Lately, I've been greeting the start of every month with an air of triumph!
By the grace of God, you made it through another month! Way to go, Dara!
I know it seems a bit odd, but it's all part of my way of keeping the focus on my
. In an effort to be kinder to myself, I'm honoring the smallest things, as well as the larger victories; Both are important. Further, I want to draw attention to the aspects of my life that I enjoy--it helps me maintain a soft and grateful heart, one that is open and accepting.
Enjoying the weather here in Phoenix! Yesterday morning, in particular, we witnessed the most glorious fog. It faded away as the day wore on, so I'm incredibly happy we took the time to play in it (and snap some pics).
Watching this stunningly-executed video by BeautybyJJ! So perfect and so inspirational.
Listening to the Film Scores station on Pandora. It makes both writing and reading more enjoyable.
Reading several works by the likes of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Octavia Butler! Words cannot convey how meaningful it has been to immerse myself in literature by, for, and, about Black womanhood. It is truly life-affirming.
I've also been spending time with my bible, specifically the New Testament. This passage from Philippians was so delicious, I had to read it a few times just to make sure I didn't miss a morsel.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to the know the power of his resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:7-11 (NIV)
Celebrating my sweet Joy's nine months on the planet, as well as Black History Month!