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“Q” is for Quiet Hour

#AtoZChallenge – “Q”

In keeping with my Holy Week theme, today is Good Friday and I am so blessed that I am alive and well although still in some pain from my extractions on Wednesday. Today I am sharing two versions of Quiet Hour. The first is a a song by Chuck Girard and takes me back to the 1970’s with it’s vibe. I was a mere youngster and preteen in the 70s.

The second is a Hymn called Quiet Hour and try and try as I might I could not find the author nor a video of it being sung so I have just included the words below from the website Songs and Praise.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Good Friday and most BLESSED Easter weekend!!!!

 

Quiet hour Hymn

Communion with my Father,
In calm and quiet hour,
Is sweet and rich in blessings,
And Spirit’s gracious power;
He speaks in tones so gentle,
He hears my humblest prayer,
In secret of His presence
I feel my Father’s care.

Refrain

O Father, Spirit, Savior,
Fill us with Thine own power;
O, lead Thy loving children
To seek the quiet hour.

When storms are fierce about me,
And sorrow’s billows roll,
I hear the Master gently
Speak peace unto my soul;
When heart is sore with anguish,
And eyes are dim with tears,
A quiet hour with Jesus
Will banish pain and fears.

Refrain

Oh, leave life’s noise and turmoil,
And seek the quiet hour,
That He who sees in secret
May give thee spirit-power;
There find your strength in weakness,
And gird your armor on,
Then forth to life’s great conflict
Till victory is won.

Refrain

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“P” is for Press On, Power to Redeem and Perfect Love

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter P

#AtoZChallenge – “P”

Yesterday the extraction of my remaining nine teeth went well for the most part. It took a bit longer because five of the nine did what my teeth have always done when being extracted, they broke. Yesterday and today I have been resting and taking plenty of ibuprofen and Tylenol #3 as directed.

The letter “P” is a perfect letter for today as I am reminded of three important things!

1)  No matter what has gone on in my life or even what may happen on a daily basis, it is so important to Press On as Building 429 sings!!!

2) My God and his Son Jesus Christ has that all perfect Power to Redeem as Lauren Daigle tells us!!!

3) The last and most important thing to remember during this Holy Week is that God had a Perfect Love for every single one of us regardless of your faith, as Jeremy Camp sings about.

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“L” is for – Living, Laying, Letting and Love!!

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

#AtoZChallenge “L”

I am proud of the fact that as a Catholic Christian, everyday I am a testament to God’s grace and love. I am also proud that everyday I am striving to live and hold on to the Living Word of God as evidenced in the song of the same name by Jeremy Camp.

Everyday I must remember that I need to be  “Laying down my pride” when dealing with anything that I think is unfair because I know that my Higher Power whom I chose to call God has my back!!!! Lay Down My Pride – Jeremy Camp

 

As a recovering alcoholic and addict that is also thriving not just surviving with HIV/AIDS, being bipolar and bouts with deep depression, it is so important that I do remember that sometimes it is okay to be Letting go!!  Jeremy Camp’s Letting Go!!!

 

It amazes me every day that even when I am not my best self and when I feel like all is for naught, I am always reminded that 1) my God does love me and has a purpose for me although I do not know what it is; 2) I am truly blessed with a man who has loved me from day one even with all of my blemishes and faults; 3) I have the most loving and supportive family and friends without whose support and love, who knows where I would be!!!! So yes, “What Have I Done to Deserve Love Like This???” – Lauren Daigle

 

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“K” is for -Kingdom

#AtoZChallenge “K”

Every day that God gives me the breath of life is a reminder that I am blessed and when that day comes that He decides it is time for me to leave this earth, I know I will be residing in the Kingdom of Heaven. To go even further, everyday is a my faith and my actions towards others is a reminder that I already a member of the Kingdom of God!!!

For your pleasure We Are the Kingdom by Francesca Battistelli with lyrics.

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“J” is for JOY!!!!!!!

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter J

#AtoZChallenge “J”

So many things give me joy today as a recovering alcoholic and cocaine addict’ The fact that I am clean and sober just for today – joy! My husband of over 18 years through thick and thin – joy! My awesome family in Shore Acres, League City, Seabrook, Texas city, TX and my dad and stepmother in McDonald, TN that have shown nothing but love, compassion and support in all my ups and downs- joy! My new St. Phillip of Jesus Catholic Church parish family – joy! My most HOLY friends the Sisters of the Holy Spirit – joy, joy, joy! My other friends that I have had for two decades – joy!

But the most awesome joy providing things in my life is why we celebrate NATIONAL PET (FOUR LEGGED BABIES) DAY on April 11, 2019; our  Crissy, Little Bitty, Zailey, Sadie, and Stichy !! They are my joy and they love us so unconditionally that my heart just leaps when I walk in the door from being somewhere.

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“I” is for – “I Can Only Imagine”

I

#AtoZChallenge “I”

I am very open about my Catholic faith and how I know that while I am a gay man with multiple problems from addictions to mental health issues, My God and His Son Jesus Christ love me anyways. I also am aware that God does not make any mistakes – we are all here for a reason that only he knows.

I first heard I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me in the spring of 1999 almost a year after my mother had passed on May 10th, 1998 which happened to be Mother’s Day here in the US. I started balling my eyes out because, while I knew the song was about meeting God and Jesus at death, I immediately began imagining what it would be like to see my mother again, my grandfathers, my brother that passed when I was six months old and even friends who I had lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To this day 20 years later, this song can still bring me to tears and when I sing it, all of my dogs come running to me.

Mercy Me’s I Can Only Imagine was written and composed by lead vocalist Bart Millard, the song, based around a main piano track, was inspired by the death of Millard’s father and considers what it would be like in Heaven and to be standing before God. For your enjoyment here is Bart Millard telling the story behind the song along with the video.

 

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“H” is for – He Knows! How Can It Be? and Here Am I!!

#AtoZChallenge “H”

I am so happy that no matter what I am going through, I know that He Knows and He is never going to give me anything that I cannot handle!! I love this song by Jeremy Camp – He Knows!!

 

On those days when I truly feel like my life is really crazy and I don’t understand why God would even love me  because of the manic episodes and the depression, I just need to ask my God how can it be? Lauren Daigle’s – How Can It Be!!

 

During this time of Lent I am so blessed to be able to tell my God “Here Am I – send Me”. It is so important for me to be able to be open, honest and so proud of my faith that gotten me through so much in my life. Yes, here am I – send me and use me in whatever way that you see fit!!!! Mercy Me’s – Here Am I!

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