Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to my sisters in Christ. Enjoy your time with your families. And do yourselves a favor.  Forget about the greedy stores that have the audacity to open on Thanksgiving for their pre- Black Friday sales. Spend that time with family instead.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankful

We are so thankful  that Lord willing, we will be celebrating our daughter Kaitlyn's 12th birthday on Saturday. I confess that when she was diagnosed with cancer I was afraid she wouldn't be here for her birthday.
And Thanksgiving will be very special to us this year! We are thankful to the Lord for bringing us through and sparing our daughter.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lift Every Voice and Sing

I remember singing this song in public school when I was about nine or ten years old.. It was special to me back then and now that I'm walking with the Lord the lyrics have a new meaning for me.  It was written by brothers James W and John R Johnson. The is from Hymntime/The Cyberhymnal.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/l/i/f/liftevry.htm

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,


Ring with the harmonies of liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on till victory is won.



Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;

Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet,

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered;

Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.



God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,

Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who hast by Thy might, led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee.

Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee.

Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand,

True to our God, true to our native land.





Monday, November 5, 2012

Singing in Church

I read an article in a recent issue of Calvary Messenger and the article was on the subject of singing at church. The title of the article is "Melody in Your Heart" by Timothy J. Meyers of Keysville,GA. The main point of the article was what is our focus when we are singing. Are we focusing on the music? Are we thinking about how good or not so good our singing is? Do we get irritated with singing the same songs? Do we get distracted while singing?

 I confess I sometimes get distracted during our singing time. I'll wonder if a song should be sung faster or slower. I get irritated if a song tune is changed from the original and I could go on.
After reading Timothy's article I really need to sing from my heart. Keeping my focus on the Lord and the words that I am singing. I believe this will bring honor to the Lord.