COVERED ME

Today was the first time I heard this song and I absolutely love it. The lyrics are simply profound. It really speaks to the flaws that all of us have and how it is GOD that covers us all even through our shortcomings. This song is the “Flat Out” Hit of The Week on the Willie Moore Jr. Show which is on the gospel station 102.5 in Atlanta. The song is by Pastor Marlon Marvin Lock and called “You Covered Me.” This song is now definitely on my list of songs that I love. I hope it speaks to you as well. I will also leave you with the scripture that I received in my inbox today:
Psalm 42:11b
I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God.

RE: FAMILY

Yesterday this was sent to me in my inbox by loyal reader A. Renae. She had seen it on Facebook (which I’m not a part of) and decided to share it with me. The sad part about this is that it rings true for a lot of families and we all must do better and not just with talk. Interestingly enough, I was watching Braxton Family Values the other night (I told y’all that I watch a lot of reality tv)and one of the sisters said to the others “I don’t know y’all anymore, Everybody’s doing their own thing and we don’t talk like we used to.”
How relevant is this in your family….AND what are you going to do about it? Check out what was sent to me below:

“It’s so Sad 😞 But The Truth! #Family ain’t what it used to be no more . It used to be a time when you could go to your grandmother/aunt house to get a plate, see your grandmama/aunt, chill with your cousins and just have fun. Now everybody CHOOSE who they wanna deal with, aunts/uncles CHOOSE which kids to be proud of, father(dads) CHOOSE which kids he want to take care of or which kids he want to deal with. Brothers and sisters treat friends better than family. πŸ€” Cousins talk about their own family members and don’t realized their life is no better… Now the only time you see family is during a funeral. This cycle needs to change. πŸ˜ŸπŸ˜’ Copy & Paste if you agree!!!!
Sometimes we have to be the one to make the change/difference. I intend to be the change. Love my family. All of them . Much love family.”

THURSDAY’S TRUTH (LOVE SEES NO COLOR)

This is one of those stories that you just must read and it will make your day. At least I hope it will make your day like it did mine. It is profound and speaks volumes. The story is of a little girl who is taken to Target to get a present that she has been promised by her parents. What makes this story so intriguing is that this little girl’s innocence has not yet been tainted. Hopefully it will not be. I found this story on aol.com.

Child has purest response for cashier who questioned the color of her doll
BY: Alex Lasker, AOL.com

Apr 4th 2017 3:47PM

A mother of two from South Caroline took to Facebook on March 31 to share an important interaction she had during a recent family outing to Target.

Brandi Benner says she and her husband promised their daughter, Sophia, that “after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target.”

“She, of course, picked a new doll,” Benner wrote in her post. “The obsession is real.”

But the family trip hit a small snag at the cash register, when a confused employee questioned Sophia’s choice of doll.

“While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare,” Benner wrote.

The cashier continued with her line of questioning, asking Sophia if the doll was for a friend before Benner interjected to explain that the toy was a prize for her daughter’s successful potty training.

“The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, ‘Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?'” wrote Benner. “Sophia finally found her voice and said, ‘Yes, please!'”

The cashier then replied, “but she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you.”

Benner explained that just as she started to get angry, her daughter stole the show with the purest answer imaginable.

“Yes, she does,” Sophia said. “She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?”

Benner says after that, the cashier dropped the argument, replying with a simple, “Oh, that’s nice.”

“This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters,” Benner concluded. “Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”

Since she shared it on Facebook, Benner’s story has received a staggering 500,000 reactions and over 200,000 shares.

Benner even shared an update on her Facebook days later, thanking the Facebook community for being so supportive.

“Our family has received so much love, support and encouragement from complete strangers and that is just proof to me that there is SO MUCH good in the world,” she wrote.

However, she did address one problem she has observed in people’s reactions to her story.

“As I explained before, the cashier was an elderly woman and I believe she was completely ignorant to what she was truly saying,” Benner explained. “I feel like in her mind she was being helpful and making conversation with my daughter.”

She says she would rather people focus on the positive aspects of the exchange, rather than harp on the negative.

“I feel like the media is so addicted to negativity that we tend to harden ourselves and assume the worst in others,” she wrote. “But you guys, all I have seen and felt from all of this is pure LOVE!”

WEDNESDAY’S WISDOM

β€œThe simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” β€œBy three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
Third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
β€œLet no man pull you so low as to hate him.”
-Goodreads-

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANA ROSS


Today is the birthday of DIANA ROSS. Born on March 26, 1944 Ross is 72 years old. As a child, I fell for MISS Ross when I first saw her singing with the Supremes. I then watched her as she evolved into a solo artist. She has so many memorable songs. She was the first artist who I saw in concert. I saw her show in the round in Charlotte NC in the late 70’s. She definitely put on a show. I then worked one of her concerts when I was a police officer. One of the memorable things about that particular concert is that typically several officers are assigned posts in the inner area and the outer arena when an artist performs. For the Diana Ross concert, we were told that they did not want any officers present in the inner arena. BUT…another officer and I were assigned to posts in the inner arena. We were told that we could not wear our police hats inside this concert. At one point one of the concert-goers came to me and advised me that someone was in his seat. I went and determined that the individual did not have a ticket. I escorted the person out. When I returned, some of Diana Ross’ people came to me and let me know that if I was seen again up and around, I would be escorted out. To this day, I find that extremely amusing.

In the above tribute, Diana Ross sings songs from the 1973 DIANA ROSS’ album ” LADY SINGS THE BLUES.” It reached the # 1 in the USA Billboard album charts and remained on the charts for 54 weeks!