Gloria Ford:Don’t forget to bless someone else when the Lord blesses you
“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Hopefully the Lord has been blessing you. I pray that He blesses you above and beyond that which you can even imagine or expect.
Perhaps your blessings have not manifested themselves yet in the way that you would like them too; my advice for that is, don't give up.
Sometimes our blessings are delayed for various reasons.
Sometimes it may be a test of patience and obedience; sometimes there are lessons you need to learn; sometimes it may take added prayer and fasting; but, whatever the reason, just know that God knows and when we put our trust and faith in Him, we will have showers of blessings.
Don't forget to bless someone else when the Lord blesses you.
In that way you will always be in the “being blessed” business, and you will learn that it is better to give than to receive.
Black businesses on the West End
The late Mr. Henry Smith was sometimes known as “Ole Man River” for the awesome way he sang the song; he was also known as “Georgetown's Goodwill Ambassador.”
I remember the year that we did a Christmas show together at the Georgetown Library along with Mrs. Trisha Smith and others. He was wise and had vast information concerning early life in Georgetown.
I came across a list of black businesses in Georgetown that he had presented to me some time ago.
I thought you might be interested in reading them. The caption reads: “Black Businesses on the West End, Georgetown, SC before and at the turn of the Century and on into the 1930s, and early 40s and at the present time.” By Henry Smith who was born April 23, 1912.
1. The Jennings store on #4 road, South
2. Flander Washington's Grocery Store across from Dickerson AME Church
3. Paul Shubrick's Grocery Store on Hawkins Street
4. Charlie Windley's Grocery Store on Hawkins Street
5. Moses Alford's Grocery Store corner of Butts Street and Merriman Road
6. Oliver Simpson's Grocery Store on Butts Street
7. Julius Prioleau's Grocery Store and shoe repair shop on Gilbert Street, better known as Ford Street
8. Willie Alford , Sr. Barber Shop on Gilbert Street
9. Mr. Lucas's Grocery Store on Emanuel Street
10. Mrs. Ada Shaw's Grocery Store on Emanuel Street
11. Tom Johnson, Sr.'s Grocery Store on Emanuel Street
12. Henry Smith, Sr.'s Grocery Store on Emanuel Street
13. Henry Smith, Sr.'s Meat Market on Emanuel Street
14. Scott's Dance Hall on Emanuel Street
15. Dan Memminger, Sr. had the first barber shop in the back of Tom Johnson's store facing “G” Avenue. Henry Smith, Sr. operated the front part facing Emanuel Street. The year was 1922.
16. Taft Tailor Shop in operation for over 40 years on Emanuel Street
17. Isaac Smith's Grocery Store on Emanuel Street
18. Mrs. Susan G. Hughie Richardson's Grocery Store on the corner of “G” Avenue and Emanuel Street
19. Hick's Barber Shop and Grocery Store on “G” Avenue between Gilbert and Emanuel Street
20. Pinckney's Taxi Stand on Emanuel Street
The list goes on and on to 138 black businesses. Some of the businesses are still in operation, and we will highlight those at a later time.
Thanks to Mr. Henry Smith and his great record keeping.
A fifth-grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials to see if they could use them in some way to communicate ideas about God.
Here are some of the results:
God is like Bayer Aspirin: He works miracles.
God is like Ford: He's got a better idea.
God is like Coke: He's the real thing.
God is like Hallmark cards: He cares enough to send His very best.
God is like Tide: He gets the stains out that others leave behind.
God is like General Electric: He brings good things to life.
God is like Sears: He has everything.
God is like Alka-Seltzer: Try Him, you'll like Him.
God is like Scotch Tape: You can't see Him, but you know He's there.
God is like Delta: He's ready when you are.
God is like All State: You're in good hands with Him.
God is like VO5 Hairspray: He holds through all kinds of weather.
God is like Dial Soap: Aren't you glad you have Him? Don't you wish everybody did?
God is like the U.S. Post Office: Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor ice will keep Him from His appointed destination.
I hope you enjoyed those as much as I did.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those in need of a financial miracle, the lonely and brokenhearted, those who need employment, the homeless, the elderly and the handicapped.
Pray that we will come together as a nation to inherit the peace of God that passes all understanding; pray that all unity will be restored, and that the world will know we are Christians by our love for one another.
May God bless and keep you, and help you to have a wonderful weekend and upcoming week.
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