Blog 103 for 3-16-2019
Today as I write this blog, I could cry my eyes out, if it would do any good. But I have found, having lived 80 years, and been through a lot of challenges, that crying doesn’t change the disaster, the heartbreak, the struggle. Crying will not change my circumstances. So, what am I gonna’ do…
Sing in the rain.
Praise God anyway.
Meditate on God’s Word.
Pray to the Lord.
Play the piano.
Read the Bible.
Read song lyrics.
Hold my chin up.
Keep on keeping on.
Take a walk. Breathe fresh air.
Count my blessings.
Turn my prison into a palace, as Charles preached Sunday.
Oswald J. Smith & B.D. Ackley wrote a great song, “God Understands.” Some of the lyrics are these:
“God understands your sorrow. He sees the falling tear; God understands your heartache. He knows the bitter pain; He understands and cares.”
Phyllis Michael & John W. Peterson wrote a great song, entitled “God is There.” Some of their lyrics are here:
“When I need a Friend to tell my troubles to, God is there; When I need a Friend to give me strength anew, God is there; When I need a Friend to care when I’m distressed, God is there; When I need a Friend to guide me through the night, God is there; God is there, always there, with a helping hand to lift my load of care. When I really need a friend, God is there.”
What about you? Have the pressures of life overwhelmed you? Do you feel like crying? Well, may I present to you Jesus. He will come through for you. He will lift your load. He will comfort you. He will aid you. You can count on Him. Yes, you can put one foot in front of the other. You can keep on, keeping on. Wow, what a great Friend we have in Jesus.
Thank you, Jesus, for being my best Friend.
Blog 102 for 3-9-2019
THE BESS KIRBY FAN AWARDS
“Giving roses while you live”
If you read last week’s blog, you know that I gave out my lifetime fan awards. When I started doing this, I realized that I am a fan of thousands of Christian women who have impacted my life through my days. They may have been part of our church congregations through the years. They may have been internet viewers, whom I have never met personally, but have been touched by an email, a prayer, a phone call, or a letter. They may have been neighbors, associates, relatives, and friends outside the church body. I know there is no way I can remember them all and give them a personal “fan” award. But, to the “unnamed,” let me sum it up this way. They all receive my “Jewel of Great Price” award, along with my imaginary bouquet of roses.
As we have walked together in a time zone of God’s own choosing, you have nurtured me, cared for me, helped me, blessed me, and I have become one of your biggest fans. With imaginary roses, I hereby present to…
Linda Gorby, the “Sacrificial Love” lifetime award,
Sue Price, the “Dedicated Warrior” lifetime award,
Jane Smithson, the “Workman That Needeth Not To Be Ashamed” lifetime award,
Ruby Felker, the “Dependable Church Organist” lifetime award,
Jan Hill, the “Love The Preacher’s Kids” lifetime award,
Shirley Cassel, the “Hilton Head Entertainer” lifetime award,
Arveta Brown Pitts, the “10 Little Indians Champion” lifetime award,
Frances Putman, the “Sweeter As The Days Go By” lifetime award
I am blessed to have known you all.
Blog 101 for 3-2-2019
The Bess Kirby FAN Awards
Giving Roses while you live!
Do any of you take “The Singing News” magazine? Well, the latest one begins to inform us fans that it’s time to vote for our favorite singing group and favorite soloist in the different singing parts, such as soprano, tenor, alto, baritone, bass, lead, etc. Also, there are awards to be given to the favorite songwriter of the year, pianist, artist, traditional quartet, musician, favorite song, album, band, male quartet, song of the year, trio, young artist, and maybe more. These fan awards last for a year; then we start all over again voting for our favorites for the next year. It’s interesting that some favorites get the award year after year after year. That’s the kind of awards I’d like to give out this year; ones that last for a lifetime. This doesn’t mean that I can’t add others to my lifetime fan awards. I’d like to give some roses while I live.
We have always enjoyed this magazine. It keeps us abreast of the groups that we know and love; as well as, introducing us to new groups. Because of Saturday and Sunday Nights in Lakeland, we know so many of the groups personally.
Both Charles & I come from musical families. Charles’ father played the guitar and sang bass. His mom sang and played the accordion. His sister, Diane, sings and plays beautifully having taken many years of piano lessons. My mom sang and played the piano. In fact, my dad attended a revival as a young man; and, who should he meet there but my mom, playing the piano for the revival. All four of their children sing, and three play the piano. So, because music has been such a part of our lives and love, you could have found us through the years, singing as a trio or in the church choir, going to singing schools and learning to read shaped notes, taking band, piano, and voice lessons, and going to concerts.
The big news in the March issue of the “Singing News” magazine is this: It’s time to vote for your favorite group, etc. All of that to say, it’s time for me to vote for some of my very special lifetime FRIENDS. I’ll call this, the Bess Kirby Fan Awards. In these awards, you don’t have to be a singer or musical at all, you just have to be a precious friend of mine. I’m the fan. You get the lifetime achievement award. To -
Carol Justice, “His Hand extended” Award
Nola Kenwright, “Actions speak louder than words” Award
Peggy Dawson, “Love your neighbor as yourself” Award
Vickie Haas, “No distance is too great” Award
Lois Sampson, “Give and it shall be given unto you” Award
Barbara Shell, “You can count on me” Award
Cindy Stutz, “Bloom where you are planted” Award
Jan Goff, “Singin’ in the Rain” Award
Kitty Sweet, “Gentle spirit; open arms” Award
Doris Walden, “I will not forget thee” Award
Charlotte White, “Encourage one another” Award
Linda Aycock, “Through thick and thin” Award
Lois Masse, “Thy Word have I hid in my heart” Award
Patti Pennington, “I feel a little shout coming on” Award
I’m so thankful for God’s people and special lifetime friends. There are many more.