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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!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ministry Bliss


Ministry Bliss
By Dawn Foss

What feeling can you label
When you know you’ve served the Lord,
Made a difference in a life,
Whether great or small?

It’s more than just emotional,
Your body feels it, too,
You fly high with excitement,
Your spirit feels renewed.

There’s nothing greater in this life
Than to help another soul,
Make that investment and you will find
Your own life will be whole.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Evolution vs. God

I'd like to share with you some great resources.  I just watched this video, "Evolution vs. God", and it's a great tool for getting you to think. This one is called, "Evolution vs. God."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u3-2CGOMQ

This next one is called "180".  It addresses some powerful moral issues.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI


One last one is a testimony from Kirk Cameron (he played Mike Seaver on "Growing Pains" when he was a teenager, and still acts in movies today).  He was once an atheist, and gives his testimony about how he came to trust Jesus Christ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjVFcPBqOzc


I will let these speak for themselves.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

God Loves You

Those words, "God loves you", almost seems like a cliche, something so simple to say that it almost loses its meaning.  However, I have to say it has had more meaning to me lately as I have been watching reruns of a television series that played on CBS in the 1990's.  It's called, "Touched By An Angel."  Roma Downey and Della Reese star in it.  I really enjoy seeing the practical real life situations they find themselves in, and how people who are hurting, desperate, angry, depressed, struggling, etc. have renewed hope when they realize that God loves them.  God loves me.  That makes it more personal.  What a difference in perspective our troubles have when we realize 1) God exists, 2) God is not only capable of love but He is love, and 3) that perfect love is directed toward ME, and my little life here among the many humans on this earth.

I recently flew in a plane.  I had a hard time NOT staring out the window!  I had my eyes so glued on the landscapes below, amazed at the perspective, like looking at a map, only it was real life.  I could see rivers and lakes.  I could see beaches.  I could see building, houses, and highways. I could see cars at times, but I really could not see any people - we were too far away.  However, going 600 miles an hour overhead, we passed a lot of people in a short amount of time.  Mere specks that couldn't be seen with the naked eye when 34,000 feet up in the sky.


Think of all the people in the entire world, and doesn't it make you feel even smaller?  And yet God made Himself of no reputation to become as one of us, in human form, to join us specks. Philippians 2:7-8: "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."  He paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us by dying on a tiny cross that satisfied the debt we all owed with our lives for eternity.  Yes, the law was that unless someone could pay the debt that sin brought upon us, we would remain spiritually dead for eternity. Jesus volunteered, and took our place since He was the only One qualified to do so.  All we have to do is accept Him and thank Him for His free gift.

Yet our stubborn pride gets in the way.  We forget the simple truth in all of this, the truth that is there once we clear out all the complexities and messiness of our lives: God really does love us. There is hope and peace for me. There is hope and peace for you. Makes no difference who you are, what you've done, what a mess you've made of your life, or what a mess others have made of your life. What's important is who Jesus is, what He's done, and the miraculous healing and order and peace He can bring to your life.  Yes, Jesus loves you. You can say with confidence, "Jesus loves me. God loves even me." Say it until you believe it.  It's true, and it's wonderful!

How will we know that we have truly embraced God's love? It will shine through us unto others. Be a blessing this Thanksgiving.  Not only thank God for His unconditional love, but show some forth to others God loves.  Who does that include? Who doesn't that include?

John 4:7-12:
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation [which means the turning away of the wrath of God by an offering] for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

God bless you!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Great booksigning day!

I had a great day today at my booksigning at ShopRite in Wallingford. I felt like an official greeter, saying hello to so many people passing by! I enjoy people watching, and the quietness of sitting or standing there for 3 hours. It's a nice break to my busy routine. I enjoy talking with people who stop by the table. One person said they bought my book, I Will Stand, and really liked it! That made my day! He remembered me from my last booksigning there.

My Fully Persuaded manuscript is almost ready to go to the publisher. Please pray for God to provide the money so that I can submit it. It's my 3rd book, and something that has the potential to be a real blessing.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Tales of a Teenage Heart

I just love teenagers.  I have two teenage girls.  Teens are very passionate souls.  My daughter has been struggling with decisions regarding college, facing conflicts between what she likes, what she needs, what she can afford, etc.  I asked her to tell me how she was feeling in 3-4 words, but her list was a page long, probably 15-20 words, all reflecting feeling overwhelmed, confused, hopeless, controlled, afraid, being judged, disappointed, lost, lonely, unable to see 2 ft. ahead of her, etc.  I decided with her permission to write a poem about it, something that I hoped would relate to and encourage a lot of teens who face the same types of frustrations.  Rebecca critiqued it until I got it right, and I hope it will be a blessing to you or a teenager you know.  My goal is to shorten it and put it to music.


 
The Tales of a Teenage Heart
By Dawn Foss
 
 
Sunny, blue skies, happy fun days
Suddenly change, gray clouds take them away.
All of your dreams seem to vanish from sight,
Reality hits like someone turned out the light.
 
These are the tales of a teenage heart,
Powerful thoughts, feelings tear you apart.
Tough choices now, what’s a poor teen to do?
Worry, despair keep the truth out of view.
 
Can’t see ahead on this lonely street,
Climbing a mountain that feels way too steep,
Tired and worn, disappointed and scared,
Feeling alone like nobody cares.
 
These are the fears of a teenage heart,
Losing control, working hard to be smart.
Wanting success, yet unsure what to do
Crying for help, lots of goals to pursue.
 
Parents had dreams of life simple and neat,
Bills that were paid, never missing a beat.
But something occurred, didn’t work as they planned,
Then shattered dreams slipped away from their hand.
 
These are the tales of a parent’s heart,
Reality changed, nothing’s left but a part
Of a great plan that never measured up,
Anxious and tired, but never giving up.
 
Sweet fellowship was what God had dreamed,
Then suddenly sin entered Adam and Eve,
All that was right, perfect and whole
Was stained with a curse, death shadowed man’s soul.
 
Jesus was judged, rejected and hated,
Falsely accused by those He created,
Misunderstood by the Ones that He loved,
He knows how it feels to be lonely and snubbed.
 
These are the pains of a Savior’s heart,
Wanting us back, He gave a brand new start
To a human race with no hope for repair,
Mercy brought life where there was only despair.
 
He had the strength to move on through His pain
To do what was needed, it was not done in vain;
He’ll help you, too, to move forward in spite
Of all of your conflict, to do what is right.
 
Dear teenage soul, life can be so unfair,
Struggles and fear come up everywhere.
Cast every care upon your loving Lord,
Tell Him each sorrow, fear and trembling word.
 
He knows exactly how you feel,
He knows that your pain is very real.
Look to God, He sees every tear,
His listening heart will comfort all your fear.
 
Most parents are trying, they’ve made their mistakes,
They struggle, too, to do what it takes
To guide you and lead you on to success
And trust in God, who works out all for your best.
 
These are the joys of a teenage heart,
Realizing God and you should not be apart,
Your journey of life is an adventure for two
Each step that you take, remember God loves you.
 
Your future is bright, take one step at a time,
Don’t get overwhelmed, it will all come in time.
Seeing two feet ahead is all that you need,
The next steps will come in just the right speed.
 
Your success will be grand when you keep Jesus first,
Glorify Him through the best and the worst.
He’ll make your paths straight, just as clear as can be,
So walk hand in hand with Him confidently.
 
Hebrews 4:15: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Please let me know if this has ministered to you. God bless you!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Reflecting on God's Love and Comfort

I recently took a trip to Pensacola, FL with my daughter to check out Pensacola Christian College (great college, by the way!).  I was so proud of myself that I got such a great "deal" on my hotel room.  The place turned out to be something scary - I will leave it at that!  I woke up very early and couldn't get back to sleep.  In the quietness of the moment, I read the Psalms for comfort as I was there all alone (my daughter stayed at the dorm) in a place that reminded me of a horror movie.  I felt a sense of failure that I didn't research the hotel out better before booking from home.  The comfort I received from praying and reading my Bible led me to write a poem. I originally called it "My Love Poem to Jesus."

Reflecting on God's Love and Comfort
by Dawn Foss

I sit alone on a quiet bed
Reflecting on my Lord,
And thinking of His promises
From His Holy Word.

I read the Psalms to calm my soul,
To soothe my troubled heart;
How safe, secure and loved I feel
As worries soon depart.

I’m not alone, tho it may seem
Like circumstances rule;
Jesus loves me, this I know,
To doubt I’d be a fool.

In all my life the hand of God
Works all things for my good;
This love and care makes me decide
To do things as I should.

Don’t get me wrong, I fail, I slide,
But love brings me right back;
God’s heart toward me forgives, restores,
He strengthens where I lack.

I couldn’t sleep, I wrote this poem
To You, my precious Lord,
To thank you for your endless love
No riches can afford.

I cannot pay you back for this,
I just accept with joy!
And give You all my love and say,
Praise you, Thank you, Lord.