Samson Was a Scrawny Fella

•November 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

ImageI am fairly certain that Samson of the book of Judges was a short and scrawny fella. Why else would the Philistines insist on finding out where his strength came from? If he were a big, muscular guy, there would be no “secret” to his powerful might.

Of course, we know the secret was the Spirit of God. Samson knew it too. He “stirred himself up” before fighting. And even after Delilah cut his hair, he thought that all he had to do was stir up his spirit, and he’d have all the mojo he needed.

Samson had been dedicated to God since his birth, and he made an oath to God about never cutting his hair. He took for granted that when he needed God to “show up,” all he had to do was “show up” himself! He didn’t even have to keep himself holy or righteous. He just showed up, because he knew that God never fails.

Even when Samson made a stupid mistake (okay, Samson made lots of stupid mistakes, but when he made his fatal mistake….) and the spirit of God left him, he still performed his duty. Unfortunately, he was a victim of his own strength because of the circumstances he created for himself. But God accomplished his will through Samson.

So, let’s say you’re Samson. I know, I know…. You haven’t made nearly as many mistakes, but bear with me. Say that from the time you were very young, you dedicated yourself to God to be used by him. Throughout your life, you accomplished things that you knew were because God was with you. Your life was saved when you boldly came against an armed robber without fear. You beat up a large group of bullies who were terrorizing a young boy. You knew that all you had to do was step out in defense of people who depended on you, and God would enable you to win.

Feels pretty good, doesn’t it? Imagining yourself as a hero… that nothing evil can stand against you… that it doesn’t really matter what you do, because God will always win. The only requirement is that you show up… and you keep your oath.

Now I ask you: Do you have any reason to believe that that is NOT the case right now in your life? I mean, Biblically speaking… is there any reason to think that God will not do what He says he will do? Samson believed it, even though he was a screw-up. Why should we believe any less, when we have so much more reason to believe? Samson’s power was transient. Ours is constant. Ours is a permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Ours is a promise that God will never leave nor forsake us, that He will be with us until the end of the age. That’s the “lo” part of the great commission. But the first part is the “go” part. We’re actually supposed to DO something with the powerful might that dwells in us.

Each of us is a “scrawny fella” like Samson who, despite our failings, can do the will of God simply by “showing up.” Because wherever you go, there you are. And there is the Spirit of God.

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Doing Small in a Big Way

•November 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s been nearly a year since I posted on this blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing things! The most significant thing I have done is become a roster artist with Incubator Creative Group. They are now my partners in music ministry, and I am so excited! I’m very blessed to have found Incubator, and I’m looking forward to using my music and other creative gifts to inspire and motivate my ministry family, as well as speak Truth into their lives.

With Incubator’s help, I will be able to turn my music ministry into a full-time vocation rather than a hobby.  Incubator is famous for “doing small in a big way,” which is right up my alley! I don’t want stardom or a busy travel schedule. But I DO want to use my gifts to the glory of God. Using Incubator’s entrepreneurial model, I will be able to do MORE of the things I do best, as well as stretch myself out of my comfort zone in order to serve Christ more fully.

Incubator will help me “stay on task” when it comes to creating “ministry content” for my ministry family. And along the way, they will help me improve my skills and abilities. Most importantly, they are helping me do the “heart” work that is necessary to reach out to a broken world… one person at a time.

If you’d like to know more about my ministry adventure, I’d love to fill you in! Send me an e-mail at jackiedoss at gmail.com.

The Dust and the Divine

•December 13, 2010 • 2 Comments

I want to thank my dear, dear friends at Westwind Christian Church in Keller, TX for welcoming me so warmly on December 12. By offering me your attention and love, you’ve enabled me to come a step closer to a ministry that I have been wanting to develop for so long… public speaking combined with praise and worship. Thank you so much for being there for me during my worst trials …and my great joys.

Because I can’t post videos on this blog, I will post a link to Sunday’s “message in song.” The video is in three parts, so there are three links below, but you can link to the second and third from the first one.

Along The Way

•February 8, 2010 • 1 Comment

I’ve put together a new concert presentation I’m calling “Along the Way.” This talk/concert takes the listener through the doubts, trials, obstacles, joys, and triumphs of being a follower of Christ.

My set list contains original songs and covers that reflect on a believer’s journey. I hope it will offer you inspiration, courage, and even healing as you go along “your way”… The WAY of Christ.

Please contact me if you’d like information about booking me for your retreat, conference, or meeting.

Videos of my performances

•December 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have some videos of my recent performance at Go-Girls Music Fest. However, I cannot upload them to this wordpress site without paying for an upgrade. SO…. if you’d like to see them, you can either find them on my facebook fan page. www.facebook.com/jackiedossmusic… or you can go to Youtube and search for jackiedoss. Comments are disabled on Youtube, but you’re welcome to leave a comment here.

My Latest Published Article: “Confessions of a Cancer Survivor.”

•November 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

My article “Confessions of a Cancer Survivor” was published in the September/October 2009 issue of Sharing Magazine. Sharing is a publication of the Order of St. Luke the Physician, a Christian healing ministry.

The article teaser on the cover: “She had planned to die. Now she had to make plans to live.”

Update: So far, so good!

A Gig! A Gig! My Basket for a Gig!

•October 29, 2009 • 1 Comment

When you wait until you’re almost 50 before you start an amateur venture as a performer… it’s only natural that you have NO IDEA how to do it!  So I’ve been a bit slow getting off the ground, mostly because I’ve been bashful about putting myself out there.

But last week, I went to Houston and performed a song at the Thrill the World Houston event – a fundraiser for Aim at Melanoma. It was only one song, but it was a big crowd in an open venue – Discovery Green in downtown Houston. I was pretty scared, I tell ya. But I did okay.

So, after surviving that, I decided to say yes to a call to perform at the Go-Girls Music Fest on November 20 at Opening Bell Coffee. This is one of the better venues in Dallas for music like mine.  I’ve seen some really good folks there… which is why I haven’t even TRIED doing an open mic there. But now here I am performing on the same stage with some really good acts. Who do I think I am?

I’m still the same bashful, not-too-sure-of-myself  “girl” who likes to sing, and can accompany herself on the guitar.

Another odd thing about it is that I said yes, even though I’ll be driving back from Houston that day after my scans and doctor visit at MD Anderson Cancer Center. I must be feeling pretty sure that I won’t be getting bad news!  A couple of years ago, I never would have committed to something the day of my doctor visit! I would have been too afraid that I’d be a basket case. 

Some people come out of the closet. Me? I’m climbing out of the basket. Hooray!

The Go-Girls Music Fest is a charity event. There is a small cover charge, along with a raffle and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit The Wesley Inn Program of Promise House in Dallas, a maternity home that guides 14- through 20-year-old homeless pregnant and parenting teen mothers to become healthy, independent and nurturing parents.

I’d love to see you there! Opening Bell Coffee is at 1409 South Lamar, Basement #012, Dallas, TX 75215. Free parking on Belleview Street entrance.