Preaching to a Five-Year-Old

Using music to calm a child’s anxiety, just as David with King Saul. The right music inspires love, trust, and peace. The right music is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit.

Kristeen Nicole Gillooly


It started innocently enough. She was pretty upset, crying even. Tears flowed from her heart for her momma. It’s one of the saddest times in my life and it happens all too many times. I do my best to help soothe her, and for me, that usually involves singing.

I sing familiar songs to help calm her down. First, her favorite “Jesus Loves Me.” I sing it only one time but very softly, not like I normally do. Next up is “Silent Night.” Not sure why this been a stand-by for me at bedtime but I love the long notes and gentle pace. At this point, I think she is singing with me. She’s not smiling yet but she’s holding my hand, thankful not to be alone.

Finally, I tell her that I’m going to sing a new song for her. I tell her it’s my favorite Christmas song, and…

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I’ll Survive-

Writing: it stirs within us, begs for attention, for release, then when we sit down, it plays hide-and-seek. Ah, the bittersweet tang of the words that get stuck like caramel to the palate, taking much coaxing to release. But a writer can’t just give up writing. Sooner or later the words get unstuck and they must be released from their prison. I love this poem

Randoms by a Random


Tell me to fight wars,
And live in exile;
Tell me to live numb
From love and desires;
Tell me to give up
The light in my eyes;
But spare me my writing,
Which keeps me alive.

Tell me to wander,
For eternity wise;
Tell me to live wretched,
Like the bedouins;
Take my possessions
My money, my lands;
But spare me my writing
With it I’ll survive

Keep all your trinkets,
And worldly acquires;
Save all your princes,
For maidens alike;
Kneel not before me,
I’ve made up my mind;
To stick to my writing,
With it I’ll survive.

Image Credit: A shade of pen

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Northern HIlls Baptist Church-How To Know Christ Intimately-Philippians 3:7-11

Excellent video on knowing Christ. To know Him is to love Him, a friend that sticks closer than a brother, who promises to never leave us or forsake us (those who belong to Him). He dries my tears, comforts me in sorrow and heartbreak, gives me peace and calms my tumultuous thoughts. He’s never too busy, too tired, disinterested, or bored with me. Without Him I would be nothing.

Truth in Palmyra

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Daily Devotion-August 17, 2015-The Elijah Factor or How 1 Man Made a Difference-God Provides For His Man

Truth in Palmyra

1 Kings 17:3-6

Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

Well, Elijah has made his proclamation of God’s judgment to King Ahab. God had subsequently given Elijah his marching orders so to speak. Elijah was to go to the brook Cherith and simply hide and wait. As we covered in the previous devotion this may have been due to Ahab’s anger at being called on the carpet. It may…

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