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  • Writer's pictureE. P. Shagott

26 years and counting! ~ {Jan}

Updated: Feb 1, 2023


The B-I-B-L-E! ~ January 31st, 2023

Yep, that's the book for me! I have heard it said that "If your Bible is falling apart then you are not!" Very true. Please take some time to read this short story:

WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO ? The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could. One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?" The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water." The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again. At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!" "So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket." The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. "Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out. That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son. Take time to read a portion of God's word each day.

I was blessed with this poem that I made into a video titled "Listen to the Author!"

Now here is another short story which is actually true about when I was working at Dunlop Tire.

Everyday at work I would see this guy during break time sitting on his fork truck reading a small Bible. One day as I walked by some of the pages fell out onto the shop floor. I stopped and picked them up for him and noticed they were from this Bible. He was always very friendly and smiling and thanked me for doing that. When I got home I thought about him and then remembered I had a small Bible "somewhere" in the house and started looking for it. Well, I found it. It was just like when it was given to me as a child. The next day I took it to work and gave it to this gentleman. He was very appreciative of it and said, "You didn't read this much, did you?"

Yes, Word of God, Speak!!!

God's love and grace to you all!

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What's at stake! ~ January 26th, 2023

I use a lot of pictures from Facebook to help with some "show and tell" messages. With today's message, which is also the name of a poem I have been blessed with, I have added (3) pictures that help, I believe.

This first picture from the book of Romans describes what is at stake very well! Of course either you believe it or you don't.

Now on to picture #2. this is more of the "show" part with also some of the scriptural "tell".

And now here is the poem!

What’s At Stake

We came into this world with nothing

and my friends that is what we will take out.

No matter what your status in this world,

rich or poor, it won’t matter, it’s not what it’s about.

It won’t matter if you were good looking

or maybe someone one thinks ugly as sin.

When this life is over I truly believe

the next one that’s when life truly begins.

So if you were blessed with millions

I doubt your family will bury it with you,

the grave is just for a body or ashes,

that is all that is left when you are through.

So the moral of this poem,

is to say, please check it out before it’s too late.

It is not about your worldly collection

but your soul’s eternity that is at stake.

And here is the 3rd picture. Really don't have to add more than what it states.

I like to end a lot of the Heart Message's with a song. This song is titled "The Altar" by Ray Boltz. I love singing the cover to it and have presented it in this video I made at various nursing homes.

God's love and grace to you all!

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What are you planting? ~ January 23rd, 2023

As the new year has been moving along, hard to believe the month of January is almost finished, I think back to what I have done in my life not last year but even back farther. This year is now the 26th year that I have been actively been planting seeds for the Kingdom. What is interesting is prior to that I had no idea of what direction my life was going in. I just lived day by day but really without questioning what my life was about. Then in March of 1997, I said with a truthful heart, "Use me, Lord. Take control of my life!" My friends, He did.

I saw this picture on Facebook and it brought back to mind an early poem I was blessed with.

This is a poem titled "Planting Seeds" which can be found in my first book of published poems, "From God's Heart, to Mine, to Yours" page 18;

Planting Seeds

I am His little gardener,

whom God chose me to be.

He said, “Little gardener of Mine,

go plant these love seeds for Me.”

I said, “Lord where do I plant

these seeds of Your love?”

God said, “Just listen to your heart,

as I speak to you from above.

Do not be surprised

if rejected now and then,

these seeds are the beginning

that will spiritually nourish them to the end.”

So I reached deep into my heart,

and grabbed one of His special love seeds.

From my mouth they were planted as I said,

“This is from God’s love, and also they are from me!”

Well, for sure I have planted many seeds from the 653 published poems, to the many poem videos I created, to the various song videos that I sung my heart out in, to also this website. All because of Jesus! He is God!

God's love and grace to you all!

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Jesus is the Author! ~ January 11th, 2023

I found this writing on Facebook which I believe states it so wonderfully:

Hebrews 12:2

"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

What a WONDERFUL promise!!!

Jesus is writing out a story of your journey of faith in Him.

It's being perfectly written with meticulous care.

Jesus Himself is the author of your story.

Not only is He the author, but He is also the finisher, who will write the conclusion of your story until you arrive home in Heaven.

God Himself is completely committed

to your journey as well from start to finish.

We read in Philippians 1:6:

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

What a WONDERFUL thing to be able to be CONFIDENT of!!!

I love this poem that I was blessed with that is in my 3rd book, "From God's Heart, to Mine, to Yours, Trilogy ".

Listen To The Author

Every time I open my Bible,

Jesus is speaking to me.

From Genesis to Revelation is

His roadmap, for where I should be.

He tells me what to watch out for,

all the traps that the enemy does leave.

He makes all my paths safe,

yes, He does His part, mine is to just believe.

See, no matter to where my Bible is open,

there is where Jesus I will find.

Not only does it contain health for my body,

but also comfort and peace of mind.

No other book is like it,

there is none that can compare.

See, when you pick it up and read it,

Jesus, the Author, is always there!

So my question to many is simple,

the answer you can keep to yourself.

With so many blessings contained in the Bible,

“Why do you keep it on the shelf?”

Yes, our part is to "BELIEVE". I like singing the cover to this Brookes and Dunn song titled, "Believe"! I would share it in a program of country music. My friends, I do believe!

God's love and grace to you all!

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Looking back! ~ January 10th, 2023

It seems each year after I start a new year I look back to what has past. My older brother, who is no longer here, once told me relating to weeding, "don't look ahead as to what you have to do but look back as to what you have already done!" Well, thinking about that I tried to apply it to my outreach ministry and my work for God's Kingdom that my retirement of 20 years so far has consumed. All the musical programs (1864) that I presented. The various songs (359) that I have sung. The residents/individuals (52,257) that I have presented God's Love programs to. The (4) published poetry books that contain (652) poems. The (104) song videos I created for this website. The many, many, many poem videos created that can also be found on this website. The "Heart Blog" messages which this is (155) for this website. And believe it or not. so much more ( My Thoughts, God Is Speaking, God's Love & Grace, Word of God Speak, Humor, Inspirational, Testimonies, etc!

Ok, so why? As you read the list it all speaks of time. Time spent in my life, my retirement for one reason and one reason only, "JESUS"! See, He was part of my life since I was a teenager and asked Him into my heart but He was just a part, only there when I thought I needed Him. In truth what I discovered was I need Him every second I breath. From Him everything flows down to me in blessings! Family, health, financial! Life itself! Now please grab onto this, "This life is only the beginning!"

I Corinthians 2:9 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.

And I do, and He loves me!!!!

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Onward and upward! ~ January 5th, 2023

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><((((º>¸.•´¯`•.¸¸><((((º>.•´¯`•.¸¸><((((º>¸.•´¯`•.¸¸><((((º>.•´¯`•.¸¸><((((º> Well, another year has started. Winter is upon us, here in Western New York, a few snow storms behind us and probably a few still to come. For me I am excited for what the Lord has done and is still doing in my life. March will be an important month for this year, Lord willing, I will join the "Eighties club" being 80 years old on the 5th of March. Also March is the month that I surrendered my life to the Lord in 1997. Please keep in mind that I asked Jesus into my heart as a teenager, way back in the late 1950's. So this year marks the 26th year and counting that I truly started my service to Him. I now have "4" poetry books published, an Audio book of my 4th book being created by Westbow Press my publishing company, an active website, and prayerfully I can get back to presenting programs to various nursing homes with the message of God's love! I am also posting my poem videos on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MeWe, USA Life and any others that the Lord will bring me too. You might ask yourself, "Why would I be doing this?" The answer is simple, "love and obedience" and I believe in His Message! It is written in Matthew 22:14, "For many are called but few are chosen!" Yep, onward and upward I go! I think this poem from my 2nd book "More, From God's Heart, to Mine, to Yours" (Page #93), states it very well; I Am A Man/Woman Of God I am a man/woman of God, I follow what He says, I don’t worry about tomorrow, for He knows what lies ahead. My life is all His now, all I must do is obey. I don’t have to worry, for God has my back each day. I am a man/woman of God, created by His own hands. He has a purpose for my life, as He has for every woman and man. So if you want to be one too, it doesn’t take a great task; All you have to do is ask Him, See, He is waiting for you to ask! This song also describes it well. the Lord blessed me with new lyrics to the song "That's Life", my, my!

God's love and grace to you all!

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