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The Rockford Church of God family sends special thanks to Rockford’s great Mayor Scott White and the Town of Rockford for helping make the Water Day 2022 successful, and we also congratulate him and his wife on their new baby boy. We appreciate everything the mayor did.
It was worth it all. The children really had fun; some did not want to leave. I personally want to thank my nieces Chat Lee and Thelma Hill for bringing their grandchildren. Thelma brought hers and five others.
Also thank you to my friend Minister Frankie Cousin and my goddaughter Brandi C. Sims for bringing her daughter, my great-nephew for bringing my great-great-nephew and our granddaughter Shelby for bringing her cousin. Reita and her husband came and watched the children at play.
It was a great turnout despite the heat and showers that didn’t last long, but seemed that it got hotter afterward. However, it didn’t affect the children at all.
Children can change minds. There is a cliché that some of us use at times – “God had to reach way down.” (informal), meaning to touch and save us. Well, children do not have to reach way down to touch and get me, although my love for them is at the bottom of my heart! Some children ranging from 6 to 13 years old have really taken my heart to the mountain lately with their love, kindness, blessings, and even their funniness.
Six-year-old Kelseigh Sims is one smart and most disciplinary 6-year-old child that I have seen these days. She makes me cry joyfully, laugh and to say “Wow, where did she come from?” One Sunday morning her grandmom called and asked what she was doing. She answered very proudly, “I am on my way to church to get my praise on.” She is always a happy child wherever she is.
One day a stranger said to her, “You are a happy lovable child. I bet people love you.” Kelseigh said to the lady, “Oh everybody loves me.”
She went to the Water Day on Saturday in Rockford and had a ball. She said to her mother, “That was the best day of my life.” I can say so much more, but I’m running out of time and space.
The first time 5-year-old Mylaun McGhee met me she loved me, and the second time she loved me even more. She started calling me “Granny Auntie.” Her grandmother Chat Lee and I had a big laugh. I saw her at the Water Day splash in Rockford, and she had the biggest smile and hug for me and said, “Thank you, Granny Auntie.” She, her sister Mattie, and cousin really enjoyed the fun day.
On Sunday Pastor Hill was saying everyone young and old should help out and sing in the choir. Thirteen-year-old Opie answered very quickly and said, “I can’t sing, but I can clap my hands,” and she began clapping her hands. I got so full I had to contain myself. That truly blessed me. There are some people who have been Christians and in church for many years and won’t offer God a sacrifice or anything, and this child who just began serving God yelled out to offer God what she had.
I am still full and chewing on that. It kept me all week. It helped me to fight off the devil, because he has been busy trying to take my joy, but he lost again. Thank you, Opie and Pastor Hill. Keep running for Jesus and know that He is real.
Children are real, too, and I love them very much. They help me to grow. Old people are still growing, too, and don’t you forget that.
We are praying for all churches to grow stronger in the Lord. We also pray for our country and for my brother-in-law, Dino Hardman, and for all ill loved ones. There will be a sunny day.
Happy birthday to my grandson, Chesley Days; nephew, LaJerral Hill; and former Police Chief of Rockford Corey Shaw, all on Wednesday; nephew D’Ollis Lee tomorrow; and more next week. Love you guys. Also happy belated birthday wishes to Joyce Simpson whose birthday was Tuesday.
“Money can buy you a house, but God can buy you a home.”
Be careful for the love of money.
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