Happy Mother's Day: Our Celebration to Mom...

 

Our Mother's Day Special is a celebration to all the moms in our lives and those who are just like mom. We pray for moms, grandmoms, aunties, cousins, sisters, and friends of the family who have been there and paved the way for us. We pray that we can aspire to be like you, that we can learn from you, and that God will bless you mightily for your work in raising us, rearing us, and handing out a few pow-pows when we needed it! So let's turn our attention to a few great moms and ways to celebrate them:

 

A special Mother's Day Message...

The devil has been trying in this season to get moms to feel like they're not good enough or that they haven't done enough. He's trying to get moms to look back, like Lot's wife did. But keep on moving forward in Christ. Moms, we need you and we love you just as you are. You inspire us, you encourage us, and you uplift us. Hear this powerful Word God has for you...

 

 

Mother's Day Favorite Verses...

Proverbs 31:10-31 King James Version (KJV)

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 19:26-27 KJV

He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach. Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Ephesians 6:1-3 KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

 

 

 

Florida Girl Sends Cake to Mother in Heaven Before Birthday This Weekend

Story shared courtesy NBC Miami: Birthdays just aren't the same without a cake - or at least that's what a young girl from North Florida thought when she decided to send one to her mother in heaven.

Jessica Graham died two years ago and Saturday would have been her 30th birthday. In grand style, her now four year old daughter Bella was able to ship a cake thanks to local Post Office employees in her hometown of Edgewater, near Daytona Beach. “They mail hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa Claus every year, so heaven wasn't that much further” said Laura Fisher, Jessica’s mother and Bella’s grandmother who bakes cakes for a living and helped to organize the event.

Fisher works to keep the memories alive for Bella – and for her, birthdays are big. "She started expressing concern that mommy wouldn't have a birthday cake in heaven,” Fisher said.Fisher reached out to the Edgewater branch post office, and after she and Bella and extended family whipped up a cake, they brought it in to mail it. Workers even opened up a special line for them.

"They said ‘this line was for people shipping to heaven only’,” said Fisher. “They put a stamp on it, they guaranteed her that the cake would arrive before mommy's birthday.” Fisher says employees were wonderful giving Bella the gift of time and attention and letting Bella send her gift to mom. “She was so happy, she gave me a high five,” Fisher said. “She was like ‘Mommy's going to have a birthday cake, she's going to have a party’. They have no idea how much it meant to her to be able to do that for her mom.”

 

 

a group of people posing for the camera: The now viral photo of Ieshia Champs and her children.

Mom of 5 Graduates Law School

Story shared courtesy MSN: Ieshia Champs has wanted to be a lawyer since she was 7 years old. In her teenage years, however, the odds began stacking up against her and it appeared that her dream might be permanently out of reach.

"I really didn't have any stable guidance at that time. My mom was addicted to drugs. My dad was deceased. And I was homeless," Champs told CBS News. "I lived with friends or whoever would take me in. Then I got pregnant with the first of my five children, and things just went from there." 

Ieshia dropped out of high school and got a job at a call center to support her growing family. Then, in 2009, when Ieshia was pregnant with her fourth child, she suffered a crushing barrage of losses. She lost her home to a fire. She lost her job. She lost her children's father to cancer. And then, she says, she lost her sanity In the depths of despair, Iesha tells CBS News she tried to commit suicide. Shortly afterward, she received a fateful phone call from her pastor. "Pastor Louise Holman called me one day and said that God told her to tell me to go back to school and get my GED, because that lawyer I wanted to be, I'll be it!" Champs recalled. "I thought it was a little crazy because I was too old and I had three children with my fourth child on the way."

But if God had willed it, this woman of faith figured she should probably listen. Ieshia dutifully enrolled back in school and got her GED. Then she went on to Houston Community College, and to the University of Houston-Downtown after that. Now she's set to graduate from Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May. And to the joy of people across the social media world, she commissioned a set of photos to commemorate the occasion.  

"I took the pictures with my kids because they helped me through school. They're graduating too!" Champs joked proudly. "They would help me review with flash cards while I cooked. They would sit as a mock jury while I taught them what I learned that day. I would sit in my closet and pray and cry because I was overwhelmed and my oldest son, David, would gather his siblings, give them a snack, make them take a bath, gather their school clothes, all to make things easier for me. And I had no knowledge of him doing that until I went to do it!"

In one of those photos, which has now gone viral, Ieshia stands with one heel on a pile of books in front of her five kids. In her hands, she holds a chalkboard with the words, "I did it!" written on it. Her children stand behind her holding chalkboard messages of their own: "We did it!" "I helped too!" "Me too!"

"When I look at the pictures, I cry, I smile, and I'm very grateful," Champs told CBS News. "I see a woman who at one time knew that the odds were against her. Looking at that picture reminds me of the fact that I didn't just defy the odds, me and my children destroyed them." The photo rapidly garnered tens of thousands of likes on social media, with comments rolling in from all corners of the country. 

"As a mother and a woman who's interested in law school - id love to ask her of her best advice in deciding to pursue & thrive in law school," one Instagram user wrote, adding, "Congraaaaaaaats! #goals"

Internet slang aside, this is indeed a story about goals -- goals set, goals that for a time appeared to be dashed, and goals finally accomplished with the help of faith, resilience and the power of the human spirit.

 

 

Florida deputy saves unresponsive baby’s life

Story shared courtesy News Fix:

The officer was on his way home when a woman flagged him down and told him her baby was unresponsive. Shortly after, the officer was rushing to a Florida hospital with the 3-month-old boy in his arms. "I'm not waiting on medics ... I'm headed to the emergency room with the baby," he told a dispatcher Wednesday.

 

Dashcam video released by the Marion County Sheriff's Office shows the deputy making a U-turn at a red light in Ocala, Florida, before pulling on the side of the road to meet baby Kingston and his mother. Nix quickly took the baby on his arms and put him on the ground, the video shows.

"I just kind of panicked and started crying and I was just like tell me that he is breathing," the boy's mom, Nechole Crowell, told CNN affiliate WESH. For several minutes, he performed "several life-saving measures on the child" but didn't see any improvement, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

With no ambulances or medics around, the officer grabbed the boy, got in his patrol car and drove to the Ocala Regional Medical Center. "I remember praying, thanking God for putting me in the right place, at the right time for the right reason," Nix told reporters Thursday. "This was the most emotional day I've ever had in my career. It was also the scariest and the most rewarding."

 

Kingston was discharged from the hospital Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery, the sheriff's office said. "We are tremendously proud of the officer and we can already see that he and Baby Kingston will have a deep connection that will last a lifetime," the sheriff's office said.

 

 

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