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Alive Inside

Earlier this week I watched a documentary about the effect of music on persons with dementia and memory loss. I hope I never forget what I saw.

You may be aware of the work of Dan Cohen since video excerpts of his research and work have gone viral on social media.

The film is an hour and 17 minutes long, so here’s a link to a seven-minute segment about “Henry’s Story”. If you get a chance to see or rent the whole film on YouTube (1.99), Comcast (3.99) etc. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

My sense is that what this says about persons, joy, and life is beyond words, and might be a clue of why Christmas comes to us year after year on the wings of music.


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  1. jeff1 says:

    How amazing to watch and see the change in Henry as God finds a way to communicate to Him. Thank you for sharing as my ex husband now suffers dementia and it has prompt me what to buy him for Christmas.

    Why is it that though I struggle to remember I do not struggle to forget that which I would hope to forget.

    I found songs and music connected me to God when I was a child and fearful of many things. So perhaps it is understandable that is where I feel connected to Him today no longer a child but often just as fearful of a world that often seems so alien to me.

    Saviour’s Day

    Now we have been through the harvest
    Winter has truly begun
    Now we have walked in the chill of the night
    We are waiting for, waiting for
    For the Saviour’s Day

    Many have come from the valleys
    Many have come from the hills
    Many have started their journey home
    To be with someone, with someone
    On the Saviour’s Day

    Open your eyes on Saviour’s Day
    Don’t look back or turn away
    Life can be your’s if you’ll only stay
    He is calling you, calling you
    On the Saviour’s

    Joining the old and the young ones
    Joining the black and the white
    Meeting the need of the hungry is he
    Will we ever remember him
    On the Saviour’s Day

    Open your eyes on Saviour’s Day
    Don’t look back or turn away
    Life can be your’s if you’ll only stay
    He is calling you, calling you
    On the Saviour’s Day

    Here’s to the God of the present
    (Raise your glasses)
    Here’s to the God of the past
    (Drink to the King)
    Here’s to the hope in the future he brings
    We will sing to Him, sing to Him
    On the Saviour’s Day

    Open your eyes on Saviour’s Day
    Don’t look back or turn away
    Life can be your’s if you’ll only stay
    He is calling you, calling you
    On the Saviour’s Day

    On the Saviour’s Day
    On the Saviour’s Day
    He is calling you
    On the Saviour’s Day
    On the Saviour’s Day

    (Calling, calling, calling you)
    On the Saviour’s Day
    (Calling, calling, calling you)
    On the Saviour’s Day

    (Calling, calling, calling you)
    (Calling, calling, calling you)
    (Calling, calling)
    Raise your glasses drink to the King

  2. poohpity says:

    Wow this short version is just wonderful. I thought Viv, would appreciate it.

    When my son was young he had a hard time with math. They had tapes with music attached to learn times tables.

    In the very beginning in Genesis it just happens to list the first instruments created and it seems in so many parts of the bible it talks about singing praises to God. I guess that left when television was created, lol. It seems song filled the air when they worked or did all most everything.

    We can not fight when we sing.

  3. poohpity says:

    During slave times they used songs as a means of like code talk to inform people who were getting ready to escape whether it was safe or not and the directions were to go.

    Sweet Chariot

    If a slave heard this song he would know he had to be ready to escape, a band of angels are coming to take him to freedom. The Underground Railroad (sweet chariot) is coming south (swing low) to take the slave to the north or freedom (carry me home).

    Swing low, sweet chariot,
    Coming for to carry me home,
    Swing low, sweet chariot,
    Coming for to carry me home.

    I looked over Jordan and what did I see
    Coming for to carry me home,
    A band of angels coming after me,
    Coming for to carry me home.

    I you get there before I do,
    Coming for to carry me home,
    Tell all my friends that I’m coming, too,
    Coming for to carry me home.

  4. bubbles says:

    A friend and I jokingly have made a promise to sing the Hallalujah Chorus for a century when we are in Heaven. I believe it to be the greatest song written in the English language. We laughed about this and were serious at the same time. I have worked hard this week so I have time to attend a performance of the Messiah this weekend if this snow storm blows south of here.

    Singing and listening to certain songs have helped with dark times these past years.

    I made up songs for the multiplication tables years ago to help my students because I could not memorize them as a child. Those silly songs stay with many children. One of my current special needs students has mastered up to the elevens; this one is working two grade levels below grade level yet the songs have helped. It is amazing how our minds can remember songs.

    I hope we can stand around the throne of God and sing praises to Him. No, we may not be able to stand in His presence.

  5. Beloved says:

    I worked in an Alzheimer’s unit years ago and witnessed the change many times. Music truly sticks with the soul and brings great joy!

  6. Beloved says:

    Just think how God put so many many songs in His word!

  7. jeff1 says:

    I think that is why I love Christmas so well because there are carol singers on the streets and carol services in churches plus schools have them in nursing homes and so it seems to bring out the best in people this time of the year.

    Its the ambience of it all seems to rub off on everyone and at that time of the year we all seem to be much nicer to each other than at other times.

  8. street says:

    Alive Inside
    thinking how music has a spirit to it and we can easily identify with the mood of it.

    the Word of God has a Spirit to it too and we are not so good at identifying with it. sometimes there seems to be a barrier or blind spot. a persons mood also seems to influence things too. music set it’s own mood till you add lyrics to it and can change things for good or to worse. was listening to a christian song that i use to like very much and listen to it again. i did not like it as much as before. people change along with perception. hope it is for the better. we are told to make a new song, the past is in the past.

    things do repeat in a cycle, but there is a liner movement, forward?

    what would a human instrument in perfect pitch rhythm and harmony with God be playing? thank God for a Savior. don’t forget to practice daily.

    been thinking about that verse that speaking in
    Psalms and hymns to each other….jeff does that a lot.

  9. jeff1 says:

    I was not raised in a brethren church but attended the one in the town I grew up in after I went to Sunday School on a Sunday so it was where I developed my love of hymns and gospel music.

    There was a family of sisters who called at all the homes in the small village I lived in and collected the children of all Protestant denominations and I can remember prayer and singing but there was no sermon and we always got sweets at the end.

    I can remember singing ‘when the roll is called up yonder’ and ‘are you washed in the blood of the lamb’ and loved the singing though had no understanding of what it meant back then.

    It would not be until later years that I would realise how blessed these years were to me as I journeyed through life facing false teaching and hostility these songs that were once just words came alive to me and that’s when I realised that without a heart for God words were just that but once I made a connection to God they became much more meaningful.

    At school my English teacher told the whole classroom how she didn’t know how I passed an RSA Stage 1 English exam since I was so poor at the subject.

    My lack of understanding of the English language kept me from studying and I developed instead an association with songs and poems that spoke so fervently to me that I could not ignore the source from which they connected me to.

    It was not until then that I truly believed in God as it brought my faith alive in knowing it connects me to Him in ways I cannot possibly understand but nevertheless know to be true.

    When it comes to God I always seem to be learning while when it comes to the world I always seem to be struggling so I love this song as it helps me understand that without Him I can do nothing and yet like a sheep I wander thinking of greener pastures that don’t turn out to be greener.

    One More Step Along The World I God

    One more step along the world I go,
    One more step along the world I go;
    From the old things to the new,
    Keep me travelling along with you:
    And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    Round the corners of the world I turn,
    More and more about the world I learn;
    All the new things that I see
    You’ll be looking at along with me.
    And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    As I travel through the bad and good,
    Keep me travelling the way I should.
    Where I see no way to go,
    You’ll be telling me the way, I know.
    And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    Give me courage when the world is rough,
    Keep me loving though the world is tough;
    Leap and sing in all I do,
    Keep me travelling along with you:
    And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
    Keep me travelling along with you.

    You are older than the world can be,
    You are younger than the life in me;
    Ever old and ever new,
    Keep me travelling along with you:
    And it’s from the old I travel to the new;
    Keep me travelling along with you.

  10. cbrown says:

    Good morning all!The “Our Daily Bread” today was on God’s everlasting mercy “hesed”. Lpve, Chris

  11. poohpity says:

    Good morning Chris and everyone else.

    The Christmas music starts and reminds us of the reason for the season. Some believe that Jesus is the reason for the season but I would like to throw out there that YOU and all people of the world are the reason that Jesus came during this season to save the world and open the door for an eteranl relationship with the Father.

  12. jeff1 says:

    There are questions that we do not have answers for because although my brother and sister had the same upbringing as I and went to the same gospel hall and Sunday School my sister is an atheist and my brother (God rest him) went from very religious to not bothering at all.

    I am not saying that Jesus did not come to save all but it is as an individual that I connect to God and therefor believe what others will not or have difficulty believing.

    What I do believe is that if I am seeking God He finds a way to me. It is God who works all things for His purpose so I can trust Him with my unbelieving relatives/friends /neighbours and that gives me peace and hope for reconciliation because with God all things are possible and it is by my own faith journey that I come to believe that God does know best in all matters whereas I was trusting others who proved to be unworthy of my trust with God I know He will not let me down.

  13. poohpity says:

    John 3:16-17 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

    Bottom line is that Jesus came to save the world yes there are going to people who do not believe in Him but that did not stop Him from doing what He did for the people of the world past, present and future.

  14. jeff1 says:

    It’s why God is so patient in waiting for all to come to Him and time is such a great healer I find.

    In the meantime we are so blessed to stand on His promises.

    The Promise

    I never said that I would give you silver or gold
    Or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold
    But I did say you’d never walk through this world alone
    And I did say, don’t make this world your home

    I never said that fear wouldn’t find you in the night
    Or that loneliness was something you’d never have to fight
    But I did say I’d be right there by your side
    And I did say I’ll always help you fight

    ‘Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep
    My grace will be sufficient in every time of need
    My love will be the anchor that you can hold onto
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you

    I never said that friends would never turn their backs on you
    Or that the world around you wouldn’t see you as a fool
    But I did say like me, you’ll surely be despised
    And I did say my ways confound the wise

    I didn’t say you’d never taste the bitter kiss of death
    Or have to walk through chilly Jordan to enter into rest
    But I did say I’d be waiting right on the other side (yeah, yeah)
    And I did say I’ll dry every tear you cry

    ‘Cause you know I made a promise that I’ve prepared a place
    And some day sooner than you think you’ll see me face to face
    And you’ll sing with the angels and a countless multitude
    This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you

    So just keep on walkin’, don’t turn to the left or right
    And in the midst of darkness, let this be your light
    That hell can’t separate us and you’re gonna make it through
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you, oh
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you

  15. Beloved says:

    “Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People”
    by Johann Olearius, 1635-1711
    Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878

    1. Comfort, comfort, ye My people,
    Speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
    Comfort those who sit in darkness,
    Mourning ‘neath their sorrows’ load.
    Speak ye to Jerusalem
    Of the peace that waits for them;
    Tell her that her sins I cover
    And her warfare now is over.
    2. Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
    Blotting out each dark misdeed;
    All that well deserved His anger
    He no more will see or heed.
    She hath suffered many a day,
    Now her griefs have passed away;
    God will change her pining sadness
    Into ever-springing gladness.

    3. Hark, the Herald’s voice is crying
    In the desert far and near,
    Bidding all men to repentance
    Since the Kingdom now is here.
    Oh, that warning cry obey!
    Now prepare for God a way;
    Let the valleys rise to meet Him
    And the hills bow down to greet Him.

    4. Make ye straight what long was crooked,
    Make the rougher places plain;
    Let your hearts be true and humble,
    As befits His holy reign.
    For the glory of the Lord
    Now o’er earth is shed abroad,
    And all flesh shall see the token
    That His Word is never broken.

  16. street says:

    beloved Isaiah 40 was the sermon today. it was much and need to look at it again. my boat is getting smaller. i’m thinking what boat? never to be separated from Christ, mercy grace love faithfulness. Great thing He as done!

  17. Beloved says:

    The sovereignty of God is an amazing thing to grasp! An older lady that discipled me years earlier to my surprise showed up on my Alzheimer’s unit, being placed by her family. (One day after church she forgot how to get home, living about a mile away only). It came on fast being in her 70’s. We were terribly understaffed yet God worked it out so I could spend 15-20 min with her alone, reading scripture to her each night I worked, before bed. One night she spoke, declaring “I know Whom I have believed in and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him until that Day!” Hezekiahs declaration in Isaiah 39 reminded me of the humility of accepting whatever comes along as Gods will. Knowing that as sinners we deserve far worse, than what we get.

  18. jeff1 says:

    Heaven Knows

    If people dressed in colours
    According to their deeds
    Then many leading men
    Would dress in black
    And lots of unsung heroes
    Who never made a name
    Would be walking round
    With gold upon their backs
    ——-

    CHORUS:
    Heaven knows
    You’re a rose
    And the love inside your heart
    Just grows and grows
    No one sees
    I suppose
    That it’s something only me
    And heaven knows
    ——-
    If people were like flowers
    Imagine what you’d see
    Thorns in highest places
    Where the roses ought to be
    And down along the hedgerows
    Among the grasses tall
    You would find the sweetest
    Roses of them all

    REPEAT CHORUS:
    If people were like music
    Some hearts would never sing
    Think of all the happiness
    A song like yours could bring
    You fill the life I’m living
    With love and harmony
    And you’re the sweetest song
    I’ll ever see
    ——-

    REPEAT CHORUS TWICE:
    That it’s something only me
    And heaven knows

  19. Beloved says:

    Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord
    A Psalm.
    1 Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD! 7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it.

  20. foreverblessed says:

    Bubbles, did you go to the Messiah? Yesterday I participated in a big Messiah Scratch in Amsterdam. 1300 singers with a student orcherstra, and young soloists. It was just overwhelming! For the whole day, drenched in the bible verses, while singing them.

    Isaiah 40:1-3

    Isaiah 40:4

    Haggai 2:6-7

    Mal 3:1

    Mal 3:2

    Mal 3:3

    Isaiah 7:14

    Isaiah 40:9

    Isaiah 60:1

    (Just to give the first 9 songs)

    And of course at the end we sang the Hallelujah chorus a second time.

    It is unbelieveable how very very positive you are after such a day, all these positive bible verses, Jesus is King, Jesus is also the Lamb.

    The Lord omnipotent reigneth, Hallelujah

  21. jeff1 says:

    My mothers beliefs were very much in contrast to my dad’s beliefs as she believed you cursed yourself when you sinned.

    When the IRA man who lived opposite us now in latter years was suffering from his alcoholism my mother’s belief was that he was suffering for his sins as he had murdered in his days of being active.

    His sin was great so his suffering was great in death.

    My dad did not believe that God worked in this way and so I believe that it was guilt that led the man to alcoholism because of ignorance of God and lack of belief that in Jesus his sins were forgiven.

    I was surprised today to hear my Rector say how many still of his parishioners still hold superstitious beliefs.

    God’s truths are very different to our truths because our beliefs about Him show our ignorance of Him.

    To know the true God I need to keep my focus on Jesus otherwise I loose sight of who God is and myth becomes reality and I claim to know God when in fact it is the work of Satan I see and as far from God’s realm as night is from day.

  22. poohpity says:

    It seems when we have a song in our hearts it even uplifts our countenance. It could be because our minds would rather embrace joy and the memories of that joy and gratitude than the troubles we experience.

    I read an article that in singing praises to God we are actually waging war against the enemy. Tom Olsen taught; “Chances are you didn’t connect singing and warfare together, but it’s a theme visible in Scripture. In Colossians 3, Paul is challenging the Colossians to literally put sin to death in their lives, to kill sin. So all the commands to love and peace and forgiveness and teaching and singing are attitudes and habits of the believer that will kill sin!”

    “And the more you think about this, it makes total sense: What posture must be more hated by the evil one than the posture of a believer who is singing? I can’t think of many stances you can take that identifies you with Christ and against Satan more than eyes, heart, mind, and voice lifted to heaven in song!

    It’s very hard to lie, be greedy or to look at something inappropriate when, you’re “singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart” (Ephesians 5:19). Simply, a heart that’s doing that will not easily give in to temptation.

    A singing heart is a heart at war with the work of the evil one and the power of sin.”

  23. jeff1 says:

    Its not surprising then that it is when I feel closest to God.
    Music to my ears Pooh.

  24. Beloved says:

    Forever I found the concert online and am listening to it now! All time favorite! We sang it in school long ago, it brought tears to my eyes then and still today. Just thinking as beautiful as it is, the music of heaven is so much more- and sustaining, for all eternity! Isn’t that a lovely thought! Thank you for your part in bringing this to the world to hear, a little corner of heaven in a dark world.

  25. Beloved says:

    The tenor part Comfort Ye from psalm 40 always gives me chills! As does most of it!

  26. SFDBWV says:

    Good day to everyone. My first eye surgery for cataracts went very well. Each day the sight in it gets better and better, they tell me it will take about a month to obtain the full healing of the eye.

    As I set here at the computer I can actually read the print in front of me for the first time in a few years without the use of any “cheaters” (glasses).

    I am looking forward to the 4th of January for the left eye to have the same procedure.

    No allowed to lift any heavy weights (over 15 pounds) nor to bend over past 90 degrees for 9 days, so my younger brother came over for the day of surgery through to today in order to help me with Matt.

    Haven’t had time to look in on BTA, tried yesterday morning and could not get connected. Successful though today.

    This story and subject Mart has provided for us is very interesting and resonates with me especially.

    I think most all of us would agree any song we hear reminds us of some other time in our lives as well as other people. Certainly music puts us in some sort of mood.

    Matthew (my son) suffered traumatic brain injury from blood loss and as a result he suffers from long and short time memory loss. Now nearly 19 and one half years ago when he was about to be transferred from intensive care to a step down unit a nurse told me, while he was still in a coma, that music is something that helps memory.

    So we got him a cassette player and some of his music as well as Christian healing tapes and specified healing Christian music and put the ear phones on him for about an hour a day.

    After he awoke from his coma he was able to watch and listen some to TV in his rehabilitation room, so the nurses and I would make certain music was on the menu for his TV time.

    Christmas morning of that year here at our house I got down his box of cassette tapes and hooked him up to his ear phones and put a tape in.

    Immediately when he began listening to the tape he got all excited and started lifting up his voice saying “Dad, dad, dad, all of these memories are flooding back.” It was like opening a flood gate of memories for him. He remembered the music, the words to them as his excitement continued all morning.

    It was the very first time he got out of bed stood up with me and walked from his bed to the recliner to set up and enjoy being out of bed, on his feet and experiencing something “new”.

    To this very day and hour, music is a very integral part of Matt’s day.

    A gift from God and part of the mystery of our creation and what lay ahead for us when in heaven we get to listen to music unimaginable to us today.

    Blessings to all.

    Steve

  27. Beloved says:

    Steve thanks for sharing your personal story! I can just see him responding as you said. Oh God is so good!

  28. Beloved says:

    He touched me, yes He touched me. And oh! what joy! that floods my soul….this song came to mind just now.

  29. jeff1 says:

    Steve, glad to hear your sight is getting better and I had noticed you hadn’t posted.

    I think its amazing how we all feel music touches us in ways that often a person cannot and having suffered from mental illness I feel this very strongly.

    It is our little bit of heaven hear on earth.

    He touched me is one Elvis sang as it was on the album I had ‘His Hand In Mine’ if I remember rightly, Beloved.

    Though I have no love of classical I absolutely love the ‘Blue Danube’ and to watch the dancing to it takes me to another world.

  30. Beloved says:

    Oh yes Elvis did record that one.

  31. Beloved says:

    I think the version I heard was from Jim Reeves, my mom’s favorite singer.

    Any waltzing music is lovely. Blue Danube is beautiful!

  32. jeff1 says:

    Jim Reeves was my dad’s favourite singer and when he would take us for a drive it was Jim Reeves tape would be playing.

    Yes, I can remember my mum saying the velvet voice of Jim Reeves and indeed their was a softness to his voice that could soothe the soul.

  33. street says:

    i saw this today and loved it!

    joy is the flag that flies on the castle of the heart when the King is in residence!
    john macauthor

  34. foreverblessed says:

    That is a very good one Street!

    Steve, thanks for the update, I pray good health for your eyes!
    Last year my mom had two new lenses, two weeks apart. And then waiting 6 weeks before new glasses. I took her to the hospital, and what a rain we had. Lots of rain, driving was hard. And then the snow came and the frost. Very early in december. And then I got this letter from my brother telling me he was sorry for the way he had treated me. And the worlds was white as snow. It was white. And I knew that all things will be made new.

  35. foreverblessed says:

    And also thank you Steve for telling about Matt, and the music. That was very touching! My prayers are for Matt!

    The link Mart gave: It was so good to see the positive effect of music on this old man! Alive!

    Thanks Beloved, for asking about my friend with chemo, she has had her first one, more than a month ago, But the second chemo has been cancelled two times already. Because of her blood. Today she would have the chemo, and I would accompany her. But first the blood test. Again today, her blood was not good, so no chemo. The announcement of that result was a downer for her.

    This afternoon I am involved in drawing and painting sessions in an old peoples home. I do that together with another painter, and we always have a theme for the afternoon. “Red” was our theme, then we look up in our art books, for paintings to show what you can do with the color red.

    And we take flowers with us, I had amaryllus on the table. So I collected all the things to take with me, and it looked so nice, the warm color of the red made me glad, (Just as music, colors are God given and for our enjoyment. ) This would do her good, I thought, because she likes painting, and I asked her to come with me. She did, she likes to paint, and so we had a wonderful afternoon. With the older people.

    Talking about dementia, drawing shows what is going on in their minds. We are used to painting and drawing, but doing it with people who slowly lose their memory is new for us. We do it now for 3 years. And it is quite a thing to see somebody get lost in the drawing. A person who could draw very well 3 years ago, and month after month you see the decline. WHen the dementia really sets in, when they start to draw a flower, and halfway the stem they lose their way. You see that they are lost. It is visible before your eyes what happens in the memory.

    But the personel of the house says it is good, that these people get out of their room, and are motivated and stimulated.. It is quite a thing to figure out how to be stimulating, and I always pray a lot about it..

    On this blog, 3 years ago I talked about a lady who had had a brain tumor. She joins our classes. And I pray for her, and wait, it is Jesus who is all powerful, and all-knowing. I can trust Him, He will guide me. I just take the paint, the paper, get the people out of their rooms, and accompany them.

    And now since 3 years I found that it is always is a good time. In some way or another: the chosing of the colors, the lady chose which colors, according to a painting of Matisse: The red room 1908.

    The movement of the hand is not very fine anymore, the older lady does not have the control over her hand anymore, and just hits thepaper. And yet, a sort of a dog figure appeared, and she really enjoyed it! And I thanked GOd. She also chose, orange, marine blue, and light yellow, and it was a pleasant . The other figure that appeared looked like a bird. And we enjoyed the little painting!

    God is good to help this old lady! A dog and a bird appeared in the dots of paint.

    My friend who went with me, Wilma she is called, really enjoyed the afternoon. We talked about the Messiah, and the songs. And I brought her home.

    So if you have a prayer for her, thanks. It is easy to say: Do not worry.

    But what if you have this illness in your body… how is it possbile not to worry?

    The Resurrected Power of Jesus, to be able to do that. And so we pray.
    It is all Grace. In Grace we live. We ourselves do not have that peace, that trust, God gives it because of Jesus.

  36. foreverblessed says:

    For some reason I hit the submit button two comments ago, but I do not know if it was posted, can’t see.

    That joy Street talked about, that joy is what I am asking for! Joy, whatever the accusations!
    Joy, whatever people say about my heart!
    Joy, because I listen to what Jesus says about me!

    That eternal joy, that is godly joy, it is only by grace we receive it, it is not human. Neither is it human to love your enemy. That is not in my heart, but God gave it because I kept asking for it. And He did!

    It is grace we live in, grace because God gives gifts from on high.

    And Laughter is also a good one, Real laughter, and we can only receive it, when sitting at the feat of Jesus, resting with Him. And letting our lives be filled with His resurrection Power.
    Give all my worries to Him. agony about people who do not listen. Agony of hearts that are judgmental, worrying about the safety of their souls, but they do not listen.
    Seek the Rest that is in Jesus, share ALL with Him. That is the journey that I am learning, slowyly, too slowly.
    Worrying about that terrible illness my friend has. Give my worries to Jesus!

    And singing psalms and hymns!
    And then wait for some laughter.

    (Mart had a little joke here: I Hope I never forget what I saw)

  37. foreverblessed says:

    This morning I sent a little video to my friend, Wilma, a video that I received yesterday: It is praise music, singing about the goodness of God, and showing postcards, one by one. The postcard saying:

    1-Good morning, may the gift of love, hope an peace and happiness be yours today. GOD BLESS YOU

    the next card says:
    2-Good morning
    Have a nice day
    ANd the music sings: You are great, You are Great

    next card:
    3-Rise and shine
    whatever was bothering you yesterday is gone and today is a bright new beginning!
    Good morning

    ANd the music says: Say, You are great

    The next card says:
    4-Whatever you ask for in prayer, you will recieve if you believe
    Matthew 21:22
    GOD BLESS YOU

    And it goes on and on.
    Now I have sent it, and then start worrying: Was this the best thing to sent to a friend with that terrible illness?
    And I pray, and share my worries with Jesus, give it to HIM: Lord I missed Your still small voice in this. Please protect her thinking, fill it with Your trust. You are the greatest.

    All sharing with HIM, Jesus! whatever it is!

  38. SFDBWV says:

    I have been around the medical world a good bit since having to deal with Matt’s injuries.

    Sad to say that 99% of doctors I have had Matt to always and only see his brain injury and are baffled as to how to help.

    Just like the premise and perhaps promise of music as a tool for helping with issues related to the brain; so what? What to do next?

    If you break an arm or leg it can be treated and in time heal. But with the brain there is almost nothing medical science can do to help.

    So we get a lot of sorry no need to make another appointment, good bye.

    Just like this little story there are always some story that crops up about a big medical breakthrough to do miraculous things concerning the brain, it is always experimental and actual treatments may be decades away.

    So it comes down to desperately relying on faith and trusting that God will help, hour after hour, day after day year after year.

    Yes Mart people who suffer strokes, brain injuries, or dementia are all still alive inside and knowing that is heartbreaking.

    Not sure that this subject has as much encouragement as you hoped for. Of course hope is also something that stays alive…for some.

    Steve

  39. jeff1 says:

    Yes, Steve, I understand what you are saying because though we live with the hope of change we also see the decline in the loved one and for the family that is painful and often one finds themselves hoping God will take the loved one rather than see them in such a state.

    Other’s have said to me and I find myself thinking the same thoughts that it is not fear of death but how well they are in life that bothers them.

    My dad had a very strong belief that you do not take your own life and I having known what it was to suffer from deep depression/psychosis/anxiety said to him that he did not understand the darkness of the mind whereas I had prayed for death when suffering from such.

    I can only say that my dad was right because time for me has been a healer but the attention and love that man gave me daily played a massive part in that healing.

    He attended a very small country school and three of his classmates committed suicide later in life so life is tougher for some than others and why faith is sometimes hard to hold on to in the midst of it.

    Why do we try to live so independently from God when it costs us so much to do so!

    “If We Never Meet Again”

    Soon we’ll come to the end of life’s journey
    And perhaps never meet anymore
    Till we gather in heaven’s bright city
    Far away on that beautiful shore

    If we never meet again this side of heaven
    As we struggle through this world and its strife
    There’s another meeting place somewhere in heaven
    By the side of the river of life

    Where the charming roses bloom forever
    And where separations come no more
    If we never meet again this side of heaven
    I will meet you on that beautiful shore

  40. foreverblessed says:

    Steve, I was thinking about you this morning….
    You have heard the Word that has been spoken to you:

    “Matt will be allright”

    I pray that God will also give you comfort, with this promise, that uptil now can only be seen with eyes of faith.
    May God also give you better vision in the eyes of faith, as He also may give better sight in your physical eyes.
    May God bless you and yours!

  41. poohpity says:

    Sometimes one can stand in the way of the Lord being able to do what He does best when we want to be the Savior in His place.

    This week on Discover The Word the topic is; “Thoughts to make your Heart Sing”.

    Sometimes one can boast in the things they do and totally over look the things that God actually is doing but we have to step back and trust God.

    I was hanging on to worry about everything regarding a car accident I was in at the end of October until yesterday the Lord gave me as He did when I began this relationship with Him, direction for each step to take while I was looking it as a whole, He wanted me to take one step at a time and watch as He provided the way to the next. By the end of the day yesterday along with the help of a person who I did not know we were both singing praises to God for His goodness and guidance. At just the right time this man came along to help. When he was leaving he said, “God is good all the time” and my reply to him was, “All the time God is Good”. My heart was singing praises to God when I finally let go of being in charge and let God do what He does best.

  42. Beloved says:

    Alive inside

    Jesus is my life, inside of me and outside. Joy!!!

  43. street says:

    Alive Inside

    how has extravagance changed your life?

    after you have thought of this question for a little bit let me rephrase the question.

  44. Beloved says:

    The extravagant love of God, poured out through Jesus comes to mind. It helps me to love God, myself and others, extravagantly!

  45. Beloved says:

    Extravagant: without measure!
    Grace forgiveness mercy peace and love.

  46. Beloved says:

    Thinking how sad to know, inside, that I’m not a Christ follower, therefore have no hope of life eternally with God. That eternally I’m separated from True Love. Lost. Hopefully, having the awareness of being lost is Gods last chance to provide repentance to the poor soul.

  47. street says:

    i guess i don’t need to rephrase the question.

    i was thinking how has God’s extravagance changed us?

    repentance,thanksgiving,adoration! zacchaeus

    i have not forgot about supplication? just wondering how and where it fits in? thinking the tension between asking and trusting. seeking asking knocking mendicants

    saw this quote and thought it was interesting.

    In the provinces, to live in another person’s house is an avowal of poverty.
    The Fortune of the Rougons

    Emile Zola

  48. Beloved says:

    I always thought it a waste of time and money to buy and sell land/property, after all, do we really own anything? The earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof. We are travelers, beggars yes in a strange land, where ownership is always temporary, we don’t live forever! These bodies also, only temporary abodes of the soul. Alive, yes! Thriving, not so much, except in Christ! Alive for all eternity, thriving in the Kingdom of God and our Christ Jesus. Amen

  49. Beloved says:

    repentance,thanksgiving,adoration!

    These have been on my mind the last few minutes. Walking in the Spirit also comes to mind, not fulfilling the law of the flesh. The norm for the walk with God, I’m thinking. Always alive, enjoying fellowship with God and others. Thy will be done.

  50. Beloved says:

    I was in a terrible funk earlier. Feeling better now!

  51. poohpity says:

    I see Him when the children are at play
    I hear Him when the church bells ring on wedding days
    I feel Him when the breezes blow
    Adore Him where the flowers grow
    Revere Him when the oceans roll
    He’s everything

    Oh, oh, oh
    He’s everything

    We’re born, we live, we die and life goes on
    We love, we laugh, we cry
    And we’re a part of His creation
    Every person, every nation
    He’s in every situation
    Everything

    He’s everything
    Let’s lift Him up
    Through everything, He’s loving us
    Is it asking all that much
    That we should do the same
    So let us sing and raise our voice
    Let us make a joyful noise
    Let us praise His holy name
    He’s everything

    Oh, oh, oh
    He’s everything

    In everything, He plays a part
    In everything, He leaves His mark
    Restores our lives, our broken hearts
    The God of hope and change
    So let us sing and raise our voice
    Let us make a joyful noise
    Rejoice and praise His name
    Rejoice, sing it again
    Rejoice, His joy remains
    He’s everything

    Oh, oh, oh
    He’s everything
    Oh, oh, oh
    He’s everything
    He’s everything
    He’s everything
    Praise His name, His holy name
    He’s everything

    He’s always lovin’ us
    We should show a little love in everything, everything
    He’s the God of hope and change
    He’s the cure for hurt and pain
    You know He loves us all the same
    ‘Cause He’s everything, He’s everything

    Everything He plays a part
    Heals and mends our broken hearts
    Restores us when we fall apart
    ‘Cause He’s everything, He’s everything

    So lift Him up, rejoice, rejoice
    Let us sing and raise our voice
    And let us make a joyful noise
    He is everything

  52. jeff1 says:

    Intercessory prayer thinking how we can trust God in his omniscience with those whom we need to.

    Some days you may lead me through green pastures
    My heart drinks in deep the waters sweet
    And some days you may lead me through the desert
    Even then you’re still the reason
    I can say

    I am blessed beyond measure
    So far beyond what’s gained through earthly treasures

    Whatever comes my way
    still my soul will say
    I am blessed
    I am blessed.

    Through the troubled pain and disappointments
    When it seems that I have nothing left
    You will never leave me or forsake me
    I will testify until my dying breath

    I am blessed beyond measure
    So far beyond what’s gained through earthly treasures

    Whatever comes my way
    Still my soul will say
    I am blessed
    I am blessed

    You alone are my reward
    With you I want for nothing more
    And because your goodness follows me all of my days

    I am blessed beyond measure
    So far beyond what’s gained through earthly treasures

    O whatever comes my way
    Still my soul will say
    I am blessed
    I am blessed
    I am blessed
    I am blessed
    I am blessed Thank you Jesus

  53. Beloved says:

    Amen, viv.

  54. jeff1 says:

    Songs say so much and I think to myself my heart can resonate with the writer and it seems that they are putting my thoughts into their words whereas I cannot find the words myself.

    It makes me feel so happy inside because it reassures me that I am connected to God as those who write and sing the songs are.

    It makes me feel part of something bigger than myself and so God does not seem so distant.

    This is a song that I heard this morning not for the first time but it is so beautiful wanted to share. Blue Savannah is referring to heaven.

    Blue Savannah

    Blue Savannah song
    Oh blue Savannah song
    Somewhere ‘cross the desert
    Sometime in the early hours
    In a restless world
    On the open highway

    My home is where the heart is
    Sweet to surrender to you only
    I send my love to you

    Blue Savannah song
    Oh blue Savannah song
    Racing ‘cross the desert
    At a hundred miles an hour
    To the orange side
    Through the clouds and thunder

    My home is where the heart is
    Sweet to surrender to you only
    I send my love to you

    I’m on my way back
    And your love will bring me home
    I’m travelling fast
    And your love will bring me home
    Will I discover
    That your love will bring me home?
    Will I discover
    That your love will bring me home?

    Somewhere ‘cross the desert
    Sometime in the early hour
    To the orange side
    Through the clouds and thunder

    My home is where the heart is
    Sweet to surrender to you only
    I send my love to you

    Home is where the heart is
    Sweet to surrender to you only
    I send my love to you

    Oh savannah song
    To you only
    I send my love to you

    Oh savannah song
    To you only
    To you only

  55. street says:

    jeff i think your right “Intercessory prayer” is where supplication comes in or how it fits. thinking others more important than self. thinking of the intercessors of the Old Testament. and then there’s Jesus!

  56. Beloved says:

    Phil 2:3
    Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

    This was brought to mind this afternoon. Intercessory prayer, praying for Gods best for others.

  57. Beloved says:

    What is Gods best? The will of God in Christ Jesus; knowing, loving, and serving Him.

  58. street says:

    ” the big mistake that many Christian people commit is to expect to find in themselves what is only found in Christ.” (A. W. Pink)

  59. Beloved says:

    That’s good, thanks street.

  60. jeff1 says:

    Very true, Street, but God soon brings that home to me if I am seeking His truth and not my own. Against You Lord I have sinned.

    God never intended because He knows where it leads and I have played God enough times to know that He is right while my dad kept his humbleness because he knew better than I did.

    My dad’s words still ring true today ‘If it pleases God’ a simple faith that is worth its weight in Gold.

  61. poohpity says:

    I never thought for a moment that I would see 65 but today here it is. I am so grateful that God has brought me through and will continue until that day when I see Him face to face. Thank you so much my Jesus, my surrender to you has completely changed my life and has given me cause and purpose, thank you.

    I am so like what Paul explains in Romans 7:14-25 and what Jesus has to say in Luke 18:13 NLT and nothing like Luke 18:9-12 NLT. My Jesus, Your grace has seen me through.

  62. poohpity says:

    One of the most exciting stories of how to win a battle was when the Lord told King Jehoshaphat rather than get your swords or other weapons out against the three Kings who came against Israel, to send out the choir to sing praises to the Lord. 2 Chron 20:21-22 NLT

    To defeat an enemy with songs of praise who would have thought but that is how our God works. To just think that the internal battles we face can be won with singing praises to the Lord.

  63. jeff1 says:

    I don’t believe that I am defeating my enemies by singing praises to God but rather I am keeping God closer to me in order to not let their ways destroy my faith and trust in Him.

    They still are scheming but giving them over to God takes the battle out of my hands and into the Lords’s leaving me free of the burden since they have been my enemies for a lifetime and I have no hope of defeating them.

    God is still in charge of the outcome whether I won or loose the battle.

  64. poohpity says:

    You are defeating your enemy’s control over your heart and mind when singing praises to the Lord because we can not think of hate, anger and bitterness at the same time when one is singing to the Lord. Our minds can only do one thing at a time. It is not up to us to defeat our enemies but better left in the hands of God who is just and merciful, just like He is towards us.

    Do you not believe that the way you think about your enemies is just as bad as what they have done? There are no degrees of sin and ALL sin including you and me. Make the choice of letting those enemies dwell in your mind or let the Lord dwell in those places instead and sing to Him.

  65. poohpity says:

    Rihght now those enemies have won because they take up so much space in your mind that could be filled with praises or spiritual songs. What controls our mind controls our hearts.

  66. poohpity says:

    Oh by the way my comments about singing defeating the opposing armies that came against Israel was not directed at you Viv or anyone else, I was trying to add something to the topic.

  67. Beloved says:

    Happy Birthday, pooh.

  68. poohpity says:

    Well Thank you very much, Joyce!

  69. Beloved says:

    WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

    “When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” We all have faith in good principles, in good management, in good common sense, but who amongst us has faith in Jesus Christ? Physical courage is grand, moral courage is grander, but the man who trusts Jesus Christ in the face of the terrific problems of life is worth a whole crowd of heroes. The Highest Good, 544 R

  70. SFDBWV says:

    Sadly to be politically correct nowadays we are to say “Happy Holidays” in place of “Merry Christmas”.

    In Mart’s last sentence he stated that perhaps joy and life is beyond words and why Christmas comes to us on the wings of music.

    It is written that the morning the stars sang together at the birth of the universe (Job 38:7 KJV). Scientists have only recently discovered that stars “sing”.

    The Psalms are all songs, and even though it doesn’t say that the angels sang at the birth of Jesus when the heavenly host proclaimed “Glory to God” to the shepherds (Luke 2:14) the writer of “Hark the Herald Angles Sing” thought they may have.

    Personally I think the movie makers have it all wrong when they depict dinosaurs as snarling grunting growling beasts. Seeing that they are of the “avian” family, I believe they sang a loud and beautiful song, just as the little sparrow still does today.

    I also believe that there in the dark early morning when you hear the birds of every variety all singing, it is their praise to God for the coming morning and again at evening their thanks to God for the day.

    Stepping out a little here, but I have on occasion sang boldly and aloud in secret as if possessed by the song that just comes from my lips. A little disturbing and scary as I know it is the Holy spirit doing His work and using me to utter what it is He wants said…Like God we too create by what we say. In such unusual times as that, God uses me to say what He wants and does so by use of a song.

    Or in my case perhaps a joyful “noise”.

    Yesterday was an exhausting day for Matt and I. I noticed in the morning that Matt’s urine was too red. Knowing he has a history of UTI I ended up getting him to the ER for a blood test. Monday my brother Fred dropped a ten pound weight on Matt’s left big toe, so while in the ER I had that attended to as well.

    The triage nurse knew Matt from before his accident when they both were younger and while in X Ray the technician was a lady he went to school with.

    So the hospital visit turned out to be a more enjoyable trip.

    However both he and I were pretty tired by the time the day was over.

    I am not supposed to lift anything or bend over and the nurses there were scolding me for doing just that, but God gave and gives me the strength and ability to take care of Matt so no damage to my surgery recovery as each day gets me closer to that 9 day window of its being ok to resume normal activity.

    I sing praises to God all the time along with my thanks.

    Happy Holidays and Merry CHRISTmas to you all.

    Steve

  71. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    December 12, 2018 at 10:09 am

    If you read my post you would see that I keep God in mind rather than my enemies which is much more rewarding to my way of thinking.

    Also I said that I have left it in God’s hands again if you had read my post correctly.

    My enemies hate me because of who I am while I do not hate them but I do mistrust them and so I leave them in God’s hands as He sees their minds and hearts while I only see their actions.

    I have stopped trying to understand my enemies long ago as it was doing my head in.

    When it comes to sin we are all at God’s mercy. My friend said to me, those Roman Catholics, never leave confessions, as they have so much to confess, I said back to her and what do you suppose they are saying about us!

    Oh, your stone may be bigger than my stone but its God who decides who is righteous in His sight.

    I didn’t think it was a crime to comment what I was thinking even if the post wasn’t directed at me but you always manage to villainize someone, just for the hell of it Pooh, and then we wonder why NON Christians can seem more like a friend to Jesus these days, well I don’t any more.

  72. poohpity says:

    Oh my gosh Viv, I was NOT trying to villainize anyone. It just seemed like you misunderstood what I was talking about dear lady about singing praises to God by the Israelites when going to war. Geez well you guys ever stop thinking the worst of me. GOOD GRIEF!! It gets very exasperating to say the least.

  73. Beloved says:

    Pooh,
    May the LORD bless you and keep you and give you peace, today.

  74. jeff1 says:

    poohpity says:
    December 12, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    The word honesty is not in your vocabulary Pooh. I may be part Irish and maybe that makes you think I am stupid but I am not and you did try to villainize me.

    Your words Pooh to make me feel guilty except it didn’t work.

    Do you not believe that the way you think about your enemies is just as bad as what they have done?

    I have done the blame game and made myself ill before I went to God so I believe my sin is forgiven as I am healing by God’s degree and hope that God will bring them to their senses as He has myself.

    poohpity says:
    December 12, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Geez well you guys ever stop thinking the worst of me. GOOD GRIEF!! It gets very exasperating to say the least.

    Hypocritical is the word comes to mind Pooh, you thrive on hostility and I have lived long enough in a hostile environment to recognise it.

  75. poohpity says:

    No Viv, no one can make another feel guilty that comes from within the person feeling it not due to anyone else. You have the nerve to talk about hypocrisy the one who says they trust God yet can not find it in your heart to forgive or show mercy. Sounds more like a description of you than me.

    The question, “Do you not believe that the way you think about your enemies is just as bad as what they have done?” that is a very important question. John 8:7 NLT; They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

  76. Beloved says:

    I love this story, it makes me think of Viv, singing hymns when troubles come! God bless you dear.

    Acts 16:25–34
    The Philippian Jailer Converted

    25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately rall the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and twas about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

  77. Beloved says:

    33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds;

    Wow, what a change when he believed, he washed his former enemies wounds!

  78. jeff1 says:

    Poohpity says:
    December 12, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    No Viv, no one can make another feel guilty that comes from within the person feeling it not due to anyone else. You have the nerve to talk about hypocrisy the one who says they trust God yet can not find it in your heart to forgive or show mercy. Sounds more like a description of you than me.

    Pooh, either you don’t read what I say or you do not believe what I say. I said you didn’t make me feel guilty though I do believe it is your intention.

    The reason you cannot make me feel guilty is that God has convicted and forgiven me so I would be exalting you above God if I let you make me feel guilty.

    My sin was against God because my anger was against God but because of my earthly fathers example I realised the errors of my ways and have made peace with God.

    I have no time for your type of Christianity because I have lived with it all my life and it is you putting yourself equal to God and by doing so becoming arrogant and unbearable which is not Godliness but the very opposite.

    Your most devoted Christian friends on this blog have tried to steer you away from this attitude but you are determined to have your own way, because you can quote the Bible so well you think it gives you the right to look down on another who can’t, but I have met plenty like you in my lifetime and I am not intimidated by your knowledge, as God loves me for the person that I am, warts and all, which is much more gratifying than any knowledge because it get to the core of the person I am to become when I am trusting Him with myself and not focusing on my sins or my enemies sins when only He can change all of our shortcomings.

  79. Beloved says:

    Just thinking still about how it took an earthquake to get the jailer to see God. Hymns and earthquakes; God has His ways! It makes me feel good knowing He is present and available to everyone God has chosen to be His. In myriad more ways I’m sure.
    God rest ye merry gentlewomen
    Let nothing you dismay.
    Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas day
    To save the world from Satan’s power when we had gone astray, ohh Tidings of comfort and joy,
    Comfort and joy! Ohh tidings of comfort and joy.

  80. Beloved says:

    Viv I agree, I think that “religious” wars are the worst. But we can always trust the Spirit to guide us through and beyond! Sing praises to Him Who reigns on high!

  81. jeff1 says:

    If you were to believe what I hear Catholics say about Protestants and vice versa you would understand why I see religion from hell itself.

    The mistrust here between religions is catastrophic and politicians play it to their gain as if it were a game with little thought or care for the consequences.

    My father never mixed is faith with his politics and now I see why because it blinds ones to God’s way as the goal of the politician is to have control by hook or by grook and my dad believed you cannot put God first in this scenario and I can see now that he was right as from what is unravelling today shows that Politics is a murky world and you cannot live in that world without getting your feet wet.

    Wisdom is rarer these days and something my dad had in abundance and I expect it is because it came from above and that was down to him knowing that Godliness was a commitment to be worked at and not obtained for we are not so unlike the politicians whether we realise it or not in that we all get a little murky in a world that has no black or white.

  82. poohpity says:

    Will They Know Us by Our Love?
    by Debbie Holloway

    How often do we piece together the “how?” and the “what?” of love in our own lives? How would people come to recognize Christians?

    Well, they would know us by our patience. They would know that we are Christians by our contentment, modesty, and humility. They would recognize us, for we would not be rude. We would seek the best for others, be difficult to make angry, and refuse to keep count of how many times we’ve been hurt. They would know us because evil makes us sad, and truth makes us happy. They would know us because we protect the defenseless and we do not live in suspicion of others.

    They would know us by our hope. They would know us by our perseverance.

    That is what love looks like. Those should be the marks of Christ’s disciples.

    Oftentimes when the world hears “Christian” – they do not think of this love. They think Patriotic. They think of rules. They think of stingy, bad-tippers, who blindly vote Republican and will judge you if you drink beer or use four-letter words. And that might not be fair. That might not be you. But it’s still your responsibility to change what the world thinks of Christians. It’s still your responsibility to demonstrate that radical love Paul described to the Corinthians.

    Because then, one by one, people might start to know Jesus a little better. Because then, one by one, we could really reach the world with this radical, biblical, Christ-like love.

  83. street says:

    Alive Inside
    thinking about shame and guilt. people and politicians use theses to manipulate behavior for their social order. it usually backfires as we have seen in the news regularly. i love truth it can not change. it is the same every day and for all time. the message of the good news is Greater than we realize in this regard. it is a work of God lest any man should boast. thinking of Godly sorrow. the puritans call it the gift of tears. a true gift from God, like faith,hope,love.

  84. poohpity says:

    An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life:

    “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

    ”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

    He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”

    The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”

    The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

    Do our hearts sing and become alive from evil thoughts and desires or from knowing the only Perfect Person the source of all that is good, kind and loving?

  85. poohpity says:

    O holy night the stars are brightly shining
    It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining
    Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

    A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
    For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
    Fall on your knees
    O hear the angels’ voices
    O night divine
    O night when Christ was born
    O night divine o night
    O night divine

    A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
    For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
    Fall on your knees
    O hear the angels’ voices
    O night divine
    O night when Christ was born
    O night divine o night
    O night divine

    Ooh yes it was
    Ooh it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
    Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah
    It was a holy holy holy, oh oh oh

  86. jeff1 says:

    My mum used to say the truth will not stay buried as it will always rise to the top again. (Resurrection)

    She was speaking of secrets that were buried i.e. she knew of mothers who had buried their children rather than face the stigma her mother faced in raising them as she did back in those days.

    The truth is out to get us and that is because God loves us enough to ensure that it does.

    God works in miraculous ways as it brings a smile to my face when I think of how anti she was the Roman Catholic church and not long before she died she told me of having 5 nuns in he ambulance with her and as I watched her demise I seen her look out of the hospital window into the heavens and I knew she finally knew peace with God and that God finds a way when their seems to be no way.

  87. Beloved says:

    Life inside with the Spirit

    Isaiah 41:10
    Psalm 139:10
    James 1:2

  88. poohpity says:

    This morning on facebook there was a video showing people who are color blind trying on these new glasses so that they can see color for the first time and their reactions to it. The wonder they experienced brought tears to their eyes.

    It reminded me of how all the world and it’s people looked so different to me when I first started this journey with the lord and being filled with His Spirit. (Col 1:15-16 NLT) It was all fresh, new and filled with wonder.

  89. street says:

    dear poo thinking of the indian story you posted. Jesus had a story that came to mind about different kinds of soils. good soil is hard to find. in Christ, the only good thing in the world. thinking of the vine.

  90. Beloved says:

    I was thinking about the Indian story also, my dad being Cherokee-irish from Oklahoma and myself living in Indian country of northern Mn. I taught on one of the rez’s while studying with the indian ministry in college. Very slow work, soil makes all the difference, the Holy Spirit is fought vigorously and the missionaries report years and years of work before Jesus is accepted there. I had a lot of Indian clients through my years in rehab. It was tough, Jesus was often recognized by clients but preferred their own ways of dealing with evil inside them, through ritual cleansing rites. Superstition abounds which sometimes led to mental illness, and drugs are a huge, adding to the problem.
    I praise God for the patience of the saints who daily drudgingly serve and work there. My church has missionaries in one that God called from Indiana as a couple to live, having a small church up there. I knew a man converted through another Indian but he really struggled with serving Jesus or his traditions. That’s where the battle is I believe, who do I serve is the correct question.

  91. Beloved says:

    The music of the powwow is very healing and comforting up here, but the drum does not change anybody.

  92. SFDBWV says:

    Not long after Matt had wrecked was coming out of his coma and at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital there was a story on the Discovery Channel about brain damage it affects and its effects on loved ones and care givers.

    I hated it!

    While Matt was in the Hospital in intensive care the hospital gave us a pamphlet about brain injuries and what to expect.

    I hated it!

    Both were filled with text book examples of what to expect and what not to.

    Our experience at Ruby Memorial Hospital shown us that they had no understanding of the human spirit, no belief in the Holy Spirit and so in no way could they understand that when you combine the human spirit with the Holy Spirit is when miracles happen.

    It saddens me to see the suffering of stroke, or dementia, or brain injured people because I know that they are alive inside and strain and struggle to emerge from the disoriented confused nightmare they live.

    It breaks my heart because I want them healed and because I believe in the miracle power of Jesus of Nazareth, I struggle with why Jesus would leave anyone in such a condition.

    Ever.

    I used to watch the 700 Club until they did that segment where as they had a “word of knowledge” and Pat and whomever was with him would say this person or that person was healed of a sinus headache or of a sore toe or some minor thing as that…I quit watching.

    I never liked to watch Benny Hinn as he spit or blew on people in order to do the same thing while dozens of people awaited their opportunity to be healed laying in stretchers in various forms of suffering, brought by their loved ones hoping for their “miracle”.

    God has spoken to me concerning the “whys” of life and I am left to believing God and trusting He knows what He is doing.

    But that still doesn’t remove my compassion for anyone I see in pain nor my own suffering for them. I give thanks to God that at least for some a little music can bring them a little happiness in their life, and perhaps a chance for us to also bring a little light, a little joy, and a little happiness to them as well.

    Praying all of you are touched by God today.

    Steve

  93. Beloved says:

    Thank you Steve, your honesty is a touch from God.

  94. Beloved says:

    Steve I have to admit that my work with TBI clients were the hardest for me. I always felt so inadequate. God bless you for the special gifts He has given you, and the grace to do a thankless, never-ending list of chores day in and day out. Matthew is blessed to have you, I always wished more families were as equipped to handle their disabled loved ones as you are. You bless me, Steve. No worker or employee can do what a loving parent sister brother etc can do 24/7. Thank you!

  95. jeff1 says:

    That was a very heartfelt post Steve and your compassion always comes across in your words which shows the sincerity of them.

  96. poohpity says:

    street, there are several things written in scripture that pretty much says the same thing as the “wisdom” of the Cherokee Grandfather of the inner battle we face within like the things of the world/flesh and things of the Spirit.

    I believe that the native people can teach us much about spirituality because what we know in our western culture kind of beliefs can often leave out many things that connect us with God because there is shall I say religiosity or self righteousness or moralist and not spirituality.

  97. jeff1 says:

    Up Where We Belong

    You won’t know what tomorrow brings
    In a world where few hearts survive
    All I know is the way I feel
    And if it’s real I’m gonna keep it alive

    Cause the road, the road is long
    There are mountains in our way
    But we climb still higher every day

    Lord lift us up where we belong
    Where the eagles fly on a mountain high
    Lord lift us up where we belong
    Up from the world we know
    Where the clear winds blow

    Some hang on what used to be
    Stop living your life looking behind
    Cause all we have, all we have is you right now
    All our lives are in you tonight

    But the road is long
    There are mountains in our way
    But we climb still higher every day

    Lord lift us up where we belong
    Where the eagles fly on a mountain high
    Lord lift us up where we belong
    Up from the worlds we know
    Where the clear winds blow

    You see, as time goes by
    Sometimes yes, we’ll cry
    But He’ll wipe every tear
    From our eyes
    Lord lift us up, Jesus

    Lord lift us up where we belong
    Where the eagles fly on a mountain high
    Lord lift us up where we belong
    Up from the worlds we know
    Where the clear winds blow
    (repeat x 2)

    Where the clear winds blow
    Lord lift us up
    Where we
    Belong

  98. street says:

    thinking about a little girl in my church. she can not speak walk use her hands sit up. she has caused my soul more trouble and difficulty than anyone in the church to date. she is surrounded by loving family 24/7. we can see her needs every day. what we can rarely see is God working in those around her. this verse comes to mind, those who curse you I will curse and those who bless you I will bless. steve you will need a legion of angles to help you carry the blessing God has given you. the depth and compassion being built into you is way outside the general population. i am thinking of jeff here, she speaks like job. thank you both for sharing and my God bless you both.

  99. street says:

    I believe that the native people can teach us much about spirituality because what we know in our western culture kind of beliefs can often leave out many things that connect us with God because there is shall I say religiosity or self righteousness or moralist and not spirituality.

    that’s like saying God made a mistake writing the Bible.
    syncritism is very dangerous, western or eastern, for the idolators. Exodus bears that out. the idea of using extra Biblical writings/info as equal to Scripture/Moses is so dangerous i would rather die a legalistic than a soothsayer. at least i would know i needed a Savior. when their time came God said let your idols save you. He even refused to listen to some. there is no anger as permanent/righteous as God’s wrath. that comes after judgement, but there is always a call to repentance prior too. i never envied men before the judgment seat of man, but we will all stand before the Judgment Seat of God. Thank God for Jesus!

    paul paints an epic picture of the spirituality of man in the first few chapters of Romans. it’s not pretty or flattering. it is brutal. even so with out Christ all his argument become like talking to a wall.

  100. Beloved says:

    Amen!

  101. jeff1 says:

    That was a lovely post to Steve, Street, and so very true.
    Thank you for your blessing as I struggle with my demons it shall encourage me to fight the good fight.

    I heard this song on the radio this morning and though what a beautiful song to start the day with.

    Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy

    Come, they told me, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam
    A newborn king to see, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam
    Our finest gifts we bring, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam
    Ra-pam-pam-pam, ra-pam-pam-pam

    (Come, they told me, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam)
    Peace on Earth, can it be?
    (A newborn King to see, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam)
    Years from now, perhaps we’ll see

    (Our finest gifts we bring, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam)
    See the day of glory
    (See the fine King, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam, ra-pam-pam-pam)
    See the day when men of good will
    (Ra-pam-pam-pam)
    Live in peace, live in peace again

    (So newborn king, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam)
    Peace on Earth
    Can it be?
    (Can we come?)

    Every child must be made aware
    Every child must be made to care
    Care enough for his fellow man
    To give all the love that he can

    (Little baby, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam)
    I pray my wish will come true
    (I see the child, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam)
    For my child and your child too

    (I’ll take my trumpet, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam)
    He’ll see the day of glory
    (I’ll play my best for Him, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam, ra-pam-pam-pam)
    See the day when men of good will
    (Ra-pam-pam-pam)
    Live in peace, live in peace again

    (And he smiled at me, pa-ram-pam-pam-pam)
    Peace on Earth
    (Me and my drum)
    Can it be

  102. SFDBWV says:

    “Patient care should always be the key objective for any healthcare provider. As simple as that.”
    Florence Nightingale

    I stumbled upon that quote some time ago and posted it where I could see it from time to time.

    When watching Mart’s vignette of the poor old fellow with some obvious form of dementia I am left to wonder if the medical people are more interested in seeing his reaction to music as a means of study or if his best interests are forefront in their “use” of him.

    I equally am reminded of the term “practicing” medicine. As the concept of using the sick or disabled as Guiney pigs in an effort to find remedies for them leaves me with mixed feelings.

    Without hesitation I repeatedly bring up the miracle of the raising up of Lazarus (John 11:1-46 KJV) after being dead some 4 days Jesus calls him to “Come forth).

    Can you imagine what the medical world would say about a person’s dead decaying brain’s ability after 4 days without life giving blood?

    That old man’s hope, Matt’s hope, our hope lay in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. The Creator of the universe, the Author of life.

    Without Christ there is no hope.

    On the wall next to my kitchen door I have a reminder of Hebrews 11:1 KJV “Now faith is the substance of thigs hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

    Life is a test of faith, even in that we fail and are carried by Jesus by and through whom all things are possible.

    Thank you all for your kind words of love, compassion and encouragement.

    Steve

  103. jeff1 says:

    You remind me so much of my dad, Steve, he had a beautiful faith too.

    I never quite had his ease of faith as it seemed he didn’t have to work at it quite as hard a I have.

    I envy that certainty my dad had which to me came from his stability of mind while I have had the instability of my mum which sets me adrift into darkness until I find my feet again.

    My dad was of sound character and that comes from a lifetime of trusting and depending on God and some just do it so much better than others and you are among those that do Steve.

    This songs speaks of what you say Steve of Jesus carrying us.

    There is no problem too big
    God cannot solve it
    There is no mountain too tall
    God cannot move it

    There is no storm too dark
    God cannot calm it
    There is no sorrow too deep
    He cannot soothe it

    Oh, if He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders
    I know my brother that He will carry you
    Oh, if He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders
    I know my sister that He will carry

    He said, “Come on to me all who are weary
    And I will give you rest, rest, rest, rest”

    Rest, rest, rest

    There is no problem too big
    God cannot solve it
    There is no mountain too tall
    He cannot move it

    There is no storm too dark
    God cannot calm it
    There is no sorrow too deep
    He cannot soothe it

    Oh, if He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders
    Oh, I know my brother that He will carry you
    Oh, if He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders
    Oh, I know my sister that He will carry you
    I know my brother and I know my sister that Jesus will carry you

  104. poohpity says:

    street, I would have never expected you to understand what I said and it was not about syncretism. Actually what the missionaries first did to the native people was exactly that by taking their western culture and forcing the native people to follow it and not finding out what God had already revealed to them which is what our missionaries do today just like Paul did in Athens before he shared the Good News. Paul waited to find out what they already knew then worked from there rather than busting in by oppressing them with a culture rather than a personal relationship with the Lord. But I suppose out of ignorant of missionary work can lead anyone to think what they want. Try reading Acts 17:22-31 or 1 Cor 9:19-23

  105. cbrown says:

    Dear Pooh, were you there when the missionaries traveled from their homes into the wilderness? If they were directed by God’s Spirit they did not force anyone to do anything.However “world forces of darkness”were at work then and are at work now.
    Love,Chris

  106. cbrown says:

    Today,s “Our Daily Bread” is titled “Heavens Love Song” and the author is Mart DeHaan.

  107. poohpity says:

    I can not remember when God ever promised us a life without struggles, trails, sorrows but He did promise that He would be with us through them.

    No one can be a medical guinea pig without the consent of someone mainly the person themselves or the one who has MPOA who wants even a bit of relief for the person in some form or another whether it is for a moment or more sustained periods. Without courageous people willing to be those guinea pigs we would not have all the medical breakthroughs we have now.

    My mom was one of those courageous people who consented to try a new medication to relieve the pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis and before she started the treatment they informed her it could lead to cancer but to her the relief of the pain was worth it, she did get cancer and when I became angry about it she said to me please do not be mad because I knew my options and the relief for these years was worth it but I did not enjoy one bit watching her suffer through the cancer, in fact each day I was over come with grief and tears comforted by my sweet Jesus but we both trusted in Christ so it made the journey way better than it would have been without Him. We did have moments of singing, joy and celebration never questioning God or His love or care in the midst of the journey until the day she went home to be with Him.

    I have watched many people with TBI in the military finding out what they can do often times failing but never giving up and trying again to reach whatever point of self sufficiency they can achieve knowing that failure is just a step in the right direction but still given the opportunity to try to move forward. Most often their families are just glad they are alive and have them to hug and kiss rather than going to a grave stone and placing flowers there.

  108. poohpity says:

    “Do Something” by Matthew West

    I woke up this morning
    Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
    How’d we ever get so far down, and
    How’s it ever gonna turn around
    So I turned my eyes to Heaven
    I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
    Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
    People living in poverty
    Children sold into slavery
    The thought disgusted me
    So, I shook my fist at Heaven
    Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
    He said, “I did, yeah, I created you” (now listen)

    If not us, then who
    If not me and you
    Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yeah
    If not now, then when
    Will we see an end
    To all this pain
    Oh, it’s not enough to do nothing
    It’s time for us to do something

    I’m so tired of talking about
    How we are God’s hands and feet
    But it’s easier to say than to be
    Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves
    It’s alright, “somebody else will do something”
    Well, I don’t know about you
    But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
    I don’t want a flame, I want a fire and
    I wanna be the one who stands up and says
    “I’m gonna do something”

    If not us, then who
    If not me and you
    Right now, it’s time for us to do something, yes it is, come on
    If not now, then when
    Will we see an end
    To all this pain
    Oh oh, it’s not enough to do nothing
    It’s time for us to do something

    We are the salt of the earth
    We are a city on a hill
    We’re never gonna change the world
    By standing still
    No, we won’t stand still
    No, we won’t stand still
    No, we won’t stand still
    No

    If not us, then who
    If not me and you
    Right now
    It’s time for us to do something
    If not now, then when
    Will we see an end
    To all this pain
    It’s not enough to do nothing
    It’s time for us to do something
    It’s time for us to do something
    It’s time for us to do something.

    We were saved for a reason, to do good things. We can not be perfect while many strive for that impossibility rather than just doing the good that it is possible for us to do with the heart and strength given to us by the Holy Spirit.

  109. poohpity says:

    Dear Chris I have no idea what you were asking about the wilderness(were you there when the missionaries traveled from their homes into the wilderness?) and of course we fight against spiritual darkness that is the true enemy beyond flesh and blood. I am very confused about the point you are trying to make. I do however know what being a missionary is like having had the opportunity to be one not only to other countries but each time I step out my door daily.

  110. poohpity says:

    Dearest Chris, I would think that you knew exactly what I was speaking of since going into the prisons is missionary work as well. Didn’t you have to learn about the people and the prison system and the mentality before you shared the Good News. It must be a continual learning experience.

  111. poohpity says:

    Chris part of my morning devotions everyday is ODB, Discover The Word, bible reading and prayer. The breakfast of life for me oops forgot with coffee, :-)

  112. poohpity says:

    As I mentioned earlier this week on Discover The Word is a series on “thoughts that make your heart sing”.

  113. Beloved says:

    ..without Christ is like talking to a wall.
    Yes indeedy. But at least walls don’t make useless, endless arguments. love the walls around my prayer closet!

  114. Beloved says:

    Meaningless, meaningless! Said Solomon in his wisdom.

  115. Beloved says:

    One-upmanship comes to mind. Thinking of Paul when he said to live is Christ, but to die is gain. The self dies hard. But the music helps soften the blows of self denial.

    Be thou my vision, oh LORD of my heart.

  116. remarutho says:

    Good Morning BTA Friends —

    This thread has been most uplifting! Henry was there all along, and the gift of music released him to sing, keep time with the songs, speak and express and give thanks for the great gift of God’s Love.

    Thanks for the gift of the video clip, Mart. Have enjoyed the stories — Bubbles, Forever, Steve, Pooh & all. When so much has been removed from life by dis-ease and dis-order in our bodies it is a holy thing to receive words set to “beautiful music” as Henry calls it.

    The consolations of the blessed Holy Spirit are beyond measure! Am just dwelling on the fact that this wonderful Person is the Give of Life — in the very body of Mary of Nazareth. God’s grace is super-abundant and can do far above anything we can think or ask. Hallelujah!

    Joy all day!
    Blessings at Advent,
    Maru

    Cloudy and cold here — 100% chance of rain.01C/34F

  117. remarutho says:

    Meant Giver of Life — sorry for slip of the keyboard!

    Maru

  118. foreverblessed says:

    Dear Maru, thank you for your blessing!
    It is good to hear from you!

    In Him we live and move and have our being.
    Acts 17:28

  119. jeff1 says:

    Jesus gives us a peace that the world cannot give us because God never intended it to.

    I must keep this in mind or else I will have unrealistic expectations in this world and that will disturb my peace.

    This world is not my home I am just passing through and I need to remember this or I will get over whelmed by the world’s difficulties which is not what God wants for me.

    I can get more dismayed by the day if I am listening to the news today and why I often choose to listen to local news which can be distressing enough without burdening my mind with the world’s news.

    One of the latest stories to hit the headlines is about one of our favourite celebrities who spent £19,000 on her family’s plane journey from and to Australia where she is hosting the show ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’.

    While she is being criticised by many there are those who point out that she gives more to charity.

    What really upsets me is that we pay entertainers who many on their own admission will tell you it is more like a hobby than work to them unbelievable sums of money and then blame them when they feel they have the right to spend it as they see fit.

    This host was paid two and a half million for doing the series and so let us not blame the person but the system that pays her such ridiculous money in the first place.

    Another host on television picks up four million for a years work so if there is something wrong with this world it is the system and if I am part of the system then I am part of the problem so lets stop passing the buck and start realising we all play a part in messing up the world and its God who is cleaning up the messes in it and why I put my trust in Him because I know there is no one else I can trust.

  120. poohpity says:

    Have you ever noticed that even music without words emotes different feelings just by putting together a symphony of notes? Then to put words to those notes prompts a person to sing along.

    Singing according to Audrey Hunt affects one’s brain. When you sing, endorphins (feel-good chemicals) are released in your brain. This brings about positive psychological effects. If you suffer from depression or are temporarily down in the dumps after a bad day, singing will help lift you from your dark place into the light.

    Here are 6 more reasons singing is downright good for you:

    Boosts your immune system.
    Releases stress.
    Benefits your heart.
    Increases your energy.
    Improves your memory.
    Fosters clear thinking through correct breathing.

    Oxygen is really good for the brain and most people breathe from their upper body and good cleansing breaths come from down deep within the diaphragm rather than making your shoulder raise up and down most singers learn to make their stomach area move instead.

    There are always good reasons that God has enacted something and singing and music seems to be one such thing or else the angels in heaven would not spend so much time doing it. :-)

  121. poohpity says:

    Angels we have heard on high
    Sweetly singing o’er the plains
    And the mountains in reply
    Echoing their joyous strains

    Angels we have heard on high
    Sweetly, sweetly through the night
    And the mountains in reply
    Echoing their brief delight

    Gloria, in excelsis Deo
    Gloria, in excelsis Deo

    Shepherds, why this jubilee?
    Why your joyous strains prolong?
    What the gladsome tidings be
    Which inspire your heavenly song?

    Gloria, in excelsis Deo
    Gloria, in excelsis Deo

    Come to Bethlehem and see
    Him whose birth the angels sing,
    Come, adore on bended knee,
    Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

    Gloria, in excelsis Deo
    Gloria, in excelsis Deo

    Yeah
    Gloria, in excelsis Deo

    Angels we have heard
    Angels we have heard on high
    Angels we have heard, oh
    Angels we have heard on high
    Angels we have heard on high
    Angels we have heard on high

    In excelsis Deo

  122. poohpity says:

    I bet when you started reading that song you started to sing and the cloud of despair started to leave! I hope a song will fill your heart today and take your mind off the ugly and see the beauty all around.

  123. bubbles says:

    We are six days away from the winter solstice; then the days will begin to get longer. Hang on. . we’re almost there! The light will begin to return soon! Three months and one week away from the first day of spring. I love the Easter season much more than Christmas time.

  124. SFDBWV says:

    We love you Bubbles…Matt is about to come to the computer and I out to the garage for a little project.

    Matt is having another bad day, it seems like his better days are one on and one off anymore.

    But you can always call me even if he doesn’t feel like talking.

    Raining today, at least I don’t have to plow it…

    Steve

  125. Beloved says:

    Speaking of darkness, Oh Holy Night, a favorite hymn came to mind. We all know the words of the song, but it was originally a poem written in 1853 I believe. Then translated into English by a Unitarian minister.

    Midnight, Christians, is the solemn hour,
    When God as man descended unto us
    To erase the stain of original sin
    And to end the wrath of His Father.
    The entire world thrills with hope
    On this night that gives it a Saviour.
    People, kneel down, await your deliverance.
    Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer,
    Christmas, Christmas, here is the Redeemer!
    May the ardent light of our Faith
    Guide us all to the cradle of the infant,
    As in ancient times a brilliant star
    Guided the Oriental kings there.
    The King of Kings was born in a humble manger;
    O mighty ones of today, proud of your greatness,
    It is to your pride that God preaches.
    Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
    Bow your heads before the Redeemer!
    The Redeemer has broken every bond:
    The Earth is free, and Heaven is open.
    He sees a brother where there was only a slave,
    Love unites those that iron had chained.
    Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
    For all of us He is born, He suffers and dies.
    People, stand up! Sing of your deliverance,
    Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer,
    Christmas, Christmas, sing of the Redeemer!

  126. Beloved says:

    Isn’t it great that our faith doesn’t have to rely on our feelings!

  127. Beloved says:

    Even in our despairing we have a Savior who dwells with us, comforting in ways no person can. Because when others don’t understand, He does. Always. He’s so good!

  128. Beloved says:

    Looking in the mirror I can say yes, beauty fades, even the flowers grass etc,; but the beauty of the Savior never fades or changes!

  129. jeff1 says:

    A timeless song that warms the heart these dark days of Christmas.

    Welcome to my world,
    Won’t you come on in
    Miracles, I guess
    Still happen now and then
    Step into my heart
    Leave your cares behind
    Welcome to my world
    Built with you in mind

    Knock and the door shall be open
    Seek and you will find
    Ask and you’ll be given
    The key to this heart of mine

    I’ll be waiting there
    With my arms unfurled
    Waiting just for you
    Welcome to my world
    Welcome to my world

  130. Beloved says:

    I’m reading a book about Paul and came upon this writing that revealed the dark nights of Paul’s soul, his struggle with the salvation of his Jewish brethren.

    Romans9 1I speak the truth in Christ; I am not lying, as confirmed by my conscience in the Holy Spirit. 2I have deep sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my own flesh and blood, 4the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory and the covenants; theirs the giving of the Law, the temple worship, and the promises. 5Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them proceeds the human descent of Christ, who is God over all, forever worthy of praise! Amen

    Notice how talking about Jesus makes him excited. It’s because Jesus was His focus and purpose in life. Jesus is more real to us the more we see Him as bigger than anything in our lives – successes and hardships. Joshua Nickel

  131. jeff1 says:

    From Sunday morning reflections a song that reminds us of the joy we have this Christmas as our hope and faith is in Him who has overcome the world and so we can rejoice in this truth and be at peace in ourselves and transcend it to others as we get together with family or friends to celebrate the season of good will which is why I love Christmas more than any other time of the year.

    The Glorious Impossible

    See the Virgin is delivered
    In a cold and crowded stall
    Mirror of the Father’s glory
    Lies beside her in the straw

    He is Mercy’s incarnation
    Marvel at this miracle!
    For the Virgin gently holds
    The Glorious Impossible

    Love has come to walk on water
    Turn the water into wine
    Touch the leper, bless the children
    Love both human and divine

    Praise the wisdom of the Father
    Who has spoken through His Son
    Speaking still, He calls us to
    The Glorious Impossible

    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Glorious Impossible

    He was bruised for our transgressions
    And He bears eternal scars
    He was raised for our salvation
    And His righteousness is ours

    Praise, oh praise Him, praise the glory
    Of this lavish grace so full
    Lift your souls now and receive the
    Glorious Impossible!

    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Glorious Impossible

    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Hallelujah
    Glorious Impossible
    Glorious Impossible

    Praise, oh praise Him, praise the glory
    Of this lavish grace so full
    Lift your souls now and receive
    The Glorious Impossible

    Glory, Hallelujah
    Glory, Hallelujah
    Glory, Hallelujah
    Glory, Hallelujah
    Glory, Hallelujah
    Glory, Hallelujah
    Glory, Hallelujah

  132. poohpity says:

    The Heart of Worship by
    Michael W. Smith

    When the music fades
    All is stripped away
    And I simply come
    Longing just to bring
    Something that’s of worth
    That will bless your heart
    I’ll bring you more than a song
    For a song in itself
    Is not what you have required
    You search much deeper within
    Through the way things appear
    You’re looking into my heart

    I’m coming back to the heart of worship
    And it’s all about you,
    It’s all about you, Jesus
    I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
    When it’s all about you,
    It’s all about you, Jesus

    King of endless worth
    No one could express
    How much you deserve
    Though I’m weak and poor
    All I have is yours
    Every single breath
    I’ll bring you more than a song
    For a song in itself
    Is not what you have required
    You search much deeper within
    Through the way things appear
    You’re looking into my heart

    I’m coming back to the heart of worship
    And it’s all about you,
    It’s all about you, Jesus
    I’m sorry, lord, for the thing I’ve made it
    And it’s all about you,
    It’s all about you, Jesus

  133. Beloved says:

    Thank you for the songs, ladies.

  134. Beloved says:

    Alive inside

    20 But our citizenship is in heaven.

  135. jeff1 says:

    I’m A Citizen Of Two Worlds

    Jesus promised He was going to prepare us a mansion
    We’ll move in when the earth shall set us free
    Living on the earth but every day we’re closer to Heaven
    For we know that where He is, we too shall be

    I’m a citizen of two worlds
    And it’s hard to choose between them
    I live here but my home you cannot see
    I’m a citizen of Heaven
    Where I’m going to have a mansion
    My real home right now is calling me

    Sometimes now it seems that I ain’t feeling home where I’m living
    Sometimes I just wanna pack and move away
    I’m just like old Pa’
    I’m in a straight between going and staying
    (but you know what)
    I’ll keep working for my Lord till I move away

  136. jeff1 says:

    Thinking of the uncertainty in the world today and how it can cause worry and discontentment and why it is important to focus on Jesus and not on circumstances that can overwhelm.

    It is sometimes difficult to see God in the midst of a world that is so determined that He doesn’t exist and why those of us who do believe need to stay close to Him who directs our paths.

    I am blessed to belong to a church community that has strong ties which strengthens me in my time of need. Other believers are a comfort and encouragement when God seems distant or my understanding is amiss. God does not leave us like orphans but our brothers and sisters in Christ bind us together when life overwhelms us but like any relationship we must work and pray together to stay together.

    Bind Us Together

    Refrain
    BIND US TOGETHER, Lord, Bind us together
    With cords that cannot be broken.
    Bind us together, Lord,
    Bind us together,
    Bind us together with love.

    There is only one God,
    There is only one King;
    There is only one Body,
    That is why we sing:

    Refrain
    Made for the glory of God,
    Purchased by His precious Son;
    Born with the right to be clean,
    For Jesus the victory has won.

    Refrain
    You are the family of God,
    You are the promise divine;
    You are God’s chosen desire,
    You are the glorious new wine.

  137. poohpity says:

    Aww yes Christians are to be a community of believers in other words, the body of Christ. Joined together in our love for the Lord and each other, living the good he asked us to do, each with different gifts given to us from the Lord which accomplishes that.

    According to the statistics of 2010 there are roughly 2.2 billion nearly 31% of all people on this earth are Christians and I am sure it has grown since then. The next highest is Islam at 1.6 billion.

    Christians around the world are the heartbeat of compassion reaching out to those others would normally toss aside. It seems when we fight among ourselves we miss out on serving the needs all around us and that is what brings a song to many hearts.

  138. jeff1 says:

    Thinking of how charitable people are as the donations we get for the charity shop as exceeded all our expectations and I think it is working for charity that opened my eyes in seeing the generosity of people as we could not exist without them seeing the need and being willing to meet it.

    When community works together it breaks down barriers especially in a country like this one where the religious divide is great and when people connect in making a difference as in charity work their perception changes towards each other and their view of each other becomes more Christian which changes their behaviour and how they act towards each other.

    When you live in a divided country it takes actions to reconcile as words are not enough in themselves. We have people hear who do a lot of preaching to others and then they are doing things themselves that are criminal but somehow manage to justify their actions believing people are blind but just because a person turns a blind eye to another’s indiscretions it doesn’t mean they are blind but rather that it suits their cause not to see.

    Life is very much a learning curve and I seem to be learning every day that it is not all that it seems and maybe that is because people are not all that they seem so not surprisingly it is God who knows best as I am finding I am not the best judge when it comes to character.

  139. Beloved says:

    Alive Inside

    Jeremiah 2:2 I remember the devotion of your youth.

    We may often forget to meditate upon the perfections of our LORD, but He never ceases to remember us. Spurgeon

  140. foreverblessed says:

    Spurgeon morning December 17
    “….. Because his soul delighted in them, he could not rest away from them, for his heart longed after them. Never were they absent from his heart, for he had written their names upon his hands, and graven them upon his side. As the breastplate containing the names of the tribes of Israel was the most brilliant ornament worn by the high priest, so the names of Christ’s elect were his most precious jewels, and glittered on his heart. We may often forget to meditate upon the perfections of our Lord, but he never ceases to remember us. Let us chide ourselves for past forgetfulness, and pray for grace ever to bear him in fondest remembrance. Lord, paint upon the eyeballs of my soul the image of thy Son.”

    Thank you Beloved.
    Last week I saw an exposition of Chagall, the studies of 12 windows of the Hadassah Synagogue in Jerusalem.
    These 12 tribes have intrigued me for a long time.
    Thinking about it, was it only the 121 tribes of the Israelites God is concenred about?
    Or rather, does Jesus look forward, to the Bride, the communian of believers that will be His Bride.
    So then the 12 tribes, and their names stands for something about being man.

    I was going to make a series of 12 myself, but then considered this too big an object. And besides, I had to see the spiritual meaning of the 12 tribes.

    Does it stand for the maturation of man, who becomes a believer?
    The different stages, or the different struggles in the sanctification of man after repentance, and subsequent redemption?

    I also liked the description of redemption of Oswald Chambers of today.

    Just to think about.
    Dont worry, in the mean time I just do my work with hands and feet, helping around, where God sents me.
    My friend with cancer wanted to see the Chagall exposition, she has hardly money, nor a car, so we took her with us. THe sun was shining along the way, and it was a beautiful trip. I didn’t know what was being shown, but these studies on the tribes was a suprise. I have been thnking about them for years now. But did not have the inspiration, or the guts to start drawing on them.

    It seems to me, that Chagall also used Color. Like music Color also has an influence on us.

    BUt most of God God’s Spirit!

  141. foreverblessed says:

    Jesus thinks about us, and the breastplate with the 12 names has something to do with that “thinking about us” Or loving us. The breastplate the high priest was wearing.
    So thank you for the link to Spurgeon today!

  142. street says:

    Lord, paint upon the eyeballs of my soul the image of thy Son.”

    He did better than image, He gave us His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. a Person of the God Head, three in One. hidden in earthen vessels. a staggering truth as the Son laying his life down as a ransom for sinners. sending His Spirit the Holy Spirit to be with us as He was with the 12. not only was He with the 12, but working as a Shepard for the lost sheep, even gentile sheep. the list is long in the Bible and continues today. a work of God, lest any man should boast. seek ask knock.

  143. street says:

    Christians around the world are the heartbeat of compassion reaching out to those others would normally toss aside. It seems when we fight among ourselves we miss out on serving the needs all around us and that is what brings a song to many hearts.

    paul was powerful adversary to the false teachers and false prophets within the church. most of his writings dealt with errors within the faith/Gospel and dealing with sin within the church. the picnic never starts till one cast the tree of knowledge of good and evil into the sea and dines at the table of the Lord, Tree of Life, True Vine. after the picnic expect storms. looking forward to the Wedding feast.

    seems to me we should be serving God

    Romans 12:2
    And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

    you can’t prove anything to a scoffer. it like trying to hold water in your hand or leaning on a vine.

  144. poohpity says:

    street, which 12 are you speaking of? How can you serve God when He has no needs? Is it up to us to toss the tree of knowledge of good or evil into the sea, isn’t that God’s tree and up to Him? Yes Paul often rebukes false teaching and you are right you can not reprove anything to a scoffer.

  145. Beloved says:

    El-Roi
    The God who sees me. Even though Hagar was sent out in the wilderness, far from her own tribe, she knew Gods presence. Genesis 16:13

    Thinking when I feel far from my own tribe it’s the LORD’S presence that feeds me. Not the law, not my works but God Himself. Oh joy!

  146. street says:

    God has no needs?
    thinking, He needs to uphold His Name, Promises and the Works of His hands. to finish the project He started that some think is impossible or unrighteous.

    paul is one of the 12. that might help.

    yes there are 12 tribes

    and there are 24 elders. thinking 12 + 12 = 24

    His grace is incredible!

    the one you need to keep your eye on is the One paul followed. grace for today and grace for tomorrow. to Him be Glory and Honor!

    as i post this i am reminded not to put God to the test. it is a common stumbling block. waiting in hope of His return.

  147. Beloved says:

    street, which 12 are you speaking of? How can you serve God when He has no needs?

    WHAT??? Pooh I myself don’t understand your questions. Would you please clarify as I must be misunderstanding. THanks

  148. Beloved says:

    Pooh I’m not against you, just asking.

  149. Beloved says:

    Forever my friend with cancer finds out today if they dare operate to remove multiple parts of her organs. She wants them to cut it all out of her so badly. She’s always been fierce about life. This is heartwrenching to watch. She’s really been questioning what she believes, Jesus doesn’t seem to be enough for her.
    Bless you for taking your friend to the art exhibit. I pray for her along with my friend.

  150. street says:

    How can you serve God ?

    men and women are born into this world, conceived in sin. they serve sin and are ignorant of God. they in effect serve the devil without any regard for God. God, Who is rich in mercy, predetermined to save some from certain destruction by the life death resurrection and return of Christ Jesus. in essence they serve God. Romans 7 & 8. yes we are very aware of the flesh and it desires that wish to enslave us all over again. we should not be ignorant of the schemes of the devil. even God has schemes/plans. i always think of the Trinity as a conspiracy or conspiring in great love and mercy for mankind. how long before we give up our speculations and wishful thinking and embrace the Word and Spirit of God?

    thinking a return to Romans 12:1 and 2.

    we were once dead to God, but now made alive by the Spirit and the Word. the worshipers, God is looking for. woman at the well. God’s Word is Truth and was made Flesh and dwelt among us. Emmanuel

    the blood of Christ has accomplished much.
    now that is an understatement.

  151. poohpity says:

    There are twelve tribes but they did not have the Holy Spirit back then because the resurrection had not taken place nor the Pentecost. Paul was not one of the 12 Disciples but came to Jesus after there were around 5,000.

    As far as God needing anything from us I could give you the verses that say everything is His already and He does not need us to feed Him, or to defend Him, nor do we need to repay Him because everything is already His but instead you show me verses that says God needs us to serve Him when He has everything He needs already. We need God not the other way around.

  152. street says:

    There are twelve tribes but they did not have the Holy Spirit back then because the resurrection had not taken place nor the Pentecost.

    if there was not Holy Spirit back then, then there is no Trinity. the Holy Spirit is Eternal like the Father and the Son. if i remember right the Holy Spirit came upon saul and he prophesied, the first king. did david and the prophets come up with Scripture on their own? i think not, at least not from any of the modern translations i have seen. i think the Scriptures are clear in the New that they were lead by the Holy Spirit.

  153. Beloved says:

    The other day I think I heard rc sproul say Jesus was the Holy Spirit. Which makes sense as the 3 are 1 God. Jesus is alluded to many times in the OT. Maybe alluded to because of our weak understanding. Jesus said he had to go but would send the Spirit. While he was on earth God the Spirit blessed him. Who can truly understand 3 in 1 God. Seperate, distinct yet the same. No one can accurately describe them, though many have tried with weak human ideas. We try, we do our best, sometimes, but God is beyond our reasoning capabilities, as the veil is torn yet the darkness of sin clouds our best perceptions. Perceptions they are!

  154. street says:

    Paul was not one of the 12 Disciples ????

    even paul said he was untimely born, but it did not diminish his office or the work God did through him. the church is greatly indebted to this Apostle of Christ.

    poo are you saying a disciple is greater than an Apostle? i remember paul dealing with the super apostles.

    it would seem you have an authority issue here that needs worked out.

    you are right that we are the needy ones, God rules over His creation that was usurped by the devil. the reason the Father dwells in a temple in heaven is because like in Exados the people were dropping dead all over the place. if i remember right, when the Temple in heaven, the threshold was shaking from the seraphim speaking. if the it can be shaken it will be removed. we call it a temple because that which dwells there,God, is to be worshiped in Spirit and Truth. later in Revelation there is no temple. the copy showed us how we are to approach God, later we learn we are to approach Him though His Son, Jesus. thinking sin righteousness and judgment here. and these three are a work of the Holy Spirit.

  155. bubbles says:

    Please pray for Mtnman and his wife. They lost their precious dog this morning.

    I grew up with a boy who was the father to two precious girls. His wife and their mom died a couple of years ago and now he passed away last week. They also had a baby who died a few years ago. Now these two girls are without their mommy and daddy.

    So much sadness and loss at this time of year breaks my heart.

  156. poohpity says:

    street, I will gracefully back out of trying to discuss anything biblical with you because you tend to put words in my mouth but not only that you tend to put your thinking and words into what scriptures says and most often totally mess it all up in confusion and human logic and thoughts(false teaching) while totally missing what God is teaching us about Himself, ourselves and how we are to serve others.

    I will give you just one example the very one Jesus gave about serving others not about serving God. John 13: 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”

    street then you said, “it would seem you have an authority issue here that needs worked out.” The only authority issue I have is I know some and still learning more by the authority of the scriptures and the teaching of the Holy Spirit. All you really have to do instead of guessing about what I share and putting your spin on it, is to compare it to what is written in the scripture as should anyone who is looking for truth.

  157. poohpity says:

    By the way no Paul was not one of the 12 Apostles after the death of Judas lots were cast and Mathias was chosen to replace him.

  158. Beloved says:

    My friend with cancer is not a candidate for surgery, ever. She will be meeting with her oncologist and children to decide the future goals. This will be her last Christmas.

  159. saled says:

    This topic is so timely for me. My mother turns 93 next month and has been having episodes of dementia for the past six months. She is still at home. My niece lives with her and my sister and I take care of the meals, shopping, bills, doctor appointments, etc. My brothers both live nearby and help also. One spends the night with Mom when my niece is on call.
    It’s a family effort, but we have had a few times recently when we question our ability to keep her at home. It takes a real toll both physically and mentally.

    Two weeks ago she spent a night unable to sleep or settle down, seeing and talking with people long since gone and thinking that she was working. She is often convinced that she is not in her own home. A day spent at the hospital trying to figure out what was going on led to no help at all. Maybe a urinary tract infection. Maybe. The antibiotics seem to help after a few days. After the manic night and day at the hospital, she slept for close to 24 hours. I took my 2 year old granddaughter to visit and when we arrived, Mom was basically unresponsive in spite of efforts by my sister, brother, and aunt to get her to talk.
    But when I sat Elise on her lap, Mom burst into Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, opened her eyes, and talked to Elise and the rest of us. She sang a few more songs to Elise and then closed her eyes again.

    Observing children with special needs at the school where I work has convinced me that our spirit is often hidden far beneath the surface of who other people think we are. Alive Inside. And they/we are not less. Those with brains that function differently are on the same level with the rest of us. Their lives are as much worth living as any of us. I am so proud of what our country has done to protect the rights of those with special needs. And I think of Jesus’ words, “What you do to the least of these my brothers, you do to me.”

  160. saled says:

    Steve, what a wonderful idea that dinosaurs may have sang instead of roared. Bubbles, my heart goes out to the daughters of your friend. So much sadness, like you say. Waiting, with the rest of creation, for the redemption that is our hope.

  161. SFDBWV says:

    Very pleased to see you post Saled. What a marvelous memory for you with your mom and Elise. Treasure it always as a gift from God and His way of letting you know He is always there. Alive inside.

    Steve

  162. poohpity says:

    I so agree saled when God says ALL people of the world have value and worth to Him, He means ALL. It seems the very reason we are saved, to do good. Not to those who think they can repay but those who can not like what was done for us, ALL. Eph 2:10 NIV; Titus 2:14 NLT

  163. poohpity says:

    Jesus asked us to learn the meaning of showing mercy to others and that is what He asked us to do more than offering self sacrifices or any other type of offering. Hosea 6:6; Matt 9:13 NLT

  164. jeff1 says:

    I enjoyed a Carol Service held at the Ulster American Folk Park organised by one of the local schools in the area yesterday evening and though there was much beautiful singing this song touched me more than the rest.

    I have since discovered that Elvis also recorded it.

    “If That Isn’t Love”

    He left the splendour of heaven
    Knowing His destiny
    Was the lonely hill of Golgotha
    There to lay down His life for me

    And if that isn’t love
    Then the ocean is dry
    There’s no stars in the sky
    And the little sparrows can’t fly
    Yeah if that isn’t love
    Then heaven’s a myth
    There’s no feeling like this
    If that isn’t love

    Even in death He remembered
    The thief hanging by His side
    Then he spoke of love and compassion
    And He took him to paradise

    And if that isn’t love
    Then the ocean is dry
    There’s no stars in the sky
    And the little sparrows can’t fly
    Yeah if that isn’t love
    Then heaven’s a myth
    There’s no feeling like this
    If that isn’t love It’s got to be love

  165. Beloved says:

    Thanks Pooh and street. Studying “serve” I found that we are to serve God by fearing Him and being thankful to Him with gladness! It’s not about His neediness or lack but of our honoring Him as God, over everything else. (From the psalms.)

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