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Let him  lead you and give you a song

By Betsy Jane Mosley

As most of you know I have been given the gift of knowing a lot of songs.  When Covid 19 first started it was around the time of my 75th birthday and I had told my kids I liked “Nobody but Jesus.”  My daughter Jennifer sang it for me at my party on the 14th of March.  It was a nice party, but many older friends didn’t come because of Covid.


Then for awhile my song was “Many Things About Tomorrow” I don’t seem to understand but I know who holds tomorrow and I know He holds my hand.  That saw me through my time at my daughter’s.  It was good to be with them, but I like my own bed and bath and I had a skin breakout.


The later part of May I came home and my song became, “The God on the Mountain” He’s still God in the valley when things go wrong He’ll make them right; and the God of the good times He’s still God in the bad times the God of the Day He’s still God in the night.

I sing these songs to remind myself that no matter how much I dislike this time in all our lives; God is still there and I can be negative and gripe and complain or I can look for His blessing.

I don’t like that my church isn’t open, but my daughter Jacque’s church in Mt Vernon is so I’ve been worshipping with some new brothers and sisters.

I listen to my daughter who now has a college senior and a 4th grader at home.  She and her kids along with several others I know wish school could be back in session.  My daughter works for Social Security from home so she has a steady income.  My granddaughter who is a Kindergarten bilingual teacher wishes she could teach in person.  She’s still got a job and was able to purchase her first home.


The end of June I had a heart attack and I now have a stent.  I had a difficult week or two, but Jocie and Rosie came to help and I kept singing, When you don’t move the mountains, I’m needing You to move, when you don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through, when you don’t give the answers as I cry out to you, “I will trust,” I will trust, I will trust in you.


I say all this to say I don’t like Covid and I don’t like the negative impact its had and is having ,but I know The One who wins in the end and I can “Count My Blessing.”  I got a lot of scrapbooks done that have needed to be done for years.  I didn’t have the time before.  While Jocie had to do most of the lifting my entire house has been gone through and I was able to bless other people with two car loads full of things.  Because of this time other people have cleaned out and I was able to get donations of clothes and shoes to our church for distribution.  I’ve gotten time to call more people and pray with them and I’ve had paramedics, a ferry worker, old friends, and my children bless me in numerous ways.


I would ask each of you to stop and think of what blessings you have received during this time and what is the song or songs you can sing because of this.  Share this with each other and others that need to hear something positive.


Remember “In Shady Green Pastures” so rich and so sweet God leads His dear children along.  Where the waters cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet God leads His dear children along.  Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood; some through great sorrow, but God gives a song in the night seasons and all the day long.”


Even if you think you can’t sing; let Him lead you and give you a song.

 

Feel Beloved Community

Sing, Play,
Be Bold with Joy

By Betsy Jane Mosley

Feel:

When I first started looking at our theme and the words in it, I looked at feel and thought “ well, that’s what we women do well,” then I thought of the many years of my life when I stuffed my feelings until all of a sudden I erupted like a volcano and the anger spewed forth. Oh yes, I felt, but I did not express my feelings well. I can imagine there are others who have gone through what I went through and have hopefully grown out of that stage.


I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my savior at age 19. However, he was not Lord of my life until in my late 30s and early 40s. I began having a deeper relationship with Him. Because of abuse outside my home, I became an angry person who tried to please others and turned to food for my comfort. My compulsive overeating lasted for almost 60 years.

Because God and I have been working on my anger issues for over 30 years, most people do not realize I ever had them. However, it is hard to miss the lingering effects of my overeating.


Although I am a recovering compulsive overeater I have to stay in recovery to do that I have to acknowledge what I feel , give it over to God and ask Him to remove my shortcomings and help me move on and grow and become all He wants me to be.


I would pray that each of you reading this has listened to God, is in a close relationship with Him and you are giving all your feelings to Him. One of my favorite songs says it best, “Fully Alive song” (words by Gloria Gaither), may each of you feel totally fully alive!

 

Beloved Community:

In my Strong’s concordance, the word "beloved" is listed forty-seven times in the Old Testament. Since Song of Solomon has the word four times, the number is higher. There are sixty-two New Testament references, many refer to Jesus as God’s beloved son, or they refer to specific people of the time. But some refer to us, I John 3:2 says “beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. I John 4:7 says “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."


As his beloved community of believers, we each need to ask ourselves if we are loving others. We do not have to agree with what others do or say, but we do need to love. I have for a long time said I love all five of my children, I like three of them.


In our world today, we need to love those who are very often unlovable and who would use us if they can. We may have to distance ourselves from someone, but we never stop caring and praying and then possibly we show our loving Savior to all we come in contact with.

Each of us needs to stop and ask ourselves are we living as His beloved community?


Songs are:

“Lord lay some soul upon my heart” Hymn # 313, by Dr. Leon Tucker and Ira D. Sankey

“I am loved”, by William J. and Gloria Gaither

“His Banner over me is Love”

“Love lifted me” Hymn# 505, by James Rowe and Howard E. Smith

 

Sing:

Sing is listed in Strong’s concordance one hundred fifteen times. It is the easiest one of His commands for me to obey because I love to sing. But I have to wonder what about those who do not like to sing. Or what about those who because of a hearing or speech impairment cannot sing so they may be heard?


I believe that more than beautiful music, God wants our souls to be in tune with His that we sing inside of ourselves whether it is heard or not.

We can sing when we pray, when we cry out in pain, when something we read or see reminds of God. We can sing when we are by ourselves or with others, in whatever situation we find ourselves in. Jesus said that if His followers did not sing and shout His praise, even the rocks would cry out. Is your heart singing?


Songs are:

“How can I keep from singing your Praise: by Eithne Ni Bhraonain / Nicky Ryan / Roma Shane Ryan

“Sing Hallelujah” by Linda Stassen

“Sing a Song” by Mac Powell, David Carr, Tai Anderson, Brad Avery, and Mark D. Lee

 

Play:

When I first looked at the word, play, I was pretty sure from the context, it meant to play a musical instrument. The only song I could think of to go with it was “Play on your harp little David”. Then I thought, what about the people who do not play a musical instrument? My next thought was well, I like to play games and we talk about people playing sports. So, I consulted Webster’s Dictionary. The first definition of play is to move rapidly and lightly. Other definitions are to have fun, frolic or take part in a game or sport. Only the 5th definition says to perform on a musical instrument.


My conclusion is that if you play a musical instrument, play board games, play a sport, or simply play as in having fun, you should do it with enjoyment. If you keep in mind God who lives in you, you can do whatever form of play you do for His glory. If you do that it might very well bring you and others enjoyment as you play.


Song:

“When The Spirit of The Lord Moves in my heart”

 

Be Bold With Joy:

When I read these words, this immediately brought to mind the song, “This Joy that I have”. Then I looked in Strong’s and found eleven entries for bold, thirteen for boldly, one hundred sixty-seven for joy, and twenty-five for joyful. Webster’s said bold was daring, fearless or audacious or very free in behavior or manner. Joy is a feeling of happiness or delight.


I find that if I am in a close relationship with the Lord, boldness comes when I know I am doing what God has directed me to do. If I am fearful or worried, I need to pray and ask God if what I am thinking of doing is something I should be doing.


For many years I have felt there is a difference between happiness and joy. While it might be just my opinion, my happiness depends on what is happening around me. I have had a whole lot of times and circumstances where it is difficult to be happy. But I can still have joy because that comes from having God with you even when chaos is around.


Do you have a deep abiding joy that comes from having a close relationship with the Savior? If not, maybe you need to be searching the scriptures, reading books that help draw you closer to God, praying more, or just sitting and waiting, listening to hear His voice. He can give you joy.


Song:

“This Joy That I Have”