The more things change…the more they stay the same…coming full-circle…all kinds of sayings and phrases describe when things in your life repeat themselves. The full-circle one is coming true in my life these days. 

Most of you know that I retired late last year after serving various church in various ministry roles for the past 45 years. The very first church I had a paid ministry position was the Sandy Plains Baptist Church of Shelby, North Carolina. It was during my time at Gardner Webb College that I was hired to be the Music Director at Sandy Plains. I was only there for one year, but the people of that church stayed in our hearts and minds and some remained friends through all these years. We visited a couple of times in the intervening 45 years and even spent the night in the home of one of the members when we visited. They are still our friends today.

Fast forward through those 45 years and you will miss graduating from Gardner Webb and heading to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Upon graduation from there we headed to the South Norfolk Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia to minister for 3 1/2 years as Minister of Education and Youth, then adding Minister of Music for the last 2 1/2 years there. From there our fast forwarding took us to the First Baptist Church of Bluefield, West Virginia as the Minister of Education and Youth and then adding Administration for 3 1-2 years. The last leg of the 45 year journey was at the First Baptist Church of Springfield, Virginia where I was Minister of Education and Administration, Interim Minister of Music, Minister of Discipleship and Congregational Ministries, Minister of  Music and Worship, Contemporary Worship Pastor, and finally, Interim Senior Pastor. We retired from there at the end on 2016 after 34 1/2 years.

Hang on, the full circle is coming…we moved upon retirement to Shelby, NC to be closer to our children and grandchildren. Our daughter, son-in-law, and two’of our grandchildre live here. It is also closer to our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren who live in Tennesssee. So we’re here in Shelby. Upon relocating we visited several churches and Sandy Plains was one of them, because of our fond connections to it in the past. I attended several weeks and the orgainist who was there almost 45 years ago was still there and was on the music committee. The church was in the process of looking for a Minister of Music to help with the worship and music. They called and asked if I would be interested in talking to them about their need. It being only a few months since I “retired,” I was a little reluctant, but I agreed to meet with the committee. 

Th circle is now complete, I was called as the Part-time Minister of Music today, March 26, 2017, at Sandy Plains Baptish Church of Shelby, NC. Someone once said that God has a sense of humor. I’ll agree to that. He brought us here 45 years ago and now he has led us back. It will be exciting to see what He has in store for us as we strive to help lead others in worship in this place. “To Go Be The Glory, Great Things He Has Done.” The circle is full!

The Path Continues…

Inspired Prayers: A Great Aid to Our Prayers

Pray as we are taught…

Prayer A to Z



The Bible is full of wonderful inspired prayers. Each prayer in the Bible is different; each one was designed and offered to fit a different need.  Some prayers are short, some long.  Some are very personal, some more public.  Some prayers, like the Psalms are very devotional.  The prayers of Paul are very doctrinal.  I think all of the inspired prayers of the Bible can be a great aid to your prayers.  Let the Holy Spirit show you which ones He wants you to use to help you in your prayers.

Generally, I see that there are two ways Biblical prayers can be used to aid our prayers: (1) they may put us in the right mood for prayer; and (2) they can be used to instruct us and tutor us in prayer. Therefore, when we read and meditate on a Biblical prayer we invite the Holy Spirit to…

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Remember—Human Sex Trafficking and The Super Bowl

Be aware…

The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel

Human trafficking is a growing problem today
so I lift up these victims and ask you to pray.
For this was written a few years ago…
but the number of victims has grown more than we know.
Human Sex Trafficking and The Super Bowl…
where football tickets aren’t the only thing sold.
But these trafficking victims need our prayers…
not just criticisms and sickly stares.
Traffickers will bring victims from around the world…
to make money selling sex with young girls.
So we all need to be aware…
and I ask you all to join me in prayer.

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Dancing With the Wolves ~

Be Aware, Be Careful…

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann


So many today,
dancing with the wolves
so many are following
their slippery hooves.

So many today,
are deceivingly mislead
so many aren’t being
the truth, anymore fed.

So many today,
are living in the darkness
so many aren’t looking
for Christ and His likeness.

So many today,
hearing errant teachings
so many don’t discern
the lies they’re preaching.

So many today,
with wolves are dancing
so many can’t spot . . .
danger at first glancing!


Matthew 7:15

“Beware of false prophets,
which come to you in
sheep’s clothing,
but inwardly they are
ravening wolves.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2017
Deborah Ann Belka

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Writing and Faith…


French novelist Gustave Flaubert said, “The art of writing is discovering what you believe.” Writing then, can be an exploration of one’s faith. From: NextSundayResources. 

I write to explore and to express what God is saying…what do you think?

The Path Continues…