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Put It On The Alter

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Yesterday I was feeling a little low and frazzled and remembered the CD a friend and coworker made me. I turned it on and the first song was Put It On The Alter by Jessica Reedy. The lyrics really resonated with me:

  • It’s been a real hard couple of months, you had enough (mm hmm)
  • But it’s been hard for everyone, you’re not alone, (uh uh)
  • You’ve been hurting way too long, let it go and just move on
  • Make your way down to the altar, hand it over and leave it there
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • So everything that you’ve been worried about (put it on the altar)
  • You need him to work it out, he’ll work it out yeah (put it on the altar)
  • All of your burdens just bring them all down and (put it on the altar)
  • You’re gonna get an answer to your prayer,
  • If you (put it on the altar)
  • I know you need a healing (yeah) you sick of being sick, you need relief
  • You’re tired of the pressure (yeah)
  • You got all this stress and you need some peace
  • Come on and get your breakthrough (breakthrough)
  • Or haven’t you been suffering long enough?
  • Make your way down to the altar, hand it over, leave it there
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • So everything that you’ve been worried about (put it on the altar)
  • You need him to work it out, he’ll work it out yeah (put it on the altar)
  • All of your burdens just bring them all down and (put it on the altar)
  • You’re gonna get an answer to your prayer,
  • If you (put it on the altar)
  • Oh (oh yes you’ll get an answer)
  • You’ll get an answer (answer from the lord)
  • Oh yes (oh yes you’ll get an answer)
  • You’ll get an answer (answer from the lord)
  • So you need to put it on, put it on, put it on (put it on the altar)
  • So you need to put it on, put it on, put it on (put it on the altar)
  • Oh prayer (oh prayer) changes (changes things)
  • see I know it does (oh prayer changes things)
  • So take it to the lord in prayer (prayer changes things)
  • Ask him anything you want cause (prayer changes things)
  • Listen, you’ve been worrying and crying
  • Crying and worrying
  • But you’re not alone, you’re not alone no
  • See you have a friend in Jesus, and he knows all about it
  • And he’s gonna do what he promised you
  • So everything that you’ve been worried about (put it on the altar)
  • You need him to work it out, he’ll work it out yeah (put it on the altar)
  • All of your burdens just bring them all down and (put it on the altar)
  • You’re gonna get an answer to your prayer,
  • If you (put it on the altar)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • It’s gonna be alright (it’s gonna be alright)
  • So you need to put it on, put it on, put it on (put it on the altar)
  • So you need to put it on, put it on, put it on (put it on the altar)

Also yesterday I pondered about the dry season in life that I am going through. I had an earnest talk with God. I even googled “living through a personal dry season” to see how others deal with it and stumbled across an awesome blog. This morning I received an email from the Osteens and I’m sure you already know the topic, lol. I am so thankful that God hears and cares about my lamenting and makes sure to find a way to let me know He is listening. Coincidence? Nah, I don’t think so!

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Oh, Had I a Golden Thread

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My sweet little niece Jada was born last week.  She is sooooo pretty!  All I could do was stare at her delicate face as she slept.  Jada was also born with Down’s Syndrome.

A week before her mom went into labor the doctor informed them that there was a possibility the baby could have it and that her labor would likely be induced to prevent a stillbirth.  There was also a chance of her being born with deformities. After I heard the news I immediately prayed and asked others to pray with me. 

When they told me she was fine I felt relief.  I had to see for myself so we went to visit her as soon as I got home from work. And she looked perfect to me. She did not have the signs of a baby with this genetic disorder–no flaps of extra skin, the flattened nose, or the almond-shaped, droopy eyes.  I immediately thanked God.  Jazmine was sooooo excited and was talking a mile a minute as she paraded around the hospital room telling me all the things she was going to do with “her” Jada. 

A couple of days later the results came back and it was positive. My heart deflated like a balloon.  What in the world would those two do with a baby with mental challenges? I  already help them out a lot financially.  More importantly, how would they handle it emotionally? 

So I thanked God that she was at least born with life.  But this diagnosis still feels so heavy.  When her mom told me I didn’t know how to form my mouth to offer some comfort.  What do you say in a situation like this?  All I was able reply was that it was going to be okay and that they had my support. 

I asked her how they were coping.  She said “I’m okay with it, she’s still my baby girl.”  She said my brother had accepted it as well after a few tears.  At that moment I felt such utter gratitude and respect for them both.  I doubt that I would have welcomed the results with an ounce of their graciousness.  Jada is lucky to have parents who love her unconditionally.

Since then I have contacted the local Down’s Syndrome chapter and requested information for them, did some research for myself, and I plan on buying them a book for parents of children with this condition.  There is no way I can “fix” this so I did the only thing I know how to do–help them become informed.

However, I am still struggling with this. Why them?  We get so comfortable assuming that all children will be born completely healthy and that is not always the case. Now I must find the strength to pray that God may equip them both with knowledge, patience, and diligence required to raise a child with special needs.

Oh, Had I a Golden Thread (Eva Cassidy version)

Oh, had I a golden thread
And a needle so fine
I’d weave a magic strand
Of rainbow design
Of rainbow design

In it I’d weave the bravery
Of women giving birth
In it I’d weave the innocence
Of the children over all the earth
Children of all the earth

Far over the water,
I’d stretch my magic band
To every city,
To every single land
To every land

Show my brothers and my sisters
My rainbow design
Bind up this sorry world
With hand and heart and mind
Hand and heart and mind

Oh, had I a golden thread
And a needle so fine
I’d weave a magic strand
Of rainbow design
Of rainbow design

Do You?

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Some people should refrain from marrying.  Sunday I was most disturbed while watching “On the Case” hosted by Paula Zahn.  This particular episode featured the story of Darren Mack, accused of killing his wife Charla, and shooting the family court judge presiding over their divorce.

Midway through the story Paula reported that one of their hobbies was “swinging.”  I’m sorry, but in my mind this activity has NO place in holy matrimony.  If you want an “open” marriage, why bother getting married in the first place?  Open marriage=oxymoron in my book of life. 

Another pet peeve of mine–people who marry with divorce in mind.  If it doesn’t work out, we can always divorce.  Divorce should be the last resort.  What if there was no such thing as divorce?  Do you think people would choose their mates more wisely?  Or would it create a surge of crimes of passion?  If you are not willing to work through your problems and put effort forth to make it work, do everyone a favor and keep your single status. 

Last week  my boss confided in me (why I was privy to this info sure beats me)about how he told his wife of 18 years he wanted her to move out.  I was surprised to say the least.  Usually the husband leaves the wife in the home.  Since he was in a sharing mood, I asked him why.  He said because she was “getting on his nerves.”  Amazing stuff.  That happens sometimes within the confines of a marriage.  It actually happens more frequently than the unenlightened would imagine.  And it only took him 18 years to come to the realization!

Man I love Nicki Minaj, I told her I’d admit it
I hope one day we get married just to say we f-cking did it
And girl I’m really serious I’m with it if you with it
Cause your verses turn me on and your pants are mighty fitted

 These lyrics are from a song called “Miss Me” by Drake, which I do like.  However, the above lines are just another example of society’s cavalier attitude toward marriage.  The reasons he gives for wanting to take her on as his wife are because she’s good with words and wears tight pants.  I know this is just a song, but I suspect there is more than a grain of truth in those lines.

All we have to do is look at Brittany Spears who married her childhood best  friend for five minutes and other celebrities who marry and divorce based on lust and looks for more evidence of our shallowness.  Is Angelina Jolie going to run off with Johnny Depp? They just made the  movie The Tourist.  Be afraid Brad, be very afraid!

Marriage is hard work.  It is not always pretty. I’m afraid we’ve taken something beautiful and made a mockery of it.  Death rarely does any union part nowadays.  It’s really heartbreaking and makes me terrified of ever marrying again.

Be Ok

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I first heard this song on a Mott’s applesauce commercial and instantly liked it.  I can so relate to its lyrics!  Of course it is now on my ipod, lol.

Be Ok

`Ingrid Michaelson

I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok today
I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok today

I just want to feel today, feel today, feel today
I just want to feel something today
I just want to feel today, feel today, feel today
I just want to feel something today

CHORUS:
Open me up and you will see
I’m a gallery of broken hearts
I’m beyond repair, let me be
And give me back my broken parts

I just want to know today, know today, know today
I just want to know something today
I just want to know today, know today, know today
Know that maybe I will be ok

CHORUS

Just give me back my pieces
Just give them back to me please
Just give me back my pieces
And let me hold my broken parts

I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok today
I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok
I just want to be ok today

I just want to feel today, feel today, feel today
I just want to feel something today
I just want to know today, know today, know today
Know that maybe I will be ok
Know that maybe I will be ok
Be OkayKnow that maybe I will be ok

Peel Me a Grape

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I love this song and its sassy, seductive lyrics!  You can listen to it by selecting the link. Try making this request to your husband tonight!  I’d love to hear Queen Latifah do a cover of this song: 

Peel Me a Grape

Peel me a grape, crush me some ice
Skin me a peach, save the fuzz for my pillow
Talk to me nice, talk to me nice
You’ve got to wine and dine me

Don’t try to fool me bejewel me
Either amuse me or lose me
I’m getting hungry, peel me a grape

Pop me a cork, french me a fry
Crack me a nut, bring a bowl full of bon-bons
Chill me some wine, keep standing by
Just entertain me, champagne me
Show me you love me, kid glove me
Best way to cheer me, cashmere me
I’m getting hungry, peel me grape

Here’s how to be an agreeable chap
Love me and leave me in luxury’s lap
Hop when I holler, skip when I snap
When I say, “do it,” jump to it

Send out for scotch, call me a cab
Cut me a rose, make my tea with the petals
Just hang around, pick up the tab
Never out think me, just mink me
Polar bear rug me, don’t bug me
New Thunderbird me, you heard me
I’m getting hungry, peel me a grape