Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Are You A Worrier or Prayer?

Good morning, all. I hope that this blog today blesses you and yours.

Are You A Worrier or A Prayer?

I told you before that I have always been a deep thinker and that I spent 30 years as a teacher. Yes, if you guessed that I had my students thinking deeply you are correct. I did indeed teach my students to become deep thinkers, for which, I still get thank you’s to this day. And you know folks, all I was doing, was performing my job by teaching my kids to want to learn by teaching them to love to learn! You did not hear me, so I am going to say it one more time. I taught my children to want to learn by teaching them to love to learn. And I have been trying to do the same thing for you. Say what! Yes, you heard me correctly. Not for all of you because some of you are way ahead of me and I applaud you. But for the sake of the others, stay with me as I break it down to them, okay?
You know what? How many of you have something on your mind that is worrying you? News flash! Worrying about it will not make it go away but praying about it sho will. Yes, you heard me correctly. If you don’t believe me then listen to this brief Case in Point.
There was a time in my younger days when I had a big problem. I had worked it every way that I knew how and it was not getting any better, if fact, it seemed to be getting worse. I went to a gospel meeting because it was my duty to go. I was listening to the preacher and I thought to myself, you know you are a really good speaker, but we both know, life does not work that simply. I remember thinking, “I wish it were that simple.” But he was like a broken record and he kept on and kept on talking about the benefits of prayer. I never will forget, I looked at him and gave him a dead pan look while thinking, “Yeah, right!”  but he talked about it so much that I decided that I would give it a try. So, when I got home and got to a quiet place I prayed about my problem. I knew it was not going to get any better, but I prayed again. Then went on to bed. Now, y’all know how we get when a problem is heavy on our hearts; we go to bed thinking about it and wake up thinking about that same problem. And that is exactly what I did. I woke up with the problem on my mind and…wait a minute! Something was different. I felt lighthearted. Then I started thinking about what had me so worried and realized the problem was still the same but, I was different! But how? I got to thinking that maybe it was because I prayed about that problem in a quiet place after I had asked for forgiveness. That was my Ah-ha moment! That was when I finally figured out what was different, I realized that I had just gotten an answered prayer! I was so giddy that I wanted to try something else and see if it worked on that too.  And when that happens to you, you will do just like I did and want to pray about something else that has been bothering you and something else and something else. And before you know it, you will be liking to talk to the Lord and you will seek audiences with Him often. Why, because you will love to pray because you have been taught to love to pray. Remember above I told you that I had taught my students to want to learn by teaching them to love to learn. You, my friend, will have been taught to want to pray because you learned to love to pray. Sounds strange doesn’t it? That’s okay; it works!
So, as I told you above, worrying will not fix the problem, but prayer will. Whatever cares, concerns, etc. you have, give it all to GOD and then say, whatever it is, it is. So be it!  Remember my word, ultimately. Remember, that HE, ultimately has the final say so in all that happens in our lives. So, go ahead and pass your adversarial faith test, for that is what all problems are. You can make it through your situation with the LORD on your side by indulging in prayer.
And one final thing, when you find yourself wondering why you are not bothered anymore, give the Lord thanks for an answered prayer and spread the knowledge to your brother, sister, and neighbor.  You will find that you have given them the tool to take their situation apart and analyze it and come up with the same puzzled and wondrous summation that you did, that though their problem is the same as it was an hour ago or yesterday, that they are different! Uh oh! We will have another one who has been taught to pray because he loves to pray and on and on.  

Then you will marvel at the love of God that upholds us in so many ways. You will find yourself and your neighbor, brother, sister, etc. stepping a little lighter because burdens seem not so heavy. It is then that you know, my friend, that you have finally, "Let Go and Let GOD!" You have learned to love to pray and you will never let go of that special bond that you have developed with the Lord and will yearn for quiet time so that you can tell Him, “Thank you.” And you might even break out singing, “There's a Sweet Relief in Knowing, O-o-oh!...The LORD will Make A Way Somehow!” Yes, every now and then, I break out with this song whether I am in the midst of a storm or not, for you see, I want to praise Him because I have learned to love to praise Him! If we do this the church will grow at the pace that it did during the Marshall Keeble, R. N. Hogan and G. P. Bowser days.

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

No Joy Is So Great

Make morning prayer a big part of your life.





A
Good 
Morning, 
Blog readers 
Near and far, it is
 Blessed that I feel and 
Blessed that I hope you are. 



Praying time, y'all. Good morning, Lord. It's me, Alma and I have brought some of my blog readers with me to your throne. They know that I am always talking about You and they know me as a person of faith and prayer, so I thought that I would invite them to come along with me and share the blessing that I find here. Father, we thank You for being so faithful to us as to provide a continuous way for us to be in touch with You. You did not stop when You gave us Jesus, but You gave us the added pleasure of prayer. We thank You for those blessings and all blessings that you give to us. I ask that You bless each need that is represented here today as I know that You already know what they are. Bless us all, oh worthy to be praised, Lord. It is in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


No Joy So Great

No joy so great
As that of an answered prayer
For it is a gentle reminder that
I am not forgotten by the
Deity that dwells Up There.

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


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Standing By

Have a blessed Sunday morning. I woke up praying this morning. Sometimes, I feel the need to draw Him even closer. It is a refreshing blessing to be reminded in my soul that He is standing by. Remember to begin your day with prayer. Have a blessed day in worship as you lift your voice in praise to our God.



Remember He sees and He knows!

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Worldwide

Good morning, all. Never forget your morning Prayer and meditation. Your day will just go better. Enjoy the poem for He placed it deep within my soul. 


Everywhere I Go

I know that He is everywhere 
So why, when I am moved, should I despair 
Nope, I will just get my praise on there.

If He places me on the top of a hill
I'll use that position to talk of Him still
If He places me in the valley low
I'll talk about Him from down below.

If He placed me on the rocky mountain side
Folk will say, "She talked about Him though she cried"
And when He sheltered me under His wing
I would start to hum and then to sing
My God is my everything.

When He gathers me in His arms
And dries my tears away, I'll say
"Hey y'all I am home and this
Time I get to stay
For my God won the battle
At the end of the day!"



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

Blog P. S. - Let us always work to be in readiness by showing love.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Guiding Hand

Good morning, all. I just wanted to give the Lord some praise for all that He is and all that He has done for me! Enjoy.

Guiding Hand
When youth allowed me to skip with alacrity
You were there watching me as I, with glee
Noticed all the things there were for me to see.

You pulled me back from things that I didn't need
And shook me with gentleness when wayward I would be
You allowed me to appease my curiosity
While lessons of insight, you did me feed.

Like the beneficent Father that you are
You guided this little one on toward the
Place that You had determined I would be
With gentle hands, oh God, who formed me.

There is that within me that yearns to get out
The praise that you deserve so much
For the omniscience that is You, Lord
Whose hands guide me with Your gentle touch.

Supped from the table prepared by Your hand
Great Father, God, Savior of man
Thank You for allowing this lady to stand
To gaze into Your glory, oh God of my homeland
And work as I wait to be gathered back again.


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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

No, Siree - Yes, Siree!


Good morning! Happy Spring day to you. In keeping with the Spring motif from yesterday, I present to you another poem.

I told you yesterday that Spring had arrived
And along with it the usual signs of Spring
The songbirds, the robins and baby birds
With tiny voices filling the air with
Their wee-throated chirping
Oh, and lest I forget, there is that
Dreaded annual termite swarming.

That swarm is not something that
Any homeowner wants to ever see
Well, guess what folks, the homeowner
Who saw them this time happened to be me.

Was I happy to see the winged insects whose voracious
Appetite can damage or bring my home down around me
My answer to that needless query is a resounding, “No siree!”
Now, must find capital for the depleted till
So that I can pay the exterminator’s bill!
Will I allow this latest sign of Spring
To take my Spring found joy away from me
No, not me, no siree
Because when I look out of my window
I find, with joy,  that the hummingbird family
Having made another pilgrimage back to me
Is flying around for all to see.

Now, you know I would not be me if I
Did not make an application to the Lord by
Using this poem that I just wrote to prod
Us onward in our quest to please our God
Would that we be like the termite and the hummingbird
And feed with relentlessness upon the Written Word
And share the news with our fellowman because it
Would be the best sharing that they had heard

Yes, siree!

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



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's Springtime!

Good morning to all. I have composed a poem about Spring and I hope that it brings joy to you.

A time for new beginnings is what I always 
Think about when I think of Spring 
This season gives me a joy different from
 Any that the other seasons bring
It brings to mind, renewal such as we 
Have built into our Christianity.

There is in me a joy that wants to swell
There is in me, optimism that wants to be let loose
There is in me, joyful love that
The life-giving God put there
So, emerge from your chrysalides, butterflies of
Joy optimism and love
Take winged flight and soar high above
Spreading your wonderful selves o'er the skies
To cause to spring forth other butterflies 
Of like such, to propagate the air with 
Joy, optimism, and love.

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