The Ultimate Comforter

I don’t know about you, but that pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named has really taken a hold on my life more than I thought it would. We all know what happened to that whole idea of two weeks to slow the spread right? I found it so difficult to find comfort with everything that was going on in the world and directly in my community. I was STRESSED to say the least. I missed my students, I missed my friends, I missed my family, and I missed life as I used to know it - pre-panini. Yup, I named this pandemic so many things to help me cope and panini is probably my favorite. When I get so overwhelmed and stressed I usually go to my sweet pup, Kovu, or I lean on my “people” to help me get through it first. Yes I love my sweet Kovu and yes the community of people I have surrounded myself with is a supportive and loving one but I wasn’t seeking Him to help me get through it. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled

Sisterhood, Now More Than Ever!

We need sisterhood now more than ever in a semester that looks different and can be very isolating. You deserve this reminder: You have value in this organization and the value you give to this organization is equal if not more! Dr. Christina Watlington, a licensed clinical psychologist, points out the benefits of sisterhood in this article. She defines sisterhood as, “ an emotional bond between women, not always related by blood. In a sisterhood, female friends tell the truth, honor each other, and love each other like sisters. And when you have this type of bond, there are a countless number of benefits.” She lists several of those benefits: “Sisterhood can have a calming effect. Female bonding helps to manage stress.” “A sisterhood helps us to live better. Studies have found that as women age, we are less likely to develop physical impairments and more likely to lead a joyful life when we have lots of friends.” “Sisterhood cures loneliness. Loneliness can increase blood pressure, s

Power of Prayer

Sigma Alpha Omega as a sisterhood is unique from other sisterhoods in that it transcends wordly relationships.  We (alumnae, honorary, active, associate, inactive) sisters are connected to one another beyond time and space and our finite brainpower - we’re connected through Jesus!   I also think it is fitting that we are a group of women, and women are discovering our strength and power in today’s sociopolitical climate like no other generation before us.   Rather significantly, a phrase that has become a sort of anthem for women today is: “empowered women empower women.”  In order to make the most of our position as an organization of Christian women leaders, the National Board of Trustees began its February business meeting in corporate prayer with one another.  The trustees were encouraged to pray over one fellow board member, one sister of SAO (whether they be alumnae, active, or other), and one woman that may not be known to the group (even if she was just lifted in name, with

The Sermon on the Mount

“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?” Matthew 7:4 ESV This verse comes at the end of the famous Sermon on the Mount. To provide you with some more background knowledge to better understand the meaning and intention behind this verse, and how it applies to Christian leadership.  The Sermon on the Mount comes in the early days of Jesus’ ministry, and provides Christians with a guide to living life for God. The Sermon covers a variety of topics such as, prayer, religious law, fasting, salvation, and judging people. This is also where we are given the Beatitudes, God’s blessings to us, and the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus’ call to us is to hold ourselves to a higher standard than those around us. As a Christian, we are meant to be leaders in this world and act visibly different than society. In the first few verses of Matthew 7, Jesus outlines the importance of not judging others. Keeping in mind that th

When the Holidays Are Not Jolly

There is so much joy around the holiday season. There are cookies to bake, presents to wrap, lights to be seen, traditions to be upheld, songs to be sung, and family to be surrounded by. However, what about when the holidays are not jolly and wrapped up with a perfect Christmas bow? When there is a loss in your life, when the funds don’t allow for gifts, when you feel forgotten, when you feel unloved, when you feel like everyone is happy except for you, when your family may not always be around or close enough to see - these are the things we don’t always talk about that happen during the holiday season because we want everything to look and feel perfect and jolly. However, for many people this is a reality that they live every holiday season. A reality that to be perfectly frank, sucks. However, the very reason for the holiday season is because Jesus was born and he was born for a purpose. “A child is born to us! A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called, “W

Have You Ever Felt Different?

Have you ever felt different?  I have felt like I don’t fit in with society or what’s cool probably my entire life.  I’m not sure it helps that I am an artist, who feels constantly told what I do has 0 value in the ‘real world’.  Although these people saying this don’t realize how much art rules our world.  But this is a different topic for a different time.  Or since becoming a mom, goodness!  Becoming a mom has for sure showed me I’m different than other moms.  Sometimes chatting within a group of moms is terrifying! Most of the time I embrace it, it doesn’t bother me.  But the last few years (yes years!) I’ve let it get the best of me.  I’ve let the world dictate to me what’s important, who is important, and how unimportant I am.   I’ve been playing the comparison game strong for a couple of years now.  Which has just come to a head in the last month or so when I’ve had to tell myself enough is enough! With social media, it’s incredibly easy to live in a headspace of comparing yo

Like Water Off A Duck's Back

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2 Have you ever watched water run off a duck’s back? That’s how you should treat unkind comments. ‘But they hurt my feelings,’ you say. Stop and think about that: if they are really your feelings, others have no control over them, other than what you give them. The truth is, almost everybody is more preoccupied with themselves than with you; therefore, you know more about yourself than they will ever know. It’s not what others say about you that counts. It’s what God says about you and what you say about yourself that counts. When you know who you are, you won’t allow others to define your worth. Jesus knew that His accusers were ignorant; that’s why they feared Him. People fight what they don’t understand. The mind tends to resent what it cannot master. Jesus never begged anyone to believe in Him. Why? Because He knew that integrity cannot be proven, it must be discerned. S