Welcome to my blog! I hope to be a resource to help you in your walk with God. Now more than ever we need to get back to the basic fundamentals of moral living and take a stand for what is right and truthful with God as our ultimate authority. His Word is reliable and preserved and can be trusted, so that is the basis for my advice and teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or topics you would like me to cover. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart. See my website at http://www.dawnfoss.tateauthor.com and http://www.dawnfoss.com/ for books and music I have written that will enrich your life!

Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Let's stand in the gap together!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Psalm 107

I'm sorry I have been away for so long.  I have had some transitions taking place in my life, and am learning some wonderful things to help me grow and mature into a vessel of honor for God. 

I am so thankful for the Lord, and His ever presence in my life, even when things are rough...maybe especially then.  He carries me when I can't go on, and I'm so thankful for the wonderful people He puts in my life right when I need them. 

A friend has shared Psalm 107 in her daily devotional emails, and this Psalm is so sweet.  I'd like to share that with you.

Psalm 107
 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;
37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's Excuses

One thing is guaranteed when you make new year’s resolutions: attached to those will be new year’s excuses.  Let’s be honest with ourselves!  It doesn’t mean you have to be defeated by the excuses; you can overcome them and have the victory in reaching your goals.  But I am certain that temptations to quit will come.  It’s human nature.  It’s the weak flesh.  It’s Satan’s devices.  Whatever you wish to blame it on, obstacles will come.
So how do you intend to meet your goals despite certain opposition?  That’s the real question to ponder as we complete another year and look toward a new year.  Don’t be too hard on yourself; think back on some accomplishments you have made this year.  I’m sure there were some, even if small victories.  Perhaps you are feeling really bad about yourself, disappointed for not only failing to accomplish your 2016 goals but for falling deeper in a hole, whether in finances, body weight, business or career goals, relationships you hoped to repair or reignite, or other priorities you set for yourself.
I once was young and now I’m older, and here is the truth: life is a series of ups and downs, and every day you must face your challenges, whether new or old, with your head held high, eyes upon the Lord, hands folded in prayer, mind stayed on Christ and His Word, and fervor and determination to never quit trying.
Depression sets in when you feel hopeless. It is a heavy blanket that comes upon you and defeats you, and it is nothing to play around with.  You have to find hope, or else Satan can use that to weigh you down and make you unprofitable.  Your outlook is based on your perspective and what it is you choose to focus on, and is not bound to your circumstances, weaknesses, or feelings.  The Bible says in Colossians 3:2-3: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”  Notice that “set” is a command.  We have to determine what it is we will set our affections on, put our desires toward, and our hope in.  Choose wisely.  Search and find something to hope in, accomplish something, anything good no matter how small so that you can build on that good feeling of accomplishment.  As long as you are heading in a good direction, you will have endurance to continue because you will be encouraged.  Discouragement can take down the strongest of us, and we have to guard against it.  Don’t ever fall into the trap of thinking you are strong enough to not fall into discouragement; pride comes before a fall.
Feeling sorry for yourself is a form of pride.  Sometimes when we fall into the depths of despair we think we are so humble because we think so poorly of ourselves.  However, we fall prey to one of Satan’s devices: selfishness and pride, focusing on our own selves, our own hurt feelings, and our own inadequacies. We can conquer these feelings by putting our thoughts on others and how we can make someone else’s life better. In our verses above it says, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”  Dead men don’t fret!  Realize that you are already powerless in and of yourself; this is nothing new, you only thought you were invincible.  The truth is that we are but dust, prone to many sins and failures.  If we focus on Christ and hide in the shelter of His wings and allow Him to work through us, we will find comfort in that, peace, and confidence that we are not alone.  Hope will grow through that, because we are loved, but our power, strength and victory come through the Lord Jesus Christ, not in our own strength.
Philippians 2:3-4: “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”  The chapter goes on to tell us to have the mind of Christ, a mind of humility, even as He Himself humbled Himself for us.  We can do the same, following His example.
Happy New Year, and God bless you as you make your goals, consider the excuses that will be obstacles to your goals, overcome them and accomplish great things for the Lord in 2017!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

One-Way Conversations

Do you consider yourself a good communicator?  Good communication requires that we speak, but even more importantly, that we listen.  It is easy to dominate a conversation if we are not careful.  We must be considerate of the other person's thoughts on any given matter as well.  I think that is why I enjoy writing so much...no interruptions!  But it can get pretty lonely with a one-way conversation.  It's much more fun to have interaction with others.
I was thinking this morning about how I miss God.  As I often do, I analyzed my feelings in order to try to discover why.  I realized that I am doing a lot more praying and a lot less Bible reading lately.  I am in church a lot, and I look at verses often throughout the day, but it is an entirely different thing to actually sit down with the Bible and meditate upon it, pray to God and listen to HIM speak through His holy Word.  I realized that I am dominating the conversation because I'm asking all kinds of requests without God being able to really speak to me.  The Holy Spirit can urge us one way or another, but He uses His Word to really tell us what He wants us to hear.  That's where you'll hear the Holy Spirit the best, is when your eyes are on those pages of that ancient yet timeless book.
Psalm 119:11: "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
Psalm 119:105: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
I encourage you to think upon how much time you are allowing God to speak to you.  I know that is my goal for 2017 is to make sure I spend some time during the day alone with Him, not just praying, but allowing Him to direct me through the Bible.  It will not only direct me, but keep me from sin.  Do you need to stop dominating the conversation also?  It's great if you pray often, but just don't leave God out of the conversation.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Depths of Despair, the Shining Star

Have you ever felt like you were in the depths of despair?  I wrote this poem based on my thoughts as I drove home from NJ the other day.  It's the cry of my heart.  I hope my vulnerability strikes a chord with some of you, and perhaps as you feel like you are down low emotionally or spiritually that you can have the strength to at least look up through a hole in your despair to see the shining love of the Lord for you, you personally, as His precious son or daughter whom He loves so very much.  There are times there is nothing anyone can say to make you feel better.  All you can do is abide in His love to comfort you when there are no immediate answers or solutions to your problems.  The pain can engulf you, and all you can do is crawl. Just get those eyes looking upward, and keep that focus on Him.  He can shine through the darkest circumstances and the loneliest times.  A wounded heart can still have joy, not a hyperactive energy but a subtle peace and confidence that you are loved by God and that you matter to Him.  I hope this poem that I plan on making into a song will be a blessing to you.  May you have a wonderful, successful 2017!

My Shining Star
By Dawn Foss

Verse 1
This year I feel I have aged ten years,
It’s the hardest one endured for a while.
The loss I’ve had makes me oh, so sad,
My aching heart just won’t smile.

I feel all alone, I just want to go home,
My pride’s hurt, it’s shattered to bits;
As I lay in the mire with no wood for the fire,
My soul feels like calling it quits.

But then I look up to You, through the pain and the gloom,
In Your love I do abide.
When I feel blind and lame, I sing praise to Your Name,
And my soul is satisfied.
On You I can depend, You’re my very best Friend,
Even when hope seems so far,
When I feel weak and worn I can call on You, Lord,
For You are my Shining Star!

Verse 2
There once was a time when I thought I could climb
Any mountain that stood before me.
But I now see what’s true, that there’s much I can’t do,
Though I’ve tried to be all I can be.

How hard it has been to fail yet again,
The rejection has brought me down low;
Embarrassed I am like a lost little lamb,
How much farther can I go?

But then I look up to You, through the pain and the gloom,
In Your love I do abide.
When I feel blind and lame, I sing praise to Your Name,
And my soul is satisfied.
On You I can depend, You’re my very best Friend,
Even when hope seems so far,
When I feel weak and worn I can call on You, Lord,
For You are my Shining Star!

Though I don’t always understand Your loving, Master plan,
I find my strength in praising You alone;
When health and strength are gone, You still fill my heart with song,
I’m thankful for the joy my heart has known.

For when I look up to You, through the pain and the gloom,
In Your love I do abide.
When I feel blind and lame, I sing praise to Your Name,
And my soul is satisfied.
On You I can depend, You’re my very best Friend,
Even when hope seems so far,
When I feel weak and worn I can call on You, Lord,
For You are my Shining Star!

My wounded heart can have peace, and quiet confidence,
Knowing Your love carries me far,
I matter to You, I know You'll see me through,
For You are my Shining Star!  

Let's Worship Jesus this Christmas

I wrote a song based on a brochure and outline from a friend.  It was about the Incomparable Christ.  I received permission from the American Track Society and my friend so I could use their info for the song.  It has some great truths in it, but most of all, calls us to worship and adore Christ, not only now, but throughout the year.  I hope and pray that 2017 will be a year of continual worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the One who is Incomparably Unique.

Listen to song "Incomparably Unique"

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dear Miss Dawn...

I'm trying something new.  I'd love to get some discussions going, mainly geared toward older kids and teens, but of course, adults can chime in as well.  I believe that good, healthy debate that is respectful and intelligent is what is needed in this country.  I have a desire to inform and teach from a conservative, biblical perspective on social issues that affect us.  I'd love to hear from you!  I know people have had a hard time writing to me on this blog, so I'm using WordPress as it seems to work better.  Please check out my link and feel free to write me a question that is on your mind under the "Dear Miss Dawn" section, and then I will address it in the form of a blog, and everyone can chime in!  The only thing I ask is that everyone is respectful and kind.  This is a safe zone.

Come along, and let's see if we can solve all the problems of the world! LOL!  It's worth a try!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Gifts - To Give or Not To Give?

One debate that has gone on for years in my family is the idea to give or not to give Christmas gifts with everyone in the family, and if we do, how much are we allowed to spend?  On one hand, it gets very expensive and takes time to do all the Christmas shopping.  It’s about spending time together, not getting wrapped up in materialism, right?  However, on the other hand, it brings joy to think of others, to give a gift as a token of appreciation and thankfulness to those we love.  Isn’t that why we decorate and bake Christmas cookies?  Isn’t that why people decorate their houses for the holidays, to show how much we care?  I always say, putting up Christmas lights outside is a gift you give your neighbors.
I love tearing open gifts.  It’s so much fun!  I don’t need much, but it’s nice to be thought of, and to know that this mystery box has something in it that I have no clue about, but someone thought of me personally when they got it and wrapped it.  Then to leave for home with a few things that are new is really fun!
I believe that gift giving is symbolic of the gift God gave to us in the person of Jesus Christ.  Do I think people can get carried away?  Of course they can.  I think that spending money within one’s means and not overdoing it can be just fine.  Avoid feeling like  you have to outdo someone else.  If everyone gives as they are able with no expectations, then it works well.  There are some years we have more money so people might get a little more.  Other years the “harvest” is thin and we can’t give as much.  It may even be dependent on what our loved ones want.  One year my daughter wanted a camera, so we got that for her.  That was more money than we would normally spend, but the next year it was mostly clothes with a smaller price tag overall than the year before.  And that was okay!
What do you think about Christmas gift giving?  To give or not to give, to spoil or not to spoil, to be thoughtful or less thoughtful, or to be a mean ol’ bah humbug…these are the questions.
James 1:17: “ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”