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!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Spread Some Christmas Cheer with The Joy of the Season album!

Well, Thanksgiving is over, and now we are able to embrace the Christmas season. Last year I published a Christmas album called, "The Joy of the Season." It is chock full of Christmas cheer! It celebrates the warmth and the fun of the season. It honors and glorifies God, and also reflects on the fun times that we can share together this time of year.

Please enjoy one of my favorite songs on the album called, "That's What Christmas Is All About." I am a big one for organizing and attending Christmas caroling events, and whenever we are done, I tend to hear people say, "Well, now, THAT'S what Christmas is all about!"I hope that rings in your heart as well with the things you do for others this time of year.
Listen to "That's What Christmas is All About."

To check out or order this album, visit amazon.com.
Check out Dawn's Christmas album, "The Joy of the Season."

God bless you and your family this wonderful Christmas season.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Release! The Sonic Adventure Gang 3: Mixed Up Manger Danger

Check it out at amazon.com!

Have you ever wished you could go back in time and see baby Jesus? Well, thanks to Uncle Al's Sonic Time Travel machine, the Sonic Adventure Gang gets to do just that! They have to shrink first so they won't be seen. But due to a mishap with the time machine, they end up jumping from place to place, seeing angry King Herod, taking a ride on the donkey to Egypt, encountering a giant rat, and riding reindeer after sledding, skating, and drinking lots of hot cocoa with marshmallows! Don't miss out on this fantastic adventure with your favorite Christian pals: the Sonic Adventure Gang!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Release! Simply Hymns: Reflections

I was asked to make a CD of hymns, so at last, here it is!

This is the first of a series of hymns (each with a different theme), and this one is called "Reflections." A hard copy CD will be available soon through amazon.com, but the digital version is now available through CD Baby and soon through iTunes, amazon.com, and other online stores. The beauty of this album is that it has thirteen songs with vocals, and then those same songs with just the instruments so you can enjoy listening or you can sing along! Twenty-six tracks total for $9.99!

A collection of beloved hymns sung and played by Dawn to reflect upon the Lord, ease your anxieties, and comfort your soul. 

Dawn Foss has a heart for souls, and as a family nurse practitioner, she has a desire to contribute something tangible and nonpharmaceutical to ease anxieties and comfort the soul. She loves the old classic hymns, and plays these on her keyboard with the loving simplicity of a church pianist, which she has been for many years. She has been working in church music ministries for over 30 yrs. Dawn's plan is to do a series of Simply Hymns albums in similar style with various themes. 

She has four other albums of songs she has written: Beauty in Pain; Walking in Wisdom: Singing the Proverbs; Sold Out! for God, Family & Country; and The Joy of the Season Christmas album. She has also written many books for children and teens/adults, including her best seller, I Will Stand, which is a book of commitment to do what is right, a great tool for building godly character and strong youth. Be sure to check out her website for more information. She is always looking for opportunities to come speak and/or sing as well.

Dawn Foss: Simply Hymns, "Reflections" album

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Women's Health Conference 9/30/17 and upcoming book signing

I had a very successful book signing on 9/30/17 at the Women's Health Conference in Middletown, CT. I have two new releases (The Sonic Adventure Gang book 2 and Benny's Good-Night Prayer), with book 3 of The Sonic Adventure Gang coming out by Christmas. A hymn CD called "Reflections" will be coming out soon. Will keep you posted!

This Saturday October 21 from 10-3 I will be at the Zion Lutheran Church's Scarecrow Festival. Come check out my books and CD's!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

How Do You Teach Children to Love the Lord?

Deuteronomy 6:4-9: "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." 

Are these words truly in your heart, like God mentions above? Are you doing externals without having the sincere love and devotion in your own heart? Once you have that settled with the Lord, teach it throughout the day to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc. Find practical things in your children's lives to show them about God and His love for them. Dictating our children do right without shepherding their hearts will lead to older teens and adults who reject God altogether because they never made Him their own personal Lord, Savior, and most importantly, best friend. 

One of the best ways to do this is through praying specific prayers, and seeing specific answers.  It's great to write their prayer requests down and when they get answered, circle it with a big "AMEN" written over it! Then they have a visual, to see how the Lord is working. Sometimes the answer may be no or wait a while, but it was an answer, and often they will be able to see later how that was for the best. Also, praying to the Lord throughout the day in conversational form is helpful, because it engages them with their Heavenly Father on a continual and more personal basis. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Liberty or Distraction?

I have often heard the verse, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). I love this verse because it inspires me to think of God as I do things, and to aspire to bring Him glory through all I do and say. This includes things I allow to pass by my lips. This would include not being a glutton, and not using harmful drugs and alcohol. But as I have been reading through the book of 1 Corinthians, I got this verse in more context this morning. It’s written in the context of Christian liberty. It goes beyond us making sure we are doing what is right in our own lives, such as my own health and my own personal influence. It addresses us doing all to the glory of God in order to not offend others and thus lead them to Christ.

The preceding verses talk about the fact that we can’t drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils, in the context of sacrifices to devils. The Apostle Paul continues to say that all things are lawful for him, such as eating meat that was offered to idols, but not all things are expedient, or best to do under the circumstances. They may not edify, and while you’re not necessarily doing anything wrong in doing it, whatever it may be, it may cause others to struggle in their faith. Are we serving God or the devil? Let’s identify where our commitment lies. Whose kingdom are we trying to increase?

He goes on to say, for example, that if you eat over someone’s house who is not a believer in Christ, and they serve you meat, eat it and be gracious so you don’t offend them: “asking no question for conscience sake” (vs. 27). However, if someone is there and points out it was offered to idols (apparently this bothers the person who mentioned it), don’t eat it “for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake.”

He goes on to clarify whose conscience he is speaking of. “Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?” In other words, “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof,” as he says in vs. 26 and again in vs. 28. He is allowed to eat meat, as part of God’s creation and food chain. Why should he limit his freedom to eat what he wants based on another man’s conscience? He is under grace, and thankful for all the Lord has given him on this earth to partake.

Here it comes in our key verse, along with the rest of the answer to this question of why should he limit his freedom for others: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many…” WHY? “…that they may be saved” (vs. 31-33).

It is a great reminder for me to watch my testimony, remembering that our ultimate goal is to glorify the Lord with our lives, and part of that commitment applies to our interactions with and influence upon others. We have a duty out of our love and devotion for our Lord to care about the misunderstandings that may occur from our actions. How awful if someone didn’t become a believer in Christ because we were selfish and were just thinking about our own desires. We cannot control everyone’s perceptions, but the idea is that if we are around those who will be offended in Christ because of something we do, perhaps a cultural boundary, we should respect it.

May God help us to live our lives with respect toward others, and illuminate love from our hearts that will show the world through us how great our God really is. He cares for all and desires all to come to Him for salvation and spiritual growth, and we should avoid being a distraction.