A Sinner’s Prayer
Written in 2014 at the age of 75, recorded in 2021 at the age of 82, this song expresses the powerful work of God through many years to bring me into fellowship with Him as our Father, His Son, and His Holy Spirit. There is truly a joy and wonder of His life at work in us.
Sing Gently as One
17,572 singers from 129 countries come together to perform Eric Whitacre’s
“Sing Gently”. Produced by Music Productions
MAY WE SING TOGETHER, ALWAYS, MAY OUR VOICE BE SOFT,
MAY OUR SINGING BE MUSIC FOR OTHERS,
AND MAY IT KEEP OTHERS ALOFT.
SING GENTLY, ALWAYS, SING GENTLY AS ONE.
MAY WE STAND TOGETHER, ALWAYS,
MAY OUR VOICE BE STRONG, MAY WE HEAR THE SINGING, ALWAYS,
AND MAY WE ALWAYS SING ALONG.
SING GENTLY, ALWAYS, SING GENTLY AS ONE.
Gracious Father, let us sing together for your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
God Makes No Mistakes
“It is good that a man should both hope
and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”
As I am still in hope, waiting for the Lord’s guidance for each step, I share the following message ~ all our hope is in Him.
Much love and blessings, Fran
America the Beautiful
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities
—all things were created through him and for him.
And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
I Run to Christ
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.”
God is at His Best in Times Like These
The most difficult the times, the closer our Heavenly Father draws us to Him.
When things are well with us, we are prone to forget Him.
he is gracious,
and full of compassion, and righteous.”
He waits to be gracious to us. In times like these, He opens heaven and His sanctuary to us, drawing us ever so close.
Dear Father, send your light and and by your Spirit, lead us to seek you, your kingdom and your righteousness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Strategy for Times Like These
Few of this generation understand how to face and deal with the issues of this life. Not claiming to be one of the few but needing to know and use what our Creator has promised during these times, I write as I seek His kingdom and His righteousness. Only as we look to and receive His instructions can we discern the times and overcome our opposition.
Life is a constant battle (and has been since our first parents joined the forces of the enemy against God). The antithesis reveals the presence and power of God ~ good against evil. His grace and His glory are continually revealed in every generation whether through individual tensions or worldwide onslaughts.
The origin is the same. We each are dealing with our own thoughts ~ who we are, why we are, and how we are to live. It all boils down to self. Each heart beats to its own battle cry. Each is bound and instructed by its own thoughts of what we see life to be. We walk according to the flesh. We respond to everything according to our own desires. And we buy, hold to and defend all we think will keep us alive.
This is the reality when the battle becomes prevalent and worldwide. We cannot escape the news of death and degradation when it mushrooms around us, but we can know and respond differently than the multitudes.
“Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
If we are aware of the battle in our lives during peaceful times and have learned to overcome the fleshly war, we are more apt to respond in faith and wisdom in times of crisis.
2 Corinthians has been a constant reminder of the greatest warfare we face. It teaches us that we are captives to the stronghold of our minds ~ thoughts that control us and keep us bound to ourselves and at enmity against God.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Paul spoke these words to the Corinthian Christians, knowing their need to deal with their former lives and their selfish desires. For every Christian, the power of the Holy Spirit works, teaching us through God’s Word, the strategy we are to use when facing the enemy.
We have this divine power available today as real as it was with Paul.
We must recognize the enemy within ~ thoughts that rule. Self has to be brought captive to Christ, in repentance and faith. We must ask and receive His Holy Spirit to bring us captive and teach us through His Holy Word.
We must spend time in His Word and prayer for the necessary instructions. When we overcome the enemy within (pride, fear, and unbelief), we will be confident in facing whatever the odds may be against us.
As we wait in times like these for what may come next, we must prepare.
Just as a soldier learns to use his weapon, we must have our weapon ready. Study and memorization of His Word is necessary for overcoming the enemy.
“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,”
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
We have the promises and assurance of our Father’s presence and power with us at all times. They are for our consolation and comfort though we may have to endure sickness and death. Christ has been through suffering and death, leading us through the most treacherous of times we could ever face, excluding the eternal wrath of God.
When He wins the battle in us for our souls and minds, we become living sacrifices with all His people, seeking His kingdom and His righteousness to rule in the world.
“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
What promises of God’s Word do you use as a weapon of your warfare?
Gracious Father, forgive us as your people, living at enmity with you. Rend the heavens and come down to make yourself known to the adversaries ~ beginning with us, your children. Turn us from our selfish desires to receive all that you have prepared for us. Be merciful to us and all your enemies. For your glory, and our joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Yet I Will Rejoice
From the writings of the prophet, Habakkuk, we learn of God’s judgment upon His people.
The Lord’s words are recorded in Chapters 1 and 2. Well-known promises are interspersed between God’s judgment and Habakkuk’s response in Chapter 3.
“Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.
“For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.”
“But the Lord is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.”
“A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid:
O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years,
in the midst of the years make known;
in wrath remember mercy.”
And, as God’s people, in this generation, let us remember the source and the joy of our salvation. Neither are derived from good health, prosperity or anything of this world.
In times of adversity, we must consider what God is saying to each of us. We cannot point the finger at others. Let us use this opportunity to search our hearts, and in faith and repentance “humble ourselves before God and men.” (Andrew Murray, Humility)
Gracious Father, God and ruler of heaven and earth, give us wisdom and grace to turn our hearts to you. Revive your work in us and make us witnesses of your mercy ~ for your glory and our joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Scripture Tunes ~ Habukkuk 3:17-18