When I first read your post, I was SO angry –
but then I remembered
that every hill I have to climb
is to draw me closer to my God
(the only one that really matters)
and struggles and unfair criticisms can help me
recognize any flaws within myself
(no matter how small I think they are)
and give me
an opportunity to build up “Grace points” —
God promises to flow in more
than I need, so I’m going for the limit!
SO, say your worst . . .
hurl your hatred and meanness at me . . .
maybe you will feel better after doing that,
maybe you will feel self-righteous pride
for having done it . . .
and maybe I will answer you
or maybe not—
BUT I will pray for you and
I will pray for me
that each of us will be given wisdom,
that each of us will be led by God,
that each of us will be a tool in the Master’s hand
to build a better world for each of us . . .
thoughts—January 31, 2017 Jeanne Hicks Barnett • photo August 2015
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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