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Will you Answer?


I came across a story that I wanted to share. I am not sure who wrote this or if it’s a true story or not.

“One Saturday night, a pastor was working late and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn’t answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again, she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.

The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about.

Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.”

The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call his wife.

The man said, “That’s okay. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point, my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Almighty God’. I was afraid to answer!”

The church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle.”

In my life I know I have been called many times and been given wake up calls and signs He is with me. I wonder though how many I have missed because I was too busy to answer the call. Sometimes we just choose not to answer even thought the “phone” is ringing loud and clear. Is it fear of the unknown or a fear to step beyond our comfort zones? Probably. I know it varies from person to person. This story puts me in mind of a old routine by Jerry Jordan called a Phone call from God. We had the album and mom would play it and we’d crack up.

This nearly 15 minutes long but funny all the way through.

From Every Rooftop Sing!


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Thank God it’s Friday! I have had busy and stressful week but it’s the weekend now! I am ready to kick my heals and let loose. Actually being a mother of two I have forgotten exactly what letting loose means. This week it means music! Lots and lots of music!

It’s always a cause for celebration when we are blessed with another day on this earth.  Enjoy the song I have posted. Every time our praise band at church does this song I can’t help but smile.  It’s an infectious tune for sure!

What songs make you joyful and happy? Please share then with me. I don’t care if they are Christian or secular.

God Bless and have a great weekend everyone!

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The Dabbler


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I have so much on my mind and so many ideas floating through my head that I get overwhelmed. Is this writer’s block?  I am very new to blogging and I don’t consider myself a writer. Maybe a writer wanna-be but I am not there by any stretch of the imagination.

In my life from childhood on I have dabbled off and on with writing, I never fashioned myself as the next great novelist but it was fun to create. I am a product of an over crowded school system during a time when only the teacher’s pets were in the advanced college bound classes for subjects like english.Me, being an average student who had issues with attention span was lost in the flawed system.  Formal training for writing? I was never even shown the fundamentals for creative writing. Never the less, I continued to dabble in writing stories and poems and prose.

My creative side was never nurtured by family or by teachers who rejected work I showed them because it wasn’t main stream and they dismissed it as nonsense. I was a kid who needed guidance from an english teacher who could take my creativeness and show me how funnel it. I realize now many great authors and musicians never had any formal training. Creativity is something that comes from the inside and cannot truly be taught. We can learn to read , write, add and subtract….but abstract thought? Abstract thought is just that..abstract.

Here I sit determined to explore and expand my creative side. There has to be something there hidden, suppressed and ready to be brought out of the dark and into the daylight. The first step to good writing is” just do it”. As with anything practice, practice, practice. The next step is to read anything and everything and become well versed in the world around you. The next step is to take notes on every idea that pops into your mind.

So again, I sit here with all my creative thoughts surging forth.  I have several unfinished blogs that started out good and fizzled somewhere along the way. That is a metaphor for my life as of late. Good intentions but no follow through. I am still that easily distracted kid inside. The kid who lapses into daydream and leaves the world outside.

God guides me in very subtle ways. Nagging thoughts that eat at me . Telling me I am 45 and need to find direction in my life.  He has sent me all sorts of wake up calls lately and I have answered them but fizzled out somewhere along the way.  I know He understands this grown up kid who still has very little direction in her life.   God must be patient because I still feel his steady pull in all the right directions.  I am hard-headed and stubborn and responding very slowly.  Weather God is calling me to write or He is just calling me to write for now in order to uncover the me that is hiding in there somewhere I am not sure. I am answering his call and trying my best not to continue blocking His voice out with unhealthy distractions.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28