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Video and Song Review: SUITCASE

Review by Brenda Johnson Padgitt 6-26-2014

SUITCASE by Mary J Blige

2nd Annual BET Honors - ArrivalsMary J Blige has been successful at creating and singing songs about matters of the heart.  Her songs are deep and are thought provoking.  There is also a sense of empowerment and healing in the words she sings in her songs.  Suitcase is a powerful song dealing with the outcry of Mary J Blige portraying a female who is tired of being hurt and heartbroken by someone who is suppose to love her.

The video scene shows two doctors who are looking at the mental health of a female who was admitted.  In the video the female confesses she might as well plead insanity if she continues to let the man in her life hurt her.  She is faced with staying in the dysfunctional relationship or deciding to pack her clothes and leave with her suitcase.  At the end of the video she decides to leave and tells her mental abuser that this is his good-by song.  She goes on to say while he is explaining his side she will be zipping up her suitcase.

Mary J Blige nailed it with this song because mental and physical abuse is a national and global problem.  Whether it is male or female, mental and physical abuse are problems that need to be addressed before they become deadly.  Perpetrators do not have the right to physically or mentally abuse anyone to the point of killing their very existence.  Such incidents should be reported and victims should seek counseling before it is too late.

Every man or woman should love themselves enough to pack up, leave and get help before they have a mental break down or go into a deep depression.  God has a plan for each of us.  An example of this is given in Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  It is up to us to fight the good fight of faith and not let the enemy kill the plan and purpose God has for us.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made by God. (Psalm 139:14)  Do not believe the enemy’s voice about your purpose instead believe God.  Romans 3:4 says “God forbid: yea, let God be found true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, And mightest prevail when thou comest into judgment.”   No man or woman is the ultimate authority or Lord over any other man or woman.  We are all accountable to the true and living God who is the only righteous judge.  (2 Timothy 4:8)

 

SUITCASE by Mary J Blige

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ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild 4 Year Anniversary

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6-15-2014 by Brenda Johnson Padgitt

It was 4 years ago in the month of June that the Universe gave birth to an organization called ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild.   On June 30, 2010, ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild officially launched its website aswifttwritersguild.com to introduce the benefits and services offered by the guild.  ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild was founded by Brenda Johnson Padgitt, Glenda Fields and Eunice Bridges.  The founders started the organization to help beginner to seasoned writers.  ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild is for the author, artist, playwright, movie producer, director, journalist, etc. who has the talent to put pen or brush to paper to create a unique & valuable piece of work.  ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild is always looking for new talents to enhance the Literary, Visual & Performing Arts.   The Mission of ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild is to mentor, support & help develop guild members in their chosen craft.  ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild plays a key role in helping guild members to discover & use their God given talents to impact the world.

Please join ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild in celebrating 4 years of hard work to establish a solid organization that seeks to serve our members and the community.  ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild has year around enrollment for those who want to join our organization.  We have beginner writers, seasoned writers and we also have ASWIFTT JR. Writer’s Guild.  We launched our community service programs called “ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild READS to SENIORS” and “ASWIFTT JR. Members READS to KIDS” on March 11, 2014.  ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild also teaches writing classes in partnership with the City of Dallas.  We offer our writing classes to the public at any City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Centers.  We officially launched our services with the City of Dallas in April 2014.

ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild has talented authors, artists, playwrights, directors, film producers, speakers, etc.  who are available for booking at your next event.  If you are interested in ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild or its members you can e-mail us to get more information at info@aswifttwritersguild.com.  We would love to hear from you.  Please continue to help us celebrate our 4 year anniversary as we count down to June 30, 2014.  We look forward to many more years bringing the world creative Literary, Visual & Performing Arts masterpieces.  Thank you for supporting ASWIFTT Writer’s Guild and its members.

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Book Review: Comfort For Troubled Christians

Review by Brenda Johnson Padgitt 6-9-2014

Comfort For Troubled Christians by J.C. Brumfield

Comfort For Troubled Christians0001“Comfort For Troubled Christians” by J.C. Brumfield is a small but powerful book that is a must read during trials and tribulations.  Although small enough to fit in the palms of your hands, this 64 page book is packed with helpful information.

In the Foreword of the book, Brumfield says that God’s Children can be joyous and victorious even in the midst of the fire of trial and suffering.  He further states that in sickness and poverty, persecution and trial, abuse and betrayal, heartache and disappointment, God’s child can have a perfect peace that passes all human understanding.  He boldly dedicates this book to saints in affliction.

In Brumfield’s “Comfort For Troubled Christians,” he uses water and fire to paint a picture of God’s hand at work in our lives.  Brumfield points out that water and fire are a necessity for mankind.  He also states that water and fire can also be man’s worst enemy.

During the times of trials and tribulations, God cares for saints who are suffering affliction.  No one likes suffering and pain but it yields an eternal result for our good. In Psalm 66:12, there is evidence of the saints expected end.  “We went through fire and through water; but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.”  Christians can rest assure that God will bring us out of our afflictions.

Brumfield explains there is a purpose for Trial By Fire.  He uses the book of Job as an example because Job compared his affliction as being cast into a furnace.  Job also had an inner peace about going through his trial because he knew God would bring him out.  In Job 23:10, Job says “When he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.”  Brumfield explains the Trial By Fire is a divine method with the divine motive to purge and purify with the divine objective of our righteousness.  Although the Trial By Fire is painful we must remember what God said. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8)

In “Comfort For Troubled Christians,” Brumfield gives step by step instruction and advice to Christians who are in despair.  He provides scriptures to comfort those who are suffering from uncertainty during trials and tribulations.  Brumfield reiterates that during the times Christians go through trials and tribulations God cares for you, God cleanses and purges you, God comforts you, God controls the fire, and God knows when His work is done on you.

I highly recommend “Comfort For Troubled Christians” by J.C. Brumfield.  This book was personally a comfort to me during the loss of my husband in 1994.  Throughout the trial and tribulation of dealing with losing a spouse uncertainty and despair was on the rise.  Not knowing how to deal with the weight of it all, God spoke and comforted me through the information in this tiny book.  The Holy Spirit reassured me that God was still in control while my world felt upside down.


Book Review: Real Men Speak “Womanese”

Review by Brenda Johnson Padgitt 6-8-2014

Real Men Speak “Womanese” by Lawrence J Moore

real-men-speak-womanese-pic2Real Men Speak Womanese is a must read for men and women alike.  Lawrence J Moore was coined “The Relationship Mechanic” in the process of helping couples fix relationship issues.  He genuinely cares for people and wants the best for them.  In his book “Real Men Speak Womanese,” Mr. Moore tackles many chapter topics on relationships.  Chapters such as “Me & Mr. or Miss Misunderstood,” “Applying the Banking Principle,” and “Learning the Language of Apology,” are applied to relationships.

In Chapter 3 “Me and Mr. or Miss Misunderstood,” Lawrence makes an important note that when couples don’t understand each other there is a breach in the communication.  Moore also says that information and honesty must be combined to make communication work.  According to Moore’s research the definition of understanding is comprehension, the power to think and learn, it is intelligence; Understanding is a specific interpretation; mutual agreement.  A person who understands you will be the one who settle differences.

Lawrence also says there are three foundational principles that need to be in place to make a relationship work.  He says the three principles can be applied to both men and women.  The first principle is you must love him or her, you must be unselfish towards him or her, and you must want the relationship enough to make it work.  Lawrence wants his readers to understand that both men and women have issues they need to work through.

In Moore’s Chapter 4 of his book “Real Men Speak Womanese,” he discusses the banking principle and how it applies to relationships.  He says that relationships and marriages are like bank accounts.  What you deposit into your relationship is what you get out of it.  No deposits, no withdraws.  Moore says the bank account principle is a good analogy for relationships and marriages.  He says when you learn the elements of banking and apply them it will produce a pattern of discipline in you.  Moore also uses the banking principle to point out that couples can control the success or failure of their relationships.

Learning the Language of Apology is another chapter that Moore presents in “Real Men Speak Womanese.”  Lawrence says there are two dimensions to the Language of Apology.  The first dimension is taking accountability that you have wronged another person.  The second dimension is recognizing what you are apologizing for.  He says a proper apology should have an explanation of why you are sorry.  He further states that a real apology terminates the conflict.  The one who is apologizing genuinely seeks forgiveness and wants to take accountability for their behavior.  Moore says men and women alike need the healing of the Apologetic Language.

Moore has successfully tapped into the internal fabric of relationships.  As a “Relationship Mechanic,” he has diagnosed the problems and shows men and women how to use the proper tools and labor to repair their own relationships.  Mr. Moore’s book is worthy of a spot on bookshelves of every home.  All couples should invest and purchase “Real Men Speak Womanese.”