Monday, December 22, 2014

The Lord Up Above

She was with child 
And ready to pop
He wasn't the father 
Yet didn't question God
He trusted in His guidance
To lead them all the way
And to a little stable
She delivered in the hay
He loved that little boy
As if he were his very own
He raised him up to be
None other than a carpenter's son
He listened to the angels
Who told him where to go
For he couldn't trust himself
For everything he didn't know
He traveled mile after mile
To make sure his son was safe
The road map was given 
Through the road God paved
There was a special purpose
For this little boy's life
And he had to believe
It was worth all the strife
Because he wasn't just the son 
Of one Joseph and of one Mary
But the Son of God above
The debt of the world he would carry
And though they didn't understand
They knew they had their love
And the guidance and protection
Of The Lord up above

He was working three jobs
Trying to make ends meet
It sure isn't easy to do
When you have six kids to feed
But on every Sunday morning
They piled all those kids up
In their old Volkeswagen car
Off to church, The Lord to worship
He had two bills in his wallet
One hundred and one ten
It was all he had to pay bills,
And to feed all his children
When the offering plate
Was passed around that day
He threw in his offering
With his tithes he did pay
When he got home from church
He realized what he had done
The wrong bill he put in the offering
Now his hundred dollars was gone
But he did not question
The reasons behind the mistake
He told Momma, "Don't worry
The Lord would provide, just wait"
He knew they had each other 
And all of their love
A blessing was sure to come
From The Lord up above

She was 300 miles away
From all of her family
Working hard to provide
But nothing came easily
She stretched every dollar
From payday to payday
But there was never enough
And she never saw a way
There was no money
For diapers or for food
And she often wondered
What it was she should do
More times than she could count
She called up her mom and dad
Explaining all of her struggles 
And how she was oh so sad
Through words spoke through a phone
They lifted her spirits up a lot
Ensuring her that she wasn't all alone
She had them & she had God
Though she never understood 
Why things had to be that way
She knew it was a lesson learned
And would give her a reason to say,
"Though I can't understand why
Things always happen the way they do
I'm thankful for everything 
The good Lord has brought me through
I'm thankful for all the compassion
Given through my parent's love
And for the love, hope, peace, and forgiveness
Of my Lord and Saviour up above"

- LaDawn Cossey
December 22, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lord, I'm Here and I'm Waiting on You

I have found in my life that anything I try to do on my own seems to fail.  Honestly, I have no idea why I think my plans or ideas are better than the Lord's above, but often I get the mentality that I know how things should be.  I don't take the time to stop and ask God for directions because I think my GPS won't steer me wrong.  My GPS can easily lose signal and when it does, it repeats, "turn left" over and over again; sending me in circles.  So, don't let your GPS send you turning left when you can easily access God's GPS through prayer and He will always send you turning right.

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 KJV

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 KJV

Lord, I'm Here and I'm Waiting on You

I'm walking down this narrow path
Unsure of where it leads
The night grows dark oh so fast
Til black is all I can see
But I don't scare too easily
I have no reason to fear
I know You are on Your way
I know You are so near

So, I won't run and I won't hide
From the things I cannot see
I won't jump and I won't scream
From the things surrounding me
I will stand here strong & bold
I will remain faithful & true
For I know You will protect me
So, Lord, I'm here and I'm waiting on You

There You are in the nick of time
With a light so big and bright 
It's a miracle knowing You are here
Turning the darkness into light
You see what is in front of me
And prepare my every step
You take my hand and lead the way
So I can be exactly where I need to get

So, I won't run and I won't hide
Because You are here with me
I won't jump and I won't scream
Because You are all I can see
You give me strength to be so bold
Even when I haven't got a clue
My eyes are focused on You alone
And Lord, I'm here and I'm waiting on You

-LaDawn Cossey
December 14, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Never-Been-Married Middle Aged Woman’s Perspective of the Single Life

The never-been-married, middle aged woman’s perspective of the single life is one that can be summed up in three little words; she hates it!  She may put on a smile (a fake one, I might add) and she may throw a joke or two your way and odds are they are probably about being single, but that doesn’t mean that she is happy about it.  All the fake smiles she puts on her face turn upside down when she is lying across her bed crying herself to sleep at night because she is lonely.

The most appalling question you could ever ask this woman is, “Why are you still single?”  In her mind, she hears the words, “So, what’s wrong with you?”  Maybe she has many faults, but that doesn't mean that every person who is married doesn't have faults too. 

Married friends, she doesn't want to hear your mediocre complaints about your husband.  She doesn’t care if he wouldn’t watch The Notebook with you because he wanted to watch the Super Bowl instead, she doesn’t care if he forgot to put the toilet seat down, and she doesn’t care that he left his socks on the floor.  Whatever it is that you think is so bad about your significant other, well, just get over it!  She would much rather have these problems herself and her advice to you would probably be enjoy spending some time with him while watching the Super Bowl, put the toilet seat down and be thankful that at least he remembered to lift it, and pick up those dirty socks for him because it just shows that he needs you.  She thinks that you should focus less on the things that he does wrong and more on the things that he does right; like loving you.

Divorced friends, you may think the whole wedding ordeal and marriage is overrated, but you don't understand that you have had that experience and she hasn't.  So, don't stress to her that you think she is better off being single because you had a failed marriage and you don't think marriage lives up to all the hype.  You don't understand what it is like to never have experienced marriage.  You may also think she has gotten too old to do the whole wedding thing and if she ever does get married she should just hit up the county courthouse.  But her age doesn't change the fact that she still wants the feeling of having her dad walk her down the aisle and see her groom at the altar with a smile.  Every little girl’s dream is of getting married and the perfect wedding day and even if she is still unwed in her mid-thirties; she still wants to have that dream come true.

Older married couples, you may look at her and say that you understand but if you aren’t or have never been in her shoes then frankly, she doesn't think you are in a position to understand.  If you have been married for boo coo years, then you don’t understand what it’s like to not have someone there.  You have always had that special person to help with the kids or to help figure problems out.  You have always had that someone to go to when you just want to spend time with someone and you don't want to be alone.  You can be objective and see that things are hard, but until you have been in her situation then you will never truly understand.  You can try to encourage her; perhaps tell her that it’s all in God’s timing or you know the right man will eventually come along, but most of the time your encouraging words are falling on deaf ears because she hurts in ways that she knows you will never be able to truly understand.

She studies married couples.  Whether she realizes she does this or not, odds are she looks at a man’s wife and thinks to herself, Surely, I’m just as special or good of a woman as she is.  She also sees men who are married to woman who have serious issues with addiction or cheating and she wonders how those women are more deserving of a husband than she is.  They clearly do not appreciate a husband as much as she would.  Sometimes she just wonders if God thinks she doesn’t deserve to have a husband.  Even though she knows that she does deserve the love and attention of a man, she doesn’t know if God will ever bless her with it.

She attracts married men.  This doesn’t mean she wants to attract married men, but they seem to prey on her type.  She is lonely and craves attention and married men like to feed on those emotions.  Married men often worry about the feelings of their wife and children if they were to find out he was unfaithful; however, they tend to overlook that the other woman has feelings too.  Whether she knew he was married or not, he still toyed with her emotions and put her in that situation.  Married men there is only one solution to this issue; don’t cheat!  Single women there is only one solution to this issue for you too; run, as fast as you can, run!

For the never-been-married, middle-aged, single woman who also has children who have never known a father there is more added stress to her equation.  Disciplining her children is a must, but she feels as if she is the bad guy 24/7.  There isn’t someone to help with disciplining, so she doesn’t get a break.  It scares her that her children are going to remember her as being nothing but miserable, grumpy and mean.

So, if you know a never-been-married, single, middle-aged woman out there then please try to cut her some slack.  She leads a life that many do not and will not ever be able to understand.  She’s just hoping that one day she understands the meaning and purpose behind the struggle.