I’m back and blessed, here to share with you another episode of the podcast. Informal and intimate, I talk about my recent battles with depression, self care, seeking God and a therapist, setting expectations in relationships and dating practices. A little all over the place, but a lot of honesty. It feels good to be back :)
The topic that’s on everyone’s mind that’s rarely talked about: Sex and Celibacy. Let’s talk about it. This episode we talk about why God tells us to abstain, how to date while celibate and create boundaries, and I answer the questions you sent in!
We often have the audacity to tell God what we can and cannot do. We tell him we're not good enough, we're not qualified enough. sometimes we have been told over and over again that we aren't good enough and we begin to believe it. This episode we remind ourselves that we need to think bigger than our limitations.
In a world where so many are looking to money, fame, and success, we know to turn to God for true happiness. In this episode, I discuss the key to happiness and answer a question sent in by a person who finds herself for the first time not dating someone and not knowing what to do with herself.
This episode, I discuss that feeling of exhaustion we all have, plus announce give away winners!
A Love Supreme. This episode, I interview a special guest; my boyfriend! He shares his testimony of being young, gifted, and black as he navigates the spaces of being a black man who teaches and is involved in ministry. We discuss struggles, mental health, self care, and legacy, all while seeking God.
Another Minisode! I discuss managing my anxiety, and also not just praying for a blessing but actually getting ready for the blessing. Get ready for some tough love at the end!
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This episode I share an intimate look into my personal self care journey. I rip off the nice veil of #selfcare and get deep into the ways that i reach back and apologize to myself to help me heal. I talk about the Happier Mind Journal as a tool to help me grow in gratitude and ground me to help me with anxiety and other things I struggle with.
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It's a minisode! This episode I give an update on our saga with FEMA, more info on how to get involved with the podcast, and how to deal with disappointment
You got the degree...now what? This episode, with a little black girl magic, we discuss getting the path to the degree and discovering your purpose along the way. This episode I share some bible verses to help you get through each semester, I interview Danielle Bell, PhD student and founder/lead editor of Mertina Writing Services, and answer some questions you sent in for us to answer!
Bible Verses for This Episode:
Luke 12:6-7 ESV "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows."
Proverbs 2:1-5 ESV "My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God."
2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."
You've come too far to give up now, Beloved. This episode we discuss the frustrations that make us feel like giving up, and how seeking God helps us through those frustrations. In the self care section, we ask the big question: How Do You Ask For Help? Finally, I answer a question about why I don't believe in unconditional love.
Being a millennial has it's challenges; add being a black Christian and it's a whole different story! This episode Nissi interviews Gerry Fortilus, founder of "What We Wear 2 Church" who is a youth ministry leader and black millennial Christian (12:35). We discuss what's unique about this generation of Christians, the challenges we face, and issues in the black church today.
Nissi also answers a question about feeling the need to constantly fix yourself (59:00), and has a special announcement at the end of the episode (1:04:30)!
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In the words of Pastor Howard-John Wesley, "Daily you have to make a decision between doing what you are called to do, and doing what others expect you to do. Because people's expectations will add stress to your life, but God's calling adds fulfillment to your life."
You may not have found your calling because you are too busy listening to everyone else's expectations and not enough time listening to God. This is your wake up call beloved.