Deacon Brown’s Daughters

Just wanted to share the amazingly good (like Ephesians 3:20!) of what’s going on with the film, Deacon Brown’s Daughters, which CaSandra McLaughlin and I wrote and later created a movie around this book. As some of you know, we finished it in the summer of 2018. It was shopped around by an agent for a while. Then we entered the CapCity Black Film Festival this year and won Best Feature film. Hallelujah! That was an amazing moment.

Our friends and family and cast members were too, too excited for us and we’re so thankful to God for the recognition!

And now we’re sharing the news with media to spread awareness about the film and it’s message. Here’s the local Fox4News Interview:

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We’ll let you know when it’s available for viewing!!!

Is this you?

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  • Have you been putting off writing or publishing your book because you just don’t know what to do?
  • Tired of feeling guilty about not walking in your purpose?
  • Needing to talk with someone about making changes in your marriage, but don’t want your business “in the streets”?

I’m here for you! Yes. For real for real. I get calls, email messages, and texts every week from people who need everything from a detailed relaunch plan to a brainstorming partner to some Scriptures to pray for their marriage. Most of the time, I have to decline because I just don’t have the time to set aside my own work and focus on others. But you know what? That’s gonna change. Helping people is part of my work. The truth is: I love people! And I want to help everyone who desires my help and expertise to achieve their God-ordained purpose. That includes you!

So, if you’d like to schedule a consultation with me, click here:


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And this month (my birthday month!) I’m offering a 10% discount so that YOU can birth a great thing in your life! The discount code is: HBDMICHELLE

I look forward to being a part of your success!

Hope to see you soon!


Marriage 9-1-1 Webinar Series

Hey there! If you know me, you KNOW one of my greatest passion is to help women learn to thrive in sometimes (or all the time!) difficult marriages. Feb. 5-7, I’m hosting a LIVE webinar at my WarriorWivesClub Facebook page.

Until then, sign up to get your workbook, save the date, and get ready to grow in our time together!

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Newlywed and Learning New Things Already!

Hello there! If you know me, you know I have a heart for helping wives. Let me introduce you my favorite newlywed: Tamara Davis – oops! Debose! I was blessed to travel from Dallas to Florida attend her wedding to Mr. Chris DeBose in September of this year. It was a blessed occasion, a wedding where God was the center of the ceremony indeed!

Now, just so you know, this was actually my first time meeting Tamara. She’s one of my long-time loyal readers, a huge Mama B fan, and we are grandma-twins (her granddaughter is exactly 2 months older than mine). We both love to laugh and we love the Lord, so I couldn’t miss the opportunity to travel to Florida along with another friend and witness the nuptials.

Photo by Above Brand Photography

So, now that she’s married, you know I couldn’t wait to interview her for my Wife Chat. After only one month of marriage, she’s already learning new things about her husband, and they’ve had to stand together against an attack only hours after saying their vows!

Click here to listen to Tamara’s wife chat and many more!

If you would like to share your wisdom with wives, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email: contact @

Latest Release – Step of Faith


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Hello there!

I hope you are enjoying Spring wherever you are. It’s beauty surprises me every year. No matter what’s happening in the world, who’s being investigated, who’s fighting whom, or what dangers lurk ahead, the flowers remind me that He is yet on the throne!

Speaking of fresh beginnings, I hope you’ll enjoy meeting Ms. Frenchie Davenport, the main character in a new series of books I’m co-authoring with CaSandra McLaughlin. The series is called “Magnolia Gardens”, which is the name of the senior living facility where Frenchie recently moved. She’ll meet a cast of characters who will become her new family. They’re really not the problem. It’s her “old” family that’s causing all the issues! What’s she to do about a grown son who thinks he’s entitled to her money? And what about the daughter who rarely keeps in touch? These are the kinds of things we face as we age and our loved ones age, too.

You can check out the video of Cassandra and I talking about this series here. (Note: We’ve been told that we’re quite a team on camera as well!)

I pray that this series will be a blessing to you and that you’ll grow to love the characters as much as we do!

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My Intermittent Fasting Story


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Hey there!

I hope this blog post finds you all transitioning into a wonderful spring!

Well, this post isn’t about books or writing. It’s about something I’ve been asked to share based on a Facebook post I made on my birthday last week. It was about my recent weight loss (43.6 pounds in 3 months) and change in eating.


For the record, I think my daughter’s camera made me look skinnier than I am – LOL!

Several people tagged me and inboxed me asking for details about my experience with Intermittent Fasting (IF) and exactly what I’ve done. So instead of responding individually, I thought I’d just write a blogpost and share with everyone.

Let me first say that I am not a dietician, health expert, lawyer, doctor, or anybody who is any authority to give you medical advice. Take this as a personal testimonial and consult with a physician as you would before starting any diet.

How it started for me

My issue with fitness was not necessarily eating too much or even emotional eating. I just ate way too much fast food, and I ate at irregular intervals. Something else that probably contributed to gaining weight for me was a partial hysterectomy in late 2016. Though that procedure is not “supposed” to cause weight gain, umm….it did for me. I would eat my normal diet and still gain weight. Not a lot of weight at once, but, say, half a pound a month. I wasn’t so much concerned about my health (I believe my health is in Christ), I was concerned about my level of fitness and what that slight but steady weight gain would mean for me over time.

Well, in December of 2017, I started doing Alternate-Day-Fasting (ADF) which is a form of Intermittent Fasting (IF). Basically, the way I do ADF has been to eat low-carb foods on “feed” days.

Tips & Advice

Side effects I’ve experienced: Bad breath, heartburn, insomnia, and the interesting phenomenon of how people reacted when I told them I was fasting–as in NOT EATING for a whole day–every other day. 

If you’d like more, detailed information about my Intermittent Fasting journey, please download my book from the Amazon store. It’s FREE for Amazon Prime users, only 99¢ for all others!



Mama B is Back!

Hello everyone! Whew! I know it’s been a while since I published a Mama B book – two years, actually. I can’t believe it took me THAT long to return to her wisdom, her wit, and the characters. I missed them tremendously, but I truly had a bunch of other stuff come up over these past years. Not the least of which is my sweet granddaughter.


She’s growing up!

This one here keeps me busy – in a good way! Watching her grow up through a grandmother’s eyes is something for which I’m truly grateful.

I also accepted a full-time, grant-funded position working with teachers to create and share research-based lessons. It’s a lot of fun and very gratifying, but it’s also a lot of work because of the “grant” status. I’ve made some new friends and gotten a chance to view teaching and learning in a different light. I’ll decide when the grant is over if I’m ready to stay in full-time get-up-and-comb-your-hair-every-day world!

Anyhow, now that THE WAIT IS OVER, Mama B is back with Frank, Son, Debra Kay, and some new characters that I hope you’ll enjoy as well.

Mama B: A Time for Peace finds Mama B away from Peasner, TX, in unfamiliar surroundings and out of her usual schedule. Though Mama B has a strong relationship with the Lord, the stresses of life outside her normal routine cause her to lose sight of things and lean to her own understanding rather than consult with the Lord about every matter.

This, of course, is something I’m dealing with in real-time right now! The changing of life-seasons, a new schedule, working with new people, splitting time between writing and working outside of home–these are all things that compete for my attention. And, like Mama B, I have had to make my “prayer closet” mobile, stealing away for quiet moments at lunch, in my car, or whenever I can grab them.


The mobile prayer closet!

I know we are to pray unceasingly (which is something I am learning all the more, too). But the quiet, uninterrupted, dedicated time alone with God is so sweet to me. I NEED IT!

I pray that my story and Mama B’s latest adventure will encourage you to live life in the fullness of Christ wherever you might go, whatever you might find yourself doing!


Mama B: A Time for Peace



Who Killed My Husband?


I  know, I know…it’s a different kind of title. (Thankfully, my husband is still alive – we’re looking forward to celebrating our 24th anniversary soon!)

But this story, Who Killed My Husband, did make me look at relationships differently. Believe it or not, we are not in control of the entire universe. And we can pray effectually, but we don’t always immediately see things the way God sees them. Even the prophet Elisha was stumped by why God didn’t reveal something to him ahead of time–and he was truly close to the Lord! (2 Kings 4:27)

My main character, Ashley Crandall, is growing in her relationship with the Lord while it seems her husband, Allan, is not. He doesn’t even look like he’s trying to grow in the knowledge of Christ. Their marriage was recently shaken by the loss of their only child, which has placed yet another wedge between them.

This fast-paced story starts with the death of Ashley’s husband but ends with a lesson about life that she’ll never forget…and I hope you won’t forget the lesson, either!

Speaking of Fathers…

Deacon Brown’s Daughters, which I co-authored with CaSandra McLaughlin, has opened up a whole conversation with fellow authors and acquaintances who grew up without their natural fathers. It’s been interesting to hear their stories and learn how, even as adults, they are forming new relationships with their dads.

One of the most interesting stories came from Carla Butler. Though she had seen pictures of a man she didn’t know while growing up, no one would tell her who that man was. No one would talk about her Daddy. Carla didn’t start demanding answers until she was an adult. She met her father when she was 30 years old and spent her first Father’s Day with him when she was 50.  She wrote about her experience in getting to know herself, her biological father, as well as her Heavenly Father in her book: This Little Girl’s Journey

I’m always curious about how things are going once estranged family members meet. In Carla’s case, she says, “Initially, the relationship seemed to be progressing quite  nicely. We talked  on the phone  regularly, mostly me calling him.He would send nice cards and for holidays or my birthday, he often would send a token of love. We seemed to have good conversations about everyday things, not much about the family.

After meeting my second sister for the first time that Father’s Day, I came home with lots of questions. She looked so very different from me or the sister I had met years prior. Apparently me writing him a letter asking questions caused a distance between us. At this point, he will answer and talk when I call him but he no longer sends cards or initiates phone calls.”

Some of the people who have read Deacon Brown’s Daughters wanted more information–did Stanley and Yolanda start a new relationship? What about Debbie? Will he be able to have a relationship with Sabrina without Valerie’s interference? Though I’m completely in control of what happens with a fictional novel, life itself can make some unexpected turns!

Whether your relationship with your father is great, rough, or nonexistent, I pray that you will take a moment to thank the men in your life how have contributed to the wonderful person you are today. It’s not easy being a man. And not every man was ready to be a father when that time came. But for many of us, it’s not too late to move forward. The relationship may not look like a traditional father-child relationship, but it might be a pretty picture nonetheless.

Happy Father’s Day!

Be Blessed!

Part 2 – Why I Renounced Membership in a Greek Sorority and Why I’m Compelled to Tell Others

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This is a continuation of the article about renouncing my sorority. I’d like to answer some of the questions frequently asked by people with whom I’ve shared my change of heart.

Q: What, exactly, did you see in the books that made you want to leave your particular sorority?

A: With respect to the beloved women I know in the organization, I am not going to share specifics they still hold sacred. I will tell you, however, that the national hymn, the numerous references to the wisdom from a goddess (rather than God), substituting /re-wording parts of Scripture with sorority/Greek stuff, and the end-of-life ceremony symbolically committing our souls to the great eternal chapter are all serious problems for me. [As I understand it, several Greek organizations perform such rites when a member dies.]

Q: I don’t idolize my Greek letters. I put God first in everything I do. Isn’t this a personal issue that every believer needs to decide for himself/herself?

A: Some people will idolize anything—a sorority, a football team, their boyfriend. This is another issue altogether.

For me, there was never a question of whether or not God was first place in my life. The question was whether or not the pledge to the sorority should have any place in my life.  I had to ask myself: Could I imagine Jesus holding up a sorority/fraternity sign? Would Jesus repeat these words in my sorority doctrine/pledges? Would He sing this national hymn? My answer is: No, I can’t imagine Him doing any of those things. Why not? Because He had a very singular purpose in life: to bring glory to the Father. I cannot imagine Him–in all His holiness and wisdom and power–pledging to a Greek society. And since I actually believe He lives in me, I want my agenda to match His. This, of course, is an ongoing process in me. Leaving the sorority was just one of many things  laid aside on this journey of conformation to the image of Christ, and I’m sure there are more to come.

Q: Do you think all Christians should renounce their Greek letters?

I can’t answer intelligently because I haven’t read all of their books.

But I do think every believer has an obligation to find out if what they are doing is in line with the living Word (Jesus) in them and make informed choices. Revisit everything you do—what you watch, what you hear, what you celebrate, and yes, your Greek letter organization. Nothing is above the Word.

[A side note here: To date, I still have not had this discussion about with anyone in the sorority who has actually read the books in their entirety. I also heard from someone who pledged in the 60s that they didn’t have any sorority “books” back then. So it’s possible there’s an older group of sorority members who didn’t pledge with the same words/ceremonies  as subsequent members.]

If you are hesitant to even cross-examine your books, you have to ask yourself, “Why am I resisting holding up the light of God’s Word to these books?”  Isn’t it worth knowing whether or not you are representing something that displeases your true first Love every time you put on your shirt? Even if you prayed before you pledged decades ago, isn’t your walk with God and your understanding of the Scriptures deeper now than when you were 19? Over the years, hasn’t He opened your eyes to plenty of things you once thought were fine but you now realize are not beneficial or have no eternal value?

These are serious questions, indeed. I’m asking you to do the work and find the answers, not rely on the understanding you had years ago or even what a whole bunch of other people have believed for the past 100 or so years. Ask God the questions. Let Him know that whatever He shows you now, you will obey fully.

Should you come to the conclusion that there is no conflict, carry on.

I actually have a dear sister in Christ (in a different sorority) who wears her Greek shirt and hangs with her sorority sisters solely as an opportunity to minister. She’s not active, she’s not financial—she just knows the only reason some of them will give her an opportunity to share the gospel is because she’s wearing those colors. Basically, she’s undercover with a very intentional purpose. That is the direct assignment He gave her when she prayed about her sorority involvement.

God strategically places people for His purposes. Who am I to say how He can or can’t use someone?

However, IF you prayerfully read your books AND  you come to the conclusion that there is definitely conflict between the Word and your organization (and you are not appointed to a divine undercover mission) I pray that you will  renounce and share your testimony to save others the trouble of pledging to something that brings them out of alignment with God’s perfect will. Know that you are soooooo not alone! Just like there’s a bunch of folk who pledged, there’s also a growing bunch of folk who have walked away for the cause of Christ. Google it! You’ll find websites and plenty of Youtube video testimonials to this effect.

 Q: So you think you’re more holy than my Pastor/mentor/parent who is a proud member of a Greek letter organization?

A: The question itself is misguided. I am not the standard. Neither is your pastor/mentor/parent. Jesus is the standard. The Word is the measure of what is true and what is right and what is best.

Q: Why are you trying to break up the black community? The Divine9 organizations help push our agenda!

 A: The “Black Agenda” is not synonymous with the “Kingdom Agenda.” And just because something claims to be founded on “Christian principles” doesn’t mean it glorifies God.

Q: But these organizations do a lot of good! Isn’t that what matters?

A: I agree. For the record, so do Republicans. So do Democrats. So do atheist organizations. My points: 1) You don’t have to be in any particular organization to do good things for humanity; 2) Just because an organization does good does not necessarily mean they are set up to honor God. Believers have to discern.

Q: I agree with you, Michelle. How can Spirit-filled Christians be a part of these organizations?

A: Christians disagree on many things, thus the number of denominations we have in the faith. There are believers who support President Trump and believers who are a part of the resistance. There were vehement disagreements amongst saints in the New Testament, but the work of the Kingdom never stopped. All I can say is that all believers need to be stay increasingly focused on what God has called us to do, seek Him and His ways, and walk in the light we currently have without damning one another.

Q: What do you think about Christian sororities/fraternities?

A: I just learned about such organizations when I posted the first part of this article last week. I can’t answer this question because I haven’t done my research. At this point, I only have questions of my own: Is there an “application” process? If so, can a believer be rejected from the fellowship? Must a potential member have the funds to be a part of the organization? If the answer to those questions is “yes”, then my eyebrow is officially raised because I just don’t see that exclusivity in Christ. A part of me is like, “Why don’t they fellowship together without the Greek letters?” But I realize I’m being far too simple because I truly don’t know about them. I reserve my final thoughts until further research. Perhaps someone can enlighten me in the comments.

Let me say this, though, while we’re kinda sorta on this topic and my eyebrow is raised: Believers just need to say “no” about some stuff. We don’t need to create a Christian alternate version of everything in an effort to keep ourselves from feeling “left out” of the world. We are different from the world. We are a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9). We would do well to accept that truth and wear it proudly rather than try to imitate the world.

Q: I have learned the true meaning of friendship through my sorority/fraternity. Are you saying I should give all that up?  

A: I will warn you that it could be painful to find that you are no longer invited to get-togethers or events with your line sisters/brothers and such.  It’s okay. You don’t have that bond in common with them anymore. If they are your brothers and sisters in Christ, however, I pray the union in Christ will cause you to stay in fellowship.

But in the case your friendships deteriorate because you’re no longer in the group, I pray God will send you brothers/sisters in Christ who will befriend you and vice versa. You are not the first Christian to cut ties or be excluded because of your beliefs, and you won’t be the last.

Q: Is it really that serious?

A: I think it is. But again, Michelle Stimpson is not the standard. Better questions to ask: Are words and pledges that serious to God?   What was Paul’s message to New Testament believers who continued in their reverence to Greek gods/ideals/practices? These are the questions we need to be asking. And the Bible holds all the answers. I pray we would all read that book, too!

Thank you so much for reading this post. I welcome any comments/questions. I pray that it will help you make an informed decision about joining, leaving, or staying in a Greek Letter Organization. Again, please know that I have shared this in Christ’s love and a deep concern for His body.

Jesus is Lord!

Be blessed!