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Hello, everyone!  Today, I have a very special guest who I would like to introduce to you.  Her name is Evelyn Faye Randall, but most people call her Miss Eevie.  Many of you will probably remember her from my short story, ONE OF A KIND.  She is the incredible aunt of Paula.  Well, Miss Eevie has just launched her very own Web site called ASK EEVIE, and I thought it would be nice to sit down with her for a few minutes on an interview.  And since I love her cheery, melodious, Southern accent and way of talking so much, I decided to script the typed interview in the exact manner that she speaks.  So here she is, everyone, the lady we all know as Miss Eevie!

M:  Well, first of all, Miss Eevie, I would like to welcome you to my blog site and to the worldwide web.

E:  Well, thank yuh very much, Maxine.  Um so excited to be here!

M:  We are just as excited to have you.  So tell us, Miss Eevie, what do you plan to do on her new Web site, ASK EEVIE?

E:  Well, it’s a advice column where folks can submit problems they need help wit, and I tries to share thangs wit ’em that hopeferly will help ’em deal wit what they going through.  But it’s also a inspirational column.  Everbody’s going through sumpthin’.  Yuh know, we’s living in critical times hard to deal wit.  Now, that ain’t me talking.  That’s the Bible–2 Timothy 3:1-5.  I tries to base everthing I tell people on what the Bible say.

M:  Thank you, Miss Eevie.  We appreciate your sharing that Scripture with us.  Now, we understand that you’re a spiritual woman, so does that mean your column will be preachy?

E (laughing):  Well, that depends on what some folks call preachy.  Like I said, I try to base what I say on God’s Word, so from time to time, I will throw in a Scripture or two, but I’ll try to do it in a way that hopeferly leave people feeling like um trying to build ’em up instead of tear ’em down.  I just know everbody need encouragement from time to time, and I just wanna add some ‘freshment to folks’ lives.  That’s how Jesus was, yuh know–he made folks feel refreshed.  And that’s what I wanna do.

M:  He did indeed, and thank you for that very timely but friendly reminder.  So, Miss Eevie, a lot of people would like to know if you’re originally from North Carolina where you live now.

E:  Well, I was act’lly bone and raised in Savannah, Georgia.

M:  Ah, so you’re a Georgia peach.  No wonder you’re so sweet.

E (laughing again gregariously):    Well, thank yuh, honey.  That’s mighty sweet o’ you to say that.  Yes, I was bone in Savannah in 1931.  Me and my brother, Paula’s daddy, worked in the cotton field from sun up ’til sun down.  I only got a fifth-grade education.  We did’n have the opportunity to go to school like these young chil’ren today.  Poppa made us stay home from school and pick cotton.  What I learned, I mostly learned from reading and teaching myself.

M:  Miss Eevie, thank you for sharing that because, you know, a lot of people feel that just because a person is up in years and seems to be uneducated in a secular, worldly way that he can’t teach anyone anything.  Now, you’re a mature lady  who, even though you only have a fifth-grade education, seems to have a lot of wisdom and knowledge.  I know you said that most of what you learned, you learned from reading and teaching yourself, but is there something else in particular that accounts for the knowledge you’ve obtained over the years?

E (her expression turns serious as she presses a fist to her chest):  I owes it all to God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  (Her eyes appear to well up with tears as she continues.)  If’n it was’n fer them, I’d have nuttin’–I’d be nuttin’.  I cherishes my relationship with God.  A lotta what I know–the thangs that matter most in life–I learned from His Word the Bible.  It’s got the answers to all our problems, if’n only we’d read it and obey.

M:  That’s nice, Miss Eevie.  Thank you for sharing that with us.  I can tell that your relationship with God is extremely important to you.

E (nodding):  Yes, it. is.

M:  So, Miss Eevie, how can folks get in touch with you when they need some of your godly, motherly wisdom or just want to chat with you?

E:  Well, my Web site address is adds, giggling):  Wow, that was a mouthful.  Um surprised I ‘membered it, but I been practicing.

M:  Well, you did good.  Thank you.  I have just one last question before you go.  Do you ever plan to write and publish any books?

E (releasing a quaint giggle):  No.  I thank I’ll leave the writing to you and all the other writers out there.  But yuh never know–that could change one day.

M:  Well, I sure hope so.  I would love to read some books written by you.

E:  Well, we’ll see.

M:  Alright, Miss Eevie.  Well, thank you again for visiting me on my blog and allowing me to be the first to interview you and welcome you to the worldwide web.  And congratulations!

E:  Thank yuh, Maxine, and thank yuh kindly fer having me.  I really enjoyed it.

M:  Me, too.  Well, this is Maxine Billings signing off and wishing you all a very blessed and awesome day!



BABY CRAWLINGYou may have seen Domino’s Pizza’s latest television commercial where they say, “Failure is an option.” Initially, I felt that it would be bad for business for them to admit that, but now, I think it’s a great advertisement.  No one wants to be a failure, but let’s face it–we are all imperfect humans who make mistakes from time to time.  (Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12)  Even the most brilliant, smart, and well-educated person is not without some failings.

QUESTION: Does a baby walk before it crawls?  Usually not.  But even though I don’t know of any who have, I’m not saying there are some who haven’t–because for all I know, there may very well be some out there (in this day and age, just about anything is possible.)  Maybe they just skipped the crawling stage altogether and went straight to walking in the later months of their lives.  Or perhaps there are other reasons.  I don’t know.

We’re all like babies in a sense, don’t you think, in that we all learn, grow, and mature at our own individual pace?  Everything we know in life, we know because we learned it.  For some people, it seems like they were just born with natural talents and abilities.  It may be that it takes them hardly any effort to accomplish the things they do while another person may have to struggle to succeed in the same, a similar, or a different area.  On the other hand, the one who seems to be weak in certain areas could perform better at some things than the seemingly more talented individual.  Either way, this, in my opinion, is one of the times when failure is an option because how will we ever know what we can accomplish if we do not try?  Is it better to simply say, “I can’t do it,” without even trying?  Or should we at least give it an attempt first?  Then if we fail, we can either choose to keep trying or give up.  Whether or not a person decides to pursue his goals is his own personal decision, but when we don’t put forth the needed effort, we won’t know what we could have done.

Could it be that we’re afraid to be called or considered a failure?  It’s human nature, to a certain extent, to care about how others view us, but I have learned that if I take offense to everything everyone says and does to me in life, I will never be happy.  So, no, everyone may not like everything we attempt to do in our lives, but peace, joy, and satisfaction can come to us when we know that we put our best foot forward and gave it our all–even if it means sometimes, someone taking us by the hands and helping us like a parent does his son or daughter when they start learning to walk.  And if we stick with it, the next thing we know, we’ll be sailing on our own.








As always, this is from my heart to yours,


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In LIFE AFTER MOMMA, Kiara is caught in a dilemma. The cutest and most popular boy in the entire school wants her to be his girlfriend. Her dilemma? She’s 16, and her dad has forbade her to date until she’s 17. She has two options: (1) obey her father and tell the boy no or (2) date the boy behind her father’s back. Which should she choose? Which will she choose? If you were in her situation, which would you opt to do?

How is it that some young people get caught up in the lure of secret dating? As is the case with Kiara, some do it because they know their parents won’t approve, so they decide to just do it and not tell them. Perhaps others do it as an act of rebellion, especially if they feel that they’re not being treated like the young adults they think they are. Therefore, they make the decision to do what they want and not tell their parents. This also plays a part in Kiara disobeying her father.

Two important questions that should be asked of oneself are: Where will my actions lead? and How will what I’m doing affect God and my family? In creating humans, God blessed us with the wonderful capacity to love and accept love from others. The intimacy that a husband and wife share with one another is a beautiful thing—it is one of His most precious gifts to us. (Proverbs 5:18 & 19) Therefore, it is to be used according to His instructions. Too, we must always remember that the decisions we make in life not only affect us—they also affect our Creator and others who love us and care about us. Admittedly, it’s tough sometimes to accept and understand these things when you’re young, particularly when you’re young and in love, but as you continue growing to maturity, you’ll get there.

So now, back to Kiara. If you’d like to know where her decisions and actions lead her, please read her story in LIFE AFTER MOMMA.

From my heart to yours,