18 August 2012

My Journey by Teresa S Mathews




Teresa 

My Journey



About six hundred twelve months ago I started this life,
I was born to the best daddy and his very strict wife.

I was the smallest and youngest of the four children there,

I was the baby and that place I did not want to share.

My brother Stevie had been the babe nine years before me. 
But he was generous and gave up that place easily.

My sister Miriam said she asked God to send me
But was disappointed when I came as a cryin’ baby.

My big brother Larry, who I know loved me so
Carried me with him every place he would go.

At the age of maybe two or perhaps maybe three
I asked for a piano to be bought for me.

I was way too little to learn how to play
And the age of five seemed so far away.

When five finally came and to the teacher I went
I proudly took lessons and it was time well spent.

Those lessons for twelve long years dragged on.
“Sit up straight” “Watch your timing” the teachers did drone.

But now when I look back at those years I can see
The person that God was molding that little girl to be.

The timid young girl, only fourteen years old
Too scared to play in Church and really not bold.

She knew even as a young tiny tot
That God had a plan and she had a spot. 

Playing for Him in His house…oh what pleasure!
The talent He gave me..oh what a treasure!

Now many long years have past since that day
            And in many churches I’ve sat and pianos I’ve played.

It always been for God and for His glory,
                     And now I’m at the end of my STORY! J

For the one's that don't know me, I wanted to tell you a little about myself and my journey. God has been the mainstay of my life since I was a little girl, I was five years old when I asked Jesus into my heart. I was blessed to have been born in a Christian home, my dad was a wonderful man of God who would go out of his way to bless others. There have been times he would give his last penny to someone God told him to bless and we wouldn't have groceries at home or lunch money for school. But he was a man of great faith and he knew that God would supply our needs, and God always did. Dad's favorite saying was "When you shovel it out, God shovels it in and His shovel is a whole lot bigger." He wasn't teaching you should give to get..he was teaching that if God tells you to give something even if you feel you don't have it, He will bless you more than you could ever imagine. We were never rich but God always supplied what we needed, when we needed it. He Truly Is An On Time God.

In my poem I jokingly said my mom was very strict, and that was NOT a joke! LOL I have a wonderful mother and she looked out for her children like no mother I've ever known. She didn't let us run through the neighborhood like the other kids...she KNEW where we were at all times. Every morning before school she would have devotion with us and some mornings she would pray on and on and almost make us late for school! But she was praying for God's protection over her children and it paid off. All of mom and dad's children are still living for God.

Teresa and Carlton Mathews and sons
The Lord has really blessed me through the years, he sent me a wonderful husband that was in need of a piano player because he was a singer and a worship leader. We have been married 25 years and we have two wonderful sons. We have served in several churches as worship leaders through the years and we have never regretted one minute we have given to God. He is the best Father a child could ever have!

I also would love to say a huge Praise the Lord for all my friends here at the Overcoming Through Time - With God's Help Blog. I was so blessed when I was asked to join. Isn't it wonderful when God surprises us with good things in our lives?




47 comments:

  1. TERESA, what a wonderful poem and a rich testimony of what God has done in your life. I'm feel so blessed to have you and Carlton as our praise and worship leaders at church, as well as having you here on the blog, AND having you for one of my bffs! I'm so glad that God put that desire in you to play the piano when were a little girl, and we are now reaping the benefits! And boy, can this girl sing too, y'all!!

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  2. Teresa, I really enjoyed your clever poem and learning about your life. You have been truly blessed. You have a lovely family and I admire & envy your talent/gift of being able to play the piano. I'd always wanted to learn myself. Bless you!

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  3. DIANA...thank you so much, I am glad the Lord brought us all back together at Abundant Life. He is so GOOD!!

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  4. LISA thank you, you are sweet and we all know how very talented you are. And about the piano...it's Never Too Late! :)

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  5. Sissy, you are truly a special gift from God sent to bless and enrich so many lives. Thank you for keeping a humble heart submitted to your Father and to His service. I love and appreciate you more than I can tell you!

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  6. Hello my wonderful brother! I love you..thanks for coming by. :)

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  7. TERESA, that's such a clever way to tell your story. You really are a creative artist! Thanks for sharing more of your testimony :)

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  8. ANNE...thank you for those sweet words. You are so precious. :)

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  9. Wow, what a lovely poem, TERESA! I would love to hear you play the piano someday! :)

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  10. MARIAN...that would be great! Maybe I could talk my boys into helping mom put up something on youtube. :)

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  11. OK, y'all know I am having FB withdrawals, so I can come over here and bug you guys instead! :) hehe For those of you who don't know, my FB was hacked and we are trying to get it restored. Please pray I won't have to open a new one, b/c my friends, albums, everything will be lost! :(

    Marian, I will try to film Teresa someday playing and singing. But I would have to get her permission to post it, or I would be in serious trouble, I do believe! I mean big time!

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  12. DIANA!! I have missed you! I have been looking on google trying to figure out a way to fix your account. :( Poor Diana has had a bad week!

    About the playing and singing..it would be ok as long as "miss diva" looks good in her Sunday best! lol!!!

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  13. DIANA, please do film our lovely miss T.
    You can also post on YouTube and select an option that only the people you are sending the link can watch it... in case T. doesn't like the whole world to hear her play and sing!

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  14. MARIAN...that would be better, that way there wouldn't be any mean comments. :)

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  15. You can disable the comments... LOL

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  16. It's so quiet without Diana on FB. :(

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  17. I know! I've talked to her twice on the phone today but you don't have that option. :(

    Did you see the picture on my FB(or maybe you posted it lol) of the kitty with the scissors cutting the computer cord...saying let's see how you like being away from FB for a few days? LOL!! I KNOW Diana doesn't have a kitty! LOL

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  18. a wonderful telling of a spiritual life, TERSA - thank you, Godlife to you!

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  19. TERESA, there is a new posting under your review of A Bride's Flight for entry into the Sunday draw :o)

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  20. What a really insightful poem about your life Teresa!! I so enjoyed reading it. I guess it sorta mirrored my own up to the piano part...born the 3rd child to a strict mom and having a little sis come along at age 7. I enjoy Murray's writing skill and will be hard put to choose when I win. :D
    Thanks for this opportunity to enter. Blessings and joy unlimited.
    Darlene [spangldlady@gmail.com]

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  21. Diana, I got hacked this week too and it took 4 techs from yahoo and ATT to get back to a semblance of order without an address book that probably contained 250 contacts! We live in a dangerous world.
    blessings on you as you try to restore what you can. Darlene [spangldlady@gmail.com]

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  22. Quiet without me on FB...hmmm what are you trying to say, MARIAN? hehe I missed you guys, although I did, like T said, get to talk to her on the phone twice today. Yep, gotta get her on you tube, but then one of those mega churches might see it and offer her millions to come and do their music, and I'll be eatin' her dust! Nope, forget you tube! lol

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  23. DARLENE, I'm so sorry you had to go through all that. I went to another browser and was able to get back on FB that way. But it was an all day (almost) process. Thank you for the well wishes!

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  24. DARLENE...what a lovely name (happens to be My middle name lol), thanks for coming by and spreading some cheer! Good Luck on the drawing...I like how you are speaking by faith! :)

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  25. DIANA...MILLIONS??? Did I hear you correctly??? MILLIONS???!!! ~sigh~ I would like to say I would turn them down flat but I have to be honest IT WOULD BE TEMPTING! LOL!! But I would only go if the Lord allowed and I could take you with me. :)

    So glad you are once again on FB!

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  26. I don't believe it but I was finally able to get on my inlaws computer and get in here! You have been having such a fun week with Murray! What an awesome testimony he had! And now this great post by TERESA! Diana I pray you are doing okay. Hugs all around!!!

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  27. What!! I haven't commented on this site today??? Blessings to all of you and have a wonderful Sunday and reading your poem this morning, I must have gotten interrupted... Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  28. Thanks CARRIE! This week has been a lot of fun with Murray. I've been trying to make our Lady Di laugh some today...she's had a rough week!

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  29. Thank you, TERESA, I'll sing with you for ten grand. That's cheap!

    CARRIE! We are missing you, but hoping you are having a great time. You're in a pretty place, that's for sure. MURRAY has been a wonderful guest, and we so appreciate his honesty and transparency in the sharing of his testimony and comments this whole week! Hugs back!!

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  30. Will you play an instrument too for that price? How about a tambourine? If so...it's a deal! :)

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  31. Sure I'll play the tambourine and even dance. lol!

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  32. watermelons make DIANA laugh! ;o)

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  33. TERESA, don't forget to enter HERMA!

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  34. MURRAY, Herma will be entered. No worries!

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  35. Watermelons now, MUR? For in that dress?? ;)

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  36. DIANA, MARIAN, MURRAY,
    I think I'm not even going to ask about this conversation. :) Herma will be entered!

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  37. Yes, MURRAY, Diana laugh very hard! Zat ees a wunderbar gut one. ;) MARIAN, even that would be a very difficult feat for a member of SEAL team 6, don't you think?

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  38. HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY, M'LADIES! THANK YOU FOR A BLESSED WEEK!

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  39. Thanks for being with us and making us laugh, MURRAY!! A great Sunday to you, too!

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  40. TERESA!!! Soooooo much fun getting to know you better, my friend. I already knew I liked you A LOT, but that "like" takes on a new depth in seeing the little girl behind the woman.

    LOVE your dad's favorite saying!!! "When you shovel it out, God shovels it in and His shovel is a whole lot bigger."

    AMEN AND AMEN TO THAT!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  41. MURRAY, you have been such a blessing to all this week! May God bless all of your future writing endeavors and thank you so much for being with us! It's been a blast!

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  42. WOOT! Murray Pura, Carrie Pagels, Marian Baay, Teresa Mathews--random number generator has picked our blessed winner for the week! She will win HER choice of any of Murray's books in her choice of format! Drum roll please................DARLENE KEITH aka spangldlady! I think random number liked you speaking faith about being chosen the winner, DARLENE, and so did the Lord!

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  43. JULIE, you are so sweet!

    My dad had a lot of cool sayings, some that were funny and some that were serious. Maybe I'll share some more before long. :)

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  44. DARLENE So glad you won....see what a little faith can do!! CONGRATS! :)

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