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HIS Eyes Are On the SPARROWS
(My 1st non-fiction novel, my mother’s autobiography)
A little girl born and raised in the deep south must overcome a number of odds in order to grow into the strong, capable woman she has become.  As she takes you on her incredible journey of pain, heartache, and triumph, you will come to appreciate her strength, fortitude, and courage
–but above all, her deep faith that God is ever watching over her to help her endure hardships that most would never live to tell about.
Hello, everyone!  I am extremely proud and happy to announce that I am currently working on my first non-fiction novel with my mama, her autobiography!  As previously announced, the story would be fiction, but she has since changed her mind and decided that she wants it to be her autobiography.  Mama is a master storyteller, and I feel so honored and blessed that God has granted me this unique privilege and opportunity to collaborate with her on writing her life story.  🙂
As always, I’ll keep you posted regarding the progress and release date.  HAPPY READING!!!  From my heart to yours.




“For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:14)


Our bodies are indeed wonderfully made by our awesome Creator!  From the time we are born until the time we die, our bodies allow us to enjoy life in various aspects.  We are so uniquely made that our body has the ability to heal itself automatically.  Sadly though, it deteriorates over time.  When this happens, it not only affects us but also our loved ones who care deeply for us.  But how can we know when something inside us is not quite right?  Well, we get signals of various sorts that are out of the ordinary for us.  This is how we know that we may have a problem that we need to give attention to.  So does our body talk?  What do you think?

In doing my research for this post, I came across a very thought-provoking article entitled Listen to Your Body Talk.”  I’ve been having some health issues of my own lately, and this article really caught my attention because I am one of those people who pays attention to what my body is telling me.  However, since I have a high tolerance for pain and discomfort, I sometimes ignore what it’s saying.

For instance, I recently wrote a post about the numbness and tingling I am experiencing in my left hand and fingers.  For years, I have had a feeling of numbness in my left pinkie, but because it was not giving me any serious trouble, I continued to ignore it.  Especially when I would first wake up from sleeping, the sensation was more evident, and I often wondered to myself why this was so.  But again, I ignored it until a little over a month ago when I woke up one morning, and the numbness was more evident and also included my ring finger and the whole pinkie-side of my hand.

Thinking it was just a bad case of carpal tunnel, I bought a compression and support glove.  When that did not help, I finally made an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor who advised me that I had hit my elbow and injured the nerve that goes to my hand.  He then instructed me to wear an elbow pad and that if it had not improved in three weeks that surgery would probably be necessary.  The hand and upper extremity surgeon told me that this is something that has been going on for a while and has progressively gotten worse.  At the same time, I am also experiencing full-body physical and muscle weakness of which my doctor has not yet been able to ascertain the cause.  So I have been going through test after test and still have two more to be performed after my upcoming surgery for the injured nerve in my arm.

The reason I was inspired to write this post is because I have been experiencing some of my symptoms for a while.  And because I have been ignoring one of them for years, I now need surgery to correct it.  And even though I still don’t know what is causing all of my other symptoms, one thing I do know is that they are not in my head.  They are real.  This is my body, and the only other person who knows exactly what I’m feeling is God–but even He knows my body better than me.  After all, He is my Creator, the one who so wonderfully made me and every other human on this planet.  So my advice to you is (as the Body Talk article points out), listen to your body talk, and then, respect what it is telling you.

As always, this is from my heart to yours,


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“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10)

We need our power, strength, and energy in order to keep going in this troubled world we live in. We all struggle with negative feelings from time to time. But prolonged negative emotions can zap us not just mentally and emotionally but physically and spiritually. They can also cause us to do and say things that we ordinarily might not. In my first published novel, A MEASURE OF FAITH, this is what happens to Lynnette. Initially, she cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel and is so wrapped up in herself and what she’s going through that she spends the majority of her time wallowing in self-pity. Have you ever had a friend who was plagued by a personal trial to the point of constantly whining and complaining so much that you just wanted to shake them–not in a bad way–but in a good way because you love them and hate to see them suffering?

As imperfect humans, all of us can become overwhelmed at times from feelings of discouragement. However, some of us are more prone to a higher level. Stress coupled with prolonged negative emotions can affect the body and contribute to a chemical imbalance in the brain of some people, thus producing depression. This is the case with Andrea in A TEST OF FAITH. Darryl of IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH experienced a temporary bout with depression.

Whether or not a depressed individual decides to accept medical treatment is up to them. But what are some practical things we can do to help them? The Bible encourages us to comfort them. (1 Thessalonians 5:14) They need to know that they are cared about. They also need an empathetic person in whom they can confide, someone who is a good listener and very patient. They don’t want to be lectured to or judged. And even if it is not possible to completely win the battle with depression, there is still hope–God’s promise of a time when depression and everything else that causes us pain, heartache, and suffering will be things of the past. (Revelation 21:4)

From my heart to yours,