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My Tribute

I have been planning to have a different song and verse from scripture about the Love of God and then I saw a video of this gentleman playing on facebook and it blew me away.  His name is Hugh Waddy. I went to the facebook page of the Church who posted the video.

(Of course, you know I had to sing along!)

You may want to check it out as well.  This is what I learned from one of the posts.

There are more videos! check out the link: https://www.facebook.com/JacksonFirstBaptistChurch/… was Mr. Hugh Waddy, a concert pianist that has played at places such as Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. He did a concert here at the church this past Saturday night and it was truly amazing. If you are interested in a DVD of the entire concert, send an e-mail to jay@jacksonfbc.com.

(This youtube was Published on May 25, 2016
Hugh Waddy Fayetteville, GA plays “My Tribute” at Bethany UMC church, Fayette County Georgia. Recorded by Ardon Smith.)

I hope you are as blessed as I am by Mr. Waddy’s music. We are never too old to serve Him with all our heart.  Thank you, Mr. Waddy for blessing us!

Wait until you hear him playing How Great Thou Art!

His Eye is on the Sparrow

“Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows”
Matthew 10:31

Only A Little Sparrow

Author unknown

I’m only a little sparrow,
A bird of low degree;
My life is of little value,
But the dear Lord cares for me.

I know there are many sparrows –
All over the world they are found;
But our Heavenly Father knoweth
When one of us falls to the ground.

Tho’ small, we are not forgotten;
Tho’ weak, we are never afraid;
For we know that the dear Lord keepeth
The life of the creatures He made.

I just fold my wings at nightfall,
Wherever I happen to be;
For the Father is always watching,
And no harm can happen to me.

I am only a little sparrow,
A bird of low degree;
But I know that the Father loves me;
Doest thou know His love for thee?

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“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?”

Luke 12:6

No one sings His Eye is on the Sparrow like Ethel Waters! Whenever I think of this old song, I hear her voice. Even though I have heard wonderful soloists with their own rendition and I this is one of my favorite solos. When she sings this song at the Billy Graham Crusade in 1975, she sings from her heart. Cold, hardened, timid, fearful and arrogant hearts are softened as the Holy Spirit speaks through her. Souls turn to the Lord when they understand that He loves, He cares, He provides for a sinner like me.

“His eye is on the sparrow and I know He cares for me.”

His Eye is on the Sparrow

What Manner of Man Is This?

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For centuries prophets foretold the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. We are entering the season when we focus on Him and marvel at the fulfillment of the prophecies and all that He is – especially that He came for you and me to bear the penalty of our sin. Just think, The God who created the world loves you! 

In my devotions I have been dwelling on who He is. Through December, I will be sharing His attributes and fulfillment of Scripture. Having said this. I am sharing this song on YouTube video today which marvels on all that He is. I hope it blesses you as it has blessed me. This is a Ben Everson song beautifully sung by Amber Foster.

He is Jesus, King of creation!
He is Jesus, Lord of all nations!
Bound up in humanness, needing food and sleep and rest.
Fully man, yet wholly God!
What manner of man is this?
What Manner of Man Is This?

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Giving Thanks

 

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My friend, Mary Logwood shared this beautiful music on Facebook. I was delighted to see that there are many Thankful songs at this site on YouTube. It certainly reminded me of all that I have to be thankful for. Thank you, Christopher Phillips for posting your beautiful piano music on YouTube. Thank you, Lord!

Tuesday Tunes ~ Count Your Blessings

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Are you a list maker? I used to be. Now I dictate my lists on my cellphone.

We make lists of many things. Groceries, What to pack for vacation, Errands to run,

Chores, Christmas gift and card list, (one of my favorites!) Bible Verses to memorize, Ideas for stories to write, Ways to introduce Bible lessons in a memorable way… the list of lists could go on forever! Have you ever listed or counted your blessings?

“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Psalms 34:1

Several years ago, I had major surgery and was in a lot of pain when they wheeled me back to my room. John was there with Mom and Dad. I remember Mom saying, “That’s not my Kathy, she’s not smiling; my Kathy always smiles. And then John leaned over the side rail and said, “Sing Count Your Blessings!” It wasn’t easy but I softly sang. This surgery had meant that there would never be a miracle baby for us. But I knew God had a plan and I trusted Him. Of course, John and my family were among the first blessings on my mental list, and of course, knowing that the Lord is always with me is always at the top.

Timberlake Baptist Church and our brothers and sisters in Christ were huge blessings to both of us. The following day I had some visitors. There were flowers and cards from our Fourth Grade Sunday School Class. One precious little girl drew a picture and message so sweet – it is now among my treasures. My doctor was blessed by that little treasure too. Every child I have ever taught and cared for are all on my list of blessings. Too many to count! When I count those special blessings, I pray for each one as the Lord brings them to mind.

What about you? Are you having a dark storm in your life? Go to the One who created you. The One who gave His life for you and arose that you may have eternal life. He came that you might have life more abundantly. So dear friend, as you go before the Throne of grace in prayer, remember to count your blessings. In doing so, you are acknowledging His hand in your life and it is a way to delight in Him. You may be surprised to see what the Lord has done for you!

Click on the link below and sing along with me as I sing along with George Beverly Shea.  Don’t forget to Count your Blessings!

Count Your Blessings

(Johnson Oatman, Jr.       ~      Edwin O. Excell)

“When upon lifes billows you are tempest-tossed,

when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost.

Count your many blessings – name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings- name them one by one;

Count your blessings see what God hath done;

Count your blessings – name them one by one;

Count your many blessings – see what God hath done.”

Count Your Blessings

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

This has been a stormy day. As I sit and type, the rain is falling, the percussion of thunder is the accompaniment. Suddenly, I heard a tap, tap, tapping. I peeked into the office where Skippy has his very own chair. His eyes were big as saucers. The tapping turned into pelting and Skip jumped off his chair which spun and moved a few inches.

IMG_3188 (2014_02_14 17_52_40 UTC)I managed to video record a few seconds and will paste it on facebook as the video will not post on this blog.

A few minutes earlier, I was at the piano; playing through the hymnal and the thunder reminded me that not only do I have a physical shelter during a thunder-storm but more amazingly, I have a spiritual shelter in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Whatever storms of life come along, I am safe in Him.

I am reminded of the disciples in the boat panicking as winds tossed the boat and they feared for their life as Jesus slept. They awakened Him with the words, “Lord, save us; we perish. And He said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose and rebuked the winds and sea; and there was a great calm.But the men marveled saying, What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Matthew 8:24-27

(Also found in Mark 4:36-41 and Luke 8:22-25)

Did you know that He cares for you too? So much so that He gave His life for you, my friend. “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 

(Please read John 3:16-21 & Ephesians 2:8-9)

I found a youtube of A Shelter in the Time of Storm with the lyrics. Please sing along with me.  I am reminded of Psalms 61. He is our shelter, our rock in the time of storm.

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

This was listed under the youtube performance: 

Uploaded on Sep 2, 2011
This hymn is found in the Free Will Baptist Hymn Book – REJOICE, 1988. The video was created to play on screen with congregational singing. Permission is granted to download and use in your church setting. Piano performance is by Donna Bradley using a Kurzweil, Mark 10. Written by: Vernon J. Charlesworth, 1880; adapted by Ira D. Sankey, 1885

 

Tuesday Tunes -God Makes No Mistakes

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

Ephesians 5:19

I had another song picked out for this week but when I heard Rachel Battles on Youtube singing God Makes No Mistakes, I just had to share it. We seldom hear songs of consecration today. I consecrated my life to Him in 1968 and the words of this song have been true in my life. I hope this is true for you too.

My life I give to you oh Lord use me I pray
May I glorify Your precious name in all I do and say
Let me trust You in the valley dark as well as in the light
Knowing You will always lead me
Your will is always right

I know God makes no mistakes
He leads in every path I take
Along the way that’s leading me to home
Though at times my heart would break
There’s a purpose in every change He makes
So that others would see my life and know
That God makes no mistakes

And when some day in heav’n above I see His dear face
May I then be counted faithful as a runner in this race
But now I’m trusting in the Savior to show me the way
In His righteousness He guides me as I seek to please Him day by day

I know God makes no mistakes
He leads in every path I take
Along the way that’s leading me to home
Though at times my heart would break
There’s a purpose in every change He makes
So that others would see my life and know
That God makes no mistakes
God makes no mistakes

Click below to listen to this beautiful song.

Uploaded on Nov 17, 2011
Listen to Rachel Battles sing at the Temple Baptist Church in Powell, Tennessee. The title of her song is “God Makes No Mistakes.”God Makes No Mistakes by Rachel Battles Faith for the Family 

The music is also available @ http://wilds.org/resources/music/

 

What Song is This?

Do you ever have lyrics of songs stick in your head but can’t remember which song?

(I know, growing older does that to us sometimes.)

At home, when I play the piano and sing, it is as unto the Lord. I ask Him to help my inadequacies and that it may be a blessing to anyone who hears – not my playing; for I merely play by ear but that they will recognize the song and sing along if only in their hearts.

As I was playing a few minutes ago, I saw a verse in a song we often sang in Church at Colonial Baptist Church in Blue Ridge, Virginia when I was a teenager. In fact, on Sunday nights when our song leader, Haynes Spickard asked for favorites, we all knew that Mr. Drain would raise his hand and request this song. It is taken from Psalm 23.

Do you know what hymn this verse is from? I will give you a hint. It was written by John W. Peterson and Alfred B. Smith.  If you recognize the song, please comment below. 

“He restoreth my soul when I’m weary, He giveth me strength day by day; He leads me beside the still waters, He guards me each step of the way.”

Don’t peek at the link yet!

Are you singing along?

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What was your favorite song request?

(I will share my favorite next Tuesday for What Song is This Day.)

 

Bringing in the Sheaves

“They that sow in tears shallreap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Psalms 126:5-6

As a child, I often sang the song, Bringing in the Sheaves without really understanding what it truly meant.

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/b/r/bringing.htm

According to Wikipedia,
The lyrics were written in 1874 by Knowles Shaw, who was inspired by Psalm 126:6, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Shaw also wrote music for these words, but they are now usually set to a tune by George Minor, written in 1880.

Wow, I didn’t know the song has been around so long. I have heard stories of children who misunderstood and thought they were singing about bringing in sheets – as in bringing in the laundry. My Mom was one of them. I smile as I imagine Mom as a child, belting out the words, “bringing in the sheets!” According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, ashe Full Definition of sheaf
plural sheaves play \ˈshēvz\
1
: a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together
2
: something resembling a sheaf of grain <a sheaf of papers>
3
: a large amount or number

However, there is much more meaning in this song and in the Bible verse from which it is taken. (Psalms 126:6)

Several years ago, the Lord showed me the power in these verses in a way I had not seen before.

[In the Amplified Version, verse 5: “They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing.” I like that. When the Lord blesses, I sing. When I fail – I go to His Word and then sing.] Verse 5 defines verse 6 in a nutshell. So I shall concentrate on verse 6.

  1. He that goeth forth – requires action.
  2. and Weepeth – weeping. To feel such a burden to pray for someone that it brings tears. From the heart. It is deep and personal. Not selfish tears but caring so much that it breaks our heart. When I realized this, I knew it was from the Lord. There was someone who needed the Savior and I didn’t have any way to contact that person. So I prayed and as I prayed, a river of tears came and a burden that was so strong, I prayed several times a day for that one the Lord loved even more than I.  It also requires Humility
  3. bearing precious seed – I love the word “precious” used here. The implication that this is good seed.                                                            [“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6]                                                    [“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:7-9]                                                    In these verses, I have learned to be a good steward.  As we pray, it must not be selfish.                                                                                    Praying as the Spirit leads for others. That His will may be done. That He will soften a hard heart. That others will repent and will receive Christ as their Savior.                                                                                Sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as we are prompted by the Holy Spirit.                                                                                                  Teaching the Word of God Faithfully; “rightly dividing the Word of God.” (2 Timothy 2:15)                                                                                                       In other words, live in a way that pleases Him. “the just shall live by faith. Sowing good seed. In my minds eye, I saw the person for whom I was praying to be saved. Before this was answered, I asked the Lord to show me any root of bitterness in my heart and asked His forgiveness and then when I brought that loved one to the foot of the cross, on my knees, in tears. Only then did He answer in abundance!
  4. shall doubtless come again – Returning – Harvest Time
  5. Rejoicing – abundance of joy.
  6. Bringing his sheaves with him – Reward – Answered Prayer – Souls led to Christ.

The person I was praying for was “my Daddy.” I had my Daddy at the top of my prayer list for many years. (About 30 years!) At first, as a child and new believer, I prayed that my Daddy would come to know Christ as his savior so that some day, I could meet him in Heaven. Around 1998, the burden to pray for my Daddy was so strong, it seemed as a weight. I had to pray. I prayed for his salvation but that wasn’t enough. He placed on my heart the need to find my Daddy and to share the Love of Christ with him. That seemed to be an impossible mission. You see, Mom had told me about my Dad. He was a sergent in the U.S. Marine Corps. I had a birth certificate but his real name was not listed.

The Lord led me to pray for my Mom – that The Holy Spirit would convict her and that He would soften her heart to repentance. (John was praying with me.) A few days later, the doorbell rang and I opened the door, Mom was standing there with a piece of paper. “I think this is what you need to find your Daddy,” she said as she handed me my grandmother’s obituary. My Aunt still lived in her mother’s house. I looked up her phone number on line and asked if she could give me her brother’s address. She did!

We had Pastor Brodie and the Sunday School class praying as I made a phone call the following night. The first try, I got the answering machine. It was amazing just to hear my father’s voice. It was the realization that my Daddy was not a ficticious character residing in the portal of my mind and heart but is real and needed the Lord.

John and I prayed and with a shaky hand, I dialed the number and he answered. After explaining who I was, he said the most wonderful words I had longed to hear. “I remember you!” He told me that the last time he saw me, I was three but looked like I was two. He even remembered every detail – down to the blue glasses and the color of my outfit. He had always wondered about me but thought Mom must not have told him about me.

He and his wife came for a wonderful visit. I think seeing out loved ones in Heaven will feel something like being held in my Daddy’s arms for the first time.  We visited them after Christmas that year. You cannot imagine the overwhelming joy as we shared the Gospel with them and they both received Christ as their Savior.  It was then I understood about bringing in the Sheaves – Psalms 126:6-9.

I was reminded of this tonight. I was playing the piano and noticed verse three of Bringing in the Sheaves.

“Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master, tho the loss sustained our spirit often grieves; When our weeping’s over He will bid us welcome – we shall come rejoicing, bring in the sheaves.”

This is my testimony of how the Lord turned weeping into rejoicing as we sowed in tears and reaped the abundant harvest with joy.

Blessings to you as you sow seeds for Him.

Kathy

 

 

Southern Raised

Those of you who have read The Vision of a Mother’s Heart, you know that this is a musical family. This past Sunday, we were honored to meet another musical family. My husband discovered their music on YouTube a few weeks ago, ordered their DVD’s and listened to them constantly. Their music is fabulous but it their testimony that truly won our hearts.

The name of the group is Southern Raised. They were classically trained and the Lord directed their ministry to Christian bluegrass. Check out their testimony on their website! http://southernraisedbluegrass.com/

This ministry was a result of their parents prayer many years ago for their family to serve the Lord as a family. At the time, music was the last thing they expected. Isn’t that just like the Lord? He opens doors and provides opportunities we never expected.  All the glory goes to Him.

Some things we love about this family group is that:

  • They give God all the glory in their testimonies.
  • They weave in the Gospel.
  • They dress modestly
  • The focus is on Him and not themselves.

For years before singing, I have always asked that it is His voice that is heard and not mine. I can see this in this family. They are instruments of His love.

 

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My husband, John with Matt, Sarah, Lindsay and Emily. If you look closely, you will see their Mom, Sharon in the background. She is the lovely lady in the black outfit.

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Be sure to click on the link below to hear their music and to read more about them. Listen for Matt’s fabulous bass!

 

Southern Raised

 

(I’ll Have A New Life!)

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