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Ponderings: On Faith

Updated on September 5, 2016
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With a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Pennsylvania in 1985, Maria uses a love for music in working with others.

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My Inspiration

n 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 2nd week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word faith.

However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.

The ripple effect of the Good Words Project throughout the HubVille community has been heartwarming.

Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word faith...


Faith in Music

For me faith and music go hand-in-hand.

I was raised in a home where our faith was valued, supported and developed. Mom grew up as a Southern Baptist, while Dad had an Italian, Roman Catholic upbringing. Together, it was no surprise I developed a love of faith-inspired music.

As a kid, I may not have always understood the meaning of the sermon or Bible readings but always felt an uplifting connection with the hymns we sang. 'Ave Maria' was Dad's favorite, while 'The Old Rugged Cross' was Mom's...both still make me misty eyed with the memories of my childhood.

At home, I listened with Mom to the sounds of Country and Gospel Music- gaining an early appreciation of singers like the Carter Family and Willie Nelson.

Over the years, I have expanded my love of faith-inspired music to the Blues, Funk, Soul and even some Rock & Roll. Listening to artists like Rev. Al Green, Aretha Franklin and R. L. Burnside connect me to my spirituality like musical prayer.

How about you? Are there any songs or lyrics that bring FAITH to you...like these do to me? If so, please share YOURS in the comment section below... thanks, mar!


Faith in Lyrics

We sang songs of childhood - Hymns of faith that made us strong - Ones that mother maybelle taught us - Hear the angels sing along (1)... We are not alone - We are not alone - We are not alone some day - Oh, deep in my heart - I do believe (2) ... And when the night is cloudy - There is still a light that shines on me - Shine on until tomorrow (3) ... Ora pro nobis peccatoribus (Pray for us sinners) - Ora, ora pro nobis (Pray, pray for us) - Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus (Pray for us sinners) - Nunc et in hora mortis (Now, and at the hour of our death) (4)...I will ever be true - Its shame and reproach gladly bear - Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away - Where His glory forever I’ll share (5)... When my feeble life is over - Time for me will be no more - Guide me gently, safely over - To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore (6)...

Willie Nelson & Patsy Cline: Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Faithful Love

Just remember in the winter - Far beneath the bitter snows - Lies the seed that with the sun's love - In the spring becomes the rose (7)... I could be lost inside their lies without a trace - But every time I close my eyes I see your face (8)... Forever and ever, you'll stay in my heart - And I will love you - Forever and ever we never will part - Oh, how I'll love you - Together, forever, that's how it must be - To live without you (9)....

Aretha Franklin: I Say A Little Prayer

Lyrics of Faith

Just a little bit of dirt and a little bit of gravel - Don't you weigh me down cause you know I gotta travel (10)... We are trav'ling in the footsteps - Of those who've gone before - But we'll all be reunited - On a new and sunlit shore (11)... Take your shield of faith to quench the fiery darts - Bring your sword of the Spirit: it is the word of God - Put on your hat of salvation, and you know you’re good to go - Let the Spirit of God burn hot in your soul (12)... That's all - That's all I need (13)...

Mississippi Fred McDowell: Just A Little More Faith

Artist - Song - Words of Faith

The Carter Family: Will The Circle Be Unbroken (1); Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome (2); The Beatles: Let It Be (3); Schubert: Ave Maria (4); Alan Jackson (Mom's favorite rendition): The Old Rugged Cross (5); Willie Nelson & Patsy Cline: Just A Closer Walk With Thee (6); Bette Midler: The Rose (7); Sting: If I Ever Lose My Faith In You (8); Aretha Franklin: Say A Little Prayer (9); Willie Nelson: Kneel At The Feet Of Jesus (10); Louis Armstrong: When The Saints Come Marching In (11); R. L. Burnside: You Gotta Move (12); Mississippi Fred McDowell: Just A Little More Faith (13)

How about it Faith Reaper...

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Come to think of it...


Let's keep Project Good Words going... what do you say?

For my part, I'm going to keep going with my musical reflections. The next word I will look forward to writing about is Inspiration.

And now I would like to pass the Project Good Words baton to a dear friend of mine who is the real deal when it comes to the Word of the day.

When I think of Faith, Theresa Davis lives this word in every way, shape and form. Some of you know my friend better by her HubVille name of Faith Reaper.

And so, dear friend, thank you for sharing your amazing and powerful thoughts on the subject of faith...! It's wonderful to see you back again and I am hoping everyone has the time to check out this meaningful piece of writing - with inspirational videos and music as well.

© Maria Jordan (August, 2014)

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Now don't get me on a crying 'spell', Car51...thanks for the visit.

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      Car51 2 years ago

      Faith keeps me going day by day!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "When we sing we pray twice!"

      What a lovely comment, dear Mary. I'm sure you are thinking of quite a few songs with all those years in your church folk group.

      Thanks for your votes and for always being so faithful visiting this series.

      Love you and hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      When we sing we pray twice! You have certainly brought Faith here through music. So many songs to choose from and your choices beautiful...imagine a soprano singing Ave Maria!

      I'm sitting here trying to think of my favorites and have so many songs running through my mind. Thirty years singing with my church folk group has my mind on overload ;)

      Your choice of Faith Reaper is probably the only choice! Her faith shines through in every word she writes.

      Loved this as usual.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wonderful to see you, Suzette and thanks for such beautiful feedback, especially about Faith Reaper.

      Through her writing, the word FAITH has taken off far and wide through the HubPages community... really quite amazing and to her credit.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful article, Maria and I love the music choices you made here. I have to agree with you, Faith Reaper is one of the most amazing persons on HP as her faith is constant and forever. She has really made an impact and impression on me as well as you and some of the others here on HP. Beautiful written prose here!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Vicki,

      To say that the faith music permeates this page is really special and I thank you so much for that... Both you and your visits are very much appreciated, dear friend.

      Have a peaceful night. Love you, Mareer

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Dear Mareer,

      You made it easy for me to comment on this one. I loved all the faith music that everyone has suggested, and it sort of even permeates this page! I like that feeling, so thanks to everyone, but to you especially for dreaming this up!

      Looking forward to much more in this great series.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Genna- Thanks for your beautiful remarks and I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond to "you"! Hoping you have a wonderful week and thanks for taking the time to share your favorite faith-based song.

      Shanmarie- I totally understand how chaotic these days can get. This makes me all the more grateful when my friends get around to visiting. I'm happy we are now friends - just saw Eric's wonderful hub after you passed the baton to him.

      Hoping you both have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      Oh my goodness, Maria! Would you believe I have several hubs up on my phone browser to read, but then things got kind of chaotic and I forgot.? This one, though, I read and meant to comment on. I just love these hubs coming from these good words projects! And your love of music...

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I’m so sorry I’m late in joining everyone with this beautiful and inspiring hub, and following the Project Good Words. :-) “For me faith and music go hand-in-hand.” Music is part of the miracle of humanity. It is imagination, creativity and provides us all with the profound sense of wonder, sharing, and hope. Dear Maria, your story is wonderful, as is your decision to pass the baton on to Theresa…the perfect choice. And I love the videos you chose to include. One of the songs I am fond of is Watermark’s rendition of “Light of the World” and others. Love and hugs. :-)

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good morning to two beautiful women,

      Shyron, Your comment binds us together as my Mom also became Catholic when she married Dad. She loved these same hymns as you and your Mammaw, thus sharing that love with me. The 'only' other time I have heard the name 'Mammaw' is when my husband lovingly refers to his Mother's Momma... how cool is that name. Thank you for sharing so much of your precious memories with us on this hub...you have greatly added to the faith-based content here, my dear friend.

      Peg, I love when you come back and appreciate how we have such common loves in our music. I am smiling at the image of you belting out those hymns as you scrubbed your heart out...gurl, you rocked even back then, I swear! PS- Thanks for pushing those buttons...!!

      Love, hugs and a peaceful weekend to you both, Maria

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Maria,

      I'm back again to listen to these inspirational and beautiful songs. My favorite is Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline singing "Just A Closer Walk" together. We grew up singing out of the hymnal and I was known to belt them out over the dishwater after the evening meal. Among my favorites were the songs "In The Garden", "Sweet Hour of Prayer", "When Peace Like A River" and "Amazing Grace".

      Such a beautiful tribute here to Jo, Shyron and Faith for their efforts on the Good Words Project. Pushing all the buttons. Love.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Maria, the precious Memories, of my Grandmother (Mammaw) could sing. "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Amazing Grace" were her favorites and of course "Just a Closer Walk With Thee", she did not need the hymnal in the Church of Christ where she was a member all her life.

      I was Baptised in the Church of Christ also then became a Catholic when I married my present husband.

      My favorit songs:

      "Hello God"

      Hello God, are you out there?

      Can you hear me, are you listenin' any more?

      Hello God, if we're still on speakin' terms

      Can you help me like before?

      I have questioned your existence,

      My resistance leaves me cold

      Can you help me go the distance?

      Hello God, hello, hello

      This old world has gone to pieces

      Can we fix it, is there time?

      Hate and violence just increases

      We're so selfish, cruel and blind

      We fight and kill each other

      In your name, defending you

      Do you love some more than others?

      We're so lost and confused

      Hello God, are you out there?

      Can you hear us, are you listenin' any more?

      Hello God, if we're still on speakin' terms

      Can you help us like before?

      Oh, the free will you have given

      We have made a mockery of

      This is no way to be livin',

      We're in great need of your love

      Hello God

      Hello God, can you grant us

      Love enough to make amends

      (Hello God) Is there still a chance

      That we could start again

      Hello God, we've learned our lesson

      Dear God, don't let us go

      More than ever

      Hello God, hello, hello

      Hello God, we really need you

      We can't make it without you

      (Hello God) We beseech you

      In the name of all that's true

      Hello God, please forgive us

      For we know not what we do

      Hello God, give us one more chance to prove ourselves to you

      Hello, God; hello, God

      _____________________

      "How Great Thou Art"

      Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder

      Consider all the *worlds thy hands have made

      I see the stars, I hear the **rolling thunder

      Thy power throughout the universe displayed

      REFRAIN:

      Then sings my soul my savior God to thee

      How great thou art

      How great thou art

      Then sings my soul my savior God to thee

      How great thou art how great thou art

      _________________________

      "Ten Thousand Angels Cried"

      Stillness filled the heavens on crucifixion day

      I don't know if it's true

      Well, I can just imagine ten thousand Angels cried

      That would seem like rain to me and you

      The Angels all stood ready to take Him from the tree

      They waited for the words from his voice

      And when He asked the Father

      Why has thou forsaken me

      They watched the Savior die of His own choice

      I've never seen ten thousand Angels cry

      But I'm sure they did as they stood and Watched the Savior die

      God turned his head away He couldn't bear the sight

      It must have looked like rain when ten thousand Angels cried

      As the sun slipped away the skies turn to gray

      And when Jesus gave His all that's when the tears began to fall

      I've never seen ten thousand Angels cry

      But I'm sure they did as they stood and Watched the Savior die

      God turned his head away He couldn't bear the sight

      It must have looked like rain when ten thousand Angels cried

      "Crying in the Chapel"

      You saw me crying in the chapel

      The tears I shed were tears of joy

      I know the meaning of contentment

      Now I'm happy with the Lord

      Just a plain and simple chapel

      Where humble people go to pray

      I pray the Lord that I'll grow stronger

      As I live from day to day

      I searched and I searched

      But I couldn't find

      No way on earth to gain peace of mind

      Now I'm happy in the chapel

      Where people are of one accord

      Yes we gather in the chapel

      Just to sing and praise the Lord

      You'll search and you'll search

      But you'll never find

      No way on earth to gain peace of mind

      Take your troubles to the chapel

      Get down on your knees and pray

      Then your burdens will be lighter

      And you'll surely find the way

      __________________

      "I Surrender All"

      __________________

      "The Garden"

      ______________

      And dozens more, one I don't know the name still haunts me because it is so beautiful and the girl who sang it also signed it at the same time.

      Maria, your hub is just beautiful, awesome and voted that way.

      Blessings and hugs

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Theresa - Your stellar essay on faith was indeed worth the wait. I hope everyone has a chance to check out your words, quotations, videos and music on a subject you clearly emulate, dear friend.

      Pam - Thanks for stopping by with such a supportive comment. I'm glad you also had a chance to enjoy these beautiful comments as I am.

      Hoping you both have a peaceful day. Love, Maria

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      Beautiful story and I loved the videos. I listen to a lot of the new Christian music most days, especially in the morning as it sets the tone for the day. This is a beautiful hub and since I am a bit late to it being published, I enjoyed the comments also. Beautiful and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      I was not able to make it this day for publishing, but tomorrow is another day! Thank you for being you ... beautiful and loving to all.

      Hugs,

      Theresa

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Theresa,

      I am so very much looking forward to reading your work when you are able to publish tomorrow, dear Faith.

      The weekend has been 'kinda' peaceful (LOL) and hope yours has been the same with sweet Max.

      Love and hugs to you all as well, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a blessing to read all these lovely comments with all sharing about their Faith and their beautiful favorite music choices. That is the beauty of Faith, in that we all have experienced different things in this life and, therefore, so many things to share with each other to bless others in ways we may have never thought of before. I am blessed in so many ways to read your wonderful Good Words Musical Challenge, along with Jo's Project Good Words and Shyron's poetic contributions in response to Jo's Good Words.

      It is going to be such a joy to publish on Monday in response to your wonderful Good Words Musical Challenge, especially on Faith!

      Have a peacful rest of the weekend with your handsome and new best friend, Andy, tagging along.

      Love to all,

      Theresa

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Happy Saturday to all,

      Sha, Thank you for such a lovely comment and I am also looking forward to 'Faith's take on faith'.

      Car, You are always on my mind and I truly have faith you are up to your current challenges. Wishing continued peace each and every day.

      To Martie and her sassy tablet, Thanks for such a wonderful comment. I agree that hymn lyrics surely stay with me, vexing I can remember precious little else some days. "Faith Reaper is the epitome of unconditional non-judgmental faith." Exactly... this baton was a simple relay for me. I will need to listen to: "The King is Coming" (not familiar). And darling, I promise you will "never ... be known as a mean opener of cages".

      Sweet Faith, So happy you responded directly back to Martie...and that you see how loved you are by all.

      Peg, That is so cool that the music at the Home is tailored to what I believe the girls can relate to...well, we all can but I learned from my Momma. Thanks for coming by and stop back any time...I have the teapot on, along with the music.

      Gail, Thank you for sharing the songs that bring you a feeling of faith, two of my favorites as well. It's special to hear how "You Raise Me Up" now reminds you of "Joyce in God's sheltering arms".

      Nellieanna, Both of your comments are so sharing - beautiful to hear about your views on faith, your parents' backgrounds and some of the songs that you cherish ...the YouTube of Mario Lanza is exquisite and I thank you for sharing with us. Glad to hear of some of your other strategies re to CTS and wishing you a peaceful, comfortable weekend. I will write you soon about some thoughts 'waaaay' down the road.

      Love and hugs to you all, Maria

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      By the way, Gail's mention of loving a modern song of faith reminded me of one I've loved. Well, mine’s not as modern as hers, because it harkens back to Sigmund Romberg’s 'The Student Prince"; it’s a song titled "I'll Walk With God". But this song lifts me every time I hear or play it on the piano.

      The operetta opened on Broadway in 1924 and became the longest-running show of the 1920s. It was adapted to film in 1954, in which Mario Lanza was the lead singer. It was lip-synced to his voice in a later movie version starring Edmund Purdom and is recorded by any number of opera stars and singing groups. But since my introduction to it was Mario Lanza’s version, I hope you don’t mind if I share it with you. The u-tube is rather amateurish, but the sound is quite good, considering its age. http://youtu.be/DWSz5LuJX4Q

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      What an inspiring hub, Maria! Faith means everything to me -- not 'religion', per se, but the heart and core of it - hope, faith and love. Your choice of FaithReaper couldn't be more perfect for the word! She truly does exemplify faith in every way. She's never bigoted or judgmental, she simply spreads her joyous faith and love upon everyone and everything with whom she comes in contact. She truly IS the "real deal".

      Your music is wonderful too. I also am touched by the old hymns. In fact, as a very young child, the first piece I learned to play on the piano was "What a Friend". Mother was a devoted Methodist all her life and her favorite was "In The Garden". If, as a kid, I resisted going to church, all it took from her was reminding me of the pipe organ and choir to get me going.

      Dad grew up a Mennonite, and though he parted with that church over matters of ethics relating to accepting military duty, his whole life exemplified the real principles of decency, faith, hope and love in all he did; and he loved the good music of faith. I, too, am deeply affiliated with decency, faith, hope and love.

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Dear Maria,

      So glad Faith Reaper (Theresa Davis) took up your challenge. I'm sure she'll write something as uplifting and inspirational as this beautiful hub is.

      The song that always moves me is "Amazing Grace" and I sometimes start singing it spontaneously when I'm alone because it brings me a feeling of gratitude and peace.

      The modern song I love most is "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban--it never fails to give me chills and I particularly love it because my dear friend Joyce, who passed away a few years ago, had given me the CD when it first came out. I used to think of God when I listened to it, but now I also think of Joyce being in God's sheltering arms whenever I hear it.

      Thanks for sharing this Project Good Words about faith.

      Blessings & Love,

      Gail

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Mar, It's so good to see a beautiful new hub from you today, in particular, one that exemplifies the qualities of our faith expressed in music. You've certainly chosen some beautiful spiritual numbers here and I find it rather uncanny that the musician who plays guitar at the Home on Thursdays chose "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" as his gospel number this week. Wow. I loved reading about your upbringing with music. It's so clearly shown in your writing and your sentiments.

      Listening now to Willie. Will be back for the other numbers.

      You've chosen the perfect candidate to carry on this delightful effort.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you dear Martie for such kind words. ... or should I say "Good Words" and I love that quote. Having a deep Faith does allow us to experience great freedom from anxiety and the burdens of life, to have joy and peace that cannot even be put into words, especially during those dark times we all go through. Have a peaceful weekend dear heart.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, this tablet!!!! I am not finished....

      Faith is a very special and precious human ability, or is talent the word? I must admit I mourn the death of my faith in humans, and in their ability to be the representatives of God, who is, according to the Gospel, supposed to be Love. But I still have faith in the Power of Goodness (Godliness) that seems to prevail regardless of humans and their doings.

      My list of favourite songs about faith in God is as long as my arm. But for some reason one specific song came to mind - The King is Coming.

      Faith Reaper is the epitome of unconditional non-judgmental faith. You could not have given the baton of faith to a better candidate.

      Thank you for arousing so many of my most precious memories, Mar! And I have to admit, I have faith in you and your ability to love and support all who happens to cross your path. Of course, 'all' doesn't include arrogant parasites with selfish intentions.....

      I just remember a quote, but not its creator: "Faith is like a wild bird in a cage. Once it escapes, it will never return." I never want to be known as a mean opener of cages.......

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Dear Mar, I grew up in the church, learn to crawl under the choir seats. Both my parents were singers in the church choir, and, of course, I followed in their footsteps. Singing hymns, psalms, hallelujahs, or whatever's gospel, was for many-many years one of my most favourite and rewarding hobbies. Even today, when I get in the mood to sing, I sing gospel because I still know the words of those songs on the tip of my fingers.

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      Car51 3 years ago

      Good time for me to reflect on FAITH!! May faith see me through these days of transition! Enjoyed your post. Love, Car

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love your song choices, but then no one knows music like you do, my sweet friend!

      I look forward to Faith's take on Faith and the rest of your very creative series.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Mike, Your comments are always humbling and so sweet...but to be honest, I'm killing time until my favorite fictional writer publishes his weekly installment! Oh yeah, that's you...so guess you better get to steppin...!!

      Bill, the feeling is mutual, my dear friend - thank you very much!

      Ruby... "Go Rest High On That Mountain"... oh how could you know that my Momma loved her Vince Gill and I can feel her listening, along with me and sweet Andy...who is getting an 'earful' of his Momma's music already and he is pawsitively loving it!

      Hugs from me and sloppy kisses from Andy, mar

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a treat this friday morning. Your background and diversity in music is wonderful, sounds like you grew up with a head start for any and all music. I can remember my mother listening to the Grand ole Opry on Saturday night, many of the performers you've listed were welcomed in our home on a regular basis. Music is a big part on my life, i love country, rock, blues, and opera. I have one song to add to your list, then i'm on my way to listen to all your videos. Oh before i forget, you've chosen a person that i've just recently met. We started following each other this week, Her comments of inspiration and encouragement is all over Hubville. Thank you Mar, you are a dear friend. Hugs..

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYFdTzYjIQU

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful as always, passed on to another beautiful human being....I am a lucky man to have friends like you.

      love,

      bill

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning mar. Like Faith, I am reading with my morning coffee and listening to Ms Franklin. I like the way you mix your family history, music and your message so seamlessly. I never heard of Mississippi Fred McDowell, but I have faith in your musical choices. Ok, I am off to find inspiration.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Good morning, y'all,

      Jackie, Thanks for being the first to stop by. I am thrilled you like the Patsy & Willie video and love that you agree with me on dear Faith as the next writer on this beautiful subject.

      "Faith", You are such a sweetheart for stopping by both last night and again this morning to appreciate the videos, as I was hoping you would. Thanks for your words of support and encouragement. I know your writing on faith will be amazing 'in your own sweet time' - we have both had our hands full with the joy and love from 'our minors who play such a major role' in our lives...!

      Nadine May, How awesome that you are moved to write on what sounds to be a most fascinating book. Thanks ever so much for stopping by with your lovely remarks.

      Happy Friday to all and hugs too, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Morning Maria,

      Came back to enjoy Mississippi Fred McDowell's "Just a Little More Faith" ... while drinking my coffee before heading out to work. I am looking forward to your next musical reflection on the Good Word of Inspiration. Have a peaceful day and thank you for spreading the Good Word of Faith. I am sharing to keep the Good Word of Faith spreading.

      Have a peaceful day and weekend ahead, dear friend. Hugs

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      What a great idea to be reminded off. It inspired me to prepare a post on the author David R Hawkins with his book Power vs Force. He writes about the calibrations of consciousness. That means that each article will have a vibrational level, and by using positive inspiring words, this will raise the calibration level of the article. Well done.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, My sweetest friend, Maria, you have written on my favorite subject ... faith! What a Good Word indeed.

      This is such an inspirational challenge you have going on here in your Good Words Musical Challenge, spurred on by lovely Jo's Light2Love Good Words Project and then Shyron's beautiful poetic contributions for the Good Words Project. What a lovely way to shine much needed light in this world right now... first with the Good Word of love and now, faith.

      I have been listening to your excellent choice in music. It just doesn't get any better than Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline. And Aretha Franklin ... wow, so beautiful.

      I am going to have to return here to enjoy all of the great music.

      I have always loved "The Old Rugged Cross", especially Johnny Cash's version and then the hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

      I needed this at this very moment in time to get my behind writing again, and now I am humbled and ready to share the faith in the Good Words Musical Challenge. Thank you for thinking of me.

      Love you,

      Theresa : )

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Loved your story. I will have to go back and read the others. I loved the Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson video; thank you! Faith will be perfect to carry it on. ^+