Commuting in a triangle between Wichita, KS; Tulsa, OK; and Oklahoma City was a difficult circumstance in my life during a transition of jobs and residences about 1990.  Other personal problems were weighing heavily on me.

As I traveled the road alone, God gave me a song.  These were the words based on James 1:2-4:  “I’ll count it all joy, my King; I’ll count it all joy. I’ll follow in everything and count it all joy.  My steps are all ordered by Thee; my foot shall not slide.  By faith I don’t have to see, with you as my Guide. –  When I fall into temptation, trials of faith that worketh patience,  I will not be in despair, for I know that you are there, working all things for my good.”  Along with the words was the music.

It has been about thirty years since the incident related above.  I’ve had the song all these years.  I, long ago, forgot the problems that worried me that day.  But I was left with a song.   “I’ll count it all joy, my King; I’ll count it all joy…”


Psalm 37:23  “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”


Discover prompt:  Music


Image from my media library.  I don’t remember where I got it, but I am very thankful to three sites who supply free images for people like me.  Pixabay, unsplash, getty


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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19 Responses to GOD GAVE ME A SONG

  1. RockHorses says:

    I don’t understand much, as a kid, but I think I might have got the message. Good work!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for reading, rockhorses. My point is that in a very sad time in my life, God gave me the song (written in red). I started singing the song which gave me faith to trust God and it would work out because he was the One leading me. The song replaced the sorrow and now I still remember the song but not the sorrows. I’ve had a lot of bad places in my life and it is good to be able to forget them. Is that about what you thought I meant. It is wonderful that you are beginning to know these things about our Lord so young in your life. You can always depend on him.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:


  3. pranabaxom says:

    Don’t stumble at this stage of your life. I mean physically. Hate to see you doubting the old bearded guy, because then I shall not have the fun of sparring with my partner😜

    • oneta hayes says:

      “trials of faith that worketh patience” I have them, Pranab. I shall in patience keep my trust in God. The Lord who guides my steps also guides the steps of the ones I love. We will arrive to our destination. You know when you asked me about why I would like “freedom” as an ultimate end. I answered. But last night I was thinking more about that. My analogy was a kite. I wonder if a kite had a rational thought, would it want to be broken off and set “free?” No me. At that point I would be seeking security of the one who rooted me, designed me, controlled me. Do you like that analogy? If I stumble, I want someone to help me out.

      • pranabaxom says:

        Your analogy brought back the memory of a 1970’s Hindi blockbuster named Kati Patang (Severed Kite). Beautiful songs.
        Imagine the exhilaration of a severed Kite caught up in a wind and carried away to a distant land. The risk of falling flat and being damaged is of course there. But the thrill!
        Just a few days back I saw somewhere (can’t remember if it was a social media post) that GOD stands for Generator, Operator, Destroyer. He was trying to analyze or discuss similarities between God (yours) and ours (Hindu). We have Brahma (the creator), Vishnu(the sustainer or operator) and Shiva (the destroyer, also the Lord of all arts). The cycle of life continues from birth through life to death to rebirth. At every step of life the one is with you as creator, sustainer and at the last step to carry you on to the next birth.
        For me it is simple. It does not matter if I do good when everyone is looking. It matters when no one is looking because someone is. So I try to be on the right path. Can I say with certainty I have not slipped? No. Do I repent. No. If someone is looking, I am being seen as I am. Beyond that, it does not matter to me much.
        As you say I shall wait for you in hell😀

        • oneta hayes says:

          I crashed last night at ten o’clock. Back to this today. Thanks for the summary version of your belief. I appreciate it. Your talk of doing good while someone is looking seems to cast a reflection that that is what you think is different about Hindu and Christianity. That offends me. (You know I am harder to stab than that.) Of course I am not offended, but I can assure you that is not true. Christianity says however, that doing good does not get you to heaven. And it says not to do “alms” to be seen by man. So nix on that disparaging thought. AND I tell you how to avoid hell, I do NOT tell you to go there. You’ll not find me there. I guess you will not even be in a Hindu hell, just start as a grasshopper and get do-overs. 😀 Or have you passed that stage? How could you know?

  4. pranabaxom says:

    Had been to Wichita (by mistake) while driving from Rolla , MO to San Jose, CA and to Tulsa while visiting Bartlesville, OK from Rolla, MO. Never been to Oklahoma City.

    • oneta hayes says:

      After I retired from public school in Okla. I taught three days a week, Mon-Wed, in Wichita. My son pastored a church there so I stayed with him those days. Sammy was teaching in Oklahoma City and our home was in Claremore, close to Tulsa.

      • pranabaxom says:

        Some commute. Midwest and South driving was easy in the eighties as traffic was minimal in those days. Not sure how it is now. I used to love driving just like that without any set destination. With no gps, only paper maps, got lost several times and ended up somewhere unintended. My wife had an uncanny knack (and still does but with gps and cell phones does not matter much now) of starting some story just before an exit and before long we realize that we overshoot the intended destination by many miles.

  5. Faye says:

    Godly inspiration when we journey with Him. What a blessing! . Thank you for sharing.

  6. Dawn Marie says:

    What a delightful ditty to be humming to in these current times. Hugs & Blessings to you Oneta for singing it into our hearts!❤️

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