When it pays to break the budget! $100 Giveaway Winner!

Over the past weekend, if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you will know that I have been posting wedding pictures from my best friend Crystal’s wedding!  I have known Crystal since the seventh grade and had the honor to be her maid of honor this weekend.

I have to admit, when it came to her bridal shower and purchasing gifts for her along the way, I happily broke my budget.  And here is why…

Crystal is not only a true and loyal friend (which is rare in these days and times) but I truly consider her family.  She has not only been a blessing to me but to every member in my family.  She has been a praying partner with my mother, takes care of my niece and steps in when needed for my family’s last minute errands.

More importantly, even as our lives have changed, we have both grown in God.  For this reason, we would wake up each morning at 5:30 a.m. and pray for our families and seek God’s direction for our lives.  These days, she also takes time to edit each and every article I write.

So yes, when it came time to celebrate her special day, there is no money that can ever repay Crystal for all that she has done for my family and I.  If you see the pictures you will see why I am smiling so big.  She is the best and there is no budget that would keep me from blessing her!

Just this past week, at the same time as I celebrated Crystal’s wedding, I also mourned the loss of my brother’s best friend’s father, Mr. Bobby Roy, Sr. We have to remember life is very short.  Therefore, when moments present themselves to show each other we care, we have to do it.  We never know when we will have that chance again.  I could imagine each and every one of us has someone today we can show them how much they mean to us.  You never know if this will be your last time to do it.

Finally, I am so excited to announce the winner of the $100 giveaway!  The winner is a Michelle Norwood, who has suffered an illness and was only given a few months to live but through God’s grace, she has lived more than 6 years since her diagnosis.  While this gift may not help much, I hope that it can be a blessing to her.

Remember: your choice, your future!

Kemberley Washington is a professor at Dillard University.  She is the author of The Ten Commandments to a Financial Healing.

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