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Deborah “Dobby” Baliles 

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If this website feels aged or dated, then it has accomplished its purpose.  The goal is not to “fit in” with the modern-day life style – but rather attempt to go back in time a bit and reflect on the simple days gone by, the simple faith, and the simple life.

Nostalgia, vintage, and rustic becoming fashionable once more let me know that I am not alone in sensing that I somehow do not belong in today’s society.  There is a longing to once again feel the passion of deep-routed genuine love, grace, and contentment (I believe it was called old-time religion).

I find myself woolgathering about tent revivals, homecomings, and all-night Gospel singings – where you “dressed for the occasion” because you were going to God’s place.  These folks knew something about taking your burdens to the Cross and leaving them there.

It is my prayer that some or all of this has been captured in my music, my writings, and my life.  So, feel free to snuggle up, take your shoes off, and bring to mind your personal moment of remembrance from days gone by.

Just as Christ freely gave His all; the least we can do is freely share whatever talents, gifts, or graces that we may hold.  Nothing is ever sold here.

May you find your place of warmth and refuge here.

Appalachian Club Wonderland Hotel Elkmont Tennessee

 

Unordained sermon short stories reflecting non-fiction “very real life” events.

SERMONS (FROM THE PEW CLOSEST TO HEAVEN)

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Where there is a breath, there is a song – especially in the darkest of nights.

A SONG IN THE NIGHT

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Faith’s journey.  With this book, I leave a prayer for the reader that your faith will soar so high as to reach the highest Heavens.  Wish you gifted faith.
GIFTED FAITH

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Then & Now.  All human life has a then and now, some more or less poignant than others.  Our thens and nows truly define who we are, where we have beenand where we are going.

Our thens and nows unfold our life story of what God’s mercy and grace has brought us through.

However, there has been only one then and now that has altered lives down through all the ages.  From the beginning to the end, from the first Hallelujah to the very last Amen, only One will forever reign as Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Christ’s then once took the form of a crown of thorns as he carried our shame up Calvary’s hill.  A crown of thorns no more will my Savior wear.  His now crown, adorned with the Holy Spirit, will forevermore grace the head of our Lord.

When Christ returns there will be no mistaking him.  We shall know him by his attire of purest white, his crown of life, and the still visible prints of his nail-scarred hands.

Big Feat Productions & Big Mama Records

 

      Show Me - Baliles
      I Choose To Believe - Baliles
      Holy Spirit Flow Down - Baliles

Show Me, The Beauty Of The Cross, One Drop Of Blood, I Choose To Believe, I’ve Got To Reach Jesus, Lord Have Mercy, My Journey, There Is Peace, Holy Spirit Flow Down, All That Matters, I’ll See You At Home

 

“Pursuing my own sort of search for some truth, painting.  May your heart and your song, voice soaring, remain strong.  Wish you light.  And, for the coming year, the same.”  Artist, Barry Gordon.

These words, his paintings, and his memory will forever linger in my heart.  Who, when his assignment on earth was done, took flight to join all of the other angels in Heaven.  It was my honor to know you (Barry).

WALK WITH ME

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So simple.  Just a twelve month journal/planner to remind all that Christ is with us every moment of our lives.  He really does care about our every year, month, day, hour, and moment.  “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.” Matthew 28:20

MYA

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Our lives and days on earth are undefined.  No one can predict their state of affairs on any given day.

Be ever grateful for the days of abundant blessings.  Give thanks for the days when life’s mountain is so close to Heaven you can almost see inside; the days of total contentment in being alive.

And, for all of the other days, take heart.   You are not alone and Jesus does love you more than you will ever know.  His arms are outstretched out for that one that most needs a hug.

Then, when you find yourself pulled once more from life’s storm, have a Gospel Brunch and Homecoming celebration…

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      Goodbye World Goodbye
      The Anchor Holds
      Where No One Wants To Be - Baliles
      How Great Thou Art

 

I Cry Jesus/What A Lovely Name, Goodbye World Goodbye, The Anchor Holds, It’s About The Cross, Heaven Only Knows It’s About Time, Home In A Heartbeat, Is That The New Jerusalem, The Blood Is Still Flowing, Where No One Wants To Be, The Battle Is The Lord’s, Amazing Grace, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, How Great Thou Art, The Old Rugged Cross, I Have A New Song

 

Having a heritage of deep-rooted Mountain and Indian (most probably Melungeon), life’s survival was only through sustaining grace.  A life’s story unfolds when you can see God…in everything and in every breath that you take.
A life can be summed up by what you have survived and what you have learned from the past, what you appreciate and are eternally grateful for today, and what you hope for tomorrow.  It doesn’t have to be a perfect life, just a perfectly designed one.  This oxymoron for me is not to seem flippant, but brutally honest – “I know that I am a wretched soul, but I know to whom this wretched soul belongs.”

 

One simply needs to scroll back their life to understand Amazing Grace.

 

Shelton Hensley Family Elkmont Tennessee 1912-1913

 

This is where it all started. 

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This is my trail…

WHAT DOES A HEATHEN KNOW?
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      Farther Along

 

 

 

In laying bare my life story, I am a Christmas person.  Everything about Christmas reminds me of Christ – it is right there in the name.  Jesus was born, lived and died, and coming again all because of simple undeniable love.

No one can fully comprehend Christmas without that warm comfort and peaceful expectancy of hope that only comes from our Heavenly Father.
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      It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
      Silent Night
      What CHRISTmas Means - Baliles

 

The First Noel, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, O Holy Night, Go Tell It On The Mountain, What CHRISTmas Means

 

A church does not have to anchor the city’s busiest corner or have the highest steeple – church is where you find your personal place to spend precious moments in communication with Christ.

 

Cades Cove Tennessee

 

For me, that is throwing back the top on my Jeep and bounding over a secluded mountain trail – where the only distractions are the occasional wildlife, the wind in the trees, a rolling river, the roar of the muffler against the silence, and rocks keeping a beat as they ping off of the skid plate.

 

I am taking back my name. My dad loved me dearly and always called me “Dobby Horse” for some strange reason.  Eventually, the horse was dropped and my name became Dobby. Most folks never knew my other name(s). 
I moved away from the name not wanting others to think that I was an over zealous Harry Potter fan.  Having never read a Harry Potter book, I was not familiar with the house elf character until I received a book and a sock as a Christmas gift.  The gift lost a bit of its intention when the gifter had to explain it.

There is a Jeep rolling around town with DOBBY across the windshield.  Not mine.  I suppose a real Harry Potter fan.

 

However, the attached photo is from my first 78 record way back when.  I am taking back the name my dad gave me…

1982

 

Danny Woods, my friend – to say I miss you is an understatement.  One can only imagine your rendition of Amazing Grace as it echos across the hills of Heaven.

 

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