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Praising and Thanking My God For Deloise Woods Johnson

Deloise Woods Johnson pic2As I continue to take inventory of the valuable people God has put in my life, I want to recognize Deloise Woods Johnson and her family. I am praising my God for Deloise because she has been a mentor, mother figure and blessing to my daughter Diamond. I met Deloise through my daughter Diamond and her boyfriend Byron, who is Deloise’s son. It’s amazing how God weaves two families together through the lives of their children. Diamond and Byron have known each other since high school and attended two proms together. Their friendship has been a lasting bond that is undeniable. As young adults, their lives will continue to be intertwined with the new arrival of their own son, Bryson Saint Woods. He was born this past week on May 19, 2016.

     As parents, we never know what paths our children will take as they become adults. We want them to remember the things we taught them that will help them navigate through this life. I thank God for Deloise because she reminds me a lot of myself, especially as a mother. I see the love that Deloise has for her family and children. This love also extends to my daughter, Diamond. I can see why Diamond feels at home around Deloise and her family. This also puts me at ease because I know in my heart that Deloise and her family love Diamond.

     I will forever be so grateful to Deloise because she stood in my stead as a mother for my daughter at the hospital. I was not able to be in the delivery room with my daughter as planned. Stumbling blocks and unexpected circumstances will always cause delays and interrupt our plans. Car problems can always cause a delay in our intended destination. I am thankful that Deloise, her husband, Joe, and Byron were there to support Diamond until I arrived. Kudos to Byron, for being in the delivery room to support Diamond as she delivered their son, Bryson.

     Deloise has a heart of gold. She is a jewel and cares about people. These traits compliment Deloise because she is also a registered nurse. Even though I was delayed, Deloise made sure I was the first to see pictures of the birth of my grandson. She kept me abreast of everything that was going on with my daughter and grandson until I arrived. God works through others to meet our needs and assure us that everything is still under control. When I look back on my life remembering students I taught, helped and mentored, it make me feel good that I invested time in them. I treated my students as if they were my own kids. I feel that God uses Deloise to bless my child the same way He uses me to help my students.

     Deloise may God continue to bless you and your family richly and provide everything you need.

Forever Grateful,

Brenda Johnson Padgitt



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A Christmas Wish For My Daughter

Diamond Starlingbd19 years ago I gave birth to my oldest daughter Diamond. I went into labor on Christmas Eve and gave birth to her on Christmas Day around 4 pm. Unfortunately, my doctor would not let me go home until after New Years. He said I kept running a fever and he did not want to release me. At that time I felt my doctor was being mean by not letting me and my baby go home. Diamond’s dad felt the doctor was trying to get a lot of money by racking up the doctor bill.

     It has been 19 years since that day. I knew Diamond was going to be special even while I carried her in my womb. I remember praying and asking God to lead me in choosing a name for my child. Her name is Diamond because she is one of God’s precious jewels, her middle name is Lena’ because she is named after her great-grandmother Lena Taplin-Johnson and her last name is Starling because of her paternal heritage.

     Every year during the Christmas Show on ASWIFTT RADIO, I always wish my daughter a happy birthday andBrenda & Diamondvbn remind her that she is valuable. She is my eldest child and God has a purpose for her life.  No matter what trials, tribulations, mistakes, errors or sin that may impede her way, she will still reach her DESTINY if she continues to seek God along the way. God will guide and direct her if she submits to His way.  I am confident that the biblical teachings, the example I have shown and the advice I have given will help her in her own journey with God. I can truly rest on God’sDiamond StarlingAC word “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV) Although she will fall and make mistakes I am confident that she will always get back up, ask God for forgiveness and direction and try again.  My prayer is that she always remembers and hides this scripture in her heart. “The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.” (Psalm 28:7 NAS)

Brenda & DiamondrtDiamond, as your mother I will always be available to talk and give you advice along your journey. Our conversations have progressed over time. The advice you needed as a child is no longer the advice you need as an adult. My advice to you on this birthday is to stay humble. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6) Secondly, stay away from toxic people and their toxic advice.

     Surround yourself with people who want the best for you and will always tell you the truth. Never be afraid to check things out before you follow after anyone or anything. Always read your bible for yourself. Look deeper and not the surface of what people are telling you or persuading you to do. Over my life I had to fine tune the skill of checking to see if people’s talk lines up with their walk. Is there another motive bebind what people were trying to persuade Diamond12yrs0001 - Copyme to do?  Your goal should always be to do what is right and stay focused on your DESTINY. Don’t let anyone become a stumbling block in your life to keep you from what God has ordained for you. Also don’t become a stumbling block for yourself by putting yourself in harms way. Don’t hang out with people who will lead you down the wrong path. There will be times when people come into your life and they mean you no good. They will have ulterior motives to set you up for failure. Whatever reason they want to plot your demise know that God has your back at all times. He will take care of the one who intentionally plots your demise. “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes! (Matthew 18:7)  

     I will always have an undying love for you because I love you unconditionally. A mother’s love will always be valuable and cannot be replaced. Mothers are not perfect but they have a perfect love for their children. Have a happy birthday on This Christmas Day!

Your mother,

Brenda Johnson-Padgitt

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