Blue Runs Red

My thanks to Gary Forsythe for inviting me to co-write “Blue Runs Red,” a song intended to honor the brave who wear the blue and faithfully serve to protect us all, especially those who have given their lives while serving. May God bless their families. I hope you’ll listen and then share this music video. SC

“He’s Not Here To See It”

My Dad went home to heaven in late 2015. Knowing that he’s in a place of total peace right now is a comforting thought. And, the fact that he’s not affected by all the chaos in the world is not only a great blessing it’s also the inspiration behind the song, “He’s Not Here To See It.” Maybe you feel the same way about a loved one who is with the Lord.

 He’s Not Here To See It 

When I said goodbye to Dad

It was hard to see him go

He sure is missed ’round here

But I wonder if he knows

There are times I hear ’bout things

And I just don’t wanna believe it

I think of him and say to myself 

I’m glad he wasn’t here to see it

Like that old farm where he grew up

And his home place on the hill

State came through and took it all

Poured concrete in the fields

And that church down the road where he went all his life

Learned God’s Word and how to live it

Preacher went crazy and burned it to the ground

I’m glad he wasn’t here to see it

Sometimes I look to the sky

And whisper in my heart

O Dad, how glad I am

You are where you are

Seems like this old world

Is gettin’ darker by the minute

With all the madness goin’ on, he’s blessed to be gone

Cause he’s not here to see it

He had Ol’ Glory painted on his skin

Back when he served his country on the seas

Now it would kill his soul to watch someone

Hear that anthem and take a knee

And his sister tried givin’ up the wine

But she just couldn’t leave it

Oh how she cried when they took her from her home 

I’m glad he wasn’t here to see it

And I think about Mom, she can’t remember his name

It’s by the grace of God that he was spared that pain

Sometimes I look to the sky

And whisper in my heart

O Dad, how glad I am

You are where you are

Seems like this old world

Is gettin’ darker by the minute

With all the madness goin’ on, he’s blessed to be gone

He’s not here to see it

(Steve Chapman/Times & Seasons Music, Inc/2019)

Men Unplugged Podcast

If you have children of any age they need your fervent prayers! To learn more about how to pray effectively for them take the time to listen to the podcast Steve did with interviewer, Jeff Jerina on “Men Unplugged.”

Annie on Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson

On Tuesday July 30 and Wednesday July 31, 2019 Annie and her book “The Mother-In-Law Dance” were featured on the nationwide radio show, Family Talk, with host Dr. James Dobson. If you missed the broadcasts you can go to drjamesdobson.org and click on “Past Broadcasts” to access the two programs and listen either as a download or a podcast. Thanks for tuning in!

How a Bad Diagnosis Saved My Life-Annie Chapman

Annie tells how her journey to better health and a greater faith began with an unexpected and unwelcome diagnosis.

Father’s Day Podcast

Our pastor, Brad Shockley at Pleasant View First Baptist Church invited us to deliver the Father’s Day message. Here’s a link to the podcast. Please listen and pass it on to someone you think could benefit by it. Also…Pastor Brad is an awesome teacher/preacher. You’ll find his sermons on the site as well.

Thanks.

S&A

Something My Dad Would Do

More than once I’ve done something and then said to myself, “That’s just what dad would’ve done.” It was one of those moments that the idea came for the song posted here. The examples used in the lyric are based on some good memories I have of my Dad. I know not everyone can say that their history with their father includes seeing him do something similar but if you have children, its never too late to create good memories they can recall as well as imitate.

Something My Dad Would Do

 

They were broke down on the highway

Had two little kids in the back seat

I thought about driving on by

But I couldn’t get passed the memory

Of being in the car with my father

A long time ago

When he saw a family in need of help

He pulled off the road

So I did too

It’s something my dad would do

 

Cho…

I get my chances now and then

To live life just like him

To help somebody with a heavy load

And get ‘em back on the road

And lend a hand

Do what I can

To be a man the light of the Lord can shine through

It’s just something my dad would do

 

I met her at the checkout

She was buying for her son near the front line.

I gave a thank you smile and started to leave

But the moment took me back in time

To the day in that same old store

In my teenage years

I saw my father pay a stranger’s bill

And left them standing there in tears

So I did too

It’s something my dad would do

 

Cho…

 

I can’t help but wonder

If there’ll come a day

When a child of mine will think of me

And have a reason to say

 

Cho…

 

Steve Chapman /Times & Seasons Music, Inc/BMI/ 2018

Trading Places

My sister, Jeannie, and her husband, Gene Martin, are blessing our sweet, 90 year-young widowed Mother, Lillian Chapman, with a room in their home. Jeannie is one of the people the scriptures calls “greatest among you” because she is such a servant, especially in her role as a caring daughter. Then the day came when Jeannie heard the dreaded cry from Mom’s room. She had fallen, broke four ribs and punctured her lung.

The trip to the ER was followed by a five day stay in a hospital and eventually an extended stay in a rehab facility. While in the hospital my sister had to feed Mom because of the lack of movement she faced due to the pain. It was a temporary necessity but as Jeannie so lovingly put the spoon to our Mother’s lips I thought of all the times our Mother had fed us. The roles, though only for a short time, had reversed.

There are many others whose situations are not temporary. In the long term they, as the child, have become the parent.  “Trading Places” was written to recognize this role reversal and we pray that God will bless those who are serving their mother or their father in such a way.

“Prayer of the Sick” (Make Me a Miracle)

For those who are facing a serious health challenge we offer this song as a prayer that you can use. It was written as Annie was facing kidney surgery earlier this year. I heard her encouraging herself with it often and we trust it will do the same for you.

(This recording is available only as a download)


“Prayer of the Sick” (Make Me a Miracle)

Make me a miracle
Let others see how wonderful You are
How wonderful You are
May it be that You alone
Get the glory O blessed One
This is the prayer of my heart

Lord I come to You body broken
Trusting You and hoping
For Your touch I need so much
You are able

If it be Your will that I bear this pain
Father still I will proclaim
How wonderful, how wonderful You are
But if You have work yet for me to do
On this earth I lean on You
To hear the prayer of my heart

Lord I come to You body broken
Trusting You and hoping
For Your touch I need so much
You are able

Make me a miracle
Let others see how wonderful You are
How wonderful You are
May it be that You alone
Get the glory oh blessed One
This is the prayer of my heart

 

S Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/2019

“Whispers From Heaven”

Here’s “Whispers From Heaven,” a song written as though a message from my late Dad to Mom on what would’ve been his 92nd birthday. He went to heaven just a couple of weeks before their 69th anniversary but note in the video she says they were married 72 years. That’s how she sees it because she still feels very close to him. Oh what a deep love they shared.  (At this time this song is available only as a listen with this video).