And Does God want us poor?

J. Cole’s 2018 album, KOD, features a song called ATM.

The song — which is actually short for “Addicted to Money” — details society’s deep obsession with wealth and distorted relationship with money.

By the end, Cole makes his feelings about wealth clear by calling the accumulation of it a…

On the night of July 26th, 2018, my older brother was shot and killed over approximately $600 worth of merchandise.

Someone wanted what my brother had, and they figured it’d be easier to get it if they took his life.

There were many late nights filled with grief; wet pillow…

Date with your heart AND head

Love is a mix of logic, will, and emotion. All three are necessary ingredients.

Yet, emotion is usually the driving force behind our decisions. Decisions that have long-term consequences; like who and how we date.

We crave the feels. But if those feels throw you off focus, what happens?

You…

My relationship with God is the most important thing in my life.

Why? Because I tried doing life without Jesus for a while…

Wouldn’t recommend it.

A series of consequences nearly broke me at a soul level. Thankfully, Jesus did the thing only he can do.

He met me where…

The Road to Redemption

We get so wrapped up with this world and the things in front of us that we forget everything here is actually temporary. I’ll be the first to admit that a big closet full of stylish clothes and shoes, nice houses, fancy dinners, fun vacations, and lots of money is…

All sex, no feels.

Today, people want what they want — and they want it fast. The desire to quickly outrun feelings of loneliness often makes singles rush into relationships. Whether they’re built to last is a different story.

Overlooking the things I’m about to share with you may lead you into a situation(ship)…

A guide for serial daters who are ready to get out the game.

When I get old, I’ll be able to look back at my early 20’s and say “I dated a lot.” I’d be able to recall both pleasant and not-so-pleasant memories of dating as an old-soul millennial, which I see as a blessing.

The blessing lays in the information. If you’re…

Decisions are empowered when you’re clear on why you’re making them. Get clear on your values, and box out anything that works against your mission.

Values are like a compass, or a map. Perhaps a GPS. The road is life, and values align you with the direction of your journey. Without them, we’d all be lost, and frankly unfulfilled. Clarifying your values is a fundamental step in designing and living the life that you personally…

Consideration for the system in charge of our survival responses.

Your brain is a 3-lb powerhouse. During times of crisis, the deliberate use of this small, yet complex system is what will fortify your mind, sustain your health, and protect your well-being.

The limbic system is perhaps the most important…

During high-stress times, how you speak to yourself matters.

Those who have had the pleasure of practicing daily affirmations know how powerful they can be. When practiced consistently, the use of intentional language can calm the mind, reshape counter-productive thoughts, and establish constructive patterns. …

Britney A. Stephenson, MCC

Faith-fueled life coach. Here’s what happens when I get my thoughts out of my head & make them make sense on paper.

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