A little bit about me...

 

When I left my home state of Mississippi to attend college, I told someone that there were three things I never wanted to do:

 

  1. I would never go to seminary.

  2. I would never move back to Mississippi.

  3. I would never preach.

 

Now, as a seminary graduate who preaches weekly at a United Methodist church in Mississippi, I’m still learning that God doesn’t need me to tell God what to do — or what I will do.

 

Though I was baptized in The United Methodist Church as an infant, I grew up in charismatic and Baptist churches. When I was a little girl, I would re-preach John Osteen's sermons to my dolls and stuffed animals. Then as a teenager, I felt a distinct call to ministry while on a mission trip. Despite all these signs pointing to full-time ministry, I went to college determined that this call would be on my terms, as voiced in the “nevers.”

As an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, I majored in English and mathematics and planned to attend medical school. With time and discernment, I realized that God had called me to become a different kind of physician.

I wanted to be a “doctor of the heart.”

 

God led me back to the Church of my baptism, to graduate school at Emory University, and to ordination as a United Methodist minister.  Everyday, with God’s help, I embark on the delicate work of the heart.

 

This website is part of that work.

 

Our physical hearts are intricate creations. Our spiritual hearts turned towards our Creator are even more complex. I love to write about, speak about, and think about those hearts in the creative space of writing.

 

Thank you for stopping by, and please take a moment to look around. Listen to a sermon, read a weekly Musing, research Christian yoga, or drop me a line.

 

all good things to each of you,

Pastor Darian

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Then the Lord stretched out his hand, touched my mouth, and said to me, “I’m putting my words in your mouth. This very day I appoint you over nations and empires, to dig up and pull down, to destroy and demolish, to build and plant.
— Jeremiah 1:9-10, Common English Bible