Monday, November 23, 2015

WordsAndTones / AllOfMyMurmuring

This is the 1st of 4 devotions 
with the theme of

What is complaining?  To complain is to speak critical, fault finding words of disapproval.       What is murmuring?  Murmuring is a sound!  You can murmur without speaking a single intelligible word.  So I should not only be careful of what I am saying but I should be equally paying close attention to the tone in which I am speaking.  

Someone can say words of approval with a disapproving tone and it turns the approving status into a tone of sarcasm.   Another person may speak words of respect with a disrespectful tone and the respectful words turn into a resentment of authority.  Words of complaining and tones of murmuring should never, ever be on the lips of a believer who is developed in love. 

Paul, in his teaching to the Philippians and to us, leaves no loop hole, no exception for murmuring and complaining under any circumstances in the life of a believer. 

"Do all things without murmurings and disputing,
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, 
without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, 
among whom ye shine as lights in the world."

Father, purge my lips from the critical, fault finding words of disapproval.  I cast down the thoughts that produce the tones that give place to the devil.  I will offer thanksgiving unto you with a grateful heart.  I give You thanks always for all things.   

© LoveWalkPublishing Devotion by KentCliffordCooley / All Rights Reserved

(Luke 17:12-19) 
Verse 1:  
It was my way of living / I didn't even realize I was doing it / 
Murmuring and complaining was my way of living until I learned the value of thanksgiving
 All of our murmuring, grumbling and complaining does not do us any good (repeat) 
We should do all things without murmuring & without disputing, showing ourselves to be the children of God.  
There is a tone that opens the gates of hell / It is the tone of murmuring 
There is a sound that opens the windows of heaven / It is the sound of Thanksgiving

© LoveWalkMusic Words and Music by KentCliffordCooley   

Monday, June 1, 2015

ENJOY JUNE / June Afternoon

This is the 1st of 7 devotions
 focusing on God's love for us 
in that, according to 1 Timothy 6:17, 
He gives us richly all things to enjoy

(Adapted from Ecclesiastes 12:13; 1 Timothy 6:17)
The blueberries are harvesting.  You can go right down the road and handpick them.  Bogue Sound watermelons are ripening on the vine right here in eastern North Carolina, the best watermelon in the country.  Silver Queen corn is brought in from the fields and sold at the corner fruit stand.  It only lasts for a few weeks but there is no sweeter corn in the world.  And tomatoes are growing on vines in back yard buckets.  School’s out; hurricane season has begun, the baseball fields are full of kids and if you sit on the front porch, you might hear the sound of the ice cream truck turning the corner in the neighborhood.  It is June everywhere you look! 

I overheard a conversation in a beauty shop one time.  A young woman who was strikingly beautiful and intelligent and a newlywed and had recently given her heart to God was telling another woman that she felt she had no purpose in life.  She said she was searching to see what she was to do with her life.  I wasn’t supposed to be listening but if she had asked me, I would have told her she could find her answer in the writings of Solomon:

“All has been heard and the end of the matter is this:
Fear God – revere and worship Him 
and keep His commandments,
For this is the whole of man 
- the full, original purpose of his creation,
the object of God’s providence, 
the root of character,  
the foundation of all happiness,
 the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances 
and conditions under the sun
and the whole duty of man.”

Today, Solomon might say it like this:
After all is said and done, the end of the matter is this:
Glorify God by acknowledging His presence; enjoy Him and His creation. 

Life is meant to be enjoyed with laughing, dancing, love and peace.

A wise person can sort out life’s complexities and still balance the joys with the sorrow, the calm with the pain and the peace with the battle.

A wise person knows the foundation of all happiness and respects God and His creation. 

Father, I look around me on this June afternoon, and I am reminded to enjoy your creation.  Thank you for the change of seasons, the process of seed time and harvest and the remarkable beauty of Your divine design.  Enjoying your presence inspires me to walk in love.  I understand and know this is my entire purpose in life.

© LoveWalkPublishing 
Devotion Authored by RebeccaAnnCooley 

Devotion:  Enjoy June!
(Adapted from 1 Timothy 6:17)
Verse 1
Where to go on a hot summer day 
Where to go, where to get away
Let's just stay home 
And sit in the shade on this June afternoon
It's a June afternoon (repeat)
Sitting in the shade, 
Holding hands and smelling sweet perfume 
On this June afternoon 
Verse 2
The fan is roaring in the open window 
Watermelon juice is dripping down little chins
The water is fine, 
Come on and jump in 
On this June afternoon
I can't paint a better picture 
Than the one before my eyes
My little wife and all my babies 
Happy, content enjoying life
© LoveWalkPublishing
Words And Music by KentCliffordCooley 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

THE SACRIFICE / ThankYouForGivingYourOnlySon

This is the third in a series of seven devotions 
with the theme
"God's Love For Us"

(Adapted from Genesis 22)

“Here I am, Father.”
“Take your son, Isaac and offer him as a burnt offering 
on the mountain that I tell you.”

Abraham obeyed. He made the journey to the mountain and took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on his son’s shoulders. He took the firepot and a knife in his hands.

“Here I am, son.”
“I see the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt sacrifice?”
“Son, God will provide Himself, a lamb for the burnt offering.
When Abraham stretched forth his hand to slay his son for the sacrifice 
as God had asked of him, he heard God’s voice again, “Abraham, Abraham!”
“Here I am.”
“Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; 
for now I know whom you fear. 
You have not held back from Me or begrudged giving Me your son, your only son.”

Abraham glanced around and behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. He took the ram and offered it for a burnt offering instead of his son!

God tested and proved Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son. God was not asking Abraham to do something that He would not do Himself. God gave His only Son. Once God knew that Abraham was willing, the test was over. He did not require Abraham to go through with the sacrifice. He just wanted to know that Abraham would.
Lord, Abraham was willing to give all to you, even his most precious possession. Am I willing to obey like Abraham? Am I willing to give my most precious possession? I want the answer to be yes, Lord. I say yes, Lord. Thank you for giving Your Son, Your only son for me.
© LoveWalkPublishing
Devotion Authored by Rebecca Cooley

(Adapted from Genesis 22)
I see the wood
I see the fire but where is the Lamb
God will provide Himself a lamb for a sacrifice
Thank you for giving Your only Son,
Your only Son for me
Upon the mountain it was seen,
What You did for me, what You did for me
Jehovah Jirah, God will provide
On the mountain it shall be seen
© LoveWalkMusic
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley

Friday, January 2, 2015


This is the second of seven devotions
with the theme
"God's Love for Us"

(Adapted from 2 Corinthians 6:6-7)

During my teenage years, there was a mother figure in my life, a very influential lady. Years later, I heard that she had gone through a divorce and her life had taken some wrong turns because of some misguided decisions. I visited her and I remember thanking her for the good influence she had been on my young life. I remember saying, “I just wanted you to know that I love you the same now as before.”

Paul calls this unfeigned love. Unfeigned love is unconditional love. It is love unaffected by anything. This is the kind of love that Jesus has for us. His love is unaffected by anything we do. His love is unconditional.

Lord, thank You for Your unconditional love. Thank you that when I mess up, You still love me and Your love calls me to repentance and restoration. Lord, I want to express this kind of love to others. Forgive me for judging. Forgive me for criticizing. Forgive me for putting conditions on my love. I embrace the fullness of Your love today and I will walk in it.

© LoveWalkPublishing authored by KentCliffordCooley

Devotion: Unfeigned Love
(Adapted from 2 Corinthians 6:6-7)
Verse 1:
Why did He go to Calvary?
Why was His life’s blood shed for me?
Why did He suffer as no man had ever done?
There’s just one reason, I am the one.
He loves me, He loves me, Jesus loves me (repeat)
Verse 2:
When I am sad He loves me
There have even been times when I have been bad
But He still loved me
And when it seems like there is not a friend around who cares for me
That’s when I get down on my prayer bones
And I have a talk with Jesus
I find out that He still loves me

© Word And Music by George Webster (Arrangement by KentCooley)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

NEW BEGINNINGS / Beginning Now

Happy New Year!
This is the first of 365 devotions and music videos 
to help the believer 
to get rooted and grounded in love.  
We are beginning this year with
the first of seven devotions
with the theme
"God's Love For Us"
Log on everyday this week
and get rooted and grounded
in a greater awareness of
God's love for you.

(Lamentations 3:22-23; 1John 1:9; Phil 3:9; 2Cor 5:17; Psalms 100:4)
New Years Day seems to offer us new beginnings, fresh opportunities to make changes in our lives and to turn over a new leaf, so to speak. It is a time for New Year’s resolutions.
Christ offers us a new beginning in Him every day.

Your compassions fail not.
They are new every morning.
Great is Your faithfulness.

We have a new beginning in Christ through repentance. However, if I am in denial, repentance is not possible.

But if we confess our sins
He is faithful and just to forgive us
and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.

Father, I have confessed my sins knowing that You are faithful and just to forgive me and and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. As a result, I am now the righteousness of God in Christ. I am a new creature in you. Old things have passed away and behold all things are new. Now I enter Your gates with thanksgiving and proceed into Your courts with praise. It is so good to know that I can have a new beginning in You any day including today - New Years Day 2015, because of Your love for me.

©LoveWalkPublishing Authored by KentCliffordCooley

Beginning Now
Devotion: New Beginnings
(Lamentations 3:22-23; 1John 1:9; Phil 3:9; 2Cor 5:17; Psalms 100:4)
Verse 1
Beginning now, I don’t have to wait
Beginning now I’ll enter heavens gates with thanksgiving in my heart
Today I will start and I’ll enter His quarts with praise
Beginning now my hands I wanna raise
Beginning now I’ll give You all the praise
Beginning now I’m gonna bless your holy name
Beginning now I worship You through all eternity
Verse 2
Eternity begins today
Eternity is not so far away
For we sit in heavenly places with You Lord
And where You are is where we want to be
©LoveWalkMusic WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley Devotion by KentCliffordCooley

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

MARY / Mary

This is the first of 4 recitations by Rebecca
And 4 songs by Kent
that focus on the birth of Jesus.
We entitle this 4 part series
"The First Steps Of The Messiah"
This week we are featuring the first of this 4 part series
the story of Mary

“Oh favored one endued with grace!
The Lord is with you!
You are blessed and favored of God
before all other women!”
Mary sat up in bed and looked right into the eyes of an angel! “Oh Lord help me! What must this mean? What is the meaning of this salutation?!”
“Do not be afraid, Mary!
You have found grace and absolute favor with God!
And listen, Mary, you will become pregnant and give birth to a Son.
You will call His name Jesus.
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High!
The Lord God will give to Him the throne of His forefather David.
He will reign over the house of Jacob throughout the ages.
There will be no end to His reign!”
“How can this happen? I have no husband and I am a virgin.”
“O, Mary, the Holy Spirit will come upon you!
And the power of the Most High will overshadow you!
The baby which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God!
And listen Mary, Elizabeth, in her old age, has conceived a son!
Her womb was barren but she is now in her sixth month!
With God all things are possible!”
“Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord. Be it unto me according to your words.”
When the angel left, Mary sat overwhelmed. After gathering her thoughts, do you think she may have worshiped her Father?
“My Lord and my God!
You are the God of my fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
You are the God of all creation!
My soul magnifies You!
My eyes are set upon You!
Your name is like perfume poured out!
How beautiful is Your love!
My fingers drip with myrrh as You leave my presence!

A seal has been set upon my heart, a very flame from Your Presence!
Many waters cannot quench this flame!
There is not a flood that can put out this fire!
I am Your handmaiden!
I celebrate Your Presence on me!”
Mary was the most favored woman on the face of the earth. She was chosen above all women to be the mother of the Savior of the world. Was Mary chosen because she kept a list of rules to the letter? Was she chosen because she was kind and gentle? Was she chosen because she was a virgin? These qualities alone would not have brought Mary the preference of such a highly favored position with God. She was all of these things. But Mary was set apart because she had a deep and passionate love for her God. She walked in close and secure companion with her Heavenly Father daily. This love walk and passion for her God under girded her righteousness and brought the highest of favor from heaven.
Father, I want to be celebrated in heaven like Mary was. I want to be highly favored because of my love for You and my love for others. I choose to walk in love. Righteousness alone is not enough to secure Your favor. I will seek Your Presence as I walk it out in love today.
All Right Reserved

(Adapted from Luke 1:26- 38; Excerpts from Solomon)
Verse 1:
Hail favored one, endued with grace
The Lord is with you; The Lord is with you
Hail O favored one, endued with grace
The Lord is with you; The Lord is with you
Blessed, favored of God are you Repeat 3 times
Verse 2:
Do not be afraid Mary for you have found grace
Absolute favor with God
Verse 3:
Listen Mary, you will be with child
Of the Holy Ghost; Of the Holy Ghost
And you shall call His name Jesus Repeat 2 times
For He will save His people from their sins
© LoveWalkPublishing WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
All Right Reserved


This is the second of 4 recitations by Rebecca
And 4 songs by Kent
that focus on the birth of Jesus.
We entitle this 4 part series
"The First Steps Of The Messiah"
This week we are featuring the second of this 4 part series
the story of Elizabeth

(Adapted from Luke 1:39-45)
“For with God nothing is impossible!” The words of the angel resonated over and over in Mary’s mind as she readied herself to go to Elizabeth’s home in Judah.
Several times in Scripture, it refers to Mary as having “pondered in her heart.” I wonder what her heart was thinking when she was on her way to Judah?
“I must see Elizabeth! Elizabeth is pregnant! What a wonderful gift and miracle from God! This all fits together somehow. I feel such an urgency to get to her. . . .”

When Elizabeth opens the door and Mary salutes her, Elizabeth’s baby leaps inside of her womb! Elizabeth is overcome by the Holy Spirit and cries out! She exclaims,
“Mary, you are blessed above all women! And blessed is the fruit of your womb! 

What an honor that the mother of my Lord would come to see me! As soon as your salutation reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy! And Mary, you are so favored of God because you believe what has been spoken to you by the Lord!”
Mary’s visit lasted three months. Do you think God used this time to bond these two mothers and their babies? Do you think God revealed hidden secrets and mysteries to these two mothers? Do you think He gave them revelation of His purpose? The destinies of these two babies were divinely set in time and eternity even in the womb. Could God have given these two mothers insight into the magnitude of what had taken place? Many prophetic words were probably spoken. Dreams and visions must have been talked about and pondered over. Scripture must have been read and revelation revealed. Could their parting words have been something like this?

“I will pray for you Mary. God will watch over His seed. You hold God’s promise inside of you. Don’t be anxious for nothing. God will provide all that you need.”
“I will pray for you Elizabeth. Our babies are destined for greatness. God knows His plans for us all. God has a reason for your baby to be born first. God’s perfect will is his destiny. He will be a forerunner and a trailblaizer for God’s purposes.”

Father, I was born to worship You. Your perfect will and plan is my destiny and I will accomplish that destiny as I put you first in my life and worship You. You are my whole world! You are my life! You hold my future in Your hands! I want to be a trailblaizer for the Kingdom of God!
Recitation authored by RebeccaAnnCooley
All Right Reserved

(Adapted from Luke 1:39-45)
Verse 1:
I know my plans for you
Plans to prosper you
Plans to give you hope
Plans to give you a future
I know my plans for you
My destiny
Your plans for me
The reason I was born
Your perfect will
Your plans they are my destiny
Your plans for me
The reason I was born
Your perfect will
Your plans they are my destiny
Verse 2:
I live each moment out
With one other moment in mind
When I stand before You
To hear you say
Well done my good and faithful servant
Enter into the joys of your Lord
Like Paul of old
At the end of the way
I too would like to say
I fought a good fight
I kept the faith
A crown of life awaits
WordsAndMusic by KentCliffordCooley
All Right Reserved