Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Women of Work!

Good morning! I am up and at my blogging again, and I have already begun my day with prayer, you, too? If you have not, then you can pause and get your praying time in now. Yes, through whatever it is that you are doing you can still be praying. I know because I often pray while walking down the street, driving in my car, preparing my dinner, etc. You can pray anytime and anyplace, even if it is nothing but a quick, "Thank You, Lord." Just thought that I would through that out in passing.
     Remember that I told you that I will be speaking at a Ladies' Day in Lexington, TN this Saturday? And you remember how I said in, W.O.W. created w.o.w., that I wanted to ignite a fire under each lady that I meet or speak to so that that fire could be spread to others, right? Well, this morning as I was praying, it came to me that I was doing just that each time I spoke to a group of ladies at a ladies' day. Look at what awed me this morning during my time with my Lord in prayer. In the book mentioned above, W.O.W. created w.o.w., the initials in the first "W.O.W." stand for WORKER OF WONDERS, which of course means God. The second "w.o.w." stand for a woman of work. I have to tell you that I can be awed by the simplest of things as well as complex things. This morning I am awed by the simple. Look at this book title again. It says that the Lord created in me a woman of work and I, if I do His will in speaking at ladies' days, will inspire some others to the extent that they will talk about Him and the ones that they talk to will talk about Him and so on and so forth. But look at what has happened. My telling one or some women has caused that thing to grow or multiply. If that one tells someone with enough conviction and that someone(s) tell it, as well, we have a pyramid, but in a good way. Now the title of the book could be WORKER OF WONDERS created women of work.
     Oh, how blessed we are to deliver just a tiny spark of His love. One spark does not a fire make, but one spark fanned can begin a movement that will set this world ablaze for and by the love of my Father. To God be the glory!

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

Chopping My Row as I labor to create 
Other "women of work" for the Lord 
Hmm-m, these two books seeming to be tied 
Together as a part of the work that I have tried
To accomplish in my zeal to please Him
Makes me wonder if these two are prelims.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Molecule

Good morning! Hallelujah and praise God! He woke me up this morning, and I am thankful. As I contemplate the beginning of this day, I think of the things that I can do to give Him glory on my way. All of the glory already belongs to Him, so I will just lift my voice along with the throng and say, "Thank You, Lord, You are worthy to be praised!"
     He is, you know. I mean worthy to be praised. Here is a quick reference point. What is a molecule? I know that most of you have heard of that thing somewhere in some classroom or read about it in some science book. Uhm, hmm-m, well did you remember what it was? Oh, not sure? That's okay; look it up, I'll wait... So, what did you find? Here is what the dictionary says that it is:
 "A tiny or a very small piece (of something). (biology or biochemistry) An extremely small particle or substance, especially at cellular or structural level, as a biomolecule. (physics and chemistry) The smallest unit of an element or compound, made up of two or more atoms held together by strong chemical bond."

Molecules are organic or inorganic. For our purposes here today I am referring to the organic molecule which is:
1. A molecule that is normally found in or produced by living systems.2. A molecule that typically consists of carbon atoms in rings or long chains, where other atoms (e.g. hydrogenoxygen, and nitrogen) are attached.

These molecules share common characteristics. In general, they are capable of forming stable covalent bonds with one another making them excellent at forming unique structures, and the reason why there are so many carbon compounds. The neutral organic compoundsalso tend to be less soluble in water compared with some inorganic saltsOrganic compounds tend to dissolve in solvents that are also organic, such as ethyl alcohol.
 Did you begin to digest the fact that the God that we know and serve is a Scientist? As you read the definition of "molecule," if you are like most folks, you were scratching your head and frowning in perplexion, at some point. The God that we serve put together inorganic molecules and made them live in you and me. Though we are made of dust, the dust never gets confused and has a toe come out as a rock or a tree branch. Whew! That makes even my brain grow dendrites or grow brain cells. Wow, wow, wow! To God be the glory! And just think, as great as He is and as powerful as He is, He is mindful of a tiny speck of dust like you and me. Humbling isn't it? I know... To our Father be all the glory for the things that He has done, is doing and will do!

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

Our God is All Things to all things:  Scientist, Biochemist, Engineer, Doctor, etc. for He is Omnipotent.

Monday, August 14, 2017

To God Be the Glory

Good morning, all. If we just take a good look around us and a good look back through our lives, we can see the glory of God. I see it in so many things, the inception of life of what will be a baby, the walk of a baby that is learning to toddle, the gait of a man that is strong and sure, the faltering steps of an elderly person as the season of life draws to a close, the colors of the rainbow that show through prisms of light, the colors of the rainbow that can be seen on a fish's fins, the glorious rising of the sun to its zenith to the slow going down in the evening, the shades of green in the various grasses and trees that continue from season to season and from year to year, the caterpillars that morph into butterflies and are no longer earthbound, the rainbow that can often be seen above a giant waterfall, etc.
     There was no need for me to present all of the ways that the glory of the Lord can be seen because there would not be enough ink to do so if the truth were told. Each of you, no doubt, have ways that you have experienced the glory of the Lord in your life, too. In all of our ways, let us acknowledge Him and His glory and be thankful. Our God is worthy of praise for the things that He has done. I have been singing a song all week long about the the glory of God and how I am whatever I am because of Him.
     One day my stepping days will be over, my sun will have gone down for the last time, earthly trees and seasons will be replaced by the splendid view of the tree of life, the promise of the rainbow will be lived forever, and like the caterpillar, I will no longer be earthbound. I will get to behold the glory of my Father in actuality in that celestial city talked about of old. Y'all, won't it be wonderful? To God be the glory!

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

This Present Moment/This Sunday Morning

Good morning! I am joyous today. Why? You know me well enough by now to know that I believe that He loves me, and therefore I am happy because I know that He has me in His omnipotent sight. I get an exhilarating joy in the knowledge of His love, care, and protection for me.  Yep, I am joyous today in this present moment. From my last book, Chopping My Row, the grass is still growing from season to season, and I know that as long as that happens, my Father is in control.
     So, having said that, I am going to sing and sing and sing in my present moments while I have a chance. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but I do know, as the old song says, Who holds all of my tomorrows. You go to worship today and give Him some praise and thanks for His goodness. I am going to, as well and I am glad about it!

Though man teaches hatred and
Kills one another in the streets
I will not allow this doctrine of hatred
To my Christian joy defeat.

I so hate it when lives are ruthlessly cut short
And grieve for the families of the victims of hate
But the Bible has already told us that 
Children will learn what they live
So knowing what some children are taught
On a regular basis lets me know not
To be surprised by the hatred between races.

But I am going to worship as fast as I can 
And I am going to sing to my Father and
Ask His healing upon this world, our land.

That means you, whether you are yellow, white or black
I will ask my God to deliver us all from the
Hearts that have been taught to hate all
Races that have physical characteristics 
That another race lacks.

Doing What I Can, While I Can Because He Has Taught Me to Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones

I do have one question, though, "Why are racial fires being fanned at this particular time?" Join me in praying for peace this Sunday morning.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hold On

Good morning. Have done my praying and on my way to having a bite to eat. I wanted to leave you with these words.

Hold On

Sometimes you have to be still
Hold on and wait
When the storm is tossing you
You have to hold on and know that 
He will bring you through
And as I have said in a previous poem before
Guide you to a blessed and peaceful shore.


Some Storms

There are some storms that have made 
Me wonder what was going to become of me
But during those times I have had no other option
But just to wait and see.

Any you know what I saw from the midst of my calamity
I saw a warrior God fighting nigh
Whipping my enemies for making me cry
As He enforced stalwart protection of me.


It’s a Wrap…

A tiny pebble was tossed into a dry season riverbed
As it lay there unmoving day by day
The rainy season returned with its plenteous deluge
And the headwaters of the river grew as with raindrops
Aplenty it was fed.

The headwaters became a rushing mighty torrent
And swept all on its path toward the river’s mouth
To meet the ocean’s mighty current.

The pebble had been worn smooth
 By the mighty headwater’s toss
And came forth a polished stone with a gloss
To travel with the ocean, the whole world around
Until it was deposited upon a distant shore
And by a collector, at last, was found.

It was taken home and put among the finder’s rare baubles
That had been discovered of old
Well, wouldn’t you know it, that shiny pebble
Turned out to be genuine gold.
(excerpt from W.O.W. created w.o.w.)


You and Me

The only thing I know is that
I have put all trust in You
I am counting on You, Jesus
To always see me through.

Most of my life, or as far back
As I can remember
It’s been You and me
Against the rest of the world
So, I will be resolute and valiant
And keep stepping on though
The enemy’s darts, at me, are hurled.

Have found that in some situations
I am as dumb as a box of rocks
Yet, like a well-programmed automaton
I keep stepping on, in
Spite of life’s hard knocks!

For one day, can say with the saints of old
Hallelujah, been tried by the fire
And by the grace of GOD
Have come through as pure gold! 
(excerpt from W.O.W. created w.o.w.)


Pain and Confusion

Peace in the midst of pain and confusion
Is a gift straight from God
So, don't be under any delusion...
That He attends to the needs of His children
Should be your only conclusion.

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

Who Holds Me Fast or Just Because

Good morning. I don't have to ask you if you have been before the Lord in prayer this morning because, by now, you know that is the thing to do. Go to Him in praise, thanksgiving, and supplication at the beginning of each day so that you can have a faithful traveling companion throughout the miles of your day. Enjoy, be inspired and be blessed by this poem that I wrote for you this Friday morning.

I know that the storms will come
But I know that they will not last
Because of the power of the One
Who has always held me fast.

Whatever the storm that is in your path
Just give it to the Lord and know that
No storm, no matter how strong
Can withstand His power blast
Nor rise against His wrath
When He is stirred up on 
His crying and trusting children's behalf.  

Though I may weep and though I may sigh
I know that I am the child of
An omnipotent Father, Who  
Does not want to see me cry
And Who will gather me into
His arms for He is always nigh.

So blasting wind and sea waters high
My Father can tell you to subside
Because I, His precious child, with tear stained eyes
Looks to Him for help no matter what betides.

So, this child of His will not be bothered 
By the storms that come upon me, just because
My Father is
And by Him, I live
Just because.

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Early Morning Riser Finale

     All of the things that I marveled at on yesterday's blog post speak to me of the love that God has for mankind. Any little thing that awes me, I attribute it to God because by Him were all things made. 

You know, because He loves me 
I push myself beyond normal limits 
To do the things that I ought
And about what some man might say
Of my actions, I don't give much thought.

He has let me know in innumerable ways
Of the love that He has for me, so
I will continue to do the work that
Has been laid out for me as I continue
To weed this garden of life and chop my row.

I love my God so much, folks that
I have often shouted about it
And I will keep doing more of the same
Because He owns me lock, stock, and barrel
And there is no doubt about it.

So if trouble comes to me in whatever form
I will hold on to my belief
That my Father is faithful and mindful
Of the fact that this one leans on Him 
And looks to Him for relief.

Oh, and about nuclear warheads & codes
And who holds them in their hands
Am not bothered overmuch about
Threatening and posturing about
Making this world explode.

Just as the sea has been relegated to a place to be
Because the land holds something that He
Treasures  meaning you and me
The Omnipotent watches all who abuse their power
And has set a day when all mankind will bow in a given hour
And until that time no man will be allowed
To bring about the destruction of those who
Before the Almighty have bowed.

What?! The point that this little nobody made is about His love. Well!

Doing What I Can, While I Can  Because I Care,
Alma L. Stepping On Jones
Author of Chopping My Row

Blog P. S. - BYDWP.

Jesus loves me
This I know
For the Bible
Tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong
Yes-s-s, Jesus loves me

Point made?