A Mother’s Worst Nightmare. Spiritual Sunday’s 

“All things are full of labor; Man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is what will be,That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun”. Ecclesiastes 1:8-9 NKJV

I thought about putting pen to paper all week and I guess now; I have made the decision to go forth. I don’t believe in holding back your testimony it doesn’t help anyone if you keep quiet. I did want to make sure I had clarity on what I believe needed to be shared and be mindful of the message that would come forth; as well as respectful to the other parties. 

Please be advised: the standpoint of this testimony (message) is from the mouth of a single mom.

Being a single mom,when my kids began to get older; I would worry about their well being. But once I gave my life back to God I began to pray for their wellbeing. Even though I prayed it would always get me on high alert whenever they stepped out the door; especially with all the craziness going on in the world. Even though they weren’t criminals they could be assumed as one and be snatched from my presence at any giving moment; as a mom that is hard to handle on a daily basis.

Not only that; you have to wonder if the people they are around are good for them and not involving them in things they wouldn’t normally be a part of! People are always saying even when I came up as a kid “you have to allow them to make their own mistakes”; I never quite got that part of the conversation. 

You can be the best parent and have the best kids; but I’m here to tell you that doesn’t shield you from tragedy hitting close to home or stopping at your front door! I had to experience this first hand.

From the time my kids were small I have always instilled in them that family comes first! And this includes friends that come into our lives that become family; if they are my kids friends, they are my kids and part of our family! No matter what! If they hurt; we hurt! If they are going through; we are going through! If they are in need and we can fill that need; then it will be done!

“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them”. – Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV)

Saturday August 20, 2016 will be a day I will never forget; it’s the day I got the call I have always been fearful of. Even though I’m saved and my children are saved; this type of call as always been in the back of my mind! 

Our Heavenly Father is a protector, comforter, deliverer; (just to name a few) and I will always believe that! But I have to tell you I wasn’t ready for this call; it was from the Chaplian of one of the local hospitals and he wanted to talk about my son! The things that went through my mind in the matter of minutes; when I answered the call I was sitting but soon as I heard him say my son’s name I was on my feet and running!

I tried my best to sit and stand still while he told me my son and his best friend had been in a bad car accident; I believe I did my best to keep my composure and not start wailing on the phone. My son’s friend is the kind of friend I had been praying for to come into my son’s life! My prayers had been answered and I was happy that finally my son had this blessing from God! My son would light up whenever they were in each other’s presence; they would hang out whenever their schedules permitted and I didn’t have to worry because I knew and felt he was safe! As a mom that wanted the absolute best for her child I was very happy. His friend’s family had welcomed my son with open arms and treated him like their own; this also meant a lot because his father and his father’s family wanted nothing to do with my son. 

This call shattered all our lives; all those dreams, all the plans they had been making! After I hung up I wanted answers and I just couldn’t believe or understand why this was happening! I knew I couldn’t drive and I couldn’t go to the hospital on my own; I called my daughter to come get me and called my other son to meet us there. The whole car ride over so much went through my head; “were they okay, I knew what the Chaplian had told me but I believed in God and I knew he could perform miracles, but it had to be his will not mine.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him”. – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

The reality came to be that my son’s friend wouldn’t make; my son was alive but fractured bones in his skull, neck and hand would have to be part of his continued journey in this life. His friend that had become more like a brother was gone! That’s something we all will have to help him face and that’s a challenge that will make us all stronger and appreciate each other more than ever! 

While my kids and I have always been a tight bunch; this has brought us much closer and stronger as a unite! I got to see my kids show up and show out for their brother; forgetting about themselves and their needs and putting his first. I thank my Heavenly Father almost everyday for allowing me to be their mom; they will hit those nerves sometimes but it’s times like this that outweigh any of that. 

This was one of the most hardest articles for me to write as a mother, woman and child of our Heavenly Father but he has a plan, a purpose and a blessing tied in here for someone else and who am I to stand in the way of that. 

It is my prayer that whomever reads this will find and grab hold of whatever it is that he needs you too and that you share it with someone else; don’t block anyone else’s blessing or breakthrough.

Points to Remember: Takeaways

1. There is Purpose in your Pain

On the day of the funeral my son’s friend dad got up to speak about his son and in between tears; these are the words that were downloaded into my spirit: there is purpose in your pain!

When something of this magnitude happens; yes you will be in pain but there is God given purpose, written all over it. We must pray for clarity and go forth.

2. Turn Tragedy into Blessings

Share your story! Your testimony can bless someone else. You can get them unstuck; everyone doesn’t have the same strength levels; they may need to see and hear how you handled it and make it through.

Until next time, 

Tamara McCarthy 

aka: Single Mom of Purpose 

Spiritual Sunday’s:

Spiritual Sunday's......

Welcome to Spiritual Sunday’s!

My last blog I gave a short introduction to what Spiritual Sunday’s will be and I am excited to present you our first guest blogger; Ms Angie Bee! 

“Buzzin’ With Da Queen BEE”

submitted by Evangelist Angie BEE

Edited by Mother Loretha Simon

Alls my life I has to fight, nigga

Hard times like God

Bad trips like: “God!”

Nazareth, I’m f—ed up

Homie you f—ed up

But if God got us then we gon’ be alright

Nigga, we gon’ be alright

Nigga, we gon’ be alright

We gon’ be alright

Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright

– By Kendrick Lamar

Why would I begin an inspirational message with the foul-mouth language of a hip hop recording artist? I don’t think other evangelists would begin a message with a rap song and I bet my beloved Pastor would be disappointed to read the opening of this article, but there is a message in this madness so keep on reading.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has won:

– a Grammy

– A BET Award

– an MTV Award

– countless global fans and a

– Soul Train Music Award

There are young adults and hip hop fans who can quote Lamar’s lyrics faster than they can spell their names.  I know this song is laced with profanity and reflections of trials and troubles from both film and reality, but I cling to the shining light that beamed from the midst of this song:

But if God got us then we gon’ be alright!

How can you be encouraged when you are sick or injured or facing a trial?  Is it really feasible to believe that a person can “look to the heavens from which cometh my health and strength” when they are dealing with a broken bone or an impending surgical procedure?  Hmmm…

1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit; a place where God can dwell.  Our bodies are considered houses!  Many of us will put on makeup or purchase a new suit before dealing with pain or dysfunction within our bodies.  Does that new eye makeup cover up the fact that you are squinting when you read?  Do those new running shoes cover the foot fungus that you have ignored for months?  Hmmm…

Now, what if your home has a foundation issue that resulted in cracks throughout the walls?  Are there shingles missing from your roof? Do you slap a coat of paint on the walls to cover the cracks or do you work to restore the foundation?  If your home is the place where you dwell, would you take care of your home?  If your body is a home where God dwells, then it is time to take care of it!

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It’s not a valley of sickness, it is a valley of restoration! When we get a bad medical report, just wait for doors to open.  God wouldn’t have led you to this situation if He didn’t have a new direction for you into a valley of victory.  Your valleys are leading you to your victories! Joel Osteen

As I write this article, I am lying on my couch with my laptop on my lap and my foot propped up on a pillow.  Last week, I had bunion surgery and my foot still holds the stitches.  During my first follow-up to the surgeon, she revealed to me that I had popped one of my stitches and my foot was red; leading me to 14 days of antibiotics.  My surgery was on Monday and my first follow-up was on Wednesday.  How did all this happen during the course of TWO DAYS?!  I didn’t respect my temple.  The pain meds were working, my walker was within arms reach and I felt like I didn’t want to be a burden to my family so I hobbled around a bit.

I slapped some paint on my cracks and ended up doing more harm to my temple!  I ain’t doing that no more.  My foot is propped up, the ice pack is in place and I have a remote control in my hand!  Hmmph!

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God will certainly speak to you whether you want to hear from Him or not.  Kendrick Lamar SCREAMS the lyrics in his song to tell audiences “But if God got us then we gon’ be alright” and some of us don’t hear that inspirational word, because we don’t listen to rap music.  God used Lamar to deliver that word, and we don’t like the cussing, so we don’t listen to the song.

While I was writing this article, I had the TV on my favorite channel with Joyce Meyer on mute.  Why would I put a message from God on mute?  Because, I was trying to write this article (lol).  Well, I looked up from my laptop and saw Joyce make a funny face, and I turned up the volume on my TV just in time to hear her speak these words from God:

“If we just keep asking for miracles, God will keep giving them to us; but if we ask God for WISDOM… we can avoid the pitfalls that require a miracle to climb out of”.Joyce Meyer

Now, I realize that waking up from any surgical procedure is a miracle.  My blessed Mother-in-Law used to say “They put you so far down under in sleep that you don’t even know that you’re in the world!” I don’t take for granted that any surgery is routine and I give God ALL the praise for the miracle of healing.

BUT – –

Along with that miracle, a person needs wisdom.  I should have rested following my foot surgery and if I had used wisdom, I would not have injured my foot or required antibiotics.  If I had used wisdom and allowed my family to care for me during that time, I would not have strained myself trying to sit up… and I would not have gotten a hernia.  Yep, you read it right!  I have an estimated 4 inch tear in my abdomen and now I need ANOTHER surgery to repair it.  Wisdom.  I asked for a miracle, but lacked the wisdom once I received that miracle and now I’m quoting Kendrick Lemar lyrics.

We gon’ be alright!

Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon’ be alright!

My body IS a temple of the Lord and because of this knowledge, I wrote a book entitled “The Evolution of Da Queen Bee”.  This book details my 200 pound weight loss and the miracle of healing from disease through Gastric Bypass surgery.  #EvolutionOfDaQueenBee

My body IS a temple of the Lord and because of this understanding, I wrote a book entitled “Last Week…I Wanted To Die” which detailed the mental illness that led me to three suicide attempts.   #LastWeekIwantedToDie

I chose to no longer limp around in pain from my foot and have my temple restored. How can I preach to others of the goodness of a healing God when my toe hurts too much to stand before His people?!  I didn’t just slap some paint on the cracks, I restored my foundation.  My foot is HEALED, in the name of Jesus!

God didn’t heal me from

– Type 2 diabetes

– High Blood Pressure

– Sleep Apnea

– Poor circulation

– GERD

– PTSD and

– suicidal major depression in order to let me fall down from a bunion!  God allowed me to learn my lesson and gain wisdom with this hernia, so now I am allowing my entire body the opportunity to rest. Thank you Lord!  Everyone marvels over the Proverbs 31 woman, but take a look at the Proverbs 3:13 woman!!!  Now THAT’S who I want to grow up and be like!

#Jesus

Lord, I thank you for the miracles you have allowed me to see, to speak and to be a part of.  Thank you for not only restoring my body but elevating my mind with wisdom.  Father God, I love you and I strive to be obedient, and I thank you for sending skilled physicians and caregivers that are my family and friends.  Use me Lord!  My temple is yours to speak to others and to lead them to you.  Thank you for Kendrick Lemar.  Thank you for Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Joseph Prince and Joel Osteen.  Thank you for #TheTOURthatAngieBEEpresents and for the clients that wait on Angie BEE Productions to reopen while I heal.  Lord, I thank you for loving me.

In Jesus name…

Amen

 

References:

– As printed on the website – http://www.metrolyrics.com/alright-lyrics-kendrick-lamar.html

– Kendrick Lamar – Alright Lyrics | MetroLyrics

– Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alright_(Kendrick_Lamar_song)

– Joyce Meyer television broadcast; airing August 18, 2016 on WACZ SuperChannel 14, Orlando Florida

– Joel Osteen television broadcast; airing August 18, 2016 on WHLV TBN Channel 22, Orlando Florida

BIO on Da Queen Bee 

Evangelist Angie BEE

As a media producer and accomplished social media promoter, I have recorded audio books for authors that now bring fulfilling stories to those with an ear to hear.  I report on news stories that may have been overlooked by larger outlets; and through my OWN books, I share my testimonies of mental illness and healing.  I inspire, encourage and share the word of God as a prophetic evangelist and ministry leader, and I work along side my anointed husband to bring workshops and entertainment to ministries, corporations and families.

A humble bumble-bee may be small and sometimes unseen, but I BUZZ with the anointing from above and this Queen BEE is pollinating the world with the love of the Lord every way that He leads me to!

– Evangelist Angie BEE founded “The TOUR that Angie BEE Presents” in July 2011 as a live outreach ministry, inspired by her award-winning Holy Hip Hop radio show entitled “The Hottest Home Hotspot WORLDWIDE”.

– Angie BEE serves small businesses and ministries through Angie BEE Productions offering audio books, commercial and TV show productions, videos and social media promotion.

– Da Queen Bee is the recipient of the 2012 Female Radio Show Host of the Year by the Global One Accord DJ Alliance.

– Evangelist Angie BEE was recognized by the Professional Women of Excellence National Leader for founding the Moms-n-Ministry Outreach Workshop.

– Nominated by Mary and Martha Ministries Orlando to receive the honorable “Palm Tree” spiritual endurance award.

Angie BEE is a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, member of Fellowship Church of Praise of Volusia County and is honored to be the business partner, best friend and “rib” (wife) of Bartee.

Please visit www.DaQueenBee.com for more information or call (386) 383-0726 for booking.

Evangelist Angie BEE

Award-winning Radio Show Host, Author, Media Producer, Promoter & Motivational Speaker

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www.YouTube.com/AngieBEEpresents 

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“Last Week… I Wanted To Die”

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BEE Blessed!


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Giving your Mind a Break


Have you ever had to do this? Take a break for your peace of mind? I had to do this recently; had lots going on and I just felt stuffy. I want to believe that it was God’s way of saying; we need to talk and I need your undivided attention! 

People, places and things many times will crowd you and overtake you if you allow it; and especially if you aren’t strong enough to step away. This can be one of the reasons people have mental breakdowns; just the overload of everything rushing them all at once.

I have been praying for clarity for sometime now and I believe I’m starting to get just that. In my hiatus I got a download in my spirit; to incorporate other bloggers, writers and lovers of the word; the bible! In this journey that I have found myself on and call it Spiritual Sunday’s. 

I didn’t know how it was going to be received or if I would get any takers but I put out the call; and some have answered!  I am excited because each one of us are unique in our own way but we all have love and passion for others; and its just going to be awesome! 

The word says that we are to ask and it will be given! I asked for clarity and this is just the beginning! Stay tuned and be on the look out for Spiritual Sunday’s starting the 21st of August..

Until next time..Peace & Blessings

Check the Fruit! Beware of those you call friends…

Have you ever heard this statement before “check the fruit”? Well I have and at first I was absolutely lost! Church folks have a different way of talking sometimes and being a new Christian at the time; I had to be schooled on what this particular statement meant. 

Here is a scripture reference that will shed some light and explain what I am talking about: 15″Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them”. Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV)

Basically you can’t call everyone your friend;because some come with their masks on and will play the role, but all the while scheming behind your back! They will be connected to you for their own personal gain; to see you fall flat on your face and kick you when you’re down! They will discourage you from doing anything that will advance you into your next level. 

I started writing this article a few weeks ago and didn’t get the chance to finish; and I believe there is a reason why. These past couple weeks I have had to check the fruit! I have had to take a hard look at some of the people I allowed in my life and called friends. Some I knew for years and others I was just getting to know and they ‘appeared’ and ‘acted’ genuine! When you get to a place where you love yourself and respect yourself; you just can’t tolerate the foolishness! 

Having the wrong people in your life doesn’t do you any good! It doesn’t help you go as an individual; if the person is constantly negative towards you and never inspires, empowers, motivates or encourages you; then they are a major distraction and they need to go! 

We have to remember the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy! (“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. John 10:10)

Stop allowing negative people into your inner circle! Don’t add them to your  fav five! Be on the look out and stop them in their tracks! Your friend list may get smaller and smaller; but who said you needed a whole entourage to walk into your purpose? 

Until next time.