LadyJaye Library

~ GIGGLES ‘N GOD™ ~
(A Meditation and Journal of His Tender Mercies in Poems and Prose)

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NOTE: While the writings on this website are those of LadyJaye, through her initial sojourn, writings of a broader understanding can be found on Vivika Speaks Up . . ., as her journey continues.

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About the author: Born in ‘49, reborn in ‘94, and with writing being a favorite hobby since grade school, LadyJaye moved into the field of Christian poetry and deeper scripture research during a season of illness in 2001. Unable to be an active part of society for nearly a year, due to her illness, she enjoyed that time of solitude spent most exclusively with her Lord. Recognizing this season exposed her journaling as a previously hidden innate gift, resulting in short stories, lessons, and exhortations that just happened to rhyme, she readily embraced the change. Other volumes of Giggles ‘N God poetry are being prepared for the market. Meanwhile, LadyJaye is also working on two other books and several booklets. Besides being surrounded by her beautiful family and dear friends, her greatest delight is sharing with others what she knows about Our Loving Father, through writing, speaking, and practicing His precepts. Blessed with a heart for the missions, when not writing, her focus is participating and empowering whenever and wherever the need. Always keeping in mind the nearness of Our Lord’s Return, she welcomes each day as a new opportunity to be part of that process and to watch His Promises and Signs unfold. She says: “It is our prayer that each reader will be blessed in these writings, with ribbons of my story woven throughout. They are a journal of my own spiritual journey, yet you can embrace the promise that what He’s done for me, He’ll do for you. May these stories cause you to hunger for more of God.”
”That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:17-19 KJV
6/6/01

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Missions/Travels: Haiti, Western Europe (Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland), Central Mexico (Michoacan), Alaska & many other American states.
Hobbies: Writing, gardening, cycling, theater, travel, & eschatology.

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(NEW POEMS/WRITINGS on VIVIKA-QI link above)
Poems/writings below:
~ THE LADY, THE WITNESS ~
~ THERE’S A JOB TO BE DONE ~
~ GOD IN MY TOMORROW ~
~ WHEN GOD STEPS AWAY ~
~ BLESSING HUNTING ~
~ THERE IS A PLACE ~
~ A GODS EYE VIEW ~
~ ABOVE THE ROAR ~
~ FAMILY IN THE GAP ~
An Article on ‘GRANDPARENTS’ (by guest author)

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~ The Lady, The Witness ~

If she would ever choose to speak,
we’d find she saw it all take place
She saw it coming but couldn’t warn
though clearly it mirrored upon her face.

Her ‘normal’ day saw glitter and glamor
and stolen moments to admire the sky
before copious people, noise, and ado
required of her to hold her torch high.

But one day was special, one she’d never forget
the day the Twin Towers came down
No one had noticed that sweet chiseled face
the smile replaced with a tear and a frown.

A silent observer, her head held high
there wasn’t much she’d missed
A witness of such adverse acts
this one took its place at the top of her list.

Somehow she knew all humanity was wounded
in this vile act that made onlookers cry
Her response was to maintain the posture all hers,
to bravely and always hold her head and torch high.

LadyJaye
©12/01/11

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~ GOD IN MY TOMORROW ~

”When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down
and thy sleep shall be sweet.” Proverbs 3:24 KJV

Even as He teaches me while I sleep
I know my God is in my tomorrow
ordering my steps and putting them in place
by angels and favor of man
He’s Promised His thoughts toward me are peace
joy and victory, never evil or sorrow
I can enter each day afresh, with mountains singing before me
and trees clapping their hands!

I choose to magnify only You, Lord
I choose to see Your Hand in it all
I choose to break temptation by praising
I choose to know it’s already done!

I rise from my sleep basking in His glorious presence
knowing He’s already been in my today
and placed worthy steps to each moment prove Him
and resound to us all His Great Love
Today’s battles pre-won, it becomes simply my choice
how to perceive each detail He’s placed for my way
Will I see only the problem or will I see the solution
that He’s already handed down from above?

I choose to magnify only You, Lord
I choose to see Your Hand in it all
I choose to break temptation by praising
I choose to know Its already done!

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Lord, You’ve set before me Your promised favor
and caused others to move on my behalf
Only You in Your Grace can cause all to savor
their part in the making of my blessed path.
Amen

LadyJaye
© 4-02

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~ WHEN GOD STEPS AWAY ~

”Hear me speedily, O Lord, my spirit faileth; hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.” Psalms 143:7 KJV

When David cried out, “God, don’t hide your face!”
I know just what He meant
As a newborn Christian, many times as a test
this message to me was sent
“Lest I be like those who go down into the pit”
we heard King David say
And I felt it again what I’d felt before
each time when God steps away.

Like a sample of hell, near beyond any description
not for punishment, but just for learning . . .
and to avoid the ‘end times’ contrition
Knowing I’d grow in the knowledge of Him
that He’s by my side come what may
sensed the terror and panic in contrast to know
what it’s like when God steps away!

For just that split second, that blink of an eye
in which God so deftly disappears
My sanity is threatened, my heart nearly stops
my confidence reduced to tears
Now no longer needed, though the lesson it taught me
just so I’d be ready on ‘that Day’
that Day Christ returns to take me up with Him . . .
NOT to spend eternity in ‘when God steps away!’

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Lord, take my hand like You promised You’d do
and never leave me alone
Without You near I cannot even stand
and my life has no purpose, that’s now clearly known.
Amen.

LadyJaye
© 6-12-04

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~ BLESSING HUNTING ~

”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” II Corinthians 5:17 KJV

There was a time my heart was dead, with just terror deep inside
The years of betrayal, deceit, and sin no longer could I hide
It robbed me of the joy meant mine, blinded me to love
and stole my mind intended sound from the Father up above.

He had tried and tried to get my attention, just for me He’d yearn
but ignorance reigned deep inside and to satans way I’d turn
No holy one to pattern myself, I turned to those worldly renowned
as more and more thoughts slipped away, to hell I was a-bound.

But once upon a moment, a joy-glimmer struck my heart
I recognized it from before, knew more I must impart
I set my course to search for more, without it I was nothing
More glimmers daily filled my bag as I went blessing hunting!

So vital to my renovation, I dug and scratched for more . . .
more glimmers of joy to fill the scars of this soul so badly tore
I slowly saw the miracles in each and every tree and leaf
and in each face and soul I met, ‘til I finally had relief.

Somewhere in that process of restoration, the Lord revealed Himself
He took me by the hand and gently drew me off the shelf
Day after day He strengthened me, brought back what I’d been wanting
Now my life is flip-side from before, but I still go blessing hunting!

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Jehovah Jirah, without hesitation
You reached down and took my hand
When someone prayed and pleaded with You
to show me what You’d planned
In only Your way could it have ever been done
how You made me anew and drew me to Your Son.
Amen

LadyJaye
© 03-16-01

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~ THERE IS A PLACE ~

”Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock . . . . .” Exodus 33:21 KJV

There is a place . . . I tell all who ask
where ‘Our Father’ takes and hides me . . .
when my heart is so broken, the crocodile tears
scarce will let my eyes see
when the sting of betrayal nearly stops my heart
and I feel I may simply die
when grief steals my breath, makes my body like stone
when all I can do is cry.

There is a place . . . where ‘Our Dear Father’ whisks me
from great pain in my body
or when my mind spins out of control
A place where He places me out of harm’s way
‘til my body and mind are once again whole.

There is a place . . . the Lord said to Moses
a place near Me where you can see . . .
Upon a rock, a rock solid and true
It’s a place you’ll know I’ll always be.

That Rock . . . the preacher confirmed to my heart
is JESUS, the only firm ground!
It is that place – how I lean on that place!
for its the peace that passes understanding, I’ve found.

There is a place . . . yes, there IS a place . . .

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’There is a place’ . . . How I relish those words like a hug
for always they come just when I feel satans tug
Or just when I think I can’t hold on any longer
I whisper those words and I’m instantly stronger.
Thank You, Dear Father.
Amen

LadyJaye
© 9-17-07

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~ A GODS EYE VIEW ~

”Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh
down from the Father of lights.” James 1:17 KJV

When I was just a babe in Christ
a tabernacle night I chose to attend
Filled with Gods children, they kept on a-comin’
‘til for more chairs we had to send
As we praised Him in song and worshipped enmasse
I felt myself lifted out in spirit
Joined hands with my Savior, we kept on a-goin’
the higher heavens is where I did visit.

My flesh was a-tingle with refreshing delight
in the purity of the night sky
Then He showed me with pleasure what not many see . . .
the earth from a view of God’s eye!
The delight in my soul was sparked to inditing
as I gazed upon the great sights
Like a big tree at Christmas, it was brilliantly aglow
with trillions of twinkling lights!

He explained as I watched in child-like glee
that each light was a source of God’s own
Some twinkled off and on, while others burned steadily . . .
a sign of a life rightfully sown
He explained that Our Father knew each ‘light’ personally
knew them each by name
My spirit was overflowing with the full awareness, now
of why our Lord Jesus came!

Just as I thought I could contain no more
another sight came before my eyes
In the tabernacle I’d wondered at all the voices
if they dimmed as they reached the high skies
But now I saw for myself the music grew stronger
more beautiful as it reached out in love
With each wave of praise voices they washed through and past us
delighting all heaven above.

More, I pleaded, show me more!
even as I was ready to explode
I sensed His sheer pleasure in my joy at this outing
but He said I was out of my mode
Little bits at a time, He assured me He’d show
just for my mortal mind to renew
Then I found myself surrounded back at the tabernacle
speechless at what I’d just seen . . . from a God’s-eye view!

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Father of lights and Father of love, keep me continually in awe
for nothing else matters, now I am convinced, after what I just saw
Allow me to see Your mysteries again, as often as I dare
and bring it about in Your own gentle way, opportunity for me to share.
Amen

LadyJaye
© 12-7-01

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~ ABOVE THE ROAR ~

”When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the
rivers, they shall not overflow thee . . .” Isaiah 43:2 KJV

After rafting a river with my son in mid-Spring
I had occasion to ponder that afternoon’s events
In our own little rafts, he was well practiced
while it had been long for me, though I lacked no confidence.

It caught us up quickly, the river so swollen
and he quickly reminded me how to row
An area of practice put into his mind
that maybe we’d tie up, his mother he’d tow.

But I reassured him I could ‘carry my own’
and excitedly tried to follow his lead
He saw, before I did, I was no longer youth-strong
and in his concern he continued to plead.

The river took hold, pulled me every which way
as he hollered out orders even louder, even more
I was flying over whitewater, like a feather in the wind
and just couldn’t hear him above the roar.

He didn’t know I was not at all worried
and that I really was having a ball
But he was the expert and knew the many dangers
and the impending mighty waterfall.

Then finally a brief calm let us put up to shore
“We’re not going further!” he said, above the roar
So we fished and talked for awhile in the sun
then headed for home when the day was done.

He sheepishly asked me to forgive him for yelling
and for making me put up to shore
But there was no way to explain how full my heart was
for this son who’d been loving me . . . above the roar.

I couldn’t help thinking later how life in this world
is very much like that day
God’s given us guidelines, given us choices
to make life easier on our way
Yet, busyness keeps us from stopping to listen
or even take time to ‘put up to shore’
Knowing the dangers ahead for us, His Son is constantly calling
but we just can’t seem to hear Him . . . above the roar.

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I went into those waters without fear or concern
knowing You had us covered all ways
And having confidence in the wisdom and strength of my son
through You both, I had no doubt I’d get to live out my days
Thank You for the experience that gave the opportunity
for both of us to remember the love we have for each other
The excitement, the rescue, the joy all in one
could only have been brought about by You, Precious Father.
Amen

LadyJaye
© 3-31-07

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~ FAMILY IN THE GAP ~

”Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.” II Corinthians 1:3-5 KJV

There’s a family of good report who is experiencing a matter so grievous
Three generations all tested daily, but blessedly all believe in Jesus
The epitome of purpose for life on this earth, the life of those in belief:
an entire family to ‘stand in the gap’ for those families not knowing relief.

Life in Christ Jesus brings with it the knowledge
that GOD’S report tells us “all’s well”
Then comes the opportunity to embrace that truth daily
not receiving at all the report from hell
In such a time as this, not all can understand
that the trial is not what it seems to the eye
By faith all is well, and the “thank you’s” for such
are perfected through the Holy Spirits cry.

They resound back to earth to cover the ‘unawares’ family
who’s bombarded by satan, lap after lap
‘They shall be healed’ by the prayer of faith
sent up fervently in the ‘standing’ . . . by the family in the gap
Each family member knows well the pain and discomfort
of life in such a trial
and knows just how to pray for the worldly family
whose same issue professes ‘in God’ their denial.

“Whatever You need,” we confess to God
when we commit our lives to Him
Even give up our lives of ease and delight
whatever it takes to turn them from sin
Every age is involved, from the new to the old
and each equally will hear the words “Well done!”
for the part each were assigned to perform here on earth
to be the physical presence of the Son.

To give up our plans of how we’d each like to ‘occupy’
‘til the coming of Christ again
is ‘surrender’ to Gods and when done In true gratitude
it’s what makes us – to Him – His friend
It’s not always easy to follow Your way, God
to cast not off confidence and never give up
But they’ll reap their reward, see the fruits of their labor
for Your absolute delight in this family who took up Your cup!

It’s just for the ‘moment’ we spend on this earth
and the end was determined from the start
Each detail perfected before it even began
just waiting for those who would embrace Gods heart
‘That all would be saved,’ He sent His Son
to ensure that’s how it would be
Then others stepped forth to join in the mission
in ‘whatever it takes’ to help others see.

Some straight from heaven, some through life’s wisdom
some who’d seem to get a ‘bum rap’
So bless them each mightily, God, for making the choice to unite
to become what You needed . . . a family in the gap.

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You are continually amazing, God, way beyond just ‘Grace’
Oh the minute details You employ to bring us before Your face
You impart within us to know Your will, that You keep Your promises true
“This season,” You said “will also pass, with the end being better than new.”

Amen
LadyJaye
© 4-7-07
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December 27, 2005
Grandparents Indeed Can Be ‘Grand’ for their Grandkids
Tammy Darling
Baptist Press
While many of the approximately 50 million grandparents in the United States are playing an increasing role in American families, many more have little contact with their grandchildren. Finding ways to bring the generations together can mean great benefits for both young and old.

Grandparents serve as role models, teachers, nurturers, providers and mentors.

It is physically, spiritually and emotionally healthy for children to have a close relationship with someone at the opposite end of the age spectrum.

The grandparent-grandchild bond is second in emotional importance only to the bond between parents and children, says Arthur Kornhaber, author of “The Grandparent Guide” and founder and president of the Foundation for Grandparenting (www.grandparenting.org).
“It’s the only relationship in which people are crazy about each other simply because they’re breathing,” Kornhaber says. “Grandparents and grandchildren are hard-wired to connect in ways different from parents and children. They have this adoration and unconditional love and joy in one another’s existence.”

A Multitude of Benefits

? • Most grandparents long to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren, and there are a multitude of benefits for families who bring generations together.

• Children learn through close intergenerational relationships that they belong to something larger than themselves — a real blessing in this “me, me, me” society. Children whose grandparents are living the active lives typical of older adults today want to be actively involved with them.

• Grandparents can offer unconditional love, encouragement and support. They also can share their wisdom and a wealth of experience.

• Children can absorb from their grandparents a sense of history, identity, heritage and the vital connection with the past. Their elders’ life stories will grow in value as the children become adults. Grandparents also can teach values and pass on family traditions.

• Wise parents will do everything they can to foster strong relationships between grandparents and grandchildren. Obstacles, such as geographical location, can make family togetherness difficult, but it is not impossible.

Helpful Ideas

Here are some helpful ideas for closing the generation gap:
• Schedule regular multi-generation get-togethers. Studies show that only one-third of grandparents live near enough to a grandchild to see him once or twice a week. But it is important to make face-to-face contact, even if it is just a few times a year.
• Allow one-on-one time. Perhaps when grandparents and grandchildren are together they can play a particular board game or go to a favorite restaurant. “The more time a grandparent and grandchild share undivided attention, the more the grandchild can soak up the grandparent relationship in his heart and mind,” Kornhaber says.
• Relax. Do not try to pack too many activities into a visit or force a relationship. Simply allow things to develop naturally.
• Get connected. With the Internet, grandparents and grandchildren can now play games, tell stories and do puzzles together in real time, despite the miles between them. With e-mail, they can exchange letters and scan photos.
• Extend visits. If grandparents are traveling some distance to be with the family for a holiday, parents can encourage them to stay for longer periods of time.
• Share skills. Grandparents can teach grandchildren skills not readily taught today, such as baking, quilting or chess. In turn, children can demonstrate their skills at roller-blading, video games or soccer.
• Go on vacation together. A multi-generation vacation can help everyone enjoy one another’s company in a relaxed setting. Or if Grandma loves amusement parks, go for it!
• Use school breaks wisely. Many families opt to have children spend a week or more with grandparents during summer or holiday school breaks.
• Be creative. Grandparents and grandchildren can plant matching gardens and compare their progress. Or take turns composing a joint story and mailing the latest installment back and forth.
• Take some snapshots. Some of the best memories can be made with a camera. Keep current photos of grandparents prominently displayed. Create a family tree, complete with photographs.
• Video and audio options. Using video and audiotapes preserves special moments for present and future generations. Ask grandparents to tape themselves reading one of your child’s favorite books. Encourage grandparents to share on tape about their journey of faith. Videotape your child at a special event or demonstrating his latest skill and send it to the grandparents.

While child-rearing philosophies have changed over the generations, not all grandparents’ ideas are outdated. Grandparents have the perspective of already having raised children. The Scripture often links wisdom with age and experience: “Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life” (Job 12:12). Be willing to listen and realize that all family members have the child’s best interests at heart.

Grandparents really are “grand.” Regular intergenerational contact reflects a high a value for family togetherness. The connection between generations benefits both the young and the old. Grandchildren will keep grandparents feeling younger, and grandchildren will be wiser because of their grandparents.

Adapted from the article, “Surviving the Holidays?” in the December issue ParentLife, a magazine published by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Subscription information can be obtained by sending an e-mail to subscribe@lifeway.com or calling customer service at 1-800-458-2772

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