Sunday, November 3, 2019

You are FAITHFUL!!!!!!!

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS O YAH MY FATHER!!!!!!! That familiar and popular hymn was written by Mr.Thomas Obadiah Chisholm who had to resign after only one year from what he believed to be his life's calling...a minister of the Word. I'm sure that must have been very disappointing to Mr. Chisholm, but he went on to become an insurance agent to earn a living , continued to write poems and lyrics to songs and died at the age of 94 right here in our state of New Jersey.

Little did he know that even though his physical health restricted him to do what he considered his Life's calling and desire, that Yah (God) would use his gift to write a song that has blessed and encouraged millions of people around the world. What Mr; Chisolm may have considered as failure was really success a thousands of times over. You see, it only takes one person to reach many...more than you can comprehend. When we decide to continue to remind ourselves and others of the Faithfulness of Yah (God) even when it seems there is a failure in our lives, He will bless our trust in Him and use us to the be a blessing to many.


Are you experiencing what you may feel is a failure today? Continue to praise Him and be reminded of how He has brought you through so many times before...He changes not, what He did for you then He WILL do for you now. He is Faithful.

 “Great is Thy faithfulness,” O Yah (God) my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

 “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!” Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided— “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

 Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!"

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mom, I miss you...

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name." Psalms 100:4

 Today is my late Mom's birthday, and if you don't know by now writing is cathartic to me; it actually does give psychological relief when I can put down on paper what I am feeling...well that and thrifting 😊 but that's for another post. 😊

 I was thinking how blessed I am having a Mom like her. Now don't get me wrong she was not what we surmise as being perfect, none of us are, ESPECIALLY me and My Mom would be the first to say that about herself...but to me she was very perfect. Now that I am older, I appreciate her even more, in fact the saying "I'm becoming my mother" is so true, particularly when I pass by a mirror and see not only the physical resemblances but the gestures too! lol

 I have my regrets of course that I did not show her that I appreciated her more, that I gave her my terrible, turbulent, teenage years, that I did not have more patience and sympathy when she was grieving my Dad when he passed (I understand more clearer now Mom)...that I did not say "I love you" more. Those regrets will always be with me, but there is one thing that sustains me and keeps me above the waters of regret that try to drown me from time to time, and that is, my Mom loved me. I know that she loved me because she never forsook me, even when I rebelled and thought I knew more than her; My Mom nurtured me, she was all the things that a Mother should be for their children, she was the black June Cleaver. My Mom took care of me in sickness and in health, she was always there for me, through thick and thin, even in my rebellion.

She was the shining example of what Yahuah (God) created her to be..a mother. I hold precious the phone calls we had every Saturday morning. She would answer sometimes with sleep still in her voice and when I would ask "Oh! did I wake you up?' she would always go out of her way to make me not feel that I actually had by saying "No, No, is everything alright?", then after being assured that I was ok, we would talk for sometimes 2 hours ending with "I love you." I really miss that... 

So...I am thankful, I am thankful because I miss her, sounds crazy? Well, as a wise person once said "You never miss something unless it was good, 'cause if it wasn't good you wouldn't miss it." I am thankful that Yah (God) blessed me with a beyond good Mom, one who loved me and taught me about Him and sowed the seeds of His Holy Word into me by reading me Bible stories and most importantly by her example. So thank you, thank you to my sweet Momma and to Yah (God) for His many blessings!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Letting go...

Looking from my back porch this morning I can see that in my neighborhood the leaves on the trees are beginning to change colors. The leaves changing colors seems a bit early for my part of the country this year, but nevertheless the process has begun and the trees are following suit in accordance with what nature is doing. The obedience to the call of nature always astounds me in the plant and animal kingdoms; you don’t see them fighting against and resisting the change of seasons…they just flow with what is and fall into Yah’s plan.

 I guess that we humans are the ones that really have a hard time flowing with the seasons of change in our lives. I have had many conversations with folks that are going through challenges and most of the time the simple answer is “let go”. Letting go may very well be one of the hardest things that we have to do in our lives…at least it is for me at times. Letting go means that you lose control and that is not a comfortable feeling is it? No matter what personalty type you may be, “letting go” is always a process. Whether it is letting go of a person, place or thing, it takes time to come to the realization that when you release your control, no matter how minute that may be, then it is out of your hands…and so is the outcome…and that is where trust comes in.

 When we try to hold on to people, places or things when that season is up, it causes a disruption in the plan that Yahuah has for us. In our places of comfort or possessiveness we want to hold on thinking that we are the key to it’s existence or progress, when in actuality by holding on we are not only slowing the progress but also alleviating any good progression in our lives. Just think, if the leaves held on to their leaves through the winter’s cold and decided to skip the process of releasing its foliage; the leaves would be frost bitten, turn black and the tree would not have a time of rest to replenish for spring when it can produce new and fresh foliage. Instead, as the tree gives the passing season a last hurrah with a brilliant show of color, it releases what is its crowning glory and prepares for a new season…the tree submits to Yah’s call of “letting go” and the plan of progression is in action.

 We have the absolute best example in Yah Himself in “letting go”, when He gave us a free will. He created man whom He could easily have made a robot that only acted on His command; but out of His love and wanting us to obey Him out of our love for Him, He gave us a free will…He “let go”. He knew that we would blow it, but He let go, believing that for those that truly love Him, would one day be redeemed.

 That is how we must live. Letting go is never easy, it is hard to let go of a loved one or a person that you have been praying and believing for years, It is hard to let go of a possession that may be dear to you, it is hard to move on from a place where you have been involved and sown into for years…but there may come a time when Yahuah is calling you to let go and REALLY allow HIM to take charge and direct the outcome. Do you trust Him? Do you believe that Yahuah is big enough to handle something that you may have been holding on to for years? Of course He’s big enough, so try REALLY letting go this time and see what the next season has for you. You can trust Yahuah Who sees and knows all things.

 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says Yahuah. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Encouragement to the Encourager

Rejoice in the Yahuah always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. Yah is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto Yah. And the peace of Yahuah, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Yahshua HaMaschiach. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:4-8 Cepher

 I've had some emotional challenges this past week and boy did I need some encouragement! I love to encourage others, it just comes natural to me, even with strangers. I have no problem walking up to someone who is in distress, sadness or defeat and giving them words of encouragement and a hug or two. I LOVE helping to build others up; but find it hard to find at times an encourager for myself. I think that partly my fault is that I fail sometimes to share with others what my challenges may be, because if they are having problems of their own, I don't want to be a discouragement to them...its crazy. 🙃 So I keep it to myself. But you know what? Ha! Though I have my times of needing encouragement, I have found that if I take the advice of the scriptures above ⬆️ things have a way of working out...for real. When I get my focus back on the things that really matters, all becomes well again and I can continue on; AND my experience of needing encouragement helps me to be an even stronger encourager because I know the importance of having someone to build you up...I know that feeling and it ain't good. So! Be encouraged today my lovelies; pray with thanksgiving and think on the good things that matter and you WILL have Yah's peace in your hearts! 🥰 have a blessed day and remember Yah knows, He sees and He loves you with an everlasting Love!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Lean not...

"Trust in El-Yahuah (God) with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs (Mishlei) 3:5-6

To my friends on FB, there are many, many things that I don't understand, and to be honest many of those things I am constantly working on...they bother me still. It is at those times this scripture is brought to mind. When the things that I do not understand; why that had to happen, why couldn't it have been different... why me...why them?...when those things begin to get to me and I am troubled, sad, brokenhearted...then it means that I am "leaning" on my own understanding and not Him; it means that I am not acknowledging Him in ALL my ways, but instead I am acknowledging my own intellect and strength. Yahuah (God) cannot lead me out of my darkness and frustration until I acknowledge in my heart and mind that He is the Great I AM, and knows ALL... Every reason, every answer, every person, all wisdom.

We can do one of two things: Stay in the position of acknowledging OUR intellect and strength OR acknowledge HIS awesome, grand, omnipotent, omniscient, everlasting wisdom; Whose ways are so much higher than ours. I say that there is no comparison. Isaiah (Yesha'Yahu) 55:9 We can beat ourselves up mentally trying to make sense of something that we may THINK we know all the facts or we can release it to the ONE Who DOES have all the facts and allow Him to direct our paths...allow Him to direct us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.

Abba Father, we thank you today by faith that You DO have all the answers and though we may never understand on this earth some things , we trust that "Father really DOES know best". You have proven your love by Your great sacrifice, now help us to sacrifice our thoughts and trials of trying to make sense of things that we do not understand...we lay it at your feet...

Friday, May 10, 2019

Submitting to the process

This morning I looked down that long row of shrubs that needed to be trimmed and thought “How in the world am I going to get through THIS?” About 2 shrubs into the job and many more to go I considered jumping ahead , but then I would still have to come back and finish the ones left undone; I even thought about working from the end backwards, but once again in order to complete the job, I would STILL have to trim the rest. Eventually I submitted to the task of completely trimming one shrub at a time and finally looked at the finished work with satisfaction of a job well done.

 In this life Mishpacha, we also have to “submit to the process”. There are many scriptures that tell us that Yah has a plan for us, like Psalms 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” and yet instead of trusting Him in the process of our journey we sometimes choose to do it our way. When we think that Yah is not answering our prayers fast enough or moving on our behalf fast enough, we take things in our own hands, instead of waiting on Him to answer in His own wisdom and timing. We jump ahead to our desired outcome, not realizing that all that is in between where you are and the finished product STILL has to be processed.

I know that most of us have heard stories of people that got married after waiting for a time, only to find out that the person they thought was the once in a lifetime Mr. or Ms. Right, ended up being the mate from Hades. How about the person that may have been wronged in some way and instead of waiting on Yah to take care of it, they decide to handle it themselves only to have their desired outcome turn into their worst nightmare. What I’m basically saying is that in this awakening of who we are, having the knowledge is great, but having a solid relationship with Yashuah HaMashiach and submitting ourselves to the process of becoming all that He wants us to be is just as important. We can’t just talk the talk, we HAVE to walk the walk; and that includes learning how to wait on Him and discerning when it is HIS timing instead of forging ahead to do what we think we are entitled to do.

 Someone shared several scriptures with me that they interpreted as how Yah says He will repay all the things that were stolen from her by her family. She implied that as a daughter of Zion, Yah was obligated to repay her…but it was clear that she has not forgiven the ones that trespassed against her. I replied that Yah is not obligated to give her the desired outcome when she has not obeyed His command (Matthew 6:15). She has not submitted to the process, the process of becoming the vessel that Yah wants us to be in order to enter into His kingdom. Yes, answered prayer and temporary needs being met is important , but Yah Who has a plan for us, wants permanent,eternal change in our lives. Hard to hear but true.

 I’ll admit that it is hard to not rush ahead sometimes, but I’m truly working on submitting to the process and allowing it to become Yah’s outcome, not mine. We must have discernment,patience and faith in the One True Elohim that has awakened us:

 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with PATIENCE the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1

 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Yashuah HaMashiach.” Philippian1:6

Friday, April 19, 2019

Shine, Shine...

"Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought Yahuah (God), and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed!" Psalms 34:3-5

 Every morning when I go out to tend to my pansies and violas on the porch, I always notice that their "faces" have gravitated to the source of light...the sun. God has placed in their plant "DNA" to always turn to there source of light, which we know is the major part of their survival and growth. Just thinking of the precious people that I know that are going trough trials , some they have been going through for years...and yet...those people that I speak of, have chosen that no matter how rough it is, or how weary and tired they get in the process, they have chosen to press on and to ALWAYS turn their faces to their source of strength, peace and survival...the Light, Yahuah (God).

 I was telling someone close to me how in spite of their personal trial, their face and countenance is glowing, there is a radiance, a new beauty. Just as gold is purified and comes out more precious after going through the refiner's fire; so it seems that when we choose to ALWAYS turn to our source of Light, Yahuah (God) we seem to shine...regardless of the situation.

 A sad example would be my neighbor several years back who had fallen on hard times after the passing of her husband. Many people including myself tried very hard to comfort and be of help to her. She rallied for a bit but soon fell back into her sorrows and began to even refuse any further help. Sadly, she a woman in her late 50's, was found dead in her bed at home. There could have been many causes of her death, but what I remember was her sad, forlorn face. She had decided at some point to not turn her face to her source of Light and instead she gave up...so, so sad.

 I am reminded of in the book of Exodus 34:29-32, where it is written of how Moses' face shone so brightly when he came down from the mountain after receiving the commandments from Yahuah (God). It is written that Moses' face was shining so bright that he had to cover it with a veil. It is believed that the shining was a result of Moses' being in the presence of the Almighty Yahuah (God). Moses had gone up the mountain to get help, to receive from His Source what was needed for him and the people...in doing so, by turning to the Light, he glowed with Yah's radiance!

Turn to Him today. I know that there are many that are going through some very tough times right now. When I read the posts, hear the news, have conversation, I "hear" the pain, the agony and suffering that many are going through. Turn your face to Him and let Him shine on you...let His radiance shine forth from your face and have rest, peace and comfort for your soul.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

BREATHE...

It is a bad habit but sometimes when I get caught up in deep thought I have to remind myself to just...breathe...exhale. In this morning's case it was the still soft voice of Yah (God) that reminded me "Breathe" and when I exhaled, He began to pour into me so much understanding.

 You see, a few days ago while waiting at a tire center for my car, a woman who was also waiting began to pour her heart out to me about her present situation; her husband being very ill and she has the sole responsibility of his care; which is wearing very heavily on her in many ways. My compassion became overwhelming for her as I recalled how I was also a caregiver for my late husband for a long period. My heart goes out to any caregivers out there...it is truly not easy.

I listened to her intently and eventually was able to encourage her as I shared some of my experiences and lessons. She in turn encouraged me by her tenacity, determination and resilience once she was able to talk it all out...to me, a stranger. ☺️

This morning as I recalled that conversation, it brought back memories of the stress of those times of being a caregiver...it was hard; emotionally because of trying to be upbeat even when you felt like crying, spiritually because your faith was constantly being tested, and physically and mentally from lack of sleep and proper rest. It was quite a sad time and I found myself with both shoulders up and holding my breath...it was then Abba's sweet voice said "Breathe". He showed me that when we do things for others, rather we admit it or not, we expect some sort of self-gratification in the deal. In other words we can say and believe that we are doing it for the other person(s) and only want what is good for them, but as humans we STILL expect to get something out of it. It could be appreciation, a simple "Thank you" or it could be as serious as feelings of self worth and meaningfulness and purpose in life; and when we don't get any of those things, we tend to lose our joy...hope.

 Complaints of all the "hard work" being done and even bitterness may develop ...not good. That is why what we do we MUST do it unto Yah (God) not man. We must not allow what we do for others to become the summation of our self worth or our purpose in life. When we do it for HIM, then our reward will come from HIM. By the way this does not cover any form of suffering in abuse, what I am speaking of is when we have to do those things that sometimes come in life that are hard. Tolerating abuse is a no-no.

"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to Yahuah (God) and not to men, knowing that from Yahuah you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus, the Messiah)". So today if you are a caregiver or navigating some hard times right now, remember that as you "do", do it for HIM and not for man. HIS reward is great and everlasting and you will never be disappointed...and remember to BREATHE. .

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I Still Miss You...

"...Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, Yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it." Jeremiah 5:22

 How could I get it wrong this year? The anniversary of your passing was not the 22nd...its today, the 29th! I guess that I was trying so hard to get through this month that I was thinking of your October birth date...but no it's today, 17 years. Has it really been that long ago that I actually saw you with my eyes, or heard your voice? Time truly flies and you know what? I still miss you. The raw pain has gone, the feelings of being lost, aimless and empty are gone too. Can't remember exactly when they went, but God (Yah) in His infinite compassion and wisdom helped me to gradually "lose" them and fill the void with HIS love. I still remember our times together, the good and the not so good, all of it making us... "US" and I am so grateful. The times that we laughed at something silly, but it was only funny because we were together and that made it joy. I still remember our serious conversations about our lives, our plans...and I also remember our silly debates over who was the strongest, Batman or Superman...I know, I know pretty stupid, but we had a good debate didn't we? I still say that I won...or did you LET me win,as you used to say? 😊

I have learned so much about myself, I think you would be very proud of me. You always encouraged me to aspire in all I do. Since you've gone, the journey has not been easy, but as I have trusted in God (Yah) it has been fruitful. Walking this journey has given me strength and peace that I thought I could never have. My compassion for people has grown and I really know the importance of loving others as I am learning to love myself. Didn't Yeshua (Jesus) say that... “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39

 When you left this world I thought that grief would over take me. I am so thankful that just as God (Yah) in His power holds back the sea and commands its boundary, HE did the same for me. He would not let the stormy waves overtake me as I trusted in HIM. Though I felt at times lost at sea and tossed to and fro, HE stood on the shore beckoning me and showing me the way to safety...to HIM.

To those that the grief is still fresh and raw, I encourage you to hold on to HIM, to God (Yah), He will see you through to safety. You are not alone, and you WILL make it through as you hold on to HIS Hand.

17 years is a long time, but I miss you still. My high school sweetheart, the love of my life, my protector, my defender, my earthly provider, my best-est friend. Gone but NEVER forgotten. Thank you my husband for the prayers that you prayed for me, God (Yah) is still answering them each and everyday. I love you and always will.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The 'Lost" Pillow

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God (Yah) over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10 Yeshua HaMachiach (Jesus the Messiah)

Y'all know how I love pillows, have lots of them, so when I discovered this morning that one of them was missing from the front porch...I hollered (it was a soft holler) lol Anyway, I just came back out of the rain and wind tracking it down...that's right! You didn't think I was going to sit by and let all this rain and wind steal my precious outdoor pillow that I got off the summer-end clearance at Walmart did ya? Why no NO! That pillow probably doesn't mean a plugged nickel to anyone else but it sure does to me! I have high hopes for that pillow, it has a matching one just waiting for it to perch on the front porch and look pretty. I have plans for that pillow! lol

In all seriousness though, that pillow meant so much to me that I went right out there this morning in that rain and high winds to "rescue" it...why..because it was special to ME! When I came back into the house, wet and windswept,my dogs looking at me like I was a crazy woman, the parables that Yeshua (Jesus) told about the Lost sheep, the Lost coin and then the Lost son in the book of Luke, came to life to me. If a stupid pillow can mean so much to me that I was willing to go out in the bad weather to search for and rescue it...how much more does HE loves and want us and is willing to go to all extents to rescue us!

He has shown us through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Yeshua just to what extent He will go to rescue us. How much do you mean to Him? How important is your life in His eyes, How special are you to Him? Turn your eyes to the price that He was willing to pay so that you could be rescued. There is no other Elohim (god) that has done what He has done for you and me. When I found my "lost" pillow this morning it was a block away from my house, drenching wet and pitiful looking, but that did not matter to me. I was just happy because I had found it! The cleaning up would come later.

 So it is with you...let Him FIND you, come as you are and then let Him clean you up...He can do that if you let Him..You may feel that no one else values you, but He sure does. You may feel that you have gone too far for Him to reach you, but His arms extend farther than you can imagine...He has great plans for you. For when you are found there will be great rejoicing!!!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Wonderful! Counselor! Mighty God! Everlasting Father! Prince of PEACE! He is all of those and so much more! Thinking this morning of how God has been so faithful to me. Usually at year's end, people take inventory of how the year went and most of us can recount the days of good and pleasantries as well as the days that were not so good and we barely made it through.

When I watch all the hustle and bustle of this season, people shopping like crazy trying to get that perfect gift for someone, crowding all the stores sometimes pushing and shoving, short patience, rudeness, lack of consideration, children having meltdowns in the aisles, the elderly and disabled trying to navigate the crowds that seemingly have no compassion, the couples with worn down regard for each other arguing openly in the lines at the register, the unattended child sitting in the shopping cart as the parent unaware of lurking danger scavenges for that special gift... can you tell I "people watch" quite a bit?

 Though as I watch I pray, pray because I have asked God to not let me miss one opportunity to discern; to discern that underneath all the hustle and bustle of folks trying to make this season a dream come true, they are missing what is really important. What is important is that Jesus (Yeshua) came to be our Counselor, the One whom we can go to and pour our hearts out for anything and everything and He will patiently hear and direct us. He came to be Our Mighty God, the awesome One who fights our battles, is our Defender, Encourager, Provider, the One we can run to in our time of need. He is our Everlasting Father, Who loves us like no other, Who will never leave nor forsake us...and He is our Prince of Peace. Peace that desires to rest in our homes, on our jobs, in our relationships and most importantly in our hearts.

When you look back over your year, I hope that you will be able to recall the times that you called on Him to be your Counselor, your Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace...or maybe it was a year that you tried to do to all yourself...how did that work out for ya? Maybe not so good huh?

Be reminded today to take time in all your hustle and bustle and reflect on how you can make this life that was gifted to you so much better, for you and the ones that you love. Call on Him, not just when it is a desperate situation,but each and every day. To have any real good relationship, you have to spend time with that person, in order to get to really know them; in order to get to know our Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace, we have to spend some time with Him. I pray that you will have Peace in your homes and in your hearts...to KNOW Him is the greatest gift of all !


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sing a New Song...

Psalms 96 says: Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.

 You may say "Well I don't have a singing voice." OR "Guess what, I don't feel like singing right now." Well, that may be true, but think on this...some of the most powerful, memorable and life changing songs have been written out of the most tragic situations. Popular "love" songs, gospel songs, country songs and really many genres of music have been written through and from tragedy, heart break and life's trials...and yet THOSE are the songs that though they sometimes may bring tears, when we've listened we feel encouraged afterwards. Some of the most soul moving songs (Negro spirituals) were written during the times of slavery in this country by the slaves or former slaves themselves and yet they give hope! How can this be?

God has given each of us the ability to express ourselves and whether we can "carry a tune" or not, we can give Him praise. I've seen the deaf sign a song and the effect on the audience was the same as if the person had the voice of Pavarotti. The familiar song "Amazing Grace" , no matter how many times you hear it or what language it is vocalized in, it still brings tears of joy and hope to those that hear it. It is an old song yes...but it is "new" each time we sing it with a heart of gratitude to the One that extends His Amazing Grace to us.

So today, what ever you may be going through, sing a "new" song to Him. Your voice may be scratchy and you may not be able to reach each note, but if it is coming from your heart, trust me, God understands every word and delights in each note that is offered to Him in gratitude. He is your audience of One and your platform is your faith that He hears you, whether you sing out loud or from your heart.