Sometimes my life path seems overwhelming and it is SO empowering to know that all outcomes do not depend on my puny efforts or my ability to analyze and respond to any of what I see. Luke Skywalker in the movie Star Wars is motivated and encouraged by being reminded that “the Force is with you” and I find that remembering that the “Source is with me” can lift me up when I feel down in that deep, dark pit of depression or stir up hope that all will work out as it should when I am struggling with situations or others and see no answer.
Starting my day with a focus on the “Higher Power” is what encourages my heart instead of mentally picking up that “to do” list and struggling with how I am going to do things I am not capable of doing! Stepping back instead to the reassurance that GOD IS the SOURCE of ALL (including me :0)) it does NOT depend on me, even the focus of my heart is from Him: Jeremiah 24:7 “I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”—Jesus said His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11) and this day will be as it should because I do not face it alone . . . the SOURCE is with me!
Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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