HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

By Judy Lee Jenkins
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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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THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

By Judy Lee Jenkins
pearl

One day I was listening to Christian radio and I heard a marvelous sermon on the significance of the pearl.  It is a beautiful gem that is made naturally without the aid of man but by the lowly little oyster in the sea.  The oyster is not a beautiful creature to look at on the outside but inside he creates a most beautiful and magnificent gem. And of all things he creates it out of an irritant like sand that gets into his shell.  Instead of expelling the irritant he expels a substance which covers the irritant and in time makes this beautiful gem.  The longer the gem stays inside the oyster, the more beautiful and valuable it becomes.  It takes a while for the gem to be formed by the covering that the oyster gives it. The sad part is that the oyster has to die in order for man to obtain this gem and cut it out of the oyster.

The speaker then used this as an illustration that God gave us.  They oysters demonstrates several things.  When we get irritated, would we think of turning our irritations into something good and beautiful as the oyster does?  Most of the time we would just complain and be frustrated but not the oyster.  The best illustration however, is the one on God’s redemption for us.  We are the irritants to God because of our sin, but God like the oyster does not expel us because of his wondrous love!!.  Instead he covers us with his son (removes the sin) and turns us into beautiful pearls by conforming us to the image of his dear son.  The longer we are molded by God, the more valuable and beautiful we become to work in HIS kingdom.  However, in order for us to become pearls to HIM, Jesus had to die to remove our sin.

Unlike the diamond, the pearl is perfect in itself.  The diamond becomes valuable with the aid of man in the way it is cut.  The pearl however, is a complete and finished work of art made by the oyster.  Nothing man can do will add to the value of the pearl.  The oyster completed everything it needed to have for value and beauty without any thing added Likewise man cannot add any value to Jesus finished and complete work on the cross. The oyster did all the work for the pearl and likewise God achieved this work for us.  He asked us only to receive this gift.  When we do, he changes us into something beautiful like the pearl.

Jesus told the parable of THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE.  He said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like the merchant who sold everything he had to obtain this one beautiful valuable pearl.  How wonderful it is that God speaks to us in pictures about eternal life.  It is indeed the PEARL OF GREAT PRICE paid for by Jesus who claimed it for us when he died on the cross for us. It is up to us whether we will accept this gift Jesus gave to us (eternal life) when he claimed this pearl.(our redemption)  After listening to this sermon, I will never think of the pearl in the same way again.  I realize now the true meaning behind how it is formed. I was elated after hearing this sermon!! Thinking on these things I wrote the following song:

THE LOWLY LITTLE OYSTER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA,
IS A PICTURE OF OUR REDEMPTION GOD SHOWS YOU AND ME.
WHEN AN IRRITANT SEEPS IN HIS SHELL LIKE SAND DOES IN OUR SHOE,
THE OYSTER DOESN’T EXPEL IT LIKE WE WOULD TRY TO DO.

INSTEAD HE EXPELS A SUBSTANCE WHICH AROUND THE IRRITANT SWIRLS,
AND WITH THE OYSTER’S COVERING THE IRRITANT BECOMES A PEARL!!
WITHOUT THE LIFE OF THE OYSTER, THE PEARL WOULD NEVER FORM,
INTO A PRECIOUS GEM, OR A LADY’S NECK TO ADORN.

THE PEARL HAS BEAUTY IN ITSELF NOT TOUCHED BY HUMAN HANDS,
GENTLY MOLDED FROM THE OYSTER WITH EVERY GRAIN OF SAND.
BUT THE OYSTER HAS TO DIE TO GIVE HIS GIFT WITHIN,
AS JESUS HAD TO DIE FOR HIS GIFT TO US, OUR REDEMPTION OF SIN.

ARE WE NOT ALL IRRITANTS TO OUR HOLY GOD ABOVE?
AND YET HE DOES NOT EXPEL US BECAUSE OF HIS MOST WONDROUS LOVE!!
INSTEAD HE COVERS US WITH JESUS TO REMOVE ALL GUILT AND SIN,
SO AT THE GATES OF PEARLS (heavenly gates) GOD SAYS, BECAUSE YOU RECEIVED MY SON, YOU MAY ENTER IN.

CHORUS

GOD TURNS IRRITANTS INTO PEARLS,
LIKE THE SIN IN YOU AND ME,
THEN CONFORMS US TO THE IMAGE OF HIS DEAR SON,
HIS GLORY ONE DAY WE WILL SEE.

JESUS TOLD THE STORY OF THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE
THE MERCHANT SOLD ALL HE HAD FOR IT WITHOUT THINKING TWICE,
IF WE COULD POSSESS SUCH A PEARL, HOW MUCH WOULD WE GIVE,
WOULD WE BE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE FOR IT THAT JESUS DID?

JESUS LEFT HIS THRONE ABOVE TO CLAIM THIS PEARL OF GREAT PRICE,
AND HE PAID FOR IT IN FULL WITH HIS LOVING SACRIFICE,
THOUGH THIS GIFT IS FREE TO US, IT CAME AT A GREAT COST,
IT COST JESUS EVERYTHING, HIS VERY LIFE, WHEN HE DIED ON THE CROSS

INTERLUDE

OUR GIFT OF REDEMPTION
IS THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE,
THOUGH THIS GIFT IS FREE TO US,
JESUS PAID FOR IT WITH HIS LIFE.

CHORUS

GOD TURNS IRRITANTS INTO PEARLS,
LIKE THE SIN IN YOU AND ME,
THEN CONFORMS US TO THE IMAGE OF HIS DEAR SON,
HIS GLORY ONE DAY WE WILL SEE.

ARE WE NOT ALL IRRITANTS TO OUR HOLY GOD ABOVE?
BUT HE DOES NOT EXPEL US BECAUSE OF HIS WONDROUS LOVE,
HE COVERS US WITH JESUS TO REMOVE ALL GUILT AND SIN,SO AT THE GATES OF PEARLS GOD SAYS, BECAUSE YOU RECEIVED MY SON, YOU MAY ENTER IN!!

OUR GIFT OF REDEMPTION
IS THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE,
THOUGH THIS GIFT IS FREE TO US,
JESUS PAID FOR IT WITH HIS LIFE!!

ENDING

HE LOVED US SO MUCH HE WAS WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE,
SO JESUS PAID WITH HIS LIFE!!
SPEAK–THANK YOU JESUS FOR YOU UNSPEAKABLE GIFT, OUR PEARL OF GREAT PRICE!! (Eternal life)

My thoughts are reiterated by this christian Jeweler:

The PEARL

As a jeweler by trade I’m always interested in the gemstones listed in the scriptures. As I was meditating on ‘Matt 13’ and the parable of the ‘pearl of great price’ I began to think of our Lord. Why did He come to claim a pearl? Why not a diamond?

‘Matt 13:45’ “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls.” ‘Matt 13:46’ “When he found one pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.”

In the parable of the merchant, we see that he sold all he had and bought the single pearl. It speaks to us of the tremendous price the Lord paid for our redemption. The God of glory, the King of Kings & Lord of Lords left the splendor of Heaven to claim a pearl, and gained the pearl through paying the price that was far more than any here could pay.

As a jeweler I would question the choice the Lord made choosing to leave the Father’s side for a pearl instead of what we would think of as having greater significance, the girl’s best friend, the much coveted diamond. You probably know that the diamond is graded in ‘value’ according to the 4 C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity & Carat-weight. The answer to my pondering was right there! The diamond receives a substantial portion of it’s value from the way a person cuts it. The work of man’s hand! The only natural gemstone that has more value when it is found than when men finish with it is the PEARL. Like the pearl, men can add nothing to the value of out salvation, through Jesus Christ.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are we saved through faith; and that not of yourselves — it is the gift of God — ‘Eph 2:9’ Not of works, lest anyone should boast.

The pearl is formed when a foreign object somehow enters the inside of the oyster, and instead of ejecting the object or irritant out, as most humans would try to do, the object is covered by the oyster with layer upon layer of a substance secreted from it’s own body. The object that came into the life of the oyster as an irritant, instead of being cast out is turned into something lovely within the oyster. “We are all an irritant (through our sin) to God, but he accepts us, in spite of our sin. He covers our sin and brings us into His Holy kingdom.

Think about other details of the pearl. The longer the pearl stays in the oyster the more valuable it becomes. Isn’t that the character of our God? When He found us we were nothing more than an irritation to Him, but by God’s grace, we can be of some value to His Kingdom! God is using our time now to conform us into a beautiful image of His dear Son. The pearl is formed in a Living Object! No dead rock is the pearl, it comes from life. The very life of the oyster is given to the pearl. What a blessed God that He gives us this chance. In Him we enjoy eternal life, and much more! Our God has communicated with us in pictures so we comprehend the richness of His Love. The Pearl to me is just one more analogy of how God can take an irritant (sin) and turn it into something beautiful — if we let Him.

The true value of the pearl is not seen from the outside. To the world around it the pearl is just another barnacle covered nasty looking shell. Oh, friends the Lord looks upon the heart. Are you doing the same, to others? Only the Lord sees us as complete in Him. If the world knew what we will look like when our Bridegroom comes for us, they would surely want to come!

To see the true beauty of the pearl the oyster must die. The oyster is ripped open with a knife in the side, before the true treasure is revealed. The analogy in the Pearl here is like Christ’s death, so that all who trust in Him will be able to see and be with Him in His beautiful Kingdom, for eternity. It’s His desire that all should accept Christ as their personal savior, so that they too shall receive their salvation, and live with Him for eternity. Thanks be to God for this wonderful gift. Have you accepted Christ as your Savior?

The PEARL also reminds me:

  1. God desires to fellowship with us — irritants (sin) and all.
  2. God has communicated with us through the scriptures, using all sorts of metaphors — the beautiful pearl is one more.
  3. All of God’s creation: every bird, pretty flower, panoramic mountain vista, and even oysters, were given by God to show us things concerning Himself. God’s final Word to us is His dear Son, and all that is written of Him; which we should read about regularly in our Bibles — the book of Pearls.
  4. God can turn irritants (sin) into pearls — if you let Him.

Addendum — John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

 

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THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Arranged by Judy Lee Jenkins
neon

Who is old enough to remember Simon and Garfunkel, who sang and composed some of our most beautiful folk rock music?  They were remembered for their ringing acoustic guitars and choirboy harmonies.  THE SONG OF SILENCE came out about 1966 and is one that I have loved over the years, however, I love all of their musical hits of the past.  All of their songs seem to have beautiful haunting type melodies.  This particular song I never really listened to the lyrics much or tried to understand them until now.  I just loved to listen to the music.  However, there really is a message in their lyrics.  If you really look at the lyrics, you will discover beautiful poetic words.  The message of the song is all about communication and the lack of it.  So often we talk to people but they really don’t listen or hear us when we talk.  The song is reaching out to those who don’t seem to understand the problem and to attempt to fix it.  People seem to be wrapped up in their own world and their own gods they have invented for themselves.  This is what the song seemed to say to me.
 
Although I like to write my own songs, I love this song so much I decided to play it by ear for the fun of it.  However, it falls so short of sounding like the true masters of it, Simon and Garfunkel who only can capture that true sound that only they could make.  However, you might be interested in the lyrics so I am posting them now.
 
HELLO DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND,
I’VE COME TO TALK WITH YOU AGAIN,
BECAUSE A VISION SOFTLY CREEPING,
LEFT ITS SEEDS WHILE I WAS SLEEPING,
AND THE VISION THAT WAS PLANTED IN MY BRAIN,
STILL REMAINS, WITHIN THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
 
IN RESTLESS DREAMS I WALKED ALONE,
NARROW STREETS OF COBBLESTONE,
‘NEATH THE HALO OF A STREET LAMP,
I TURNED MY COLLAR TO THE COLD AND DAMP,
WHEN MY EYES WERE STABBED BY THE FLASH OF A NEON LIGHT,
THAT SPLIT THE NIGHT,
AND TOUCHED THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
 
AND IN THE NAKED LIGHT I SAW,
10 THOUSAND PEOPLE MAYBE MORE,
PEOPLE TALKING WITHOUT SPEAKING,
PEOPLE HEARING WITHOUT LISTENING,
PEOPLE WRITING SONGS THAT VOICES NEVER SHARE,
AND NO ONE DARE DISTURB THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
 
“FOOLS,” SAID I “YOU DO NOT KNOW,
SILENCE LIKE A CANCER, GROWS,
HEAR MY WORD THAT I MIGHT TEACH YOU,
TAKE MY ARMS THAT I MIGHT REACH YOU.”
BUT MY WORD LIKE SILENT RAINDROPS FELL
AND ECHOED IN THE WELLS OF SILENCE.
 
AND THE PEOPLE BOWED AND PRAYED,
TO THE NEON GOD THEY MADE,
AND THE SIGN FLASHED OUT ITS WARNING,
AND THE WORDS THAT IT WAS FORMING,
 
AND THE SIGN SAID,
“THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS ARE WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALLS,
AND TENEMENT HALLS,’
AND WHISPERED IN THE SOUND OF SILENCE.
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POWER OF PRAYER

by Judy Lee Jenkins
prayer_power


We have such an awesome God!!  Even after we failed HIM in the beginning with sin, HE has never forsaken us!!  HE sent HIS glorious son to redeem us from all sin and then provided a way that we can still communicate with HIM.  That special phone line is called prayer.  Prayer is such a wonderful gift and we should take advantage of it every day.  HE not only invites this communication but never tires of us calling upon HIM.  It is as though we have an invitation right into HIS very throne room!!  An appointment is never needed.  HE will always have time for us no matter the day or the hour.

Prayer always requires faith and Jesus said that if we had the faith of a mustard seed, the tiniest of all seeds, we could move mountains!!  There is so much power in prayer if we would just realize how wonderful this gift from God is.  Many times we have the tendency to say, “Well, the least we can do is pray.”  No, the opposite is true!!  The most we can do is pray!!  Without God involved, we are so puny in all our efforts!!

God has promised us that if we pray according to HIS will and abide in HIM and HE in us, that HE will give us the desires of our hearts.  We should avoid anything that would hinder our prayers such as willful disobedience.  Even though God does not always answer with a yes, HE will always respond in a way that HE knows is best for us.  Many times we don’t understand until many years later when we realize how foolish our requests may have been.

However, when God does grant us a yes answer, we can rejoice!!  I think that many prayers went out during this election.  My prayers during this time was that America would cease its willful sinning and turn our direction towards HIM.  Besides prayer, humility, repentance,  a great seeking of God is needed.    My prayer for this country is that we will renew our faith in God once again.  I pray that we will be a beacon of light to the world as we once were.  Let’s all join together in the power of prayer and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Reflecting on these thoughts, I just wrote the following song.

WHEN GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS, LET’S BE THANKFUL,
FOR HIS MERCY TO HEAR EVERY VOICE,
FOR LOVINGLY GRANTING OUR NEEDS AND PETITION
GIVES US GREAT CAUSE TO REJOICE!!

GOD’S SO GRACIOUS IN HIS ANSWERS,
AS WE PRAY IN ACCORDANCE TO HIS WILL,
SO OFTEN HE GIVES MUCH MORE THAN WE ASK,
AND MORE THAN A CUP DOES HE FILL!!

PRAYER IS OUR SHIELD AGAINST EVIL,
OUR SWORD AGAINST DARK FORCES OF NIGHT,
OUR SOLACE IN TIMES OF GREAT ANGUISH,
OUR GUIDANCE OF HIS HOLY LIGHT.

CHORUS

THERE’S POWER IN PRAYER,
GREAT POWER IN PRAYER,
AS WE SHARE WITH OUR LORD,
OUR NEEDS AND OUR CARES,

LET’S BE GRATEFUL TO OUR GREAT GOD,
AND WONDROUS (OR GLORIOUS) KING,
FOR WATCHING OVER US,
AND EVERYTHING.

2ND VERSE

KING SOLOMON PRAYED FOR GREAT WISDOM,
TO GOVERN JUSTLY IN ALL OF HIS WAYS,
AND FOR THIS GOD GAVE HIM MORE THAN HE ASKED
AND BLESSED HIM WITH WEALTH ALL HIS DAYS.

WHEN JESUS LOOKED UP INTO HEAVEN,
AND BLESSED THE FISH AND THE BREAD,
THERE WERE MANY BASKETS OF FOOD LEFTOVER,
AFTER 5000 PEOPLE WERE FED.

PRAYER IS OUR SHIELD AGAINST EVIL,
OUR SWORD AGAINST DARK FORCES OF NIGHT,
OUR SOLACE IN TIMES OF GREAT ANGUISH,
OUR GUIDANCE OF HIS HOLY LIGHT.

CHORUS

THERE’S POWER IN PRAYER,
GREAT POWER IN PRAYER,
AS WE SHARE WITH OUR LORD,
OUR NEEDS AND OUR CARES,

LET’S BE GRATEFUL TO OUR GREAT GOD,
AND WONDROUS KING,
FOR WATCHING OVER US,
AND EVERYTHING!!

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JESUS IS THE REASON

by Judy Lee Jenkins
Bab_jc2

Christmas will be here before we know it!!  If you are like me, you begin to stress about all the gifts on our list to give.  We often get so caught up in the commercial aspect of it that we forget the most important reason for the season.  We all have seen that phrase JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON, on Christmas Cards, or somewhere during this joyous time of the year. I don’t know who came up with that very well said phrase but it is so true!!  Christmas is not about how many gifts or money we can collect, or attending big parties just for the fun of it.  Christmas has a reason behind it and it is of course, Jesus.  Without Jesus there is no reason to celebrate at all!!  He indeed is the reason for the season!!  My hope is that this Christmas will indeed be a beautiful Christmas for everyone and that we may have joy in our hearts for our Savior as we celebrate.  May we all have the true spirit of Christmas in the way we give.  Out of those thoughts and appreciation for that well know phrase, I composed and wrote the following song:

CHRISTMAS TIME WILL SOON BE HERE,
LET’S CELEBRATE WITH JOY AND CHEER
THE GREATEST NEWS THAT CAME TO EARTH,
WHEN ANGELS PROCLAIMED CHRIST’S HOLY BIRTH.-repeat last line

THOUGH HE WAS THE KING OF KINGS,
HE LIVED LIKE A SERVANT DOING WONDROUS THINGS,
HE GAVE SIGHT TO THE BLIND AND RAISED THE DEAD,
5000 PEOPLE HE MARVELOUSLY FED,
WITH ONLY 2 FISH AND FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD.–repeat last line

CHORUS

SING HALLELUJAH AND LIFT UP YOUR VOICE,
GLAD TIDINGS SPREAD, LET THE WORLD REJOICE,
THAT GLORIOUS NIGHT WHEN A BABY BOY,
BROUGHT ALL MANKIND ETERNAL JOY!!

2ND VERSE

OUT OF HIS MOST WONDROUS LOVE,
HE LEFT HIS HEAVENLY THRONE ABOVE,
HE GAVE ALL THAT ONE COULD POSSIBLY GIVE,
LAID DOWN HIS LIFE THAT WE MIGHT LIVE,–repeat last line

WE ALL KNOW JESUS IS THE REASON,
FOR THIS JOYOUS CHRISTMAS SEASON.
AROUND THE WORLD AS EACH ONE GIVES,
LET’S REJOICE BECAUSE HE LIVES!!–repeat last line.

REPEAT 1ST VERSE

CHRISTMAS TIME WILL SOON BE HERE,
LET’S CELEBRATE WITH JOY AND CHEER,
THE GREATEST NEWS THAT CAME TO EARTH,
WHEN ANGELS PROCLAIMED CHRIST’S HOLY BIRTH!!

CHORUS

SING HALLELUJAH AND LIFT UP YOUR VOICE,
GLAD TIDING SPREAD, LET THE WORLD REJOICE,
THAT GLORIOUS NIGHT WHEN A BABY BOY,
BROUGHT ALL MANKIND ETERNAL JOY!!

REPEAT LAST LINE

WE ALL KNOW JESUS IS THE REASON
FOR THIS JOYOUS CHRISTMAS SEASON,
AROUND THE WORLD AS EACH ONE GIVES,
LET’S ALL REJOICE BECAUSE HE LIVES!!

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LET’S MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN

By Judy Lee Jenkins
America


This song came as a result of Donald Trump’s mantra when still a candidate for the presidency.  Now the people have spoken and he is no longer a candidate but our 45th president to soon take this office in January.  As Christians we know that our country has moved away from God and as a result our country is faced now with many problems.  Donald Trump says he loves this country and this gives me confidence that he will bring this nation back as one nation under God.  Only our reliance on God can solve the problems we have.  President elect Trump cannot fix these problems on his own.  He must seek God to help with this tremendous responsibility and honor our great Constitution.

To celebrate the victory for our new president,  I would like to post again the song I wrote back in July for the 4th.  As a people, may we unite to support our new president and together in prayer may we help make our president’s dream come true.  Let’s all unite to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!

AMERICA CAN’T CONTINUE THE WAY WE ARE,
DEEP INTO AN ABYSS WE’RE FALLING VERY FAR,
SELF DESTRUCTION IS COMING AND SOON WILL BE OUR FATE,
UNLESS WE CHANGE DIRECTION BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

LET’S MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN,
RETURN TO WHAT MADE IT GREAT BACK THEN!!
WE DIDN’T COMPROMISE OUR VALUES JUST TO GET ALONG,
AND WE KNEW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG!!

LET’S MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN,
LET COMMON SENSE REIGN AS IT DID BACK THEN!!
WITH MINDS THAT ONCE WERE STRONG AND VERY SOUND,
‘CAUSE IN GOD’S WORD WE WERE FIRMLY GROUND!!

LET’S MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN,
HONOR OUR VETERANS AND FREEDOM FIGHTING MEN,
RESPECT OUR FLAG, THE BIBLE AND GOD’S HOLY RULES,
AND ALLOW PRAYER BACK INTO OUR SCHOOLS!!

LET’S MAKE OUR COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN,
AND LET WOMEN BE WOMEN AND MEN BE MEN,
RESTORE OUR CONSTITUTION AND FREEDOMS LOST WITHIN,
LET’ MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!! (repeat)

Excerpt from MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE,
repeat last stanza

 

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JESUS CHRIST OUR WONDERFUL GIFT

By Judy Lee Jenkins
baby_jesus

Christmas will be here before we know it!!  If you are like me, you begin to stress about all the gifts on our list to give.  We often get so caught up in the commercial aspect of it that we forget the most important reason for the season.  We all have seen that phrase JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON, on Christmas Cards, or somewhere during this joyous time of the year. I don’t know who came up with that very well said phrase but it is so true!!  Christmas is not about how many gifts or money we can collect, or attending big parties just for the fun of it.  Christmas has a reason behind it and it is of course, Jesus.  Without Jesus there is no reason to celebrate at all!!  He indeed is the reason for the season!!  My hope is that this Christmas will indeed be a beautiful Christmas for everyone and that we may have joy in our hearts for our Savior as we celebrate.  May we all have the true spirit of Christmas in the way we give.  Out of those thoughts and appreciation for that well know phrase, I composed and wrote the following song:

CHRISTMAS TIME WILL SOON BE HERE,
LET’S CELEBRATE WITH JOY AND CHEER
THE GREATEST NEWS THAT CAME TO EARTH,
WHEN ANGELS PROCLAIMED CHRIST’S HOLY BIRTH.-repeat last line

THOUGH HE WAS THE KING OF KINGS,
HE LIVED LIKE A SERVANT DOING WONDROUS THINGS,
HE GAVE SIGHT TO THE BLIND AND RAISED THE DEAD,
5000 PEOPLE HE MARVELOUSLY FED,
WITH ONLY 2 FISH AND FIVE LOAVES OF BREAD.–repeat last line

CHORUS

SING HALLELUJAH AND LIFT UP YOUR VOICE,
GLAD TIDINGS SPREAD, LET THE WORLD REJOICE,
THAT GLORIOUS NIGHT WHEN A BABY BOY,
BROUGHT ALL MANKIND ETERNAL JOY!!

2ND VERSE

OUT OF HIS MOST WONDROUS LOVE,
HE LEFT HIS HEAVENLY THRONE ABOVE,
HE GAVE ALL THAT ONE COULD POSSIBLY GIVE,
LAID DOWN HIS LIFE THAT WE MIGHT LIVE,–repeat last line

WE ALL KNOW JESUS IS THE REASON,
FOR THIS JOYOUS CHRISTMAS SEASON.
AROUND THE WORLD AS EACH ONE GIVES,
LET’S REJOICE BECAUSE HE LIVES!!–repeat last line.

REPEAT 1ST VERSE

CHRISTMAS TIME WILL SOON BE HERE,
LET’S CELEBRATE WITH JOY AND CHEER,
THE GREATEST NEWS THAT CAME TO EARTH,
WHEN ANGELS PROCLAIMED CHRIST’S HOLY BIRTH!!

CHORUS

SING HALLELUJAH AND LIFT UP YOUR VOICE,
GLAD TIDING SPREAD, LET THE WORLD REJOICE,
THAT GLORIOUS NIGHT WHEN A BABY BOY,
BROUGHT ALL MANKIND ETERNAL JOY!!

REPEAT LAST LINE

WE ALL KNOW JESUS IS THE REASON
FOR THIS JOYOUS CHRISTMAS SEASON,
AROUND THE WORLD AS EACH ONE GIVES,
LET’S ALL REJOICE BECAUSE HE LIVES!!

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WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL

Written by Mark, Arrangement By Judy Lee Jenkins,

This is the month that we pause and thank God for our blessings.  It’s been a time to remember the Pilgrims and their very first Thanksgiving after coming to America. They started the traditional feast of turkey, cranberries, yams, mashed potatoes and gravy with all the trimmings and pumpkin or apple pie that follows!!  It has been a wonderful holiday in our country for years and may it continue!!

Many times we don’t know how great something is until we lose it and when we lose it, we feel so sorry we never appreciated how wonderful and blessed we were.  At this time when we are approaching another election, our country’s survival and Constitution are at stake.  Whether we keep our freedoms, our beloved Constitution and sovereignty depends on the outcome of this election. May our great country stand forever and the wonderful freedoms granted by that precious document!!

The following song was one I didn’t write.  A worker on our ranch wrote this song and composed it on his guitar.  He had experienced many trials in his life and yet was still thankful for the blessings of God. One day he let me hear his song that he had composed on his guitar.  I liked it and decided to put my own arrangement to it on my keyboard and came out with the following:

This song was written by a ranch worker called Mark.  However, the entire arrangement is my own.

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WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL
FOR EVERYTHING WE’VE GOT,
WE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL
FOR THE SUN THAT COMES UP!!

CHORUS

THE RAINBOW WE FOLLOWED,
ALWAYS ENDS THERE YOU KNOW,
THE LIFE UP AHEAD
SEEMS SO SWEET AFTER ALL!!

2ND VERSE

LIFE CAN BE PAINFUL,
WHEN TIMES SEEM SO TOUGH,
JUST KEEP ON BELIEVING,
AND THINGS WON’T SEEM SO ROUGH!!

CHORUS

THE RAINBOW WE FOLLOWED,
ALWAYS ENDS THERE YOU KNOW,
THE LIFE UP AHEAD,
SEEMS SO SWEET AFTER ALL!!
SPOKEN–so let’s pick up the pieces and
then go on.

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BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD

By Judy Lee Jenkins
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With all the uncertainties that we are facing with our country and the world today, it is easy to be overcome by fear and doubt. Whenever I feel the weight of all of this, I turn to the scriptures and realize that the Lord knows everything that is going on and wants us to continue to have strong faith in HIM and not doubt the promises HE gave us.

HE warned us that troubles will come but to remember that HE would never leave us or forsake us and that HE”LL be there when we pass through the waters or through strife.  Though none of us welcome trials, they often help build better character and make us stronger.

Job is a perfect example of someone who never gave up his trust in the Lord while going through tremendous ordeals.  In the end God rewarded him greatly for refusing to give up in his trust in HIM.

Since we are faced right now with scary times, I wanted to write another song on trusting in the Lord. We are also warned not to trust in man instead of the Lord. In the book of Jeremiah 17:5-6-8, we read:

“CURSED IS THE ONE WHO TRUSTS IN MAN,
WHO DEPENDS ON FLESH FOR HIS STRENGTH,
AND WHOSE HEART TURNS AWAY FROM THE LORD,
HE WILL BE LIKE A BUSH IN THE WASTELANDS;
HE WILL NOT SEE PROSPERITY WHEN IT COMES,
HE WILL DWELL IN THE PARCHED PLACES OF THE DESERT,
IN A SALT LAND WHERE NO ONE LIVES.

BUT BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD,
WHOSE CONFIDENCES IS IN HIM,
HE WILL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE WATER,
THAT SENDS OUT IT ROOTS BY THE STREAM,
IT DOES NOT FEAR WHEN HEAT COMES;
ITS LEAVES ARE ALWAYS GREEN.
IT HAS NO WORRIES IN A YEAR OF DROUGHT,
AND NEVER FAILS TO BEAR FRUIT.”

Contemplating over these scriptures I wrote and composed the following song:

BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD,
WHOSE CONFIDENCE IS SECURE IN HIM,
HE WILL BE LIKE THE TREE PLANTED BY THE WATER,
ROOTS ANCHORED DEEP IN RICH SOD,
BECAUSE HE TRUSTED IN GOD.

WHEN THE HEAT COMES, THE TREE DOES NOT FEAR,
ITS ROOTS HAVE REACHED OUT TO A STREAM QUITE NEAR.
NOT WORRIED ABOUT A COMING DROUGHT AT ALL,
THE TREE GROWS VIBRANT AND TALL.

CHORUS-PROVERBS 3:5-6

TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART
AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING
IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
AND HE SHALL DIRECT YOUR PATHS.

2ND VERSE

AND IF THE DROUGHT COMES, ITS LEAVES REMAIN GREEN,
ALREADY NOURISHED BY THE NEAR BY STREAM,
MUCH FRUIT FROM ITS BOUGHS, IT CONTINUES TO BEAR,
AS IT THRIVES UNDER GOD’S LOVING CARE.

LET’S BE LIKE THE TREE PLANTED BY THE WATER,
AND THRIVE UNDER OUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER,
AND ACKNOWLEDGE HIM IN ALL OUR WAYS,
AS WE REJOICE IN HIS CARE ALL OUR DAYS.

CHORUS

REPEAT FIRST VERSE TWICE

 

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IF WE TRUSTED IN JESUS

By Judy Lee Jenkins
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These are troubling times and there are many things to be concerned about.  With an upcoming election we wonder if the candidate that will most likely respect and protect our Constitution be the one to win. We wonder if the terrorists may strike again, or other countries threaten ours. On a domestic level we wonder if we can pay all our bills, or overcome a serious illness. There always seems to be concerns and obstacles to overcome.  All these things cause us distress and worry.  Yet the scriptures give us tremendous comfort about our concerns and worries.

In Mathew 6:25-34, Jesus instructed us not to worry about our lives, what we will eat or drink, or what clothes we put on.  He told us to observe the birds of the air and the lilies of the field.  He says that they don’t sow or reap or store food in the barns but God takes care of them and even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these.  And Jesus continues to reason that are we not more important to God than them? Do we not have faith, that God will all the more take care of us?

In Philippians 4:6-7, is one of my favorite scriptures concerning worry.  In that passage we read: “DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING, BY PRAYER AND PETITION, WITH THANKSGIVING, PRESENT YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD, AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.”

In 2nd Timothy 1:7, we read, “FOR GOD HATH NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR; BUT OF POWER, AND LOVE, AND A SOUND MIND.”

The scriptures tell us that if we don’t trust in the Lord we will be like a bush in the wastelands and not see prosperity when it comes.  We will not know fruitfulness and other wonderful blessings.  However in Jeremiah 17:7, blessings are pronounced upon those who do trust in Him.  ”HE WILL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE WATER THAT SENDS ITS ROOTS BY THE STREAM, IT DOES NOT FEAR WHEN HEAT COMES; ITS LEAVES ARE ALWAYS GREEN, IT HAS NOT WORRIES IN A YEAR OF DROUGHT AND NEVER FAILS TO BEAR FRUIT.”

WOW!!  How great is that?!!  If only we could control our worries and fears and trust in Him and realize such blessings are the promise HE gave us!! Thus we would not be wringing our hands but have perfect peace!!  He has also promised to direct our paths and be our shield and buckler and strength in trying times.  Let us commit all our ways unto him and reap these wonderful blessings!!

Thinking on these things I wrote the following song.  The words are as follows:

IF WE TRUSTED IN JESUS, OUR LORD AND OUR KING,
WE WOULD NOT BE ANXIOUS OVER ANYTHING,
WE’D MAKE OUR FAITH GREATER THAN ANY FEAR,
AND OUR NEEDLESS WORRIES WOULD DISAPPEAR.

THE LORD HAS NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR,
BUT A SOLID ASSURANCE HE’S WITH US AND NEAR.
TRUSTING IN HIM JOYOUS BLESSINGS WE’LL FIND,
OF POWER, LOVE, AND A VERY STRONG MIND.

CHORUS

IF WE’RE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT WHEN WE PRAY,
WE’D GIVE THANKS AND PRAISE TO GOD EACH DAY,
AND THE PEACE OF GOD THAT TRANSCENDS ALL ELSE TOO,
WILL GUARD OUR HEARTS AND MINDS RENEW.

2ND VERSE

HE TOLD US NOT TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT WE’LL EAT OR WEAR,
BUT TO OBSERVE THE LILIES OF THE FIELD AND BIRDS OF THE AIR,
THEY DON’T SEW OR REAP, NOR FOOD STORE AWAY,
YET SOLOMON IN ALL HIS GLORY WAS NOT SO ARRAYED.

WORRYING JESUS SAID WON’T ADD ONE HOUR TO OUR LIFE,
AND RESULTS ONLY IN NEEDLESS ANXIETY AND STRIFE,
IF THE LORD TAKES CARE OF HIS CREATIONS WITH ASSURANCE WE CAN TRUST,EVEN ALL THE MORE TO TAKE CARE OF US.

CHORUS

REPEAT OF FIRST VERSE TWICE

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