A few weeks ago as I was sitting in our Sunday School class in our little church in Portersville, OH
I was stirred with a burden to put a little something on my site to encourage the ladies of the church.

I have decided the Lord helping me to put out a small article just to encourage the ladies in the church and any other ladies or young girls who might be interested.

The thing that burdened me was when the class was discussing the fact that God wanted Solomon to build the temple and some of the requirements that God had for him.

I made the comment in the class that God wanted Solomon’s complete surrender and obedience and willingness to obey HIM and follow HIS instructions with out question.

Isn’t that what He wants from each of us as His children.

Last night while I was talking with one of my grand-daughters on a chat over the internet, we began to discuss something that could be done in fun on the internet and I mentioned to her the possibility that, though it was funny and fun to do, I felt it might be something that could be used in a wrong way and be deceptive.

What came next was a joy to me. She responded that she appreciated the fact that I had pointed it out to her and she thanked me for helping her to do right.

When I mentioned that the Lord would bless her for her sweet spirit in her response she said that I had been an encouragement to her.

To me the reverse was true. She had been an encouragement to me in her response of respect and honor to my suggestion, even if she might have felt differently than I. She listened with respect and thanked me for my opinion. What a Godly spirit.

What a joy to know that there are some young people who want to do right and are willing to listen to advice from their parents and even grandparents with respect.

Earlier that day I had chatted with another grand-daughter and she shared with me how very much she wants the “perfect will” of God in her life with relation to he life’s choice of a husband for her.

Moms, isn’t this exciting to you. What a joy this is to me.

This attitude is what God wants, not just in young people making small and big divisions in their lives, but He wants this for each of us as their moms and grandmother.

Have you totally surrendered you will to Christ.

God wants for us as He asked of Solomon.

Here are my instructions
Follow them in obedience, with a right heart attitude.
You will be blessed

A New Challenge

Since January and our resignation from the ministry here at Jonesville I have been packing 2-3 boxes each evening after work, except prayer meeting night and weekends. We had promised the folk we would do our best to be out of the parsonage by April.

Finally, we are pretty well packed, but until August 5th in the afternoon (when the Zion Church called us to the ministry in the little village of Portersville), we did not know where we would be moving nor when.

The people here at Jonesville and Cambria were precious and patient with us letting us stay in the parsonage and not making us feel we were an imposition. Yet we felt we needed to move on an allow the work to press on for Christ sake.

Zion is a beautiful community and I am excited about being there and serving the Savior with these dear people we have already come to love.

The people there have already shown us such sweet thoughtfulness in opening up the parsonage which has been the fellowship hall for several years. They are redecorating it and returning it to its original state and making some additional improvements.

The Lord willing we will begin our ministry at Zion Christian Union Church on the first Sunday in Oct.

Pray with us and for us as we move and settle in, that we will be able to make a difference for our Saviour.

Ken took a load today to Zion and encountered some obstacles with the floods in the Finlay, OH area. I was concerned when I got home from work and I called the family across from the house and asked if they had seen him. They had been away and she assured me that she would go over and see if it appeared that he had been there and left any additional items. Soon she called and told me he was there and would be heading home around 6:30PM.

This is the reason I am taking time to write this article while I wait and pray for his safety and strength.

Ken has such a great heart to preach the WORD and nourish  God’s children in the faith.

Though many folk would retire at his age he forges on.

He really doesn’t have hobbies unless you can say studying and reading is a hobby. Lately he has been working very hard at memorizing many Scriptures. He carries flash cards with him and practices them, as he did today while he waited at the hospital for me to have laser done on my left eye.

Then leaving me at work he hit the road with the little red trailer full of my pattern file cabinets, metal shelves and many boxes of books wrapped in black garbage bags to keep them dry in the rain.

I love this man and praise the Lord for what HE has done in Ken’s life over the years and for the faithful father, husband, grandfather and pastor he has become.

He has been memorizing I Corinthians 12:31 – 13:13.

31. But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
And now I will show you the most excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13


1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I have seen him truly applying these truths to his own life as he has worked to not only memorize them but to incorporate them into his daily conduct.

Thank you, Lord Jesus.


My heart is aching today….

Yesterday, we attended the memorial service for a young man who took his own life…

My heart aches for the dear parents, siblings, friends and acquaintances.

The preacher was an uncle of the young man and did a superb job as he attempted to help us all to deal with such a difficult situation.

One of the first things he said was, “I can see satan’s finger prints are all over this situation.” “It is a WAR right here.” “Satan is telling us it is our fault, that we failed in some way. We should have done this or that. We could have been a better parent, friend, Sunday school teacher, pastor, etc.”

I personally was especially reminded of the fact that “satan, the Prince of the Power of the Air”

Ephesians 2:2 (KJV)

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”

is truly doing all that he can to cause Christians to doubt, for young people to make wrong choices as they begin to make their own decisions.

I see it in the Church- satan wants to cause us to get our minds off the Saviour and to cause us to find fault and complain and whine. I have seen it in the past in our ministries and others. The church that is in the building program and excited about the growth of the ministry will become attacked by satan to cause the people to disagree and fuss. The choir that is “Singing His Praise” may began to have devisions,.. why doesn’t the choir leader give me a lead part? Why are the practices so long? I don’t like to wear robes! He is singing off key. You name it… satan does it and our song is lost.

Oh what a joy it is to see people serving the Lord faithfully and keeping their minds on the Saviour, no mater what.

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.”

Lord, Help me to keep my mind on YOU and your will and make a difference in the lives of those around me. Lord, help me to not be critical or judgmental and help me to remember to Pray more for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Father, help us all to have victory over satan’s tricks and attempts to steal our JOY.

Yes, I know that ‘satan’ is a proper name, but I have a hard time giving him that honor, yet I truly believe he is real and alive today in our homes and churches.

I Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: ”

“Oh,Victory In Jesus”

It's Wet

After seeing my grandson, Zachary wading in the sloppy puddles… I was reminded of the time that I wrote a song about the rain…

When we were at Church in Logansville Ohio I was invited to the Fortnightly Club ( a group of musicians that met monthly).Ha! It was fun and they usually had a theme.

This time it was Spring…

Everyone sang or played an instrument. I was the only singer… so I wrote that little ditty and also the sacred song ” ‘Tis A Miracle of God”

It was April or May…


It’s wet, it’s wet
the rain is falling on the ground
It’s wet, it’s wet
There’s lots of moisture all around
It’s wet, it’s wet
You’re going to get you tootsies wet….
Don’t get in a muddle
You’ll fall in a puddle
You’re going to get your tootsies wet.


1.  Who can make a flower blossom?
Who can make the birds to sing?
Cause the winds to sway the tree tops?
‘Tis a miracle of God.

2.  Who can keep the sunshine glowing,
Even while the rain shall fall,
Bending them to make a rainbow?

‘Tis a miracle of God.


We must pause, fall on our knees
To Him credit all of these,
And give praise to the Creator.
‘Tis the Miracle of God.

Who can make the lightning thunder,
Yet, can calm the angry seas,
Put the stars up in the heavens,
‘Tis the Miracle of God.

3.  Jesus gave His life on Calvary,
Then He rose up from the grave.
He can give you life eternal.
Tis the Miracle of God.

Word’s and music by
Jane A Pierpont


During our ministry at the Jonesville Baptist Church it was our privilege to have a service once a month at the  HILLSDALE COUNTY – Medical Care Facility.

I would  set my alarm on my Palm so that I would be  prepared after work, but I forgot to put in the New Year’s schedule, so when I got into the car after work as office manager of a construction company,  Ken reminded me that we had a service that night.  (I have to admit) I thought, “OH NO, I am just too tired”. (It was the day that I did payroll.)

Isaiah 40:29-31
29. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

30. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

31. But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

We had our supper and then I practiced a song and changed my clothes.
I even had a little time to rest in my “bird cage” (swinging wicker chair).

When we arrived, there was no one down stairs in the dinning hall where we usually meet and after a little detective work we arrived on the second floor where there were over twenty-five dear folk all lined up in their wheel-chairs waiting for the service to start.

After I got my Karaoke set up, I began to play the piano while Ken passed out hymnals.

There is one sweet lady there who always sits in the front and does the ‘princess’ wave to me while I played the piano.

We sang a few familiar hymns and even as I played and sang along, I truly enjoyed hearing some of the people singing along, especially on the choruses of the hymns.

I sang “Be Not Afraid” (One of my favorite songs) based on:

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

While Ken preached, I enjoyed watching the faces of the little congregation. Since they have just finished eating, probably had taken their meds and it is always toasty warm in the room, some have difficulty staying awake, Yet, off and on they would rally and smile and even laugh when Ken said something funny.

After the service we make the rounds and shake everyones hand. The ‘waving’ lady always comments on what I am wearing and tells me how pretty I am.

Another, tiny little lady took my hand firmly and thanked me over and over again and told me she loved my song.

My heart was broken when I patted the hand of a young women who seemed unable to communicate, but when I talked to her and patted her hand she gave me the most radiant smile. That made my day.

Psalm 63

1 O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

I am so glad that I didn’t let the devil discourage me, because I felt better when we got home that I had when I came home from work.


Jennifer's Table – Christmas by Candlelight

December 7th

What a blessed time at the Christmas by Candlelight at the Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo where our son Nathan is music pastor.

The ladies in the church signed up to be hostess to a table which she decorated, invited quests, made and served the dessert.

There were about eighteen tables, all beautifully decorated.

The snowman centerpiece light was so pretty.

This is the dinnerware that Jennifer used and she used star cookies with our names for name cards.

The evening was a special blessing to me because Nathan gave a beautiful Christmas concert.

One of my favorite numbers he presented was “In The First Light”.

God Uses Prepared People

What a blessed day of fellowship and praise with God’s dear people this past week.

Sunday, Ken and I had the privilege of ministering at the First Baptist Church of Weston, MI.

When we arrived we were warmly greeted. The church is an old church with beautiful wood work throughout. Everything was so warm and homey and well cared for. We were also so blessed by the services.

The Sunday school opening was well prepared by the song leader and a young person played the quitar to accompany the opening. The Sunday school teacher was well prepared and we were blessed by the lesson.

The church is blessed with about 4 pianists, 2 organists, trumpet and flute players, 4-5 people played the guitar, each having a part throughout the days services.

The daughter of one of the families was visiting, with her preacher husband (from Canada). She sang along with three others in beautiful harmony, accompanied by guitars and the electronic piano. Oh, what a precious time as we all worshiped the Lord with her as she lifted her voice to the Lord in praise and adoration.

Even the family that entertained us in their home for dinner had not only prepared a feast for us but invited several other families. The hostess had called us to find out if we had any special dietary needs and went to great effort to make sure that I had plenty to eat.

It is always such a joy to me when people obviously spend time preparing for the Lord’s work as if it were the most important thing they had to do. Whether it be the S.S. teacher, pastor, musicians or cooks. God will use us all if we are prepared and willing.

Some little statements that I have often used when training musicians and teachers in our past ministries:

“If it is worth doing- It is worth doing well”
“God uses a prepared person”

He truly did that Sunday at the little church in Weston, MI.

I encourage those of you whom God has blessed with talents to practice and prepare as if you were scheduled to sing or preach or give a testimony at any moment before the KING and HE will give you opportunities to mininister for HIM.

We were also so blessed at our Thanksgiving Family Praise time, when some of our young grandchildren gave testimony of how they feel the call of God in their lives.



I have always looked forward to Sundays and Wednesdays and any other days when things are going on the the Lord’s house. Even in the little West Foster Care Home on a side street in Hillsdale, MI. while the BIBLE is being shared with six men and the helpers scurrying around working to meet the needs of those dear men.

Our day started out with a S.S. Class, I prepared my lesson for my Sunday School class just in case someone came….(not today). I also prepared for the adult class so that I would be able to contribute if I didn’t have any students in my class.

This morning in the worship service Ken and I sang, “Come Christians Join and Sing” by Christian Henry Bateman, arranged by Rick Powell.

One line that I like especially in the song is “Life shall not end the strain, Allelujah, Amen.”

The song ended with exerpts from Wilbur Chapman’s, “Our Great Savior”.

“SAVING, HELPING, KEEPING, LOVING, He is with me to the end…. Allelujah”.

I just love to sing and worship God in His house where ever Christians gather.

There is no place that I would rather spend my vacation, or my birthday or anniversary than I His House. There is no place I rather be when I am discouraged, grieving or ill. As our dear retired missionary Bud Johnson with Baptist Church planters stated in their last prayer letter…. “even though sometimes I don’t feel so great, I still go to church, because while I am there I get cheered up.”

When we go on vacation, we like to find a church to with which to worship.

Today at our West Home service, one dear man didn’t want to face the front, so the helper let him sit there with his back to us. When we started singing he kept his eyes closed nearly the whole time but I heard him singing and I watched his lips move as he mouthed the words to “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” and later we sang “Amazing Grace” and all the men sweetly sang with haulting voices. They also really listen as the gospel as it was given. This is so precious and exciting to me to be able to encourage those dear people.

If you have an opportunity to help your church minister in a nursing home, I encourage you to go to your pastor and offer to sing or just go and join in the singing and help turn the pages for the residence or hold the book for one who can’t.

My very first solo was in a nursing home when my pastor Allen Robbins took us to serve at a nursing home. Also the first time that I played the piano publicly was at a nursing home service. I would not trade those experiences for anything.

I heard someone say once, I’d rather wear out serving the Lord than rust out serving myself or the world.

“Come Christians Join and Sing”

Even A Child Can Sing His Praise

From the time I was a small child I have always loved to sing of my wonderful Savior’s love.
See this link for my testimony.

Those who know me know that I have always used “Singing His Praise” to sign my correspondence.
This is the reason that I am using this title for my weekly article on our website.

It was a joy for me today to see the faces of the congregation from the vantage point of the piano bench as they sang today of Christ’s return. Pastor spoke of “THE WORD OF GOD ON THE RETURN OF CHRIST”. Oh, how I look forward to the wonderful singing in heaven.

No more sore throats, voices weakened by age or discordant sounds. Just one great beautiful choir.

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands….” Psalm 100:1

No matter whether we have a great voice or not we are encouraged to lift our voices to our Savior in songs of praise.

Try it today and everyday this week….After you read His word during your quiet time with the Lord, lift you voice in praise and song. When you are in pain or while you are going through a struggle lift your voice and it will lighten your heart and bring unbelievable peace into you heart and life.

When I struggle with things which I feel that I don’t have the strength personally to do, I sing ” I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengtheneth Me.” or “His Strength Is Perfect”.

“Isn’t He Wonderful”.

Have a wonderful joyous week.

Singing His Praise
“Jesus Is Coming”

Jane A. Pierpont

A Sweet Testimony in Song

This past week, June 11, 2006, we had the special privilege of attending the ordination of our youngest son, Nathan Shipley Pierpont, at the Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI.

Nathan’s sister-in-law, Mary, sang a solo for the ordination service and I was truly blessed by her testimony. The title of her song was “In Christ Alone” by Stuart Townend.

Mary is facing serious kidney surgery on June 22 and we would truly appreciate you prayers for a successful surgery, guidance for the surgeon, strength for Mary and the family and her full recovery.

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny…

As Mary sang she was radiant with the Love of Christ.
Mary is a student at Pensacola College and we are praying for a complete recovery for her so that she can return in the fall.

Thank you Mary for the special Song of Testimony

We pray for God’s richest blessing in you life.