Serene Saturday #3

This week went by really quick, and I’m thankful that it did. This Saturday I was blessed with a much deserved mini vacation. My parents and I visited the Ark Enocunter in Lexington, Kentucky, which is a replica of Noah’s ark. I could try to describe everything, but for once I’m going to give myself a break and just leave you with some pictures. 

It’s crazy to know that an old man, in his hundreds, and his family were able to build such a structure all those many years ago, and without the technology we take for granted today. It shows how strong and intelligent people were back then. Contrary to popular belief our ancestors were not neanderthals. Our ancestors were able to build a huge vessel, which housed almost every animal on earth, as well as build other structures such as the Pyramids of Giza; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; and the Stone Henge. I refuse to believe that we were cavemen or developed from monkeys. Our knowledge had to have come from a powerful all knowing creator. 

Visiting the ark was a reminder of how much God loves us and how long He waits on us to change our lives around. In the Bible, God did wipe out wicked people on more than one occasion, but I assure you that His love for us is greater than His anger. He wants to save us. Will you let Him save you? 

Enjoy some pictures, and enjoy your weekend. God bless.

(The Bow)



(The Stern)




(Me, Mom, and Dad)







Music in My Heart

Last week, I decided to let my Facebook friends have the floor on what I should write about next. One of the suggestions I received was “Music In Your Heart”, and it was fittingly suggested to me by my High school choir director Carolyn Riggins. Lots of fond memories with Ms. Riggins, such as first singing for her at show choir tryouts; Disney world; Cabaret night; and of course all those rehearsals she lectured me and the rest of the choir members to shut up and get ourheads in the game.

Music has played a special part in shaping who I am. If it weren’t for music; singing, I don’t know where I would be with my stuttering. It’s a blessing that my stuttering is nonexistent as I sing. Music is in me. But the question is, what music is in my heart? 

This Is My Father’s World- Mattie Davenport Babcock 

This first song I discussed in a previous post called All Nature Sings, so you may recognize what I’m about to say. 

Last year, I went on a camping trip with my church family. As I emerged from my tent that one Saturday morning, shaking off the sleep, I was captivated by my surroundings. I was mesmerized by morning fog hovering on the Cumberland River; fish popping their heads to the surface and disappearing down below; the singing of the wind through the trees; birds chiming in upon tree branches, harmonizing with the wind’s song; and the toasty camp fire popping on the wood. As I beheld the scene, I thought of the first stanza of This Is My Father’s World:

“This is my Father’s world
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.”

This song reminds me that despite all the chaos in the world, from attacks by terrorist groups to rumors of nuclear war, this world still belongs to God. Satan has hand in what goes in the world, but God has us in His hands.

Pass It On- Kurt Kaiser

One song that I find myself singing everyday, even as I work, is “Pass It On” by Kurt Kaiser. If you are unclear of how the song goes, I am happy to give a demonstration with a video I did two years ago while sitting at a park by the Cumberland River.

I thoroughly enjoy the first stanza, which goes,

“It only takes a spark
To get a fire going
And soon all those around
Can warm up in its glowing
That’s how it is with God’s love
Once you’ve experienced it
You spread His love to everyone
You want to pass it on”


I sing this song not just because it sounds beautiful, but because it reminds me to spread God’s love to others. Like a tiny spark before a great fire, it takes only one person to spread His word to others. Whether it’s through prayer; singing; writing; or just being genuine to others, I believe one of my purposes in life is to talk to others about God’s love. As the song goes, “I want to pass it on”.

I Swear- All 4 One

On of my fondest memories of my childhood is driving around in our old black van, the Aerostar. We did quite a bit of moving around because of military life. I remember my dad driving on the highway. My mom riding shotgun acting as the GPS, before such a thing probably existed. Me riding in my car seat about 4 or 5 years old, sucking on two fingers, playing with my brother Chris’s ears.( Sorry big bro. Looking back I don’t why understand either.) My brother Mike and baby sister Christina riding in the middle seat, my sister throwing a fit the entire car ride. 

Then there was the cassette we sometimes listened to, the cassette that contained a song which I would enjoy for the rest of my life- “I Swear” by the r&b group All-4-One. I was too young to remember all the lyrics, but when the chorus came I remember taking my wet fingers out of my mouth to sing along at the top of my lungs, “I SWEAR BY THE MOON AND THE STARS IN THE SKY, I’LL BE THERE!!!”. 

This song makes me think about being young and carefree. Free from thoughts such as making enough money, finding my dream job, and trying so hard to be a good Christian. I miss those days.

Side By Side

“Meet in heaven 
We’ll join hands together
Meet me by the Savior’s side
I’ll meet you in Heaven
We’ll sing songs together
Brothers and sister’s I’ll be there”

Listening to that song just now made my left eye rain a little. So many memories. Back in the day, when I was a kid, back at that old little church on Second Street in downtown Clarksville, our A.Y.(Adventist Youth) program was always poppin’. Many of us would come out back to the church before sunset just to close out the Sabbath. We would do activities that would that teach us lessons, test our biblical knowledge, and improve our character. It wasn’t just for the youth, it was for everyone. We also sang a variety of hymns, one of them was called Side by Side. This was a special song because not only did most of us know it by heart, but we all would join hands and form a huge circle as we sang. It was the chance to look to your side and across the room to your brothers and sisters; to see them smiling and singing. We would raise hands when we sang the line “We’ll join hands together”.

Last year, at my church camping trip, as we finished singing the song Pass It On around the golden, warm campfire, I slowly went into Side By Side, and much to my surprise, my church members sang along with me. As we sang, I imagineed I was back in our old little church. I reimagined the feeling of togetherness and unity with my second family. A time when all of us worshipped and fellowshipped under one roof. A time before we all broke away to from each to form separate congregations. My hope is  that we all can meet each other in Heaven one day and sing songs together, by the Savior’s side.

What music is in your heart? What songs stay with you? 

Let me know! Have a good day and God bless!

Sources:

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Prayers for Manchester 

Yesterday morning, I was shocked to find out about the horrible situation in Manchester, England. At least 22 people were killed, and 59 injured in an explosion by a suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande Concert in the Manchester Arena on May 23. The terrorist organization ISIS is claiming responsibility for the act(“Islamic State claims responsibility for Manchester arena attack).

Whatever the motive be for what was done, I find what happened to be disgusting. The casualties were between the ages of 8 and 50(“Manchester bombing victims: Family and friends identify those who died in attack at Ariana Grande concert.”). Take that it: an 8- year-old, whose family will no longer get to hold and see grow up.

My heart aches for all of the parents who had kids in attendance at that concert. Mothers and fathers must have been in turmoil not knowing if their children were going to be okay. If it were me in that situation and I were powerless to help my child….let’s just say if God had an answering machine it would be filled with more than a dozen messages from me asking Him to get back to me as soon as possible.

Prayers go out to the families of the people who lost their lives. These were multitudes of people gathered together to just enjoy themselves; lots of young people. One minute they’re ecstatic, and then that happy feeling is yanked away and replaced with fear and panic.

What is going to happen to the people who were fortunate to survive? Whether they were injured or not, there is still the scar left on their hearts and memories. Hopefully they can overcome this tragedy with the love and comfort of family, friends, and our Heavenly Father.  I can only pray that they not lose their way because of this cowardly act. They can use this as a reason to be strong. There are people in this world who will seek to break you by doing cruel things. The best thing you can do to counteract them is to stand strong to let them know that you are not going to live in fear.

Have a good day, and God Bless! 🙏🏾🙏🏼🙏🏻🙏🙏🏿🙏🏾

Sources:

Islamic State claims responsibility for Manchester arena attack. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.

“Here’s everything we know so far about the Manchester bombing victims.” Google. Google, n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.

“Manchester bombing victims: Family and friends identify those who died in attack at Ariana Grande concert.” Google. Google, n.d. Web. 24 May 2017.

My Apologies 

Hello friends and family. My apologies for my inconsistency with my blogging. For the last two Saturday Serene Saturday has been MIA. 

Two Saturdays ago, I was out celebrating Mothers Day with my brother Mike, my dad, and my mom of course. It’s always great to see my oldest brother. Out of all my siblings I see him the most because he lives 3 hours away. 

The next day I wrote Mom a letter, telling her how much I loved her. She read it as we were sitting on the swing, which Dad, myself, my siblings, and sister in law all chipped in on. The chair was a major accomplishment for us because we(the kids) never agree on anything together. I guess Mom and Dad are the exception. 

Last Saturday, I had intended to blog after church movie night, but after the film we all got caught up in a conversation. Typical church folk, right? Always gotta hang around the church even after something is done. By the time I got home it was nearly 11:00, so I crashed. I cry on the inside if I don’t reach my own deadline. Luckily for me I’m in control of what goes on my blog and when. 

I hope you all like the new header image for my blog. If you’re looking to make something like this I highly recommend the apps Canva and LiveCollage. You can find them in the App Store on your phone.

To all my new followers, I would like to say, “welcome to my blog”. My name is David. I talk about whatever I feel moved to share. Anything from my everyday life to God’s words. Thank you for following me. I look forward to reading more of everyone’s work. It’s challenging keeping up with over 70 followers, but I’m never bored with it. You’re all awesome. I’ll catch up with all of you soon, I got more stuff coming at you. How was everyone’s weekend? I wanna know.

God bless and have a good day.

Prosper

Facebook has this wonderful little tool that brings up your past. “See Your Memories”, it likes to say. I have this love-hate relationship with the memories feature. Sometimes it brings up something that makes me laugh or smile, and other times it makes me roll my eyes and think, What was I thinking. But this time something good popped up in my memories- a scripture I shared four years ago today.


Quite often we stumble into pitfalls in life. A romantic relationship ends. We don’t do well in school. Someone breaks our  trust. Death yanks away someone we love. Each of us knows what it’s like to feel lost, feel like we don’t belong, or feel like we can’t endure anymore bullets life shoots at us. 

The one thing I can alway say is that God has a plan for each of us. We have to believe things are going to get better. Nobody knows their future, not even the souls who claim they can, while making a profit off of you. But God, he isn’t a man. He knows what blessings await you. He wants to bless you. Job, in the Bible, endured plenty of pain, from loosing his children to his body being struck with boils and sores. What baffles me is that he never lost his faith in God, even when he had reason to. Why is this happening, he must have thought. Could I hold out for as long as Job did- I don’t know. 

Just as Jeremiah 29:11 says, the Lord wants us to prosper. And if you don’t want to look to Him, look to those people in your life who act as candles in your time of darkness. They want you to keep going.

No names, but to a friend who is uncertain about her future, I will always be here to remind you to keep going. I love you.

God Bless!

One Lovely Blog Award

Hello friends and family. Pigs must have flown somewhere because for the first time I have been nominated for a blog award. I have been nominated by newcomer Jenkylaaa for the One Lovely Blog Award.  I encourage all of you to check out her blog and follow her. She is off to a good start in my opinion. 

Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Post about the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 people.
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

7 Facts:

  • I am a retired 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Doe.
  • My favorite color is blue.
  • I hate wasps. I HATE EM!!!
  • I talk to myself. 
  • My favorite current music artist is Ed Sheeran. 
  • I don’t force my religious beliefs on anyone.
  • I have no tattoos. 

Nominees: 

Lee

BeautyBeyondBones

SKYLARITY

yaskhan

Im ashamed to die until I have won some victory

The Naga

Ricardo Sexton

Minttea

Pink For Days

The Muse Matters

Heartstring Eulogies

RUN WRIGHT

Jay Colby

Rhythm In Life

scaleitsimple.com

To those who I didn’t nominate, don’t think I don’t think your blogs are not lovely, because they are. One of my biggest challenges as a blogger is keeping up with everyone’s work. Not only do I follow a lot of bloggers, but everyone is exceptionally good. Be well. Be well groovy, and keep blogging!

    Advice for College Graduates

    For the last several days my Facebook feed has been exploding with pictures and “congratulations” to many individuals who received their degrees. To all the college graduates, I want to say congratulations.

    My graduation was in December 2015, but it feels like it was just yesterday. I remember waiting in the hallway with all my peers. The area felt like a sauna from all the body heat. I remember dancing like Carlton Banks when a professor informed me that I passed her class with an A. 


    I remember my tassel waving from side to side, inpatiently waiting to be turned. I remember walking across the stage as my name was announced, shaking my college presidents hand.  Somewhere in the crowd I barely made out the cries of joy from my oldest brother, mother, and father. Some of you must be wondering about what to do now that the days of homework, professors, and college lectures are out of the way. From one college graduate to another, here is my advice: 

    Celebrate You deserve to be happy because you made it. All those years of studying past midnight; forcing yourself out of bed; fighting to find a parking spot on campus; chugging down caffeine; begging for extra credit; and hectic college papers have finally paid off. The diploma in your hand will feel like gold. The graduation cap must have felt like your own personalized crown. And all those stoles around your neck must have felt like the latest bling. Take some time to yourself. Go on a vacation, conquer something on your bucket list, spend time with family and friends, or thank God for helping you get where yo are. 

    Ready Your Resume There is no better time to touch it up than after you graduate. Nowadays, employers do care if you have education, even if it isn’t beyond high school. If you need assistance fixing up your resume you can look online at examples or look to your professors. Trust me, some of them do care to help you succeed in the job market.

    Decide Your Next Move What will it be: marriage, military life,  job market, kids, getting your own place, more education? In regards to more education, I said, “HECK NO!!!!”. While I did love college, admission wasn’t exactly like Dollar Tree. Still, I praise God that the only debt I have is the student loan, which thanks to Him blessing me with a job, gets paid every month.

    Don’t Think You’re Too Good For Jobs Recently, I heard of an individual who refused to accept a job, because he thought it was beneath him, or too good for him. Don’t be that person. Your goal should be to find something within your field, but chances are you are not going to find that job or get hired when you want. You are not the only person wanting to be a news anchor, electrical engineer, lawyer, etc. Don’t be afraid to take jobs outside of your field. With those jobs comes experience. With experience comes something to add further to the skills and work section of your resume. A job is a job. If it pays well, grab it.

    Pray I tell you prayer is a good assurance in post college life. If there is ever a time where prayer is needed it is after college, because from then after is the real world. Scenarios: “I’m having trouble with student loans”, ” I can’t find a job within my field”, “How am I going to make the rent this month?”

    “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” -Mark 11:25

    Believe that God can get you a job. Believe that He will help you pay off your debts. Believe that He has a future for you. If nothing happens right away, maybe He wants you to have what you desire when you’re ready, or perhaps something better for you. I have to always believe that too.

    Whatever your next move be after receiving all the gifts and applause, remember that it is your decision. Nobody can dictate what you do with your life but you. Have a good day, congratulations, and God Bless!