Bess Kirby
 

BLOG #  25:  September 22, 2017

 

Psalm 37 is a great inspirational and encouraging word.  Just listen to some of its jewels.

  • Trust in the Lord.

  • Feed on His Faithfulness.

  • Delight yourself in the Lord.

  • Commit your way to the Lord.

  • Rest in the Lord.

  • Wait...for Him.

Life brings changes.  Sometimes those changes are to our liking; sometimes, they are not; but trust, but feed, but wait, but rest.

If you are in a hurtful, discouraging place today, read Psalm 37. It’s too bad that hurt often occurs within the body of Christ, the church.

  • Many times in our christian service, we constantly hit closed doors.  It hurts. It brings discouragements.

  • Changes are made and we’re not told.

  • The picture we gave or the pew we purchased in honor of parents, is taken out of the church.

  • The honor once given, is removed from the wall.

  • You were not asked to sing or play the piano.

  • You wanted to sing in the choir, but were refused.

  • Someone got your seat; you had to sit at the back.

  • The church was not friendly.

I could go on and on; but, my word to you and me today is this: Look on the sunny side of life.  Have faith.  Enjoy God’s presence.  Rest in the Lord.  Be positive.  Be an encourager. “Let the sun shine in. Face it with a grin. Open up your heart and let the sun shine in.”  That is, the SON shine in.

God keeps watch.  God remembers the good you have done!  God will take care of you.  So, fret not.

“I have been young, and now am old; yet, I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.”  So rest.

 

This little pencil is thinking of you and praying for you,

Bess

P.S. Mother Teresa said, "I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”    May the beauty of Jesus be seen in us.


    





BLOG # 24 . SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

HURRICANES AND PRAYERS

 

Thinking of the seriousness of the weather and the projected path of the recent Florida hurricane, Charles and I were constrained to pray for life and property, to ask for God’s protective blood covering over our FL home, and the homes of our children and grandchildren, our Creekwood neighbors, our Lake Gibson Church property, and our Lake Gibson Church family and friends.  Before and during the 2 hurricanes, we prayed for all Texans and all Floridians, who would be affected by them.

And yet today, we are still praying; this time our prayer is 3-fold.

1.PRAYING FOR HELP

We often hear the phrase, “Help is on the way”.  Well, truly, God’s help is on the way (many times in the lives of His vast army of volunteers); He’s on the way to those who have lost so much during these hurricanes.

    2. PRAYING FOR HOPE

The scripture says. “Hope in the Lord”.  There is always a brighter tomorrow.  So, dear God, blow away the dark clouds of depression, despair, disillusionment, and doubt.  Replace it with hope, expectation, blessing, and the sunshine of a new day.

    3. PRAYING WITH THANKSGIVING

And finally, after Irma, my personal prayer to God for my family, neighbors, church family and friends. It’s a short prayer...a simple prayer… a clear prayer...a universal prayer...a prayer approved by God...a daily prayer...a heartfelt prayer...a joy filled prayer...and a prayer written for the whole world to see.

 

THANK YOU JESUS.

 

I’m loving Him more everyday,

Bess


 

BLOG # 23    SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

                “Oh, how I love Your law!  It is my meditation all the day.”  
                
 Psalm 119: 97                           

 
  1. God is unlimited by time.

  2. You can always count on God’s love because it is even more reliable than the rising of the sun.

  3. Journey through life with God.

  4. God’s joy in us can coexist with the most difficult circumstances.

  5. Whatever you have plus God equals an incalculable fortune.

  6. God gifts us with an unimaginably glorious life that will never end.

  7. Spending time with God is increasingly countercultural.

  8. In the midst of intense spiritual warfare, put on the whole armor of God.

  9. Clear out clutter and open up your heart to God’s Wonders.

  10. Though you may feel isolated and alone at times, this is only an illusion.

  11. Pondering Jesus’ willingness to suffer can strengthen you to endure your own hardships.

  12. Be still in God’s Presence, and wait patiently for Him to act.

  13. You are never alone because of God’s continual Presence.

  14. God is the ideal Person to be in charge of your life.

 

“Let the …..meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14

 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and …..Finally brethren, whatever things are true,... noble,...just,...pure,lovely,...of good report,....meditate on these things.”

Phil. 4: 6-8

 

                                 

Thinking about Jesus, His power and awesomeness; what He’s done for me, and what He does for me everyday.  I wouldn’t want to live a day without Him.  Enjoying my journey with Him.

 

                                                               Bess

P.S. These 14 statements are thoughts taken from Oswald Chambers’ Devotional, “My Utmost For His Highest.”









BLOG #  22:  September 1, 20177

 

The Cross of Christ means so much to me...because “The Way of the Cross Leads Home.” And I’m on my way. Remember that old hymn by the same name. 

 ”I must needs go home by the way of the cross; there’s no other way but this.  I shall ne’er get sight of the Gates of Light, if the way of the cross I miss.  
(Chorus) The way of the cross leads home. The way of the cross leads home. It is sweet to know as I onward go. The way of the cross leads home.”

Ever since we purchased two cabins in the Smoky Mountains, there has been a cross on the property of a factory in our small community of Cosby. Recently the factory went out of business; and, we wondered if the new occupant of the property...whoever it was...would remove the cross.

Just a few weeks ago, improvements began on the property. Would the cross come down; or, would it stay?  I’m glad to say that so far, it is still standing.

I can truthfully say to renters, or visitors, or family, that the way of the cross leads home (to Majestic View Cabins). So, should you be coming, just follow the crosses on 321; then Greasy Cove Road to Buckeye Lane to Majestic View Cottage Rental sign.

The big cross at the factory is the #1 marker; then shortly, pass marker #2, the Allen Baptist Church square sign with a cross on it; then very close, see the smaller shaped cross advertising Denton Baptist Church, the #3 marker, turning there...and on to the cabins.

It was the cross, the atonement, that made the difference for me. So if you want joy, real joy, let Jesus come into your heart. Just “Kneel at the cross; leave every care; kneel at the cross; Jesus will meet you there...come while He waits for you.  Listen to His voice, leave with Him your cares and begin life anew...Jesus will meet you there.”

                           I’m on my way to Heaven by way of the cross; there’s no other way but this.

   Come go with me…..

Bess






BLOG # 21:  August 25, 2017

 

God washed our car.

 

We’d been to Lakeland, FL for a simple medical procedure and were driving back to the mountains, when we ran into rain. It was quite a downpour, but lasted just a few minutes.  When we ran out of it, and were back in the sunshine, it reminded me of how we in the midst of life’s challenges, the dusty and dirty places, (we) need a washing, a personal “car” washing. God had washed our car with that downpour.

Living life day in and day out, year after year, through the toils of each day, the rough and tumble of life’s challenges, (living life) gets us dusty/dirty. It’s not just our cars that need washing from time to time, we do also. Nothing like being washed with God’s Spirit.  It feels so-o good.

The clean car when we take it off the dealer’s lot, doesn’t stay clean, but needs frequent washings. You may have been driving in a dust storm on the high plains of Texas. Or, maybe you got stuck in the mud on a dirt road.

We all got washed in the blood when we found the Lord.  We got cleansed by God’s Holy Spirit when we surrendered our lives to His will and His way. And God is continuing His cleansing as we grow in Him. There’s no one perfect except the Lord Jesus Christ. We need (and we can get) spiritual washings throughout our Christian journey.


When life’s struggles have disillusioned us, when life events have hurt us deeply, when challenges are too big for us to handle and we have temporarily forgotten God’s ability and His great care for us, it’s time to go to Him in prayer for a refreshing, a washing. He’s as close as the mention of His name.

So wash me, Lord. Restore unto me the joy of my salvation. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow for the issues of today.  And, who, reading this blog, needs a washing today? Jesus is ready to forgive, to restore, to cleanse, to lighten your load, infuse strength for the day, and turn things around for you.   NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WHEN YOU PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD.

 
I stand before you, Lord, for a washing. Keep me clean in this dirty world.

  

Bess





 

BLOG # 20:  August 18, 2017

Charles has, for a long time, called me a “city slicker.”  Can a “city slicker” ever become a “country girl”?  What do you think?

Since moving to the mountains, I’m wondering, “What does it take to become a country girl?”

Does moving to small town USA, alias, Cosby, TN, the backdoor entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains, the moonshine capital of the world, qualify me as a country girl?

How about shopping at the Cataloochee grocery store (established in 1927)? 

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                                                              Cataloochee Grocery Store

Or shopping at Newport Dry Goods store?
 

                                                             Newport Dry Goods Store

Or reading the Newport Plain Talk newspaper, established in 1900! 

                                                        Newport Plain Talk Newspaper
 

Well, I do believe one must have a “moving day”; moving from the past to the present; from the old to the new.  So here’s what I want to tell you.  I’m choosing, moving, and making my way to a “heavenly country,” whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:16.

Hebrews 11:16New King James Version (NKJV)

16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

The gospel song writer put it this way:


Oh yes I'm moving, moving, moving, moving
Moving up to gloryland
Oh yes I'm moving, moving, moving, moving
Holding to His nail-scarred hands
Don't know when I'm leaving but I'm ready to go
When I get to heaven I'll be welcome I know
Oh yes I'm moving, moving, moving, moving
Moving up to gloryland

     

Count me country; “Heavenly country,” that is.

Bess

HERE IS A SLIDE PRESENTATION WITH ALL THE PICTURES I TOOK ON THIS TRIP:





BLOG # 19:  August 11, 2017
 

Here are a baker’s dozen faith and confidence builders. And here is the bottom line...God will take care of you. Read in unison with me the second line of every one. I’ll read the first line.

   
  



     1.  Troubles come and troubles go,

           Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     2.  Sickness here and sickness there,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     3.  The rain falls on the just and the unjust,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     4.  Night falls and day dawns,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     5.  Loss happens and gains come,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     6.  Sadness tonight; joy in the morning,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     7.  Defeat today; hope tomorrow,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     8.  Death now, life tomorrow,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     9.  Financial disaster now; riches tomorrow,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

    10.  Prison today, freedom tomorrow,

          Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     11. Guilty today, forgiven tomorrow,

           Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     12. Sick today, healing tomorrow.

           Blessed be the name of the Lord.

     13. Heartbreak now; hope & comfort ahead,

           Blessed be the name of the Lord.

 

            Keep the faith, God will take care of you. 

Bess

BLOG # 18:  August 4, 2017

Saturday, August 5, we will be at my  “Pearson Family Reunion,” remembering with thanksgiving, the efforts of Mama Pearson, my paternal grandmother, in soul winning, in reaching out to her country community, resulting in the organizing of a Nazarene Church, located a few miles out from my small hometown, Houston, MS. We have had these reunions for many years.  It seems as if family reunions have a life span. Who knows if there will be anymore; and if so, how often and how long? Pray for our safety in travel to and from the reunion.

On our return trip we will go by Neal and Frances Putman’s home in

Glade, TN, for a visit. It will be good to see them. Neal is a great booster of Lake Gibson Church and the Saturday and Sunday night concert series in Lakeland, FL.

I want to express sympathy to the Lake Gibson Families who have recently lost loved ones. we are praying for you all during this difficult time and the awful adjustment in the days ahead. Also, We are praying for those who are sick and even in the hospital.  Furthermore, we continue to pray for the great Lake Gibson Church in their search for a new pastor.  The church is great, first of all, because of Jesus Christ, its Head; and 2nd, because of its great devoted, active, on fire, Christian laymen.  Love God’s family so much.

Tune in to my next blog,

Bess





BLOG # 17   July 27, 2017

Are you fighting a battle today? On whose armor do you have? Did you put it on today? Do you seem to be losing the battle, making no progress? Are you sad, depressed, feeling hopeless?  Are you willing to learn the best way to fight your battles?  Well, take heart. God’s word says, “The battle is not yours; the battle is the Lord’s.” This is a divine word.

Some earthly person (not sure who…), somewhere has said, (and, I concur.) that: “The eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. It picks it up into the sky and changes the battle ground; then, releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak, and vulnerable, unlike on the ground where it is powerful, wise, and deadly. Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying; and, when you are in the spiritual realm, God takes over your battles. Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone. Change the battle ground like the eagle; and, let God take charge through your prayer!” (unknown)

Put on the whole armor of God.  I’m praying for you.  

Bess





BLOG # 16   July 21, 2017

My last few blogs have been about this area of the country that we call our 2nd home. I’ve talked about the churches, law enforcement, neighbors and friends (old and new).  Now we will conclude this series of blogs, talking about the scenery.  It is beautiful.

Have you ever seen anything as lovely as a tree???  There are all sorts of trees; evergreens, dogwood, all type of flowering trees, cedars, oak, pine; you name them. Charles and I love them; even though he cuts some down and we pay some others to top many of the trees around our cabins so we can view the mountains.  Charles says he can hear them growing.  And the trees draw a variety of beautiful birds. What can we say about God’s playground?  It is spectacular!!!

Let’s talk a minute about God’s stairs to Heaven; climbing those sparkling mountain stairs. Climbing, viewing, or driving up those hills of God, one encounters the awesomeness of God’s creation. One may discover a waterfall or an endless, panoramic view of a range of mountains.  These mountains declare the glory of God.

The beautiful green valleys reveal to us God’s majestic creatures. In them, we discover herds of elks, deer, bear, peacocks, and other animals.  Oh, how excited we get when we see some of these. It is a pastime for Smoky Mountain visitors. God has made everything beautiful.

Our cabins are surrounded with trees. From our cabins, we can see God’s mountains. And close by, we can look in the valleys for elk, bears, and deer...even deer and peacocks in our own yard.

And what about rivers and lakes? Our cabins are about 5 to 10 minutes from the Pigeon River, a place to fish, do water activities like whitewater rafting, etc. We are about 20 miles from big Douglas lake where people boat and fish. The French Broad River is also in our general area.

All this gorgeous scenery is the product of God’s great and majestic creation.It was and is good!  Thank you, Lord, for this great gift to us.  I’m enjoying God’s playground.

Bess


BLOG # 15   July 14, 2015

 

I’m blessed, so blessed.  How are you feeling today???  Hopefully, blessed beyond measure!  Family and Friends, old and new, are a great part of our blessings.  Thank you for being our friend.  When you move to a new place, you need to find new friends. And, yes we have.
 

Recently, we’ve had visits from family and some longtime friends. Micki,Bob,& Chase, our family and Jay & Pat, our longtime friends, got to visit with us in these beautiful TN mountains. What a joy and blessing.
 

We’ve been meeting a new neighbor/couple from Kansas City...so nice. We’ve been enjoying our other neighbors, some from Texas, some from Michigan, some local. Most of our neighbors are Christian; maybe all. What a delight; what a joy; what a blessing.
 

And how about those retired college friends and retired preacher friends and other retired Florida friends who live here or have cabins here??? Now do you call that blessed? I do. What great fellowship!  What great fun!
 

This Smoky Mountain area gets thousands of visitors every year. I’m sure on any given day, someone would be in the area that we know or who know us. There is so much to do and see here. Our 2nd home is an exciting place to live. So thankful for our primary FL home and this 2nd cabin home.  We love both places and both peoples.  Until next time, be blessed.

Bess



BLOG # 14   July 7, 2017

 

Our ministry continues as we serve God in retirement.  God uses us in prayer, in conversation, in preaching/speaking, in cooking, in singing, in writing, in helping,and in many other ways.  We thank God for giving us opportunities to serve Him in our comfort zones, as well as, opportunities in new and different ways.

Upon our presence here in Cocke county, we’ve been delighted to see on the back of law enforcement officers’ cars, this saying, “In God we trust”. And it’s in bold “stand out” letters.We understand from people in the community that Cocke county’s sheriff is a christian and when he writes articles for the THE NEWPORT PLAIN TALK newspaper, he often gives his testimony at the end of it. Interesting fact,  the Newport Plain Talk newspaper has been in existence since 1900.


Serving Christ is more than newspaper articles, lip service, sayings on cars, church buildings, even going to church. It is being a true follower of Jesus Christ. It is practicing what you preach. It is living for Christ and serving where the rubber meets the road. It’s a heart after the heart of God. I want to be that type of Christian...that the world may know Jesus and His love.


But let it be known that I am so thankful for (1) all the God honoring churches in East Tennessee (2) all the Christian law enforcement officers who drive those “In God we trust” vehicles and (3) all the Christian neighbors and friends in this community, town, and area. East Tennessee is our 2nd home. We love this area and these people. (Lest you forget, our primary home is the paradise called Florida. We love that area and those people.) This old time religion makes me love everybody.

Enjoying friendship with Jesus in this journey,

Bess


BLOG # 13   JUNE 30, 2017

Happy 4th everyone. And a happy birthday (the 3rd) to my wonderful son.  Love him so much. And to my niece, Angie, Happy birthday on the 4th; and to my brother, Fred, happy 15th.  

Well, God is good; life is good.  I thought I’d begin introducing you to our new community/area.  I’ll give you a bird’s eye view during the month of July.  So stay tuned!!!

Our community is COSBY; the nearest town is NEWPORT; and our county is COCKE.  It appears to be a church going area.  There are churches EVERYWHERE.  The pre-dominate denomination is Baptist.  Next, I’m guessing, would be Church of God (Cleveland) since Lee University is in the East Tennessee area. Then there are lots of other churches, like Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Catholic, Nazarene, Methodist, and independent churches.  Most churches are small in size.  It appears as if many churches have a split over problems, and then a another church is started.  Anyway...we have churches galore!

We have visited First Baptist churches in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Newport, Sevierville, Dandridge, and Morristown.  Recently, we saw Clayton of TRIUMPHANT fame at Sevierville Ist Baptist. We’ve been to other Baptist churches also; been to First Church of God, First Methodist of Newport and Liberty Church of Cosby. We do plan to visit one church that meets in the theater in NEWPORT. One of our neighbors goes to this church.  We are glad to be in a religious minded community.  We are blessed.

 

NEWPORT 1ST METHODIST

NEWPORT 1ST BAPTIST

NEWPORT LINCOLN AVE BAPTIST

 

 Let us go into the House of the Lord.                                            
I love His House and His Family.

Bess




BLOG # 12   JUNE 23, 2017

 

There’s something special about these mountains. We’ve been here for about 4 weeks...done a lot of work, seeking to improve our cabins as we can, and, of course, we’ve sat on the porch, looking at the mountains, enjoying this area of the country. We miss our pastoral ministry life; miss our loving church family, but God has a new plan for us now. And we will follow that plan. Where He leads, we will follow. We are making new friends, adding to that list of “old” friends. Here’s an encouraging word from the Lord for us all today.

Isaiah 46:3-4 “Listen to me...you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He. I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you.”
 

And another one,

John 14:1 “Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God.


Maybe someone needed those scriptures today. Be blessed by our wonderful Lord. I’ve made up my mind that I’m gonna’ have a great day!!! 


Bess


BLOG # 11   JUNE 16, 2017

I want to say a special “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY” to 5 wonderful men in my life, Gus Pearson, Charles Kirby, L.O. Kirby, Chuck Kirby, & Bob Luetkemeyer. How blessed I’ve been...and how blessed we all have been if our parents had Godly parents. My dad, Gus, and Charles’ dad, L.O., each had a rich Christian heritage, having been taught the scriptures by Christian parents. Even if one had wandered away but for a season, their rich biblical heritage would have steered them in the raising of their children in the right way.

This week I thank God for my father, Gus, now deceased, who raised me right; I thank God for my husband, Charles, who raised our children right; I thank God for Mr. L. O. Kirby, my father-in-law, now deceased, who raised Charles right; I thank God for Chuck, who used the Christian principles instilled in him as a child to guide his 2 boys, our grandchildren in the right direction; and I thank God for Bob, our son-in-law, for being such a Godly father, raising their 2 boys, our grandsons to serve God. The Godly heritage continues...To God be the glory.


AM I BLESSED, OR WHAT??? Yes, I am.

Love to all these men!!!

Bess


BLOG # 10   JUNE 8, 2017

Do you still have your “ears” on??? What sweet things is He saying to you
today?  Not only does He speak with gentleness & kindness, encouraging and strengthening us for each new day; but, God teaches us, admonishes us, even chastises us.  Whatever He is saying to you today; the question is, are you listening?  Yes, Lord, speak for your servant is listening.  Has your sin been uncovered? Are you being tempted to do something that is not Christ-like nor Christ-centered?  Have you been neglectful in visiting the sick; or, doing what God wants you to do, whatever it is? How is your prayer life?  Are your tithes paid in full?

What’s He saying to each one of us this very day (Me included)? Let’s listen.  Let’s obey.  Our God is an awesome God.  You don’t want to live a
day without Him.  Clean me up Lord.  Live your life through me, Jesus. Teach me Your ways.  What do You want to say to me today?

I’m listening.

Bess






BLOG #9   JUNE 2, 2017

 



I saw this on a church sign recently and it spoke to me. That’s what I’m asking myself. All through Isaiah, you will find the words, “Listen to me...” Thumb through Isaiah and see. Good advice from God’s Word.

As I look around today, I see a world full of trouble. The Bible declares in Job 14:1, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Psalm 88:2-3 says “Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of troubles and my life draws near to the grave.”
Trouble comes in many different forms; heartache, sorrow, sickness, hurt, anger, fear, despair, discouragement, anger, and many other ways. Trouble, also, is no respect of persons. What are we to do? Is there help anywhere?

The answer is ‘Yes’. God has the answer for us in His Word. Words like, Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) “Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” And how about Isaiah 43:1-4? “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned..., for I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One...your Savior...you are precious and honored in my sight...I LOVE YOU.”

You can’t get better than that!!! Count me “Listening”.

I’ll be somewhere “listening”,

 

Bess




 

BLOG #8   May 26, 2017

 Just call me”In Love”. With Charles, certainly. But, I’m really speaking of Jesus. You might ask, “Why?. Well, ‘if it keeps getting better and better, Oh Lord; I don’t know what I’m gonna’ do’. Retirement is not for the weak. And I don’t have blinders on. BUT GOD...! Do you know that God makes all the difference. If your faith is rooted and grounded in Jesus, His death & resurrection; then, you know that new days, blessed days are coming. I already feel stronger based on my belief system. Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God.

If God has ministered to you through this blog; send me a quick
email
. May you have a wonderful, new week. 

Bess




 



 


BLOG #6   May 12, 2017


With a grateful heart, I write my blog today.  First, I thank God for His manifold blessings.   They are too many to count.  How great is our God. Next, I thank my dear life partner, my husband, Charles for standing by me through "thick and thin."  Next, my precious children, Chuck and Micki and their families for giving me such great joy.  And I'd NEVER leave out our many friends and prayer warriors.   

Thank you for your love, friendship,​ many kindnesses, and your prayers.   Thank you for praying for my healing.   Our God hears our prayers and answers them.  HE is miraculously touching me.  THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR THAT MIRACLE.  MY SHOULDER WILL BE LIKE NEW.  I've touched "His garment" in prayer and He is touching me and making me whole.

Thank you, one and all,


Bess



BLOG #5    May 5, 2017

As I write this blog, I’m sitting on our cabin deck, looking at God’s nature...the majestic mountains, the tall, lush green trees, the beautiful flowering plants and, at the same time, rocking my cares away. You can’t look at God’s magnificent creation and concern yourself about anything. Oh, how sweet it is....

As we spend more time in the mountains, we hope to enjoy deer and lots of different kinds of birds in our small backyard. We, of course, will try to entice them to come, putting up salt and mineral blocks and then seed for beautiful, colorful birds.

“This is our Father’s world; and, to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world. I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas- His hand, the wonders wrought.”


WOW! What a beautiful world.

So thankful for the beauty of Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and the whole world. What a Creator God we love and serve. This is the day to praise Him. Be bold in your praise. God inhabits the praise of His people.

Love to all,


Bess Kirby


BLOG #4    April 29, 2017

Here’s another favorite song of mine.  It always encourages me.  I’m singing this today...TRUST HIS HEART, written by Eddie Carswell and Babbie Mason.

1. All things work for our good, though sometimes we don’t see how they could. Struggles that break our hearts in two sometimes blind us to the truth.  Our Father knows what’s best for us. His ways are not our own.  So when your pathway grows dim and you just don’t see Him. REMEMBER You’re never alone.

(Chorus) God is too wise to be mistaken; God is too good to be unkind; so, when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan; When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

2. He sees the Master Plan and He holds our future in His hand. So, don’t live as those who have no hope; all our hope is found in Him.  We see the present clearly; but, He sees the first and the Last; and, like a tapestry, He’s weaving you and me to someday be just like Him. 


WOW! When we don’t understand; when we don’t see His plan; when we can’t trace His Hand; we can TRUST HIS HEART.  Oh, how much He loves us.  Choose your song today and sing it to Jesus.  May the joy of the Lord be your strength.

Bess Kirby

 

BLOG# 3:    April 22, 2017

One of my favorite songs is an oldie Goldie, titled “GOD REACHES DOWN” by Frances Erickson & Floyd Hawkins.  It has such beautiful harmony...written for a duet.  Here are the lyrics,; they may encourage you today. 
 

1. Just when the burdens of life are most heavy, Just when my cup seems too bitter to bear, God reaches down with His hand of compassion, lifting the load and soothing my care.

(Chorus) God reaches down; God reaches down, just when it seems I no longer can stand. Giving me strength and renewing my courage. God reaches down His almighty hand.

2. Just when it seems beyond human endurance, when great afflictions have saddened my way.  God reaches down with His love everlasting, whispering, “Lo, I’m with you always.”

3. Sensing this truth that God knows all the reasons.  He knows each test that will bring heaven’s gain, Confidence leans on His arms everlasting.  Morning will break; then all will be plain.   

 

Oh yes, My God reaches down to help me, to encourage me, to strengthen me.  He’ll do it for you, too.   Continue singing your praise to the Lord.  Do it daily. 

Bess Kirby



BLOG # 2:   April 15, 2017

After Easter, somebody needs to testify.  So here I go.  I love music; love to play the piano and sing.  So I want to sing praise to the Lord every day for what He’s done for me.  I want the world to know that I do believe in a hill called Mt. Calvary.  I do believe that the Man on the middle cross was God incarnate, Jesus the Son of God, my Redeemer; that He suffered such cruelty, shame and awful pain to pay my sin debt.  I should have been crucified; but Jesus, God’s Son took my place. So, why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come?  I will arise and SING PRAISE TO THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD.  Sing along with me today.  

Bess Kirby



Blog # 1:  April 8, 2017

As I think of Passion Week, I’m reminded of the two bombshells Jesus laid on the disciples before Gethsemane.  The first one was that He would be leaving them; He would no longer be with them. Oh my!  What would they do?  Of course, He would send them another comforter.  The second was that one among them would betray Him.  Oh my!  There was division in the camp.  Who was it?  Palm Sunday week was a difficult time for the disciples.  They were confused; scared no doubt, questioning, not sure about their future.  But today, as I chat with you, I remember the title of a grand old hymn, “The Way of the Cross Leads Home”.  All of us have crosses to bear.  Not to the extent of Jesus’ cross.  Jesus would go through much; and, the disciples would have a tough time.  But at the end of it all,  Betrayal, Gethsemane, the trial, the scourging, the cross, His death and burial, there was the resurrection!!!  Wow!  That says it all.  The end was the beginning for His early disciples; it is for you and me, as well.  He brought us salvation; forgiveness of our sins & peace with God.  And one day, we will be at home with God.  Oh what love that He should die for me (and you). 

Let’s THANK HIM for the great price He paid when He took our place and cancelled our sin debt.  I’ll be worshipping with you this Passion week and Easter.  


Bess Kirby