As I sit here this morning thinking about all that God has done for me I am reminded of three things on this Christmas Day! God has blessed me with his son, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has also blessed me with my two daughters, Diamond Lena’ Starling who was born December 25, 1996, Kamille Padgitt and my grandson Bryson Saint Woods. Last but not least, I am very grateful for family. God has already been good to me. If He decides not to do anything else he has already blessed me. On this Christmas Day, I will celebrate the previous gifts God freely gave to me. Gathering with family and friends while eating the meal I prepared will be met with gratitude. I thank God for his mercy and grace. He provides me with everything that I need. All glory and honor belongs to Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20)
The one gift I want my family and children to appreciate year after year is their relationship God. This relationship is most important above all ties. When you nurture and mature your relationship with God you have all that you need. God will provide over and over again those things of necessity. If we delight ourselves in the LORD, He shall give us the desires of our heart according to Psalm 34:7. I also want my family, children and friends to experience the same internal joy that God gives to me.
God has been a doctor when I was sick or needed to be healed. He has been a lawyer when I needed Him to show up in court to work things in my favor. He is my comforter when I can’t talk to anyone else and He is the righteous judge when Satan is an accuser of the brethren. I only turn to God who has proven Himself over and over again to me. He remains faithful to me even when I am not faithful. He is the everlasting rock I hold on to in times of trouble and when storms come. He humbles me when I need to be humbled and exalts me in due season. All that I am as a result of my past and my present and all that God has pre-destined for me to become is because of HIM and HIS promises to me. He knew me well before I showed up in this earth realm. He has a plan for my life. He amazes me with His wonderous works and they are always marvelous in my eyes. I am excited with anticipation of what He will do in the next second, minute and hour. He is always at work in the lives of His children.
Join ASWIFTT RADIO Host Brenda Johnson Padgitt on July 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm along with Minister Allen Parr on the show “Adultery Was Never God’s Will: The Aftermath On The Family.” There will be a discussion about some of the permanent affects that adultery has on the family. Practical suggestions of how to avoid this deadly pitfall will also be discussed. The background information for the show incorporates the story of King David and how his sin of Adultery had a major affect on his family.
This broadcast is the prelude to Brenda Johnson Padgitt’s upcoming book. “Adultery Was Never God’s Will: The Aftermath On The Family,” takes a look at the lies, deceit, betrayal, disrespect and murder that was involved in the act of adultery between David and Bathsheba. This book also takes a look at the aftermath it had on his family. Even though David was a man after God’s own heart, his sin of adultery displeased God. Many remember David for his prayer of repentance in Psalm 51. God forgave David but God also promised that the SWORD would never leave David’s house. God also sent word through Nathan that David would suffer calamity within his own household. (2 Samuel 12:9-12)
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Did you know that the online writing courses taught by Brenda Johnson Padgitt have transitioned and are now available at B. P. Training Institute. Brenda is an author who has written several books such as “How Did I Get Into This Mess? You Compromised, Saith the Lord,” “Pass The Salt Please! Seasoned Believers Add Flavor To Your Life,” and “The Young Scholar’s Workbook: Book I Vol. I” just to name a few. Her talent and gift of writing has not only resonated in her own books but she also uses her gift to teach and help others.
Brenda is a teacher at heart. She teaches writing classes such as “The Basics Of Writing: Level I,” “The Radio, T. V. and Newspaper Writer,” “Research, Research, and More Research,” and “The Creative Writer.” Brenda also teaches courses in Leadership & Development, Education, Insurance Pre-Licensing and Youth Workshops at B. P. Training Institute.
B. P. Training Institute has become the main location for classes taught by Brenda Johnson Padgitt. She is an educator who has taught and tutored students Pre-k to college. Brenda has a B. A. degree in Broadcast Communications and is currently working on her Master’s of Education (M.Ed.)
This weekend I can’t help but reflect on my accomplishments as a mother. The two accomplishments I am most proud of are my two daughters Diamond and Kamille. They give me the inspiration I need to do my best in all that God gives my hands to do. It hasn’t always been easy rearing two girls as a single mom. There were often times of rebellion, ungratefulness, and disobedience from the dynamic duo, but what kids don’t try their parents. It is all apart of growing up and them finding their way. As a mother I have lead the way and provided the best examples that I could. On this mother’s day I am feeling blessed because I see the fruits of my labor in my kids.
My proudest moment with my oldest child, Diamond was seeing her graduate from high school. I was so thankful that her dad and I got her to the finish line of public school. She has become an adult and is making her own decisions. The hardest thing was for me to get out the way and let her learn on her own. I was so used to guiding her while holding her hand to prevent her from falling. As mothers we do this when they are toddlers beginning to walk. I will never stop being a mother, giving advice, and helping to make sense of things when she has her own kids.
My proudest moment so far with my youngest child, Kamille was this weekend. On Saturday, Kamille won 1st place out of 20 Dallas ISD students selected from various schools for her performance in the Beginner Debate Team category. The debate tournaments are sponsored by the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. Kamille is a very smart and intelligent young lady. She has always been good at presenting her case with me to stay out of trouble. She often tries to debate her way out of punishments when I lay down the law. I couldn’t help but cry at her awards ceremony when they announced that Kamille won 1st place. Wow!, this child is really good at debating any issue. I felt so proud as a mother, knowing I have done something right with both of my children.
Mothers don’t ever give up on your children. Happy Mother’s Day!
As I continue to fulfill my God given Destiny, I often cross paths with people who are such a blessing. I discovered they also have a passion to help others as well. I am thankful for Gwendolyn Green who has a big heart and is diligent in the things God has given her to do. I have enjoyed many of her radio programs. I also had an opportunity to be a guest on her show last year in 2014. I am thankful for the opportunity. Gwendolyn Green is the author of The Mandate Fulfilled, “Bring God’s People Out of Debt”, a successful business owner, who help others start businesses, buy homes, and invest in real estate. The show talks to people about breaking free from debt, and becoming self employed. The show also teaches listeners how to make money, what to do with it once they make it, and how to keep the money they make! The show address the importance of networking with others, budgeting, credit, and education. The show also introduce listeners to “The Infinite Wealth System” a program designed to bring people out of debt by using the power of real estate, networking, and education. Tune into “The Source Of Wealth” online with Ms. Green on Blog Talk Radio.
I want to take this time to appreciate Ms. Green because she is a rare jewel that God has given to this world. My prayer is that God continues to bless her and her family in all that she does. I wish you God Speed!
Saints everywhere are trusting, believing, seeking and praying to God to answer their prayers. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19, KJV) Some tests, trials or tribulations are meant to be witnessed before others to help strengthen their faith, while others are private between you and God. Let God direct you on which ones are public and private. In either case both are testimonies of what God has done personally in your life. Every testimony has a time and place where it needs to be shared to encourage, comfort and strengthen the faith of others. (Johnson Padgitt, 2012)
Many know me as an encourager among many gifts that God has given me before I was born. You can always find me giving others a word from God, scriptures to meditate on, and testimonies to validate the goodness of God. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, ESV)
Even though I often encourage others, I too have to be encouraged, prayed for, and given scriptures to meditate on. No one is exempt from the troubles of this life. Jesus warned us about the troubles of this world. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, KJV)
This week I had to trust, believe, ask for prayer, meditate on scriptures and petition God to get through surgery. I thank God that He has blessed me with family, friends, business partners, and praying saints who believe God and take God at His word. They know the power of prayer and have their own testimonies of faith & deliverance. I have people in my life who love and care about me. They are saints who I can be transparent with and they will sincerely pray for me.
When I first learned that I was going to have surgery I immediately prayed about it to God. As believers we are supposed to rejoice always, pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NASB)
I prayed the night before the surgery and again when I woke up at 4 a.m. God reminded me of two scriptures. I looked them up because I wanted to hide them in my heart before I went in for surgery. The first scipture reads “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV)
The second scripture reads “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:5, KJV)
These two scriptures were important to me because the morning of the surgery, FEAR did try to creep in. Fear can easily grip us when we are dealing with our tests, trials and tribulations in the flesh. We are humans and it happens to all of us. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16, ESV)
We must walk in the spirit and not in the flesh so we can see things much clearer and as God wants us to see them. Remember there is a purpose for your pain, trial, test or tribulation. Sometimes we can immediately see God’s plan and other times we won’t know until He later reveals it to us.
Even Jesus for a brief moment did not want to go through the tribulation of dying on the Cross. In that moment when he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, he did not want to face his inevitable suffering and death. “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39, ESV)
I personally thank God for hearing my prayers, the prayers of my family, my business partners, World Harvest Global Church, and Way of Grace Bible Church concerning my surgical procedure on June 30, 2015.
I know that God heard our prayers because everything went smoothly. And this is the confidence that we have in Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us. And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. (1 John 5:14-15, KJV)
I was content and unmoved throughout the process. I had to trust that God was in control of everything, especially the surgeon’s hands. When I know that I have no control in my situation I pray to God even more. I pray for those who God is using in my situation.
My prayers were answered. Everything went quickly. I don’t remember anything about the actual surgery. All I remember is saying good-bye to my aunt while I was rolled away to the surgery room. The next thing I remember was waking up in the recovery room. I was still a little drowsy. The nurse gave me some ice. I asked the nurse, “Did they do the surgery already? He said “Yes. It has already been done.” I said “Really?” I always have these moments when I am in such awe at what God has just done. It never gets old to me. I am like a little child waiting to see what He does next because it is always marvelous in my eyes.
The Holy Bible (King James, New American Standard, English Standard)
Johnson Padgitt, B. (2012). Watch God Use It. In How Did I Get Into This Mess? You Compromised, Saith the Lord (2nd ed., pp. 43-44). Duncanville, Texas: ASWIFTT PUBLISHING, LLC.
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