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!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
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
Saturday, October 14, 2017
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
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Join Benny as he discovers what God has to say about prayer, and how wonderful a prayer life can be. Building a relationship with God, as with anyone, must start with conversation. Let us all come with the humility and faith of a child as we approach the throne of God every day to worship God, and find forgiveness, peace, love, and strength for the journey.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
This is a wonderful video that is inspiring, filled with great advice for life. It's about 6 1/2 minutes long, and worth the time to watch it. This is a coach with a great perspective on life that may be helpful for you - I know it touched my heart. :)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Do you ever feel like your life has a season of death? I don't mean literal death, but it might be a harsh cleansing of the soul, bitter tears of agony spilled over regret or sadness, perhaps loss of control, grief for events taking place, worry, concern for a loved one, whatever might make your soul ache with agony in your heart. I personally like the word "turmoil." That so much explains how I feel at times when my world around me is not settled, change is occurring, transition is taking place, or just having trouble figuring out what is going on around me. It might be in politics, health, relationships, finances, spiritual warfare, etc.
What is so beautiful is a heart that then discovers peace. Perhaps it was through prayer alone, or that coupled with talking with an understanding friend, perhaps fellowship around the Word of God, writing your thoughts and feelings down in a journal as a way to get the mind clutter and chaos from the subconscious to the conscious mind so you can organize your thoughts on paper. I have found this peace often with being alone, perhaps on a scenic drive and just praying to my Heavenly Father. But the result is peace, clarity, and new growth. Just as a piece of rough wood gets sanded down, so does our character in these trying times, to make us smoother, more mature and experienced, and stronger for new battles ahead. And just like the crunchy leaves on our feet and beautiful snowflakes on our tongue, we can take the hard times and appreciate the little blessings (and big rewards) of acceptance and increased faith in our loving Heavenly Father as we go through the changes in life, and then rejoice as we experience spring once again in our lives. Don't forget to enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
James 1:2-4: "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
This is an incredible testimony that I would encourage you to watch, about 12 1/2 minutes long. It shows the power of the blood of Jesus Christ. This is no small thing that Jesus shed His blood and overcame the power of Satan because He is the one true God and defeated Satan and His kingdom at the cross. Satan has no power over Jesus Christ. He has power over us, so be careful. It is only through Jesus Christ that he can be defeated. Trust in Jesus today for life, meaning, purpose, and love, an incredible love that is unstoppable and eternal!
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Don't you just love the look on a child's face when he or she opens a gift, and it is a wonderful surprise? The anticipation was building as the child looked at a colorful, maybe even shiny or sparkly box that was meant just for him or her. Ideas may race through the mind as to what it could be. The gift may be sized up, picked up to determine the weight of it, or shaken, but when there is no idea what it could be, the gift is opened and the facial expression usually reveals what is going on inside the heart and mind of the recipient. Eyes either look down in disappointment (but hopefully thankfulness!) or widen with happiness if the prize inside is something that is truly desired, even if it wasn't on the birthday or Christmas list.
Gifts can come in packages that are not entirely physical. It could be a compliment, a kind deed, transportation, doing some research for someone, stepping in when staffing is short, or even a spiritual blessing such as wisdom, peace, joy, love, even salvation that God alone can give.
I was reading 1 Corinthians 2, and came across this wonderful verse: "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Cor. 2:9). We can get all excited and start envisioning sports cars, mansions, large fertile land masses, boats, etc. Our eyes widen like the "happy eyes" I described earlier.
But is God talking about physical lusts? Vs. 10-12 state, "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God."
As I read that in context, I realized that the spiritual wealth revealed by the Spirit of God through His Word and the abundant life that is a result is what is greater than man can imagine! The things of this earth are temporal, but the things of God are eternal, and are the things that really count in life.
Have you opened your spiritual gifts found in God's Word? Why not dig in today, and see if your happy eyes engage as you learn and grow and enjoy the wonderful things God has in store for you! It might even include applying those riches you have found in the Bible as you venture out in new jobs, new callings, new relationships, or just new perspectives in the same setting you are in now. Where does it all start? In loving God.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Click on the link for the hard copy of The Sonic Adventure Gang, Book 2: The Puzzled, Muzzled Lions.
Join the Sonic Adventure Gang for another exciting adventure! As book two in the series, the gang is now enjoying the festivities of Autumn. They go on an adventure in the super sonic time machine that, as usual, sends them to somewhere they didn't intend to go! Armed this time with super powers, the gang learns to work together to protect each other, solve problems, and find their way back home.
The Sonic Adventure Gang book 2 at amazon.com
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Presidential Speech 7/1/17 at the Kennedy Center
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Five Vocal Tips article
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Psalm 5:3,11,12: "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."
Here is another encouraging quote I saw today on a friend's email signature: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose."
Matthew 16:26: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
I encourage you to do what you can, in your corner of the world, as we serve and labor together for the cause of Christ. What a blessing. Go spread that light!
Saturday, April 29, 2017
I was in awe of his large body and small wings, remembering things I learned about bees, and how amazing it is that their wings can carry such a huge body around. I began to whistle, "Mary Had a Little Lamb," because I thought I remembered learning that they enjoyed to hear people whistle. As I heard the beautiful music coming from inside my living room, and sensing that the bee was attracted to my home because he kept coming back and hovered while he looked inside, I thought how love dwells here. Could this bee sense it? I don't know, but I liked to think so. He may have been attracted to the beautiful music as well. I've learned that plants grow toward classical music and away from rock music. Maybe bugs can sense music vibes also.
I watched his wings go so incredibly fast as he hovered. Then he darted off, going in one direction, and then quickly changing courses. At one point the two bees collided, which startled me, but then they dove or fell downward. I didn't see them again, so hopefully they didn't kill each other. I took pictures of my deck to try to give you a sense of what this moment was like. No bees, but it was cooling down for the evening so maybe their gallivanting was over.
I came inside and read from 1 Corinthians 1, and it caused me to think about the bee. In verses 27-31, it says,
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
If you don't know Christ as your Savior, He is your hope. It is through Jesus and Jesus alone that we can be reconciled to God. When Jesus was born and the angel said, "Peace on earth, good will toward men," that was a spiritual peace, not military. We can have peace with God, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life - that starts right now! Repent (say you're sorry) of your sins, trust Jesus as the One who died for your sins in your place, conquered death and the grave by rising again, and now sits on the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us. Ask Him to save you and forgive you of your sins, and then thank Him for saving you. It's an easy prayer, but a hard humility. It takes faith, but this is what He said we must do to have salvation from hell and spiritual death and life that will never end. I hope you trust Him today! If you already have, then share it! God bless you, and have a very happy Easter!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Invest, not just for earthly gain, but eternal. Those dividends cannot be taken away and come with them promises from God.
Luke 6:38: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
Malachi 3:10: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."
Remember who owns the cattle on a thousand hills - Ps. 50:10: "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills."
God cares for you - 1 Peter 5:7: "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
Be a good steward - 1 Cor. 4:2: "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."
Trust the Lord; renew that trust daily because His compassion is new every morning, and He is faithful, money is not. Lamentations 3:22-23: "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness."
Do you find yourself in great fear when it comes to your security and your money? Pray for God's leading with your spending. Use it wisely, and try to have a healthy view of money, creating good things with it, not indulging in your own greed, or hoarding because you refuse to trust God, but utilizing it where it can be of good use for you, your family and others you care about.
Friday, March 31, 2017
You would not believe it! I hardly believe it. I am a child who was a reject in my school. No one wanted to be my friend, and yes, there was a sad day when my very last friend decided to turn away from me because it was not popular to be friends with the "four-eyed freak." I was under the care of a psychiatrist for facial ticks and anxiety from watching my mother attempt to kill herself, and then watching her leave my living room on a stretcher, followed by months of being taken away from my parents and begging for the day I would one day be reunited with them. I was finally picked up by my parents, but not too long after that my parents divorced and I lived with my mother as a wanderer, no real home, not at one place for long. I eventually went back to live with my father and my brother.
I'm a kid who got a second chance in life by having the opportunity - the privilege, not a right - to attend a Christian school in its infancy when I was in 5th grade, and later graduated from that same school. I taught myself how to play the piano in 7th grade because I wanted to do it so much and my dad couldn't afford for me to take lessons. I started playing the notes as 1-2-3-4-5 rather than C-D-E-F-G because that was all I knew, but then applied some of the things I learned in music class in school. Our beloved church pianist taught me a few basics to help get me started, and I practiced and practiced until I could finally play an offertory, messing up royally but improving and improving until I was accompanying special music groups and soloists. My dad was embarrassed for me to get up and play, but that only made me more determined to succeed. It wasn't long before he was proud of me.
I determined I was going to use my talents for the Lord. I am in awe over the opportunities that came my way, such as playing for specials and then for the congregational singing, and then later with a church band. I started writing songs in the 1990's, but put it aside when I had children. I've picked it up again now that they are grown, and I have published 45 songs. I teach music to 1st-8th graders, and believe it or not, I actually teach piano lessons now. I have played in a small orchestra. I helped arrange some of our band music and would sing with our group while simultaneously playing challenging parts on two keyboards. I create background accompaniment tracks for special music. I have played the piano in weddings, funerals, regularly in church, and in restaurants to do Christmas caroling, I've done some hymn sings in nursing homes, have brought the doctors, nurses and secretaries I work with, as well as my church family, to nursing homes and other venues to do Christmas caroling, I have been able to use this talent to work with choirs (both children and adults), I have sung and played the piano at Christian coffee houses, I've helped out other churches, I've played for school programs and kindergarten graduations, and now I have opportunities to play in my own living room for pleasure with my first ever full sized keyboard.
God has opened WIDE the gates of opportunities, and it's such a huge blessing to my soul. Here I am, not a wildly talented musician, but one who loves to serve, and has had blessings poured out onto me to do just that. I say this with humility, because honestly it is my availability and not my ability that stands out. There are so many singers and pianists that far exceed my actual talent, and yet God keeps giving me opportunity after opportunity to use it! I'm so happy!
I decided to write this post because I want to encourage you, whether young or old, to just use what the Lord has given you. Stop making excuses that you are not good enough. He doesn't care. He wants a good attitude, a servant's heart, and a humble spirit. Then just get out there and DO IT! You will be so entirely glad you did, and will feel like your life is sweet. I know that is how I feel right now, and I thank the Lord for it.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
There is a post interview conversation I would like to add. This is not published anywhere except here on this blog. But I was asked the question later by Heather D. Nelson, who interviewed me: "Given how much you visited Tate Publishing's building...meeting the people face to face, shaking hands, even speaking with Ryan Tate directly, how do you think you missed the signs that the company wasn't legitimate? This is not a criticism of you, but I am curious as to how they presented themselves to you that made them appear more legitimate? This is versus the 'email and web only' interface so many of us had."
My reply: "That's what sold me is how sweet everyone was. I published books and albums through them. I loved having everything through one company. However, once I was so discouraged by my perceived lack of vocal talent that I was truly struggling about whether or not I should move on to do a second album that I really had on my heart to publish. One of the acquisition staff called me on her cell phone and talked to me about following my call, which she knew I had from talking with me in the past. She told me a testimony of an older woman who put out an album, a woman whom I will probably never hear of, but she used it to reach the elderly. Many souls were saved as a result of her songs and her ministry. She said that we cannot measure on this earth our success when we are doing the Lord's work; we'll only know in heaven. She said if she were just doing this for money, it wouldn't be worth it. It's the eternal value that really counts. That meant so much to me, and she was right. She was sincere, and I reminded her of our conversation when I saw her for a subsequent trip to Oklahoma, when I was recording my third album.
"When I went to Oklahoma, these were real people, pregnant people, kind people. They would hug me, greet me warmly, and made me feel special. They gave my daughters and I a tour. They let me take my picture with them. They talked of the Lord, and I really believe they were sincere. I had trouble with some of my books with editing, printing problems, etc. but in the end they always did right by me. I changed my mind about the pictures and cover for my Christmas book AFTER it was released, and they gave me a good deal, saving me a lot of money compared to what the contract said it would cost me to redo them. They sent me the wrong books after I placed my order, but allowed me to keep them, so I gave a Christmas Love book to the children at our local children's hospital on Christmas eve. I put a label inside each one wishing them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from me and also from Tate Publishing.
"I think a lot of problems occurred when they decided to go overseas, as there was a disconnect with our marketing directors and author representatives. Every time I went they had fewer and fewer employees stateside. Customer service was really great in 2012 when I first signed on. I saw complaints on the internet, but they had an A+ from the Better Business Bureau, and I had seen first hand that they were such nice people. I loved the staff page that had their pictures on it. I felt connected.
"I was happy with my products, and that I had so much say and owned the rights to my books and albums. They believed in me, and gave me a chance that traditional publishers would not give. It opened up opportunities for me to minister that would have never been possible otherwise. I had audio books, book trailers, music videos, a website, hard copy books and albums, and I was making blogs and video journals of my songs. I was speaking and singing my songs at various places, attending fairs and festivals around the state as an author/singer/songwriter, developing an online presence, going to stores and restaurants for book signings, etc. This was an exciting time!
"Then when we recorded the music videos and did the photo shoots, I had such a blast! I also loved getting a tour of the printing area. It was legit! They had a section for the CD's, and the books had several machines, and they had a new one, too. I got to see the whole process. The shipping people were sweet, and everyone seemed dedicated to their jobs. I saw the behind the scenes. They were a good sized publisher. I believed in THEM, so it was easy to overlook a lot of the other problems.
"I believed they would eventually improve their customer service, and hopefully their accounting inaccuracies, once they came stateside, which I believed would happen if Donald Trump became president. He promised to help small businesses, and encourage employment in the U.S.A. I saw Ryan Tate on Fox News, so I knew he cared about his company and the financial burdens to small businesses under the Obama Administration. And sure enough, after President Trump was in office, I received an email that they were coming stateside. Unfortunately, soon thereafter I received another notification that they were in transition, and that ended the communication with them.
"This whole experience was more meaningful to me for other reasons as well. They were making my dreams come true, and these trips with my daughters were very special to me, especially during a tough time in my life. I will miss visiting Tate Publishing and Tate Music Group. My heart truly breaks for all those affected by this closing of what I believe was once a great publishing company, with both book and album publishing capabilities. But in speaking with other Tate Publishing authors, there was dishonesty there, and unfortunately a large collective loss of money due the hard working, dreamy-eyed authors like myself who were called by God to write and minister grace and help to our readers and listeners."
To read more articles and more author interviews by Heather D. Nelson, see her website at www.heatherdnelson.com.