Bess Kirby

BLOG # 12   JUNE 23, 2017


There’s something special about these mountains. We’ve been here for about 4 weeks...done a lot of work, seeking to improve our cabins as we can, and, of course, we’ve sat on the porch, looking at the mountains, enjoying this area of the country. We miss our pastoral ministry life; miss our loving church family, but God has a new plan for us now. And we will follow that plan. Where He leads, we will follow. We are making new friends, adding to that list of “old” friends. Here’s an encouraging word from the Lord for us all today.

Isaiah 46:3-4 “Listen to whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He. I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you.”

And another one,

John 14:1 “Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God.

Maybe someone needed those scriptures today. Be blessed by our wonderful Lord. I’ve made up my mind that I’m gonna’ have a great day!!! 


BLOG # 11   JUNE 16, 2017

I want to say a special “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY” to 5 wonderful men in my life, Gus Pearson, Charles Kirby, L.O. Kirby, Chuck Kirby, & Bob Luetkemeyer. How blessed I’ve been...and how blessed we all have been if our parents had Godly parents. My dad, Gus, and Charles’ dad, L.O., each had a rich Christian heritage, having been taught the scriptures by Christian parents. Even if one had wandered away but for a season, their rich biblical heritage would have steered them in the raising of their children in the right way.

This week I thank God for my father, Gus, now deceased, who raised me right; I thank God for my husband, Charles, who raised our children right; I thank God for Mr. L. O. Kirby, my father-in-law, now deceased, who raised Charles right; I thank God for Chuck, who used the Christian principles instilled in him as a child to guide his 2 boys, our grandchildren in the right direction; and I thank God for Bob, our son-in-law, for being such a Godly father, raising their 2 boys, our grandsons to serve God. The Godly heritage continues...To God be the glory.


Love to all these men!!!


BLOG # 10   JUNE 8, 2017

Do you still have your “ears” on??? What sweet things is He saying to you
today?  Not only does He speak with gentleness & kindness, encouraging and strengthening us for each new day; but, God teaches us, admonishes us, even chastises us.  Whatever He is saying to you today; the question is, are you listening?  Yes, Lord, speak for your servant is listening.  Has your sin been uncovered? Are you being tempted to do something that is not Christ-like nor Christ-centered?  Have you been neglectful in visiting the sick; or, doing what God wants you to do, whatever it is? How is your prayer life?  Are your tithes paid in full?

What’s He saying to each one of us this very day (Me included)? Let’s listen.  Let’s obey.  Our God is an awesome God.  You don’t want to live a
day without Him.  Clean me up Lord.  Live your life through me, Jesus. Teach me Your ways.  What do You want to say to me today?

I’m listening.


BLOG #9   JUNE 2, 2017


I saw this on a church sign recently and it spoke to me. That’s what I’m asking myself. All through Isaiah, you will find the words, “Listen to me...” Thumb through Isaiah and see. Good advice from God’s Word.

As I look around today, I see a world full of trouble. The Bible declares in Job 14:1, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Psalm 88:2-3 says “Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. For my soul is full of troubles and my life draws near to the grave.”
Trouble comes in many different forms; heartache, sorrow, sickness, hurt, anger, fear, despair, discouragement, anger, and many other ways. Trouble, also, is no respect of persons. What are we to do? Is there help anywhere?

The answer is ‘Yes’. God has the answer for us in His Word. Words like, Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) “Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” And how about Isaiah 43:1-4? “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned..., for I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One...your are precious and honored in my sight...I LOVE YOU.”

You can’t get better than that!!! Count me “Listening”.

I’ll be somewhere “listening”,




BLOG #8   May 26, 2017

 Just call me”In Love”. With Charles, certainly. But, I’m really speaking of Jesus. You might ask, “Why?. Well, ‘if it keeps getting better and better, Oh Lord; I don’t know what I’m gonna’ do’. Retirement is not for the weak. And I don’t have blinders on. BUT GOD...! Do you know that God makes all the difference. If your faith is rooted and grounded in Jesus, His death & resurrection; then, you know that new days, blessed days are coming. I already feel stronger based on my belief system. Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God.

If God has ministered to you through this blog; send me a quick
. May you have a wonderful, new week. 




BLOG #6   May 12, 2017

With a grateful heart, I write my blog today.  First, I thank God for His manifold blessings.   They are too many to count.  How great is our God. Next, I thank my dear life partner, my husband, Charles for standing by me through "thick and thin."  Next, my precious children, Chuck and Micki and their families for giving me such great joy.  And I'd NEVER leave out our many friends and prayer warriors.   

Thank you for your love, friendship,​ many kindnesses, and your prayers.   Thank you for praying for my healing.   Our God hears our prayers and answers them.  HE is miraculously touching me.  THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR THAT MIRACLE.  MY SHOULDER WILL BE LIKE NEW.  I've touched "His garment" in prayer and He is touching me and making me whole.

Thank you, one and all,


BLOG #5    May 5, 2017

As I write this blog, I’m sitting on our cabin deck, looking at God’s nature...the majestic mountains, the tall, lush green trees, the beautiful flowering plants and, at the same time, rocking my cares away. You can’t look at God’s magnificent creation and concern yourself about anything. Oh, how sweet it is....

As we spend more time in the mountains, we hope to enjoy deer and lots of different kinds of birds in our small backyard. We, of course, will try to entice them to come, putting up salt and mineral blocks and then seed for beautiful, colorful birds.

“This is our Father’s world; and, to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world. I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas- His hand, the wonders wrought.”

WOW! What a beautiful world.

So thankful for the beauty of Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and the whole world. What a Creator God we love and serve. This is the day to praise Him. Be bold in your praise. God inhabits the praise of His people.

Love to all,

Bess Kirby

BLOG #4    April 29, 2017

Here’s another favorite song of mine.  It always encourages me.  I’m singing this today...TRUST HIS HEART, written by Eddie Carswell and Babbie Mason.

1. All things work for our good, though sometimes we don’t see how they could. Struggles that break our hearts in two sometimes blind us to the truth.  Our Father knows what’s best for us. His ways are not our own.  So when your pathway grows dim and you just don’t see Him. REMEMBER You’re never alone.

(Chorus) God is too wise to be mistaken; God is too good to be unkind; so, when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan; When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

2. He sees the Master Plan and He holds our future in His hand. So, don’t live as those who have no hope; all our hope is found in Him.  We see the present clearly; but, He sees the first and the Last; and, like a tapestry, He’s weaving you and me to someday be just like Him. 

WOW! When we don’t understand; when we don’t see His plan; when we can’t trace His Hand; we can TRUST HIS HEART.  Oh, how much He loves us.  Choose your song today and sing it to Jesus.  May the joy of the Lord be your strength.

Bess Kirby


BLOG# 3:    April 22, 2017

One of my favorite songs is an oldie Goldie, titled “GOD REACHES DOWN” by Frances Erickson & Floyd Hawkins.  It has such beautiful harmony...written for a duet.  Here are the lyrics,; they may encourage you today. 

1. Just when the burdens of life are most heavy, Just when my cup seems too bitter to bear, God reaches down with His hand of compassion, lifting the load and soothing my care.

(Chorus) God reaches down; God reaches down, just when it seems I no longer can stand. Giving me strength and renewing my courage. God reaches down His almighty hand.

2. Just when it seems beyond human endurance, when great afflictions have saddened my way.  God reaches down with His love everlasting, whispering, “Lo, I’m with you always.”

3. Sensing this truth that God knows all the reasons.  He knows each test that will bring heaven’s gain, Confidence leans on His arms everlasting.  Morning will break; then all will be plain.   


Oh yes, My God reaches down to help me, to encourage me, to strengthen me.  He’ll do it for you, too.   Continue singing your praise to the Lord.  Do it daily. 

Bess Kirby

BLOG # 2:   April 15, 2017

After Easter, somebody needs to testify.  So here I go.  I love music; love to play the piano and sing.  So I want to sing praise to the Lord every day for what He’s done for me.  I want the world to know that I do believe in a hill called Mt. Calvary.  I do believe that the Man on the middle cross was God incarnate, Jesus the Son of God, my Redeemer; that He suffered such cruelty, shame and awful pain to pay my sin debt.  I should have been crucified; but Jesus, God’s Son took my place. So, why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come?  I will arise and SING PRAISE TO THE ONE AND ONLY TRUE GOD.  Sing along with me today.  

Bess Kirby

Blog # 1:  April 8, 2017

As I think of Passion Week, I’m reminded of the two bombshells Jesus laid on the disciples before Gethsemane.  The first one was that He would be leaving them; He would no longer be with them. Oh my!  What would they do?  Of course, He would send them another comforter.  The second was that one among them would betray Him.  Oh my!  There was division in the camp.  Who was it?  Palm Sunday week was a difficult time for the disciples.  They were confused; scared no doubt, questioning, not sure about their future.  But today, as I chat with you, I remember the title of a grand old hymn, “The Way of the Cross Leads Home”.  All of us have crosses to bear.  Not to the extent of Jesus’ cross.  Jesus would go through much; and, the disciples would have a tough time.  But at the end of it all,  Betrayal, Gethsemane, the trial, the scourging, the cross, His death and burial, there was the resurrection!!!  Wow!  That says it all.  The end was the beginning for His early disciples; it is for you and me, as well.  He brought us salvation; forgiveness of our sins & peace with God.  And one day, we will be at home with God.  Oh what love that He should die for me (and you). 

Let’s THANK HIM for the great price He paid when He took our place and cancelled our sin debt.  I’ll be worshipping with you this Passion week and Easter.  

Bess Kirby