Monday, December 17, 2012

Elegant and Inexpensive Last Minute Gift Idea


These simple yet elegant Christmas ornaments were a hit with my children's teachers and church youth leaders. They are inexpensive to make and were personalized with the first letter of their last names.
 
Listed below is my list of supplies I purchased from Michaels.


Remove the silver cap from the ornament.
Cut about 12 inches of garland and gently stuff into ornmant
You will need to gently fold the leaves and insert into ornament.
Place the first letter of your recipients last name on the front
of the ornament
in the center of the flower and Viola!!!





Friday, December 14, 2012

Celebrating Through Holiday Grief


This is year two since my little sister passed away and it seems to be harder than the first. By now, Toshia would have already called me and everyone else a million times to make sure that we all knew what to bring for Christmas dinner. She would have told me that I better not cook those nasty fried collard greens that I brought three Christmas' ago (they were horrible). She would have already proclaimed herself to be the winner of this year’s cooking contest (she thought that she was Paul Deen) AND with she would had said "Gul, you know I'm bringing my (with a scruff in her voice) "negro piiiiesss." She was famous for her Butterfinger and Oreo ice cream pies. Don't ask me why she called them that. The child was crazy..lol. She was the heartbeat behind our laughter. As a family, we’ve have to readjust and learn how to enjoy Christmas without Toshia but with her memory.

Wednesday of this week was especially hard for me. I found myself getting angry. I didn't want to be around people. I just wanted my Toshia. I was tired of trying to keep busy so that I couldn't feel. I went the whole day without crying but that night I couldn’t hold back anymore. I thank God for my husband and children. My daughters cooked dinner. My husband rented a movie and before I knew it, we were all eating and laughing together. I look at my family and friends and God reminds me that I have a lot of living to do. I have memories to make, a ministry to fulfill and a calling to walk in.

It's not fair to our families when we stop, drop and quit. As a matter of fact, it's selfish on our part. I encourage those of you who mourn to keep moving through the hurt. Yes, you will have your good days and your not so good days but God has your back and so does your loved ones who are here with you.

There are so many things you can do to defeat the Holiday Blues. First, pray and trust in God's strength. Secondly, you could make or buy a Christmas ornament to hang in your loved one's memory. Last year, I gave my mom and dad a memory candle to light during special occasions. We launch balloons into the heavens on her and her children's birthday. We place a Christmas wreath on her grave and flowers on Mother's Day. You can make a donation in memory of your loved one to a church or organization. You could send a card of encouragement to another grieving family who might be struggling this holiday season. You could also bless them with a Christmas centerpiece to let them know that you are thinking of them or invite them to dinner. Get creative and let God be your guide. We are all to be helpers one to another in this walk of faith.
 
Just remember, you are not alone. Grief is a process that has no time limit. It's different for each person but I've learned it's all about reconditioning your mind. I don't think you ever get over losing someone; you learn how to live through it. As much as I would love to have my sister back here on earth, if I had the choice I wouldn't dare ask God for that. Latoshia is now living in total peace free from the pains and disappointments of this world. I know that she would want us to be happy, take care of her children and live life sold out to Christ knowing that we will see each other again. It’s okay to remember but let us not forget, we live for God and not for man even when our loved ones pass on, we must continue to live.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Identity Theft: J Fox say President Obame is God!?!?

A few weeks ago, Jamie Foxx caused quite a stir when acknowledged President Obama as God, our Lord and Savior.
 
Various churches, religious organizations and Christian bloggers immediately voiced their disdain at Jamie's comment. Some of the comments that followed included rebuke from Foxx's supporters citing "Christians were too religious and didn't know how to take a joke."

 

It's amazing how people are so quick to defend man but show so little reverence to God. The people who supported Foxx's actions only exposed their ignorance and lack of respect for the word of God. Even as a joke, calling someone else God, your Savior or your idol insinuates an attempt to support the Antichrist’s agenda; to try and steal God's identity.

In the United States, identity theft is no laughing matter. It can cause significant financial, mental and physical ruin. There are agencies who now offer additional protection from identity theft. When asked about the backlash regarding his comment Foxx replied "I'm a comic,” [and] sometimes I think people get a little too tight. And, it's getting a little tougher for us comedians [because] some people take it and want to make a huge story out of it, but it's a joke."

 
Really Jamie?

I couldn't help but wonder how Foxx and his supporters would feel if another person tried to steal their identity. How would he feel if someone else took credit for the work he's done as a comedian, singer and actor. What if I took over his bank account, claiming his money to be mine? Everyone knows that an actor's name alone in Hollywood is money in the bank. What if I just took his name? That wouldn't go over so well now would it?


I would be arrested, face charges, serve time and be ordered to pay restitution. On earth and in most states, identity theft constitutes a third-degree felony for a first offense. In Heaven, claiming to be God or acknowledging someone else as God, without repentance, is an eternal sentence to Hell. At this point all Jamie would have to do is repent. There would be no need to serve time or pay restitution.


You can't steal God's identity. He's untouchable. Still, there are some things you just don't say (joking or not). This is my response to those of you who think we (believers in Christ) are being tight, overly, religious people who no sense of humor...”
Disrespecting our Lord and Savior is a no no. We will fight for the Kingdom of God and you will NOT disrespect our Heavenly Father. Don’t start none won't be none."
 

Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
 
 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Low Cost Holiday Decor Ideas

 
Watch the video below to see how I used an empty Velveeta box to create a Christmas centerpiece. Also learn how I made my candy cane centerpiece and ornament vase for under $10.
 
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It

Recently, I was grocery shopping in Wal-Mart when I looked up to see a silver haired elderly woman looking in my direction. She was sporting a big ole koolaid smile. I didn't think she was smiling at me so I looked behind me to see what had her beaming from ear to ear. That's when I saw an older gentleman wearing khaki pants, a blue work coat and cap waiting patiently at the end of the aisle. When I turned back around, she looked at me and said "He's all mine" and gently patted my arm as she sashayed pass me. I was like "I ain't mad at cha. I love it!"
Many of us consider the older generation to be too strict and old fashioned; when in fact their marriages lasted longer and their family unit was much stronger than what you see today. Today's mindset for married life and parenting is simply not up to snuff.
 
My view???  

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Maybe we should give old school a try.


Monday, November 5, 2012

An Interview With Author, Alisha Scott


I recently had the honor of interviewing Ms. Alicia Scott, author of Acts of Harlotry, Withing the Body of Christ. This book is absolute must read for every believer. Alisha's book " examines the lewd, harlotrous acts committed by the children of Israel and compares them with the modern spiritual harlotry taking place in the body of Christ". 
 
 Please click below to watch my interview with Alisha and buy the book!!!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Class vs Boojie

You would be surprised at the vast difference of opinion in today's society regarding the meaning of dignity and class. Over the years, this mindset of living has been re categorized as a "boojie mentality.

Some races feel they will lose touch with their ethnicity if they begin to use proper grammar, etiquette, poise and dress professionally. Reality TV has provided a false sense of what it means to be successful, stylish and elegant focusing more on sexuality rather than standard.

Most people believe there is a fine line between the two words. I respectfully disagree.  When my daughter was two years old, she was scolded by a family member because she said "dog" instead of "dawg". I quickly reminded the family that in our house there is no black or white way of talking only a right way. Later in life, an associate of mine admitted to not liking me when she first saw me because of the way I walked. I asked her in what way was I walking to which she replied "You had your shoulders and back straight."I was so flabbergasted, it took me a moment to respond. My mom taught me not to slouch when sitting or walking. Not only is it good for your back but shows confidence.

Merriam Webster dictionary defines the term classy as being a person having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior. This person is also deemed to be skillful, graceful and refined. According to the Rice University Neologism Database, "the term boojie is derived from the french word word bourgeois, which refers to a member of the middle class. In this derogatory tone, the word boojie is used to characterize one who is attempting to mislead others into thinking they hold a higher position then the one they truly possess." Street slang defines boojie as being a stuck up or snobbish individuals who thinks they are better than the next person.

What is a Boojie mentality?
It may sound harsh when I say this but, a boojie person lacks humility and compassion. Achieving what you feel to be ultimate success and downgrading others who have yet to accomplish their own goals is a boojie mentality.Treating people based on how much you think they have is a boojie mentality.

What is Class?

Class is making the most out of what you have now while trusting in God for prosperity and growth. Class is education. Class is wisdom. Class is an humble spirit. Class is the ability to maintain a cool head in a heated situation.Class is not afraid of hard work and willing to get a little dirty in the process. Class is about being quick to roll out the red carpet for the less fortunate.

As woman of God, you know I have to turn to the bible. Biblically speaking, a boojie person shows favoritism and is a respecter of persons. It says in Acts 10:3,  "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:" God is not a respecter of person. He does not show favoritism and neither should we." Don't judge a person because they seek to improve their quality of living. But then again don't look down on person who have yet to learn proper etiquette. Never think that you are too high in life to learn from the "little man": both sides can learn from each other. After all, there is book smart, there is street smart but most importantly there is God smart...Now that's class!

Watch Bridgett discuss this topic in her video blog series of Elite Living.



 
 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

GO Ministries and the Family Empowerment Project

I am so proud of our nonprofit, GO Ministries and the Family Empowerment Project. Please read below.
 
$1000 Donation to Salvation Army
salvation army 
We are blessed to announce: GO Ministries and the Family Empowerment Project was able to gather and donate $1000 in furniture and clothing items to the Salvation Army through our Blessing Box Program! All items were in new to gently used condition!

Special thanks to our donors, volunteers and former trainees who helped to make this donation possible!!!

Sincerely,

Minister Travis Mack
GO Ministries Founder

Bridgett Mack
Co-Founder

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to Revamp Your Computer Desk to Like New!!!

Elite Living is my online webisode created to bless viewers with budget friendly home improvement ideas and tips. Who says upgraded living is only for the rich? Anyone can live a life of luxury even on a penny pincher's budget!

Watch the video to see how I was able to save $800 by revamping two pieces of furniture we already owned. If you believe it. You can achieve it! All it takes is a little creativity!
 
 


Friday, October 5, 2012

BMackWrites is Lady Elite Consulting

 
It is unreal how much my life has changed over the past two years. While I have would preferred for some things to be different, I give God praise for helping me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am finally learning that it's okay to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams while working in ministry. I'm learning my balance. YAY!!!
 
And sooooo...with much excitement, I am blessed to announce the opening of Lady Elite Consultants. As a motivational speaker and lead consultant, my business will provide etiquette, coaching and consulting services to individuals, businesses, churches and organizations who desire to improve their work performance and visibility.Click Here to The View Lady Elite Informational Booklet.
 
I am also returning to my love of video blogging. Be sure to click below and watch the promo for Elite Living, my online vlog. If you would like more information about Lady Elite Consultanting and the services we provide please email me at bmackwrites@gmail.com or call 229-942-5125.
 
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Is Albany Really The Good Life City?


I woke up this morning with a heaviness of heart. I thought about my ladies from the center. I thought about the faceless people who I have yet to meet that are at home praying to God for that one door of opportunity to open for them. I thought about the many people who have been told "no"; not because they weren't qualified but because they didn't "classify" as being a part of the "in crowd". I thought about all the people who have yet to discover the world of hope, happiness and salvation. I thought about the people who have given up on God because of the poor christian examples placed before them.At first I got mad and then I thought "Thank you Lord because it could have been me and my family."

God has given Travis and I a wonderful ministry and loving family. He has planted seeds for our future business endeavors. We are excited about them all...but still...We know how it feels to fight to keep our vision and dreams alive. We were blessed to be raised by parents who taught us in firm love "You'd better not give up. Satan is going to throw obstacles, stones, bricks and whatever else at you. Don't even duck. You just stand and let God do the rest." We inherited a faith filled foundation from our parents. Because we know that not everyone was blessed to be raised by parents of faith like ours, we've made it our mission to spread hope to the hopeless.

It's been two years since we've moved to the Albany area. You can't help but notice those in authority who have the capability to empower families in our community but chose not to. You hear these people talk about the problems but not once suggest or even try to implement a solution. (If it ain't you say "Amen", if it is say "Oh me" Repent and Strive to Do Better)

There are a lot of organizations working tirelessly in the background to help reunite, educate and employ families. These are usually the ones who are working towards a mission not a motive. My husband met earlier this year with a "city leader" to discuss starting a program that will help young men get out of the system and back to work. This city official's response? "Man, if I do that, I'll lose $5000 a month."  Message sent and received.  It's more profitable to keep our young men in the system than out. The "city official" did apologize for blurting out his initial response and said that he would  meet with my husband and further discuss. That was nearly six months ago. No meeting followed.


Why am I writing about all of this you ask? Because I woke up mad but motivated. God gave me the gift of  pen and on many levels I haven't used to my fullest capabilities. I (Bridgett) don't have a pulpit (don't need one either) but I do have a pen and a keyboard.... I plan to use them both like never before. Timeout for sitting quietly. It's time to be a voice for people who have yet to discover their own. Travis and I have faced many obstacles since we started evangelizing through GO Ministries. We were told that our ministry had no meaning. But 18 productions and 2000 plus souls later, we beg to differ. We couldn't get the financial support needed to operate the FEP's job training program so now I'm operating it from home. Yet, God is still affording us the opportunity to help people with their career and education goals. We refuse to live in a shallow mindset of "Well my family is healthy and happy so why should I worry? "We choose to be an example of perseverance to anyone who has a call (whether in ministry or business). So please don't give up. Pray and get creative!


Albany, Georgia is the 4th poorest city in the nation and that's a shame. The Good Life City? I respectfully ask. For who? Maybe a one time...but you know what? We have just enough faith in God to believe that it can be again. To every organization who's SINCERELY working to help restore life in this city, we stand by you in prayer and helps. We plan on establishing our family roots here. We don't mind the hardwork this will entail. But first, the clich├ęs, greed and hidden agendas have got to go.

Our young people are growing up and moving away. Whenever we ask them why they choose to leave Albany, they all say the same thing. "There is no opportunity here. Besides, it's not about what you know. It's who you know."
This email is for the person who is struggling with whether or not they should call it quits. God said "DON'T". Never let the "smile in your face but knife in your back scaled eyed naysayers" cloud your dreams. God gave them to you for a reason and the last time I checked, he hasn't nor plans on retiring. Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." Hebrew 10:35-36


It's okay to get angry...the bible says to be ye angry but don't sin....jump in and Do Something..



Monday, September 24, 2012

Never Wear White After Labor Day...Cliche?

During a recent get-together, a young lady asked me if it was still wrong to wear white after Labor day. Since I was sporting a white top at the time, I responded "I don't have a clue." I've heard of this age old fashion rule but never really understood it so I decided to do some research and check it out. Although it's been around for over 50 years, I discovered there is no ONE reason as to why this rule was so greatly enforced.

Some believed that lighter colors where only meant for the summer months. Image consultant, Nancy Penn, suggests white reflects light and heat. She says "wearing white would make you cooler in winter, and thus should be avoided." Others believed it was all about social status and etiquette. Additionally, the affluent class used to wear white when they vacationed in warmer regions during the winter. The color white was considered to be the 'color of leisure'. Lastly, some believed clothing should match the colors of the season. After Labor Day, when leaves begin to change color, clothing styles should shift to earthy tones to match the browns, reds and oranges of autumn leaves. One exception to this longstanding tradition includes brides, who typically wear white wedding dresses regardless of the season.

I visited a few fashion websites to learn their views on the matter. Here is what they had to say:
  • Whites were shown with hair off the face, perhaps a pop of color at the mouth, and toned-down shoes, as if to proclaim that right now, white is the opposite of frivolous. Though the colorless color is definitely not just for the rich anymore, wearing all white still sends a message that's a bit standoffish. www.elle.com

  • When shopping for winter whites make sure to look for heftier pieces and steer clear of flimsy, sheer fabrics. That being said, clever styling can help you bring your summer whites into cooler months. Use layering and mixed textures to give your lighter pieces weight. And don’t be afraid to mix in shades of off-white and cream. www.fasionista.com/ Ann Deutsh.

  • When it comes to wearing white after Labor Day remember this, linen and light cottons are out and cashmere, heavy cotton, and corduroy are in. www.bostonsportswoman.com
For whatever the reason, I am tickled pink at the fact that this rule was created and followed by so many people who had no idea of its origin and meaning. On the other hand, it is important to remember fashion etiquette when applying for a job, attending a business meeting, conference or networking.

I'm not a Fashion expert but my advice would be to "Do You?" Only you can define you. Choose a fashion sense that reflects your taste and style then WORK IT!!!

 
 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Why I Love Him Like I Do


Was counting my blessings today and came across this video I posted on youtube three years ago. My testimony of how God has blessed my family time and time again. Click below to view.
 
Many Blessings!
 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

She Chose to Keep on Walking

She was taught about Christ the Savior, no sooner than she was born from the womb
Fervently taught by her parents  about Heaven's glory and Hell's gloom
She was taught to always stand up for what she knew was Godly right.
She was taught to never give up and continue to stay in the fight.
She took her first steps as a little girl ...and she started walking.

Growing up in life, some things made her happy, others made her sad
Somethings uplifted her spirit, somethings made her raging mad
But she kept her eyes on Jesus and she decided...to keep on walking.

In the school yard she was peculiar, talking about Jesus, wearing long dresses
Raising the eyebrows of fellow classmates who wondered about this Christ she professes
She was unusual but....she kept on walking.

At a young age she discovered her gift of singing in angelic praise
Promising to serve her Lord through out her breathing days
Shirley Ceaser, Clark Sisters, Canton Spirituals, Mighty Clouds of Joy too.
Played from the 1980s record player in our family's living room.
She sang eloquently and......she kept on walking.

As she blossomed into young womanhood, God anointed her personality
She had the gift of brightening a room and singing praise to God Almighty
She had a sense of humor that could make anyone's bad day good

She constantly gave to others always helping out whenever she could
She was determined and.....she kept on walking.

An assault at a young age would plague her with headaches throughout her days
Doctors said "Healing? There no way."
But she kept the faith and ...she kept on walking.

She feel in love and became a wife and then to two little ones she birthed life
They became the Beards. Hand in Hand, they kept on walking.

Some people tried to bring her down but she stood tall on solid ground.
She kept focused and...she kept on walking.

She always graced a welcoming smile
Reminding others of Christ worthwhile
Beaming with joy...she kept on walking.

The night before she died, she was filled with unspeakable joy
Posted on Facebook, Till I meet Jesus. Looking forward to the weekend with the hubby, little girl and baby boy
She was preparing...to never stop walking.

In the morning light, God revealed to her Heaven's light. Imagine that. What a beautiful sight!
It was her time...toward the light...she chose to keep on walking.

Tell the truth. Shame the Devil.
God elevated her to another level.
She now sings for Heaven's record label and she sits at God's Holy table.

Aren't you glad?...She kept on walking. ©2011


                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                    For You Tot

 



Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Sister's 2nd Birthday in Heaven

Her Angels
This Labor Day weekend also marks what would have been my sister's 32nd birthday here on earth. Instead, Latoshia celebrates her 2nd birthday in Heaven. Tomorrow morning my family and I will release birthday balloons into the heavens in honor of her memory. We can't see her children this weekend so it's a little difficult but still I am greatful to God for those two precious angels.

She lives on through their smiles and comical antics.

Top Left  Right: Bridgett and Angela
Bottom Left to Right: Tommy Jr and Latoshia
I pray I don't offend anyone when I say this but I find myself a fan of certain scenes from the TV reality show "The Braxtons." I usually don't promote reality TV because of it's negative impact on the its' viewers but I can't help but giggle from some (notice I said SOME) of their sisterly quarrels. It reminds me so much of my own sisters. To some degree The Braxtons are like an "unsaved" version of who we are as sisters. Tamar reminds me of Toshia because she is the comical loud one. Towanda is a mix of me and Angela because of her militant demeanor. Even though she is my least favorite of the sisters, Toni and I are alike because she's the oldest and because of her tone of voice. My sisters used to tell me when we would bicker "We hate that calm counselor's voice of yours!" (I knew they hated it that's why I did it..lol)

I must admit, I'm still not happy with having to live life without Toshia. But still I've learned a lot. I'm learning what it truly means to love unconditionally. I'm learning to make the most of each moment. I'm learning how to help others in spite of my own pain. I'm learning what it truly means to forgive. I'm learning that what I thought was the breaking of me is actually the making of me.

This weekend I encourage you to enjoy your families. Make the most of each moment and if it's possible make amends with those who you haven't spoken to in a while. Even if your love is initially rejected, leave it on the table for them to accept when they are ready and walk away knowing that you did what was right in the eyes of God.

Labor Day is about celebrating the economic and social contributions of American workers. Let's also celebrate our family members who gave of themselves so that we could be where we are today.Make your Labor Day your Labor to Love. Drive Safe, Eat Hearty, Laugh Hard, Take Pictures, Be Silly and Make Memories.
Left to Right: Toshia and Bridgett

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mom, Is that gospel?

I can't tell you how many times we have been riding in the car listening to the radio when a song would come and one of my children would ask "Mom is that a gospel song?" My response would be "Shhh, let me listen......they said Jesus so "we good we good we good".

Honestly.... that's a shame.
I don't listen to the radio much anymore. I prefer to listen to music of my choosing through my CD player. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with tuning in to the radio. I still do it from time to time but I drew the line when I heard a "gospel" radio talk show host give Beyonce praise for her song "Single Ladies" Dance contest citing that God was using her to promote marriage while helping to improve the economy....RIIGHHHT.. thaaatttss what she was doing....


 

 
As some of you may know, my daughters love interpretative dance. They have been blessed to serve under some wonderful dance leaders. Their first dance instructor was Sis April Boyd of Christian Fellowship Church in Warner Robins and now they are taught by Sis Darlene Fowler of Victory Tabernacle in Albany, GA. My oldest daughter is constantly listening to music and scanning YouTube for inspiration.
 
She came into my room this past weekend after spending some time on YouTube. With a funny look on her face she asked, "Mom, does Detrick Haddon still sing gospel." I said "I guess. Why?". She replied " I just watched this video he made of the song "Beautiful Soul". There was a girl in booty shorts dancing in the background and he was talking to a woman. I guess it's for a movie?"
 
So I went to check it out. Let's watch....
 
 
I am learning through research that in order to increase both record sales and target markets some "gospel' artists will make the decision to change their style of music and lyrics. "Gospel" songs that omit words such as God, Jesus, Christ, Savior and Holy Spirit etc. can be used in the secular world as well. In addition, some "gospel" artists admit to collaborating with secular artists so that they can reach a wider market. I admit. It's a tempting concept, especially if this is how you make your living. However, the last time I checked, God said that HE would supply all our needs according to his riches and glory. (Phillipians 4:19) I know that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just (Proverbs 13:22) but this doesn't mean that we are to conform to the ways of the world either (Romans 12:2) When something is "laid up"...it's in storage, arranged and awaiting. The spoils of war are only awarded after God fights our battle and rewards us for standing true to his word. Besides, how can two walk together except they agree? I know that people make decisions BC (before Christ) that leaves visible marks that last a lifetime. I'm not dogging that. On the other hand, never in my life have I seen a growing trend of unusual body piercings, tattoos, sagging pants and bootylicious clothing being worn on the bodies of "saints."
 
The world pulled the oldest trick in the book by saying through forced tears "You are judging me. You make me feel bad about myself. You make being saved sound boring. Besides God knows my heart." And as a body of Christ, we fell for it. Hook. Line and Sinker. So in order for them not to feel bad said "Oh no baby I'm sorry. I didn't mean that. Do you Boo. Be who God made you to be. You can be saved and still be cool. See watch this." And we conformed to look, dress and act like them to make them feel comfortable around us. What we should have said was "Baby, I love you but that's me making you feel bad. This ain't even me talking to you. It's God talking to you through me. What you are feeling is not offense. It's conviction."
 
As children of God, we should be prepared for the pouting, blank looks, silent cricket moments and "would you please sit" attitudes? Jesus got them all time. It comes with the territory. What love reading about Jesus the most is his loving but firm stance.
 
When my daughter asked "Mom, is that gospel?" My reply was simple. I replied "Baby, if you have to ask, that ain't it."
 
 
 
 
 
 

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