Life-Sustaining Faith

Esther 6 As I was doing my devotional homework for Priscilla Shirer's Bible study, Discerning the Voice of God, she asked us to revisit the story of Mordeci and Haman in Esther 6. You know the story. Haman had beef with Mordeci and wanted him dead. So, he prepared a ...
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Don’t Be a Vessel of Nonsense

He permitted no one to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, Saying, "Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm." Psalm 105:14-15, NKJV Anyone who knows me knows that one of my pet peeves is church nonsense. I define church nonsense as ...
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Doubt: The Dream Killer

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." ~Suzy Kassem This morning, I was driving from my Mom's house to the airport in Atlanta. Over the past twenty years, I have done this drive hundreds of times as a traveler or a driver for travelers. The trip is simple. I ...
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A Tribute to Blue Betty

Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. -Proverbs 18:24, MSG In 2010, my mother gifted me with a very dark blue 1995 BMW 525i whom I affectionately call, “Blue Betty.” Blue Betty and I have been through some adventures. From the start, it ...
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Simple Acts of Love

“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26, NKJV I have been working on a novel that is inspired by my grandmother’s life story. As I was writing one of the chapters, I had a flashback to when she would visit home from ...
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Connection, Connection, It’s All about Connection

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to ...
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Running Your Race of Life
by Vernell Howell

Marine Corps Marathon 2014 Photo
This week I am excited to feature my first guest blogger. Vernell Howell shared this powerful testimony and I asked her to share it with Love Speaks Daily. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, please let me know at artistandtheologian@gmail.com. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about ...
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A Poetic Moment in Worship

Just thought I would share something a little different today. Here is a poem from my growing collection. Hope you enjoy! Worship ©11.8.16 by Patrice Gerideau Hearts beat to Eternal drums Minds ascend to timelessness Bodies dance to Holy cadence Finding forgiveness of humanness Hands extend to heavenly home Emotions ...
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Courageous Christian

“If your brother or sister sins against you, go and correct them when you are alone together. If they listen to you, then you’ve won over your brother or sister. -Matthew 18:15, CEB This weekend, my pastor started a new sermon series called, “Courageous Christians.” I must admit, it’s been ...
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Fighting with God

Look! I’m standing at the door and knocking. If any hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to be with them, and will have dinner with them, and they will have dinner with me. -Revelation 3:20, CEB She sat there with this look of determination and ...
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There’s Nothing Wrong with Asking

“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” - Matthew 7:7-8, NRSV Last week, I interviewed for ...
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The Perfect Pathway to Peace

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. - Isaiah 26:3, NKJV This weekend at church, a fellow Wesley Alum and I found out that we attend the same church. After catching up on the latest in our post-seminary lives, she said something like, “Patrice, when ...
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A Case of Genuine Hospitality

As Jesus sat down to eat in Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners joined Jesus and his disciples at the table. Matthew 9:10, CEB Recently, I preached at Catholic University for the Washington Theological Consortium’s New Student Orientation. Even though Catholic University’s campus is at the end of my ...
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The Practical Theology of My Great Grandaunt Carrie

It has been a while since I have written about my great grandaunt Carrie, who served as my primary maternal figure from age 6 to 19. But, today, after spending the entire day at school, I am thinking about how she loved people. On a day like today, if she ...
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The Invisible Enemy

Seminary almost lulled me to sleep. It almost made me forget that I am a spiritual being having a human experience. However, I got a wake up call during the month of April. I had to remember that just because some people don’t believe in the devil does not mean ...
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Answered Prayer

Last week Thursday, I prayed a prayer asking God to help me see others so I could be of use in the body of Christ. On Saturday, He began to answer that prayer. This semester at seminary, we are required to do service learning for our Spiritual Formation course. My ...
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Better Communication

"If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. Matthew 18:15, NRSV Last week, the enemy tried to make me question my ability to communicate effectively ...
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Sisters Please Watch Your Speech. Sapphires, Be Warned!

For 20 years, some woman has interpreted every move I've made towards answering my call to ministry as a desire to get a husband. Yesterday, another installment in that saga occurred. I chose to wear one of the few dresses that still fits me, and in honor of Resurrection Sunday, ...
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How Not to Avoid Hurt

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5b, NRSV People keep asking me why I am single, and for a long time, I kept saying it is because that’s the way God wants it. However, on Sunday, a church colleague made a reference to ...
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H.A.L.T vs. S.T.I.L.L

“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NRSV) Years ago, a wise woman told me to never make a decision when I am H.A.L.T (hungry, angry, lonely, or tired). My seminary journey from August until ...
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He Will Give You the Desires, Part 2 of 2

Take delight in the Lord,     and he will give you the desires of your heart. —Psalm 37:4 (NRSV) Childhood Dreams Yesterday, we talked about making time to “take delight in the Lord,” and today, we want to considered the second part of Psalm 37:4, “and He will give you the ...
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Take Delight in the Lord,Part 1 of 2

Take delight in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart —Psalm 37:4 (NRSV) An Answer to God’s Call: God decided and I agreed that it was time to start blogging again. So much has happened since the Love Speaks Daily blog made it 2009 debut ...
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The Discipline of Simplicity

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. –Matthew 6:33, NKJV We are studying the discipline of simplicity in Bible Study. Last night our pastor asked us to ponder two questions: What is most necessary to begin to live ...
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Serving in the Spotlight

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. –Philippians 4:13, NRSV This week, unless God re-routes me, I plan to discuss things that have stopped me in my purpose tracks over the years. In retrospect, fear has always been the root of it, but the source of that ...
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Don’t Leave God Hanging

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Proverbs 4:25, NRSV For the last week or so, I have been dealing with a dental issue that causes extreme pain when I eat. I have a few more days to go before dental surgery on Friday ...
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The Increase of Decrease

“He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 (NRSV) Even though none of us desire the praise, ...
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