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Sharing life's Journey ... Darlene Revell


Songs of Spring

Wednesday 26 April 2017

I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined unto me and heard my cry, He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings, and He put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust the Lord. Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies….Psalm 40:1-4

Yesterday as I was out walking around a local lake and taking pictures God brought this message to me. I always carry and pen and paper around and get a lot of good thoughts while I am out walking and talking with Him.

When God saved, me he started making changes in my life. These changes did not happen overnight. Some things that had happened to me in my early life still cluttered up my memory and it was hard for me to realize how very special I was to God and that He loved me. My self-worth was very low, but over the years God has changed me and He continues working on me still today! My life is not what it used to be. What is past is past and I don’t want to spend any time letting that OLD STUFF drag me down. All things have become new and I look forward to a bright future in Jesus Christ.

I know people that wear their past like a heavy backpack and they tuck every bad thing that ever happens into that pack until it becomes so heavy that they crumble beneath the weight of it all. Some of these folks are born again Christians! Of all the GOOD things that God has to offer them they chose to live beaten down, burdened down and crushed beneath the load they are carrying. Jesus says to come unto ME, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light….Matthew 11:28-30

When we continue to carry around all of the OLD STUFF from our past we are selling our God short and cheating ourselves out of the sweet PEACE that knowing God brings. Those OLD THINGS are past and cannot be changed, but through JESUS CHRIST all things have become NEW and all that OLD STUFF doesn’t matter anymore. Knowing and trusting in Jesus brings sweet peace. Each day is a fresh new day, yesterday is past and we can look forward to a bright new tomorrow. Don’t live below what God has for you and miss out on all the GOOD STUFF by carrying that OLD STUFF around, drop that load and let Jesus bear your burdens……Ahhhhhh, now isn’t that much better?

Peace I leave with you; MY PEACE I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid….John 14:27

With much love, many prayers and God’s peace, IN HIM, enjoying my NEW life, Dar

Songs of Spring

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord….Lead me in thy truth and TEACH ME; for thou are the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day….Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore….Psalm 4:5, 25:5, 16:11

I first started learning to play the piano in 2009. I was not a youngster when I started, but the little country church that we attend had been praying for a piano player. I was a little timid about getting up in front of folks at first and didn’t have much if any confidence in my ability, but over the course of a couple of years God taught me how to play. I was the instrument of answered prayer, such as I was.

There is a work to be done and God will provide workers that are willing to work. He doesn’t chose the qualified, he trains and qualifies us to do His work. Where there is a need and the people are praying, and believing, God will provide. The answer to your prayer may not always come the way that you expect and you may not be expecting to be the answer to someone’s prayer. When we come to God with a heart that is willing to work, He provides all of the tools that we need to get the job done and He is right beside us guiding us each step of the way.

Post Oak church could have continued to worship without a piano player, but God heard and answered they’re prayer. I was the answer to that prayer. I am not the best there is, I can’t read a note and I make a lot of mistakes, but I have come a long way with God’s tutelage! God is NOT finished with me yet, I still have a lot to learn, but it is such a joy to be serving in a position that God not only called me to, but He trained me for. I get a blessing every time I sit down at the piano to play. My church family is thankful for me and I just absolutely love my job.

Dream a little dream, say a little prayer and keep the faith. God heard your prayer the first time you uttered it. Things will work out just fine…….IN HIS TIME! Hold on child, God’s got this!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, so loved and so very happy, Dar

Songs of Spring

Monday 24 April 2017

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting…...For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether…...Psalm 139:23, 24, 4

This past weekend we spent some time visiting with some of our family that we don’t get to see very often and we did a lot of talking and catching up. It was a great day!

One of the things that I pray about on a regular basis is what comes out of my mouth. I ask the Lord to search me and forgive any words that I have said during the course of the day that may have caused someone hurt or something that was not in line with His word. I don’t want anything in my life to put up a wall between me and my Father.

If we are honest with ourselves we all get caught up in the moment at times and forget to watch our mouths. The difference for me is that the Holy Spirit within me either catches me before I let those unsavory things fly out our He immediately lets me know I have said something out of line when it comes flying out. It doesn’t make me feel very good, but once those words are out, I have to do a little house cleaning and searching those little corners of my heart. The sin nature still dwells within this mortal body of mine and I still make mistakes. The spiritual nature within me is working inside of me every day and if I pay attention to what the Holy Spirit has to say more than what my sin nature says, I will eventually be a PERFECT creature with a PERFECT heart……but not in this lifetime. I will continue to make mistakes and misspeak, but I don’t have to let that nature rule my mortal body. My teacher, the HOLY SPIRIT is at work teaching me my Father’s way and that is the way that I want to go despite this human nature that can never be tamed without the mighty power of Almighty God. So, as my brother Paul, I die daily to sin and say yes to God’s way!

Will I ever misspeak again? Of course, I will, but not willfully and not on purpose. I am NOT nor ever will be perfect as long as I am in this fleshly body, but I can learn to let the spiritual nature that is in me take the lead in those touchy situations in my life. He will never lead me in the wrong direction. I can’t make it one moment without my JESUS! He is my plum line!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still trying to tame my tongue, Dar

Songs of Spring

Sunday 23 April 2017

The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea than the mighty waves of the sea…. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence…. but the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge…. Psalm 93:4; 94:16, 17 &22

Many times, I have been guilty of getting myself into a dither or fretting over things that I have no control over……sound familiar? My silly brain jumps ahead and starts thinking of how bad things COULD get. My hubby always says, “you can’t keep a bird from flying over your head, but you can keep him from building a nest in your hair.” Wise words! We all have dreadful thoughts pop into our head at times and we start worrying and getting all worked up over some of the silliest things. God showed me a few years ago in the middle of our daughter’s divorce that there are many things that happen that I have NO control over. I have learned to pray a different way, “Lord, show me what I can do and then give me the strength and faith to leave the rest in YOUR capable hands.” Believe me that is NOT an easy thing to do sometimes and I still forget at times that my GOD has everything under control.

Learning to let God be God is one of those things that we just have to continue to learn. In many situations in life we have NO power to stop or change the circumstances, but praise God……our God is able to do much more than we give Him credit for. He can handle every situation that comes into our life and He also sees the BIG PICTURE of everything that will ever happen. God knows what is going on in our lives and there is NOTHING too hard for Him. We need to learn to LEAN and trust our amazing God and every time we begin to fret about things that are not in our control, we need to keep taking it back to our ROCK. Yes friends, God has a plan and HE IS STILL IN CONTROL of EVERYTHING!

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above ALL that we ask or think, according the power that worketh in us, unto HIM be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. A-men Ephesians 3:20-21

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still learning to LEAN, Dar

Songs of Spring

Saturday 22 April 2017

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy…..They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in, hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them…..The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down…..Great is our Lord, and of great power; His understanding is infinite…..Psalm 107:2, 4,5; 145:14, 146:5

Jesus came to earth for a specific reason; to do His Father’s work seeking and saving that which was lost. I am so glad that He cared that much for ME and I can say without hesitation that there isn’t a soul that He can’t reach and save. It doesn’t matter how evil you think you are, the Amazing, Saving grace of Jesus Christ can save you and change your forever! His hand is not short! Isaiah 59:1

We tend to categorize sin in to large, medium and small sins and when Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross He took ALL the sins of ALL mankind upon himself and when He left that cross, He left those all behind…. they died and He set mankind absolutely free. Jesus did not pick out specific sins, He gladly bore them ALL that we might be saved; He bridged the gap between heaven and earth on that old rugged cross…. for ALL mankind, not just a select few. The whosoever will covers us all and the ALL covers everyone! And whosoever WILL, let him take of the water of life Freely…..Revelation 22:17; For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God…..Romans 3:23

We were all born in sin and that sin within each of us had a price tag attached to it and that price was DEATH, but Jesus paid the price for our sins and the receipt reads, “PAID IN FULL.” That new life that will last for all eternity is mine for FREE! I don’t have to pay the price, Jesus has the ticket covered and it is made out to ME, all I have to do is accept this wonderful gift of salvation. That is my choice…..I choose Jesus and eternal life. You have to choose for yourself, it will cost you nothing and you will gain everything! AMEN Praise God and thank you JESUS! I once was lost, but now am found…..was blind but NOW I SEE!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM…...praising God for His wonderful gift of LOVE, Dar

Songs of Spring

Friday 21 April 2017

Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts; ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure…..Psalm 103:21

True ministers of God are called into the ministry by God Himself. I can’t even begin to explain how a man or woman knows they have been called of God to preach the gospel, but I know of many who have answered that call; I have seen their lives completely changed and I have seen men with little or no education stand behind the pulpit and preach God’s word. God’s ways are a mystery and when His call is upon your life you just know it and fighting that call will only live you miserable and wretched.

God chose preaching to reach the lost, but unfortunately there are those out there that call themselves ministers that don’t even skim the truth when they do their so-called preaching. Those are not TRUE ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, they are false prophets. When what comes out of their mouth does not line up with God’s word, they are NOT called by HIM, they are ANTI CHRIST. If you know what the WORD says they are easy to recognize.

I am so thankful to live in a part of the world where we are blessed to have an abundance of SPIRIT filled ministers, those who aren’t afraid to preach the TRUTH and not some watered down, feel good version of God’s Word. We need to be putting the truth out there, not some fairy tale. I want my gospel STRAIGHT and TRUTHFUL and I will not sit in a church where that TRUTH is not being preached, no matter how foolish someone may think it is. I need my toes stepped on every now and then. I want to continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ and I am blessed to be able to hear solid preaching every time our pastor stands behind the pulpit; guess that is why we don’t bring in huge numbers of people, but praise God we need the TRUTH and we need to be living that TRUTH every day of our lives. We need to share that TRUTH with those who haven’t heard. That is our great commission.

Pray for your pastors and remember that the words they are speaking are coming straight from the Fathers lips. Those messages are for us ALL. I take each one personally and I am so thankful that my God cares enough about me to send Godly men to preach the Gospel of TRUTH and PEACE, my shelter in this stormy world. Thank God for His ministers.

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe…..And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things…..Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men…..1 Corinthians 1:21, Romans 10:15, 1Corinthians 1:25

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, thankful for my pastor and greatly blessed of God, Dar

Songs of Spring

Thursday April 20 2017

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night, and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper……Psalm 1:1-3

We have a handful of youngsters that attend our little country church and we don’t follow a program for our service, but every Sunday without fail, one of our youngsters calls out #33 in our hymn book; I Shall Not Be Moved. Some folks would probably get tired of hearing that song, but not me; I love the message in that old song and that message comes right from THE WORD!

Sometimes we can get caught up in something that contains a half-truth and feel like we are living a pretty good life, but each and every time a new idea comes along, that one sounds really good too, so before we know it we are living a lifestyle that does NOT line up with God’s word. A tree that is rooted in ground that never receives water will eventually dry up and die. The only fertile soil, watered by the water of life is found in GOD’s HOLY WORD! Any other GOOD IDEAS that are put out there are worthless, they are like cisterns with holes in them. Jeremiah 2:13

As God’s Born Again child all of my hopes, dreams and truths are rooted and grounded in God’s Holy Word. His Word is complete and contains everything I need. THE WORD is my defense, my hope, the ONLY truth, my daily bread, and my guidebook for living. Anything contrary to God’s word is a lie, no matter how good it sounds. Without the living WORD, I would dry up and die spiritually!

I am planted in the Solid ROCK, JESUS. God’s Word is my final authority on all matters of life and like a tree that’s planted by the water of life…….I SHALL NOT be moved.

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, rooted in my Solid Rock, Dar

Songs of Spring

Wednesday 19 April 2017

The Lord is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works, all thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee…Thou openest thine hand, and satisfies the desire of every living thing…...Psalm 145:9, 10 & 16

Yesterday I spent a lot of time setting up my new computer and one of the first things that I got set up was my writing program. The old version of windows student office that I had was a bit easier to navigate than the old one, or is it that I am just not used to it yet? Either way God helped me get everything set up and ready to go so I didn’t have to miss a day of writing.

I know that there are a lot of bad things online, but when I got my first computer I prayed over it and ask God to help me use it for good and I have been able to share God’s word all over the world, received so many blessings and met some wonderful Christian brothers and sisters.

God really cares about every part of our lives, just look at nature and how much tender, loving care He put into everything that He made and He values us above all else.

God can take anything and use it for His good. He can turn a bad situation into a blessing. God works for the good of His people and no harm will come to those who put their faith and trust in Him. No matter how fierce the storm, God is in the middle of it protecting His child. Sometimes we face those storms and have to endure the wind and rain, but God will never leave us hanging in there all alone. He takes care of what belongs to Him and I belong to Him. Praise God!

When God made everything, he said, “It is very good;” what God has made He loves and takes care of and WE are the crowning glory of His creation, for we are made in His image. AMEN!

For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations…...Psalm 100:5

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, fighting the good fight, Dar

Songs of Spring

Tuesday 18 April 2017

I will hear what God the Lord will speak; for He will speak peace unto His people and to His saints; but let them not turn again to folly…..For the Lord God is a sun and shield; for the lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from the that walk uprightly….Psalm 85:8, 84:11

Sometimes the noise of life gets pretty loud and I have to find a place to get away from it all and refresh my spirit. Each of us has our own place where we go to get quiet before the Lord; mine just happens to be walking along a country road or trail with my camera. I find such peace and I enjoy my long conversations with my Father. He is always ready to hear whatever I have to say and He not only hears, but He cares.

Have you ever tried to speak to someone and their attention was all over the place? In those cases I know that they don’t have a moment for me and don’t really hear a thing I am saying, but not with my God, He is attentive to every word that comes from my mouth and it doesn’t matter how unimportant what I am saying may seem to someone, it ALL MATTERS to my God; He is truly listening and I know that He never tires of my constant prattle. My words are a joy to His ears. I can almost see him smiling and chuckling at me at times, but God loves the prayers of his saints, they are like sweet smelling incense to his nostrils.

When I am walking and talking with my God I can feel His sweet presence and such peace, all the cares pressing on me just seem to vanish away. In those times when something is really troubling me and I can’t seem to get it off of my mind, I just go to my Father everyday and He helps me work through the issue. Sometimes it may take a while, but we work through it together, then each time that issue tries to pop back up and cause me pain, I take it right back to my Father again and again! YES, my Father always has time for me. He loves me and He is there for me in EVERY situation that life can hand to me. I am so blessed and I will continue to listen to what God has to say about THAT! Praise God, praise God, I’m a child of the KING of KINGS! AMEN!

With much love and many prayers for a wonderful day, IN HIM, talking to my Father, Dar

Songs of Spring

Monday 17 April 2017

For ever, O Lord, Thy WORD is settled in heaven…..Psalm 119:89

Yesterday we celebrated our Risen Savior facing the east as the sun began to rise. It was a beautiful morning and a wonderful message.

I am so glad that I am not putting my faith and trust into a dead god or one who has no ears to hear or mouth to speak. Without the resurrection of Jesus all hope would be gone. All the years of our life would be lived in vain. Just to live and die and lie in a dark old grave for all eternity!!!!! What purpose would that kind of life even have? If I did not have the promise of resurrection after this life was over with I would be sooooo very miserable.

If THIS life was all I had I would be a wretched old gal, but I don’t even have to worry about all of that STUFF because I know who I believe in. My God has ears that are always open to hear my cry, He speaks to my soul through His mighty word and I count on the truths that were penned by spirit filled men a long time ago. What God says stands forever; I can count the WORD to lead me in the right direction, because those words that were written a long time ago never grow old, they are the same FOREVER, because my God never changes.

Sometimes I get tired of the way that things are on this earth and as I said……if this life was ALL that I had I would certainly be miserable and wretched, but PRAISE GOD my King is ALIVE and sitting at the right hand of my Father in heaven. He is close by and watchful. I have a better place to go when this life is over with and I am so thankful to my Jesus for coming and paving the way for me. I take that very personally, because Jesus died for the sins of ALL mankind, not just a chosen few…..He came to save that which was lost and the price that He paid on the cross still stands and His gift of life is STILL available to whosoever will! Praise God, His word is settled in heaven and it stands FOREVER! AMEN!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, saved, satisfied and settled, Dar

Midnight Cry

The message has gone out across the land......today we celebrate our RISEN Savior, but there is a day coming when time will be no more and the Midnight cry will resound through out the world......will you be ready?

At midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him…..Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed……Matthew 25:6, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

There is coming a day as surely as I am sitting here writing this. I have searched the scriptures and I cannot begin to give you all of the references to HIS coming, but this world WILL come to an end and there is a stirring in my soul and a feeling in the air that this time is not far away. I feel that it is time for God’s people to WAKE UP, GET UP and GET BUSY! There are a lot of folks out there and some right next door to us, that need to hear the GOOD NEWS. As we are enjoying the pleasures and peace of knowing Jesus, there are many out there living from day to day who have no hope and are searching for answers. I know I fall short and I am sure there is more that I can be doing as God’s witness, but in this day and age we are so busy with our own troubles and living our lives that we forget about those who are facing an eternity in Hell. I don’t really think we take it seriously enough. While we fuss and fight among ourselves the lost are missing out! There is a cry going up one of these days and that cry will be the final cry……God will tell His Son, Jesus, it is enough……go get my children. When that cry goes out, time will end and those that are saved will go to be with the Lord forever and those that are lost will be lost forever. That will be the end…..there won’t be any other chances. All things will be final on that day! No more drawing of the Holy Spirit, no more souls being saved.

As we see this day approaching we have a great responsibility to be spreading the word and letting people know the truth. The only way I know to do that is to be a living witness, to live my life according to God’s word and to never be ashamed to stand for that WORD, even if it separates me from some people that I truly Love! Sometimes the TRUTH hurts, but this world needs that TRUTH and they need it now. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this world is headed for an end. My Bible tells me there will be an end and God’s Word even lays out the circumstances surrounding this end. Open the BOOK and read it for yourself. All signs point to HIS coming…..listen and be ready for The Midnight Cry.

But of that day an hour knoweth NO MAN, no, not the Angels of heaven, but my Father ONLY……But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer…..Watch ye therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come…..Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping, and what I say unto you I say unto all, WATCH…..Matthew 24:36, 1 Peter 4:7, Matthew:24:42 & Mark 36-37

Love, prayers and blessing, IN HIM, watching and waiting and praying, Dar

The Midnight Cry

I hear the sound of a might rushing wind
And it’s closer now than it’s ever been;
I can almost hear the trumpet
As Gabriel sounds the call…..
At the Midnight Cry……we’ll be going home

I look around me, I see prophecies fulfilling
And the signs of the times they’re appearing everywhere;
I can almost hear the Father saying……SON go get your Children;
At the midnight cry……the Bride of Christ will rise.

When Jesus steps out on a cloud to call His Children,
The dead in Christ will rise to meet Him in the air;
And then those that remain will be quickly changed;
At the midnight cry……when Jesus comes again.

Songs of Spring

Saturday 14 April 2017

My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever…...I have been young and now I am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread……Psalm 73:26, 37:25

Ever since I was a youngster I have just loved older people. We used to walk up and down our old gravel road visiting with the old folks. We called one of our neighbors Aunt Nancy, because you never called an older person by their first name. We would go sing for her and her bedridden husband, sometimes she would give us a piece of very old candy, but we always enjoyed our visits with Aunt Nancy. What blessing to know someone who had lived as long as she had.

I just have to smile these days when I am talking to someone older than myself and they tell me that I am just a youngster. I will be 64 in October and no spring chick by any means of the word, but there are still many things that I can learn from my elders.

We have a very small church family, but one of our oldest members is in her 90’s. We all call her Aunt Ruby and Post Oak Church just wouldn’t be the same without her. Aunt Ruby has lost two of her own children and her spouse, but every Sunday when Aunt Ruby enters God’s house she brings joy with her; you would think she doesn’t have a care in the world; she loves to praise God and it doesn’t matter who is filling the pulpit Aunt Ruby takes every message personally. She is such a blessing. I want to be like Aunt Ruby when I grow up……HEE HEE!

There isn’t anything more wonderful than being a child of the King of Kings and He will never forsake His people. He will be faithful to me unto my death……and beyond. I am sure Aunt Ruby has her bad days, but she knows that God will never forsake her and she just keeps on loving and trusting in HIM……YES, I want to be like Aunt Ruby and live to be one of those wonderful old saints that is full of God’s love and never ceases to praise God no matter WHAT!

I have been young and now I am growing old, yet I know that my loving Father will never leave me. He will be there when I take my last breath and when I awake I will be with HIM in my heavenly home. We are truly blessed.

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM…growing older and bolder, Dar

Songs of Spring

Good Friday 14 April 2017

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him IN TRUTH…..The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants; and NONE of them that trust in Him shall be desolate…..Psalm 145:18, 34:22

It is a beautiful day that the Lord has made. I am writing this as I wait for the sun to rise and listen to the beautiful sounds of birds singing out my kitchen window.

Today my mind goes back to a time that I wasn’t even around, yet I can see it with great clarity of spirit as I read this account in God’s Word and my heart leaps with joy as I think about God’s wonderful gift of salvation for all mankind. I am one of the redeemed, the beloved; the whosoever will! This gift was given for the salvation of my soul and it was given freely; I didn’t have to pay for it, but there was one who paid for me and He paid in blood…..that was my Jesus.

When Eve took that first bite of forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, sin entered into man and there was a price to be paid. For many years God’s people offered blood sacrifices to make atonement for their sins, but this system didn’t work, so God made another way; He sent the very best of heaven, His Son, Jesus Christ to earth in human flesh. He came to save that which was lost and the He freely offered himself up as our Blood sacrifice and died a cruel death on a cross. He paid my sin debt and bore the nails through his hands and feet so that I could become part of the family of God. The only action I had to take was accepting this wonderful free gift of salvation. I don’t think I would turn down something free and pay for it myself. I couldn’t even begin to buy what Jesus freely gave. His sacrifice for the sins of the world is priceless, yet free for you and I; all we have to do is accept this wonderful FREE gift…..it is all paid for in the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Will you accept this gift that was bought just for you? I can’t imagine why not!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, enjoying all that knowing my RISEN SAVIOR brings. Joy. Peace and eternal life when this old body is worn out, Dar

Songs of Spring

Thursday 13 April 2017

This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it…..The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace…..Psalm 118:24, 29:11

It is another beautiful day of life that God has blessed me with. It is still dark outside and I can’t even begin to imagine what God has in store for me today, but I trust Him.

Some days I get up in a good mood and before the day is over with I have heard so much bad news that my spirits just start to sink. I can’t help the way that I feel because God created me, a human just full of emotional highs and lows. Even in the middle of a bad day or even a bad week, I can rejoice in the fact that my GOD is always on the throne and fully in charge. I can find peace amidst the bad days because my peace is not about always feeling happy and joyful, my peace is a peace of the soul that God has given me and no man or circumstance can steal it from me.

God does not expect His people to live on a mountain top or ride the roller-coaster forever. There are many ups and downs in life, but when the roller-coaster ride is over with it is time to step off of the ride and head for the valley for a while and let God’s peace cover your soul. Some folks don’t know when to exit the ride and their life is nothing but ups and downs, you never know what their mood will be from day to day and I often wonder if they EVER just let God’s presence give them a break from their roller-coaster ride.

Each day that we live on this earth is a NEW DAY and if we begin that day praising God and being thankful to be alive, then maybe we could experience that PEACE that passes all human understanding. We need to learn to let God guide us over the bumps into His PERFECT peace. He is ABLE and you are HIS child……never forget who you belong to……and quit fretting all of the time.

God does not expect His people to live on a mountain top or ride the roller-coaster forever. There are many ups and downs in life, but when the roller-coaster ride is over with it is time to step off of the ride and head for the valley for a while and let God’s peace cover your soul. Some folks don’t know when to exit the ride and their life is nothing but ups and downs, you never know what their mood will be from day to day and I often wonder if they EVER just let God’s presence give them a break from their roller-coaster ride.

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, always learning to lean, Dar

Songs of Spring

Wednesday 12 April 2017

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thristeth for God, for the living God…..For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness…..Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 107:9

There are days when I just want to go home, when things start closing in on me and I just want to run and hide away from it all, but I know who my trust and faith are in so instead I run to Jesus! Yes when I think of my home that is waiting for me I get a longing to go there and just get away from all of the cares of this life and just be where my Savior is, so I can look upon His precious face and worship at His feet. This spirit within me gets restless and wants to be with my heavenly family; that is where I belong! Yup, sometimes I get a hankerin’ for heaven, but I also know that God will call me when He is ready for me to come home and then NOTHING in this world will prevent me from answering Him. In the meantime, I will still long for my heavenly home, but I can’t live in the moment before it arrives, I have a job to do here, I have a place in God’s army and it is my job for as long as I am here in THIS place to fight the good fight and be a light to those who are searching for the TRUTH and I want to continue sharing that truth. I try to present God’s word in a gentle, loving manner, but if you are looking for a watered down, sugar coated, half-truth, you will not find it here. As a child of God it is my duty to share TRUTH, not something to tickle the itching ears. I am a tender hearted lady and it would hurt me to think that I unduly hurt someone else. I try to be kind and gentle to all people, but when it comes to God’s word the truth is ALL that I am concerned about. I write what the Holy Spirit gives to me and once it is penned I don’t change the message. It is my responsibility and YOURS as God’s people to be spreading the TRUTHS and promises laid out in THE WORD and not some rewritten fairy tale to make everyone happy. My love for God and His Holy Scriptures will not allow me to do any differently. I am compelled to share THE WHOLE TRUTH even when it stings sometimes. God’s word is our guidebook for living and if we don’t follow it to the letter, then we may miss that last turn that leads into heaven.

I don’t plan to miss out on the joys of heaven, I am looking forward to going there and living for an eternity, but in the meantime……I WILL continue to speak THE TRUTH and that TRUTH is GOD’s WORD in total!

With much love and prayers, always, IN HIM, spreading HIS TRUTH until He calls me home, Dar

Songs of Spring

Tuesday 11 April 2017

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; to the end that my glory may sing praise unto thee, and NOT be silent, O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever….. Whom have I in heaven but thee: and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee…..For thou art my hope, O Lord God; thou art my trust from my youth…..My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips…..Psalm 30:11-12, 73:25, 71:5, 89:94

For anyone who has ever met me they will know this one thing about me, I love to chat. I used to be a very quiet little girl and I was afraid of my own shadow, my confidence level was very low and I never felt like I had much to offer anyone. Many things had happened to me as a youngster that left me with a very low self esteem; then one day I met someone who loved me just as I was and He changed my life in ways that I can’t even begin to describe. This change didn’t happen overnight. I had to get acquainted with ME, not just the new me, but I had to look into my mirror and really see who I was. There were some things that I had to learn about life and my new teacher showed me things about ME that I hadn’t ever been shown before. I was made to see that my life has great value and that this broken vessel was not useless when placed in the Father’s loving hands. Jesus began a work in my heart the day that I met Him and He changed EVERYTHING about my life. He brought a young man into my life that is the Love of my life and when he looked at me he didn’t see a poor ole, skinny girl wearing hand me downs, he saw a young woman with an inner beauty that shined. He saw Jesus in me and God had been doing a work in his life as well. The moment I met my Bill I knew he was a special young man and that God had sent him to me. We met for the first time at Harmony (Hog Creek) church at a Christmas play…..that was 21 Dec. 1968 and my Honey has been everything that I need. He is my best friend, my spiritual partner and my loving husband. God stepped in and changed EVERYTHING in my life.

Now if you meet me you will not meet a shy lady, you will meet a lady that LOVES to talk and just mention the name JESUS and I could talk to you about HIM all day long. I can tell you PLENTY of things about my Savior. He SAVED me and He gave me something worth living for. I am not the same, that old shy, abused; scared young lady has been dead for a very long time. In JESUS ALL things have become new and HE has turned my mourning into dancing and I will NEVER quit talking about HIM. AMEN!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, forever and ever, Dar

Songs of Spring

Monday 10 April 2017

O Lord, though hast searched me, and known me, Thou knowest my downsittings and mine uprisings, Thou understandest me afar off, Thou compassest my path and my lying down and art acquainted with ALL my ways, for there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it all together. Thou hast set me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me, such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, and I cannot attain it. Whiter shall I go from thy spirit? Or whether I shall flee from Thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, THOU ART THERE, If I take wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost part of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me, yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee; but the night shineth as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to Thee, for thou hast possessed my reins; thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Thy works; and THAT my soul KNOWETH right well….Psalm 139:1-14

Where do I go to find comfort in times of trial or when something is troubling me? Where do I find my answers for things I don’t understand? Who is lifter up of my head and who dries my tears and puts a smile on my face? What do I do when I have been rejected by those around me and it seems like I am standing all alone? I run to the one who knows my heart, the one who is able to help me, the one who applies balm to my wounds and dries my tears. I go to my ROCK of AGES, the only one who truly knows me; I go to JESUS. His arms of mercy are always outstretched in my direction no matter what I am going through. The presence of the Holy Spirit is always with me no matter where I go or what I am doing. I am never lost because my Father always knows just where I am and His protecting hand is always ready to help me.

There are many people that I have encountered over my lifetime that have helped me along my journey toward heaven, but those are not the ones that I have put my faith and trust in. My faith is in God and God alone…..He will NEVER disappoint or let me down. Trust me……putting someone in this fleshly shell up on a pedestal will only bring heartache and disappointment. I am so very thankful for the Godly men and women I God has placed in my life and I know that God sent them to be a help to me. I have had some wonderful teachers and mentors, but my faith was not in those precious folks, my faith was in the one who guided their lives and they taught me where to place all of my hope and trust……I am human and I live in this fleshly body; watch me long enough and I will make a mistake and disappoint you. Keep your eyes on Jesus. He knows where you are at ALL TIMES and he loves you so very much. Never forget who you belong to, who knows everything about you and loves you beyond what you can even imagine! Only God TRULY knows Darlene!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, continuing to learn and grow by my Father’s STRONG HAND, Dar

Songs of Spring

Sunday 9 April 2017

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise…..I.will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works, I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to Thy name O thou most High……O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth…..Psalm 57:7, 9:1-2 8:9

It is a beautiful Sunday morning and the Revell household is up preparing for church. My honey will sit in his easy chair with a cup of coffee preparing a short little Sunday school message and I will take some time to work on some music before we head out to church. Our whole day is set aside for worship and resting. A long time ago we set Sunday aside as God’s day and we choose to honor that day whether it is historically correct or not.

As time passes and we can clearly see this happening as God’s word tells us, we are in the middle of a great falling away from Biblical standards. Many who call themselves God’s people don’t ever darken the doors of a church building and many more attend when they can find time in their busy schedule to attend. A lot of little country churches have a faithful few, but the most of them are not growing in number. Others just don’t see the importance of going to a building to worship.

Many years ago I made the decision to serve the Lord and being in His house is just part of that for me. There is just something so special about meeting with other born again Christians and worshipping our precious Savior. Those hugs that I receive when I enter that building give me joy and strength along my journey and I know that my little church family has my back. I know that they care for me and that they pray for me. I love being with God’s people with our voices raised in worship and hearing God’s word STILL being preached in spirit and in truth. God has planted me where I am for a reason and He has given me a work to do. There are no perfect churches, because there are no perfect people, we can be in perfect unity because of God’s spirit present in our midst. Attending worship in God’s house is something I feel compelled to do. There is power in numbers, even if it is only two or three. Could I worship at home? Certainly, I can worship anywhere and I do often, but gathering together in one mind and one accord in the precious STRONG name of Jesus Christ can accomplish much. Where two or three are gathered in the name of JESUS, The SPIRIT of God is present!

If you don’t attend church because someone has hurt your feelings, then maybe you need to reevaluate why you were there in the first place. Attending church in a building has nothing to do with the building, but it better have EVERTHING to do with JESUS, without Him……there is NO Church……God’s people ARE THE CHURCH. Go to church, pray before you go and ask God to be present. Take that Holy Spirit with you and just worship our Holy God, HE IS SO VERY WORTHY! He has a message just for you today……will you listen?

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, drinking in all He has for me today, Dar

Songs of Spring

Saturday 8 April 2017

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple…..He sent redemption unto His people; He hath commanded His covenant forever; holy and reverend is His name……Psalm 27:4. 111:9

In Isaiah 6:1-5 Isaiah had a vision that really put things into perspective for him and he was greatly humbled by the encounter. Isaiah saw the Lord in all of His glory and words could not fully describe what his eyes beheld. The beauty of God’s holiness was overwhelming!

This scripture sends goose bumps up my arms every time that I read it. We little lumps of clay cannot truly even begin to imagine how great our God is. Our human eyes are not worthy to even look upon Him.

Everything we know comes from a fleshly perspective and the only bit of holiness that we possess comes from God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in the hearts of His people. We don’t even know what HOLY really is. The small glimpse into the throne room as described by Isaiah doesn’t even begin to cover our Glorious, Holy Father.

I often hear people talking about all of the things they want to ask of God when we reach heaven; so many questions that we don’t have the answers to! When we stand before our mighty God and look upon His Glory for the first time, I believe we will be totally tongue tied by His beauty and all of those mundane questions will be totally forgotten. One look on His face and all of those old things will flee away and won’t matter anymore. All of our worries, wounds, questions and problems will dissolve with one look into the eyes of our Savior and all tears will be dried FOREVER! This would and all of the former things will be no more, all things will become BRAND NEW!

What will happen when we reach Heaven????? All we can do is imagine, but our imagination can’t begin to cover the Glory of our God and the heaven that He has prepared for those covered by the Blood of the Lamb. My human brain would SHORT OUT before it even began to get to the good stuff, but my NEW HEAVENLY body will stand in the MIGHTY presence of my HOLY Father and then…….who knows, but I am ready to find out……are you READY?????

And the Spirit and the bride say, COME, and let him that heareth say, COME, , and let him that is athirst COME, and WHOSEVER WILL, let him take the water of life FREELY……Revelation 22:17

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM……watching and waiting, SOON! Dar

Songs of Spring

Friday 7 April 2017

Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now have I kept thy word…..It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes…..Unless thy law had been my delights, I should have perished in mine affliction…..Psalm 119:71, 67,92

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles…..Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all…..the Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants; and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate. For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto Him, He heard…..Psalm 34:17, 19, 22, 22:24

It is hard for us to understand why God allows bad things to happen to good people, but God can take bad situations and use it for our good. God knows and sees the path that lies ahead of us and the things that He allows whether good or bad are experiences that shape our lives in ways that we can’t begin to know.

When my dad was only 48 he ended up being bed ridden and couldn’t do anything for himself. He had a progressive type of MS and it took his life a few months later. When I started having problems in my mid thirties needless to say, all I could think about was my dad lying in bed helpless; of course I was pretty scared. I helped take care of my Dad and watched him slipping away day by day. My dad was a new Christian and during this time God gave me a promise from the lips of my dying Daddy that still brings tears to my eyes today……as my Dad lay in bed unable to utter a word, from His lips came these beautiful words of comfort……In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were NOT so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, ye may be also……John 14:2-3

God has healed me many times over the years, but the one thing that I have that He hasn’t healed me of is the MS. I can clearly hear His answer to me as I have prayed for Him to take this disease from me……My GRACE is SUFFICIENT for thee; for MY STRENGTH is made PERFECT in weakness…….MOST GLADLY therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the Power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 I have had some really hard times over the years and I have shed many tears of frustration and disappointment because of my illness, but each and every time God has brought me out of it. He has shown me His FAITHFULLNESS and given me a witness that I can share with others who are facing some of the same issues. I don’t fret when things get bad; I just keep on trusting in my precious Father, even though I have this aggravating, frustrating, painful disease. I KNOW God is working things for my good. Praise God, Praise God……I’m a Child of the KING of KINGS and I am blessed.

At times I have used a cane, walker and an Electric cart to get around, but God is all these things wrapped into one. Whatever I need…..HE supplies. He IS my EVERYTHING and I shall not be greatly moved.

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM……holding on to my High Tower!

Songs of Spring

Thursday 6 April 2017

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not see the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread…..the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: He is their strength in time of trouble…..This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles…..The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants; and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate…..Psalm 37:25, 39, 34:6, 22

I am so very thankful for God’s saving grace. I can still remember when and where I was when I accepted Jesus into my heart. We met at an old fashioned alter in a little backwater country church. I was 12 years old and my little heart was ripe and ready! I am glad that we met there, but it doesn’t always happen that way. God will meet us wherever and whenever our heart is ripe for the picking. It doesn’t have to be in a church building or kneeling at an alter. God’s timing is not our timing and when the Holy Spirit is calling that is when we need to make our move toward God. God’s spirit is gentle and when He calls there is no doubt that it is Him calling. I have watched folks squirm and fight that calling and not answering the gentle coaxing of His holy spirit can bring with it some real misery. There is a time and a place appointed to each of us when God calls and He may call more than one time, but when that call goes unheeded over and over again God’s call becomes dimmer and dimmer to that individual.

I was a very young girl when I first answered God’s call and there have been times I have taken a few side roads and gotten myself into some messes along the way, but God’s gentle Holy Spirit nudged me and got me back on the right path. I have learned some important lessons on my journey of life. Now I am growing older and I have gained some wisdom through the years. I have learned to make God #1 in my life, above all others. My relationship with Him is most important to me and I want to do all I can to please my precious Father. I will continue to make silly mistakes, but He is always there for me and I know that as I continue to grow older His presence in my life, that light of my life, will never grow dim. He will NEVER forsake me and He is able to meet all of my needs. I can count on God and I will NEVER be ashamed to let folks know who I belong to! He is my guide and King unto death……..and BEYOND!

Jesus, O, Jesus without Him, how lost I would be!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, forever and ever and not even death can part me and my Savior, Dar

Songs of Spring

Wednesday 5 April 2017

How sweet are Thy words unto my taste! Yea sweeter than honey to my mouth…..Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path….thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Thy word…..Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right and I hate every false way……Thy Word is very pure; therefore thy servant loveth it…..I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil….Psalm 119:103,105,114,128,140,162

When I asked the Lord into my heart something inside of me began to change. The things that I craved before began to lose their importance to me. Through the years of serving my Savior His word has become sweeter and sweeter to. I used to read a lot of books, but now my soul craves His Word and I can’t even get interested in a novel anymore. Every good and perfect thing is contained in God’s word. Everything I need to live a full and happy life I can find upon its pages. God’s word is embedded into my heart and the more I read and study it the more I want. I am greedy when it comes to THE WORD, I just can’t get enough of those sweet, precious words of life. I know that God’s word is truth and that I can’t ever go wrong following His ways. His ways are the way of life. His promises are true and His Word is my bread of life and keeps me walking in the right direction. I am so glad to be a child of the King though I am not perfect and still make silly mistakes, but my Father knows me and His Holy Spirit guides me and keeps me on track. I need God’s word every day. I need to communicate with my Father, He is my LIFE and every good thing that I have He has provided for me.

It is a privilege to be able to freely own and read God’s word. We the people just don’t realize how very blessed we are to live in a country where having the precious written Word of God is not against the laws of the land and we are not in constant fear of our lives for mentioning His name. We should NEVER let our guard down and forget how very blessed we are. God’s word is a precious treasure and we should drink up its words and live them, then we will not be deceived when someone tries to teach us another way. Without God’s word all hope would be lost. God’s Word is the ONLY TRUTH and O, so very sweet to the soul of God’s Child. AMEN!

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, enjoying God’s precious word, Dar

Songs of Spring

Tuesday 4 April 2017

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens…..the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night sheweth knowledge, there is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard….When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that Thou visitest him? Psalm 8:1, 19:1-3, 8:3-4

Most of you know that I love taking nature photos. Some of my best times are spent out walking, taking photos and talking to my Savior. God’s wonderful creations never cease to amaze me. He has put so much detail into some of the tiniest of His creations. I find great peace in the middle of a wooded area where all is quiet and I can speak to Him as I would a trusted friend. Those times alone with Him are where I find peace in this crazy mixed up world.

I often wonder how ANYONE can look at all of the beauties of nature that surround us and NOT KNOW that there is a God who made it all with His hands. Mankind is just a small part of the wonders of God’s creation, yet he honored us puny lumps of clay and placed us as caretakers over all of His marvelous creation. WOW, what an honor and a blessing! Of everything that God made we are the most precious because we are made in His likeness and we move and breathe because of Him! Without God we would still be the dust on someone’s shoes. Kinda puts things into perspective doesn’t it? Our God is mighty and everything we see was made by Him and NOTHING is impossible when God is orchestrating it.

Yesterday was a dark, stormy, rainy day, but when rain ended God painted a beautiful rainbow in the Eastern sky to end our day. That is how my God works. When I got up in the middle of the night I looked out the window and enjoyed a bright, star studded sky! As I sit her writing the sun is shining, I am at peace and the God of all creation is watching over all that He has made. My God is on the throne and He loves me so very much. I am truly blessed!

O Lord, OUR LORD, how EXCELLENT is THY name in ALL the earth!

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, just enjoying another precious day of life that God has granted to His little lump of clay, Dar

Songs of Spring

Monday 3 April 2017

I laid me down and slept; I awakened; for the Lord sustained me….Psalm 3:5 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety…..Psalm 4:8 My voice shalt thou thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up……Psalm 5:3

It is another beautiful day of life that the Lord has given me and I am thankful to be alive. Some nights I don’t sleep through the night and a few years ago that got so bad for me that I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been sleeping with a C-pap for a long time now. Most of the time I am up quite often because I am a water drinker and every now and then I get in quite a bit for pain from my M.S., other times I just have a restless night and can’t really figure out why I am laying awake.

I can’t lay down at night without praying before I go to sleep and each and every night I place the cares of life, my family and friends and myself into God’s capable hands. I know that they are in good hands and I can generally drift off to sleep without much trouble, but every now and then on those restless nights I lay very still and just let God lay someone in need of prayer on my heart. In the middle of the night or in the wee hours of the morning when all is still and we are quieted down for a change God can finally get our attention and He asks us to pray or just be still and listen. 

There without the din of life drowning out His voice we can answer His call to pray!

I am so thankful that God knows EXACTLY what I need and I am sure that some nights when I am struggling to find my rest God lays me on someone’s heart and asks them to pray for me. What a privilege to be a Child of the King!

Sending prayers and love your way today, IN HIM resting and praying, Dar

Songs of Spring

Sunday 2 April 2017

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children to such as keep his covenant and to those that remember His commandments to do them…..For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him, as far as the east if from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us…..Psalm 103:17-18, 11-12

God is good, God is love and God’s mercy has no end. These are all true statements about our loving Heavenly Father and He would do anything for His children and when He forgives our sins they are remembered no more. I love to sing about my wonderful, loving Father and give Him my praise for He is worthy of all our praise. Yes we serve a mighty, powerful, tender loving God. Folks just love it when you talk about God’s love and Amazing grace, we just love to hear about all those soft, fluffy things, but our Heavenly Father is also the Great I AM and He is HOLY and JUST! Not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter into heaven…. Matthew 7:21-23.

It isn’t out of place to praise God, by all means we need to be praising and thanking God, but when we put that above all else and leave out the not so savory parts we are putting folks in harm’s way. The ENTIRE message of the gospel needs to be being taught and preached in our churches. Music and worship are beautiful, but we need the MIGHTY WORD of God, we need to know what the Bible says from cover to cover. We don’t like to hear about Hell and damnation, eternal punishment and all those unsavory words, but that my friends is what awaits those not covered by the Blood of the Lamb of Jesus Christ. There are no levels in heaven as some believe where the best people go to the upper heaven and those that are not so bad to the middle and then those ornery critters go to the lower heaven. That is just not Biblical. Not everyone will make it to heaven because there is ONE door and ONE way…….no back doors. If Jesus Christ is NOT your king and you have not been born again and covered by His precious blood…….you WILL not see heaven and you WILL spend an eternity of torment in Hell. Not what some of you wanted to hear, I know…..but that is why we call this site…..Truth Be Told! We need to be sounding the alarm and telling folks the truth. Yes, my Great I AM is loving and merciful and His grace extends to all, but you can’t just read the BOOK and pick out the fuzzy parts. God’s word is truth and the truth will set you free, but you have to live it ALL. You can’t just pick out the parts you like!

I know this message will be hard for some to swallow, but if you call yourself God’s child you can’t just do whatever you want. There is a Hell to be shunned and a Heaven to enjoy for those who do the will of the Father……not everyone goes to heaven……that is just a fact…..Therein comes the Fear of the Lord. Respect, love, reverence, praise and last but not least OBEDIENCE! God does expect something from you! He sent His very Best to set you free! Jesus Christ is the way to Heaven……the ONLY way! Do you know HIM?

With much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still learning His ways, Dar

Songs of Spring

I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved……Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore…..Psalm 16:8& 11

This year I will turn 64 and as I look back over my life I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. When I take a look back on the path that I have traveled I can see many twists and turns, bumps, hills and valleys. The road I have walked has not always been a smooth one. I have encountered roadblocks that have made me stop, take another look and change my direction. I have stumbled and sometimes fallen from unseen things that have risen up in front of me unexpectedly. I have been misused, abused, hated, abandoned, disappointed, experienced hardships, lost loved ones, suffered illness…etc….you get the picture. The snapshot of my life so far has not been without its ups and downs and I am positive that until I reach the end of my journey in this life I will come up against many more obstructions along the way.

I you read the story of my life I am sure you could find yourself in my place many times. Life has a way of handing us rotten apples when we are expecting something much better. My life has left me wounded and scarred, but I have also experienced much joy and happiness. Some of the happiest times of my life have been in lean times when all I had was the love of family and friends. I call that being pretty rich, don’t you?

My life hasn’t been about how much money I had or filled with stories of fancy homes and possessions, but I have one treasure, one priceless treasure stored where no man can break in and steal it. My treasure is not in the wealth of earthly possessions, my treasure is a treasure of the heart and soul, that treasure that is precious to me beyond all else is JESUS CHRIST! Without His constant presence in my life I would have fallen apart MANY times throughout the years. The peace and joy and amazing grace that He has imparted to me has made all the difference in my life’s journey and I couldn’t even being to imagine walking one step ahead without Him. I am looking AHEAD, because what is behind me is past and I just know that God has good things in store for me even if I am getting a little old. I know that He will continue to pick me up when I fall and apply the balm to my wounds. Yes my life is not perfect, but it is precious because I know who I belong to and I know who is leading my steps. Thank you, JESUS!

Much love and many prayers, always in Him, eternally His, Dar

The 11th Commandment

A new commandment I give unto you, that ye LOVE ONE ANOTHER; as I have LOVED YOU, that ye also LOVE one ANOTHER…….By THIS shall all men know that ye are my DISCIPLES, if ye have LOVE one for another…..John 13:34-35

Just about everyone is familiar with the 10 commandments that God delivered to Moses in the book of Exodus chapter 20, but just before Jesus went to the cross he gave us a new commandment to Love one another as HE loves us.

You will also notice that He gave us this commandment to his disciples before he gave them the great commission to go into all the world and spread the gospel. Hmmmmmm…….I did a lot of thinking about that and I feel that Jesus knew that the work could not be done if the folks doing the work couldn’t even learn to love one another. Do you follow me?

First of all……for us to learn just to love each other the way that Jesus loves us seems to be an insurmountable task. We just aren’t built that way!!!!! Hard to say, but true. We cannot naturally love one another the way that Jesus loves us. This commandment is one of the hardest to obey, because this commandment does not come naturally. In order to obey the 11th commandment we have to put ourselves into God’s hands every day and we have to learn to love this way through the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We are not able to love this way on our own. We just can’t do it without Jesus!

Do you truly love ME that way that Jesus does? WOW! Jesus’ love is perfect, unconditional love and THAT my friends is the kind of love He wants us to have for one another. Can you just imagine the work we could get done if we loved the way that He meant for us to love?

Jesus also repeats this commandment in John 15:12, then also follows up in verse 13 with……Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. WOW, would you freely give your own life for a Christian Brother or sister? One that you hardly even know or maybe one you don’t know? You are probably saying, YES, but when that moment came could you actually give your life for a stranger; something to think about! If we can’t even love the members of God’s family, the ones that we know, how can we love those that we don’t know that are also a part of God’s family? I haven’t ever laid my eyes on Jesus, yet I love Him so very much and I am learning to love His people from all walks of life, but His love is not perfected in every part of my life and I know there is work to be done, so I have to give that part of my life to Him every day and let Him do the work in my heart so that I am able to obey the 11th commandment, the last one that Jesus gave to us before He stretched out His arms and died for all mankind! I think it may be the most important commandment and I just wonder how well we as His children do at obeying it. I know I certainly fall short. Only you know how you stand. Do you love me like Jesus does?

Finally, be ye ALL of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as BRETHREN, be pitiful, be courteous…….1 Peter 3:8

Much love and many prayers, IN HIM, still learning to love like Jesus, Dar

The Breath of God

Genesis 2:7….And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the BREATH of LIFE; and man became a living soul…

Have you ever imagined what you would be if God hadn’t breathed His Breath of Life into your lifeless body? You would just be a neatly formed pile of dust. Without the Breath of Life there wouldn’t be any life, not in us or anything else that exists. God made everything and then HE gave it life with His own breath. He IS the reason that I live.

Wanted to share some scriptures from His WORD about the Breath of God; I hope you enjoy them:

Acts 17:24-25…God made the world and all things therein, seeing that HE is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing HE giveth to ALL life, and BREATH, and all things

Job 12:10…In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the BREATH of all mankind

Psalm 33:6…By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the hosts of them by the BREATH of His mouth

Job 37:10…By the Breath of God frost is given

Job 41:21…His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of His mouth

2 Samuel 22:16…And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered at the rebuking of the Lord, at the Blast of the Breath of His nostrils

Exodus 15:8….And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea

Job 33:4…The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life

Job 34:14-15…If He set His heart upon man; if He gather unto Himself His spirit and His BREATH; ALL FLESH shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust

Job 4:9…By the blast of God they perish and by the breath of His nostrils are they consumed

Isaiah 30:28…and His breath, as an overflowing stream shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity

Isaiah 11:4…And with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked

That’s the God I serve. It is like I heard as a child: I brought you into this world and I can sure enough take you out. HEE HEE! Our God doesn’t work like that because He has a great love for us, but don’t be fooled; He is a powerful mighty force to be reckoned with when someone messes with His children. I sure am glad I am on His side, aren’t you?

Lamentations 3:22-23…It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not, they are new every morning; GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS……AMEN!

Love, blessings and prayers, IN HIM, full of HIS BREATH, Dar

The Gift of Emotion

Jesus wept…John 11:35 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you…John 15:11a

Have you ever had an emotional moment? Silly question, we all have emotional moments. Our emotions can sometimes be as volatile as a tornado or they can take us on a roller coaster ride.

Ever been there? Of course you have! Sometimes I don’t even understand my emotions. At a moment I should be joyful I find myself crying. Sometimes I just don’t know how to feel! I am filled with conflicting emotions all the time. I am an emotional individual.

Sometimes I am up, sometimes I am down, sometimes I am angry and sometimes I am filled with sorrow.

Emotions are a part of who we are and guess what? Jesus was filled with them because He was in the flesh while he was here on this earth and He experienced the same emotions that you and I do. The Word is filled with passages of God’s people suffering emotions. That is part of the package we receive when we are born into this world, we all come equipped with them. That is how God made us.

Can you even begin to imagine life without emotions? It would be a pretty dull world wouldn’t it? Emotions are what drive us, but sometimes we can let them get a bit out of control and that is why we need our Heavenly Father guiding us through each and every moment of every day of our lives. Through the leadership of His Holy Spirit we can learn how to tame our wild emotions.

Yes, we are creatures filled with emotions, but we get them honestly, from our Father and even our Savior experienced them when He walked this earth in the flesh. This body is very emotional and that’s just the way it is. Just don’t let those wild emotions rule your life. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide and teacher and He will teach you how to bring those wild emotions under control.

It isn’t wrong to feel emotion, praise God for it! If you feel like crying, go ahead and cry, you are made that way, just don’t cry forever. Take it to your Father, then get up, blow your nose, wipe the tears and get on about your day.

Love and many prayers, IN HIM as ever, blowing my nose, Dar

The Grass is Greener

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof…..know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? Romans 6:14 & 16

I was walking down our country road one day taking pictures when I noticed a cow stuck in the barbed wire fence. She couldn’t go forward nor could she go back. She had been trying to get the grass on the other side of the fence. I felt bad for her, but it was sort of funny at the same time. She was not a happy cow.

It got me to thinking about how fickle humans can be. We are sort of like that cow; we are never satisfied with what we have, we always want more, then when we finally get what we want, we realize that we don’t really want it after all, then we are stuck and can’t find our way out of the mess that we have gotten our self into; like the old cow, she was so intent on getting that tender blade of grass on the other side of the fence that she didn’t even think about getting stuck and not being able to get back on her side of the fence.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave. We want what we want when we want it and nothing can make us see the consequences of the getting of that thing!

God’s chosen people, the Israelites begged God for king, as if God wasn’t enough for them, so He allowed them to have one, well, if you have ever read the Old Testament you can see how many times that decision got them into real trouble. Sometimes they had good Godly kings and other times, they got stuck with some really wicked kings. They got what they asked for and had to sufferer the consequences.

We serve a Mighty God, but our God has also given us a free will, He does not force us to do His will that is our choice. The main message of the Bible is easy enough for a child to understand. God loves us with an unconditional love and does not want any to perish, but He is Holy and those who chose to follow Him have a great reward waiting when this life has ended.

Some things in this world are just not fittin’ for God’s people to be getting into, we need to be different, set apart, and our lives need to be a living testimony to all those that we come in contact with. We cannot go about doing anything we WANT; that my precious friend will get you into trouble much like the ole cow that was stuck in the fence; she eventually got unstuck, but I bet she had some wounds to show from it. Did she ever try that again? Probably, but she is a cow! :D God does not like fencesitters! Either you are for Him or you are against Him.

Have a beautiful, blessed day, Love and prayers, IN HIM, as ever, stayin’ away from those fences, Dar

What would I do Without Jesus?

I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me…..As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God….John 14:6 & Romans 14:7

I was awakened early this morning with this question tumbling around in my head: “What would I do without Jesus?” Have you ever just stopped and asked yourself that question? What would I do? The first answer that popped into my head was; I don’t know.

I couldn’t even begin to imagine my life without Him. It wouldn’t be much of a life. I would be miserable all of the time. I think a good way to answer this question is to make a list of things that He is to me and I am sure that I will miss some of them. You can make your own list…..

1. Jesus is my Savior, without His saving power in my life I would be lost and dying without hope.

2. Jesus is my friend; there are so many times when I am alone and I don’t have anyone to talk to, but He is always there for me and He doesn’t tire from my constant prattling.

3. Jesus is my Rock; there are so few constants in this world, but I know that my Jesus will always be there for me, He never changes and He will never leave me.

4. Jesus is my Mediator; anytime I have a problem I can go to Him in prayer and He takes my petition straight to the Father, I can reach him anytime and anywhere, the line is always open.

5. Jesus is my Peace; there are times when life can hand us some pretty bad situations, yet amidst these problems, in the middle of the storm, Jesus is the calm, yes He can give us peace in the middle of an un-peaceful situation.

6. Jesus is my Joy and my Strength: Anytime I am feeling down I can stop and think about all that Jesus has done for me and it brings a smile to my face and I can’t help but sing, this joy gives me strength to face each day, because I know where I have been and I can trust where He is leading.

7. Jesus is my Way; He is the only way to heaven and if I want to make heaven my home after this life is finished, then He is the way that I will get there, there is no other way, only through God’s precious Lamb. He is the Lamb of LIFE.

8. Jesus is Truth and Life; I can trust what His word says and I know that His way is the one that leads to eternal life, through Him I can have an abundant life and He makes this one here so much better.

9. Jesus is my Shelter and my burden bearer; when the storms of life get to be too much for me to handle Jesus carries my load. I know I can always go to Him in times of trouble and He alone can help me. I trust His guiding hands.

10. Jesus is…………YES, HE IS…….EVERYTHING! I couldn’t make one decision without Him, I couldn’t take one step without Him and without Him I wouldn’t be breathing. Jesus is my breath of life and I am so glad I don’t have to try to make it through the life without Him. He is with me always, everywhere I go and I know that without Him life wouldn’t be worth living. Thank God for my precious, loving, wonderful Jesus.

Love and many prayers, IN HIM, living and breathing in all of His many blessings, Dar

As we see the Day Approaching

Let us hold FAST the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised……exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching….for these be the days of vengeance, that all things that are written be fulfilled….and when these things begin to come to pass, then LOOK UP, and LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; for your redemption draweth nigh….Hebrews 10:23 &25b, Luke 21:22 & 28

Another soldier in God’s army feeling beaten and down; I have seen so many strong Christians lately getting discouraged, feeling alone and losing their joy! What in the world is going on? Are these warriors losing their faith in God? No, I don’t think so! Yes, some of God’s warriors are getting tired and they sometimes feel discouraged and alone, but these are mighty in God and they will never give up the fight!

I have a couple of people on my Face Book page that I have never met, but I can see their Love of the Lord in everything that they post; there is great faith in God in every line and they are not afraid to speak the truth of God’s word, no matter what it costs them. These warriors are not popular and have probably even been abandoned by some of their own family members; yet they continue to faithfully spread God’s Word no matter what others think. What matters is what God thinks. These are Jesus’ own words penned by Matthew and John…..For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh…..and ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake; but he that endureth to the end shall be SAVED…..if the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you…..if ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are NOT of this world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you….Matthew 10:20 & 22, John 15:18-19

There you go, straight from the lips of our precious Savior; if we stand on the truth and continue to spread that truth, we will not be popular, because we are going against satan and HIS plan and as my brother Terry would say, you are messing with his little play house and he doesn’t like that one bit. Of course when you choose God over the world, then you’d better be prepared to fight, just get your armor on and get ready. You are not fighting against things that you can see, but things that can’t be seen by the human eye. These things are spiritual, not carnal and there is no power on this earth that you can even imagine that is as powerful as the spiritual, so you’d better get ready. If you choose to serve our mighty God, then you become HIS and you belong to HIS mighty army……or you choose satan and we all know what happens to him in the end. Be prepared to get a bit bruised and discouraged at times, but hang in there; you are fighting beside the KING OF KINGS! The battle may be hard, but it is well worth it. SPEAK God’s name……Satan trembles……SPEAK God’s WORD…….and watch him flee….

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when HIS glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy….1 Peter 4:12-13

Love, prayers and many blessings, IN HIM, fighting till the end, God’s little warrior, Dar