Gathering Eggs . . .

My husband has been after me for years to put all of my songs, poems and writings into one place so that if anything ever happens to me, he would have them.  Even more than that, he is of the belief that “someone else” might like to read them too. :\  I don’t know about that.   So for the next few weeks, I am going to work on pasteing all of my FB notes  and song lyrics into my blog.  At least that is my goal for now.  So I am sorry if you follow me and you see a lot of repeated things you’ve already read over the years or your inbox gets bombarded with notifications that “I have blogged again”.  Bear with me – it can’t last forever can it?   – Thanksblogging

The Good Daddy

 

A good Daddy loves his God first, then his wife and in loving both of those well, he loves his children best.

A good Daddy is not perfect. He may or may not hold down the highest paying job or have a BA or MA on his wall, but he works hard to provide for his family knowing that they are counting on him. 

A good Daddy is sometimes impatient, sometimes gruff and sometimes a little thoughtless but a good Daddy always means well from the bottom of his heart.

A good Daddy knows these things about himself and can say out loud when he knows he’s had a rough day. He stops himself before he lets his emotions ever override his ultimate love for his family. 

A good Daddy gets tired and sometimes needs a break but he knows there are baseball games and school programs to attend so he puts his exhaustion on the shelf for awhile and puts on his inner cheerleader and goes off to coach the game.

A good Daddy’s children know where to go when the hurts of life overwhelm them. They learn by watching him pray and pour his heart out to God when his own fears and frustrations drive him to his knees.  They know how to be thankful and appreciative of the little things because they see that in him when he’s been sick and the neighbor comes over to mow the grass the same way they know how to give when they see that he never stops at his own sidewalk when shoveling the snow. 

A good Daddy is not fake because he loves his neighbor and his children and always tries to do to and for them as he would have done unto himself. He doesn’t boast of any of his charity or accomplishments but gives God the glory for allowing him to be used. 

A good daddy has children who understand that he’s human because in his own humility, he admits it. He never tries to be perfect; he just loves as God commanded him to. 

A good Daddy corrects when correction is needed and loves a little harder when even a small thing can seem like and internal earthquake to a child.

A good Daddy produces young women who grow up to know how to be treated well. They have confidence in themselves because he has always honored them and taken care of them and their mother. 

A good Daddy produces young men who will be some young ladies pride and joy one day. He will be just like his Daddy some day and will know from example how a woman should be treated and how to be a loving father.  When his children bear witness, the cycle will continue. 

A good Daddy trust’s God and teaches his family that the true value of life is to know him and have a personal relationship with him.

If you are blessed with a good Daddy like I was, you are very blessed indeed. If you were not, I can tell you there is a Father who knows you and loves you more than any earthly father ever could.  He wants to hold you and guide you.  He wants to be your everything. He wants to fill the holes in your life left by the hard knocks and failures of others around you. He loves you so much that he sent his own son to die in your place.  He can more than take the place of an earthly father.  His love for you is immeasurable for he is the ultimate Good and Perfect Daddy!

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My Father in 1982. I only had him for 5 more years after this. At only 27, I was way too young when I lost him and oh how I miss him.

I’m Trying To Picture

I’m trying to picture that scene at the cross

The place of forgiveness

That place of such loss

And in my minds eye I can see every face

Generations of millions

Who have passed through this place

Although represented by only a few

Just a handful of friends

And loved ones he knew

Yet without a reason

And without a rhyme

He still saw my face

As he looked down through time

He saw all my sorrow as pain took it’s toll

He saw my transgressions

And still cherished my soul

He ached just to tell me

He saw every tear

He bled just to whisper

“Don’t worry, I’m Here”

I’m trying to picture the scene at the cross

When he saw all my sin

And said “I’ll pay the cost”.

dw – 10/6/2014

Trying To Listen

Sometimes I cannot hear you.

You just seem so far away

At times I need the answers 

To what’s come my way today
Sometimes I try to listen 

But your voice I cannot hear

So I bend and listen closer 

Hoping just to feel you near
It’s the times I’m struggling hardest 

That I know your working most

Not my will but thine be done Lord 

So that I may never boast
So I’ll be still until I’m sure 

That you’re working out your plan

And I’ll take those steps of faith

As you lay them in my hand
And If I should grow impatient

Help me in quiet rest

Remember all this time I’m waiting

You’re working all things for the best.
DW – January 5, 2016

Sing To Me Again

If you’ll sing to me again

I will listen

If you’ll sing to me again

I’ll write each word

Cause when you sing to me again

I’ll know that peace and joy within

Dear Jesus, won’t you sing to me again

 

I have known the Lord

I met him many years ago

I have trusted

In music of his word

But I’ve failed him

And sometimes I’ve wondered far

Forgetting who I am in him

Struggling day by day

I turned and then

I remembered

That he will meet us where we are

 

So – If you’ll sing to me again

I will listen

If you’ll sing to me again

I’ll write each word

Cause when you sing to me again

I’ll know that peace and joy within

Dear Jesus, won’t you sing to me again

 

You may have strayed

From the truth that you once knew

And sometimes,

You feel lost and so confused

But He loves you

He wants to hold you close again

And whisper all you mean to him

If you’ll listen close

He’s your dearest friend

And Oh how he wants to sing to you again.

 

So – If you’ll sing to me again

I will listen

If you’ll sing to me again

I’ll write each word

Cause when you sing to me again

I’ll know that peace and joy within

Dear Jesus, won’t you sing to me again

 

Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

 DW – May 9, 2017

 

 

Pride

It was pride that started the downfall of man. Satan’s pride in believing he could be like God; better than God.

pridePRIDE -Pride never got anyone a job.

Pride never kept a friend.

Pride never put a broken home back together again or built a strong marriage that Satan could not destroy.

Pride builds walls.

Pride decimates.

Pride steals all hope and all joy.

Pride takes your joy and swaps it for suspicion and regret.

Pride keeps you from doing what you know is right.

Pride says “I must be first”.

Pride says “I must be right”.

Pride says “I won’t apologize until you do”.

Pride robs you of trust.

Pride lies to cover fault.

Pride is not happy.

Pride is a facade for unhappy.

Pride is miserable.

Pride chooses to stay angry at the world for perceived wrongs.

Pride seldom offers forgiveness unless it benefits pride.

Pride is stubborn, they are synonymous.

It was pride that started the downfall of man. Satan’s pride in believing he could be like God; better than God.

Feeling proud for someone else and their accomplishments is a good thing.

Pride of self keeps you from being able to do that.

Pride of self will not give glory to God.

Pride and envy go hand in hand.

Pride makes a person who is never satisfied with their life and keeps them that way.

Pride goes before a fall. (so true) –

Pride is ugly.

Pride is the polar opposite of humility.

Pride and humility cannot co-exist.

Pride is the opposite of selflessness.

Pride and selflessness cannot co-exist either.

Pride lies to you and tells you there is nothing wrong with your thinking or your actions.

Pride keeps you from knowing right from wrong.

Pride is a sin.

Not my words . . .

James 4:6, James 4:10, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 16:5. Proverbs 16:18, Proverbs 29:23 – and on and on and on. (Just me pondering)

Random Thoughts . . .

Usually a reflection of things that have been on my mind or just wondering about life in general. . . . . .

“If you go through pain and struggle and never learn something about yourself, you’re missing the point. God’s providence would never allow you to be hurt by someone else’s disobedience if there wasn’t a lesson in it for you too. Everything God does has a manifold plan and is infinitely dimensional.”  – April 21, 2016

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In response to a quote attributed to Andy Griffith [I firmly believe that in every situation no matter how difficult, God extends grace greater than the hardship, and strength and peace of mind that can lead us to a place higher than we were before. – Andy Griffith] – “I don’t know if Andy said this or not but it is still something good to remember. No matter how many times in this life I have learned this lesson, my flesh temporarily steals my memory of just how good and faithful He is. I’ve had some very dark times in my life. Times when I felt like no one even wanted to hear or know how bad it was but you know what? . . . I can’t look back on one memory and say “No, God sure dropped the ball on that one.” Each and every time he has picked me up and brought me to higher ground. He will do the same for you. I am so glad that our future doesn’t depend on our own imaginations of what that could be. No – Gods plans are so much better and higher than our own. Thank you Jesus for loving me enough to plan a future for me that is so much better than anything I had in mind! Have thine own way Lord!”

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My hope is built on nothing less

Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

But WHOLEY lean on Jesus’ name.

On CHRIST the solid rock I stand.

ALL other ground is sinking sand.

ALL other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, and blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When every earthly prop gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found,
Clothed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne!
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

I’m not sure why this song has been on my mind since the middle of the night. All I know is that sometimes my heart just aches for the way I wish things were and at the times when I realize that there is nothing I can say or do to change the course of things and things are completely out of my control. But I serve a God who can and I am standing in him! I thank God for the reminder! – April 11, 2016

 

Proverbs 16 -1   To humans belong the plans of the heart,

but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

2All a person’s ways seem pure to them,

but motives are weighed by the Lord.

3Commit to the Lord whatever you do,

and he will establish your plans.

So you see it never really matters if you’ve convinced yourself or others that the lies that Satan tells you are true. What matters is that God sees all that. How do your hearts intents measure up to HIS standards. Since He’s the final judge, shouldn’t we be concerned with THAT the most? – April 10, 2016

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My God is able to penetrate the heart and mind and will of even the coldest, most hardened, stubborn individual. Look what he did for Paul. NEVER give up! Start praying for God to change you when you feel you’ve been wronged by someone else; to make you in his image. Even if you just “know” you are in the right. I dare you! – April 8, 2016

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Thought for the day. We can justify many things that seem good to us and take advantage of Gods grace. But does that glorify God? Just be sure that major decisions are fraught with prayer and Godly wisdom and not selfish gain or ease. – April 4, 2016

What’s so incredible about a supernatural man stepping out of a tomb after being dead for three days? Let me put it this way. Even the most self absorbed person, even the most self reliant, self assured have moments when they are at war with the failings of their own flesh. They may never show it to another human being but still the war rages. Jesus not only died for all of that but the most miraculous part is that the sin of the whole world wasn’t powerful enough to hold him. He not only died for all, he conquered death for all and rose victorious over it. He led captivity captive. He did what we could never do for ourselves. All of our arrogance, money and successes could not change our eternal path paved with our own guilt. But Jesus who new no sin, became sin for us. Best of all He is alive today because sin did not win. It never will….. praise God it never will. How can we reject so great a salvation? –  March 26, 2016

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I woke up about 5 am feeling so emotional. I am so incredibly blessed that God allows me to be a part of a ministry that sees people saved year after year. I feel so humbled to think that.God would use “me” … me in that way. I dont want to sound insincere or have one person come away believing that I think its about me. That is so not my heart and my hope is that every person involved might feel the same. It’s the awesomeness of God that has me overwhelmed and the power of the Holy Spirit that leaves me breathless. I feel like that donkey in the Bible and nothing more and to think that The God of the universe would take the time to use me to hopefully give himself glory and change someones eternal future just blows me away. Praise HIM for all he has done!!! To God be all the glory!!! I know there are greater ministries but there is no greater outcome than seeing folks secure their home in heaven and come to know the Jesus I know! What an honor. 15 saved last night! I’m still on cloud nine!!!

I AM!

I came to Steal kill and destroy!
I’ll Steal your joy
I’ll Steal your home
I’ll Steal your family
I’ll Steal your spouse
I’ll Steal your self confidence
I’ll Steal your job
I’ll Steal your sanity
I’ll Steal your children
I’ll even Steal your hope

My goal is to Alienate
Alienate you from your friends
Alienate you from your church
Alienate you from your family
Alienate you from your parents
Alienate you from your siblings
Alienate you from your children
Alienate you from your grandchildren
Alienate you from your peace

I’ll happily Take everything that’s precious to you!
I’ll Take your career
I’ll Take your ambitions
I’ll Take your talents
I’ll Take your relationships
I’ll Take your testimony
I’ll Take your dreams
I’ll Take your plans
I’ll Take your today
And I’ll Take your future

Next to pride, Anger is one of my most valuable tools
I can make you Angry at your neighbor
Angry at your pastor
Angry at your sister
Angry at your brother
Angry at your boss
Angry at nothing
Angry at everything
Angry at life!

I am working NOW to accomplish my plans
Now while you work
Now while you sleep
Now while you serve
Now while you have breakfast
Now while you have dinner
Now while you go to school
Now while you sit in church
Now while you grieve
Now while you plan
Now while you think you’ve got it all together!

My name is SATAN – S-teal A-lienate T-ake A-nger N-ow!

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My name is GOD!!!! and I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly. I have plans to give you a hope and a future. MY peace passes all understanding and MY SON bought your soul! I AM the FIRST and the LAST and all who BELIEVE and TRUST in me shall be SAVED. I AM the author and the FINISHER of your faith and I AM the creator of eternity and all that it holds. I have no beginning and I have no end. I AM the I AM and not even SATAN can come against me! I am your PROTECTOR. I am your HOPE, your PEACE, your FUTURE, the WAY, TRUTH and the LIFE! I am your CHAMPION! I am UNDEFEATED, UNSHAKABLE and UNMOVEABLE! I change NOT! One day I will cast the destroyer and author of all lies into an eternal hell where he will have no more power over those whose souls MY SON’S blood has bought.

Make no mistake – I AM GOD and I will never let the righteous be forsaken or have my seed begging bread!

CHRISTIANS – WE NEED TO TAKE BACK OUR BIRTHRIGHT AND STOP BELIEVING THE LIES AND THE LIAR! We need to claim our homes, our jobs, our family’s, our children, our relationships, our hopes, our minds and our God given dreams – for CHRIST!

HE ALONE IS WORTHY! If you must be shaken, then tremble before a God who has the power to throw your enemy into hell FOREVER AND EVER!!!! – April 13, 2016

I Miss My Mom

Six years ago tomorrow I was a part of the sweetest home-going. So bittersweet yet so precious at the same time. We all took turns singing her home and saying the things we needed her to hear before she left. I remember one of the nurses coming into the room and saying what beautiful singing was coming from that room. That would have made her so proud, and if what they said is true, that the hearing is the last to go, then I believe I know just what she would have said to that nurse at that moment if her body would have allowed. I believe she would have said – “I taught them everything they know”. In truth she did, along with my Dad. Hours and hours of singing in the car and listening to those strong alto parts that she sang so effortlessly along side Dad’s lead. Singing in church together for as far back as I am able to remember – what sweet, sweet memories. I can’t even think of “House Of Gold” or “He Bought My Soul” without hearing their voices in my head. I learned how to sing harmonies listening to her. i miss mom

I remember sitting on her left that day and holding her left hand as she took those final breaths. I saw the carotid artery in her neck pulse for the last time as the hospice nurse standing behind me swept forward to confirm she was gone; but I already knew. I remember feeling such devastating loss mixed with the awe in knowing at that very moment an angel sent by God himself was occupying the small space between us, waiting to usher her away. I saw that last heartbeat pulse through her neck, she was in the arms of God. So close, yet so far. I still wonder to this day what she was feeling right at that moment. I wonder who was there to welcome her in and I wonder who was there to usher her away. I loved my Mom dearly and her absence still leaves an unfilled hole in my heart just like the the one left by my Dad and then my sister just in January. I don’t know how people go on without heaven as their hope, their promise. What joy and peace I have knowing that goodbyes here are not forever for the ones who know Christ. I am so blessed to have had parents who knew him and led me to him. – I miss you mom but it won’t be long now. – April 18, 2016

Oh Poo!

Ok this is my funny story for the weekend. She will kill me when shes older for this. – Emmy was having some bathroom “issues” and needed a little encouragement. So like a good grandma I went into the bathroom with her to encourage her to do what she needed to do but she was having such a hard time. So, I made up verses to Jesus loves me to help get her mind off of what a difficult time she was having.

Jesus loves me
When I pooppoo
Sitting on the toilet stoop
He takes away my tummy ache
Then I can go out and play

etc etc . . . There were at least a half dozen more.

But that’s not the funny part. The funny part was when the songs and telling her to relax wasn’t doing any good, I dropped to my knees in the bathroom floor and said “Lets Pray” – She looked at me like I had two heads but I prayed anyway. When I opened my eyes. She was teeth bared and pushing. Then with a huge sigh she said “He said no – He’s on vacation in Florida”!!!

I’m still dying!!! That kid has such a quick wit for a 4 year old.

Oh settle down . . .  not every blog post is sweet!