"Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit." - Proverbs 18: 21
Let today’s walk give you the courage that you need to say the hard things that need to be said. To whoever it needs to be said to. Even if it’s not popular. Even if no one believes you. Your truth is your truth. No more muted tongue. Let it be what it will be. No more pleading through pursed lips. Stand firm sisters. We have for generations kept secrets, swallowed lies, tolerated the intolerable for fear of what would come should we simply speak. Well, let the words come. Let them flow like the Jordan River. Spit fire with each syllable. Let the phrases burn down the walls that have caged you. Be free. Be healed. And then promise to never betray yourself with silence again.
Spiritual Warrior of the Day
Anita Faye Hill. Black woman genius. Law Professor. Born to a family of farmers in Oklahoma. The youngest of 13 children. What had she already endured before she decided, enough is enough? More than 30 years before the #MeToo movement broke through to the conscience of America, Anita Hill stood before an all-white, all-male Senate Judiciary Committee and the blaring lights of the world and spoke in graphic detail about the harassment that she had experienced in the workplace from Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas. The attacks against her character were scathing. The campaign mounted to discredit her used tactics from a playbook that has long been used to demean and diminish the experiences of Black women. But Anita Hill refused to whither. She stood tall and remained steadfast. She exhibited a level of conviction that could only come from a woman who grew up in Antioch Baptist Church, and who showed up on the first day of the trail with a personal bible in her hand that she brought from home. Oh, they thought it was going to be a game. They thought they would break her. But her calling was bigger than that moment and Anita Hill’s courage to speak her truth has inspired generations of new women to do the same.
Join us on today’s walk as we lean into the lessons that come from Anita’s story while praying to find our collective and individual voices.
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