Greatest Gifts

Greatest Gifts

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Turn up His Volume

 Well it certainly has been awhile, but I am slowly turning down the noise and getting in tune with the Lord and what is truly in my heart. One day as I was doing devotions and reflecting the one loud and clear message for me was to turn down the noise. I'm not talking the radio or tv, I am speaking about the noise in life, the appointments, the social media, texting, housework, socializing. Whatever is keeping me from just being still with the Lord and listening to Him needs to be turned way down. This pandemic has taught me a lot about that. There are so many distractions taking us away from what we really should be doing. It's taking me half my life to figure this out. I still get it wrong. I am not perfect, but I have a father in Heaven who cares more for me than anyone in this world. He will see me through my problems. He has brought me through many. And all he asks is that I be silent and still and listen to Him. He will often use gentle reminders like a storm or the wind or even an animal, when I haven't spent time with him. You can see that in older poems I have written on here. But for today's message, it is all about turning down life's noise and tuning in to the message He has for us. Take some time today and just turn it all down but turn His Volume Up!

Turn up His volume
Turn down the noise
Walk in graceful poise
For He sees and hears your heart
He hears through your thoughts and fears
 
Turn up His volume
To hear the message He has for you
To love, heal and protect you.
 
Let Him speak to the spot deep inside
where your feelings hide
He will seek them out
He is salve to the breaking heart
He is joy to the soul
 
Turn up His volume
hear the message He has for you
To love, heal and protect you.
 
Everyday, everywhere
He is there for you
Lay it all down then sit at his feet
The burdens you bare
He’ll take from you
 
So turn down the noise
And turn His volume up
Feed on His truth
Bare it all and bask in his love
Find the rest that awaits you

 

Mark 6: 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.


Thursday, December 31, 2020

My prayer for 2021

 Well 2020 certainly was not a year that I expected. It was troublesome in ways but in other ways, a blessing. I hope you have found those blessings. It was with a heavy heart I wrote this prayer but a hopeful heart at that. I look forward to a greater year in 2021. I share now with you the prayer of my heart as we bid adieu to 2020 and welcome in 2021. No matter what the circumstance you face right now, know that it will not be forever and you will overcome it. Celebrate safely, do some video and zoom, and skype chats. Have fun and may this prayer be what guides you through the next 365 days. God Bless and Happy New Year everyone!

Dear Father in Heaven this is my prayer for 2021
As we say goodbye to all the days of 2020,
And begin to turn our sights into 2021
We come to you with heavy burdened hearts
Blinded by hatred, unkindness, unbelief, and fear
Forgive us Lord.
We have lost sight of who you are and all that you have given to us.
We have become selfish, stubborn and at times ungrateful
 
Lord I pray that we leave behind the pains, bitterness, and sorrows
That plagued our hearts,
leaving us feeling empty seeking better tomorrows
 
Lord help us to leap into 2021 with renewed endurance, health, and faith
Help us to love more and learn forgiveness
Help us to judge less and correct our own weaknesses
I pray Lord that we learn to listen for you and seek your promises
Rather than those made by the world
I pray Lord that COVID 19 becomes a memory that will serve as a reminder to us
That we humans cannot do this life on our own
That we need You.
 
I pray Lord that the vaccines come fast to those who need,
and they are the right ones to put this virus to rest.
I pray that those that have made it through 2020 but still struggle with their needs, and circumstances, receive the help they need to get back on their feet.
I pray Lord that 2021 brings us closer to you.
That those of us who do already know you can be brighter beacons that shine the light
towards You for those who don’t already know you.
 
Lend us your strength Lord when we face troubles
Remind us Lord that you are in control,
You are the Rock on which we need to stand
May 2021 be the year of more faith, hope and joy.
Guide us Lord through this night into the next 365 days.
May we all start with a clean slate, with hopeful softened hearts,
Ready to receive the Blessings and gifts you have for us
Throughout the next chapter of the Book of Life.
In You we Trust,
Amen
 

Friday, December 4, 2020

Nancy's Christmas songs

 Christmas. I love Christmas. When the instructor asked us to write 5 to 7 songs about a current event, theme etc.. I jumped at the opportunity to write Christmas songs. I had some fun with a few of them. Of course I don't know how to arrange music so you'll have to make up your own tunes. Except for my 12 Days of Christmas. Enjoy and Merry Christmas. Make sure you look through all 6 songs.

Christmas Candy Land
Let’s begin with some candy cane kisses,
oh so deliciously sweet
Grab one and have a treat
 
Come take a whirl on a peppermint swirl
Over mountains of chocolatey goodness
Across rivers of sugary ice
Onto pillows of marshmallow dreams
 
OH! May, your Christmas be filled
With sweet moments in time
Simmered in love,
Coated with hope for the year to come
 
We’ll grab Mistletoe wishes
While we take a pause
To wait for Santa Claus
 
Follow me o’er fields of cookie dough
Crossing icicle topped bridges
over streams of sticky caramel
Watch as the sugary pies begin to swell
 
OH! May, your Christmas be filled
With sweet moments in time
Simmered in love,
Coated with hope for the year to come
 
Swing round on popcorn strings
And cranberry rings
And join the celebration
 
May you be filled with candy cane kisses
Be blessed with marshmallow dreams and
Mistletoe wishes
Repeat chorus as you fade out….


Nancy’s 12 Days of Christmas
(same tune as original 12 Days of Christmas)
 
On the 1st day of Christmas,
My Good Lord gave to me A Saviour for the World
 
On the 2nd Day of Christmas,
My Good Lord gave to me 2 Doves of peace
 
On the 3rd Day of Christmas,
My Good Lord gave to me 3 Wise men
 
On the 4th Day of Christmas
My Good Lord gave to me 4 Rays of hope
 
ON the 5th Day of Christmas
My Good Lord gave to me 5 ANGELS SINGING!!! (pause and repeat other verses)
 
On the 6th Day of Christmas
My Good Lord gave to me 6 Stars a Shining
 
On the 7th Day of Christmas,
My Good Lord gave to me 7 Shepherd’s watching
 
On the 8th Day of Christmas
My Good Lord gave to me 8 Nights of oil burning
 
On the 9th Day of Christmas
My Good Lord gave to me 9 Prayers of repentance
 
On the 10th Day of Christmas
My Good Lord gave to me 10 Commandments to obey
 
On the 11th Day of Christmas
My Good Lord gave to me 11 Maidens praying
 
On the 12th Day of Christmas
My Good Lord gave to me 12 Disciples teaching

 
  
A Saviour so Small Came for All
Glimmering lights bounce off falling snow
Sweet smells of spices linger so
Magic and wonder fill the air
 
A bright shining star atop the tree
Shines like the angels so long ago
That marked the place for all to see
 
They lead the way to the manger
Where the special babe lay
A gift of love given that day
 
 Christmas is near
We’ve nothing to fear
For a saviour so small came for all
 
The candy canes trimmed upon the tree
Remind me of the Shepherd’s forlorn
Who came to see the babe who was born
 
Bridge: How could a babe so precious and small
Be the one to save us all
 
I see gifts wrapped in ribbons and bows
And I think of wise men who had to go
See the glorious miracle
 
Christmas is near
We’ve nothing to fear
For a saviour so small came for all
 
These are the blessings that I come to know
As I see the flakes of the first snow
Deep in my heart I cherish them all
 
Christmas is near
We’ve nothing to fear
For a Saviour so small came for all
 

Always Room for Little One here
Outside the Inn,
Nestled in a small barren stable,
Old Ox lowed quietly into the night
Tired dog appeared “woof, I’m cold and no place to go”
 
Old Ox lowed “Come gather near
There is always room for a little one here”
“Meow” mewed the cat
“I’m cold and have no place to go”
 
Dog barked “Come gather near,
There’s always room for a little one here”
“Squeak!” called the mouse
“I’m cold and have no place to go”
 
Cat meowed “Come gather near,
There’s always room for a little one here”
Together they settled into the quiet of the night
Till, outside the stable they heard someone shout
“No, I’m sorry I’ve not any rooms” the voice rang out
 
The animals stood and began to call out
“Come gather near,
There’s always room for a little one here”
As they watched, Baby Jesus made his first cry.
 
OH, oh, there’s always room for a little one here
Little one here, little one here
There’s always room for a little one here…fade out

 
 
Mother Mary, How could it Feel?
Oh Mother Mary,
How did it feel to be the chosen one?
To carry His one and only son
and nurse him as your own?
 
You were a virgin young and unaware
When the Angel came with the message
Of the babe you were to bear
 
Insignificant you must have felt
But yet on your knees you knelt
And to the Father you did praise
For His child you were to raise
 
To travel oh so long upon the back
Of a donkey so small
Only to find there was no room at all
 
Oh Mother Mary,
How did it feel to be the chosen one?
To carry His one and only son
 and nurse him as your own?
 
The stable was the only room
To have the babe by the light of the moon
You must have been so scared
 
You are blessed far more than we can see
The chosen one of God
Is so much for us to see
 
I bless the Father for choosing
You to bring His son unto the world
In hopes of peace and everlasting joy.
 
Oh Mother Mary,
How did it feel to be the chosen one?
To carry His one and only son
 and nurse him as your own? ( repeat and fade)
 

Where’s the Magic Gone?
Writing Christmas cards brings me back
To the days of old
When Christmas magic filled every household
 
As I look out the window and see the lights on the trees
I long to have it the way it was
When love and peace spread through the air
 
Though the years have come and gone
The magic is buried by the burdens I keep
I pray it all comes back to me
 
All I want for Christmas
Is the magic that once was
To shine and fill the hearts of all
 
My heart is overwhelmed
To see the hate, and loneliness
That plagues the hearts of man
 
Where has the magic gone
Whatever have we done
To this time of peace and love
 
All I want for Christmas
Is the magic that once was
To shine and fill the hearts of all

We Have Today

 This week was a really good eye opener on how short life can be. It can be taken away in a flash. This song puts us into that perspective. We Only Have Today. In Mathew 6:34(NKJV) it says: 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

We Have Today
Broken homes and lonely people
Riots, wars, closing stores
Today’s world is a messed-up place
Things happen that we cannot erase
Sickness takes so many lives
Deadly outcomes where disease thrives
 
Burning candles at both ends
From pay to pay, the bills never end
We fret and we frown
And let life keep us down
 
Take nothing for granted
We don’t have forever
Tomorrow’s not promised
We only have today
 
Worry drives our daily lives
Workdays are no longer 9 to 5
PTA’s and dance classes
dragging our Ass…ets and credits down
 
Time for renewal and change
Reach out to those in need
Show love and do good deeds
Forgive and mend some ties
 
Take nothing for granted
We don’t have forever
Tomorrow’s not promised
We only have today.
 
Live in the moment
As though there aren’t anymore
 
Take nothing for granted
We don’t have forever
Tomorrow’s not promised
We only have today.

FAITH

Well thanks to a song writing course that I have taken, I have been able to write again! This course forced me to pull down the writer's block I was having. These are more song oriented rather than poetry. This first one is called Faith. We all need a little faith right now. It only takes the faith of a mustard seed but we all need it. In Mathew 17:20(NKJV) it says; 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your [a]unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
So how much faith do you have?

Faith

Brokenness and heartache, I know to well
In my heart they deeply dwell
Battles and struggles camp at my door
I don’t want to live like this anymore
There has to be more to life than this
 
I want to see the bigger picture
Help me to see with my eyes wide open
Help me to believe in what I cannot see
Help me to move these mountains
And trust in Your plans for me.
 
Doubt and fear hang over me like a cloud
Worry screams at me so loud
The world pulls me down
My tears leave me to drown
There has to be more to life than this.
 
I want to see the bigger picture
Help me to see with my eyes wide open
Help me to believe in what I cannot see
Help me to move these mountains
And trust in Your plans for me.
 
I’m told a mustard seed is all it takes to grow it
Help me to sow the seed
You know what I need
 
Blinded by the darkness in the world
You’ve given me the eyes to see
That you know what is best for me
Give me strength to keep my eyes
Open to the plans you have for me.
 
I want to see the bigger picture
Help me to see with my eyes wide open
Help me to believe in what I cannot see
Help me to move these mountains
And trust in Your plans for me.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Above the Storms

Here is another song, written as part of the song writing course I am taking. I will fly on the wings of my eagle, above the storms. 


Above the Storms

Monday morning rolls around

Jump out of bed with two feet on the ground

Coffee spilled, toast is burning

The end of the day I’m already yearning

 

Late for a meeting

Forget the warm office greeting

Freshen up have to look my best

Five new clients is the boss’s request

 

Chorus

Above the storms Lord carry me

On eagles wings I will fly

Over the mountains, across the sea

Riding on his wings above the storms

Lord carry me

 

Can’t forget the teacher’s meeting

Need to keep my son from failing

Speeding fast, ran the light

SMASH! Ah Man now I’m late

It’s going to be a long night

 

Can I have a re-do for today?

How did I go so wrong?

All these thoughts are dancing in my head

I don’t know what lies ahead

 

Chorus

Above the storms Lord carry me

On eagles wings I will fly

Over the mountains, across the sea

Riding on his wings above the storms

Lord carry me

 

Bridge

The future looks grim and is unknown

Through a strength that is not my own

I’ll push on above the storms

 

Above the storms (singer’s freedom here)

 

Chorus

Above the storms Lord carry me

On eagles wings I will fly

Over the mountains, across the sea

Riding on his wings above the storms

Lord carry me

 

Repeat and fade…..


Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength: They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

There Can Be No Doubt

 Well I have been taking a song writing course as an elective for a diploma I am working for. This course has been pulling me out of slump and feeding my creative juices. Albeit, it's been a struggle writing on demand but I guess I am doing alright. Here is one of my songs that I have written for that course. I'll let it explain itself.

There Can Be No Doubt

Some believe You are an ancient story

Made by man to tell our history

How can they be right

Would rather spend a lifetime seeking your truth

Than spending a thousand days in doubt

 

For it seems that where I go

You are there

A top the trees in the rustling leaves

O’er the winding hills

In the darkness and the light

I have no doubt

 

Chorus:

Keep my eyes wide open

I don’t want to miss a moment

From the first light of day

To the twinkling stars of night

Be the air that I breathe and all that I see

 

Flowing through the canvas

Are reds, yellows, and blues

Springing alive with images of you

Where then can there be doubt?

 

This ancient myth seems to be the truth

The proof is all around

From the creatures of the air

To the critters on the ground,

There can be no doubt

 

Chorus:

Keep my eyes wide open

I don’t want to miss a moment

From the first light of day

To the twinkling stars of night

Be the air that I breathe and all that I see


About Me

My photo
We all have gifts given to us by The Lord God above even before we were a glint in our parents eye. The Lord designed each one of us to have a gift. What we choose to do with the gifts he gives us is what matters. I chose to share my gift with the world. I'm not a professional. I have had no educational training in poetry writing other than basic english that they teach you in school. All my poems are inspired by God's word and the desire to have a better relationship with him. I have also been inspired by life events that God has led me to healing for. I am a mother of 2 boys trying to do my best to please the father and raise my boys to live the same way.