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Welcome to
In The Night Seasons

About The Book

Motivation...Comfort...Inspiration

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Psalm 16:7

 

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel.

My heart instructs me "IN THE NIGHT SEASONS".

Quiet Time Reading...Strength For The Day

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Need clear communication

 inspired by The Holy Spirit...

to fit your personal situation...this day!



One Day At A Time

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Pause...Step away...Find A Quiet Place...

Even in the midst of your storm.

thoughts to ponder

CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS

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MORE GOOD THAN BAD 

MORE GOOD THAN BAD. MORE HAPPY THAN SAD.

LESS TEARS MORE SMILES. AS TOGETHER WE TREAD THESE LAST MILES.

MORE LAUGHS THAN CRIES. JOY TEARS STILL FLOW FROM OUR EYES.

JUST A TOUCH, LOOK, OR NOD 

STILL CONFIRMS OUR FAITH IN A “ MIGHTY GOD.”

YESTERDAYS EVENTS ARE MORE REAL

IN A MEMORY THAT NO LONGER REVEALS

WHAT WAS DONE AN HOUR OR A DAY AGO. 

THOSE QUICK WITTED RESPONSES ARE NOW SOMETIMES SLOW.

BUT ALL PRAISES TO OUR GOD

 THERE IS STILL 

MORE GOOD THAN BAD.

MORE HAPPINESS THAN SAD.

 LESS TEARS. MORE SMILES.

THANKING GOD WE’RE STILL TOGETHER 

TREADING HAPPILY THESE LAST MILES.

  

“BUT I TRUST IN YOU O LORD,

I SAY,

YOU ARE MY GOD.

MY TIMES ARE IN YOUR HANDS”

WELCOME SUNSHINE

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GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE

FOR THE VIEW OF THE SUNSHINE

 ANOTHER DAY WITHIN YOUR PLAN.

I REALIZE MY REACTIONS TO EVENTS OF THE DAY

 HAVE BEEN PLACED IN MY HANDS.

YOU HAVE COVERED ME

 WITH THE SHED BLOOD OF YOUR PRECIOUS “SON”.

I ACKNOWLEDGE

 THAT IT SHINES AND RAINS 

ON THE GOOD AND THE BAD...YES EVERYONE.

YOU ARE NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS

 AS WRITTEN IN YOUR WORD. 

INDIVIDUAL ACCEPTANCE IS REQUIRED

 TO MAKE JESUS OUR LORD.

THANK YOU FOR EYES TO SEE

 AND A MIND

TO APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF THIS WORLD

 IN WHICH I LIVE.

ACCEPT THIS MORNING, ALL OF THE PRAISE, THANKS AND WORSHIP THAT TO YOU I FREELY GIVE.

STORMS

WHEN THE STORMS  ARE RAGING ALL AROUND US. 
WE ARE OFTEN AMAZED THAT WE ARE NOT  YET TOUCHED.
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WHEN THE STORMS ARE RAGING ALL AROUND US. 

WE ARE OFTEN AMAZED

 THAT WE ARE NOT YET TOUCHED.

TREES FALLING, WIRES ARE DOWN, STREETS ARE FLOODED, THERE IS FEAR ALL AROUND.

IT IS THEN THAT WE SHOULD PLACE OUR ATTENTION NOT ON THE STORM 

BUT ON THE ONE WHO IS IN CHARGE OF IT.

WHOSE, SKY, THUNDER, LIGHTENING, 

WINDS AND CLIMATE CHANGES 

ARE REALLY NO SURPRISE AND IN HIS TIME WILL QUIT.

JUST THINK OF OUR GOD WHOSE IS SOVEREIGN, MIGHTY, YET COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING TOO.

THE ONE

 WHO EVEN THROUGH STORMS OF LIFE

 WILL STRENGTHEN AND

KEEP US SAFELY 

AS WE TRAVEL THROUGH.

SO WE CAN STILL BE AMAZED

 WHEN STORMS ARE RAGING ALL AROUND US

 AND WE ARE NOT TOUCHED.

IT’S THE ANGELS SENT AS PERSONAL GUARDIANS TO CHILDREN OF GOD,

FOR HE STILL LOVES US VERY MUCH. 

THE DARKEST HOUR

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EVEN IN OUR DARKEST HOURS

 GOD’S LIGHT IS STILL REFLECTED

IN OUR UNWAVERING, FAITH FILLED MIND.

HIS LOVE IS GREATER,

 HIS STRENGTH AND GRACE,  

A SUSTAINER ,

 AS ON US,

NEW MERCIES EACH MORNING , HE SHINES.

HIS WORD CONTAINS A PROMISE

TO NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE.

EVEN THOUGH

 DARK, CLOUDY, OCCLUDED SEEMS OUR PATH

HIS PROMISES...HE ...WILL NEVER BREAK.

LOOK UP...LOOK UP...THROUGH THE DARKNESS.

FOCUS ON THE LIGHT THAT STILL SHINES.

ALL SADNESS, APPREHENSION, SORROW, DEPRESSION OR GRIEF, 

THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN EMPOWER US TO OVERCOME

WITH AN UNWAVERING, FAITH FILLED MIND!

LOOK UP...LOOK UP...THROUGH THE DARKNESS.

FOCUS ON GOD’S LIGHT THAT STILL SHINES.

ALL SADNESS, APPREHENSION, SORROW, DEPRESSION OR GRIEF, 

THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN EMPOWER US TO OVERCOME. 

WE WILL HAVE SURE RELIEF

WITH AN UNWAVERING, FAITH FILLED MIND!


FREE INDEED

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SINCE GOD SET YOU FREE YOU ARE FREE INDEED.

WHETHER FROM A PAINFUL EXPERIENCE

 OR ADVICE THAT YOU DID NOT HEED.

PEACE SWEPT GENTLY OVER YOUR MIND

 AND THROUGH YOUR SOUL.

A REMINDER THAT YOU ARE A PROMISE RECIPIENT 

SINCE YOUR NAME IS ON HIS ROLL.

YOU NO LONGER DWELL

 ON DARK MEMORIES SATAN BRINGS TO MIND

BECAUSE GOD HAS GIVEN YOU AUTHORITY TO PLACE SATAN NOT FORWARD BUT BEHIND.

SO HE CAN NO LONGER 

TAKE YOU PLACES

 WHERE YOU HAVE NO DESIRE TO BE.

JUST DECLARE TO HIM AND YOURSELF 

THAT YOU ARE DEAD TO HIM AND THE WORLD…

FOR BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS 

YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE!

NO MORE MOANING

AND LONGING FOR THINGS FROM THE PAST.

YOU ARE NOW STEADFAST, UNMOVABLE ,

 PRESSING FORWARD IN THE KNOWLEDGE…

“ONLY WHAT IS DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST.”

YOUR NEW MANTRA….

”FREE...FREE...PRAISE GOD I AM FREE….

WITH UNWAVERING FAITH

 AND TRUST IN GOD’S FUTURE FOR ME.” !

DAILY AFFIRMATION

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CHANGES

DAILY

AFFIRMATION

MY

 DEAR 

KIND 

HEAVENLY

FATHER….

CHANGES COME

 AND CHANGES GO 

BUT YOU, 

FATHER 

ALLOW

 STABILITY OF MIND TO STILL FLOW.

OH WHAT A WONDER 

THE INNER PEACE

 YOU ENHANCE.

DEPENDING ON YOUR 

LOVE, 

GRACE AND NEW MERCIES

I CAN MAINTAIN

 MY POSITIVE STANCE.

MORE THOUGHTS & PRAYERS TO PONDER

DAILY PRAYER

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A DAILY PRAYER DURING RECUPERATION

HEAVENLY FATHER, 

PLEASE DO NOT LET ME TAKE FOR GRANTED

WHAT YOU, IN YOUR MERCY, 

HAVE DONE FOR ME.

FOR I HAVE A POSITIVE HISTORY 

OF MIRACULOUS HEALINGS

AND YOU CONTINUE TO KEEP ME DISEASE FREE.

THERE IS NO HABIT

THAT CANNOT BE RELEASED TO YOU

AS I’VE ALREADY CLAIMED YOU

AS MY LORD AND SAVIOR.

WHEN I ACCEPTED YOU INTO MY HEART, 

YOU GAVE ME

YOUR HOLY SPIRIT TO

EMPOWER ME TO CHANGE MY BEHAVIOR.

HEAVENLY FATHER, PLEASE GIVE ME A DESIRE

TO READ, STUDY YOUR WORD 

AND ON IT TO DEPEND.

FOR I WANT TO BE OBEDIENT 

RIGHT THROUGH MY VERY END.

I’VE BEEN TOLD, SCRIPTURE SAYS,

DO NOT FORSAKE THE 

ASSEMBLING OF YOUR SELVES TOGETHER.

THAT MEANS PRAYER AND PRAISE 

IN GOD’S HOUSE

REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER.

HELP ME TO WANT TO 

ATTEND TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

FROM SEVEN TO EIGHT, FOR JUST ONE HOUR.

TO REINFORCE AND INFORM ME OF THE

TOTAL AWESOMENESS OF YOUR POWER.

THEN AS I GROW 

IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST,

HELP MY LEVEL OF COMMITMENT TO INCREASE

SO I WILL DESIRE TO BE BAPTIZED

AND EXPERIENCE COMPLETE PEACE.

NOT BECAUSE THOSE WHO LOVE ME

HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGING THIS EVENT…service.

DURING RECUPERATION

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BUT BECAUSE FATHER,

YOU LOVE ME, 

AND MY LOVE FOR YOU

CAUSED ME TO REPENT.

WITH THIS TRUE REPENTANCE 

HELP ME TO WANT TO

READ AND LISTEN TO YOUR WORD 

AND GET THIS NATURAL DESIRE 

TO BE TOTALLY OBEDIENT, LORD.

HEAVENLY FATHER, 

I DO NOT TAKE FOR GRANTED

WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE FOR ME.

PLEASE LET MY POSITIVE LIFE STYLE REFLECT

THAT YOUR WORD HAS SET ME FREE.

JUST LET THE WHISPER 

OF THE NAME OF YOUR SON, JESUS

BRING FORTH YOUR POWER TO RESIST

ANY HABIT THAT DAMAGES MY HEALTH

OR IN FACT, 

DAMAGES MY WITNESS.

EVEN DIRECT ME SOMETIMES 

AS I SURF THROUGH CHANNELS

TO STOP TO LISTEN 

TO TEACHERS AND PREACHERS…

TO PRAY WITH THEM, SING WITH THEM, 

PRAISE WITH THEM, 

TO FEED MY SOUL AS YOUR WORD TEACHES.

FATHER, WHILE I AM ALONE, YES, JUST ALONE

IN MY QUIET PLACE,

I WANT TO FEEL YOUR PRESENCE 

CLOSE TO ME AS IN MY LIFE

I GIVE YOU, YOUR DESERVED SPACE.

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II TIMOTHY 2:15 TLB

WORK HARD SO GOD CAN SAY TO YOU

WELL DONE. BE A GOOD WORKMAN. ONE THAT DOES NOT NEED TO BE ASHAMED WHEN GOD EXAMINES YOUR WORK. KNOW WHAT HIS WORD SAYS AND MEANS.

OVERCOMER

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OVERCOMER

You are an overcomer

On God’s power and strength…

you thrive.

He’s given you peace , contentment

And a zeal to be

spiritually healthy and alive.

Although it has not always 

Been easy for you

Your determination and God’s mercy

Just keep on pulling you through.

It’s so encouraging to others

That you continue to smile

As you press onward and upward

In God’s service...each mile.

Your Church Family and community

are truly, truly blessed

For your prayerful daily interceding

Even as you lie down to rest.

Many seeds have been planted and

Watered since you started this race.

Motivational and scriptural songs 

come back to mind 

that you taught us in this place.

God placed your feet on higher ground.

You’ve had a 

purposeful walk with Him.

You’ve admonished us to

“Trust In The Lord”

As our dearest 

and most faithful friend.

In more ways than we can mention

We appreciate you,

We celebrate you…today.

May God

continue to wrap you gently 

In His 

Peace 

and Joy each day.

USED TO BE ABLE

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(POST AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT)

  

“I USED TO BE ABLE TO”

( POST AUTO ACCIDENT)

TOO OFTEN I HEAR MYSELF SAYING,

“I USED TO BE ABLE TO”

AND “THERE WAS A TIME WHEN.”

THE BODY AND THE BRAIN OFTEN STRUGGLE TO

RETURN TO WHAT THEY ONCE HAD BEEN.

IF I COMMITTED TO DO SOMETHING,

NO DOUBT I DID JUST WHAT I SAID.

BUT NOW 

GOOD INTENTIONS SOMETIMES RUN AMUCK

BECAUSE THAT GOOD INTENTION

SOMEHOW.. LEFT MY HEAD!

SO “WRITE YOURSELF A NOTE”

THAT’S CERTAINLY 

WHAT SOME FOLK MIGHT SAY.

SO I WRITE MANY DETAILED NOTES

THEN UNTHINKINGLY

THROW THE PAPER AWAY!

AM I MURMURING OR COMPLAINING

AS SCRIPTURE CAUTIONS ME NOT TO DO?

NO!  I’M JUST STATING SOME NEW FACTS

THAT I’M SURE DON’T APPLY TO YOU!

AM I SAD,

DEPRESSED, 

DISCOURAGED

READY TO JUST CHECK IT ALL IN?

DON’T EVEN THINK IT.

I’M MORE DETERMINED NOW

THAN I HAVE EVER BEEN.

LIFE FOR ME IS GOOD, 

I LOVE IT!!

I WOULD NOT THINK OF WASTING A MINUTE.

EVEN WITH “I USED TO” 

AND “THERE WAS A TIME”

TEMPORARILY,

IN MY MIND, CREEPING IN IT.

I ADORE MY GOD 

AND OUR RELATIONSHIP.

HE ALLOWS ME TO HAVE WITH HIM.  

I’M THANKFUL 

FOR LOVING FAMILY.

I’M GRATEFUL 

FOR FAITHFUL FRIENDS.

I TREASURE THE GOOD MEMORIES.

THEY ARE EASIEST TO REMEMBER...AFTER ALL.

IF I’VE LOST SOME 

THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU

I’D APPRECIATE...A REMINDER CALL!

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FACTS OF LIFE / GRACE MERCY & PEACE

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FACTS OF LIFE

I TRUST IN THE ALMIGHTY GOD

WHO KNOWS EVERY HAIR ON MY HEAD.

WHITE, BROWN, GREY OR BLACK

EVEN THE ONES TINGED WITH RED.

HE SEES THE “REAL ME” INSIDE.

THE “REAL ME” OUTSIDE

AND KNOWS WHAT I’M ALL ABOUT.

AND JUST KNOWING 

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

IS CAUSE FOR

A HALLELUJAH ...SHOUT!

SO IF YOU’RE HAVING TROUBLE READING ME

AS I LIVE OUT THE PAGES OF LIFE’S BOOK.

DISCUSS THE MATTER WITH “MY MAKER”.

HE’LL HELP YOU 

WITH A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK.

IF YOU STILL THINK MY “WORK IN PROGRESS”

IS MUCH TOO NONPRODUCTIVE OR SLOW.

PRAY THE FATHER

TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS..

THEN STAND BACK  AND CHEER ME ON

AS I GROW...GLOW...AND GO!!

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PROVERBS 17:22 KJV

A MERRY HEART

DOETH GOOD LIKE A MEDICINE.  

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GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE

GRACE IS WHAT OUR HOLY GOD GIVES US

THAT WE AS SINFUL PEOPLE DO NOT DESERVE.

HE GIVES TO ALL… LIFE BREATH AND

DARKEST HOUR STRENGTH WITHOUT RESERVE.

MERCY IS WHEN GOD WITH HOLDS

THAT WHICH WE DO DESERVE…

THROUGH THE LORD’S MERCIES 

“WE ARE NOT CONSUMED” SO SAYS HIS WORD.

EVEN AS WAYWARD CHILDREN GOD GIVES TIME

AND HELP FOR US TO TURN BACK TO HIM.

HE PATIENTLY WAITS

AS A KIND HEAVENLY FATHER,

PROTECTOR, SHEPHERD, GUIDE AND FRIEND.

PEACE IS WHAT GOD BRINGS TO HIS PEOPLE.

JESUS SAID “PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU, 

MY PEACE I GIVE TO YOU,

NOT AS THE WORLD GIVES DO I GIVE TO YOU.”

EVEN IN THE WORST OF TIMES 

WE HAVE GOD CONTROLLED TRANQUILITY

AS HE GENTLY WALKS US THROUGH.

BECAUSE GOD REMAINS IN CONTROL

WE CAN BE ENCOURAGED, 

MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS.

FOR THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES, IF WE ASK,

HE WILL GIVE US THE GRACE, MERCY, PEACE

THAT WE ALL NEED TO LIVE FOR HIM.

IMMEASURABLE IS GOD’S GRACE!

INEXHAUSTABLE IS GOD’S MERCY!

INEXPRESSABLE IS HIS PEACE

MORNING PRAYER OF THANKS

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MORNING PRAYER OF THANKS

THANK YOU, FATHER, I’M LISTENING 

TO YOUR WINDS...AS THEY THEY BLOW.

I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORD

THAT SAYS, “BE STILL AND KNOW.”

THANK YOU, THAT I CAN GIVE 

GLORY TO GOD WITH ALL OF MY HEART.

KNOWING YOU’RE A FORGIVER OF SIN

BEFORE MY DAY EVEN STARTS.

THANK YOU FOR GOING BEFORE ME

IN TIMES OF DISTRESS.

FOR A MIND SET THAT ACKNOWLEDGES

YOUR WAY IS ALWAYS BEST.

THANK YOU FATHER, 

FOR A FEELING OF PREMONITION

TO FOLLOW UP PHYSICAL SIGNS. 

THAT NEEDED MEDICAL ATTENTION.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANGELS 

THAT YOU SENT FOR MY PROTECTION

AND FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT 

THAT GIVES MY 

EVERY MOMENT DIRECTION.

THANK YOU, THAT WHEN

“MAN” IGNORES THE IMPORTANT 

SIGNS MY BODY GIVES,

YOU DIRECTED ME 

TO THOSE WITH EXPERTISE 

IN PROPER DIAGNOSIS SO I CAN LIVE.

FOR SOME PHYSICIANS, FATHER, 

ARE SELECTIVE IN WHOM 

THEY CHOOSE TO RECOMMEND CARE.

THEIR MIND PRIORITIZES OTHERS

AS IF I’M INVISIBLE. NOT EVEN THERE!

THANK YOU, FATHER,

 FOR YOU’VE ALWAYS BEEN IN CONTROL.

THEY CAN CHOOSE 

TO NOT TREAT MY BODY

BUT THEY HAVE NO AUTHORITY 

OVER MY SOUL.  

THANK YOU, FATHER, AS ALWAYS, 

MY LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS.

CONTINUE TO UNDERGIRD

WITH YOUR WORD 

AS I LIVE OUT YOUR PREDESTINED PLAN.

THANK YOU FATHER, FOR MY SOUL MATE 

WHO LOVES YOU FIRST AND THEN ME.

WE PLAN TO WALK EACH STEP TOGETHER

IN HUMBLE SUBMISSION TO THEE.

OH, I THANK YOU FATHER, 

I GIVE GLORY AND PRAISE TO YOUR NAME.

FOR GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS..

YOU WILL ALWAYS REMAIN THE SAME!

AMEN...AMEN

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A Memorable Event

MY LOVING FAMILY ALL PARTICIPANTS

FIFTIETH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY RENEWAL OF THE VOWS

  

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY


WE WERE RECIPIENTS OF YOUR FAVOR ON THIS DAY, FATHER, ONE YEAR AGO.

OH HOW YOUR MAGNIFICENT BLESSINGS JUST FLOWED AND FLOWED AND FLOWED!

YOUR WORD TELLS ME THAT ALONG WITH OUR NEEDS YOU ALSO GRANT DESIRES.

AND OH, HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE FOR WHAT YOU ALLOWED TO TRANSPIRE.

THE MANIFESTATION OF THAT PROMISE

TO US YOU MADE COME TRUE

IN OUR CELEBRATION 

OF FIFTY YEARS OF MARRIAGE…

THANK GOD, YOU BROUGHT US THROUGH!

AS MY MIND TRAVELS BACK TO OUR VOW 

RENEWAL CELEBRATION THAT DAY

EMOTIONAL HIGHS NOTHING COMPARABLE. THE HAPPINESS FOR US YOU DISPLAYED.

OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS 

GATHERED FROM FAR AND NEAR.

THEY SHARED OUR SMILES, OUR JOYS,AND SOME EVEN SHARED OUR TEARS.

TEARS OF JOY AND THANKFULNESS TO A GOD EVER FAITHFUL AND TRUE.

HE’S THE JOY OF OUR SALVATION…

OH HEAVENLY FATHER...WE HONOR YOU!

I WAS ESCORTED TO THE CHURCH BY SONNY AND MINNIE WHO ASSISTED AT MIL’S

AND GOT ME TO CHURCH JUST A BIT LATE BUT THANKFULLY GOD KEPT ME IN A CALM STATE.

EACH SON AND THEIR SOUL MATE,

EACH GRANDCHILD’S TALENTS 

YOU BLESSED THEM TO DISPLAY 

IN A SERVICE THAT WAS BALANCED.

PRESENTED WAS MICHAEL AND FAMILY CHOIR’S SONG, AHEAD 

“THERE’S A BRIGHTER DAY.”

THE “LOVE SCRIPTURE“ WAS READ BY

RANDALL... HOW TO LIVE GOD’S WAY...

   WALKING TALL AND HANDSOME WERE GRANDSONS, AARON JEFFERSON AND NATHAN ANDERSON PROUDLY CARRYING OUR RINGS. JUST RECALLING THE EVENTS OF THIS SPECIAL DAY...OH THE JOY TO MY HEART IT BRINGS.  

OUR SISTER MIL PRECEDED THE FLOWER GIRLS, RACHEL TARYN AND VICTORIA LYNN.

EACH WAS CLASSY, SMILING AND BEAUTIFUL BEFORE ALL OF OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

“TO GOD BE THE GLORY” SANG MELODIOUSLY BY AARON, OUR YOUNGEST SON,

EXPRESSED THE STORY 

OF OUR LIVES WALKING TOGETHER AS ONE.

VANESSA JAY AND JOE ROLLED OUT THE CRASH BEFORE THE BRIDE.

I JUST SAVORED THIS GREAT MOMENT I COULD FEEL IT IN MY STRIDE…

INTO THE WAITING ARMS OF “MY JIMMY” 

WHO GLOWINGLY AWAITED ME.

THE PLEASURE I SAW IN HIS EYES AS THEY TWINKLED MADE ME FEEL SO LIGHT AND FREE!

THE RENEWAL CEREMONY WAS 

LOVINGLY AND PROFESSIONALLY DONE

BY OUR SISTER REV. MARIE AS SHE PRAYED THAT WE REMAIN AS ONE....

ONE IN THE SPIRIT, ONE IN THE LORD, 

ON THIS EARTHLY JOURNEY 

PREPARING FOR HEAVENLY REWARD.

WE EXCHANGED 

THE RINGS OF FIFTY YEARS AGO. 

THEIR SIGNIFICANCE

STILL SYMBOLIZED A CIRCLE OF LOVE

THAT JUST CONTINUED TO GROW AND GROW.

OUR PASTOR UNITED US 

WITH HOLY COMMUNION SO SACRED 

AFTER ACOLYTE IMANI 

THE COMMUNION CANDLES...LIT.  

WE, AS A RENEWED COUPLE 

ON THE FRONT PEW DID SIT…

TO MEDITATE ON THE SOULFUL RENDITION OF THE “OUR FATHER” PRAYER BY MARIE.

WE WERE JUST BASKING IN THESE MOMENTS, OUR HEARTS ECSTATIC WITH GLEE.

WE WERE PRESENTED TO THE CONGREGATION WHO ROSE TO THEIR FEET,

AFTER WE SALUTED EACH OTHER WITH A KISS, OUR CEREMONY WAS COMPLETE.

MY NAMESAKE VICKI JANE DIRECTED TO A “T”

THE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT WAS SUPERB BY OUR PROFESSIONAL TIMMY. 

BOOTSIE DID HANDS ON PRE WORK AT HER HOME AND AT MINE. HER SPECIAL TOUCH ON THE PARTICULARS 

MADE ALL TURN OUT JUST FINE.

SHE, MIL, CALLIE, MINNIE, GERRI, JESS & KATHY THE “SECRET OF MY GOWN” DID SHARE

IT WAS SUCH A BLESSING TO HAVE SO MANY FAMILY AND FOLK WHO CARED.

THE 1958 PARTY; ROY, PAUL, CHARLES,

MARGARET, MARGIE, MARJORIE;

DONNA MARIE, DAUGHTER GIRL, JOANN, KELLI, LORRAINE, DOT, TUDY,ALICE,

DONNA, AL AND OTHERS TO NAME JUST A FEW ALL PITCHED IN TO MAKE IT HAPPEN..

I AM ETERNALLY

GRATEFUL TO ALL YOU. 

SEPT. 5, 1958...SEPT. 5, 2009

   

THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 20:4 (msg)


"GIVE YOU WHAT YOUR HEART DESIRES, ACCOMPLISH YOUR PLANS"


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COMFORT & ENCOURAGEMENT

JOY IN THE MORNING / FATHER FORGIVE

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JOY COMES IN THE MORNING….


JOY COMES IN THE MORNING WHEN TRANSITION IS EXPECTED OR CREEPS UP WITHOUT WARNING.

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING FOR AS THE SUN RISES IN THE SKY, OUR ALL KNOWING FATHER 

IS LOOKING UPON US WITH HIS EYES 

OF COMFORT, HEALING, INNER PEACE 

AND A PERFECTED , STABLE SOUND MIND.

JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

 BECAUSE HIS WORD IS TRUE.

HE IS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER, SHEPHERD, GUIDE,

HE  WILL HOLD YOU TO HIS LOVING BREAST.

AS YOU FEEL HIS PRESENCE YOU INTERNALIZE THAT HE WILL NEVER FORSAKE OR LEAVE YOU.

CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE HIS GRACE, HIS MERCIES,

 HIS LOVE 

AS YOU PRAISE THROUGH THESE TIMES OF GRIEF.

FOR TRULY,

 JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

 KNOWING OUR LOVED ONES WERE ONLY LOANED TO US

AND TRANSITION WILL COME

 EXPECTED OR WITHOUT WARNING.


MATTHEW 10:30 TLB


AND THE VERY HAIRS ON YOUR HEAD

ARE ALL NUMBERED.


JOHN 10:27 TLB


MY SHEEP RECOGNIZE MY VOICE, AND I KNOW THEM, AND THEY FOLLOW ME. I GIVE THEM ETERNAL LIFE AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH. NO ONE SHALL SNATCH THEM AWAY FROM ME FOR MY FATHER HAS GIVEN THEM TO ME, AND HE IS  MORE POWERFUL THAN ANYONE ELSE, SO NO ONE CAN SNATCH THEM FROM ME.


THINK ABOUT IT...DOES

 GOD KNOW YOU BY NAME?

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FATHER, FORGIVE US

FATHER FORGIVE US 

IF WE ALLOWED OUR

FEET TO TAKE US

 WHERE WE SHOULD NOT BE.

 IF WE ALLOWED 

OUR EYES TO TAKE IN SCENES

 THAT WE SHOULD NOT SEE,

IF WE ALLOWED OUR HANDS 

TO FUNCTION OTHER THAN WITHIN YOUR WILL,

IF WE’VE GROWN LAZY AND INEFFECTIVE,

IF WE HAVE LOST OUR ZEAL.

IF WE ALLOWED OUR TONGUES TO SPEAK

UNGODLY WORDS HARMFUL TO OTHERS,

IF WE DID NOT INTRODUCE JESUS

TO OUR SISTERS AND OUR BROTHERS.

RENEW IN US

THE URGENCY TO PRAY,

 TO STUDY, TO FAST.

 AS WE DAILY SEEK YOUR FACE. 

TO BE HUMBLE, GRATEFUL,

 AND PRODUCTIVE

 IN THE NICHE WHERE WE HAVE BEEN PLACED.

AMEN...AMEN



THANK YOU FOR THE DAWN / PRAYER OF SUBMISSION

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AT THE DAWNING OF A NEW DAY,

 HEAVENLY FATHER, I THANK YOU.

FOR THE BIRDS, THE TREES, FLOWERS, SEAS, SKIES, CLOUDS. THE VERY AIR THAT WE BREATHE.

THANK YOU FOR FAMILY, FRIENDS,

 KINSHIP ON WHOM WE CAN DEPEND.

THANK YOU FOR A NEW MINDSET

 THAT IS WILLING TO ACCEPT HELP WHEN NEEDED.

THAT NO LONGER IN TIMES OF TRIALS

 CAN BE EASILY DEFEATED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SON

 WHO WILLINGLY DIED ON THE CROSS.

PAVING THE WAY FOR SALVATION

 SO NONE NEED TO BE LOST…

LOST IN A WORLD THAT SEEMS NOT TO CHOOSE RIGHT OVER WRONG.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORD THAT

 TEACHES US HOW TO STAY STRONG.

THANK YOU FOR A SOUND MIND,

 HEALTH AND SPIRITUAL STRENGTH.

THANK YOU FOR LOVE WITHOUT MEASURE,

 NO WIDTH OR NO LENGTH.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE IN THE HEALTH FIELD.

AND FOR YOUR HEALING POWERS THAT YIELD

INNER PEACE, GRACE AND ABUNDANT MERCIES.

THANK YOU FATHER, FOR YOUR SUPPLY OF ALL OF OUR PRESENT NEEDS. 

THANK YOU, FATHER...THANK YOU.  AMEN


  

PRAYER OF SUBMISSION

 IN QUIETNESS AND CONFIDENCE
SHALL BE YOUR STRENGTH. ISAIAH 13:5 


THANK YOU HEAVENLY FATHER
FOR A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP AND REST.
I SUBMIT THIS DAY TO YOU

ACKNOWLEDGING 

THAT YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEST.
TO YOU, O HOLY FATHER,
MY LIFE IS AN OPEN BOOK.
THERE IS NO UNKNOWN FOR YOU.
YOUR SOVEREIGNTY

REQUIRES NO SECOND LOOK.
PLANS THAT ARE MADE

ON MY BEHALF BY MAN..

FOR MY WELL BEING.
DO NOT ALWAYS COME TO FRUITION.
I QUESTION NOT..IT’S MEANING.
I FORGE AHEAD, O FATHER BY FAITH.

ASSURED THAT MY LIFE IS 

PERPETUALLY IN YOUR HAND.
MOLD MY WILL, 

GRANT PERSEVERANCE, 

REINFORCE INNER PEACE
AS I EXPERIENCE 

THE UNFOLDING OF...

YOUR “MASTER PLAN.”
 

  


SELAH MOMENT...PAUSE...REFLECT

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SELAH MOMENT

THANK YOU, HEAVENLY FATHER,

FOR THIS PRECIOUS SELAH MOMENT.

A TIME TO PAUSE

AND SILENCE MY THOUGHTS,

TO WORSHIP YOU AND PRAY…

CONCERNING BLESSINGS

 THAT TO ME, 

YOU BROUGHT.

TO INTERRUPT THE WEEK

FOR SPIRITUAL INVENTORY

AND CLEANSING.

TO ACCENTUATE THE JOY,

YES, THE PURE JOY

OF DAILY THANKSGIVING.

TO EXALT THE NAME

OF OUR GOD.

FOR ANSWERED PRAYER,

IN SPITE OF 

SOME DISAPPOINTMENT.

ENDING THE DAY WITH

REFLECTION OF YOUR 

FAITHFULNESS.

IN PRAYERFUL MEDITATION 

AND WORSHIP.

AS YOU’VE SHOWN ME

IN SEMINARS, FELLOWSHIP

AND IN YOUR WORD,

THAT ANY BROKEN PIECES 

CAN BE

MENDED AND REPLACED

SINCE I HAVE ACCEPTED YOU

AS MY LORD.

YES, THANK YOU,

HEAVENLY FATHER,

FOR THIS PRECIOUS

SELAH MOMENT

TO PAUSE FROM HECTIC SCHEDULES

REFRESHED BY SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT. 


“BE STILL...AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!”   


HOPE FROM THE WORD OF GOD

Blessed is the man that Trusteth

In the Lord,

And whose HOPE

The Lord is.

For he shall be 

as a tree planted by the waters,

And that spreadeth out her roots

By the river, and shall not see

when heat cometh,

But her leaf shall be green;

And shall not be careful

the year of drought,

Neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

And not only so, but we

glory in tribulations also;

Knowing that

tribulation worketh patience:

And patience, experience;

And experience HOPE.

READ JEREMIAH 17:7-8

RELEASE AND RELIEF

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RELEASE AND RELIEF

SINCERE GRIEVING , AT TIMES, BRINGS RELEASE OF ANXIETIES, STRESS AND FEAR.

IT MAKES THEM LOSE THEIR STRONG HOLD OVER YOU AS YOU SHED, GOD DESIGNED TEARS.

LOVED ONES ARE ONLY LOANED TO US.

 THEY ARE NOT HERE TO STAY.

AS THEIR WALK THROUGH LIFE GREW PAINFULLY DIFFICULT THEY WOULD DESIRE NO OTHER WAY.

OH YES, THEY ARE THANKFUL FOR GRACE GRANTED THROUGH THE YEARS.

EVEN WITH LIFE’S STRUGGLES

 THERE WAS NO NEED TO FEAR.

BECAUSE OF RELATIONSHIP STATUS WITH A SAVIOR WHO IS FULL OF MERCY AND GRACE,

THEY ARE ABLE TO WITHDRAW FROM LOVED ONES AND THEY LONG “JUST TO BEHOLD HIS FACE.”

AT TIMES CONDITIONS BRING ON MOOD SWINGS, DEPRESSION, PERSONALITY CHANGES…

AS ORGANS SHUT DOWN AND PAIN MOVES IN, BREATHING AND LACK OF MOBILITY REARRANGES.

AS PRAYERS ASCEND FOR COMPLETE HEALING

 EITHER ON EARTH OR WITH HIM…

THE HOLY SPIRIT SETS IN MOTION OUR RESPONSE TO THE SAVIOR AS OUR DEAREST FRIEND.

AS HE WRAPS HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND US, ROCKING US GENTLY AS WE ANTICIPATE THEIR END

HE GIVES US REASSURANCE, RELIEF AND RELEASE,

 ALSO STRENGTH FOR THE DAY!

AND A SONG IN OUR SPIRIT FOR THE FUTURE…

”I KNOW THE LORD WILL MAKE A WAY”!

OUT OF LIFE’S DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT.

ACCEPT HIS WILL, TRUST AND OBEY, LIVING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL... WILL SUFFICE.

IN A WORLD OF SUCH CONFUSION, ONLY OUR MIGHTY, COMPASSIONATE GOD CAN BRING PEACE.

HE WILL TURN MOURNING INTO GLADNESS WITH HIS JOY THAT RELEASES US TO EXPERIENCE RELIEF.


*****Mourning steals, robs, throbs, kills our joy

until the feeling of numbness moves in 

and we make it acceptable.

because we want our mantra to once more become, live, love and be happy!

But at this moment in time, immeasurable pleasures seem without flavor or color, 

senseless and doldrum. Grieving parents, young and old must still press. Determined by faith to measure and strive towards a higher elevation. 

Growing in grace while at the mercy seat..

Is faith unbound. 

(SC ...used with permission)

JESUS...JESUS...JESUS

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JESUS...JESUS...JESUS



JESUS, JESUS, JESUS...

 IN HIS NAME THERE IS POWER.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS...

 HE IS WITH US EVERY HOUR.

ALOUD OR WITHIN OUR SPIRIT, 

JUST CALLING ON HIS PRECIOUS NAME

PRODUCES A PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING

ALTHOUGH SOME THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

THE VOID MAY ALWAYS BE THERE BUT WITH HIS STRENGTH...YOU CAN COPE.

ALLOW YOUR HISTORY WITH HIM TO CONTINUE INCREASING YOUR FAITH AND HOPE…

FOR A FUTURE “KNOWN ONLY TO HIM”

 CONTROLLED BY A GOD ON WHOM YOU DEPEND.

LONELINESS AND BROKEN HEARTS ARE MENDED,

 THE FUTURE YOU CAN FACE WITHOUT FEAR.

AS YOU TRUST FULLY IN JESUS,

 CALL ON HIM...

HE WILL BE FOREVER...NEAR.


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OUR DEAR KIND HEAVENLY FATHER

OUR DEAR KIND HEAVENLY FATHER 

KNOWS US COMPLETELY.

IN SPITE OF THIS KNOWLEDGE

 HE STILL LOVES US UNCEASINGLY.

WE CAN PLACE PAINFUL GRIEF 

INTO HIS OPEN ARMS.

YOU SEE, OUR STRUGGLING,

 MOANING, CRYING, EVEN SCREAMING

DOES NOT CAUSE HIM ALARM.

HE PROMISED US A COMFORTER

 WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT.

HE SUMMONS PEACE AND CALM

 WITH STRENGTH TO GO WITH IT.

OPEN YOUR HEART AND MIND’S EYE

TO ACCEPT THIS GIFT OF COMFORT IN LOVE.

LET IT SURROUND YOU TODAY WITH A QUIET STILLNESS

THAT ONLY COMES FROM ABOVE.

YES, OUR DEAR KIND HEAVENLY FATHER

WILL NEVER LET US DOWN.

HE NEVER WILL LEAVE OR FORSAKE US.

HE SUMMONS OUR SMILES TO REPLACE OUR FROWN.

KNOW THAT HE IS GOD.

HIS WORD TELLS US TO JUST KNOW AND “BE STILL”.

COMMITTING ALL TO OUR DEAR KIND HEAVENLY FATHER.

SUBMITTING TO HIS SOVEREIGN, DIVINE WILL.



THE THINGS

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The things nobody tells you.

The things that you’ll go through.

The mounting stack of bills that quickly come due.

The tears that stream down out of the blue.

The days when it hurts to mention their name.

And the days you can’t stop saying it are both the same.

When a flood of emotions make it hard to maintain.

And you ask yourself, “Am I going insane?”

The struggle to celebrate milestones with others.

The birthdays, anniversaries, that for you 

won’t reach those numbers.

The sadness you feel while happy for others.

You pray for excitement and a smile you can muster.

When the ache in year seven is like that in year one.

You scream to yourself, “Stop it! What’s done is done!”

You’ll keep moving forward, because life goes on.

But when you’ve loved deeply, gone is never gone.

The tears, after years, that still fall like new.

Emotional payments that suddenly come due.

The things nobody tells you.

The The things nobody tells you.

The things that you’ll go through.

Struggling to sing some songs with conviction,

the way that you used to.

Words that declare ‘God is a healer’, 

don’t seem as clearly to ring 

You open your mouth, but there is no sound.  

Passing through lips that your hurting heart has bound.

While you ask yourself and God, 

“Where was his healing found?

Could You not heal him on earth? 

Why was he so soon heaven-bound?”

Your mind knows God is good, so you are at peace.

But it may take a while for your heart to release

And fully accept God’s will 

and the truth of His word, at least.

And that He’s sovereign, faithful 

and his love does not cease.

“God is a healer.” I can sing that again

As I lift up to Him my hurts, He heals, He mends

Giving beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and then

A garment of praise for my heaviness he sends.

Yes, joyfully sing songs the way that you used to

Declare that God is a healer, with conviction, in truth

It’s one of those things that nobody tells you

It’s one of those things that you can make it through.