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Tuesday Tunes ~ Count Your Blessings


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

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.


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\
: a quantity of the stalks and ears of a cereal grass or sometimes other plant material bound together
: something resembling a sheaf of grain <a sheaf of papers>
: 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.




The Vision of a Mother’s Heart

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

Mama Greene’s had a vision or hope for her nine children as she prayed for each child nightly.

  • For each of her children to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior at an early age.
  • That they would live according to His Word every day of their lives.
  • That they would receive an education. Her hope was that all of her children would at least graduate from 8th Grade. In the 1920’s this was considered educated among the farming communities. If they wanted to send their children to high school, they had to pay tuition which was difficult for poor families. They needed the older children to help on the farm.
  • That they would honor “Papa.”
  • That they would remain together and be close as a family.

The Vision of a Mother’s Heart is back in print and is available!

(The e-book should be available by next week.)

Please click the link below for a preview.

http://The Vision of a Mother’s Heart (Isabel’s Story) (Volume 1) by Katherine Hinch… http://www.amazon.com/dp/1515298477/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dsSXvb0G86QK0 via @amazon

Kathie Kingery Photography
PhotographerThe model for “Mama” is the real Isabel’s granddaughter, Emily.

Apron by K. Kingrey


f7de73123e48c4498df3b4341cceb384How Majestic

Delighting in His Majesty!

When you hear the word Majesty, what comes to mind? A king in robe and crown; surrounded by people who must do his bidding? Is the background that of splendor with the man sitting on a throne holding a golden scepter?

The word majestic comes to mind whenever looking at a sunset, the beautiful stars that sparkle like diamonds against a black velvet cushion, or a lovely sunrise whose beauty makes one breathless.

Or perhaps, if you love conservative Christian music as I do, you may think of the publishing company Majesty Music. Ron Hamilton wrote a beautiful song many years taken from this verse. It has been years since I sang it but I still remember hearing him sing this at a conference. The cd is available on the Majesty Music or Ron Hamilton facebook page and on his website. Look for the Rejoice in the Lord cd.

I was trying to locate the lyrics or more specifically, a video of Ron singing How Majestic is Thy Name. Instead, so many wonderful hymns and spiritual songs were listed in the search and I have spent about two hours just singing praises to The Lord. Thinking of His power, majesty and of His great love for us. It still humbles me to think that He – the creator of the universe; the One who spoke the world into existence loves me. I feel as the shepherds must have felt when they – the lowest workers of their day, were visited by an angel of God announcing the birth of the long awaited one; the Savior, which is Christ our Lord. (Luke 2)

Remember how they must have been frightened, The glory of the Lord shown around about them and they were sore afraid.” the Glory of God” had once caused Moses to cover his face so that those who looked upon him would not be blinded. The same Light that illuminates Heaven so that there is no need for sun nor moon in Heaven. And then they were serenaded by a Heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth; peace, good will toward men.”

The most wonderful experience for these weathered, lowly shepherds that night was that they were able to bow down and worship the babe – Emmanuel (which means “God with us”), our Savior, the long awaited Messiah, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world, our sacrifice, the Good Shepherd, Redeemer, the Light of the world, the Bread of Life, God in flesh. The one who came to bear their sins and mine on the cross of Calvary.

On Christmas Eve, at our wonderful service, my mind kept going to Isaiah 53 where His death is prophesied. “He was led as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before it’s shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.  This my friends, is majesty. This is love. Oh, how my heart swells with love for Him whenever I read this chapter. You see, it was written long before He was born. He inspired the Words (literally were God breathed.) I look at the cross – the death, burial and resurrection of the precious, sinless Son of God and praise Him.  And then I look forward to the rapture when we shall meet Him in the clouds and so shall we ever be with the Lord. What splendor!

He will come again as The King of King and Lord of Lords. Every knee shall bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

That tiny little virgin born baby is all of this. He is Majesty.  One song kept popping up in the search and I must have played it three times tonight.  http://youtu.be/CHZcgK43Sr0 Bow The Knee.

As we begin this new year, lets reflect on His Majesty and bow the knee. He alone is worthy of our praise.

I must share this one thing. As I was reviewing the videos, dwelling on the meaning of the songs and singing along, my heart felt it would break as one of the videos showed Ron Hamilton directing a choir at what was listed as Music College. Why should this bring tears? For as long as I can remember, singing was always a part of my life. When I received Christ as my Savior in 1968, I promised I would sing only for Him as He opened the doors. And He opened many doors! My prayer through the years prior to singing has always been, “may they hear Your voice, Lord not mine – that You will be glorified.”  Because of poor health, it has been a long time since I have been able to sing solos and years since I had the joy of singing with a choir. Oh, that He may allow me to sing in the choir in Heaven some day! Until then, I will continue to sing to Him in devotions, in prayer, as I wash dishes…

So friends, as you bow the knee before Him in prayer, if He prompts you, sing with the joy of knowing Him and His majesty.

Gospel Goodie Bags


When all of the wrappers are empty

and all of the candy devoured,

The Word of God remains.

In this you can be secure.

“Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow.”


Last night, we gave out over twenty Gospel Goodie bags. Praying that the tracts will not be thrown out with the empty wrappers, but read by parents and child; the Good News that Jesus loves them enough to shed His blood on the cross for them and then arose that they may have life eternal – with Him! 

If you are interested in ordering tracts for any occasion, check out this website.



President Ronald Reagan Sharing the Gospel

This is what we need today. Praying for the United States of America to have a leader who takes our nations problems to the throne of God – the King of King and Lord of Lords!

Rare footage of President Ronald Reagan Sharing the Gospel

How to have and organize your prayer time as a mom and free beautiful printable prayer cards!

I received this blog post from The Better Mom in my email today and had to share it with you.  Whether you are a busy Mom, a grandmother, a “Mama-wannabe” like me or a dedicated prayer warrior, this blog will come in handy for you too.

I love the idea of printable prayer cards – especially beautiful ones, to organize my prayer time and to keep record of answered prayer as well.

How to have and organize your prayer time as a mom and free beautiful printable prayer cards!.

“Pray without ceasing”

(I Thessalonians 5:17 KJV)

Praying for children with a Mother’s Heart

I was looking through some old notes and noticed this piece I had written many years ago. The Lord awakened me one morning with this on my heart…

Early Morning Prayer

By Katherine Hinchee Purdy


Servant’s Heart

By Ron Hamilton

Make me a servant like you, Dear Lord.

Living for others each day.

Humble and meek, helping the weak,

Loving in all that I say.


Give me Lord, a servant’s heart.

Here’s my life; take ev’ry part.

Give me, Lord, a servant’s heart.

Help me draw so close to You

That your love comes shining through.

Give me, Lord, a servant’s heart.

Give me, Lord, a servant’s heart.

Make me a witness like You, dear Lord.

Showing the love of the cross.

Sharing your Word till all have heard,

Serving whatever the cost.

A Tender Heart

By Ron Hamilton

Take me now, Lord Jesus, take me;

I would give my heart to Thee.

Thy devoted servant make me,

Only Thine to be.


Savior while my heart is tender,

I would give Thee ev’ry part.

All my talents I surrender,

I am Thine, Lord, here’s my heart.

Use me now, Lord Jesus, use me,

As I tell of Calvary.

May Thy Spirit move within me,

Bringing souls to Thee.

Send me now, Lord Jesus, send me.

Lead me in Thy perfect way.

Thy command shall always guide me;

Gladly I obey.


I awoke this morning at 4:30am with the words of A Tender Heart ringing in my ears. However, it wasn’t the voice of Ron Hamilton singing. I was transported to the room across the hall. I was sitting in a rocking chair, feeding six-month-old Samantha her bottle while singing this song to her and two month old Joshua who was patiently waiting for his “turn”.  I can remember looking into the beautiful brown eyes of this precious Jewish baby, praying that some day she would receive Christ as her Savior, as I did each of the children I had the privilege of keeping while their Mother worked. Samantha was with me until she started school. Each morning at Purdy Child Care, we always began the day with Bible Time which included a Bible lesson on the children’s level, singing, learning Bible verses and later in the day, we did a craft to reinforce what they had learned that morning.  I was always careful to weave in the Gospel yet keeping it on their level. During the summer, Samantha’s sister, Sarah stayed with us as well. When she was five she came to me with a problem that was troubling her. She told me that she believes in Jesus but can’t tell her Mother because her Mother doesn’t believe in Jesus. We prayed together for wisdom and that some day her parents would also trust Christ as their Savior. That the veil would be lifted from their eyes and that they would see Him for who He is. The Messiah. The lamb of God who shed His blood for the atonement of our sins. That he arose on the third day and sits on the right hand of The Father and is interceding for us.


I haven’t seen Sarah in at least seven years but I pray that her heart is still tender to the Lord and hasn’t turned away. The last time I saw Samantha, she was entering the Third Grade in school. She and her Mom were very friendly and said they often thought about coming by for a visit but this hasn’t happened yet. So, early this morning, I was reminded to pray for this special family.


Then I thought about all of the children who were in my care. There were many of them and most were with me from infancy to Preschool or Kindergarten. (I used a preschool curriculum prepared by the Home School Association and supplemented with materials I had written or made.). As the face of each child came to mind, I prayed for them and remembered occasions when their “heart seemed to be tender for the Lord”.  There were three little boys who were afraid of storms. They always asked me to sing Till The Storm Passes Over whenever they heard the rumble of thunder. I wonder if they are still looking to Him for protection and guidance? I pray they have or will receive Him as Savior and will be used greatly for the Lord.


My thoughts then turned to neighborhood children who came to my house before and after school. They always wanted to know about the day’s Bible Story and verse. Many of them conveniently “stopped by” at Bible time or in the afternoon at craft time for a visit. Of course, they willingly participated in whatever we were doing.  There were other neighborhood children who came to the Bible Club that I occasionally hosted in our home.  There was one little boy who stayed home with his sister while his Mother worked during the day.  On the days when Sis did not prepare a lunch for Charlie, he knew he could come to our house at noon for a meal and then would “help” me clean up and usually wanted to stay while I read the children their “nap time” story. I prayed for him too.  He is a teenager now and I seldom see him.


There were other children who just dropped by to see our cats. Eventually, our conversation would turn to spiritual things. They all had a desire to know about the Lord and to know that someone was praying for them but I do not know if they ever made a decision to follow Christ. I prayed for them too.


For over an hour, the Lord brought these little ones, now almost grown, to mind. I wonder if they still remember that Jesus loves them? I wonder how many will I see in glory? All of them, I hope! Only our Heavenly Father knows. I do know that God’s word does not return void. When we teach children about Him, they drink it in then seem to stray away as they grow older. The land has been plowed and the seed sown. I pray that someone will come along and water the tender seedlings and that God will give the increase. Only He knows the harvest.  Although many of the children and their families have moved away,

I can still pray for them and for the Lord to send someone into their life to tend their spiritual garden.


Isn’t it wonderful that the Lord will lay someone on our heart to pray for and later learn how He had blessed them in some way? He blesses us with opportunities to share in other’s lives just by praying!

I’m glad He does!  So, when someone you haven’t seen in a while comes to mind, stop and pray for them. You will be blessed!

Kathy Purdy

Acts 6:4

“But we will give ourselves continually to pray, and to the ministry of the Word.”

The George Muller Homes

In The Vision of a Mother’s Heart, when “Mama” became ill, Isabel saw and heard her mother pleading with “Papa” never to allow the children to be placed in an orphanage. She had obviously heard horror stories and was afraid that the children would be separated and never be together as a family again.

There was a man in England called by God to provide a home for homeless children. He was not wealthy and it was said that one morning when there was nothing to eat, he had the table set for breakfast, the children at the table for prayer. He thanked the Lord for what He would provide.

There was a knock at the door. A baker had been prompted to bake extra bread and bring it to Muller’s children. Another knock at the door revealed a milkman whose cart was broken and he feared the milk would go to waste. He gave it to the children.

Our Heavenly Father knows our needs and provides before we even ask. This is why we are to ask with thanksgiving – something Mr. Muller taught his children. This is a slide show of some of the children who grew up in Muller’s orphanages. Praise the Lord for this man who wholly trusted the Lord.

“But let him ask in faith nothing wavering.”

James 1:6a