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Luke 10: 38 – 42 New American Standard
"Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord’s word, seated at His feet. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him, and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

This is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible and I know we all have read this passage many times and heard many sermons on it. I always get a laugh though, being the Dad of three girls, who seem to play this scene out over and over. I have to be honest and say, I have done the same many times with my siblings. Can’t you just hear Martha saying, “If Mary would get up and do something to help me then I could get done a lot faster.” And can’t you hear Mary saying, “If Martha would learn to chill out some.”

We all have important things to do every day of our lives along with regular responsibilities that we have to take care of. That list can include work, school, meetings, errands to run, meals to fix, kids being dropped off here and there, shopping, choir practice, parents to see about, concerts to prepare for, and traveling. And don’t forget the dog, the cleaners, and the doctor. Get the picture? We are all very busy people just like Martha, trying to take care of everything to the point of neglecting our time with the Lord. Jesus never told Martha that having a lot to do was wrong nor did He tell Mary she did not need to help. The point is that we need to learn to put things in proper order and I think that was what Mary was doing when she stopped to listen to the Lord.

Well, it seems like it ought to be easy to keep the Lord first but we fail so often, yet Jesus, with his gentle love, reminds us of the “good part” (spending time with Him) and how we need to learn to “Listen As Mary Listened”. How our souls would be nourished with the food that will not perish, which the Son of Man will give us, If we only stop to listen, “As Mary Listened”.

contributor: Ken Byford
GodsChild Records (artist) "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth"

Before telephones, e-mails, or texting- people brought their news to each other on foot. They shared personally face to face. Now through ever expanding music, radio, internet, and global outreach we are ' a-foot" faster.
There is a great, snappy song that asks... "Do you have beautiful feet?" Feet are all different-short and wide, long and narrow, painted toenails, plain white and tanned.... on and on. We need all kinds of feet. They all carry us so we can spread the news. Recently, my husband was ordained as a minister and the theme was Isaiah 52:7 "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news, proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation"
I consider it our purpose as music ministers of the Gospel to use our feet to get to people to spread the Good News through song.
Keep Walking!!! Keep singing!!!! God bless all your feet!!!!

contributors: Anne-Leslie Tijerina Daddy Bill Daddy Daughter Duo: GodsChild Records (artists) We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

Throughout history, the people of God have been chastised for their beliefs. We know that Christians are persecuted and killed all over the world for their belief in Jesus Christ. Now, in the United States of America, which was founded on Christian principles, we are slowly having our religious freedoms stripped from us in the name of political correctness. Children cannot pray in schools, the Ten Commandments are being removed from our courthouses, and even the word "Christmas" is now considered offensive. The Christian values with which most of us were raised are becoming a thing of the past. Looking at the changes that have occurred over the past 30 or 40 years regarding the religious freedom of Christians in America, it can almost seem like a losing battle to hold onto those freedoms. But if we think about 2 Corinthians 4: 8 and 9, we will be reminded that no matter how much Satan tries to take from those who believe in Jesus Christ, he will never succeed. We have had, and will continue to have trials in our lives, but God said we will not be crushed, be in despair, forsaken or destroyed. Praise God for His mercies!

contributor: Rhonda Paterson, GodsChild Records (artist)

 I Coritnthians 5:7 King James Version
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

My husband, Robert, is a blind rehabilitation instructor. He teaches U.S. veterans who have lost their eyesight due to injury or disease. He helps them regain their independence by showing them how to “see” with their hands. Yo accomplish this, the veterans create small craft items out of leather, metal, and wood. The woodworking shop - filled with powerful “toys” any handyman (or woman) dreams of - is my husband’s favorite place to teach. He guides the veterans as they operate razor sharp equipment. At the end of their seven-week stay, they take home prized projects and a renewed sense of confidence.
It amazes me that they leave with all ten of their fingers still intact. I believe this is only accomplished because they trust their instructor. During the “dark” times of my life, I need to remember that God is always right beside me. He will safely guide me through, even when I can’t “see” how. Faith produces 20/20 vision.

contributor: Ann Hartmann, GodsChild Records (artist)

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

During a recent visit with my dad, I felt compelled to rescue a very used and abused piece of furniture from his attic - an old dresser that has faithfully cradled many generations of clothes - including mine. Before I can place the broken pieces in my husband's skilled hands for repair, I must first remove numerous coats of paint.
Confidently, I apply the paint remover; set the timer for 20 minutes; and with plastic scraper in hand, eagerly anticipate the unveiling of the bare wood. But, after three days of repeating the "Three Easy Steps," it is obvious that I have severely underestimated the stubbornness of old paint!
As I finally buff the clean, beautiful oak wood with my steel wool, I am so thankful that God never gives up on me. His love can and will transform me. I just need to be patient and let Him scrape until the job is done.

contributor: Ann Hartmann, GodsChild Records (artist)

"Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people,
from this time on and forevermore."

As I read this passage this morning, I was reassured again that God will always take care of those who trust in Him and His Son Christ Jesus.
I have been through trials, troubles and upset many times, we all experience bad things, but God is always there, always with me through thick and thin, and has never let me down.

By the power of the Holy Spirit which fills my life, I know that God is with me, though reading the Bible, I can hear the words of God, promising me sureness, hope, redemption and peace.

God is always there, surrounding us, protecting us, keeping us in His love. Jesus speaks of His loving protection as being like a mother hen, who covers her chicks with her wings to keep them safe from harm.

So even in the worst moments of my life, I can hold to the firm assurance of God and will wait in confidence for his deliverance and salvation.

contributor: Bill Hennessee, GodsChild Records (Webmaster)

"Give thanks to the Lord and pray to him. Tell the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praises to him. Tell about all his miracles. Be glad that you are his. Let those who seek the Lord be happy."

Being able to share God’s love with others through music is a blessing.

I prayed to the Lord when I was going through some very hard times. I thought they would never end, but they did. My prayer was to give me strength to get through and He answered my prayers.

All my life I wanted to be a “Country Singer” but God had a different plan for me. God gave me the ability to write and sing about what He did for me. Through my music I can reach out to others and let them know through prayer, He’ll be there for them.

The ability to sing His praises was increased when He delivered me from cigarettes. That was a miracle with no withdrawal and no desire. Every year without cigarettes increases my singing abilities. This makes my seventh year without cigarettes, thanks to God’s love.

Jesus has been so loving, kind and caring in my music career by directing me to special Christ loving people that inspire me in my music career. Singing about Jesus is a never ending joy and desire.

contributor: Sandra Lee Burdick GodsChild Records (artist)

"...Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is thekingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdomof God as a little child, he shall not enter therein."

One of the blessings of teaching is how much we learn in the process.

As a parent, I know the most important thing I can give to my children isan understanding of God's love for them. Our younger daughter Morgan has autism, a disability that makes everyday communication a challenge. Teaching her spiritual lessons has been a real hurdle for me. Being an "adult", I can make things much more complicated than they need to be. After struggling with this for quite some time I finally remembered to turn to the master/teacher. Morgan learns best visually. Jesus knew how to teach simply. Through the parables, he painted clear and simple pictures of God's love. He also taught by being a living example of that love.

I am learning to say less and show more. Those of you who know me, know just how hard this is for me. I appreciate all your prayers in this matter.

Know The Hope,

contributor: Tammy Vice GodsChild Records (artist)

O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me! Thou knowest when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou discernest my thoughts from afar. Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou dost beset me behind and before, and layest thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it."

Last week, a new teacher I mentor poured out her heart to me. Her kids were not responding and she was at her wit's end; students were harassing each other, fights were breaking out, and cheating was rampant. She began to question her calling. She was discouraged and felt disconnected from God.

She asked the age old Job question, "Why is there so much turmoil in my life and why can't the Lord see what's happening to me?"

In times of turmoil when we feel what we do doesn't matter and think that we're all alone, it is comforting to know that the Lord cares for us enough to know our every thought and our every action. He knows what we will say before we say it and what we will do before we do it. These words sing to me a song of hope and joy, for the Lord loves us and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He is always with us and before us.

contributor: David Boyd Acuff, GodsChild Records (writer)

2 Chronicles 20: 15-17

"And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you."

This scripture carried me to a new level of peace with the Lord. Pastor Jimmy Snow brought these verses to my attention during a Sunday night service where I play piano . It had been one of those weeks when a ton of work was pressing in and it felt like everything needed to be done NOW.
During such periods of floundering and anxiety, the Bible can give you something real to grab on to--in this instance, the wisdom of simply "standing still," and knowing that the Lord was, and will be, with me.
Thankfully, Brother Snow was speaking on just the passage I needed right then in my personal walk. It was good to find a welcome answer in such a familiar place. Sometimes we humans need a detailed map to get from here to there, and while it can be helpful to have well intentioned friends and family offering their words of advice, our best guidance will come from a higher Word. When I'm seeking the Lord's Will in my life, the best guideposts I've found are in Scripture.

contributor: John Rees, GodsChild Records (owner)

Psalm 139: 1-6
John 10:14, 15 KJV
Psalms 105: 1-3 NCV
Psalms 125: 1-2 New Revised Standard Version

Philippians 1:6 Amplified Bible

2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 New King James Version

Isaiah 52:7 King James Version

I Peter 2: 4-5

"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but, chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."

We've all faced it at some point in our lives. It hurts and no one likes it. We all want to feel loved and needed, that we have something worthwhile to contribute.

Recently, I was experiencing what felt like constant rejection, and it was overwhelming me. It seemed like I was being abandoned by friends and family. I wasn't invited to several social gatherings, "disallowed indeed of men." And in the world of music, rejection is commonplace. So, I went to the Lord, and I asked Him, what was wrong with me? Bitterness and anger were swelling up inside. My heart was broken. How could people I love exclude me or forget about me?

The Lord led me to 1 Peter 2:4-5. I was so comforted by those words. I learned a valuable lesson in that message. The Lord revealed to me the rejection He faced on the cross, and how still today He is rejected each time someone refuses to accept Him as Savior. But He still forgives and loves us all.

I understand now that there will be times when I feel abandoned and unloved. There is great comfort and encouragement in remembering that as His children, we are acceptable to Him just as we are. He has chosen us, and even when we are rejected by people in our lives, or feel left out, we are precious to Him, no matter what. He is faithful and true, and He will never leave us or forsake us.

contributor: Janice Lynn Peavy, GodsChild Records (Artist)

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