TWO PLANES

By Judy Lee Jenkins

In many cases when we lose a loved one, we tend to look for signs of comfort where ever we can find it.  Some people look for white feathers, butterflies, dragonflies, robins, cardinals or the like.  Many meanings of comfort have been attached to their appearance after a loved one passes.  I actually encountered most of the above when I was especially thinking of my recently departed husband.

But one day I saw something else and I put my own meaning to it.  I saw two planes fly over my husband’s grave site shortly after his death.  One plane was in the lead, the other plane though parallel to it, trailed a little behind.  As I watched the two planes fly up high over his grave, tearful thoughts came to my heart and mind and I wrote the following song:

I SAW TWO PLANES ONE BEAUTIFUL DAY,
FLY OVER THE GRAVE WHERE MY DEAR HUSBAND LAY,
ONE PLANE AHEAD, THE OTHER BEHIND,
BROUGHT TEARFUL THOUGHTS TO MY HEART AND MY MIND.

AS MY HUSBAND IS, I’VE YET TO BE,
BUT LIKE THE FIRST PLANE, HE’S AHEAD OF ME,
HE’S NOW WITH THE LORD,
BUT I MUST WAIT,
TO SEE HIM AGAIN, AT THE HEAVENLY GATES.

THE TWO PLANES IS HEAVEN REMINDED ME,
I’LL FOLLOW MY SWEETHEART TO ETERNITY,
HE’S UP AHEAD AND I’M FAR BEHIND,
BUT I’LL CATCH UP SOON,
WHEN THE LORD SAYS IT’S MY TIME.

CHORUS

LIKE THE TWO PLANES UP IN THE SKY,
I’LL FOLLOW HIS LEAD,
THEN TOO  I’LL DIE,
OH WHAT A JOYFUL DAY THAT WILL BE,
TO BE ESCORTED BY THE ANGELS INTO ETERNITY.

Repeat 2nd and 3rd verse ending with chorus

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BEAUTY FROM ASHES

By Judy Lee Jenkins

This life indeed has many storms and valleys.  We never know what God may expect us to face or endure.  It could be financial problems, weather disasters, illness, the destruction of war, or the loss of loved ones. Jesus told us that in this world there would be tribulation but he left us this promise in Isaiah 43:2

“WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE
WATERS,
I WILL BE WITH YOU,
AND WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH
THE RIVERS,
THEY WILL NOT SWEEP OVER
YOU.
WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE
FIRE,
YOU WILL NOT BE BURNED,
THE FLAMES WILL NOT SET YOU ABLAZE.”

Also in Isaiah 61:3-7 it says:

..”TO COMFORT ALL WHO MOURN,
AND PROVIDE FOR THOSE WHO
GRIEVE IN ZION–
TO BESTOW ON THEM A CROWN OF
BEAUTY
INSTEAD OF ASHES
THE OIL OF GLADNESS
INSTEAD OF MOURNING,
AND A GARMENT OF PRAISE
INSTEAD OF DESPAIR.”

These words are so comforting to me and I’m sure to everyone because we all have trials we have to endure.  The Lord however, lets us know that we never have to endure them alone.  He is there with us to strengthen us and help us through.

I heard it said once that if we don’t know the Lord, then this is as good as it gets.  However, if we know the Lord and indeed have a personal relationship with him, then we can look beyond this life into a place called Heaven.  We can have hope that one day we will be reunited with our loved ones again who also put their trust in Christ and be a part of his eternal family. That will be a wonderful day when all tears will be wiped away!!  From those thoughts, I wrote the following song:

LIFE IS FULL OF STORMS AND VALLEYS,
OFT WE FEEL WE CAN’T GO ON,
GOD GIVES COURAGE TO ENDURE THEM,
RENEWS OUR STRENGTH WHEN STRENGTH IS GONE.

WHEN WE PASS THROUGH FIRE OR WATER,
TO BE CONSUMED BY FLOOD OR FLAME,
THE LORD IS WITH US; WILL NOT FORSAKE US
AND GIVES US POWER IN HIS NAME.
(Rescues those who call upon his name)

CHORUS

GOD GIVES BEAUTY FOR OUR ASHES,
FOR HEAVY HEARTS MUCH CHEER AND PRAISE,
FOR THOSE OPPRESSED A NEW BEGINNING.
AND ASSURANCE ALL OUR DAYS.

SATAN COMES TO STEAL OUR PEACE,
WRACK UP HAVOC AND DESTROY,
BUT OUR GOD BRINGS LOVE AND COMFORT,
AND TURNS OUR MOURNING INTO JOY.

2ND VERSE

IN THIS WORLD THERE’S TRIBULATION,
TROUBLES COME WE CAN’T FLEE FROM,
BUT TAKE HEART, LET GO OF SORROW,
JESUS CAME TO OVERCOME.

WHEN WE PASS THROUGH FIRE OR WATER,
TO BE CONSUMED BY FLOOD OR FLAME,
THE LORD IS WITH US; WILL NOT FORSAKE US,
AND GIVES US POWER IN HIS NAME.

CHORUS

GOD GIVES BEAUTY FOR OUR ASHES,
AND FOR HEAVY HEARTS, MUCH CHEER AND PRAISE,
FOR THOSE OPPRESSED A NEW BEGINNING,
AND HIS ASSURANCE ALL OUR DAYS.

SATAN COME TO STEAL OUR PEACE,
WRACK UP HAVOC AND DESTROY,
BUT OUR GOD BRINGS LOVE AND COMFORT,
AND TURNS OUR MOURNING INTO JOY.
(Repeat last verse)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

By Judy Lee Jenkins

I wrote this song one year ago, hoping for a very happy and prosperous New Year but instead I received a most difficult and painful year.  It began with my husband’s illness, and continued with a harsh winter, house destruction from heavy snowfall, a flood in the basement, caved in roof and power outages, and the heartbreaking event of my husband’s passing after two strokes.

The first one occurred on Easter Sunday and the 2nd came 34 days later.  He lived only 17 days after the 2nd one and died in our home on May 3rd, 2017 under hospice care.  In his last days, I was constantly at his bedside along with hospice and health care workers.  His last wishes were to be buried on his beloved ranch that he cultivated with many trees, plants and pasture for our cattle.  He spent many hours on our ranch whether on a tractor, 4 wheeler, or even horse.

We had to wait nearly 8 months to get permission from our local government for that to happen.  He was put to rest on Nov. 17 and I was at last able to get some closure then came Thanksgiving and Christmas and I experienced my first holidays without my husband, a very tough year for me.

Perhaps it was a tough year for some of you too or maybe just the opposite.  We never know what lies ahead in our future but we know who holds our future.  God knows all our sorrows and heartbreaks.  He said that in this world there would be much tribulation but to cheer up because he had overcome the world.

We know we live in a fallen state in this life but someday when we enter the gates of heaven, all tears will be wiped away and our Lord will turn our mourning into joy.  Though we can experience joy in this life also, in the eternities with God, we will know joy ALL the time.  That is where we should invest our treasures. Jesus admonishes us to not store up things for ourselves here but things towards God because every year in heaven will be a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

If you are like me, I wondered if we would ever get through the election and make it to 2017 but here we are!!  I think we have so much to be thankful for at the beginning of this New Year.  I have hope for the first time in a long time that America will turn back to God and make America great again!!!!  In order for that to happen spiritual light must replace darkness!!  I pray for America to put their faith and trust in God once again and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  I believe that light will dispense the darkness and that comes through prayer and trust in HE who is our creator.  So this new song came out of a happy heart mixed with an old familiar New’s Year’s traditional song we all know and love.  The words are as follows:

TIME TO HIT THE RESET BUTTON,
A NEW YEAR HAS BEGUN!!
LET’S HOPE THIS NEW YEAR’S PROSPEROUS
AND FULL OF JOY AND FUN!!
LET’S RENEW OLD ACQUAINTANCES
AND MAKE A NEW FRIEND OR TWO,
AS WE LIST OUR RESOLUTIONS OF THINGS
WE HOPE TO DO.

TIME IS GETTING SHORTER
WITH EVERY PASSING DAY,
SO LET’S NOT MISS OPPORTUNITIES
THAT MAY COME OUR WAY,
LET’S CHERISH THE GOOD TIMES
WHILE WE STILL CAN,
BEFORE OUR LIFE’S HOUR GLASS
RUNS COMPLETELY OUT OF SAND.

CHORUS

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE,
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE,
WISHING YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS,
AND MUCH PROSPERITY TOO!!

2ND VERSE

AS WE START OVER AGAIN
TO BEGIN OUR LIVES ANEW,
LET’S SET GOALS EVEN HIGHER
OF THINGS WE WISH TO DO,
LET’S PUT JESUS FAR ABOVE
ALL OUR LIST OF THINGS,
AND IF WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED HIM YET
MAKE HIM OUR LORD AND OUR KING!!

CHORUS

LET’S BE THANKFUL WE’RE STILL HERE,
TO LIVE ANOTHER DAY,
AS WE SEND THE OLD YEAR OUT THE DOOR,
SWIFTLY ON ITS WAY!!

INSERT–AULD LANG SYNE

SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT,
AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND,
SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT
AND AULD LANG SYNE,
FOR AULD LANG SYNE MY DEAR,
FOR AULD LANG SYNE,
WE’LL TAKE A CUP OF KINDNESS YET
FOR AULD LANG SYNE.

CHORUS-ENDING

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE,
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE,
WISHING YOU JOY AND HAPPINESS
AND MUCH PROSPERITY TOO!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW YEAR
AND MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!!

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MISTER ARE YOU JESUS? (1)

By Judy Lee Jenkins
apples

This holiday season is indeed a challenge for me now that my husband is with the Lord.  I miss him so very much but so thankful that mourning over the loss of loved ones does not last forever.  One day our Lord will turn our mourning into joy.  The Lord himself knew that though His sacrifice would be a great day of mourning for all who love Him, he also looked ahead and knew the joy that lay before Him in saving all of us.  What a wondrous Lord!!  How thankful we should be!!

At this time I would like to post again a song I wrote based on a beautiful Christmas story of a man who emulated Christ. The story is told completely in the song I wrote.   I also would like to wish all of you who visit my website a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year.  May God richly bless you especially during this joyous season as we celebrate the birth of our beautiful Savior!!

I love to listen to Christian radio and heard a certain pastor tell a beautiful story about a salesman along with his friends who had been to a sales convention and now were anxious to get home to see their families. It was Christmas eve. and all of them were in a hurry to catch their plane when they accidentally bumped into a young girl’s fruit stand and apples flew everywhere. The story intrigued me and brought tears to my eyes as I listened intently to what happened at the end. I decided to immediately write a song about this most beautiful story. After doing so, I discovered I was not alone. A famous Christian artist put this story to music as well and his song along with a video is just so beautiful. The following is my own version: The words I put together for the story are as follows:

Narration-I HEARD A BEAUTIFUL STORY ON CHRISTIAN RADIO TODAY,
AND IN A SONG WANT TO SHARE IN MY OWN MUSICAL WAY.

SONG

A SALESMAN WITH HIS FRIENDS WERE RUSHING TO THE AIRPORT GATE,
IT WAS CHRISTMAS EVE. AND THEY DIDN’T WANT TO BE LATE,
IN THEIR HURRY, ONE KNOCKED OVER A GIRL’S FRUIT STAND,
AND APPLES TOSSED EVERY WHICH WAY, BEFORE THEY CAME TO LAND,
SCATTERED EVERYWHERE AS THEY DID LAND.

TEARS FILLED THE GIRL’S EYES, AND HE FELT HER DEEP DISTRESS,
HER STAND IN DISARRAY, NOW LAY IN SUCH A MESS,
HE WATCHED HER GROPE FOR APPLES SO HARD FOR HER TO FIND,
THAT’S WHEN HE CAME TO REALIZE THAT THE GIRL WAS BLIND!!

CHORUS

DEAR JESUS WHAT SHOULD I DO?
YOU ALWAYS TAUGHT ME TO TRUST AND FOLLOW YOU.
MY PLANE’S LEAVING NOW, THERE’S NOT A MOMENT TO DELAY,
AND I PROMISED MY FAMILY I’D BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS DAY!!

AS HIS FRIENDS HURRIED ON, A VOICE INSIDE SEEMED TO SAY,
SAVE HER LITTLE BUSINESS, PUT BACK HER FRUIT DISPLAY!!
DON’T EVEN WORRY ABOUT MISSING YOUR FLIGHT,
THE GIRL NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW FROM HER DISMAL PLIGHT,\
TRUST IN ME, YOU WILL GET HOME TONIGHT.

HE AND THE GIRL PICKED UP APPLES ONE BY ONE,
HE WOULDN’T LEAVE UNTIL THE TASK WAS DONE,
HE SORTED ALL THE BATTERED AND BRUISED IN ONE PLACE,
PAID HER FOR THE DAMAGE, WIPED THE TEARS FROM HER FACE.

CHORUS

DEAR JESUS, I’VE TRIED TO FOLLOW YOU,
AND DO WHAT YOU JUST PROMPTED ME TO DO,
MY WIFE’S MAKING CHRISTMAS DINNER,
AND THOUGH I MISSED MY FLIGHT,
I’LL TRUST IN YOU TO GET ME HOME TONIGHT.

AS HE WALKED AWAY TO BOOK ANOTHER FLIGHT,
HE HEARD FOOTSTEPS BEHIND HIM AND TO HIS WONDROUS DELIGHT,
HE TURNED AROUND TO SEE HER SMILE AS SHE HUGGED HIS LOVINGLY,
THEN ASK, “MISTER ARE YOU JESUS, ARE YOU REALLY HE?
YOU’VE BEEN SO KIND TO ME!!”

CHORUS

DEAR JESUS, THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME THE WAY,
YOU FILLED MY SOUL WITH SUCH WONDROUS JOY TODAY!!
MY WIFE’S MAKING CHRISTMAS DINNER,
AND THOUGH I MISSED MY FLIGHT–(JUST CALLED HER)
TO SAVE A PLACE AT THE TABLE FOR ME TONIGHT,
‘CAUSE I’M GOING TO MAKE IT FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER TONIGHT,
I’M GOING TO MAKE IT HOME,
YES, I’M GOING TO MAKE IT HOME,
I’M GOING TO BE WITH MY FAMILY TONIGHT!!

END–NARRATION

MY HEART BURST WITH JOY WHEN I HEARD THIS STORY TODAY,
BECAUSE THIS MAN EMULATED JESUS IN EVERY WAY!!

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ON THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL

By Judy Lee Jenkins

I hope all of my music listeners had a very wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends and now looking forward to the Christmas season and New Year holidays.  This was the first Thanksgiving for me without my husband. It was difficult for me not to have him here for this wonderful day of remembering all the things we are thankful for.  Oh how he loved to cook the turkey and make the mashed potatoes and he was good at it too!!  Those mashed potatoes had plenty of butter and cream with seasoning that always made them seem better than anyone else could make them.  No matter how lonely I am without him, I still could count my blessings.

My adult children were with me along with my beautiful grandchildren.  I am especially thankful that they were there not only with me for this holiday but for the final resting place of my husband.  He had his own business in the potato industry but he also had his ranch where he loved spending times out on the tractor plowing the fields or taking care of our cattle.  His wish was to be buried on the ranch he loved so much but we had to wait to get the approval of the county.

This finally happened after 6 months of going through their regulations.  So just a few days before Thanksgiving, my family and many friends came for the graveside service up the hill on the ranch from our home.  There we said our final goodbyes to my wonderful husband of 33 years.  As I stood up on the hill, I looked around at all of my husband’s markers that let everyone know the he is still with us and really loved the ranch he cultivated and built.

All around were his trees, rocks (he moved), farm storage buildings and tractors.  We hugged each other again and shed our tears over this man we loved so much. My husband helped many a man who was down and out on his luck and offered many of them employment, food or a place to live.  He always had two favorite sayings, “What would Jesus have me do, or I am better than I deserve.”  He is truly missed and will be for years to come.

About a month after my husband died which was May 3rd of this year, I began receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers every month.  At first I didn’t know who sent them until I saw the card.  They were from him and signed with his love.   I couldn’t believe it!!  He had prearranged before his death to have flowers sent to me every month.  I am still receiving them and I think this will continue for a year.  Every time they come, I am elated!!  I still can’t believe that he would think of me even in death.

Though my husband was also a pilot, these flowers seem to come from beyond the clouds from a heavenly messenger sent ON THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL (angel express)  from him.  I would like to share it with you now.  The lyrics are as follows:

EVERY MONTH I AWAIT THEIR COMING,
A MOST BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET.
LOVELY FLOWERS OF EVERY KIND,
IN SUCH A GRACEFUL DISPLAY.

SO SPECIAL IS THIS GIFT,
OFTEN LEFT AT MY FRONT DOOR,
I REJOICE EACH TIME THEY COME,
AND KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE MORE!!!

ARRANGED IN VARIOUS SHADES OF COLOR,
WHETHER BRIGHT OR SOFT PASTELS,
SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DECOR
TO MATCH THE SEASONS WELL.

AS THEIR FRAGRANCE LIFTS MY SPIRITS,
AND THEIR BEAUTY I ENJOY,
MY HEART IS FILLED WITH SO MUCH GLADNESS,
AS I CRY SWEET TEARS OF JOY, JOY, JOY,
JOY, JOY, JOY!!

CHORUS

ON THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL
COMES FLOWERS FROM ABOVE,
AND WITH EACH BOUQUET OF FLOWERS,
MY HUSBAND SENDS TO ME HIS LOVE.
Repeat verse

2nd verse

WHAT A WONDROUS GIFT TO ME
THEY ADD CHARM AND BEAUTY TO MY HOME.
BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT
THEY COMFORT ME NOW THAT I’M ALONE.

THE ANGELS TOOK MY DARLING,
IN THE SPRINGTIME OF THE YEAR,
NOW FROM HEAVEN COME THESE FLOWERS,
TO SUSTAIN MY HEART AND BRING ME CHEER.

AS THEIR FRAGRANCE LIFTS MY SPIRITS,
AND THEIR BEAUTY I ENJOY,
MY HEART IS FILLED WITH SO MUCH GLADNESS,
AS I CRY SWEET TEARS OF JOY, JOY, JOY,
JOY, JOY, JOY!!!!

ON THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL,
COME FLOWERS FROM ABOVE,
AND WITH EACH BOUQUET OF FLOWERS,
MY HUSBAND SENDS TO ME HIS LOVE!!
Repeat last verse

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HEAVEN IS A WONDROUS PLACE

By July Lee Jenkins

Grief is a real journey after you lose a loved one.  There are many different stages and there is no set time to get over this tremendous hurt.  Just when you think you may be doing a little better, you feel an ambush attack.  The slightest event can trigger something familiar that you enjoyed with your loved one and bring back sweet memories that are never to come again; you feel that overwhelming feeling of pain.

Even though you have faith in the giver of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, you still realize that you have to endure a season of time on earth without your loved one. So you set your mind on things above, on Jesus and the beautiful Heaven he has prepared for all those who love Him.  You remind yourself that those who believe in Jesus and love Him, will one day reunite with all of our loved ones in Christ who went on before.

Out of my own grief for the loss of my husband 4 months ago, came this song.

ON THE 3RD OF MAY IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR,
MY HUSBAND PASSED, MY SWEETHEART SO DEAR,
AND THOUGH MY HEART GRIEVES TO BE HERE ALL ALONE,
I REJOICE HE’S WITH JESUS IN HIS HEAVENLY HOME.

OH HOW I MISS HIM, MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY,
TEARS ARE MY COMPANION MOST EVERYDAY,
SO GREAT A LOSS SINCE HE DEPARTED FROM ME,
BUT I KNOW HE’S WITH JESUS FOR ETERNITY.

CHORUS

HEAVEN IS A WONDROUS PLACE,
WHERE WE BEHOLD JESUS GLORIOUS FACE,
NO MORE PAIN, SUFFERING, CONTENTION OR STRIFE,
FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE JESUS GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.

2ND VERSE

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE JESUS AND HIS LOVING FACE,
TO REUNITE WITH MY HUSBAND IN THAT BEAUTIFUL PLACE, (and all my loved ones)
IT’S A GIFT FREELY GIVEN TO EACH OF US,
IF WE BELIEVE IN JESUS AND IN HIM PUT OUR TRUST.

OH HOW I MISS HIM, MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY,
TEARS ARE MY COMPANION MOST EVERYDAY,
SO GREAT A LOSS SINCE HE DEPARTED FROM ME,
BUT I KNOW HE’S IN HEAVEN FOR ETERNITY.

CHORUS

HEAVEN IS A WONDROUS PLACE,
WHERE WE BEHOLD JESUS GLORIOUS FACE,
NO MORE PAIN, SUFFERING, CONTENTION OR STRIFE,
FOR THOSE WHO RECEIVE JESUS GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.

Repeat Chorus

 

 

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A WIDOW’S LAST WORDS TO HER HUSBAND IN A PRAYER

By Judy Lee Jenkins

I SOUGHT TO SAVE YOU,
HOW HARD I TRIED,
BUT DARLIN’ YOU WERE TOO SICK AND LET GO AND DIED!!
LIKE A FOUNTAIN FLOWED MY TEARS THAT NIGHT,
WHEN YOU DEPARTED WITH THE ANGELS ON YOUR GLORIOUSLY HEAVENLY FLIGHT.

MY LIFE SEEMS SO EMPTY NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE,
YOUR PRESENCE IS NEEDED, FOR YOU HOW I LONG,
OH HEAL MY HEART LORD, IT JUST WON’T MEND,
IT’S ACHING AND BREAKING, FOR MY SWEETHEART, SOUL MATE, AND FRIEND.

TEARS SOAK MY PILLOW, CAN’T SEEM TO SLEEP,
AS SWEET MEMORIES OF YOU, DARLIN’ CAUSE ME TO TOSS AND WEEP,
OH LORD WEAVE TOGETHER MY BROKEN HEART,
NOW MY DARLIN’S WITH YOU; WE SEEM SO FAR APART.

GIVE ME THE STRENGTH, LORD, THAT I CAN GO ON,
AND MY FAITH IN YOU REMAINS FOREVER STRONG,
GUIDE ALL MY FOOTSTEPS EVERY SINGLE DAY,
FOR YOU ARE THE LIGHT, LORD, YOU’RE THE TRUTH AND THE WAY.

Narration:
I’LL NEVER FORGET THAT FATEFUL NIGHT WHEN I HEARD YOU CRY FOR HELP AND THEN FOUND YOU SLUMPED OVER THE KITCHEN TABLE.  I SPED AWAY WITH YOU IN THE AMBULANCE AND STAYED WITH YOU THOSE FIRST 2 NIGHTS IN THE HOSPITAL IN INTENSIVE CARE.  ON THE 3RD DAY THE DOCTORS SENT YOU HOME TO DIE BECAUSE OF A MASSIVE STROKE WHICH LEFT A HUGE HOLE IN YOUR HEART BUT MY OWN HEART WAS SHATTERED FROM THE DEVASTATING NEWS!!  I HAD ONLY 17 MORE PRECIOUS DAYS WITH YOU BEFORE YOUR LAST FLIGHT.  THOUGH YOU WERE A SKILLED PILOT, THIS TIME YOU FLEW WITH ANGELS TO YOUR NEW BEAUTIFUL HEAVENLY HOME.

FILL IN MY EMPTINESS, WITH YOUR SPIRIT ABOVE,
ASSURE ME THAT I’M NOT FORSAKEN WITH YOUR WONDROUS LOVE,
FILL ME WITH JOY, LORD, WIPE AWAY ALL MY TEARS,
HELP ME LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME AS DAYS TURN INTO YEARS.

LET ME LIVE, LORD, MY LAST DAYS FOR YOU,
GLORIFY YOU IN ALL I SAY AND DO,
THEN LIKE MY HUSBAND, I’LL TOO LET GO AND DIE,
EMBRACE HIM AGAIN IN YOUR MOST HEAVENLY BEAUTIFUL SKY. (repeat last verse)

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JESUS MY LORD AND KING

By Judy Lee Jenkins

While composing this song, my husband, Darol became gravely ill.  I was not able to work on it for a while due to my tending to his needs.  During his illness he suffered 2 stokes, the first one occurred on the 13th of March, but 34 days later, on the 16th of April, Easter Sunday, he suffered a massive 2nd stroke. After 2 nights in the hospital in intensive care, the doctor sent him home under hospice care to receive comfort before he died.  He lived only 17 more days.

During the time that he was home under hospice care, I refused to play the piano and did my best to tend to all his needs along with the hospice workers.  Though I had no desire at that time to play my piano, some family members encouraged me to play my music for my husband to help comfort him.  That was when I finished this song though I was not able to put my voice to it.  This instrumental music was later used as background music for his history in pictures at his service.

My husband took his departure flight (once was a pilot) at 11.20 Wed. night, May 3rd and met our wondrous Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and now in heaven with HIM and the angels.  With great emotion I played my heart out for both my husband and our Lord.  Though instrumental, these are the words that I previously wrote for this music.  The words are as follows:

JESUS IS MY LORD AND MY KING,
JOYFUL PRAISES TO HIM I SING,
ETERNALLY REIGNS FROM THE HEAVENS ABOVE,
SO GENEROUS WITH HIS WONDROUS LOVE.

IN HIM IS LIFE, HE’S THE TRUTH AND THE WAY,
HIS GLORIOUS LIGHT TO GUIDE US EACH DAY,
HIS PIERCED HANDS FOREVER TESTIFY,
THAT FOR US HE WAS WILLING TO DIE.

CHORUS

JESUS IS OUR ALL AND ALL,
WITH WONDROUS LOVE, HE SAVED US FROM THE FALL!!
SALVATION COMES TO ALL OF US,
IF IN HIM WE BELIEVE AND PUT OUR TRUST.

 

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THE LIGHTHOUSE

By Judy Lee Jenkins

One day I was on FB and saw a video of a strong sturdy lighthouse in the midst of a storm.  It stood tall with great strength as the waves crashed against it never to falter.  My first thoughts were that I needed to be strong like that lighthouse when going through the storms of life which come to all of us. However, then it hit me that the lighthouse was not me!!  The lighthouse is our Lord!!  We can’t get through these storms without his strength and power and most of all HIS beautiful radiance and light for our guidance.

These past few months I have been going through another life storm which has not passed over yet.  Some days I feel sucked up into the whirlwind but I never keep my eyes off of my lighthouse, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who is my strength.  I am reminded of Phil. 4:13 that says ” I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH”.  Out of those thoughts I wrote the following song:

IN THE MIDST OF A STORM, THE LIGHTHOUSE STANDS TALL,
AS THE WAVES CRASH ABOUT IT NOT TO FALTER AT ALL,
A PILLAR OF STRENGTH STANDING FIRM DAY AND NIGHT,
TO GUIDE SHIPS THROUGH THE STORM AND DARKNESS OF NIGHT.

I TOO HAVE A LIGHTHOUSE THAT STANDS STRONG AND TALL,
NEVER TO WAVER OR FALTER AT ALL,
HIS NAME IS JESUS, MY LORD, ROCK AND LIGHT,
WHO PIERCES THOUGH THE DARKNESS WITH A RADIANCE SO BRIGHT.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

ROMANS 5:3-5 “WE REJOICE IN OUR SUFFERINGS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SUFFERING PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE, PERSEVERANCE , CHARACTER; AND CHARACTER, HOPE.  AND HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US….”

PSALMS 119:71 “IT IS GOOD FOR ME TO BE AFFLICTED THAT I MIGHT LEARN YOUR DEGREES.”

CHORUS

WHEN LIFE’S STORMS COME CRASHING ALL AROUND ME,
I TURN TO MY LIGHTHOUSE OF MY PERSONAL SEA,
HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED TO GUIDE ME AND SEE ME THROUGH,AND STRENGTH TO ENDURE ALL HE EXPECTS ME TO.

LAST VERSE

JESUS IS MY LIGHTHOUSE, TO SHOW ME THE WAY,
THROUGH EVERY DARK AND STORMY DAY.
NEVER TO FORSAKE ME, HE’S MY BEACON OF LIGHT,
WHOSE GLORY AND RADIANCE SHINE EVER SO BRIGHT!!

CHORUS

WHEN LIFE’S STORMS COME CRASHING ALL AROUND ME,
I TURN TO MY LIGHTHOUSE OF MY PERSONAL SEA,
HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED TO GUIDE ME AND SEE ME THROUGH,
AND STRENGTH TO ENDURE ALL HE EXPECTS ME TO.

SCRIPTURE READINGS:

2ND COR. 1-7 “AND OUR HOPE OF YOU IS STEADFAST, KNOWING, THAT AS YE ARE PARTAKERS OF THE SUFFERINGS, SO SHALL YE BE ALSO OF THE CONSOLATION.”

EPH. 3-13 “WHEREFORE I DESIRE THAT YE FAINT NOT AT MY TRIBULATIONS FOR YOU, WHICH IS YOUR GLORY.”

CHORUS

WHEN LIFE’S STORMS COME CRASHING ALL AROUND ME,
I TURN TO MY LIGHTHOUSE OF MY PERSONAL SEA,
HIS ARMS OUTSTRETCHED TO GUIDE ME AND SEE ME THROUGH,
AND STRENGTH TO ENDURE ALL HE EXPECTS ME TO.

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PASSPORT TO HEAVEN

By Judy Lee Jenkins

The words of Jesus declare what is necessary for our entrance to heaven.  Notice he didn’t list page after page of do’s and don’ts but a simple phrase “we must be born again.” He went a step further and said that we can’t even SEE heaven without this one requirement.  What did Jesus mean?  Even Nicodemus, the Pharisee that admired Jesus didn’t understand and asked Jesus how could anyone possibly go back into the womb again.  However, Jesus wasn’t speaking of another physical birth.  He was speaking of a spiritual rebirth with God and regeneration of the soul.  That only comes when we encounter Jesus and invite HIM into our lives to take control and make us into “new creatures,” with Jesus in complete control of our lives.  Only when Jesus is in complete control of our lives are we able to do anything at all for HIM and HIS glory.

The New Testament has many beautiful stories of those who were never the same after their encounter with Jesus.  Such was the woman at the well who was living in one broken relationship after another with men.  Her life was completely immoral and Jesus knew everything about her when he asked her for a drink of water from the well where she was filling her jars.   During their conversation he invited her to seek the water that would satisfy her forever where she would never thirst again.  He invited her to find out about the LIVING WATER which is Jesus HIMSELF.  She knew that she wanted that LIVING WATER in her life and no doubt became born again with her encounter with Jesus.  She was so elated that she threw down her water pots to tell all the villagers what had just happened to her.

Remember the little guy Zacchaeus?  He was the little obnoxious tax collector that cheated people and kept some of the money for himself.  One day Jesus was coming in his and so he climbed up into the sycamore tree because he wanted to see Jesus.  Jesus knew he was there and called him down and told him that he was coming to his house.  His encounter that day with Jesus changed his entire life.  He restored every dollar he took plus more.  He was a “new creature” in Christ.

Another example is the Apostle Paul.  Before his encounter with Jesus he was out persecuting and killing Christians actually thinking that he was right in what he was doing and that it was for God.  Then he met Jesus on the road to Damascus.  He never was the same after that.  He was a “new creature” in Christ and his name was changed from Saul to Paul.  From that moment on he became one of the greatest apostles, wrote most of the New Testament and suffered many things for Christ, even his death.

So how do we become born again?  How do we personally have an encounter with Jesus?  The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 10:9-13.  It is an invitation to invite Jesus into your lives and follow HIM.  Once you have an encounter with the Lord, you will never want to return to being a worm crawling on the ground again.  You will want to become the butterfly and turn your life over to HIM.   Realizing the importance of the words of Jesus, I wrote and composed the following song:

JESUS CLEARLY TAUGHT WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN,
YET WE TEND TO MINIMIZE WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN,
BUT OUR ENTRANCE TO HEAVEN REQUIRES A 2ND BIRTH,
BEFORE WE DIE WHEN OUR SOULS LEAVE THIS EARTH.

CHORUS

‘CAUSE IF BORN TWICE THAN WE DIE ONCE,
BUT BORN ONLY ONCE THEN WE DIE TWICE,
LOSING HEAVEN WILL BE A TREMENDOUS PRICE,
IF WE’RE BORN ONCE INSTEAD OF TWICE.

2ND VERSE

THE FIRST BIRTH IS PHYSICAL FROM THE WOMB OF OUR MOTHER’S LOVE,
THE 2ND BIRTH, SPIRITUAL FROM GOD’S LOVING SPIRIT UP ABOVE  (a total
regeneration-turning away from sin-Angels rejoice when they can write our name in the Lamb’s Book of Life because we have come to Jesus and received that life from HIM)
THE FIRST DEATH OCCURS WHEN LIFE TAKES IT TOLL,
BUT A 2ND DEATH MEANS ETERNAL DEATH OF THE SOUL (forever separation from God-only those who are spiritually dead will be at the Great White Throne Judgement-never came to Jesus for life)

BUT IF WE’RE BORN TWICE WHEN OUR TIME COMES TO DIE,
A WONDROUS TRANSFORMATION OCCURS LIKE THE BUTTERFLY,
NO LONGER ARE WE LIKE THE CATERPILLAR CRAWLING ON THE GROUND,
BUT A BEAUTIFUL ETERNAL SOUL NOW HEAVEN BOUND.

INTERLUDE

WE MUST COME TO JESUS TO RECEIVE OUR 2ND BIRTH,
OUR PASSPORT TO HEAVEN WHEN WE LEAVE THIS EARTH,
FOR WE CANNOT ENTER HEAVEN OR IT’S BEAUTY SEE,
UNLESS WE’RE BORN AGAIN WITH CHRIST FOR ALL ETERNITY.

CHORUS

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