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Isn't it amazing how you can look back to when you were a small child and see how the hand of God was on you even then.<br />
Born in St. Charles, MO, I was singing songs with my dad at the age of 2 or 3 and singing and playing guitar at age 7. Then just 2 weeks before my 13th birthday, I told my dad if he'd get me a piano I would learn to play it. He went out and got me an old upright piano and even though most of the ivories were missing from the keys I loved that piano. <br />
All I had was an old church hymnal when I sat down for the first time. I don't know how else to explain what happened but just to tell you God gave me the ability to play that piano from the very first time my fingers touched the keys. I never took a lesson but yet was playing that piano in 2 weeks. The first song I played was my dad's favorite, I'll Fly Away. My mom and dad could tell something supernatural was happening and on my 13th birthday in rolled a brand new beautiful piano. My dad started singing in church with me when I was 13 and I never stopped. My brother was also given the gifts of playing the guitar and banjo and started playing in churches also. <br />
Not too many years later my family opened a Country Music Show for 16 years where we performed country, bluegrass, and most importantly, gospel music 6 nights a week. Married to the man God made for me with 2 wonderful daughters we all were involved in the show. When my father suddenly passed away we couldn't face doing the show without him so we closed the doors.<br />
I must be honest and say that losing my father and then finding out my mother, who was in her 50's, had Alzheimer's taught me about a sadness I never knew existed. I found myself unable to even stand the sound of music much less sing for quite a while. It was just too painful. However, God being who He is knew I needed to share the gifts He had given me and once again the joy of music began to live in my heart, but this time it was different. This time not only was the music there but God began giving me song after song. <br />
There are specific messages God wants His people to hear and He's giving me those messages in songs. My music is not about me, it's all about Him. I am but merely the vessel for Him to use. My prayer is for others to be ministered to and be blessed by God's word in song. He is to be Praised and Worshipped. <br />
Always Take The Cross
One day I began thinking about life as if it were a trip I was taking with only one road map, (the Bible), to use to help me find my way. Just like every trip there was a starting point for me to leave from, (birth), and an ending destination for me to arrive at, (death).
Even though my map shows me a little line to follow so I will know where I am going I won't know what the roads are like until I am actually driving on them. The roads may be very nicely paved or they could be full of potholes. Now my map doesn't guarantee me my trip will be uneventful, but it will certainly guide me and keep me from getting lost. As long as I keep my eyes on the map I am assured of reaching the end of my journey no matter what type of difficulties I may incur along the way.
As with any trip, I find that I come to many, many places on my journey where the roads cross and I have to make a decision as to which way to go. It is always my choice to take the road my map shows me is best or to take my own route. Even though both will get me to my destination I don't want to take just "any" road I want to be sure and take the "right" road.
So as I travel on my journey and I come to a crossroad in my life the most important thing for me to remember is..."Always Take The Cross."
Your life is like a journey
there are no guarantees
you may be up you may be down
or somewhere in between
and there will be times of ease
and struggles on the way
sometimes it's best
to stop and wait
for night to turn to day.
You won't find the way
unless you pray
if you're getting lost
as you walk your road of strife
and then you come
to a crossroad in your life
Always take the cross
Though you may know where you want
your journey to end
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