From the bestselling author of He ' Motions comes a positive and inspirational book of lessons learned from his mother
In the bestselling The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord, Bishop T. D. Jakes examined a woman ' s most important relationships in life: with God, with her man, and with herself. In the smash hit He ' Motions, he turned his gaze to the hearts and minds of the other sex, offering both insight and empowerment to men and the women who love them.
Now, just in time for Mother ' s Day 2006, Bishop Jakes brings us a book that celebrates motherhood and promises to be his most intensely personal book yet.
Mama Made the Difference comes straight from the heart of the Jakes family to yours. In his uplifting and powerful voice, Bishop Jakes shares personal stories about growing up in his mother ' s home, revealing the time ' honored lessons and values she taught him.
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April 18, 2006
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Excerpt from Mama Made the Difference by T.D. Jakes
Of all the life lessons my mama taught me, I can say without a doubt that one of her bedrock gifts to me was a living, breathing belief in our God. She did it with words, she did it with actions, with prayers and praises, with the way she responded to life's hardships and trials. She did it with the joyful gleam in her eye as she surveyed the beauty of His creation in the budding rosebush at the corner of our house. She taught me to believe in God when she knew I was watching her, and she taught me more powerfully on those rare occasions when she wasn't aware of my watchful eyes.
I count this as one of her greatest gifts to me because so much of life focuses on the power of belief. In fact, belief, if you ask me, just may be the greatest spiritual force that exists in all the world.
"Hmm," you may say. "What about love Isn't love greater than belief " Well, love is a great force, but love does little good for those who don't believe in it.
Okay, what about peace "Isn't peace a great spiritual force " you may ask. Yes, peace certainly does have a power of its own, but if people do not believe peace is possible, then peace never comes.
So much in our lives begins with believing ' love, peace, growth, change, destiny ' and I am so thankful that my mother always taught me to believe. She taught me to believe in God, which I want to elaborate on in this chapter, and she taught me to believe in myself, which I will address in the pages to come. The strong tide of my mama's many lessons flow out of the currents of these two streams.
I suppose my mother taught me to believe in God before she taught me to believe in anything else. She reinforced that lesson by taking my siblings and me to church every time the doors were open, by supporting and encouraging our church involvement, by teaching Sunday school.