Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year

The song playing is "Through It All". I have been a lot of places and seen a lot of faces. Have lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Turkey, and Goose Bay Labrador. Have sang at many churches and other places. Have had a lot of sorrow, questions for tomorrow, and didn't quite understand a lot of things. Did not accept Jesus Christ until 32 years old. My Christian walk was not easy in the beginning. Takes time to grow. We are like children when we first come to Christ. If I never had any problems... I'd never know that God could solve them. Trying to solve my own problems and not giving God control of my life. One of the hardest things to do is letting go of a problem and giving it to God. I feel like we all want to be in control of our lives. Knowing that we can not CONTROL others. We can not control what they say or do to us, or others. We can only control ourselves. Being responsible for ourselves. We will stand alone one day and be judged for ourselves... not others. One day ALL will be on bended knee. It is harder to prove the Bible wrong than it is to prove it right. Many have tried and have become a Christian. I have seen too many prayers answered... and miracles to not believe in Jesus Christ. Eternity is a LONG TIME.

I remember my dad crying one day after he had heard me sing in a church. He ran out that church door that day... right in the middle of my song!! Later his girlfriend called and said he needed me. He sat there with a beer in front of him .... telling me that he didn't really need that beer... and he didn't really need anything; but he was not happy. I tried to explain to him what Jesus meant to me, but I was a new Christian. Later that night my uncle went by and my dad accepted Jesus Christ. Five years later my dad died from liver cancer. He had not drank for 5 years. He was so peaceful and said that if Jesus had to suffer then why shouldn't he. The morning he died my uncle told me that he raised up off the bed a little and said.... "Well, Jesus, that is You." Then he closed his eyes and died. Praise God I will see my dad again!! If there is a Heaven and Hell.... Hell is not pretty!! Gnashing of teeth, screaming, crying, and thrown into the lake of fire. I don't want anyone to experience that! So I sound like a hell fire preacher... that is fine with me! May the Lord let you remember these words and lay it upon your heart if you have not accepted Jesus yet. The Bible is like a history book and it is all written.

If anyone has a problem... listen to the song. God will get you through it. I couldn't live without God now... no way! Peace beyond understanding.

Wishing all of you a BLESSED year! All of you who comment on my journal are in my daily prayers. Love, hugs, and prayers, Janie


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It is all so true. We just have to trust and have the faith that God will see us through it all.
Happy New Year to you !
'On Ya'-ma

Donna said...

Just stopping by to wish you a happy new year!

Lucy said...

Janie I want you to have all the good you can possibly have in this year. Have a wonderful year, Janie. We will make it despite our difficult husbands. Lucy

a corgi said...

beautiful entry Janie and I agree with it 100%!! All will kneel before Jesus!! every single person whether they believe or not; how sad for those who don't believe when that day comes and it is too are right, eternity is a long time!!! thank you for continuing to spread the message of Jesus; a hurting world continues to need to hear it

Happy New Year to you and yours!


Linda :) said...

Have a blessed new year! :)

Missy said...

That was kinda a scary story. He quit drinking and still died of liver cancer. I know that wasn't your point but I've been worried a lot lately about my smoking. I've quit after 11 years but I know there's still a chance that it could kill me.

Sorry, I just needed to throw that thought out there.

A very beautiful message that you are sending Janie. You are right, Hell doesn't sound like a place anyone would want to be and I don't blame you for teaching on it.

I'm glad your dad was saved.

chefkelly25 said...

Happy New Year! I love your tree and what a great buy. Have a question for you though. I have only lived in two states but have traveled. Seems like every place I go to for vacation I think I would like to live in. What has been your favorite state that you lived in? I think maybe I am just getting tired of cold weather. Kelly

Nelishia said...

I wanted to stop by and wish you a HAPPY and BLESSED NEW YEAR!

I agree with all you said and what an encouraging testimony. I'm blessed reading it. I remember hearing Christy Lane sing that song. I think.


Tracy said...

great entry! i hope you have a safe and wondeful new year! hugs

Randy said...

Hello Miss Janie,

Such a wonderful entry and I pray that you and Mr. Gary have had a wondeful New Year. I also agree with you that all Knees will bow and I have come to the decision I want to do it now than later. Thank you for your kind comments.

God Bless


Amanda said...

Wonderful words Janie. Good for you! Sometimes I just want to jump on my soapbox and preach away!!! To imagine anyone one know/love perishing for eternity in hell is just so horrible...

I love you! Have a wonderful new year!

God bless-

Karen said...

Reading your words has given me peace as I work through the troubles I am burdened with at this time. Thank you!!

blackjanedoe said...

Hey Janie
JUst wanted to wish you a Happy New Year. Thanks for stopping by the blog to you soon

sheri said...

Happy New Year Janie!
Great entry. You're right, God is in control of everything. And for a Scorpio, giving up control isn't once I did, I find that I don't have to sit around and worry about anything, God will see me through whatever comes my way.
Keep up the good word.
Hugs, Sheri

Lucy said...

Hope everything is going good there. Not to bad here. Kind of a damp dreary day. Lucy