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My Inspiration For Writing “That Melvin Bray”

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October 31, 2017


Author Margaret McBride

Hi there!

I’m Margaret McBride, author of “That Melvin Bray”, loving sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother and resident of the wonderful state of Georgia. My husband Dan and I live in a small vibrant community just outside of Atlanta. I’m going to begin my blogging adventure by telling you my inspiration for writing my book.

Four years ago I was sick as dog and just simply could not get well. I’d been in bed for several weeks  and finally actually became depressed. One of my darling nieces thought a “good book” would help me, so she sent me a copy of a little book titled “The Shack”.   Well, I began reading it and within a couple of days I was feeling better. A few days later I felt like a new person—key word there, “new”. In case you haven’t read “The Shack”, it’s all about loss and forgiveness.

I’d been living the life of…

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YES, We Can!!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Hello, my dear friends. Welcome to my Monday Blog!

Just been thinking about practicing what I “preach”…well, it’s not really preaching, I just state my personal opinion sometimes…OK,  so it’s like a lot! It’s only because I love you all. I want everyone to live well, be happy, be healthy, love one another and ALL go to heaven. Yes we can!!

Are we afraid of something or just simply don’t understand God? God doesn’t ask us to be perfect; however, He does ask us to love Him and live for Him. Heaven is His home, therefore, His home, His rules. – It’s not that difficult. Is it?

A few years ago an old friend and associate of mine and I were discussing religion. My friend made the statement that he didn’t understand alot in the Bible, but of his two choices, “to believe or not believe”, he had decided to “go with God.” His thinking was rather humorous, but I knew him to be a decent fella’. He said he wasn’t taking any chances, because if there was a Hell, he had no plans of going there. Period.  He expressed his feelings of how God didn’t expect him to be perfect, and he felt God was more than fair in what He asks of those who want to enjoy eternity in the splendor of Heaven. My friend is wiser than he realizes. He believes simply that fear, being afraid, is what keeps us from God and all his wonder and might.

God has said over and over in the Bible…”do not be afraid“…365 times, one for every day of the year…”do not be afraid” —Is God just too good to be true? This is what I believe and count on: God is too good to us and He will never let us down…Ever! That’s the part that’s hard for some of us, but it is the truth! Believe it!! Believe this also:   “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”   – John 14:3 

This week, let’s all pray about what we believe and why. YES WE CAN spend eternity in Heaven. My old friend may not have all the answers (who does?), but he sure is fearless about where he’s gonna spend eternity.

Be fearless! Heaven is the most awesome goal we can have in this Life!!  AMEN!!

God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,


My novel, That Melvin Bray, a spiritual thriller, is available on Amazon:






I’ll Be Happy When…

Monday, October 9, 2017

Welcome, my friends, it’s Monday Blog time!!

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and I’m happy to be back! I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves and minding your own business! I say that with the utmost respect.  It’s just that recently I was reminded of situations that no matter how hard we may try to remain neutral and refrain from giving our sage advice, we’ll invariably find ourselves smack dab in the middle of somebody else’s business!

So a few days ago I was at the park enjoying my lovely walk and as I was listening to the melodious chirping of the birds overhead, I was interrupted by two speed-walking chatterbox females. As they flashed by me I heard one of them say: “I’ll be happy when…”.  It was quite clear that they were in the process of changing the lives of a few friends…if not the whole world.

My interest was so peaked that It was obvious to me that if I was going to hear the rest of the story I had no choice but to speed up— So much for the lovely walk in the park! I sped up and stayed behind them just enough so that my intention to eavesdrop was not too obvious.

What was also rather interesting was the way in which they carried on this rapid-fire conversation. Each would say to the other: “I’ll be happy when…” and then each would fill in the blank, so to speak. Obviously I had not been on the front end of the conversation when it first began, however, I feel certain this is the normal way these two friends communicate, at least on their walks in the park.  Here’s the gist of how their conversation went:

“I’ll be happy when: She wakes up. “

“I’ll be happy when: He grows up.”

“I’ll be happy when: She leaves.”

“I’ll be happy when: He leaves.”

“I’ll be happy when: She gets a job.”

“I’ll be happy when: He gets a job.”

“I’ll be happy when: She gets her degree.”

I’ll be happy when he get’s anything.”

This went on for about a quarter of a mile as I stumbled a few times trying to keep up, but never totally lost my footing; however, I’m pretty sure they were onto me, but they were so engrossed in their conversation, that the old lady limping closely behind them, poking her nose into their business, was just a small nuisance.

At first, I thought they were two mid-forty wives who were just venting about their better-halves. I changed my mind though, as the charge went on and I discovered they were discussing the dilemmas they were facing with their two grown children, a son and a daughter …the millennials!!

Frankly, I was relieved that it was just the millennials and not the better-halves. I believe these two “kids” can definitely improve and move past their present situations with the help of their loving Moms…(this was apparent). But if I applied the answers to a troubled marriage, that would have been a different issue all together. So, here’s me, ole’ busy-body-big-mouth-do-gooder just about to throw myself into their conversation in an attempt to save their troubled marriages. Oh brother!!

Fortunately for me and them,  the good Lord stepped in instead, and I tripped over a huge, old oak tree root which ran across the path we all were traveling. On my way down, I must have yelled “oh no” or something to that affect, and before I knew it, they were on me like the National Guard!! I’m pretty sure I never even hit the ground. It’s truly amazing some of the situations I get myself into, but as the good Lord would have it, there’s always a very good reason behind every situation He takes me to.  As for this one, I’m thinking He is teaching me to mind my own “beeswax”!!

So for me, “I’ll be happy when: I accept that I don’t have to save the world – that is God’s area.”

This week, let’s all pray and ask Jesus if there is something special He needs us to do in His holy name. If we ask and then hush and listen, we will hear His answer.

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me in my name, I will do it.” – John 14:13-14

God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,


Personal Note:  If you haven’t read my book,”That Melvin Bray”, a spiritual thriller, check it out on Amazon Books below: