“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13 – 14
I would be lying if I said when I felt called to write, I automatically and obediently responded. I presented a number of arguments to God, arguments that I thought were valid and reasonable: I don’t have time, I don’t know what I will write, I don’t have enough people who will read what I write and follow me. Yet, all of those were clearly denied…evident by the mere fact that I sit here writing this.
I want to be open, honest, and vulnerable now as well as [hopefully] throughout this process. I do not profess to be a writer. I would not assert that I know every character of the Bible. I am not proclaiming to be the most “woke.”
So, be patient with me…I see this as a journey for me and my followers where we learn, think, read, pray, and question together.
However, I will say that I love God. I am eternally grateful for the Gospel. I have accepted Christ as my Savior. I self-identify as a Black feminist and womanist. I know God to be a God of the Oppressed and thus, I strongly believe in fighting against racial injustice while striving for racial reconciliation. I believe that God has wonderfully made Black Women in His image – hand crafted with an abundance of deep love to be loved. I refute every argument that we, as Black women, are in anyway inferior and thus to be degraded, abused or suppressed. I believe in the unique resilience, strength, and beauty of Black women as well as the power and necessity of our voices. This, I believe.
With that said, Black Women in The Word, is a movement of Black women seeking God and pressing into His presence by studying the Word. It aims to increase the visibility of Black women who are actively studying God’s word, conducting exegesis or eisegesis, or merely sharing their observations and encouragement from scripture. Thereby, it also hopes to deny the prevalent stereotype that Black Christian Faith does not include both spiritualism and intellectualism by arguing that Black individuals are Biblically Sound: (#BlackandBiblicallySound).
Furthermore, the blog Black Women in The Word, aspires to write to and for Black women by sharing personal observations, insights from readings, and more. Likewise, it desires to affirm Black women’s whole identity through scripture. In a world that often marginalizes, oppresses, and minimizes the voices of Black women, especially Christian women, I pray that this blog will do the opposite. I pray that you’ll leave the blog knowing that you are not alone in your religious, racial, and gender gender identity… I strongly believe that God, THE CREATOR, intentionally created YOU with every aspect of your identity. I’m praying that you will be reminded that you are: “Beautifully Black and Wonderfully Woman.”