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Lucretia is a wife, mom of three, and a TEDx and Q Ideas speaker (Charlotte, NC, 2017). As a former college professor, she designed the popular ‘beginners’ course and study guide, What LIES Between Us: Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing. She is the creator and director of the Brownicity.com...

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  1. Good Morning Lucretia. This was an authentic, bold and honest post. Sometimes as Christians, we can forget our view is limited by traditions and more. Years ago, I am asked God to open my eyes to see people as he sees them. We are flawed with biases. We need God open to expand the capacity of our hearts, souls and eyes. We also do not have to apologize for being Christ followers. I like how you stated that also. This was a refreshing read. Thank you for sharing. God bless you!

    • Hi Ada.
      Thank you for reading. I am glad to know you can relate. We get to celebrate our growth and expansion…lol.


  2. Lucretia,
    I, too, grew up in the church and though it was a bubble of sorts, it did equip me as I moved out into the expanse beyond its borders. My upbringing helps me to refocus on God when I am apt to lose my “true north” in life. There are so many in need of God’s love, mercy, healing, and forgiveness. An amazing 85% of Americans don’t believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, nor do they see it as having any pertinence in their life – it’s just another religious book. I feel a sense of urgency in loving others the way that God has loved me so that others will come to know the awesome joy of salvation. I told my ex father-in-law (an atheist) that I loved him and I couldn’t imagine eternity without him. Years later he had a massive stroke, was partially paralyzed, and accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He told me that the simple comment I made to him had stuck with him for years and made him contemplate his eternal destination. I believe our world is groaning with end-time labor pains. We need to be about loving others as we have been loved, wherever God has placed us.
    Bev xx

    • Amen Bev!
      I have had the opportunity to witness folks rethink their disdain towards christians after they’ve spent time with people who fiercely reflect the love of Jesus. Love wins! Agape love casts out fear! We are designed to be conduits of God’s essence. And when we live love out loud, folks experience God.

      Thank you for reading and sharing your story.
      Shalom to you.

  3. I know now that am older and have been taught that we the saved are the Church not a big fancy building. We the saved make the Church. I had one time it sad by a person say this too me. She is not saved if I got saved. What Church would I go too. I said that is very good question. Because there are so many. Elim Baptist Methodist Salvation Army etc The list go on and she she said. I said what ever one you are lead too. But I began to ponder that question in my heart. I said to myself it is you get this Church teaches the Bible and Gods word this way and this Church teaches it this way. In end the end there is only one God who sent his Son to die on Cross for our sins. So there should one be one name across every Church door world wide. That is Jesus. The Minister or Pastor belonging to that Church teaching from the word of God the same Bible. Then the unsaved would like my friend who is no saved would not be saying if I got saved what Church would I go to there are so many. As then they all get the same teaching. They think their way is correct. Some do water baptism some don’t. Each Church is different to and as too what they teach and believe. So for the unsaved it can be confusing. To know what Church to belong too if got saved. We the saved are the Church not the fancy building. So the only name should be above each Church door world wide is Jesus. There is only one Bible. It teaches the true word of God. God see beyond the fancy building. God sees and loves as a individual person no matter what skin color we are. We the saved are to do the same and go out be the Church to the world. Love all people do as the true word of God the Bible says. “Jesus love me this I know for the Bible tells me so”. Love Dawn Xxx

    • Hi Dawn.
      Thank you for reading.
      A agree! We get to know God’s love and then share that love with those who may not ever know they have access to it. Jesus showed us how to do this — how to be Godly and relentlessly love all of humanity.

      Thank you for sharing.
      Shalom to you.

  4. So much truth and openness in your words. How God must rejoice when we finally get just how much he loves us and sees our progression as we walk in the way He wants us to go. I grew to have a glimmer of understanding the scope of His love and mercy as I watched my baby grow and develop. What you wrote and shared with your words is descriptive of how I felt in my beginning faith and discovery of how God really works. It was certainly much bigger and inclusive than I had imagined. What I have come to understand is that the finish line to this life’s race we are running is not on this earth. Please keep sharing all that God is teaching you. It is encouraging to all of us running along side of you. Bless you

    • Hi Loretta.
      I am grateful to have you as a running partner. Thank you for your words of encouragement. May we continue to grow forward in the revelation of God’s love.

      Shalom to you.

  5. A few years back I remember telling myself that I learned enough about God and scripture. Obviously I wasn’t correct. My heart and soul were opened up more than I expected. By Him! I have always caring for people from my heart. I grew up going to church as well. Life changes one’s heart and mind but one needs to keep our eyes and mind on God daily. Reading His word and praying. Sometimes I don’t always bible daily but I am working on it and memorization of scripture is good. I remember most of one I did in bible class at college years ago. I can still do it. Sharing God’s love with people aren’t to be shoved into their minds but showing you care about them is a good way for them to they are cared for. Over time they may meet God. Life these days need concern for others as always. God is always with us. His mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-24. I enjoyed your story! Thanks for sharing.

    • Becky,
      Thank you so much for reading my story.
      I am happy to know that I am not alone in my growth in knowing that God’s love is greater than I ever could have perceived. I am ready to keep growing in the revelation of God’s love.

      Shalom to you.

  6. Lucretia,
    I love this post. You are so right. All of us, whether in church or out of church, are God’s image-bearers. And we can learn much from our fellow image bearers. Thank you for sharing. I love your heart. And also, I’m glad to get to know another fellow North Carolinian!

    • Hi Jennifer!
      I am just north of Charlotte. Where are you in NC?
      Thank you for reading my story. And thank you for sharing your encouraging words.

      Shalom to you.

  7. I grew up in a church bubble, too. When that bubble burst after leaving home to attend a pretty liberal college, I was left with resentment toward my home church and pastor for leading me to believe that only church regulars would be going to heaven. It took many years of learning and church-hunting to reconcile those beliefs and realize that maybe it had just been my childish comprehension. Thank you for this post. What a beautiful perspective you have shared on your growth in loving all God’s people.

    • Hi Kerri!
      You’re welcome.
      Thank you for reading.
      Thank you for growing.
      Thank you for healing.
      May we continue to grow in the revelation of God’s limitless love for creation.

      Shalom to you, friend.

  8. Lucretia,

    Love does conquer all!! Far to often the world says they don’t like Christians because we act just like them. To truly bear the name Christian the mind of Christ must permeate our being. Thus we must show love towards ALL people regardless of race, color, creed or beliefs. We must know that God loves everyone just as they are warts & all-so we must do likewise. Everyone in this world is in need of God’s love, grace, mercy & care. It is important now that we go out & show God’s love in our actions & deeds. We need to move beyond our simple church upbringing. We are the church & we need to take our talk to this soul weary world. The more we do this & drop any prejudices or biases we have the more people we can win to Christ. Better yet it just may help with racism. Everyone is loving each other.

    Blessings 🙂