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Song of the Day

My great friend who WON a luncheon/concert decided I was the blessed one to accompany her to this shindig today.  LOVE!  It was a great event which truly blessed me.  We got to listen to Brandon Heath sing, talk, answer questions and tell us more about his hygiene than we might of wanted to know.  It was entertaining, funny and a total hoot!

I’m going to share my fave song of the day below.  It truly spoke to me.  It made me think of the song— This World Is Not My Home, because it truly is, no matter what–going to be ALRIGHT.  This is not my home.  When I leave here, it’s alright (really better than alright), because you know where I will be.  Love this song!

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I thank YOU

We got to see the Kingdom Heirs last week at Dollywood.  They were seriously my favorite.  Here is the song I absolutely fell in love.  It perfectly lists things I’m so thankful for!

SOOOOOOOOO MANY REASONS TO BE THANKFUL!

For the times YOU kept me safe and sound…

For drying my tears…

Keeping me steady…

PEACE LIKE A RIVER…

For peace like a river…

The OLD RUGGED CROSS…

setting me free…

supplying my need…

I thank YOU

Without Him

Do you ever feel things just aren’t right?

You ask yourself, “What am I doing wrong?”

Maybe you go through your day thinking you are forgetting something?

Perhaps nothing is going the way you expected it to?

I think we all have those moments.  This life throws so many crazy things at us like a monkey at the zoo!  (you know what they throw)  We wake up with aches and pains we didn’t have a few days ago.  Our loved ones pass away.  We have devastating news or circumstances.  We just feel blah today.  How do we do it?

I just got on my knees and prayed for two separate families who have lost such a vital part of their family structure this week.  I know they feel like the air has been sucked right out of their lungs.  They are in such pain, it truly is heartbreaking for everyone who knows them even just a little bit.

On my knees, I thanked God for the awesome things that will come out of these tragedies.  I heard those words come out of my mouth and then found myself surprised at it.  What did I just say?  Then into my brain came….Awesome things can come out of pain when eyes turn to Jesus. There was the answer.  JESUS is the answer!

Then I also asked God to show them Him in all of this, because they can’t do it RIGHT without Him.  Nothing can be done RIGHT without him.  You can think it’s all good and be satisfied, but you are missing out on the endless possibilities that are available when you do not lean on your own understanding, but fully put your trust in HIM.  Let me repeat this, NOTHING can be done RIGHT without HIM.

God just showed me things in my prayer that I needed to remember.  I need to keep remembering and I pray that these two families can as well especially right now.  That is what I’m praying for the most.

GOD is Awesome.  There is nothing impossible when He is in the mix.

Do you feel like things just aren’t right?

Wonder what you are doing wrong?

Forgetting something?

Life just not turning out the way you expected it?

Are you WITHOUT HIM?

Please let Elvis explain it in his rendition of WITHOUT HIM:

THINK HAPPY, BE HAPPY

Today…

Today is the day!

Today!  Yes today!

EVVV-ER–RYYY–DAYYYY!

One of my youth students gave me this book for Christmas and I just love it’s positiveness.  I have it sitting on the windowsill in my kitchen which is a manegerie of all kinds of collections.  Take a look…

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It looks at me every morning and says “THINK HAPPY, BE HAPPY” and I look back at it and say “OK.”   I make up my mind to be happy.  You make up your mind to be happy.  It’s our choice.  No one else makes up our mind for us.  You ultimately have that power.  YES, POWER!  Make it your SUPER POWER!

This book helps support my super power.  What is so cool about this book is that it’s a compilation of all kinds of different artists.  They are all listed in the back of the book.  Very cool!  Art is awesome!  If you’d like your very own copy of this book, go check it out at amazon.com.

Here’s some of the pages from this awesome little happy book.

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The last one is my fave out of these, because this is so very true!  I believe you can do so many things with your voice.  You can speak kind words, tell others you love them, sing a beautiful melody …  it can also do negative things such as demean someone, hurt relationships and spew ugliness.  It can seriously change the world–your world.   Which way are YOU going to change it?  I choose the first list.  Let me sing to you…

 

I Saw Jesus!

I see Jesus a lot.  If you are not a believer, you are probably thinking “whatever,” and you might not want to read this blog.  It’s ok.  Always your choice.  I’m gonna tell it no matter what.  😉

If you are a believer, you will probably totally understand what I’m about to say.  I hope as a Christian, you see Jesus as I do…

I SAW JESUS!  I am not talking about the sandal wearing, long haired, gentle speaking guy we all picture when reading the Bible or looking at those stories illustrated for our children.  I’m talking I SAW JESUS in the voice of a man tonight.  When I say I see Jesus a lot…I do.  I see him in the clouds, in a smile just when I needed it…in a circumstance or compliment.  Tonight, He was there in song.  All I could do tonight when hearing this voice is thank God for allowing me to see Him.  I just praised Him as I listened to the words and music He so perfectly illustrated through the man who stood in front of the crowd.

Most every time I hear the National Anthem sung, I get goosebumps.  There is a pride and a sentiment during that song that makes me so thankful I live in the US.  I say this to help explain the feelings I had when I heard the music tonight.  It was that feeling when I hear the anthem times a million.  It was a humbleness that one feels when standing by something enormous.  It’s that feeling of being overwhelmed by something totally out of your control.  All those feelings rolled up into one….that is what I felt tonight.

I was so blessed to be able to meet Cleveland Brown tonight and to hear him sing praises and to sing a long with the songs he presented.  I could feel God moving.  I saw Jesus…in the music.  It was amazing.  You can tell that when this man sings, God is sending His message through that voice.

Got my picture taken with the man that shared Jesus with us tonight:

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Daddy

DADs are so important.  I know I didn’t create some post on Father’s Day about Father’s Day, because for the most part, I don’t want to get all sad about not having mine here anymore.  I mean, I can do that any day of the year!  I really do miss mine so much.  With the recent passing of a close family friend, it just brings back all the memories of when my daddy died.  It was so quick, he was gone and we were all so devastated.  We didn’t get to say a long or even a short good-bye.  Looking back, it was better that way.  At least, for me.  He was my cheerleader.  He always told me everything was going to be ok … no matter what.  So, if there was a long illness in the end, it would have been so out of sync with the relationship he had with all of us.  I do regret so many things I didn’t tell him or ask him, but that’s another blog.

I’ve been going over some songs for the friend’s funeral and this song just hit me.  It’s the perfect song about a dad.

For those of you out there that are true DADDYS …that truly take care of your children and love them with an unconditional love only a parent can give…THANK YOU!

Happy late Father’s Day!

THE LIGHTHOUSE

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There’s a lighthouse on the hillside
That overlooks life’s sea.
When I’m tossed it sends out a light,
Tis a light that I might see.
And the light that shines in darkness now
Will safely lead us o’er.
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse,
My ship would be no more.

And I thank God for the lighthouse,
I owe my life to Him.
For Jesus is the lighthouse
And from the rocks of sin;
He has shone a light around me
That I could clearly see,
If it wasn’t for the lighthouse
Tell me where would this ship be.

This gospel song was written in 1971 by Ronnie Hinson.  Ir won the coveted Dove and Fan Award for Song of the Year in 1972.  That was the year I was born!   That is pretty cool.  This song holds a place in my heart, because it was one of the first ones I learned to sing with an accompaniment tape.  ((YES, A TAPE!—OLD SCHOOL!))  Also, this song is a song that is one of the favorites of a wonderful lady at our church who is our oldest member and is an awesome mentor and example to all the women in our church AND REALLY TO ALL at our church, not just the women.

The entire song (this is an excerpt above) talks about Jesus being a lighthouse.  We refer to Jesus as so many things for us, but this imagery of He being a LIGHTHOUSE is so perfect to me.  He shines his light so we may see …and we can get where we need to go.  We are like that ship.  Sometimes we are in rocky water.  Sometimes we are in rough, crazy and chaotic water.  Sometimes we are in the still waters.  No matter the waters (the circumstances of our lives), we should always keep an eye on that light AND HELP SHINE THAT LIGHT TO OTHERS.

I want to not only sing this song, but SHOUT IT!
I thank God for the lighthouse!  I owe my life to Him!  He is the lighthouse!  He saves us from the rocks of sin!  He shines his light all around us so we can see!  If it wasn’t for him, this ship would be lost!  Amen!

Thank You Jesus for being the Lighthouse.  I need you daily.  I’m so thankful You cover my sin, because I know I sin daily.  Thank You for being the light in my dark world!

Thank You God for giving Mr. Hinson this song. (I read he wrote it in his late teens on toilet paper. Divine messages can come at anytime and be written down on anything!  YES!)

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