnl7
|Posted on June 23, 2017 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
Some days Facebook does more than waste time.
Recently in one of the groups I follow, the administrator encouraged members to brag about themselves. I don't do this well, although I sure some would say I do it all the time.
The prompt actually reminded me that I needed to update my bio on this site. As I updated the info, I was reminded of God's faithfulness. It's so easy to try and compare our lives and ministries against those we follow on social media. Yep, we can get caught up in their invitations and "mics" without recognizing God's work in your own lives.
While looking at someone else's accomplishments can inspire you to strive or run harder, please make sure it doesn't drive you insane. Don't allow yourself to forget the ways God has used you. Yes, even if you haven't had the "big" experiences. If you woke up that day and participated in it, it was a big experience. You showed up!
Although "we have this ministry," I am fully aware that my ministry and others who are "preaching paint off walls" and "wrecking pulpits" is quite different. We all have different preaching styles, voices, and anointings. There's more than enough people to be saved, healed, delivered, and set free!
So if you are worrying about why your ministry, business, or work doesn't look like someone else's, consider the work you are assigned to do is a unique one.
Consider how God moves in YOUR life.
Consider the people you have been called to serve.
Consider that not every organization, person, pulpit or podium is your assignment.
Consider that you are a peculiar person made in God's image!
Don't forget the story is still being written, and there's plenty good room for all of us!
|Posted on June 21, 2017 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
While celebrating my birthday in ATL a few weeks ago, I had this providential conversation that I first dismissed as a random encounter. A friend from childhood and I were trying to figure out how to eat a gyro and box of ribs without a chair or table. So little Ms. Sunshine Tonetta goes to this woman's tent and asks if we can just stand at an adjacent table.
The woman proceeds to say her friends have gone so we can even sit down. We sit down and begin eating with bbq and Tzatziki sauce everywhere. We're talking about what we're talking about, and the sister who is hosting us eventually joins in. She finally says "What exactly do you do?"
Well, that's a complicated answer but I told her that I was a minister and a "Divine Content Producer." She began to tell me about her work, and how she is a corporate event planner. We began to discuss my budding comedic ministry, and honey, she gave it to me straight-no-chaser.
She told me "the difference between the people who get booked who aren't that good and the people who are sitting on the sidelines critiquing is the people who got booked showed up:"
She encouraged me to get as much video as I could, and to grab a mic when possible. Video? (Convo in my head: Doesn't she know I'm just working on this thing? I had formal education for everything else, but I might have to learn this thing from YouTube. I can't go out there and make a fool of myself.)
Well, what she said to me stayed with me. "Arlecia, you just have to go out there. You might fail. But you'll learn. You'll figure it out. You always figure it out! Two days later, I booked a show that was 5 days away. I hadn't done anything else in two months, so I was on the fast track to getting it together.
Oh, did I say I needed to drive from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., to accomplish this revelation?
I got to DC, bought a dress, had to run errands before the event so I ended up going to the gym to shower and change, put my makeup on in the car, and finally offered under 8 minutes of funny -the audience members were gracious. And as providence would have it, the emcee for the event was a former writer for Saturday Night Live who offered some great advice and critique about what she had seen. She was filling in for someone, but only God would have our paths to cross on that night.
I did it. I conquered my fears. I launched out into the deep. I took a risk. I trusted God. I did all of this and didn't pass out. Oh, and I was rather cute.
So as the sister said in the park, the difference between those who end up on the stage and those who are on the sidelines critiquing is the person on the stage showed up. I SHOWED UP!
Check out me showing up at : http://www.looknlive.com/out-of-order-comedy