“Alan T”

Written in memory of Alan Tompkins who passed away March 2017

By: Christine Bischof

To the tune of “Lean on Me”

 

Al Tompkins loved life

He did have pain, He did have sorrow.

But Alan was wise,

He didn’t put things off for tomorrow.

 

Lean on Jesus is what he would say

He’ll be your friend,

He’ll help you carry on

Al would sit by your side

When a friend was in need of somebody to lean on

 

Al wouldn’t let you just pout

If life was tough and you were in sorrow

For pity can’t fill those of your needs

Only the Lord can

 

He would lift up a brother when they were in need

Selfless love is what he would proudly share

He would hold you accountable for helping yourself

But was never too proud to sing God’s praise

 

He was friends with the young and old

He didn’t care what culture you came from

For it didn’t take long

‘Til you fell in love with Alan Tompkins

 

He was a truck driving brother who traveled a lot

He encouraged others to push on

He would tell you your struggles through prophesy

And encourage you to do the Lord’s will

 

If there is a load

You have to bear

That you can’t carry

Al would have you know

God shares your load

Here’s what God says to you:

 

Call me if you need a friend Call me, call me, uh-huh Call me when you need a friend Call me if you ever need a friend Call me, call me Call me, call me Call me, call me Call me, call me Call me if you need a friend Call me, call me Call me, call me Call me, call me Call me, call me Call me

 

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18th Anniversary – Marriage to Tim

 What God brought together

Let no man separate

He knew what He was doing

When He sent my life mate

 

18 years of marriage

Has shown you truly love me

Who’d have known long ago

How adventurous love would be

 

Life has been filled with trials

Together we’ve come thru

I wouldn’t want to do it

With anyone other than you

 

You call me ‘beautiful’ daily

At my worst you are by my side

You lift me up and hold my hand

Thru the ups and downs of this roller coaster ride

 

I strive to honor and respect you

To uplift you and be your fan

I know I’ve struggled so far

But with God’s help I know I can

 

You deserve my upmost respect

For me to be encouraging to you

When we struggle in this life

With God, our love can make it thru

 

Thank you for your example

Showing unconditional love to me

I strive to be worthy of it

And will work at it, you will see

 

You are truly the love of my life

The one I will live life for

Side by side and heart to heart

I will love you forever more

 

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Savannah Song

By Christine Bischof

For our daughter Savannah’s 13th Birthday

 

It all started with a silly phone call between strangers

Resulting in a humorous blind date

Two single people growing closer to each other

Until sharing life together could not wait

 

Thirteen years later, you are now a teenager

Confident and strong you are moving right along, into adulthood

The years have gone by fast, let’s make the memories last

The voice of an angel, a heart of gold, lift your head and stand up bold

 

Six months after meeting, we climbed atop a mountain

We agreed to wed while at the very top

Six months later and the wedding was here

It seemed that day our joy would never stop

 

Thirteen years later, you are now a teenager

Confident and strong you are moving right along, into adulthood

The years have gone by fast, let’s make the memories last

The voice of an angel, a heart of gold, lift your head and stand up bold

 

The future will be bright, it’s just out of sight….you’ll see

What’s your life about, Make your choices count…..each one

Be uniquely you, in everything you do……always

You only get one life, so try and live it right….every day

 

Thirteen years later, you are now a teenager

Confident and strong you are moving right along, into adulthood

The years have gone by fast, let’s make the memories last

The voice of an angel, a heart of gold, lift your head and stand up bold

 

 

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Pastor Jeff Dorothy Poem

By: Christine Bischof

 

Pastor Jeff was a motorcycle fan

A cowboy shooter, a music man

His heart of gold overflowed with love

That could only come from God above

 

He was a Christ-filled preacher

And a compassionate teacher

He had a heart for the lost

He understood the true cost

 

He generously shared his money

And was actually quite funny

He encouraged us all to be our best

And to know that God would take care of the rest

 

He was a father to both Sarah and Ben

A Grandpa to many and a role model to all men

He loved his family more than his life

And encouraged each man to love his wife

 

A better man would be hard to find

Or at least one who is more kind

Pastor Jeff left a legacy for us all

And challenged us to fulfill a higher call

 

The world will be a bit less great without him

But don’t let your light turn dim

Keep his memory alive each day

Like he would, love others in every way

 

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Rita Boggs – Memorial Song

Rita Boggs Song

To the tune of “You Raised Me Up”

By: Christine Bischof

 

Rita’s beauty shone, and her joy it was contagious

She loved the Lord, with all her heart and soul

She found strength, by spending time with Jesus

He raised her up, to more than she could be

 

She loved her Joel, and spoke pure life into him

She prayed him up, and walked right by his side

They were blessed, to have a love and friendship

She cared for all, the people in her life

 

She raised her kids, so they could speak to mountains

She raised them up, to help them find God’s peace

They were strong, while leaning on her shoulders

She raised them up, to be the best that they could be

 

When Rita prayed, the devil felt her fury

When troubles came, a comfort she would be

You could feel, her love amongst the silence

As she would cry, and listen selflessly

 

She encouraged all, who came in contact with her

She shared her life, in kind and caring ways

So full of grace, she spoke straight from her sweet soul

Until the day, Jesus came to take her home

 

He raised her up to true eternal life

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Trapped Butterfly (Jadyn)

This is a song I wrote about our middle daughter Jadyn.

Verse 1

Inside her mother’s womb

Was her cozy room

Nine months kept inside

There she did abide

 

Then life came bursting forth

A little baby’s birth

All is right with the world

For the baby girl

 

Pre-Chorus 1

A few years in and she’s crying now

We try to help her feel safe somehow

Pain and sorrow inside her heart

The inner struggle just tears her apart

 

Chorus

She works real hard to free her spirit

But all alone she just can’t do it

Don’t fight alone just let Jesus in

Leave the cocoon and break thru the skin

 

Until you’re flying high

No longer a trapped butterfly

You can rise above it all

Breaking thru the wall

 

Verse 2

A very gentle touch

Truly means so much

Abandoning the gloom

Coming out of her cocoon

 

Beautiful blue eyes glow

As her wings they grow

Breaking free she sings

As she spreads her wings

 

Pre-Chorus 2

A few years later she’s flying now

With Jesus’ help she feels safe somehow

The pain and sorrow are fading out

She understands more what life’s about

 

Bridge

There’s so much to see

Now that she has been set free

All her thoughts have been replaced

And peace is found in their place

She made it thru the pain

And found sunshine after the rain

 

Chorus

She works real hard to free her spirit

But all alone she just can’t do it

Don’t fight alone just let Jesus in

Leave the cocoon break thru the skin

 

Until you’re flying high

No longer a trapped butterfly

You can rise above it all

Breaking thru the wall

 

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Just Another Imperfect Mom

Why am I qualified to talk to you about being a Mother?

Truthfully, I’m probably not. I still have no idea what I’m doing.

 

Why should you listen to me?

Well, “because I said so”

 

Ok, in all seriousness, I have been mothering my own children for 13 years….I am the mother of:

  • a 13 year old girl Savannah
  • an 11 year old girl Jadyn
  • an 8 year old boy Caleb

and I have an angel in heaven whom I was blessed to mother only in the womb (Alexis would be 12 years old)

 

And….. every once in a while, I even Mother my husband (but he doesn’t prefer that) and I’m not so good at it either.

 

So, I wrote a poem that shows just how close I am to being a Proverbs 31 wife and mother. I hope you get a good laugh as I highlight the chaos that I call “Motherhood”.

 

Just Another Imperfect Mom

 (by: Christine Bischof)

 

 

I cook for my kids, oh that’s for sure

However the food isn’t always real pure

I don’t tend a garden or pick fruit from a tree

Some food comes out of containers you see

 

 

I clean up the house but it’s never spotless

I try to pick up as they add to the mess

Some weeks nothing else seems to get done

Except meal preparation, and cleanup is real fun

 

 

I comfort and consult broken little hearts

This is often the most amazingly tender part

Then other days I’m just a plain-old grump

And just want to lay around like a rotten old stump

 

 

I care for their boo-boos and sick little bods

But my hands as I care for them are truly God’s

I sit by their side when they’ve been hurt by a friend

But they often still feel like their hearts will not mend

 

 

I discipline and teach when it’s lesson time

And the consequences cannot be mine

This role is really an unappreciated one

But I know it’ll be worth it when all is said and done

 

 

I work a full-time job outside of the home

And when time allows, I might write a silly poem

But every bit of time spent away from my three

Often makes me feel guilty for time spent on me

 

 

In summary I can tell you one thing for sure

Motherhood is a role that takes you to the floor

It’s on your knees where the battles are fought

And believe me, the number of battles is a LOT

 

 

Being a Mom can be a thankless role

But what other job has such a lofty goal

To raise little beings who will go on to display

Great character and integrity each and every day

 

 

This thing that we do may tire us out

But being content is not what it’s about

We strive to be excellent in each step we take

Knowing they are watching each move that we make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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