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GOD n You: Closer than CLOSE

It's 1982. I'm a freshman at David W. Carter High School in Dallas, Texas. For two years, I was "Flute,1st Chair" in the junior high school band. Now, I wanted to dance. My Band Brother, Dwight, was not happy. We had spent years refining our sound. I would miss the camaraderie, but things were different now.

I had to dance.

My mother couldn't afford to pay drill team fees, so at fourteen I went to work. School, eat, sleep, work. I did what was necessary to get what I wanted. I did what was necessary to get closer to my dream.

This was also a time for great R&B music. Atlantic Starr was one of my mother's favorite, so they quickly became mine. Every since the Resurrection season a few weeks ago, one of their most compelling lyrics has been ringing in my ear:

Closer than close, well

Closer than most

I just see so much in you

And I want a better view

I want to look deeper into you, yeah

This could have been the anthem for how I sacrificed in order to dance. Dwight didn't understand. My band mates didn't understand. But my mother did. I danced around our apartment all the time. She saw regularly our furniture's location being slightly different from when she left home because I needed the space. Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Parliament Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye, Mahalia Jackson... they all made me want to move.

To this day, music and dance connects with me like nothing else. When I dance, I feel closer to the art and the heart of the music; closer to its creator, closer to how they feel.

I give myself to it, and it gives itself to me.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 NIV

Right now. Today. God is asking you to do the same.

Think about it... the one thing the world requires that we NOT do in this season is the one thing God IS requiring us to do...

Get closer.

When will you EVER get another chance like this?

Totally involved, well

You make my whole world revolve, yeah

Well, it feels so right and I know I'm hooked for life

Infinite endlessly, yeah

Church hurt is a valid concern, but that excuse won't work now.

If you want God, do want is necessary to get what you want.

The invitation of JESUS is for ALL the world to "Come"

~out of delusion

~out of strife

~away from indecision

~beyond material ambition

~outside the church and into the kingdom of His LOVE.

Dr. Cecelia Williams Bryant, "I Dance with God"

These words were published in 1995, yet ring truer than ever today.

It's time to dance... with God. Get hooked... on God. Be set free... by God. In song. In prayer. In worship. While cooking dinner. Washing dishes. In your secret closet. Do what is necessary to get want you want.

Heaven is asking, "May I have this dance?"

I'll say it again...

When will you EVER get another chance like this?

Let's get closer.

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Phillipa also the Founder of ilooklikeLOVE, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization providing diaper assistance to families in need and opportunities for mothers to empower themselves.

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GOD n Me: Finding My Place in Forever.

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Phillipa Williams has dedicated her life to building God’s kingdom. A former programs director for new member and Christian education with over 36 years’ experience in leadership and discipleship, she has equipped thousands to serve God and community.

She is the Founder/CEO of GOD n Me International, a faith-based social enterprise equipping and inspiring others for spiritual intimacy, transparency, and destiny. Her blog,, was named one of the "Top 10 Black Christian Blogs, Websites, Newsletters To Follow in 2019“ by In Spring 2022, Phillipa published her first book, GOD 'n You: Finding Your Place in Forever. She also completed the licensing and ministerial requirements at the Potter's House School of Ministry in Dallas, Texas.

An advocate for women and children, Phillipa founded and serves as Executive Director of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ilooklikeLOVE, Inc.. ilooklikeLOVE works to eradicate early childhood poverty through diaper assistance and capacity building for new mothers.


She is the proud parent on one adult son, Kenneth.

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