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Blog 109 for 4-13-2019

THE BEAUTY OF THE MOUNTAINS

 

Spring in the Smokies is a beautiful time of the year. The blooming of flowers, bushes and trees is an inspiring sight. One of the most beautiful things to see is the blooming of the huge hedge that separates our two cabins. As you drive down our land to the cabins the beauty leaps out at you. It seems the hedge grows higher and thicker every year, and stays blooming longer. It really does serve as a welcome to Majestic View Cabins!

 

Bess and I are grateful for the six months serving as the interim preaching pastor at Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland. We are grateful for the opportunities to spend time with people we love and renewing our friendships with so many. We believe great days are ahead for Restoration Fellowship Church!

 

We have much to do since we have arrived. There is the mowing of the grass, planting bushes, trimming fast growing tree limbs, (I will stay on the ground) and always upgrading the cabins. A major project for the four owners that live on Majestic View Way is new paving of the lane. All four of us will split the cost, which will not be cheap, but it is time.

 

Bess and I will be spending time with friends in these mountains, and with others that will be on vacation in the area and at Dollywood. We have decided that we are going to spend more time having fun with happy experiences. September 22-29 we plan to tour Canada and New England, 7 nights aboard the Norwegian Escape, roundtrip from New York City. There will always be plenty to do and have fun. Of course there are several of our favorite restaurants like The Old Mill, The Taste of Dandridge and the Harbor Inn in Asheville. Come on up, down or over and have fun with us!

 

Rejoicing with God’s abundant blessings!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 108 for 4-13-2019

 

THE TRIUMPH OF EASTER

 

The most triumphant day on the Christian calendar is Easter Sunday. Through the years the greatest days in my ministry have happened on Easter. Record-breaking crowds and thrilling Spiritual victories have been tremendous highlights in many of my churches. In one church 125 people by actual count responded to the invitation. It was a sight I will never forget, as the people kept coming to fill the altars over and over again! Some were entire families, others responded, answering the long-time prayers of family members. In another church 3,432 people broke every attendance record in my pastoral ministry. Without a doubt it was an electrifying event! It was hard to get an actual count of the people responding to the invitation, but we know it was huge!

 

Bess and I are climaxing our 6 month interim ministry at Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland on Easter weekend. Two services will be held. The RFC Singers will be featured in the Easter musical “SANCTUARY, AT HOME IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD” on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. An Easter Celebration service will be held at 10:00 Easter morning. It will be an exciting service, featuring music and the Word. My Easter message will be “The Presentation Of The Living Lord” from Revelation 1:17, 18.

 

A very happy, exciting and victorious Easter!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 107 for 4-13-2019

 

 

There can be no doubt about the location of Calvary. I have been there ten times to view this holy site. It is an experience that everyone does not forget.  It is the place of the skull located on a rocky cliff just outside the city walls of the old city of Jerusalem. A busy bus station is located at the Damascus gate leading into the old city.

 

Gordon's Calvary
Garden

The best place to view Calvary is in Gordon’s Calvary Garden just below the site. The keepers of the garden have allowed our groups to spend time at this site to read the Scripture and to meditate. I have usually read from John’s gospel chapter 19, verses 15-18:

 

But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”

The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”

Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus  and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 

 

 

Afterwards, we are given a private place to have the Lord’s supper and holy communion. It really is a beautiful and meaningful time for everyone to experience. In this garden is the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea that he gave for the burial of Jesus. Next week I will tell you about two events that has happened at this tomb at two different times in my trips there.

 

Palm Sunday will begin Holy Week that will lead us to the resurrection celebration of our Lord on Easter morning. It is going to be a triumphant event!

 

Thank you Lord for your great sacrifice!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 106 for 4-6-2019

 

CRUISING CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND

 

September 22-29 Bess and I are going to be cruising parts of Canada and New England. We will be on the Norwegian Escape round trip from New York City. The ship is the newest and most exciting ship on the seas. It is Norwegian’s most innovative ship ever built. We will be traveling with Educational Opportunities, our favorite travel company, out of Lakeland.

 

The Ports of Call for the cruise will be New York City; Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, Newfoundland; Canada/Bay of Fundy and Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is going to be a fabulous cruise, unlike any we have taken! It would be great to have you to join us. We are registered and paid in full for the journey.

 

We have brochures we can mail to those of you that are interested. You can call us at 1-800-519-3342 or email us by CLICKINNG HERE. If you don’t register by May 25, you may incur some additional fees. The price varies according to stateroom selection.

 

More exciting days are coming!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 105 for 3-30-2019

 

SIXTY (60) YEARS AS A PREACHER

 

Sixty years ago on March 29 I preached my first message as a preacher of the gospel in my home church in Jackson, Tennessee. As I am reviewing my life in the ministry of my Lord, the Holy Spirit took me to Caleb in Joshua, chapter 14, and gave me a message for Sunday, March 31st. I am planning to preach it at Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland at the 10:00 a.m. service. I can’t wait to hear what I am going to say on this very special Lord’s day!

 

“THE CHALLENGE OF AN EXCITING LIFE FOLLOWING THE LORD GOD” will be the title of this message. Caleb, one of the 12 spies Moses sent to spy out the promised land, is my inspiration. He illustrates the results of a man who wholeheartedly followed his Lord. After 45 years of faithful service, God helped him to reach his life’s goal.

 

From coast to coast and from south to north my Lord has blessed me abundantly. What a journey it has been! It is a fact, Bess and I have been highly favored by our Lord through these 60 years. He has allowed us to pastor wonderful people and churches starting with a home mission church of three people in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 1961 to large and fast-growing churches across America.

 

Like Caleb through the years we have tried to wholeheartedly follow our Lord. As a result, He has helped us to reach some of our dreams and visions! Something is just now exploding in my mind as I write these lines, and it really is exciting! Unlike Caleb, we are not 85 yet!

 

Just today the Holy Spirit seemed to say to me, “I want the rest of your years as a retired pastor to be happy and fun without the weight of a congregation.” When I shared that with Bess she was very happy and agreed. So, as we wholeheartedly follow the Lord our God, that is our plan.

 

It has been a joy to serve as the interim preaching pastor of Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland since November 4. Amazing things have happened since May 6, 2018! Now it is time for a full time lead pastor to take the reins of leadership. The church has chosen a proven leader in Rev. Terry Wilcox to shepherd the flock to a new day. Easter Sunday will be our final Sunday to serve the people we love. We will return to our mountain retreat and wait for our Lord to open doors for ministry opportunities He may choose. In the meantime I really do believe....

 

The Best Is Yet To Come!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 104 for 3-23-2019

 

 IN THE HOME STRETCH 

 

It all began on November 4...the interim preaching pastor ministry at Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland. Time waits for no one, and now Bess and I are in the home stretch with only four more Sundays left in this ministry. It really has been a very gratifying experience for us. During this time we have been able to view up close and personal the ministry of a brand new church. To say the least, since May 6, 2018, it has been a miracle ministry with amazing growth spiritually, numerically, and financially. It has been exciting to view it all first hand since I first preached at the new church on May 20, 2018. Under the leadership of Darrel Gash and Jon Betz the unity and harmony of this almost eleven-month-old fellowship has been tremendous! I see and feel the excitement of the people ev

ery Sunday as they arrive for worship. To add to the expectation, a new lead pastor has been chosen. Pastor Terry Wilcox, the pastor elect, will preach his first message as pastor elect on April 28. He is a very good choice by the congregation to assume this new leadership position.

 

The response to my messages the last two Sundays has been very encouraging and heart warming from those in attendance and others watching the services through the internet. I am very grateful for the emails across America, Canada, and other countries expressing their appreciation. Many of these have followed my ministry for several years. It continues to speak volumes about this incredible outreach ministry that really is world wide.

 

“PAUL’S FOUR GREAT KEYS FOR SUCCESS” from Philippians 3 is my message for Sunday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. It will be transforming because it is directly from the Holy Scriptures.

 

The best is yet to come!

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 103 for 3-16-2019

 

SPECIAL FRIENDS NEED OUR PRAYERS

 

     

 

Dr. Jerry and little Jan Goff were our special guests for worship on Sunday, March 10, at Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland. Bess and I enjoyed our time with them afterwards over lunch.

 

Dr. Jerry is having some major physical challenges with his heart and really needs the prayers of God’s people. Both he and little Jan have been used of God in ministry across America and in other countries.

 

In 1972 at Tidewater Central Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we met Jerry for the first time when Jerry and the Singing Goffs were featured in a service. They started that service coming down the center aisle blowing their trumpets, playing “At The Cross.” I remember the hair stood up on my arms as I and all the congregation were electrofide by the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit!

 

We have watched and enjoyed the ministry of Jerry and little Jan through the years and have become dear friends. Please join Bess and me with your prayers for them at this time.

 


 

THE CHALLENGE OF THE LAST DAYS

 

The changes in our world since my ordination as a preacher of the Gospel of my Lord in September of 1963 are perplexing. Through the years I really didn’t think much about world conditions and happenings. Major tragic events have always seemed to occur in distant places and not in America. All of that began to change with 9/11. Since then we have been in a downward plunge even in the land of the free and home of the brave! At this present time our nation is divided by strife and hate unlike any other in my lifetime. We are witnessing more hatred in American history toward our president. Politicians and the media have ganged up on him, even though he has accomplished more in a little over two years than other modern-day presidents. I continue to ask myself, where does it all end?

 

Aside from world and national concerns are the happenings in churches and individuals. Churches and pastors are refusing to proclaim and stand on the Word of God! Individual lives are broken and hurting. Professing Christians are imprisoned spiritually, physically, emotionally, maritally and financially. It is a fact, we are living in the last days! Our Lord said that just prior to His return, the days and times would be like the days of Noah and Lot. We are there at this present time! Jesus could come for His followers at any moment! Are you ready for His glorious return?

 

Jesus is coming back to this world again!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 102 for 3-9-2019

 

 

THIS IS MY CONFESSION; I AM IN PRISON!

 

It is a fact of life. All of us face a prison of one kind or another from time to time. It will try to lock us in with despair and defeat without an escape. A few days ago three circumstances  put me imprisoned. One concerned a car, another involved a garage door opener, and the third involved America. Let me explain.

 

I was driving one of our cars to the bank when it lost power and stopped running. It would not start, so there I sat in prison on a busy street. AAA came to my rescue and took the car to Grants Auto.

 

At 4:00 a.m. on Friday, March 1, I was awakened with the sound of our garage door opening. I knew the sound, and it was unmistakable. Bess was asleep and did not know what was happening. I leaped to my feet, and slipped to the entrance to the garage, forgetting I had a gun next to my bed. I cracked the door, and saw the garage door was wide open. By this time Bess awoke and came to see what I was doing, looking at the garage. Someone had caused us to be in prison in our own house by mysteriously opening the garage door.

 

The continuing saga of our nation tries to keep me in prison. Liberal and socialist politicians are trying to lock us in to a philosophy that will destroy America. I know there are no tears in heaven, but a few days ago our dear Lord surely felt like weeping. I am sure His heart was broken when He watched the leadership of the Democratic Party unanimously approve the murdering of babies outside the mother's womb.

 

How much longer is God going to tolerate the wicked disobedience of God’s Word by America’s leaders and people?  It appears now that the only thing that will spare us from the prison of evil we are witnessing will be the return of our Lord for His Church! I agree with John the Revelator who wrote in Revelation 22:20, “Even so, come Lord Jesus!”

 

My Lord has a powerful message from Philippians 4 to me and to all His followers. It is leaping out of me as I write these lines. His message is this: “YOU CAN TURN YOUR PRISON INTO A PALACE!” The Lord willing, I am planning and preparing to preach it Sunday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m. at Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland.

 

Jesus Is Coming!

 

Charles Kirby

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 101 for 3-2-2019

 

THE STORY OF TWO BOYS AND A PREACHER

 

It all began in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where I became the pastor of Tidewater Central Church on September 13, 1970. It was a time for buses...15 bright red buses in a tremendous outreach ministry bringing in an average of 450 to 500 people to church every Sunday. To this day it remains one of the most exciting miracle times in my pastoral ministry! During this dynamic time, hundreds of individuals came to know Christ as personal Lord and Savior, and a host of families were transformed. What a sight it is going to be to see all of the faces when I get to heaven!

 

There were two boys from two wonderful families, the Howards and Davenports, in the church. These boys were four years old at the time. Frank and Stewart developed a love for me as their pastor. As a matter of fact, I became a “Hero” to both of them. They wanted to be like me. Frankie, as he was called then, wanted his hair to look like mine and Stewart wanted to dress like me. It was very funny, yet very heart warming for me.

 

During my time as pastor Frankie developed acute leukemia. The doctors and medical staff gave him no hope to survive. A mighty prayer army was formed that refused to surrender to defeat. When I flew to the hospital in New York City to see him, I knew there was a miracle on the way! When the doctors acknowledged an amazing miracle had actually happened, and declared Frankie healed, there was rejoicing greater then any I have ever witnessed! Today Frank is a walking miracle and works with the FBI. He calls from time to time after watching me on the internet and reading Bess's and my blogs. 

 

Several days ago Frank called me about his close friend Stewart, and asked for prayer for his healing. He told me about his brain surgery that was scheduled the next day in Norfolk General Hospital. After he and I had talked for awhile about some precious memories that we hold dear to our hearts, I called Stewart, who was at home awaiting the major surgery the next day. We spent some time to get reacquainted, since we hadn’t talked in several years. To say the least, he was very concerned about his surgery since the doctors had said it was very critical. I reminded him of Frank’s great miracle healing. I said to him, if God did it for Frank He could do it for him. He did agree, and then I prayed. I really did feel God the Holy Spirit anointed my prayer, and my faith for Stewart was strong!

 

Stewart’s surgery was successful. The doctors were pleased, and Bess and I kept praying. We talked to the family several times, assuring them of our prayers for a miracle healing like Frank's. However, God had other plans for Stewart, and called him home on Thursday, February 21. The celebration of his life will be on Saturday March 2, at Tidewater Central Church.

 

I have thought several times about two 53 year old friends of mine. Why did God heal one at 4 and not heal the other at 53? That is another question we will have to ask our dear Lord when we get home.

 

All things do work together for good to those that love the Lord!


 

Charles Kirby

Blog 109 for 4-13-2019

 

     LIVING LIFE GOD’S WAY

 

As you think about your life today, your decisions, your desires, with what conclusions do you arrive?  ARE YOU LIVING LIFE YOUR WAY OR GOD’S WAY? WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES US WANT OUR OWN WAY? Actually, I think it has to do with “SELF.”  Here’s my story.

 

One day God saw a little Mississippi girl, the 3rd of 4 children.  There was the FIRST-born girl with brown hair and brown eyes; next, there was daughter #2, curly headed BLONDE with blue eyes and an infectious personality; oops, the third child was another girl (that would be me), with brown hair and brown eyes.  Then 5 years later, another child would be born. You guessed it; a baby BOY was born. God looked down on me and said, “That little girl will need help.”

 

Nestled in, with the first born, the blonde, and the boy, I needed to find my place.  Who am I? Where do I fit? Of what value am I? So here I was, a little Mississippi girl who didn’t know her place, her spot, her position, her purpose...what she was to do or what she was to accomplish.  I got mired in being just “another” sheep in the family sheepfold, but I didn’t like my position!

 

Early on, being a church going family with a rich Christian heritage, I joined Jesus’ sheepfold; tried to be an officer, a secretary, the president, a helper, just anything.  But the Good Shepherd had appointed the first and second born to be my overseers along with the head of my family, my Dad and Mom.

 

So, life began.  When I didn’t like something, “SELF” stood up, even if it was a private standing.  My Mom and Dad would put up with NO foolishness, NO stubborness, NO temper tantrums. My “standing up” had to be in private or else I was soon “sitting down”...if you know what I mean.

 

As I grew and developed, my outer SELF conformed.  People forever thought I was “sweet,” but God knew my heart.  His eyes saw me clearly. He could see right through me. He saw a girl who needed to surrender her will, her way, to God and His way.

 

After my early personal encounter with God, the spirit of rebellion, stubborness, selfishness would rear its head.  I did need help. I needed a crucifixion of my SELF in order to have a resurrection of life. I guess what the old-timers use to say, applied to me. I needed to surrender my life to Him.  I needed Him to sanctify me. I needed to be filled with His Holy Spirit.

 

So I cried out to Him; put my SELF on the altar for crucifixion; yielded to Him, His way, and His will; gave up & let God take over.  Carnal self died that day and I received resurrected life in Christ.

 

Now, for me, I share these words from memory, by some author, “Not what I wish to be; nor where I wish to go; for who am I, that I should choose my way. The Lord will choose for me. Tis better far I know. So let Him bid me go or stay.”

 

What about you? The hymn writer, Elisha Hoffman (1905), asked it this way. “Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Your heart does the Spirit control?  You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest, as you yield Him your body and soul.”

 

                         

                                        Living Life, God’s Way, Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 108 for 4-13-2019

 

HAPPY EASTER

 

When I think of the Easter Season, I fall in love all over again, as I visualize my Lord, Suffering for me, and all others.  1. Suffering as He prayed in the Garden; 2. Suffering as He was betrayed by Judas; 3. Suffering as He was led away to Caiaphas, the high priest; 4. Suffering as they accused Him of blasphemy; 5. Suffering as they spit in His face and buffeted Him; 6. Suffering as they smote Him with the palms of their hands; 7. Suffering as Peter denied Him thrice; 8. Suffering as they bound Him and led Him away, delivering Him to Pontius Pilate, the governor; 9. Suffering from the accusations of the chief priests and elders; 10. Suffering from the crowd calling for crucifixion; 11. Suffering from the scourging, the stripping, the scarlet robe, the crown of thorns, the reed in His right hand, the mocking, the spit, the hit; 12. Suffering from His crucifixion; 13. Suffering in His death. I am overcome at this amazing love, the price He paid for my and your salvation. This love woes me. I can’t help but love and serve Him.  The words of Bill Gaither are appropriate here. “I keep falling in love with Him, over and over again…”

 

 

When I think of the Easter Season, I rejoice with exceeding great joy at our Lord’s resurrection. The grave could not hold Him. He rose triumphantly. I, too (and you, too), will rise from our deathbeds on one of God’s days.

 

 

When I think of the Easter Season, I see our lives mirroring His; a life born, growing, living for the Lord, suffering, dying, and then, in God’s own time, living again, BECAUSE of His resurrection.  The grave won’t hold me either, in God’s great “Gettin’ Up Morning.” “We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion. We’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.” Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Jesus.  Thank you, Jesus!  “I could never, never out love the Lord.”

 

BESS

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 107 for 4-13-2019

 

 

The days, weeks, and months have flown by since being back in Florida.  We returned last November, 2018 and will be leaving for the Smoky Mountains toward the end of April, 2019.  So, it’s about time for the journey from the sea to the mountains. In some ways, it’s bittersweet. We love the mountains; we love sunny Florida; and, we’re sad to leave our Florida locals and our Florida snowbirds.  But sure as I am writing this blog and you are reading it, the clock is ticking, the rooster is crowing, another day is here. Time to start packing up!

 

 

In retirement, we live in two worlds, Florida and Tennessee.  Let me tell you about these worlds.  Early on, in our married life, Charles let me know that he had always wanted to live in Florida. And God, in His gracious kindness, has let us live in central Florida around 35 years (Winter Haven, Melbourne, and Lakeland).  We have truly been blessed; blessed with great churches, great congregations, great family and friends, both local and worldwide through our internet ministries.

 

Our souls have been fed.  Our emotional health has been enriched. When we needed surgeries and healings, God came through with good physical health.

 

We can’t say one bad thing about our life and times in Florida.  Infact, in death, our resting place will be in Lakeland. I think it’s about time to begin to load the car and head out.  The mountains are calling !!!

 

Our Tennessee mountain life began when we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary at a “Honeymoon” cabin in “them, thar mountains.”  A seed was planted, which resulted in the purchase of 2 cabins.

 

For 14 years we have enjoyed spending a few weeks each year until Charles retired from the pastoral ministry (not the preaching ministry...I’m guessing he will preach as long as he has breadth, and a place to preach.).  After retirement, we began to spend approximately 6 months in the mountains and 6 months in Florida (But we still call Florida, home.)

 

Our life there began with getting use to the upkeep of the cabins, looking diligently for a church home, getting acquainted with friends and neighbors, buying groceries, doing some entertaining, and enjoying the journey.  It’s all about living life whether in Florida or in Tennessee.

 

Most of you know that Charles is a native Tennessean.  We both went to College at Trevecca Nazarene College ( now University) in Nashville, TN.  After marriage, we lived in Nashville for a year, had our baby boy, Chuck there, and in time received a call to pastor  our first church in Greenwood, MS (the place of my birth).

 

Having attended a church college and serving eleven churches through the years, we have many college and ministerial friends.  East Tennessee is a popular place for people to come, and some to retire. So we do have ministerial friends living there, such as, Gene & Peggy King, JD & Esther Bailey, and Steve & Cindy Stultz, Florida residents who have a gorgeous cabin in the area.

 

We have made friends of our neighbors, Steve and Jan, Alan & Sharon, and Rick & Mona.  We, of course, have known and appreciated a great Christian couple, George and Edye, who oversee and take care of our cabins.

 

We’ve searched far and wide for a great church to attend, and finally decided on Morristown First Baptist Church.  This is the church where Gerald Wolfe is a member. That’s where we go presently. We love it. It takes 45 minutes to get there; you’ll find us practicing what the preacher preached for years!!! “The Difference is worth the Distance.”

 

Our cabins are in a small unincorporated community called Cosby, TN. We have a General Dollar Store, an Elementary, Middle & High School, several small churches, and a famous eating place, Carver’s Applehouse Restaurant.

 

In Newport, TN, 10 miles from our cabins, we have a Lowe’s, Walmart, lots of drive-through eateries. We live life here as we live life in Florida. Pray for us often, and we will pray for you. Before you or I know it, we will be turning our car toward home.

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 106 for 4-6-2019

 

 

Recently, a Godly man, Mr. George Waters, passed away.  The outstanding quality that I remember about his life was the JOY of the LORD, getting happy in the song service, having the spirit of rejoicing.

 

 

And a day or so ago, while visiting cherished friends, I found out that another friend, Bobbie, a decidedly Christ follower, had just a few months to live.  Still another Christian friend, Peggy, who has been fighting cancer, has to endure another surgery. Oh yes, there is Lisa and her mom, Mary, in their intense struggles. I could go on and on.

 

But even these do not finish the story because, for all of us, our days are numbered.  We are not promised tomorrow. We have this moment today.

 

How do we make our days count?  Not completely sure, but I want to try.

 

Let’s search our hearts as we answer these questions.

  1. Have I helped someone today?

  2. Have I read God’s Word?

  3. Have I prayed?

  4. Have I obeyed God’s calling,His challenge for me?

  5. Have I told my family how much I love them?

  6. Do I have sufficient oil in my lamp?

  7. Am I ready for Christ’s coming?

  8. Am I taking care of my physical health?

  9. Have I contributed to needy causes?

  10. Have I sent a card, made a phone call, or visited someone who needs it?

What is your heart telling you?  What is my heart telling me?

 

Oh God, show us how to be a good under-shepherd, following your example as our Good Shepherd.  Amen,

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 105 for 3-30-2019

 

WE CAN GET TO GOD FROM ANYWHERE!

 

So, where are you today?

 

Are you lower than a snake’s belly? Have you drifted too far from the shore? Are you mired in shame?  Do you feel hopeless? How deep is your hole? How hard is the struggle? How sad is the day? Will tears ever stop flowing? Where are your friends now? Does anyone care?

 

The answer is found in Jesus.  Yes, Jesus cares. God understands your heartache; and, He can solve every problem.  He’s the Way Maker. He’s the Chain Breaker. Nothing’s too hard for Him.

 

Here are some people from the Old & New Testaments that you may know, that got to God from places of struggle.

 

  1. Jacob got to God after stealing his brother’s inheritance. Gen. 25

  2. Moses got to God after killing an Egyptian taskmaster. Ex. 2

  3. Aaron got to God after allowing the golden calf to be built and worshipped. Ex. 32

  4. King David got to God after adultery with Bathsheba. II Sam. 11

  5. Solomon got to God after weakness for foreign women & their deities. I Kings 11

  6. Queen Esther got to God from timidity. Esther 3 & 4

  7. Job got to God from diaster. Book of Job

  8. Thomas got to God from doubt. NT

  9. John got to God from pride. NT

  10. Peter got to God from denial. NT

  11. Paul got to God from prison. NT…...just to name a few!

 

There is hope in Jesus’ Name.  You are never outside the reach of God.  Nothing is too hard for Him. It just takes coming to Jesus, believing that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, and asking Him for help.  He’s as close as the mention of His Name.


Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 104 for 3-23-2019

 

MY FAMILY “LIFETIME” FAN AWARDS

I’M BLESSED BY FAMILY & FRIENDS

 

It’s been fun for me, giving out fan awards to so many friends.  And, I’ve not finished yet. Friends are one of my magnificent blessings from God, as are dear family members. I’m blessed beyond measure.  Throughout this year, off and on, I plan to pass out fan awards in my blogs. Keep reading, you may be next. Or maybe, you’ve already been awarded; and, you’ll have to look in the archived blogs for your award.

 

You are the “Super Star.”  I am one of your many fans.

 

To my Dad and Mom, Gus and Mildred, and Charles’ Dad & Mom,    Lee Olan & Pauline, the lifetime “Good Example, One & Only, Loving Parents” Award

 

To each of my Sisters, Gwendolyn & Mildred, & Charles’ sister, Diane, the lifetime “No. 1 Sister Sibling Friendship” Award

 

To my Brother, Fred, the lifetime “No. 1 Brother” Award

 

To my Husband, Charles, the lifetime “No. 1 Guy” & “Only One For Me” Award

 

To my Son, Chuck, the lifetime “No. 1 Son” & “Free Spirit” Award

 

To my Daughter, Micki, the lifetime “No. 1 Daughter” & "Energizer Bunny” Award

 

To each of my Grandsons, Kyle, Cody, Michael, Chase, & Tyler, the lifetime “No. 1 Unique Grandson & Sweet Spirit” Award

 

To each of my In-Laws, Robert, Jo, Diane, Bob, Kaye, the lifetime “Top Notch” Award

 

To each of my Nieces and Nephews, Angela, Mille’, Rachel, Jamie, David, Nathan, Amy, Tyler, the lifetime “Standing Strong” Award; and to all the Spouses, the lifetime “Great Partner” Award

 

To each of my Great-Nieces & Great-Nephews, Melissa, Will, Katy, Trey, Rachel, Louden, Caleb, Luke, Seth, Logan, Ashlee, Connor, the lifetime “Make The Days Count” Award; and to the Spouses, the lifetime, “Good Partner” Award

 

To each of my Great-Great Nieces, and Future Great- Great Nephews, the lifetime “It’s Your Time To Shine” Award

 

Should there be any family member that I’ve left out of my fan awards by mistake, be it known to all men, their lifetime award is “You Are Special, Too.”

 

Portions of Genesis 12: verses 1,2,3 “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee…..unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee…..and I will bless them that bless thee…..and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

 

                                         Blessed beyond measure,

                                                    

                                                          Bess

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

  1. Sing in the rain.

  2. Praise God anyway.

  3. Meditate on God’s Word.

  4. Pray to the Lord.

  5. Play the piano.

  6. Hug Charles.

  7. Read the Bible.

  8. Read song lyrics.

  9. Hold my chin up.

  10. Keep on keeping on.

  11. Take a walk.  Breathe fresh air.

  12. Count my blessings.

  13. 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.

 

 Bess

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 102 for 3-9-2019

 

THE BESS KIRBY FAN AWARDS

Part II

“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…

 

  1. Linda Gorby, the “Sacrificial Love” lifetime award,

  2. Sue Price, the “Dedicated Warrior” lifetime award, 

  3. Jane Smithson, the “Workman That Needeth Not To Be Ashamed” lifetime award, 

  4. Ruby Felker, the “Dependable Church Organist” lifetime award, 

  5. Jan Hill, the “Love The Preacher’s Kids” lifetime award, 

  6. Shirley Cassel, the “Hilton Head Entertainer” lifetime award, 

  7. Arveta Brown Pitts, the “10 Little Indians Champion” lifetime award, 

  8. Frances Putman, the “Sweeter As The Days Go By” lifetime award

I am blessed to have known you all.

 

Bess

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

Bess