Tag: Songs

Smiles

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“Smile awhile, and give your face a rest,
Raise your hands to the One Who loves the best.
Then shake hands with someone near,
And give to them a smile.”

I learned this little song years ago while helping in a Sunday School class. We attended the chapel services on the military base I was stationed at in Wertheim, Germany; Peden Barracks.

My “ministry” in the class of kindergarten age children was operating a little bear puppet named “Bashful”. The teacher would use Bashful to help teach her lessons and also, entertain the children.

Another song we did, one of Bashful’s favorites, was “Peter, James and John in a Sailboat”. Bashful did all the actions for the song, such as fishing, casting a net, hauling in the great big catch, and, of course, acting bashful.

It’s fun to look back and remember those days. Such a simple, hand puppet like Bashful could put smiles on the little kids faces. Nothing fancy, no big production; just a hand, a song, and a puppet.

Smiles.

Smiles are contagious!

Smiles can lift a heavy heart, and dry someone’s tears.

Smiles can say, “I care for you”, and, “I’m glad you’re here.”

Smiles have a way of helping you forget, if just for awhile, the troubles that surround you.

Smiles are like the puppet, Bashful; revealing, acting out, the love, joy, peace, and kindness that’s within the heart.

The world, OUR WORLD, could really benefit from a simple, heartfelt smile.

Smile awhile, and give your face a rest.

Bless someone today with a smile.

Search Me O God

Search Me, O God

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Ps 139:23-24 NLT

It was over 20 years ago that I wrote the song, “Search Me, O God”, based on Psalm 139:23,24.

Have you ever talked with someone who was absolutely sure they would never flake out on God? Someone who was so confident in their ability to stand against any and all temptations or adversities, without so much of a bend?

Someone who could ignore scriptural warnings such as…

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it flow the forces of life.” Proverbs 4:23

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9,10 NKJV

“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 10:12 NKJV

Well, that someone was me.

I wrote the song for some people in our church who were struggling with being true to their marriage vows. Seemed like a good song for them. But a year later, I was dealing with the very same thing!

I didn’t pay attention to the warnings of the Spirit, the Word, and other Christians. I felt I knew my heart, in spite of what God said in His Word; in spite of the warnings.

Now, when I sing this song, I’m not singing it for anyone else. I sing it as a prayer for me!

Yes, thank God for His mercy and restoration. Thank God for new hope, new opportunities! But it is a whole lot better, and safer, to keep out of traps and shackles strewn across the land of my heart.

Now, as far as I know, I am loving the Lord and serving Him with all my heart…

…as much as I know my heart.

Search me, O God, and know my heart
Try me and know my thoughts
See if there be any wicked way in me
And lead me in the way everlasting

When the storms of life are raging and my feelings all confused
Lead me to the Rock that’s higher than I
May Your Spirit gently woo me and help my heart to see
That not everything I feel is Your desire
O may my life be consumed by Your Holy fire.

As from glory to glory I travel, upon the road of faith
Remind me that it’s You Who holds my hand
And if I’m walking on the water, or drowning in my tears
Help me be secure in Your plan
In love, faith, and holiness to stand.

Sing A New Song…or Three or Four

A good friend of mine, Greg Doll, and I got together today just to play some music,
encourage each other, and bless the Lord. Enjoy!

There Is A Love by Jan Grace

The Robber by Greg Doll

A Place Set For Me by Jan Grace

You Are The Reason by Greg Doll

My Passion, Purpose, Reason by Jan Grace

I will set the Lord always before me, for He is my Strength, my Joy, my Life.

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