What a beautiful way to start the day. 🎨 Thank you @cm_fargo @painternicole and @juddformoorhead for speaking on Insecurity. #CMinsecure
Just a •few• ways we are divided... . I realize not everyone knows God the same way but, dear friend - He. Knows. You. . You are seen. You are loved. You are not forgotten. . Pray with me : Heavenly Father, thank you for your never ending forgiveness. You are so good to continually give us mercy and grace even when we keep tearing each other a part in the Body of Christ. Holy Spirit, I ask you to stir in the heart of every believer today. Fire us up. Call us to action. Mobilize us. Chip away anything that does not reflect Jesus. (White Jesus, Black Jesus, colored Jesus - just Jesus). Do not let us become blind to the POWER of this man because we are caught up in what the color of his skin may or may not have been. Remind us of His LOVE, His CORRECTION, His SACRIFICE. There is POWER in just His name. Jesus, be near. Amen 🙏🏼
Listen up - as of Wednesday this week, the state of North Dakota did not recognize Juneteenth as a day to observe. . First - do you know what Juneteenth is? I didn’t. It was a holiday that kept popping up on my Google calendar year after year that I would dismiss. Shame. On. Me. If you are unfamiliar with it - go educate yourself today. . Second - Governor @dougburgum signed a proclamation on Wednesday to make June 19 a day of celebration for Juneteenth in ND. He tweeted it out and ONE news station out of Bismarck “covered it”. There is no headline about it on @inforumfm and @valleynewslive did a piece on the march happening in Fargo today that was completely fear based. . North Dakota - this is pathetic. Help educate your citizens. Don’t just sign a piece of paper so we look like we are doing our part. . Question of the day : do you know what Juneteenth is and will you talk to your kids about it?
Earlier this summer, I took this photo because I was ready to declare this summer - the summer without an @apple watch tan line. I was putting it in the drawer and saying peace out to its grip on me. You can even see where my skin had burned a little as I made the transition...⠀ .⠀ And then the whole world erupted as Black Lives Matter took to the streets. The photo I took became more than a silly plea to take a break from my watch. It became a picture of privilege, a picture of skin color, a picture of injustice.⠀ .⠀ I am not ok with what has been going on in our world.⠀ .⠀ As an online business owner, I feel it is my obligation and responsibility to use my platform for honest change and discussion. I'm going to mess up. I won't get this right. But I am committed to opening my eyes and my mind. I hope you stick around for the journey.⠀ .⠀ We are going to start talking about hard things in this space. You are welcome to stay and participate. I understand if you unfollow and leave me. If you are a mom in the trenches and you are determined to have hard conversations with your kids, you are my people. Let's do this.⠀ .⠀ No one had hard conversations with me as I grew up. My mom kept saying someday and then she died before someday happened. I won't do that to my kids. I will answer every question no matter how uncomfortable it makes me. I will encourage them to keep asking questions even when they are told to stop.⠀ .⠀ So let's get started with a question, the question that stopped me in my tracks. I am not a racist but am I ANTI-racist?⠀ .⠀ I hope we have a discussion below.⠀ ⠀
Just some thoughts.
I’m just a white momma from small town ND. I’m embarrassed it took the most recent tragedies to realize I need to use my voice. Yes, I teach my kids kindness and love but that is not the same as actively contributing to change. It’s passive. The world doesn’t need more passivity. We need change. . What are you going to do TODAY to use your voice against injustice? These can be simple steps to move forward. Little by little. Day by day. The point is : we have to keep evolving EVERY day. Here’s a list. . 1. Educate yourself. Buy a book. Listen to a podcast. Watch a video. The resources are endless. 2. Talk to your kids. Ask them questions about what they have learned in school. Most kids think the division between race was in the past. It’s a history lesson. We need to keep teaching. 3. Donate & Vote. Your dollars and your vote matters. Make them count. 4. Pray for the human race. For all people. For your own sin. Ask God to reveal your blind spots. Do the heart work. . What else? What are you going to do today?
Yesterday I posted a picture and a joke about finally getting to Target through this quarantine. . I truthfully didn’t realize how ill timed it was given the injustice going on in Minneapolis right now. . I didn’t receive any backlash. No one DM’d me or sent me harsh feedback. Everyone nicely giggled and gave it a ❤️. That’s usually what I’m here for - to lighten the mood and I love you all for that. I thank God for the gift of humor. . 💔But I cannot shake this. . What happened to George Floyd (and sadly others before him) is unacceptable. The continued racism and injustice in our world is unacceptable. Our silence is unacceptable. . I don’t want to stay silent yet I struggle to find the words. I have so much to learn so I can teach my kids how to love better. Living in small town USA is not an excuse to avoid learning how to do better. It’s easy to hide out here and hope conflict doesn’t find us. And that’s also unacceptable.