Shadows In The Dark

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I have a story to tell you

It is hard to believe, but I swear it’s true

I hardly believe it myself

But it is a story I must tell

You see just last night I saw shadows in the dark

I swear it’s true, cross my heart

I know you are thinking, “How can there be shadows with no light?”

I say you are correct, but this world isn’t always black and white

So sit down and listen, let me tell you my story

It won’t take long, in case you are in a hurry

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You see I was walking home, it was the darkest of nights

No where could be found a single light

(Except of course from the windows of a few brave souls up that late)

But their light didn’t cast a shadow for this was my fate

The wind ripped through the trees

I was scared, (but keep that between you and me)

I knew deep down in my bones

I just knew I wasn’t alone

I could feel the enemy all around

They made such a terrible sound

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The gnashing and gnawing gave me a fright

I could hear them, but they were out of sight

I had chills up and down my spine

I felt as if I was running out of time

It was right then and there I said a little prayer

God, if you have just a little time to spare 

Even though a lot of bad I have done

Do you think you could help me out some?

It was then I saw the first shadow

He took the lead so I decided to follow

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Soon I saw ten or fifteen more

I felt a peace that wasn’t there before

They told me their names

No two were the same

There was Integrity,  Honesty, Compassion and Loyalty

There was Kindness, Forgiveness, Responsibility and Humility

There was Hope, Love, Faith, Joy,  Courage and Trust

They told me each one of them also lives in us

They told me we are so distracted by the darkness of this place

That we often do not see them, even when we are face to face

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They walked me to where I needed to go

They left before I could thank them though

I am thanking them now by writing this to you

My friend when you are lost and don’t know what to do

When you are in despair

And think there’s no one who cares

Think of something good, something you can not see

No matter the darkness, there is a light in you and me

There is a light that can penetrate the darkest of dark

You just have to believe with all your heart

That in  your darkest of  darkest nights

There are shadows that can only be caused by the light

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Save My Life by Sidewalk Prophets –  

I Wanna Go Back by David Dunn – 

No One Can Steal Our Joy by Tenth Avenue North – 

Rise by Danny Gokey – 

The Cure by Unspoken  – 

 

 

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I Let You Go

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Today was the day

I had to find the strength to walk away

I know I have to let you go

You are still as beautiful as the day we met

Our time together I will never forget

But, I have to let you go

Memorizing the tiniest details of your face

Memories that can never be erased

But, I have to let you go

I know our paths will cross again

You were my lover, my best friend

But, I have to let you go

The room used to spin when you walked in

I really can’t believe this has to be the end

But, I have to let you go

When we were together time stood still

A love like ours was honest and real

But, I have to let you go

Maybe we could’ve walked another mile

Maybe we could’ve had a few more smiles

But, I have to let you go

I know that there’s someone who loves you more

He is waiting for you and this kills me to my core

But, I have to let you go

I know you know how much I care

You know with you, my heart is always there

But, I have to let you go

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I try to understand

As I let go of your hand

And, I let you go 

 

Asking God a million times why

As I turn my head so you won’t see me cry

And, I let you go

I know one day I might be fine

But for now, it’s just simply time

And, I let you go

 

Thankful for the time we shared

I really thought I would be more prepared

To let you go

 

The light in your eyes has went away

I knew today had to be the day

That I let you go

I know your pain wasn’t leaving

I could hear your labored breathing

And I knew I had to let you go

I held you tight, oh so tight

Knowing there was no more fight

And, I let you go

God give me the strength to walk away

God give me the strength to face a new day

As I let you go

Your last word, your last breath

As you slipped from life to death

I let you go

 

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I’ll Think About You By We Are Messengers – 

Kidnap An Angel by Bon Jovi-  

Austen by As It Is – 

Ok, Here’s The Truth By Javier Colon- 

Strong Enough To Cry By Joey Feek-  

Where Were You by Francesca Battistelli – 

You Came Running by Laura Story – 

Walk By Faith by Jeremy Camp – 

The Pier

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I remember the first time I saw her. Standing all alone in the water. I stood in awe at how beautiful she was. A true work of art. It was love at first sight.

It was our first vacation together to the beach. Our first of many.

I remember the first time I walked out on her, I stood so far out into the ocean. The beach looked so far away. I was so far out all the people on the beach looked like ants.

I learned all about her. From the beginning when she was first being made until now. All the storms she had been through, everything that made her into the beauty she is today. I couldn’t help but wonder if other people looked at her the way I did.

How many sunrises and sunsets have we seen from that pier? How many long talks have we had walking the beaches and that pier while holding hands?

Every year, before we would go back, I would look at the old photos of us taken on that pier.  The first one taken when we’re just dating, the first one taken as a married couple, the first one with our daughter as a baby and all the ones through the years as she, and we, grew older.

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Throughout the years, I always knew the pier would be there when we were. The times when we would walk early in the morning and the fog was so thick we could barely see our hands in front of our face. But somehow, I knew the next step would land on the next plank.  On the dark nights when we could not see the end of the pier because of the darkness, I still knew it was there.

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Then I looked at the last picture, the one from last year. The pier was showing her age but she was still so beautiful to me. Our daughter had grown so strong and beautiful, ready to go out on her own. There was something off about the picture though. There was a light missing from your eyes. Maybe the smile wasn’t as big as years past.

Maybe it was just my imagination. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head.

Do you believe in coincidences?  As I was staring at the picture there was a breaking news alert. The hurricane hit the pier and she was gone. I couldn’t believe it. All those years of storms and sunshine, cold winter nights and hot summer days, all the things the pier had been through and now she was gone.

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A tear came to my eyes as I stared In disbelief. Was it real or was I dreaming?  Was she really gone? All these pictures, all the memories, all of it gone. No, they were still there but as I looked at the empty space in the ocean I knew things would never be the same.

I couldn’t help but look at the last picture again. The one where the light in your eyes was gone and your smile wasn’t as big. All the storms we have faced and survived.  All the good days and the bad days. I couldn’t help shake the feeling that a storm was coming.  A storm bigger than we have ever faced before.

We will survive it or we will fall like the pier?

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Almost Broken by Sister Hazel-  

Church Clothes by Kelleigh Bannen – 

Performance by The XX – 

A Day To Be Alone by One Less Reason – 

Even If by MercyMe – 

That Could Still Be Us by Keith Urban- 

Where We Go From Here by Jason Gray – 

Where Do We Go From Here by Oleander – 

Something Beautiful by One Less Reason – 

Broken Together by Casting Crowns – 

New Music Friday 3/10/17

No new musician follower this week.   Take a listen, find some new music to listen to.  Please feel free to share/purchase the song I wrote the lyrics to,  Lily Messer is the voice and Ceylon Wise is the producer.

Thanks for all the follows, musicians and non-musicians.  Some other music from non-followers I have listened to recently.  Pick out a few you haven’t heard and take a listen.

Alison Krauss:

River In The Rain

You Don’t Know Me – 

Andrew McMahon:

Shot Out Of A Cannon

Walking In My Sleep

Island Radio

Birthday Song-  

Blackie & The Rodeo Kings:

Beautiful Scars

Bury My Heart

Long Walk To Freedom

Land Of The Living-  

Brantley Gilbert:

The Ones That Like Me

The Weekend

Bro Code

Tried To Tell Ya

Way Back-  

Brett Eldredge:

Phone Call To God – 

Brooke Eden :

American Dreamer

Diamonds- 

CeCe Winans:

He’s Never Failed Me Yet

Dancing In The Spirit

Lowly

Let Them Fall In Love – 

Charlie Wilson:

In It To Win It

Better

Made For Love

I’m Blessed

Amazing God – 

 

Delbert McClinton:

Pulling The Strings

Bad Haircut

Rosy- 

Dierks Bentley:

Days Of Dark – 

Elbow:

Little Fictions

Magnificent (She Says) – 

Ellie Holcomb:

Wonderfully Made

You Love Me Best

You Are Loved

Find You Here – 

Jake Clemons:

Hold Tight

Janine

Shadow

Just Stay

Fear & Love – 

Jean Watson:

Wonder –  

Kari Jobe:

The Garden

Let Your Glory Fall

Lover Of My Soul

Heal Our Land

Fall Afresh

Closer To Your Heart

Oh The Power

The Cause Of Christ

I Will Sing

Speak To Me – 

Lauren Alaina:

Holding The Other

Pretty

Three

Road Less Traveled – 

LeAnn Rimes:

Mother

I Couldn’t Do That To Me- 

Little Big Town:

Beat Up Bible

Better Man

When Someone Stops Loving You –  

 

Lupe Fiasco:

Pick Up The Phone – 

Muna:

So Special

I Know A Place

Promise

Everything

If U Love Me Now – 

Old 97’s:

I Don’t Wanna Die In This Town

All Who Wander

Those Were The Days- 

 

Reba McEntire:

Sing It Now

From The Inside Out

Say A Prayer

There Is A God

Back To God – 

Ryan Adams:

Breakdown

Outbound Train

Do You Still Love Me? –  

Starset:

Die For You

Ricochet

Satellite

Unbecoming

Last To Fall

Bringing It Down

Monster – 

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill:

Keep Your Eyes On Me – 

We Are Messengers:

I’ll Think About You-  

Zach Williams :

So Good To Me

Fear Is A Liar

To The Table  – 

 

and our song:

I Question You by Lily Messer – 

On Itunes :  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-question-you-single/id1018588943

Rodney The Raccoon – Inside The Mask

My God, My Music, My Life

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(image credit: Mari Jones from Journey of a Million Miles)

“Oh, hello there.  My name is Rodney. It’s nice to see you. I don’t get many visitors. Most people see the mask and think I am bad.  I must tell you, I am not! At least most of the time. I am honest if nothing else. My mom always told me honesty is the best policy.”

“Come on down and have a sit. I don’t have rabies or anything. My uncle Phil had rabies but he is long gone. Only one in the family to get rabies but everyone usually thinks we are all rabid.  It’s like your family. I bet you have one bad apple in that tree.  Does everyone think you are bad because of them?”

“Let me tell you something else. We eat a lot of different things from pesky insects and small rodents to fruits and…

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New Music Friday 3/3/17

Been a few weeks but trying to get back on schedule. (It’s Monday, not Friday in case you were confused)

Two  new musician follower this week.  Take a listen, find some new music to listen to.  Please feel free to share/purchase the song I wrote the lyrics to,  Lily Messer is the voice and Ceylon Wise is the producer. If interested in teaming up together, feel free to contact me.

It’s On You by Matt Gary – 

Hope Is Found by John Cox – 

Thanks for all the follows, musicians and non-musicians.  Some other music from non-followers I have listened to recently.  Pick out a few you haven’t heard and take a listen.

 

AFI:

Still A Stranger

Hidden Knives

Get Hurt

She Speaks The Language

The Wind That Carries Me Away – 

Alex Clare:

Tell Me What You Need

Get Real

Basic

Love Can Heal –  

Alexis Taylor –

Blame It On The Whiskey

Southern Boy – 

Amanda Shires –

Pale Fire

My Love (The Storm) – 

 

 

Boyce Avenue:

Anchor

Cinderella

Family

Given Up

Imperfect Me

Pick Yourelf Back Up Again

Be Somebody – 

Brantley Gilbert:

The Devil Don’t Sleep

In My Head

Baby Be Crazy

Outlaw In Me – 

Chris Quilala:

Reign

Won My Heart – 

Claudia Hoyser:

Bittersweet Fairytale

Free- 

Danny Gokey:

If You Ain’t In It

Stronger Than We Think

Symptoms

Rise

Never Be The Same

The Comeback

Better Than I Found It-  

Dropkick Murphys:

Blood

First Class Loser

Paying My Way

You’ll Never Walk Alone

Until The Next Time

Sandlot- 

 

Fight The Fade:

Elevation

Inhale

Invincible

Lanterns In The Dark

Seasons

Falling – 

 

The Guardians:

Leaning

Hold On To The Power Of The Cross

Present In The Presence Of The King

Please Don’t Wait Forever

Another Life To Give

What A Day That Will Be – 

In Flames:

The Truth

In My Room

Before I Fall

Us Against The World

Underneath My Skin

Battles

Like Sand – 

Janelle Monae:

Isn’t This The World – 

Joyve Manor:

Last You Heard Of Me

Over Before It Began – 

Kehlani:

Advice

Thank You – 

Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams:

I See A Victory – 

Lucie Silvas :

Breathe In

Villian

Letter To Ghosts – 

Luke Bryan:

Love Me In A Field

Southern Gentleman

You Look Like Rain

Here’s To The Farmer –  

Mari Burelle:

I Believe In Jesus

Made To Love

You Gotta Stand – 

Mary J Blige:

Mirage – 

Micah Tyler:

Even Then

Last

Never Been A Moment – 

Newton Faulkner:

Soon

Brick By Brick

Clouds

Long Shot

Against The Grain

Pick Up Your Broken Heart – 

Nina Diaz:

January 9th

Screaming Without A Sound – 

One Less Reason:

On The Way Down

Something Beautiful

Time

The Trade

Where Were You

You Didn’t Know

Break Me – 

 

Rebecca Ferguson:

Superwoman

Pay For It

Oceans

I’ll Meet You There – 

The Rubyz:

I’ll Follow You

Breathtakingly Beautiful – 

Taylor Noelle:

Won’t Waste My Time-  

Tom Chaplin:

Hardened Heart

I Remember You

Hold On To Our Love

The Wave – 

Train:

Drink Up

Working Girl

Silver Dollar

What Good Is Saturday

Lost And Found

You Better Believe – 

The XX:

A Violent Noise

On Hold –  

and our song:

I Question You by Lily Messer – 

On Itunes :  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-question-you-single/id1018588943

Good News Stories 2/27/17

The signs of spring are here.  Spring training baseball, Nascar had its first race yesterday, people are talking about March Madness, and we had five blue jays in our yard yesterday. That is good news for us that do not like winter, but that is not good news that changes people or the world like the following stories.

Alyssa Kamm thought she had more than two years to plan her wedding. But she found her prep time cut to three weeks after learning her father had cancer.

The abbreviated schedule came courtesy of more than a dozen strangers, business owners and managers throughout Rochester, New York, who donated flowers, a venue, photography, music and numerous other services to help give the bride and her groom their dream wedding on Feb. 4.

Just three weeks earlier, on Jan. 13, Alyssa learned her dad had been diagnosed with advanced multiple myeloma, which affects the bone marrow and quickly weakens the bones. Her dad began chemotherapy treatment immediately.

One of the women shared her family’s story and sought advice about nice but inexpensive venues and services on a Facebook page for Rochester-area wedding vendors.

Photographer Bethany Colburn spotted the post and immediately decided to help.

“It touched my heart and I knew I wanted to be a part of this,” she told TODAY. She immediately began messaging with a good friend of hers who is a DJ and the two “started chatting about who we needed to ‘tag’ in the post and how we could really make this happen for Alyssa and her family.”

Colburn, who donated a full wedding photography package, said she was excited to see the event come together so effortlessly.

“We are surrounded by negativity and sad stories and sometimes it’s easy to forget that there are still good people in the world,” said Colburn, who hopes vendors in other cities “continue to spread the love” by helping others in need.

Alyssa’s dad, Karl Jones, 55, said he was amazed at how so many people he didn’t know coalesced to help his family.

“All the vendors — we call them our fairy god dream team. They didn’t know us, and they just started offering their services and the ball kept on rolling. It shocked me,” he said.

“This is something that makes him happy, to let people know that there are good people in the world we live in,” she said. “This story, even though it’s rooted in something that’s really sad, and it stings for us, it has such a happy ending, and that gives him something to live for.”

source: Eun Kyung Kim -TODAY

February 3 was a big night in Norman, Oklahoma. The Norman High School Lady Tigers basketball team was facing its rival, the Timberwolves of Norman North. By the end of the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers had a comfortable lead of 57-35 — for all intents and purposes, they had won the game.

But when the coaches sent in one player who had sat on the sidelines all night, everyone in the arena shared a victory.

That player was Lainy Fredrickson — a special-needs senior whose epic basket at the game’s close had the crowd (and the internet) going wild. Detrick Watts, a special education TA and assistant girls’ basketball coach, told TODAY that having Fredrickson on the team is “a blessing.”

“She always puts a smile on everybody’s face,” he said. “You know your day is going to be better just from coming into contact with her.”

“As coaches, you try not to show your emotions, especially during the game,” said Watts. “But the reality sets in that this is something more than basketball … it’s fulfilling a dream. For the coaches, and I think for the players, it’s something I’ll never forget.”

It made a similar impression on Michael Vanderburg, the alum who took the video. “It is a testimony to the awesome community of Norman, Oklahoma, and my alma mater Norman High School, and how there is still hope for humanity out here in this world,” he told TODAY. “If we just focus on the good instead of the bad, we could come together and really make a difference.”

source: Embry Roberts – TODAY

When Todd Steinkamp was told that his car wouldn’t make it all the way to a Wisconsin funeral he wanted to attend, he believed it was the beginning of a terrible day—but he hadn’t yet met the man who would turn it around.

The driver was forced to pull his vehicle into the closest auto repair shop after it started making a dreadful grinding sound midway through his route from Iowa.

The mechanic, Glenn Geib, told Todd that his car would not be able to travel the remaining 70-mile distance to the memorial service.

Things looked bleak, but after seeing Todd’s reaction, Glenn offered up his own wheels as a substitute.

“I must have looked pretty stressed-out at this time because Glenn then reached into his pocket, pulled out the keys to HIS own vehicle and said ‘Take my truck. Fill it up with gas, don’t turn on the emergency lights and get going’,” wrote Todd on Facebook.

Not only was the younger man able to make it to his funeral, but his would-be terrible day was totally turned around.

“We sat and talked for a while when I got back as I thanked him and he told me more about himself. The 74 year-old mechanic with a grip of steel turned a terrible day into a good one with a great lesson… ‘just be kind and help if you can’.”

source : McKinley Corbley – Good News Network

A waitress who did a good deed for a pair of firefighters was overwhelmed when they returned the favor—for her father.

Instead of a bill for their breakfast, Liz Woodward brought a pair of New Jersey firefighters a thank you note. They’d just spent 24 hours battling the blaze at a local warehouse, and the waitress wanted to do something nice for them.

“Your breakfast is on me today,” the note read, along with little drawings of a fire ax and helmet. “Thank you for all that you do.”

Firefighter Tim Young posted the story and a photo of the note to Facebook, urging people to eat at the diner where she worked. But then, he found out the waitress had a GoFundMe campaign that she was using to raise $17,000 to buy her father a wheelchair-accessible van.

Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help,” Young wrote in another post.

The firefighter’s plea spread like wildfire. His posts were shared thousands of times and 1,000 people donated more than $67,000 — $50,000 above her goal.

“This is just one example of how so many people in this world have incredible hearts and they pay it forward, so the circle keeps on moving,” Woodward told TODAY.

source: Terry Turner – Good News Network

Of course, there are much, much more but did not want to get this into 2000 words so hopefully, other bloggers joined in today to give us more #goodnews stories.

Check out www.goodnewsnetwork.org,  www.huffingtonpost.com/section/goodnews, www.sunnyskyz.com/goodnews, www.today.com/news/goodnews, https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news, abcnews.go.com/US/Good_News  as well as many others.

 

Change The World by Derek Minor (feat Hollyn)- 

Be The Change by Britt Nicole – 

What Love Can Do by Danny Gokey – 

Revival by Zach Williams – 

It’s A Beautiful Day by Mari Burelle – 

I Have This Hope by Tenth Avenue North – 

Beautiful People by Tim McGraw –