DATE AND TIME Sat, January 20, 2018 11am-2pm LOCATION Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center 5225 South Harper Avenue Chicago, IL 60615 We are so excited to invite you to our first event of the year: Vision Board Brunch 2018! January is time for us to set our plans for the year. Come write your vision in the form of a vision board. A vision board is a collage of pictures and words that represent your goals. The time frame is up to you. All supplies and Brunch will be provided. We look forward to sharing this time with you as we do every year! Let’sRead More →

I knew what I wanted.  I was very clear and direct with my prayer. “God, I’m ready to start dating to find my wife.”  While this prayer might not seem like big deal to someone else, it was HUGE for me. At that point in my life, I was trying to dig myself out of a hole. I was struggling with credit card debt and at the beginning of what would be a 140 pound weightloss journey.  I was also in transition, as I had to make one of the hardest decisions in my life – to move out of my two-bedroom bachelor pad andRead More →

When I was single, I had a season of isolation where I worked on myself. As a married man, I am bearing the fruit of the time I spent addressing my personal issues. I addressed my issue of low self-esteem, sought wisdom and understanding of my purpose in life, recognized my value and what I had to offer someone else, worked on being able to recognize when I was being “crazy”…lbvs, and really allowed God to show me true myself. During that season, I wanted to grow and mature. Because marriage was always the end goal for me, I dedicated time to healing from past hurtsRead More →

My wife and I have been more married for two and a half years. The other day, one of mom’s friends said, “I love the way you and your wife interact. You guys really get along and it’s clear that you respect each other.” I smiled and agreed with her, noting that I was blessed to have a very patient wife who I highly value and cherish. But it got me to thinking…why isn’t this the norm? Why do we live in generation where broken, dysfunctional relationships are the norm? Why is there confusion about what being in a relationship entails and how to effectivelyRead More →

It’s never too late to start living your best life. I always say and tell people that because I firmly believe it. Our power to make choices in our lives and the results of those choices ultimately determine how we feel about our existence. Our happiness, whether we believe it or not, has more to do with the choices that we make than other people or things that may be negatively affecting our lives. Although that may seem obvious, I see a lot of people complaining about their situations on social media and most of the time, in my mind, it’s an easy fix –Read More →

Last month we ran into a money crunch. We were looking over our spending and realized that we were in over our heads. Even though my husband brings home good money, we found ourselves struggling to make ends meet. When you don’t have much room in your budget, you have great taste and you have a heart to pour out to others things can get really tight. Honestly we went overboard. God has blessed us with so much, but we were not being good stewards of his blessings. We got frustrated and felt like we maybe we should sell some of our possessions or refinanceRead More →

We, the Taylor family, are very intentional about living a God-centered life.  It’s important to us that we make choices that are consistent with the word of God.  In our day-to-day functioning, my wife and I are conscious about our surroundings, who and what we expose our spirits to, what outside activities we give our time to, and most of all, that we engage in activities that are beneficial for our family. As mature Christians, we attend church service multiple times a week (not just on Sunday).  We read the Bible daily. We are active in multiple ministries, as it is our heart’s desire toRead More →

I’ve been meaning to share this post since November 22, 2015 (our first year anniversary), but with a new baby, work, ministry, more work and just my desire to fully share these thoughts regarding the first year of marriage, I just finished the blog.  I understand that everyone’s first year of marriage is different, but I thank God that ours was AMAZING, and I give all the honor and glory to Him because it could have been different, BUT GOD! 1. God has to be at the center of your marriage. There is no way around it and you shouldn’t want to have it any other way. PrayingRead More →

Conversation with my daughter on September 27, 2015 at 11:30pm: Me: Zara, daddy and mommy are tired. We were thinking about going to bed a lil earlier tonight. What do you think? ? Zara: Well, I’m not tired. And…aint mommy already sleep? Me: That’s besides the point princess. Let’s wind down and get you ready for bed. (*I got up and turned off the light*) Zara: *screams* Turn the lights back on. It’s not sleepy time and don’t you start that singing daddy…I’m not ready. *I turned the light back on and then got her dressed to take pictures. ???. She was cool with it.*Read More →

My biological father, Dennis Jerome Taylor, was killed when I was two years old.  As a result of his death, I struggled my entire childhood and most of my adult life with trying to fill a void that only a fatherless child can explain. It wasn’t until I became a mature, born again Christian, that I understood the void that I was trying to fill. You see…there is something about a father’s love that gives us security, and without it, you can feel lost or like you are walking in this world trying to figure everything out for yourself.  My mother did the best thatRead More →