Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Laughing Blesses You

Good morning. I hope that this blog today brings you laughter or at least feel good giggles and builds some endorphins. 
     Ah, reader, reader. Have you ever laughed until your side hurt? Laughed until you got weak in the knees, laughed until you leaned against the wall to keep from falling, or laughed until you were out of breath? Well, I have and did so again this morning. I told you that the internet went down in our house just when I was getting ready to push publish on my blog, right? Well, I was not a happy camper for a second, but then I did it like I have learned to do with most things in life, leave it in the Lord's hands and step on.  
      Uh, but I am getting away from my story. This husband of mine called the cable people and got that infamous robot lady operator. I was not paying much attention to him until I heard him say, "Uh, uh,  not today! You gon give me a live person to talk to. He said it again, but just a little louder. Then he yelled out, "My wife better come get this phone, or it will be laying upside the wall somewhere! I hollered! I scurried into the next room. I was holding my side and giggling while he was making all kinds of faces at the computer lady robot on the phone because she kept asking him to press whatever number related to his problem and say, "Continue." Now, of course, she never raised her voice because she was a robot, right? He, on the other hand, was yelling by then. I calmly took the phone, which he grudgingly let go of, and only waited a second before she started in with her demands. I said the word "continue," that he had been yelling into the phone and I was promptly switched over to a live person. He looked at the phone and sneered at it and said, "Why you...!" That was all he said because the live person on the phone was asking how they could help. Well, this man, my husband was so into the battle by then that he takes the phone out of my hand with me whispering, "Be nice." He looked at me and said, when the man asked him in an upbeat voice how he was doing, "Man I am doing okay now that I have a live person, but I wasn't a few seconds ago! That witch got to go! My mouth fell open, and the giggles started up again. (I mean really! He was talking about a robot computer lady, and he had just told the live person that she was a witch and had to go.) Y'all, I was on the wall again. Whew, tee hee, no dull moments in this house. 
     But I have to say, that the little guy on the other end of the phone never missed a beat and by the time the call was over, my husband was happy, and I was busy typing. Typing what? This brief account that you just read is what. 
     I had him in stitches when I read a part of the story back to him. Still, all in all, a good start to the day and I hope that I have made you smile a bit, as well. (Tee hee)

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Blog P. S. - Be blessed, my friend.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Reminiscing


Happy Tuesday morning to you! 
     Haven't had my tea yet because I have been deep in reminiscing. Sometimes I like to travel back down Memory Lane to visit certain places from my past. I may stop in for a brief visit or I may choose to stay for a longer period. I often drink from the vat of the wine of life that was left there, sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter and sometimes bittersweet. While I am visiting, I often open the trunk of lessons learned and pack a fresh bag for carrying back to my present time of abode. Before I leave the land of sunshine and shadow, I always make the time to stop in at Momma's place and breathe deeply of the aroma of uncensored love that permeates the air. Then, I pull my head out of the shadows of "time gone by" and get on with doing the things that will make memories that one day will be a part of my past.
     As I am about to leave the land of shadows of the past, I happen to spy an old trunk shoved into a corner with no sense of being kept.  Upon drawing closer, I see a label on it  with three words, "Woulda, Coulda, and Shoulda." 


I peek under the lid for just a brief look, and 
All sorts of deeds are clamoring for release 
But I slam the lid back down tight on that trunk 
Because its contents do not bring me peace 
And I remember thinking with a feeling of chagrin 
How I would love to revisit that time 
And do some things over again 
I would make sure that the outcome was different 
This time for sure, but the past is the past, 
And with that knowledge, I have to be sure 
That I do what I should and what I can  
 To make easier the lives of my fellowman.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Would, Could, Should

Some of the things that we
Would do, we don't do
Some of the things that we
Could do, we won't do
And some of the things that
We should have done, we can't do.

Hebrews 13:15-16 

(excerpt from W.O.W. created w.o.w.)

Monday, July 24, 2017

All That I Have

Good morning!
     Yes, it is Monday morning and the beginning of the work week for most of you. I have been there and done that. Now, I get to indulge in what I have been wanting to do for all of my life, it seems, writing. I remember that one woman asked me, skeptically,  if I wrote all of the things in one one my poetry books. Then she immediately turned around and said point blank to me that she didn't think that I did. Ha Ha She would have an apoplectic fit if she saw what else I have written and have started on and am planning to publish. I remember that she looked skeptical and puzzled and asked me where it all came from. To me, that is like asking where the air that we breathe comes from. Why from the Lord, of course. Oh well, go figure...
     I think that the Lord gives to each of us the necessary skill set that we need to get a particular task done. I believe that He decided when He sent me here that among the tasks that I would be given to do is speaking and writing words of encouragement to my fellowman. Having that foundational belief means that my words of comfort, caring and encouraging inspiration do not dry up until the Lord decrees my job done. So, folks, I write and I write and I write and yes, I do love it so! Why, well because it is a job that He gave me to do and since I love Him, I will do His will. It is as simple as that. And you know what? All that I have in my repertoire of skills, I will use to His glory for He formed me and allows me to be.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

P. S. - In short, sometimes my love for Him overflows to the point that a poem or a story or a lesson for inspiration or encouragement erupts and then you have:







(There has to be an easier way to add pictures to make a point. Whew! Whew! And triple Whew! That's okay, though; I made it.)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Great Day!

Good morning, all.
     I am on my way to a day filled with worship and praise. We are having dinner on the grounds, so I have to finish preparing my food for it. I already made a scrumptious coconut cake that was requested for me to do. Just a couple of things more and I'm done.
     As we get an excited anticipation of a great day of fellowship and food, let us remember that we have a greater day coming when excitement will go beyond the scale of measurement. That is the day that we will be caught up in the air to go back home with a victorious Jesus, our Lord. That, folks, will be the greatest day of all.

Gonna sing until I am hoarse if that's what comes about
Gonna sing praises to my Father as long as my voice holds out
Gonna sing until joy reverberates from the rafters and speakers all
Gonna sing with the Spirit ringing out the gospel's call.

Gonna have a grand old time on this, the Lord's day
As I sing and listen and bow my head to pray
Wish you could come go with me and experience what 
I am talking about because you would 
Leave with your fires of faith well stoked
Because of the fiery words that the preacher spoke.

Yes, yes, I know that you are accustomed to 
Me writing a verse or two for you
But I figured that on this glorious Sunday morning
It was the least that I could do!

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones


Saturday, July 22, 2017

To You and For You, Lord

Good morning, folks. Hope this starts a beautiful day for you. Don't forget to begin your day with prayer. And what do I always say after that..."You will find a loving father waiting there." That is true and has been true down through the ages. So, I thought that I would pen a poem of praise to Him and for Him for His glory, for it all belongs to Him.

For every blessing that you have bestowed
For every trap that you have sprung
For every breath that You have given
Every beat of my heart says, 
"To You, my God be the glory," because
By you were all things begun.

For every line of poetry that you allow me to pen
The glory that flows across the parchment
Shouts Your name and Your love to all men.

The fact that I am penning this is an attesting to Your Majesty
Because You allowed Your glory to flow to, through 
And from a little nobody like me 
Who happens to love, worship, and adore You.

You, Father, gave me the gifts that I display
And use to encourage my fellowman everyday
Majestic Father, Lord above
Thank You for the issuance of Your love
That spreads your amazing grace
In this world, covering every place.

So thank You, Lord, for Your glory
That spreads itself across screen and parchment
As I canvas this world and tell my story
For You and to You, my God, be the glory!

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Lot on My Mind

Good morning, folks. I awoke this morning with a lot on my mind. And I have found that when that happens, I need to be about whatever lay on my mind so heavy as to awaken me. There are some aspects of being an author that I had never seriously considered, but that is different now. Uhm, humm, have to look at the business end of it more. Hmm-m, will keep you posted as needs be. I was not slow in rising this morning, I got up at my usual time (with the chickens) (tee hee) but my brain has been doing the things that awakened me since. (tee hee) Now it is past time for me to get to my blog and I do apologize for the later start than usual.
     Today, I thought that I would do a poem for you on being insignificant. I hope that it encourages and inspires you.

Just a Little Nobody

I told you yesterday that I am a 
Little nobody who hails from Tennessee
And that it awed me when I considered
That the God of all humanity
Is for sure mindful of me.

When I look back on my life
I can see that nobody is who
I have always been
And that no longer bothers me
Because I have learned to be
Who I am as I try to work for
The One who holds the keys to my eternal destiny.

Now, I know that He
Will often use a little nobody
To do a particular job for Him
I just never in a thousand years figured
That that little nobody would happen to be me.

I pinch myself now and again
To see if I am awake and if what
I think that I perceive happens to be real
Is there something special just like my
Momma told me a long time ago
That I am given to do 
Whew, this thinking has me going a bit
Can you imagine how I feel
Yeah, I know you can because you know
How you would feel if this situation was about you.

Still, I am a little nobody who hails from Tennessee
Who will go where she is sent and do as she is bid
As long as the God of all Creation keeps loving me
As He does, and says, "Fear not, for I Am with you
And I will bring you safely through."

So, if you feel insignificant and a little nobody, too
Just keep doing your best to give Him your all
For it remains to be seen what special plans He
Just might have for you
Because the Lord looks on the heart of man
And sees things that only He can.

In short, make sure that what you are doing is 
Worth doing and keep doing it to be true
For it doesn't matter what man sees because
God discerns and sees the real you.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

P. S. - As you can tell from the poem, I do have a lot on my mind this morning. Actually, I do most mornings, I just gave voice to it this morning. (tee hee)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I Have Finished to Begin

I told you in an earlier blog that I was working on a novella, my memoirs, a children's book, two more poetry books, a works compilation book and a ladies' inspirational book. Well the ladies' inspirational book, Chopping My Row, has been finished and is available right now on Amazon. I have finished that one to begin the completion process for another one of my babies (books listed above).
     And you know, folks, that is much like our lives as I have mentioned to you before. We "Finish to begin." How well we chop our row on this time side of life determines the type of existence that we will have on the other side of life.

Steppin' On

So, I will keep steppin'
Until this earthly pilgrimage has ended for me
And I make my last step
From time into eternity
I will have finished to begin.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because I Care
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

 Up Coming Speaking Engagements

  1. August 19, Ladies Day - Madison St. Church of Christ, Lexington, Tennessee
  2. September 9, Ladies Day - Old Fulton Rd. Church of Christ,  Martin, Tennessee
There's not much to me
For I am just a nobody
Who hails from Tennessee

Still, I am thankful and I am awed 
When I consider how the God of Creation
 Is mindful of this little nobody
Who hails from Tennessee.