Sunday Gospel: He Will Always Be There

From Mom’s (Sharon Hollifield) album, Gospel Originals, comes this week’s song of hope and faith – He Will Always Be There.

Often in these troubled times we feel we are facing it all on our own. There was only one time when God closed His eyes and turned His back – when His Son, Jesus, was hanging on the cross taking on the sins of the world.

We can lie down at night and sleep peacefully, because He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of peace, love and a sound mind.

If you stop and listen you can hear His calm, reassuring voice, “Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.”

Enjoy!

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom!

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Four score years ago, Sharon Lynn Powell Ivy Hollifield was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She lived her formative years in the nestled hills around Nashville in Brown County, Indiana.

Her father, Luther, was a carpenter with a penchant for politics. Her mother, Mary Olive, was a housewife. Her paternal grandfather, Ancil, was postmaster while her paternal grandmother, Miriam, owned a local restaurant. Her maternal grandfather, Jim, was the barber in nearby Helmsburg and a renown artist of the beauty of the picturesque county.

For years a smile would come as I listened to either Grandpa or Mom tell the story of Grandpa taking her to the local tavern. Grandpa would plop Snookie, as he called her, down on a bar stool, then drink and politick away the hours. That is until one day, Snookie looked the bartender in the eye and said, “Give me a short beer.” That’s the last time Snookie made the rounds with Grandpa.

Though it has been over a half century now, I still laugh about an incident that happened when we were living in Anderson, Indiana. Mom and my Dad were always arguing it seemed.

At the time we lived in an old two-story house with the basement opening to the ground level and out to where the car was parked. Though the argument not over, Dad had already made his way to the basement to leave when Mom came flying down the stairs after him. She was determined to have the last laugh and went to kick him in the seat on his way out the door.

Her feet flew up in the air. Mom landed unceremoniously on her keister on the ground.

For years we have laughed “with her” about the mishap.

Those who know Mom know she does not exactly fit the feminist mold. If anything she is right the opposite. But an event happened in the mid 1960s that would make you think differently.

We were living in Columbus, Indiana at the time. Each summer we would attend youth camp at the church campgrounds in adjacent Brown County west of Fruitdale. One summer, the campers were playing baseball when the male counselors, including my Dad, scurried the campers off the field so they could play a game instead.

Mom, along with the other female counselors, marched up to the men. This was something uncommon back in those days. Mom confronted the men, including her husband, telling them that the camp was for the children and not the adults. Mom and the other female counselors then shepherded the campers back on the field to finish their game.

The men walked sheepishly away.

One Thanksgiving we had gone to visit Grandma and Grandpa Ivy in Granger, Indiana. Aunt Doris and Mom disappeared for awhile.

When they came back, Mom looked the spitting image of Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke. There was even the signature beauty mark of Amanda Blake in prominence. We could not get over how much Mom looked like the television star.

Happy 80th Birthday, Mom!

Love your eldest child

You’ve come a long way, baby!

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Sunday Gospel: Gospel Originals

As promised this week I have put together the full album of Gospel Originals as written and performed by Mom (Sharon Hollifield).

The album, audio only, was originally recorded around 2000 in the studio of the late Woody Power in Farmersburg, Indiana. Woody also added sound effects to the album such as trumpets and other horns.

In addition, Woody brought down another female vocalist from Terre Haute to help out with harmonies on the songs.

Mom was the lyricist, composer and vocalist for the project. The songs, which God inspired her to write, have been sung in various churches throughout the Cornfield.

Doing my part, I was the pianist/keyboardist, doing harmonies and helping with the arrangements.

Today’s offering is the nine songs, in video format, which have already been featured as Sunday Gospel on one full video.

Enjoy!

Sunday Gospel: His Grace Is Sufficient for Thee

The final inclusion from Mom’s (Sharon Hollifield) Gospel Originals album is this song which provided a lot of solace during the last 18 months of her husband, my step-father, the Reverend Jack L. Hollifield’s life.

Shortly after Jack was diagnosed with terminal cancer, God gave Mom these words.

Hopefully they will also provide comfort and inspiration to you.

Enjoy:  His Grace Is Sufficient for Thee

Next week I will be putting together all the songs for a full album of Gospel Originals to upload.

Sunday Gospel: How Far Can Jesus See

Often in life we wonder if anyone sees and knows our pain, our heartache. We wonder if anyone sees how much we try. We wonder if those acts of kindness are left unseen.

Then we can take heart in what Jesus said about how even the small sparrow is being watched by God. Jesus also noted the very number of hairs on our head are counted. If God is watching over the sparrow He sees us and knows us right where we are as we are.

This weeks Gospel comes from Mom’s (Sharon Hollfield) Gospel Originals album.

Enjoy: How Far Can Jesus See

It Started at Mount Calvary

From the Gospel Originals album, all lyrics and music written by and performed by Sharon Hollifield (Mom) comes this week’s song of hope and inspiration. The song relates the cornerstone of the Christian faith.

The Scripture tells us “without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sin.” Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world to provide salvation for “as many as the Lord, Our God, shall call.

From the Cross the way was paved for Jesus to take away the keys to death, hell and the grave from Satan and to rise again on the third day triumphant. And because Jesus lives, we too now have the assurance of eternal life.

But “It Started at Mount Calvary.

Recorded at the late Woody Power Studio in Farmersburg, IN, I accompany Mom on the piano and with harmony.

Enjoy – It Started at Mount Calvary

Sunday Gospel: Suddenly!

Return with me to Sunday School. Samuel was taken by his mother as a young boy to grow up and learn in the temple under the tutelage of the High Priest Eli.

One night, Samuel was waken by a voice calling his name. More than once, Samuel sprang from his bed and ran to Eli’s room to ask what the old man wanted. Eli finally realized God was suddenly calling to the boy. Eli sent him back to his room with instructions on what to do next time Samuel heard the voice calling his name.

God once more called out, “Samuel.” This time, the boy answered, “I am hear and listening, speak, Lord.”

Then there was the time Elijah wanted to see and talk to God. Out in the wilderness in the cleft of a mountain, Elijah waited as a raging fire spread, then a whirlwind, but God was not in the fire or the whirlwind. Then came a still, small voice. The voice was God.

Today’s song is an original written and performed by Mom (Sharon Hollifield) from her album, Gospel Originals.

The song captivates these stories from Sunday School.

Enjoy, Suddenly!

Sunday Gospel: He Will Always Be There

From Mom’s (Sharon Hollifield) album, Gospel Originals, comes this week’s song of hope and faith – He Will Always Be There.

Often in these troubled times we feel we are facing it all on our own. There was only one time when God closed His eyes and turned His back – when His Son, Jesus, was hanging on the cross taking on the sins of the world.

We can lie down at night and sleep peacefully, because He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of peace, love and a sound mind.

If you stop and listen you can hear His calm, reassuring voice, “Lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world.”

Enjoy!

Sunday Gospel: I Have Power in the Name of Jesus

Today’s offering of Southern Gospel music comes from Mom’s (Sharon Hollifield) album, Gospel Originals. This was recorded at the studio of the late Woody Power in Farmersburg, IN around 1990. Over the years this has become her most requested song.

Enjoy this original Gospel song, I Have Power in the Name of Jesus.

Sunday Gospel: My God Is More Powerful

From her album, Gospel Originals, here is My God Is More Powerful, written and performed by Sharon L. Hollifield (Mom).

The song was recorded over a decade ago at the Woody Power Studio in Farmersburg, Indiana.

I am accompanying Mom on the keyboard/piano as well as with harmonies.

Enjoy!