Author Archives: Jeanne

About Jeanne

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

SEEDS . . . planting in the hard times

Back in the “old days,” many folks grew their own food.Small backyard gardens, small family farms on a couple of acres . . .neighbors shared when the crops were good and during the times of theseason when there was an … Continue reading

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Diversity . . . how do I feel about our mixed world?

Today there is SO much DIVERSITY – every way I turn, I am confronted through daily interactions with people highlighting “differences” in cultures, philosophies, politics, religion, language, food . . . everything! I started wondering how the early followers of … Continue reading

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It leaves me wondering . . . a heart prayer

              and so my heart cries . . . HOW LONG, GOD . . . HOW LONG???­ We have no HOPE but YOU, GOD,  to bring an end to the abuses of person against … Continue reading

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FASTING – the fast GOD wants . . .

Isaiah 58 talks about “fasting.” Some people talk about fasting for health reasons, some for spiritual reasons, some for personal cleansing (physical and psychologically), so it is a subject that interests many. While reading Isaiah 58, I noted some interesting … Continue reading

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Beat down . . . a Life Perspective

Oh, that poor holly bush . . . bent down to the ground by its ice-covered branches, unable to stand up straight and it doesn’t look like it can survive— it looks hopeless. BUT . . . How often have … Continue reading

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PIZZA . . . hidden messages . . .

  Pizza has always been a major part of my life from childhood to senior citizen, but I had never thought about the “hidden messages” in that delicious food that I consumed innocently just because it tasted good. CHILDHOOD: earliest memories … Continue reading

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Seasons of Life and Loss . . .

to everything, there is a season . . . I have heard that passage from Ecclesiastes 3 read many times and I have heard it applied to many situations, but somehow, right now, it holds a depth of meaning I … Continue reading

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