Be Who You Were Meant to Be Another Short Devotional

Are you SOFT AND FURRY OR SHARP AND PRICKLY? Be who God meant you to be!

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Rock of Ages Heavens Hymn

Today I would like to share another popular Hymn, often sung  in churches.   While this song may not have a great “back story”, one has to believe the author, Augustus M. Toplady, understood what it was like to go through trials and difficulties.

As a Christian, no matter what our problem, the Lord is the answer.   I always enjoyed singing this song.  I hope you will sing along.

Do you have a question or problem that you would like to talk about?   Write me at:   dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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FIGHTING GOD ANOTHER CHURCH SPLIT

Watching Christians attacking one another is heart breaking.  At the top of that list would be a church split.  When a church board decides that they have the right to remove a Pastor for anything other than moral failure or running off with the tithes of the church is wrong.  And God will make that evident in the future.

God appoints Pastors and Teachers.  The elders of the church in the New Testament were used to serve the body of Christ, such as widows and orphans.

Accountability is important.  But God has always worked through Shepherds of His flock.  They carry the greatest weight of responsibility in God’s eyes.  And they are responsible to bring the body of Christ into the presence of God.  He will judge any wrong doing one day.

I hope you never face such a problem, but if you do?  Pray for the Pastor.

Do you have a question or a problem that you would like to talk about?
Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Jesus Loves Me Hymn

Jesus loves me! He loves you! He really does!!

Do you have a question or a problem that you would like to talk about?

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I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Hes a Wonderful Savior to Me – The Hymn

He’s a Wonderful Savior to Me – Hymn
Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Our Lord loves you.  If you don’t know Him as your personal Savior, let me tell you about Him!    Do you have a problem or question?  Write me at:   dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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A Prophetic Word From Kent Christmas

HE IS COMING SOON! Give God the Glory!
I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Mansion over the Hilltop Heavens Hymn

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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A Confused Bird, A Wayward Chipmunk, and a Give God the Glory kind of Day

A Confused Bird, a Wayward Chipmunk, and a Give God the Glory kind of Day! Another Short Devotional
With the reversal of Roe Vs Wade, the world seems to in an uproar.  Some because they are thrilled for the lives of the unborn babies, and some, because their freedom to choose to be a mother has been removed.

What ever your thoughts on the subject, you need to know that God does have an opinion on the subject.  And His is the only one that counts.   I for one, am thrilled.  EVERY LIFE matters.  Even the smallest.   We must begin to pray for those who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior.  Knowing Him will make everything clear.

Do you have a question or a problem?  Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,
lanadee

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Pentecostal Power Medley Heavens Hymns

So this is it.  I have finally caught up on all the posts I have published on Facebook and also Youtube.   I am “giddy” with excitement! ( It doesn’t take much).
I had fun with this song.  All these years I have looked for piano accompaniments to use for the hymns.  Now, thanks to my new Band in the Box software…If I can chord it..I can play it!

This is one of my favorite hymns.  I actually put two of them together.  It is the Holy Spirit who will usher in our Lord’s return.  I can’t wait.  If I don’t meat you on earth, I look forward to meeting you in Heaven.

I remain your friend,
lanadee
dearlanadee@gmail.com

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Never Give Up Another Short Devotional

Never give UP! As anyone can see, my posts are watched by just a few people so why do I keep making them? I have some interesting facts that just might make you think differently. You might even want to watch them. 🙂 Don’t give up. Fulfill the purpose God has for you! Only time will tell what your witness will produce in the Kingdom of God!

Do you have a problem or a question?  Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com
I remain your friend,
lanadee

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Dependence on God Another Short Devotional

Are you dependent on God? If not you SHOULD BE!

I remain your friend,

lanadee

dearlanadee@gmail.com

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Higher Ground – The Hymn and a Short Devotional

Keep climbing higher. Don’t settle for less. Philippians 4:11–13 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!

I remain your friend,

lanadee     dearlanadee@gmail.com

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I See a Crimson Stream of Blood Heavens Hymn

(1Jn 1:7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Written by G. T. Haywood I see a crimson stream of blood, It flows from Calvary, Its waves which reach the throne of God, Are sweeping over me.

I hope you enjoyed the song.  Do you have a problem or  a question?  Write me at:   dearlanadee@gmail.com   

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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LOSS When you lose a loved one Another Short Devotional

The pain of losing a loved one is life changing. But it must NOT stop you from living. Another Short Devotional

 

Do you have a problem or question?
Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

 

 

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Nothing More than FEELINGS Another Short Devotional

Are you sympathetic, empathetic or…there is something MORE you can offer for those you care about!

Do you have a problem or question?
write me at: dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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My Daughter Julies Heavenly Song CAPTAIN

There are times when I wonder…no, I KNOW my audience does not merit the expense of keeping a website going.  Yet I do it because I care about YOU!  Truth!

BUT one thing I do know.   You WILL love this song that my daughter wrote.  She is also the soloist.   I am proud of her and I am willing to bet this song will bless you.
Let me know if it does!

Your friend,
lanadee
dearlanadee@gmail.com

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Patience – I need it NOW Another Short Devotional

Are there times when you doubt you have the faith necessary to see answers to your prayers? All you need is PATIENCE!

Do you have a problem or a question?
Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,
lanadee

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My Faith Looks up to Thee Another Heavens Hymn

My Faith Looks Up to Thee Hymn

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Do you have problem or a question that you would like to talk about?   Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,
lanadee

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Truth the Whole TRUTH What is TRUTH?

Do you swear to tell the TRUTH? The whole TRUTH? and nothing BUT the TRUTH?    So what IS TRUTH?

Another Short Devotional.

 

I am so far behind in posting, you should be receiving quite a few in the near future.

Do you have a problem or a question?  Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend, lanadee

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The Two Great Temptations – Another Short Devotional

The two great temptations – Another Short Devotional

Do you have a problem or something you would like to talk about?

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I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Create in Me a Clean Heart Search Me Oh God Heavens Hymns

So many people make new resolves at the beginning of a new year. What are yours? I am asking the Lord to examine my heart and to cleanse me from my sins. I want to start the new year on my knees before the Lord. He is coming soon. I want to be ready.

Do you have a problem or want to talk?   Write me at: dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Rebellion Another Short Devotional

Rebellion is not only found in children. I had a dream about a nursing home. Now what could those two subjects have in common?

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go Heavens Hymns

A beautiful hymn with a remarkable story. OH LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET ME GO. Are you going through a troubled time? I hope this story and hymn will give you JOY in the HOLY GHOST!

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Tested by Trials Trusted by God Another Short Devotional

Troubles are plenty, but perhaps there is a purpose!

 

When you serve the Lord, life isn’t perfect, but Heaven WILL be.  Do you know Jesus?  If not I would be happy to tell you about Him.
Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Joy Unspeakable Heavens Hymn

Joy Unspeakable! That is what we have as Christians. Life may not always be pleasant, but we have someone to go to who will help us through, JESUS. I hope you enjoy this old hymn!

Do you have a problem or just want to talk?  Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Shanghaied by Shingles Lord give me Patience Another Short Devotional

I’ve been shangheighed by Shingles. LORD give me Patience! If Jesus loves us why do we have to endure suffering?

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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This Means WAR Another Short Devotional

Life has a rhythm. When that rhythm is broken due to a car wreck and then a fraudulent attack on my bank account, there is only one thing to do. This means WAR!

 

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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My Promise Cover Song Heavens Hymns

“As for me…I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake to find myself beholding Your form and having sweet communion with You.” (Psa_17:15, Amplified Bible) The Lord loves us and has given us His Word. I want to promise to love Him, Worship Him and SO much more. HE IS WORTHY!

 

Do you havce a problem or want to talk?   Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Grow Church Grow Another Short Devotional

In today’s short devotional I talk about Dreams and the church. God’s will is to use both to help us grow!

 

Do you have a problem or just want to talk?  Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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I Stand Amazed with Piano Accompaniment Only by Request

I am honored to fulfill a “special request”.  One of the listeners asked me to post this song with piano accompaniment only.  I don’t often hear back from those who listen to my posts but I keep plugging along anyway.   I do this because I love the Lord and He gave me a dream a long time ago, asking me to “save the Hymns”.  I took that to mean that I should sing and post them.
I do hope you are blessed as I am in hearing these old songs.

Your friend,

lanadee

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I Stand Amazed Heavens Hymns

The Story and the Hymn.   I Stand Amazed in His Presence.

A wonderful song.  I hope you will sing along!

Do you need to talk?  Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Trust God Another Short Devotional

God is watching; even if no one else seems to be. And we can trust Him. Another Short Devotional.

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Are You Tired of Being You? Another Short Devotional

Are you TIRED of being YOU? Peter wasn’t crazy about himself either. And he was called “The Rock”. Another Short Devotional

Thank you for listening to this Short Devotional.  If you have a question or just want to talk, please write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com
I remain your friend,

lanadee

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All The Way My Savior Leads Me Heavens Hymns

 

We are never alone. As a child of God that is a promise!
Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy path.

Do you have a question, or something you would like to talk about?
Write me at:   dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

 

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Hold On To Your Dreams Another Short Devotional

In today’s Short Devotional I want to talk about dreams. Hang on to them. God never lies. If He said it, He won’t forget it. Just hang on.

 

It has been quite a while since I updated this website.   For that I humbly apologize!   So do not be surprised at how much “updating” I do!
Do you have a question or comment?  Please write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

Your friend,
lanadee

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Be a Light Another Short Devotional

Do you light up a room by entering or leaving it 🙂 A special James Ryle Rylism and a SPECIAL Happy 47th Anniversary to my Michael!

I remain  your friend,

lanadee

Do you have a question or something you would like to talk about?

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Do You Ever Need A Miracle Cover Song

DO YOU EVER NEED A MIRACLE COVER SONG When you need a miracle, our Lord is there. I am so thankful for all he has done for me.

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Every Promise in the Book is Mine Heavens Hymn

So, it has been a long time since I have been able to post.  Switching website providers, catching up with all the postings I have made both on Facebook and youtube.  But I do hope you will forgive me for the plethora of emails you will be receiving as I “catch up”.

Please drop me a line and let me know you still visit the website from time to time.

Your friend,

lanadee

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JUST WHEN I NEED HIM MOST – HEAVEN’S HYMNS

An old Hymn with a great message. Have you heard it? it is new to me. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Do you have a problem or want to talk?  Write dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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Do You Know My Jesus? Heaven’s Hymn

Jesus loves you more than you will ever know. If you don’t know Him, now is the time to meet Him. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace

 

Do you want to talk or do you have a problem?  Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadeee

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OH THE CROSS – COVER SONG

THANK YOU LORD FOR GIVING YOUR LIFE ON THE CROSS SO THAT WE CAN BE SAVED!
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
I Peter 2:24
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
Luke 9:23
And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.

Do you have a problem or simply want to talk?  Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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EACH STEP I TAKE DUET

Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” The Lord will lead you, you must simply listen to His voice.

 

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A Really REALLY BAD Day

Are you having a bad day? Week? LIFE? What should you do? Ahithophel who had been David’s counselor, friend and right hand man for many, many years very quickly betrayed him Now THAT’S a bad day.

I remain your friend,

lanadee

dearlanadee@gmail.com

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God is God there IS NO OTHER

Another Short Devotional
With so many voices speaking and wanting to be heard, who can you trust? Who should you believe? Today we look at Acts Chapter 5. Are the prophetic voices right? Will President Trump serve another term in 2021?

 

I remain your friend,
lanadee
dearlanadee@gmail.com

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GROW CHURCH GROW

In today’s short devotional we talk about Dreams
and the church. God’s will is to use both to help us grow!

Do you have a problem or a question you would
like to talk about?

Write me at dearlanadee@gmail.com
I remain your friend,

lanadee

 

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I Stand Amazed with Piano Accompaniment

A listener to Heaven’s Hymns requested the Hymn, I Stand Amazed, be
re-recorded with only piano accompaniment. I must confess I like this
arrangement better.

I thank the Lord for his love and His mercy. I look forward to meeting all the
wonderful people who have listened to, and were encouraged by the HEAVEN’S
HYMNS in Heaven one day! THANK YOU for listening my friends ❤
Thank you Hangshi of Bangalore, India.
I remain your friend, lanadee

 

 

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I Stand Amazed in His Presence – Another Heavens Hymn

Hello my friends!
After a very LONG absence, I am back.  Thank you to those who
checked back from time to time to see if I was still alive 🙂

I am determined to try harder.

This is a hymn I am certain that many of you remember from
the days that hymnals took a prominent place in the pews at church.  I hope
you like it.  

Drop me a line if you like this hymn and be sure to let me know what
songs you would like to hear in the future.  dearlanadee@gmail.com

Blessings my faithful friends,

lanadee

 

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TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS

I woke up this morning with the Hymn “Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus” on my mind. I am unable to sing but why let something “that simple” stop me? lol We CAN trust Jesus. Cancer? Covid? Trouble with an election? Our Lord is the one to tell. I hope this song blesses you as it has me. Your friend, lanadee

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DOWN FROM HIS GLORY

I found this great instrumental of the Hymn, DOWN FROM HIS GLORY, played by the Hymnal Brothers on YouTube. This song was specially requested by a dear friend. We need to remember that God sent His Son from Glory, to die for you and I. He then rose again and went to Heaven. And if we accept Him and give our lives to Him? We can have eternal life!

Your friend,

lanadee

dearlanadee@gmail.com

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MY HEAVENLY FATHER WATCHES OVER ME

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

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I WILL POUR WATER COVER SONG

I WILL POUR WATER
My soul cries out, Lord, I need more of you.
Every part of my being, Lord I give it all to you.
So hear my prayer, as I seek your face.
Oh sweet Holy Spirit, come and flow through me.

Lord pour out your glory, let it flow over me.
Come and saturate my being, oh and set my spirit free.
OH change my life, to be more like you each day.
Oh Lord let your spirit, let it cover me

He said, I will pour water on your dry and thirsty soul.
I will pour floods upon your barren ground.
And I will send rain, on your hungry heart. W
hen you have humbled, when you seek my face.

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FRIENDS COVER SONG

This song is for ALL my friends…and if you are not one of them? Let me know, I have room for more. I love you my friends!!!

 

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Ever Want to Bite Somebody? Another Short Devotional

Today’s SHORT Devotional takes us to a farm. Spend a few peaceful moments with me while you get OVER your desire to BITE somebody

 

Your friend,

lanadee

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A MIND AT PERFECT PEACE WITH GOD

An old Hymn. Has anyone ever heard it? The third verse gripped my heart. “So near, so very near to God, I cannot nearer be. For in the person of His Son, I am as near as He.”
THAT is where I want to be, how about you? I hope you enjoy this beautiful hymn.

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A BANG AND A BOOM AND A NIGHT OF DREAMING

Hearing God in the night during a thunder storm  How do you prepare to for bed? If you are like me, you go down kicking and screaming. I like to squeeze every ounce of life out of each day. But you just might want to try a different approach.

Your friend,

lanadee

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Praise Him Praise Him – Heavens Hymn

Slip into the pew with me, turn your hymnal to page 149 and let’s sing PRAISE HIM, PRAISE HIM. He is WORTHY of our praise!

 

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An Army The Bathroom and Hurricane Sally

This morning I fought my bodies attempt to wake up.  It was only 7:15 am and I had gone to bed quite late.  I could heard animals noises outside.  Were they crying?  I also  heard Peaches whimpering, so I finally got up to let her out and decided, even though my dream seemed too odd to be a God dream, I would write it down.

As I sat down, I turned on the TV, only  to find out that Hurricane Sally  was crawling across the coast and that Pensacola Florida,was in danger of potential   4-7 foot water surges with over 24″ of rain.  People are in grave danger!  And the Lord wants me to I pray!

MY DREAM

In my dream I was in the military.  We were all lined up, waiting to be loaded onto transport vehicles to take us to the restroom.  Many in my unit knew there was no way we could wait.  They were loading the vehicles  too slowly,  and seemingly unconcerned about the desperation among the soldiers to use the facilities.  When it became obvious we weren’t going to make it in time to the restroom, one soldier yelled “follow me”  and many of us broke rank and  did just that.

We loaded ourselves onto a vehicle that seemed impenetrable to the attacks we were receiving by those in charge.  We broke down fences and barricades as we left,  and traveled a considerable way.  We then disembarked from our vehicle, and everyone rushed to find the restrooms.

Soldiers were sent to find us and bring us back, so some of us laid down on the ground in submission with hands behind their heads, while others scurried away in search of a hiding place.  I was among those who sought to hide.   I found a cabinet in a bathroom to hide in,  but it didn’t have a door on it so I I was easily found.

When I woke up I REALLY needed the restroom.

Moral of the dream

  1. Obey God when He tells you to get up to pray.

  2. Do NOT drink Root Beer at night before going to bed.

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THE BATTLE FOR THE SOULS OF AMERICA

In America we are not fighting to see which political party will run America. There is so much more … We must not allow God to be removed from our society. We must stand against the abortion of babies, some who are aborted even at 9 months! The battle for the Soul of America is at stake!

 

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TIL THE STORM PASSES BY – COVER STORY

Our world is in chaos. Everywhere we look we see a storm. BUT JESUS is with us always. Be not afraid. He is coming soon for His own!

Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psa 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Psa 91:6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Psa 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Psa 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psa 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Psa 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Psa 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

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THROUGH IT ALL – COVER SONG

 

Through it All – we, too, can learn to put our complete and unreserved trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for our lives and destiny. He is a wonderful Savior, Lord, Redeemer, Healer, Restorer, and Reconciler and He can meet every need in your life and in mine. When we learn the secret of offering our gratitude to God for all of His promises and provisions we will establish through God’s grace an atmosphere of praise and worship where He will dwell with us in the temple of our hearts. God will release us of all of our fears and worries. It is there that we, like Peter, can cast or roll over on Jesus all of our cares.

Andrae Crouch

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DAYS OF ELIJAH COVER SONG

Robin Mark wrote this song in 1994. As he watched the news with all it’s troubles, he said “ I found myself despairing about the state of the world and, in prayer, began asking God if He was really in control and what sort of days were we living in. I felt in my spirit that He replied to my prayer by saying that indeed He was very much in control and that the days we were living in were special times when He would require Christians to be filled with integrity and to stand up for Him just like Elijah did, particularly with the prophets of Baal. “These are ‘Elijah’ days”. Elijah’s story is in the book of Kings and you can read how he felt isolated and alone in the culture in which he lived. But God told him to stand up and speak for Him. We also needed to be a holy and just people and hence the reference to the “days of your servant Moses”, meaning that righteousness and right living was important in all our attitudes and works. Robin Mark said this song is a song of HOPE. Jesus IS returning..and by the looks of things? SOON!

Special thanks to Horizons Church Praise Team, Buckhannon, for the Lyrics and clouds for this video.

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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KISS A TOAD LATELY? THE ROOT OF BITTERNESS

Sharing my experience with…too embarrassed to say it… 🙁 AND the ROOT OF BITTERNESS

 

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Another Heaven’s Hymn –  I’m FREE Cover Song

Another Heaven’s Hymn –  I’m FREE Cover Song

 

Sing along!
There is only one true freedom and NO ONE can take it from you; It is the freedom you find in Christ! Have you found yourself wanting to sit out on life? This world is confusing and difficult to navigate, . BUT GOD can set you free!

I’m FREE
Verse 1
For a long time I travelled
Down a long lonely road;
My heart was so heavy in sin I sank low.
Then I heard about Jesus,
What a wonderful hour;
I’m so glad that I found out
He could bring me out
Through His saving power.

Chorus:
Thank God I am free, free, free
From this world of sin.
I’ve been washed in the blood of Jesus,
I’ve been born again.
Hallelujah, I’m saved, saved, saved
By His wonderful grace.
I’m so glad that I found out
He could bring me out
And show me the way.

Verse 2
Like a bird out of prison
That has taken its flight;
Like a blind man that God
Gave back his sight.
Like a poor wretched beggar
That’s found fortune and fame,
I’m so glad that I found out
He could bring me out
Thro’ His holy name.

 

 

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Freedom – Butt Prints in the Sand Poem

The “Butt Print in the Sand” poem – And a look at FREEDOM!

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STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD – THE HYMN

Let’s have a little fun with an old Hymn. I remember singing this years ago in a little church. There always seemed to be someone with a tambourine or maracas who would join in. I hope you will sing along. Remember..Jesus loves you and we CAN STAND on His promises. Jesus is the same YESTERDAY, TODAY and FOREVER! Hebrews 13:8  Do you have a problem or something you would like to talk about?  Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

I remain your friend,

lanadee

 

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AMERICA – THE SONG

While not a hymn, I am certain many petitions were made to God, and as a result, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation took place. AMERICA…”Lord bless this nation. Hear our prayers! Save our WORLD from the Chinese Virus, Covid 19. Save our COUNTRY from anarchy and civil unrest. Amen”
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

ooops spelled Calvary wrong…sign ha

May the Lord Richly Bless you!

your friend,

lanadee

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Sheltered In The Arms Of God

So many reasons to fear what is happening around us. But if you are a child of God, He has promised to take care of you. He loves you and tells us to FEAR NOT! because He is with us.

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Sheltered in the Arms of God – Dottie Rambo Cover Song

Your friend,

lanadee

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I Worship You Almighty God – Happy Heavenly Fathers Day

 

Father’s Day is over but I did not want to let it pass by without wishing a “Happy Father’s Day” to someone special: Our HEAVENLY FATHER. Thank you Lord for your love and unmerited favor. How would we survive this world without you?

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I AM NOT ALONE – COVER SONG

These are scary times..but you are NOT alone. The Lord will be with you..if you let Him!

http://www.singsnap.com/karao…/watchandlisten/play/c69d46ac3

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Psalm 34

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Spending Time in His Presence

This world is out of control. Hate, violence, looting, murder..the China Plague…where can we go to escape? We will find all we need in His presence.

 

IN HIS PRESENCE

This world is out of control. Hate, violence, looting, murder..the China Plague…where can we go to escape? We will find all we need in His presence.

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I WANNA GO – JOSEPH LARSON HOW ABOUT YOU?

I WANNA GO – this song is just what we need to hear this beautiful Sunday morning. We need a reminder that THIS world is not our home..and, just as Joseph Larson sings in this beautiful song, I WANNA GO….to be with the Lord…get out of this ol sinful world. But I don’t want to leave ANYONE behind. If you don’t know our precious Lord and Savior, won’t you please ask Him in your heart today?

Joseph Larson sings I Wanna Go, telecast from Family Worship Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aired September 9, 2018

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WE SHALL BEHOLD HIM – HE IS COMING SOON!

Thinking about Heaven tonight. I Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
We Shall Behold Him, YES!
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IN HIS PRESENCE – COVER SONG

In these troubled times, where do you go? Where do you find your comfort and guidance? Go to the Lord, Psalm 46 says God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The reality is that there will be difficult times, but God promises to be our refuge. … Some through great sorrow, but God gives us a song in the night season and all the day long.”

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! TELL MOTHER I LL BE THERE

TELL MOTHER I’LL BE THERE

1. When I was but a little child, how well I recollect
How I would grieve my mother with my folly and neglect;
And now that she has gone to Heav’n I miss her tender care:
O Savior, tell my mother I’ll be there!
o Refrain:
Tell mother I’ll be there, in answer to her prayer;
This message, blessed Savior, to her bear!
Tell mother I’ll be there, Heav’n’s joys with her to share;
Yes, tell my darling mother I’ll be there.


2. Though I was often wayward, she was always kind and good;
So patient, gentle, loving when I acted rough and rude;
My childhood griefs and trials she would gladly with me share:
O Savior, tell my mother I’ll be there!


3. When I became a prodigal, and left the old rooftree,
She almost broke her loving heart in mourning after me;
And day and night she prayed to God to keep me in His care:
O Savior, tell my mother I’ll be there!


4. One day a message came to me, it bade me quickly come
If I would see my mother ere the Savior took her home;
I promised her, before she died, for heaven to prepare:
O Savior, tell my mother I’ll be there!

 

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I CAN ONLY IMAGINE COVER SONG

Such an emotional song. I cannot wait for that day. Only one thing stands in our way. The Lord is waiting for that last one who will call upon His Name to be saved. And then….we go home. I can ONLY imagine.
Blessings,
lanadee

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How About Your Heart? Cover Song

Written in 1954, the song “How About Your Heart” asks a question we still need to ask ourselves today. We serve a Holy God who still forgives our sins. And He would have you examine your heart, and if you haven’t already? Ask Jesus in!

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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My Bunnies and Journaling

My dog Peaches uncovered a baby bunny nest..and you will never guess where! I share about journaling as well.  Stay safe my friends and keep looking up!

Your friend, lanadee

 

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Just a Closer Walk with Thee – The Hymn

JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE
The Lord spoke to me in a dream and said: I don’t care how much you say you know me, you will never really know me until you press in. Truth! Do you want a closer walk with the Lord? Press in!

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

 

Press in my friend,

lanadee

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Pressing In – Another Short Devotional

 

I don’t care how much you say you know me, you will never really know me until you press in.
Love,
Jesus

 

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46- 50 TIME TO OPEN THE ATTIC DOOR

It was not long before God spoke to me again, but this time in a dream

My life as a daughter and a caretaker

~ DIARY EXCERPT ~

*THE MOTHER OF MY DREAMS –  July 27th, 2015

 I had a dream.  I dreamt that I was standing in a group of people who were talking about a wonderful hair stylist who could make your hair feel soft and look healthy and shiny. I believe I dreamed this because the night before, I had been at my daughter’s house. Michael and I had been helping her and Vince to lay tile on a bedroom floor.  The dust from the mortar and grout must have been in the air because when I pushed my hair back into a hair tie it felt course and dry. As I was walking towards the hair stylist, my eyes fell upon this woman whose hair was an example of his work.    Her hair was long and dark brown, and it fell across her shoulders in gentle curls.  I touched her hair and it was just as I expected.  Soft and healthy. I then realized this woman was my mother.    I was so surprised to see her like this.  I looked at her from head to toe.  She was young again! My mother, unlike me, had inherited her small delicate, features from my grandfather who was French.

She was gorgeous, and quite slim and had on a beautiful, stylish dress and shoes.  A far cry from the memories I have of her except for that one when I was in kindergarten.  I remember her visiting me for a Mother’s Day Celebration.  She looked like this then.

Mother spoke and told me that she felt wonderful.  That she was having the time of her life and that she had been out and about, doing different things.  As she told me this story a single tear rolled down her cheek.  I took my finger to wipe it away.   I felt the soft smooth skin on her face.  I took my hand and placed it under her chin to really look at her.

I felt my heart melt.  I longed to see her. Not the mother I remember from the long years of torment and unhappiness. The mother who found comfort and escape through medication. The mother who cried all the time and hid from her abusive husband. THIS is the mother I remember!

I miss the mother I barely knew. The one who was young and happy.  Who now is finally experiencing a fun and happy life; The life I wanted to help her experience after my father passed away! The life she then could not embrace.

As I woke up, I found myself wanting to relive this dream. To be back with my mom. This mom.  I went over and over the details of that dream so I would not forget it.

Mother’s birthday was on July 17th.  I forgot to think about her on that day.  When I remembered days later, I thought oh well, I have no really good memories of her, so it is just as well.

I then heard the Lord speak to my heart.  He told me He was replacing the sad memories of my mother with happy ones.    Now I have tears streaming down my face.   I can’t wait to see my mom  one day in Heaven.  She will look like this!

 

THAT HOUSE DREAM AGAIN, WITH A TWIST!

 

 That reoccurring dream.  I never went very long without another dream like it, and I just knew somehow, they were connected.  The houses would change.  Sometimes they were old, and some weren’t houses at all.  I dreamed of a warehouse filled from floor to ceiling, containing stuff.  But I never got to see inside the boxes, drawers, or crates.  Instead, I would wake up.   My favorite house dream took place on a lake.  The steps towards the home were made of glass and I could see the water beneath my feet.

By this point I began to look forward to the dreams.  Some of the houses were so familiar to me that I knew I had been there before.  I became resigned to the fact that I would dream about houses that I would never actually see, and I would never know what surprises would be found in the boxes or drawers.

I then had a dream that really surprised me, I found myself in the home I lived in from birth, until the age of 22.   I was standing in the living room looking at the old door, leading to the attic.   Michael stood before it and took out a skeleton key from his pocket.  He opened the door and I hurried over to see what was inside.  To my surprise, there were no steps.  The attic had been walled up.  Instead, behind the door I found shelves, stacked from top to bottom with items that I just knew belonged to me!

Dreams don’t always make sense, and this dream was no different. Somehow, I managed to get the key from Michael and make a copy of it. I was going to make a duplicate key so that I could open that door and finally look at the things that belonged to me any time I wanted.

 

THE ANSWER TO MY DREAMS? PERHAPS

 

When I woke up, I was excited.   I felt that I had finally seen the contents in the drawers and behind the doors. Things that I had collected all those years while waiting for my turn to live my life.  Things from my past.  I immediately began to interpret my dream.  Now, I know that when we have dreams, we feel are from God, we should ask Him for an interpretation. We should pray, search His Word, and sit quietly before Him so that He can speak into our hearts. But I just knew that I knew the interpretation, so I didn’t bother.

Here was my interpretation:  I had lived my life caring for others. I was even caretaker for Michael’s mother and brother for a brief time, following my father and mother’s death.  This had prevented me from doing the things that I had wanted to do for God, for His Glory!   I was certain that now that I had the key, it meant that it was time to claim my dreams hopes and future!   It was now my turn to live my life!  But how would I do that?

I knew that I would not sing for Billy Graham unless I did so in Heaven.   Michael and I had left full time ministry a long time ago, so I would not expect that we would find ourselves starting or serving in a church now that we were retired.

Honestly, I knew I could not expect any church to find a place for me or my giftings at this age.  I had been a church secretary years ago!  I did not think any church would put out the welcome mat for me.   If there was a place for ministry, I would have to find it on my own.

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WHAT DID FULL TIME MINISTRY LOOK LIKE TO ME?

 

After accepting the Lord and experiencing His love, I naturally expected places of ministry to be a sort of “Heaven on Earth.  But that was not what I found. The church world had its share of trouble and problems as well.   My brief experience as a secretary, revealed quite a different world.  These were real people just like you and I, who had their good and bad days. They were not always fair and just as I had expected,  and the bubble I had wanted to live in, simply did not exist.  I encountered hurts and betrayals from the hands of supposed friends and clergy, that hurt me deeply. The church and its parishioners were people, just like me. I had to forgive them, and I am sure they had to forgive me, for being human and sinful.  My image of the perfect vocation changed dramatically as a result.  I realized then that world I so desperately wanted to be a part of was not located on this earth.  But that did not remove my desire to do more for the Lord.  He was everything to me!

 

GOD’S INTERPRETATION OF MY DREAM/

THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER RETURNETH

 

Weeks went by and I would think about that last dream.  Nothing had really changed, and I was as confused as ever. What did all this mean?  Was I mistaken about my understanding of that dream?  I began to think that there just might be more to my dream then what I had wanted to believe.   I knew I had to ask the Lord for guidance.

The Lord is gentle and very, very patient.  Sometimes when we pray, we only want verification that His will and desire is our will and desire, even when it isn’t!   He also knows when we are ready to hear what He is trying to show us.   I was now ready.

All throughout my Christian life I knew how important it was to obey the Lord, but I didn’t always want to.   Like the time I was sick and tired of taking care of my parents. I was tired of their fighting, and it seemed like nothing ever changed.   God gave me a very clear understanding that I had to choose to care for them as He instructed me. But He would not force me to; it had to be my choice.  If I obeyed, He would do what only He could do to care for them and bring them to Him.  I am so glad that I did obey, because He then gave me an opportunity to lead them to Him before they died. Imagine what it would be like if everyone chose to follow and obey the Lord.

The Holy Spirit gently spoke: “For years you have wanted to escape God’s plan for your life  because it was painful. The reoccurring dreams were your attempt to escape the life you were chosen to live and live the life you wanted. The boxes contained your hopes, dreams and wishes.  To serve God you  must first become His servant and a servant does what their master tells them to do.  Do you remember years ago, you asked the Lord to allow you to stay home with your children, instead of working?  What did the Lord say?”   I knew exactly what the Lord told me. I flipped open my Bible and it landed on Luke chapter 17.

 

 Luke 17:7-9  When a servant comes in from plowing or taking care of sheep, he doesn’t just sit down and eat, but first prepares his master’s meal and serves him his supper before he eats his own. And he is not even thanked, for he is merely doing what he is supposed to do. 

Luke 17:10   Just so, if you merely obey me, you should not consider yourselves worthy of praise. For you have simply done your duty!

I knew that the Lord was correcting me.  I did not want to work full time. I didn’t want to work at all!  I wanted to stay home with my children, and so I begged God!   But God wanted me to work outside the home.  And He told me to obey Him without asking questions.

A servant does what they are told to do.  And so, I stopped asking God to release me, and instead, attempted to do the best job I could.   Years later, I was so thankful I had gone to work and learned to be a purchasing agent. I also learned about marketing and Graphic Arts.  Years later, I had to earn money when Michael had suffered heart attacks and could not work as he had.   So, God knew what was best, and I now had the skills to support us.

Well Lord, what do you want me to do now?”

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Lets Pray About Our Food Supply

I had a dream that we must do more during this Pandemic. We must pray! My dream was about our food supply.

James 1:17, KJV: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” …Including our FOOD! A Special Hymn: I Am Resolved

Your friend,

lanadee

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I Am Resolved – The Hymn

We are living in difficult times. But God has not changed. We can trust Him. We must continue to push forward, spreading the good news that Jesus saves, heals, delivers and is our soon coming King!  The Northside Baptist Church performs this beautiful song.
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I remain your friend,
lanadee

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Two Dreams and a Pop Song – Another Short Devotional

 

The other morning I awakened to a significant dream and as I began to write it down and seek the Lord for the interpretation, I fell asleep again, only to dream a second time. I also kept hearing a song. I will tell you about it. I recorded the song at the end of today’s Short Devotional 

Your friend,

lanadee

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The King Is Coming – Cover Song

Someone noted that the first verse of that song describes how it is now,while living through this corona virus pandemic. The Lord knows what we are going through. It won’t be long before this world will pass away, all things will be new..because the King IS coming. Keep looking up!

 

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When I See The Blood – The Hymn

 

When I see the Blood – A Hymn that reminds me that because of the Blood of Jesus, we can be saved, we can be healed, and we can be delivered. During this uncertain time with the Coronavirus spread throughout the world, Jesus LOVES us. Call upon His Name. He is ABLE! This virus does not scare HIM and it shouldn’t scare us.

 

I am praying for you my friends.  We need to pray for each other!

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Life and Death? TIME TO FIGHT!

It’s about Life and death! It’s time to fight! With a little fun along the way 
The other day I had a vision. I would like to share it with you. God still hears and answers prayer! Proverbs 18:21 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

 

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Count Your Blessings – The Hymn

Even if the sun is not shining, the SON of God can shine in your heart! Count your blessings. God is alive and wants to be Lord of YOUR life. Then you too, will see what the Lord has done! He loves you.

 

Your friend,  lanadee

 

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Ten Thousand Reasons Cover Song

Bless the Lord oh my soul
Oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before
Oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name

He is WORTHY! Sing and worship with me to this song. He IS Worthy!!!

Your friend,

lanadee

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How to Know God’s Will in 13 Minutes Part 2

Does God still speak to His children today? It is His desire to lead us each step of the way. Part 2

 

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I Am His and He is Mine – Heavens Hymns

I AM HIS AND HE IS MINE, a beautiful hymn, written by GEORGE WADE ROBINSON (1838–1877) It has blessed my heart. I hear the phrase over and over ” I am HIS, and HE is MINE.” If you do not know this Hymn, I hope you add it to your list of beloved Hymns. Be blessed!
Your friend,
lanadee

The brilliant pianist: Johannah Miller who also arranged this hymn. Check out her page on YouTube and purchase her arrangement 🙂

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Finding Our Way to a Healed Heart

If you have  followed any of my posting, you will know that finding and fulfilling God’s will in my life is my heart’s greatest desire.  Ever since I gave my heart and life to the Lord I wanted to do “something” for him.  But, many times all I could really do was to pray.  It has taken years for me to realize the “greatest” thing we can do is pray.  By praying, we can turn everything important, every thing that matters to us, every NEED, to Jesus.  But to do that we need to have a clean heart.  The Bible says:

Psalm 66:18-20 

18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

We must learn to forgive others who have hurt us.  We must seek God to release our hearts from the pain, and those who have hurt us from our accusations.   And the hardest?  We must FORGET.    Then we can truly intercede for this lost and dying world.

This is NOT as easy as it sounds.  That is why we need the Holy Spirit to help us.

I remain your friend,

lanadee

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A Sunday Morning Blessing

this song makes me cry each time I hear it.  My prayer for all our children today. They are growing up in a world of wickedness, unlike anything we experienced when we were children. May the Lord remind you that HE IS still on the throne. Pray for your children. Pray for your grandchildren. May you have a blessed Sunday!!

I remain your friend, lanadee

 

 

Posted by Lana Dee on Saturday, February 15, 2014

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WHERE COULD I GO – COVER SONG

 

Where Could I Go but to the Lord? Written in 1940 by James Buchanan. The inspiration for the song came when Mr. Buchanan was sitting beside a dying neighbor, an old African-American man, Joe Keyes. Mr. Coats asked Mr. Keyes if he knew where he would spend eternity. Joe Keyes said “Where could I go but to the Lord?”

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42-45 TIME TO OPEN THE ATTIC DOOR

My life as a a caretaker

I JUST HAD TO GET AWAY

It was nearing Thanksgiving and I decided to go visit my daughter and her family in Missouri.  I managed to get my
sister-in-law, Diane, to stay at the house with my mother.
I love to cook and so volunteered to make the Thanksgiving Dinner for my daughter. 

 

Early the next morning, I received an urgent call from Diane.  She had gone in her room to check on her and she was not well at all and so decision was made to call 911. Before long, my mother was unresponsive.  E.M.T.s decided to transport her to the hospital.  I got Michael up, hurriedly threw our clothes in the suitcase, said my goodbyes and drove the 6.5 hours home.

 

 During the drive I received a call from the paramedics who were trying to figure out what had happened to my mother and what medication she had taken. They became angry with me because I couldn’t tell them the exact dosages of her medication, and I explained I was driving home from Mo. and didn’t think to bring her medications list with me!

 

I arrived to an all but vacant hospital because of the holiday weekend.  My mother was unconscious, and they believed she had suffered a heart attack.  I stood at her bedside and
began to cry and pray.  I did not want her to leave this earth like this.   I sat all night in the waiting room and visited as often as they would let me.

 

And then she woke up.  I was overjoyed! I held her hand and was thrilled that she had come out of the coma.  They talked about sending her to a nursing home that also had a rehab
unit.   I told  her about this and  that I loved her.

 

The next day I put a call into her personal doctor.
At this time the hospital had assigned a house doctor to her, but I just had to talk to him to find out what to do.
He came in, looked at her chart and at her and took me aside.  The Dr. said “If this were my own mother my advice would be the same.  She is too sick to go through heart surgery and recovery.  Let her go.”    I was broken hearted but knew his advice was sound. 
After the Dr. left, my mother said, “I trust you honey, whatever you decide.”

It was breaking my heart!  I knew there was the possibility that surgery might help, but the doctor was convinced it
wouldn’t, and that her last days on earth would be days of misery.  I felt like the worst daughter on earth!

 

As I was sitting in her room thinking about what to do, the Lord prompted me to ask her if she was prepared to meet Him, if she were to die.  I didn’t want to ask her that!  Afterall, hadn’t she become a Christian when she was young? But I obeyed.   Her answer surprised me.   She said
no, she honestly did not know if she was prepared to meet the Lord if she were to die.  I said, “Mom, you CAN
know.  Do you want me to pray with
you?”  She said yes.

I was so glad I obeyed.  No matter what happened, I would see her again one day in Heaven!

 

 

IT WAS NOT JUST A NURSING HOME

When my mother recovered enough to be moved, she was taken to a nursing home.  Her insurance allowed her one month of “rehab” before she would have to be private pay.  She could no longer walk very well on her own and she readily agreed to go.  I felt terrible having to take her there, but she ended up having the time of her life.   Her meals
were brought to her, she was bathed, cared for, they came when she pushed a button and they had bingo!   My
mother became a social butterfly.  She loved the people and they loved her. 

 

One day mother handed me two folded dollars; she wanted me to take them.  It was her winnings from bingo that day.  She was having a great time attending the activities the center held. I came over every day after work, I felt our time was short and I just did not want to lose her again.
Those two dollars?   I still have them in my wallet. 

Mother’s month was coming to an end and we had to decide what to do.  At this point her body was swelling from the fluids her heart could no longer remove, due to her congestive heart failure.  I told her I wanted to bring her home the next week as her month would be over.  She responded, “Now honey, let’s not be too hasty”.  

 

The night before her “month” was up, and she would become private pay, my mother passed away.   I would not be bringing her home after all.  She now lived in her Heavenly home.

 

NOW WHAT?

 

I had been a caretaker for 60 years.  And now I found myself without a mother or a father I gave all her remaining
belongings to my siblings and Salvation Army.
I did not want anything around to remind me of her or my
father.  I did not want to grieve.  I would say to those who asked me why I kept nothing for myself? “I don’t want anything to remind me of them; I don’t need anything to
remind me, I lived it!  Now I want to forget it.

 

But that wasn’t true.  I had two dreams of my mother.  In the first one, she was coming out of my bedroom and I stopped her and hugged her.  I asked her if she was tired and if she would like to lay down. This dream made me sad because I missed her, but also laugh because those
words never came out of my mouth when she was alive.
I was always asking her to get up, come out of her room and move a little!

 

In the second dream I saw my mother in my living room.
She looked just like she did when she was young.
Her hair was dark, curly and flowing down her back.
She was in a hurry to get somewhere.
She had things to do!   I believe the Lord allowed me to dream that, to know she was in Heaven and having
a wonderful time.

 

As I was taking out the Christmas decorations that year, I found a surprise. I had thought I had given everything of my mother’s away. But I found a box of little ornaments tucked away, in the back of the closet.  They were from my mother’s
little tree.  That year I bought my own little tree and hung those ornaments in her honor. I also went out and added to her collection. I missed her.

 

 

SETTLING IN

 

I began to take inventory of my life and realized I was OLD! Well, certainly older than when I first made plans for my life.  I had lived my entire life taking care of my parents and now what good were my dreams that I had held onto all those years? I now had health issues of my own.  I suspect that the years of living with my parent’s secondhand smoke has affected my lungs.  So, some days I could sing, and most days I could not. It didn’t really matter, because most churches had stopped allowing people to sing “specials”, and choirs were just about non-existent. There was  nowhere to sing anyway. Besides, who would want to listen to anything I had to say, now that I was old?
This revelation hit me like a ton of bricks.  I felt that life and God, had passed me by.

I would just get comfortable in my chair and watch a lot of TV. I slept in. I had looked, longed, wished, wept and believed that I would find myself in full-time ministry ever since I was 14 years old, but here I sat.
There were those along the way who tried to encourage me, reminding me that God can use us at any age, but I decided I would just relax a little, I had earned it.  

 

The Bible says “Romans 8: 38-39. “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able o separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Certainly my disappointment in life could not.
I still loved Him and couldn’t stand being angry with the Lord. It was not long before God spoke to me again. 

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

 

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ON MY KNEES COVER SONG – HEAVENS HYMNS

 

If ever this world needed prayer it is now, especially in America. Our country is being torn apart by the left wing radicals, One of the finest Presidents ever to be elected is being attacked and they are attempting to remove him.

God is STILL on His throne. He hears and answers prayer. SO PRAY PEOPLE, PRAY  

Do you want someone to talk to ?  Do you want prayer?  Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

 

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THE UNSETTLED LIFE

THE UNSETTLED LIFE
 One morning during my devotion time with the Lord, I heard him clearly say, “Live unsettled!”
He continued, “Live unsettled. Don’t sink too deep into the soil of this earth.  Keep your head up and your feet moving. Stay alert and be sober. I am coming.
The day of My return is at hand. Loose yourself of anything that hinders. If you don’t loose yourself, I’ll help loose you.”

Friends, it’s time to start moving once again! Every one of us is called to live life here on this planet as nomads. We are nothing more than pilgrims passing through. This world is not your home. Live life unsettled!


Get rid of the excess baggage that hinders your walk with the Lord. Allow the Holy Spirit to take a personal inventory of your life. Follow David’s example and pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties;
and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23-24).

Whatever He puts his finger on, shed it immediately! Become a master of letting go. Lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles so that you can keep
moving forward.

As you begin to move, you’ll likely discover those hidden treasures the Lord has laid up for you—gifts you didn’t know you had or haven’t accessed in some time. These spiritual gifts flourish as you get moving.

Alongside these gifts, you’ll uncover words He has sown into you that you have long forgotten. Those precious promises may have passed from your mind, but not His.
He is not a man that He should lie. What He has spoken to you, you can be assured He will deliver.

Living unsettled has played a large part of the success we’ve seen over the past 30 years. Our feet are always moving, our eyes fixed ahead, and our ears always
attentive to the Lord’s command. Time is short; there is no time to waste. Let go; start moving. Live unsettled.

Evangelist Steve Hill preached the Brownsville Revival for five years, was pastor emeritus of Heartland World Ministries 

 Do you have a question or problem you would like to talk about?  Write me at:   dearlanadee@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Finding God’s Will in 13 Minutes – Part 1

Are you confused as to what God’s will for your life might be?  Many are and wonder if they have “missed” God.  You can find God’s will in just 13 minutes – Another Short Devotional Part 1

Do you have a question or problem you would like to talk about?  Write me at:  dearlanadee@gmail.com

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For What Earthly Reason – Heavens Hymn

Dottie Rambo was one of my most favorite song writers.  She wrote many wonderful songs, among them, the song I sang more than any other:  We shall behold Him. I was asked to sing that song at many funerals.    It was not only the most Heaven minded song I knew, it was also the hardest to sing.  My speaking voice will affirm the fact that I am a soprano by shear desire, more than natural ability. 🙂

With that thought in mind, let me present a song that Dottie also wrote, that has blessed my heart.   At nearly 69 years of age, the vocal cords do not always cooperate, but singing is one of my favorite things to do. I hope the words minister to your heart as well.  Until next time I remain your friend,

 lanadee

For What Earthly Reason

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37-41 TIME TO OPEN THE ATTIC DOOR

WHEN IS IT MY TURN?

 Occasionally, I wanted it to be my turn to do what I wanted.  I had an opportunity to go away to a lake on Mother’s Day and I didn’t want to tell my mother where I was going. I was over at their house several times before the weekend.  “why can’t you come over here on Mother’s Day?” she asked.   “I’m a mother too!” I responded.  I just didn’t want her to know that I was going to be with Michael’s family on a lake.  We would be with his mother and she would be jealous.

Michael and I got up early, and without a call to my mother, headed out.  I had a fantastic day.  We had a great carry-in and stayed for most of the day.   When I came home, I saw my answering machine blinking.  It said I had 7 messages.  The first message I listened to was from my brother Bill.  He said “Lana, do not listen to the messages on your machine.  Call me immediately!”.

  I called Bill and he told me that my father had passed away.  My mother had been calling my house all morning to say that my father was hanging off the edge of his bed and she couldn’t wake him and didn’t know what to do.   If it hadn’t been for my son coming home, my dad might have laid there until I came home.   Jeff told his grandmother to call 911.

I cried; I was in shock!  I never went anywhere!  But the one time I did?  My father passes away.   I rushed over to my mother’s house to find her walking in circles. She had finally called my brother who had contacted a funeral home, planned the funeral and arranged to have my father buried in Milwaukee Wisconsin; all while I was having a good time at the lake.  Now, what would I do with my mother?

FREEDOM?

 Life without my dad was a nightmare for my mother, and it was no picnic for me.  She had never been on her own.  She hadn’t paid a bill, filed her own taxes or even knew which bank her money was in. My dad had liked it that way.  Whenever he got upset with her, he would take all the money from one bank and put it in another, without her being any the wiser.  I had my job cut out for me.

The first time I did her taxes, I found out that my father had claimed she was “legally blind” so that he wouldn’t need her there to sign the paperwork.  I took her to an eye doctor only to find out she had at one time suffered a stroke in her eye.  Mother had gone so long without proper fitting dentures she could no longer wear them at all.   I bought her clothes, purchased her groceries and came over every day.

Everywhere I looked I saw my father. They had lived in two separate living rooms. and watching two separate TV’s. They each had a bedroom on opposite ends of the house, yet everywhere we would look there were memories of him.  My mother had sat in her chair for so long, she could barely stand, so I took charge or removing all his personal effects.

Mother was getting handy with infomercial shopping.  One day I intercepted a box as I was walking up her driveway to mow the lawn.  Something prompted me to open it.  It contained a diet pill.  As a diabetic, this pill would have really messed with her body.  I came up with a scathingly brilliant idea.  I took the box home, opened the bottle and replaced the diet powder with gelatin capsules.  I also made a fake information sheet.  It said: “This pill should not be taken by anyone with diabetes.  It could cause death or worse!”  I brought the box back the next day and handed it to her.  She wasn’t interested in opening it then, but I did notice her nails looked amazing after a few weeks.

Mother also wanted to drive.  THAT could not happen, so I confiscated her van the day my father passed away. She was not happy with me!  I told her I did not want her to get lost again.

For the first few weeks I shopped for her, paid her bills, took her to the doctor, made up her pills, cleaned her house and did anything else she could or would not do for herself, but then a neighbor called me. She told me that my mother was trying to get her to purchase OTC medication for her.  It was clear; she would not be able to live alone.  I was going to have to get her to live with me.

WHAT HAVE I DONE?

 It took a lot of convincing, but I persuaded my mother to allow me to sell her home and move into my back bedroom.  She would have her own bathroom and I would hook up cable in her room, put in a phone, make her meals etc. I would get her a home health aide to help her with showering.

 Mother finally consented, but not before I told her how much it would help me if she bought the groceries for the house. That seemed to do the trick and she reluctantly moved in. Her only assigned job was to wash her clothing.

After my father passed, I naïvely looked forward to my mother’s new life!  I was certain that finally, after nearly 60 years of mental abuse and emotional trauma, my mother would feel free!   She would find peace in her heart and life and begin to live her remaining years here on this earth.   I had no way of knowing that our relationship was about to change completely and not in a positive way.

My mother had been a victim for so many years that she knew no other way to live. She now resented me and fought me at every step.   I believe her old life had somehow excused her from all responsibility, and now she missed it and the attention it brought.

 I would come home after a long day at work and make supper.  I asked her to come sit with me.  She wouldn’t. no matter how much I tried to coax her.  I asked her to watch TV with us in the living room.  She refused.  Mother basically stayed in her room every day, all day and slept.  She would only begrudgingly walk out of her room to retrieve her medication that I put together for her each week.  Mother said she didn’t want to eat my meals and get as fat as me, so I attempted to make her food she would eat. I know that she was in deep depression, mourning the man she could not live with.  And now she needed to find a new abuser in order to retain her victim status, and that person was me.

Mother would call her sister and my sister-in-law to tell her tale of woe.  She now was angry and upset that I controlled her pills and she told them she no longer wanted to live.  I was beginning to dislike her.  A LOT.

I now was her abuser She was the victim.  My father was the reason for her unhappiness before, but when he died, she had no one to blame for all her problems.  She decided that person could be me!  I was now the reason for her pain. And this  nearly sent me over the edge.

I NOW HAD A STORY TO TELL

 While listening to podcasts on the internet I came across one that caught my interest.  GNC (Geek News Central) The ease in which the podcast was produced; the interesting subject matter captivated me.  One day Todd introduced his mother Cherie, who shared her own personal story, and I was hooked.   An idea formed in my mind and next thing I knew?  I put up my own website and decided to tell “my story”.  I wanted to produce my own podcast!

I wanted to do this.  I needed to do this, in order to escape the frustrations of having my mother live with me.  I would sit on my bed and shut the door while I talked into the microphone.  It took me nearly a week to produce one podcast because I wrote every word I said.  But I loved every minute of it.

It helps to talk about what we are going through.  And boy did I talk!  I am still talking about my life.  And believe it or not, it still helps.

CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE

 

While I could not get my mother to enter my world, I could on occasion, enter hers.  For whatever reason I would not sit in her room with her.  She would invite, me but because of my stubbornness, and the fact that I worked all day and wanted to sit in my chair, I refused.  I was more of a maid then I was a daughter.  On the occasion I would sit down with her, she would upset me. I took good care of her.  I just did not want to spend more time with her then necessary.

We found one area that was neutral ground.  Shopping.  My mother loved the Christmas decorations and so she would go with me to Walmart just to look around.  One day she decided to purchase her own little tree and decorate it.  We made many trips to Walmart and bought everything from tinsel to tiny “socks”, bells and  glass hummingbirds.  It made her happy and it made me happy as well.  I still remember those shopping trips fondly.

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