Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Milton, here for Kristy:

There is nothing like singing to cheer the heart. Church singing is the best. Our family loves to praise and worship and Tuesday night Kristy wanted us to sing a good ole' hymn--she winked and said, "Not a 'HIM'."

Kristy and I met as students at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. We traveled and sang in the choir--though not dating at the time. We loved to sing then and we love to sing praises to God even more now. We married right after my graduation in 1971, and all of our marriage as been spent worshipping God, singing His praise, and leading people to Him.

Sing along with us if you can keep up with Kristy on the second one. I couldn't keep up, but maybe you can.

(Double click on the link above to watch the video.)

The third verse of At Calvary says, "Now I've given to Jesus everything, now I gladly own Him as my King, now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary." What wonderful words to sing to Jesus when we truly mean it.

What have you given Jesus?

Oh, that we may give Him everything.


How is Kristy?

She has been sitting in the family room all day. This is her first time up in almost two weeks.

God is good.


At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton & Kristy,

Your songfest blessed me all the way to my toes. I sang along, tears streaming down my face. God IS good ALL the time. Your family is a living testimony to his sufficiency and grace.

Oh, that we could grab hold of that and make a difference in our lives from this point on. We get so sidetracked until we look Heaven in the eye...then Jesus is magnified in ways we never anticipated. Thank you for allowing strangers to enter your home through this beautiful blog. It is a tribute to our Jesus and a tribute to the beauty of living for Him.

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, what a blessing to hear such beautiful praises to Him, in times like these! Your voices blend so magnificently - it's amazing! Oh, I could listen all day!

I'm so glad to hear Kristy was up and in the family room today! You all continue to bless us out here, even at these tender moments. We are honored beyond expression to be able to "visit" Kristy in your home and share in these glorious, intimate times with you and your family. You will never know how you've touched so many lives by opening your hearts and home in sharing your painful journey, and being SO REAL to us. JESUS truly IS THE ANSWER! No sugar coating, but true reality is what I love about you and Kristy. Life is real, hurt is real, and separation is real - all in the name of JESUS.
.........Oh, how precious this video is to me! Thank you for sharing, and loving. GOD IS GOOD!

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Dear Milton and Kristy,
What a joy to see and hear you all singing! I am praising the Lord with you and thanking Him for His goodness. Thanks for sharing these precious times with us. Please give Kristy a hug from me. So glad to hear she was able to be up a bit today.
Love and prayers from Carrie in NJ

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

There's nothing like a good old fashioned hymn (not him!) sing. So good to heard she's been sitting up in the family room today. Having a change of scenery has got to lift her spirits.

God is blessing each and every day.

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a blessing to be in her own home, surrounded by her loved ones.

God is good.

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a blessing to be in her own home, surrounded by her loved ones.

God is good.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger Shana said...

that blessed me and gave me hope :)
you're a beautiful bunch, ya know that!? :) shana in seattle

At 5:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, sang along with these songs and was so blessed! Your transparency to all of us is awesome. Milton, you don't just have a congregation in Jacksonville Florida, anymore. You are pastoring people all over the world!

You met in Lakeland Florida..the place that mighty revivial is breaking out..only 3 hours there anyway that Kristy can make this journey for prayer? Or that someone could bring an annointed cloth back from that revival and place in on her? As we all know, that kind of healing took place in the New Testament.

In Christ,
Chico CA

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Milton Dykes said...

We have had several who have gone there and prayed for Kristy or returned here with a prayer cloth for her or came to pray for her after being at the healing revival.

God is the mighty healer. He is at work.


At 7:18 PM, Blogger Clara (Franklin) Oxendine said...

Milton & Kristy, reading your blog is part of my morning routine. Only eternity will reveal how far reaching your testimony of God's faithfulness & goodness is. Know that you are in our prayers & thoughts & Kristy & your family are on our intercessory prayer list at Kingwood Church in Alabaster, AL.

At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton, this is Sister Walters. I have been real concerned about Kristy and have had her in my prayers. Gloria and I look at her blog every night and pray for her and you. Your song blessed our hearts. I still remember the good ole days on the campground when you were a little boy. May God's peace be with you and Kristy.

Sister Walters

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What joy your songs spread to the world!! I love the old hymns and LOVED hearing and seeing Kristy. A special lady,a special lady indeed!!

Teresa from Alabama

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

What a blessing! And to have her up in the family room! Boy, I'll bet she liked that. :D And yes, Milton, she looks gorgeous in gold. And in purple. :D

At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Milton and Kristy,

What a tremendous blessing to hear and see all of you singing those wonderful songs. Kristy's voice comes through so lovely. Thank you for sharing these precious moments. I'm so glad she was able to sit in the family room today. Your and Kristy's testimonies are reaching thousands. So will your question: WHAT HAVE YOU GIVEN JESUS?

Milton, please give Kristy my love.

Continuing in prayer for your family.


At 7:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wonderful to have Kristy up in the family room and enjoying the beauty of a Spring day! I sang right along with you in your hymn night.

I know I've told you this before but reading about your journey through this valley has encouraged me in my own faith. Though I've only met you both a couple of times, I love you like family(which you are as my brother and sister in Christ!)

Praying for you in the days to come,
Patty Smith Hall

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I heard at least a 5 part harmony. Maybe the angels were signing with ya'll... I think so. I loved it. Oh what joy in my soul!!!!

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So special to hear you all sing and especially Kristy! Thanks for sharing. God Bless all of you. ~~~ Lori in California

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Mary Connealy said...

thank you for this. What a wonderful moment to share.

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sister Birdie (forgive spelling) would be proud. Thanks for keeping the faith alive. You know by now that your story inspires many here at home and truly around the world. Your blog is published and listed in mail outs and newsletters and people everywhere are with you, online, in love and prayer. This just sounds too much like a moment for a miracle. Thanks for not giving up. Thanks for keeping your faith alive. Thanks for your testimony. If you only knew the depth of your ministry. Thanks for touching so many. Thanks for touching me!

At 2:55 PM, Blogger DayleShockley said...

Beautiful! Music has been part of my life since I was born. Singing and playing hymns can do wonders for a sad heart. I recall David's words in Psalm 104:33: "I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live." In another place (77:6), he said, "I call to remembrance my song in the night." Such power and strength there is in music and singing.

I came across this poem in my devotional book not long ago, and want to share it with you. The author is not noted:

Don't let the song go out of your life
Though it chance sometimes to flow
In a minor strain; it will blend again
With the major tone you know.

What though shadows rise to obscure life's skies,
And hide for a time the sun,
The sooner they'll lift and reveal the rift,
If you let the melody run.

Don't let the song go out of your life;
Though the voice may have lost its trill,
Though the tremulous note may die in your throat,
Let it sing in your spirit still.

Don't let the song go out of your life;
Let it ring in the soul while here;
And when you go hence, 'twill follow you thence,
And live on in another sphere.

I'm delighted to see Kristy looking rested and peaceful. She is surrounded by angels from above, as well as earthly angels. She is blessed to have so many who care for her.

Praying always....

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved hearing you all sing. Milton, my husband and I want you to know how much we admire your steadfast love and compassion for your heart-partner Kristy. This journey has got to be one of the most difficult in your life, but your love for her and your commitment is a great testimony! We appreciate how you minister to all of us on the blog. May the Lord bless you and Kristy and fill you with His love and His peace.

Judy & Orvey (how's that for a name...he's an Okie) Hampton
Southern California

At 7:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it was truly a blessing to hear you all singing the old hymns, smiling, honoring God and loving each other.

My prayer is that we'll all have a chorus of believers at our side when we face trials and tribulation. What a lovely family and an example of God's love for us.

Thank you for sharing this, Milton. And may the Lord continue to bless you and keep you and shine His face upon all of you.

Prayers continue,

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Deborah Anderson said...

Amazing! :-)

You know, I'm actually ashamed of myself when I see Kristy in action. On her worst day, she's better than me on one of my best.

Honestly, Kristy, you have truly touched my heart in places you know not of, and I thank you.

Love and prayers to all of you.


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