Archive | March 2014

Monday Melody: I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

Several years ago, my friend and I sang at a Christian Women’s Conference. Following the music, the speaker had a special exercise for us. She gave us a slip of paper and instructed us to think about the following phrase, “If I could be an animal, what would I be?” we were to write the animal on a slip of paper and to be ready to share with the group and to tell everyone why.

f228e53e14370fedbecb085a086f39a5.jpg  That was easy. I didn’t have to think twice. I removed the blue cap from my Bic pen and wrote Songbird.

The woman walked around the room making comments and offering suggestions. When she stopped at my chair, I could feel her disapproval. “I don’t think you understand,” she said. “Think of a wonderful, majestic animal. If you must be a bird, why not be something fearless and majestic – an Eagle would be a great choice!”

“But I am not majestic nor am I a bird of prey. I would be a songbird and always will be. As long as I can remember, I sang constantly. Washing dishes, swinging on the swing in our back yard or on the front porch, sweeping the floor, preparing lessons to teach, gently waking my sister and brother. (Okay, that may have been a bit obnoxious but I meant to wake them gently, cheerfully.) Riding in the car, whatever I am doing, I sing. It comes naturally. I don’t usually think about it, it just swells up in my soul and flows past my lips – sometimes I sing without realizing it.”

“Well,” she said, “Eagles soar high and their voice is powerful.”

“I learned many years ago that it isn’t always the loud, powerful songs that touch the soul but the soft, soothing lullabies, quiet songs of consecration, pleading songs of invitation, cheerful songs to lift the weary soul and earnest songs of praise unto the Lord. This is what God placed on my heart for ministry. When I was a candy striper in the hospital, it was hymns sang softly that calmed the hurting, pediatric patients. When I was a small child, my grandfather who suffered from emphysema asked me to sing for him when he was having a difficult time breathing. He always said it helped. This is why I am a songbird. To soothe, to calm, to praise Him and to give Him the glory.  I can and do sing the Eagle songs when He places these songs on my heart. He usually gives me the softer songs to sing.”

We each have a job to do. Whether you are soprano, alto, tenor or bass, He has asked us to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”

There are so many passages in Scripture about singing; it must be important to the Lord. After all, He made the songbird and the eagle. Whatever bird we fancy ourselves to be isn’t important as long as we lift our voices to Him!

I was playing the piano this weekend and ran across this song. He prompted me to share some of the wonderful old hymns with you and Monday Melody began. So lift your voice with me and sing. (Check out the link below. The group singing reminds me of the Church from my early years as a believer. So if you have a hymnal, turn to the following song and sing along.

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story

   ♫ Francis H. Rowley     ♫ Peter P. Bilhorn

http://youtu.be/9ahjKfVb4Lc

“I will sing the wondrous story of the Christ who died for me

How He left His home in glory for the cross of Calvary.

       Yes I’ll sing the wondrous story of the Christ who died for me,

        Sing it with the saints in glory, gathered by the crystal sea.”    

 

The Vision of a Mother’s Heart

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”(Jeremiah 29:11)

The Vision of a Mother's Heart by Katherine Hinchee Purdy

Dear friends,

  There has been a change in the publication of The Vision of a Mother’s Heart.

  The company who published our book has closed its door and is no longer in business.

  This came as a shock to me and to several other “orphaned authors” but nothing takes the Lord by

  surprise.  Although this door has closed, He will open the door of His choosing. This may be for the best as

I have wanted to reformat the book as an e-book. So this small inconvenience has been a tool to push me forward.

We are still praying and considering our options.

I chose to self publish The Vision of a Mother’s Heart in order to be able to clearly present the Gospel through one of the

characters. There are Christian publishers who do not want to publish anything that seems “preachy”. I can understand their

viewpoint. However, the Lord placed this story inspired by my Grandmother’s childhood on my heart as an opportunity to share the

Good News that Jesus, the perfect, virgin born, sinless Son of God took the form of man and came as a baby with the purpose of

bearing our shame and becoming a sacrifice that we may be saved. 

     “For I delivered unto you first of all that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

     And that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures”

     (I Corinthians 15:3-4)

  You may ask, “Why did He do this?” The answer is simple. Because He loves you!

“That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God  so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that

the world through Him might be saved.”

(John 3:16-17)

If you would like to read more about the Gospel presented in The Vision of a Mother’s Heart, check out the archives of this blog for the chapter titled The Lesson. Isabel’s Mama uses laundry to present the Gospel to her children and a few neighbors who happened by and stopped to listen.

Please pray with us for wisdom as we make decisions, for discretion to go with the publisher of His choosing. Mostly pray that this book and the books to follow will be a blessing to others as we share Christ with through Isabel’s story. I would love to have a traditional publisher if that is God’s will. If so, may He place this story, this series on some publisher’s heart.

Many friends have shared with us other self publishing connections and we thank you. It is a matter of prayer and waiting for the door to open. Thank you so much for caring. Each of you has been a blessing!

~*~

Don’t worry. I still have a few copies of my novel and Lord willing, it will be available again and also available as an e-book. I have been working on the second book in the series and have written a few chapters for book number three.   Until then, I will continue with this blog and hope you will enjoy samples and other bits and pieces of life that I will share with you. Thank you for your patience.

Love you all!

Kathy                                                                                                                                   *All Bible verses used are from the King James Version