Long Black Train

Back in October I spent some time writing about wisdom…and how it’s all around us…some of it more helpful or “wise” than others.  And I am not a wisdom snob – of course, there is the wisdom from above that is..well…from above…pretty much trumps.  However, this morning I want to explore another source of wisdom…


Country Music     Country Music


Now…don’t roll your eyes…it’s not ALL about drinking, broken hearts, and despair…although there’s a couple of cautionary tales in that alone.

This morning was a loud, rock-n-roll/country kind of morning…my favorite Spotify playlist is titled Country by the Grace of God…jamming out and enjoying the lyrics. Let me tell you about a couple of my favorites…


First song…He’s Mine by Rodney Atkins.  I’ve dedicated it to Evan…it’s even his ringtone when he calls me…yeah…through thick and thin…he’s mine.

And I said, he’s mine that one
Got a wild-haired side and then some
It’s no surprise what he’s done
He’s ever last bit of my old man’s son
And if you knew me then there’d be no question in your mind
You know he’s mine, yeah he is


Then there’s Love Without End, Amen By George Strait.  Of course, I can relate to it from a motherhood perspective…again, another good reminder but this is one of the first country songs I fell in love with and discovered early in my walk.  I still remember crying in my car overwhelmed with the message – still get teary eyed when I hear it.  Reminds me that if I love my children as much as I do…how much more does He love me?

And he said, let me tell you a secret about a father’s love,
A secret that my daddy said was just between us.
He said, daddies don’t just love their children every now and then.
It’s a love without end, amen, it’s a love without end, amen.


And finally, Long Black Train by Josh Turner.  This morning I was reading Live, Love, Lead by Brian Houston and the subject turned towards the enemy…the one that looks to devour us.

“The devil roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The enemy is out to consume us, to tempt us, and to pull us away from God. Pg 203

What am I doing to build a strong, muscular faith?  How am I drawing closer to God so that the devil will flee?

…but often I think it’s the little nibbles each day that crumble our faith. Pg 204

Ouch…it’s usually not the big things that lead me astray. Those are the times I’m typically focused on God out of desperation. Nope…it’s the day to day decisions that I need to make sure stay aligned.

The devil is nothing but a deceiver. Pg 204

I see this so clearly in the life of my children.  I see them buying into some of the world’s lies…putting their confidence in things that are temporary and a lie.  But what about me?  How am I being deceived?  What lie(s) am I believing?  Again…it’s got to be a constant, vigilant, intentional walk with the Lord.

There’s a long black train comin’ down the line,
Feeding off the souls that are lost and cryin’.
Rails of sin, only evil remains.
Watch out, brother, for that long black train.
Look to the heaven’s, you can look to the sky.
You can find redemption staring back into your eyes.
There is protection and there’s peace the same:
Burnin’ your ticket for that long black train.

‘Cause there’s victory in the Lord, I say.
Victory in the Lord.
Cling to the Father and his Holy name,
And don’t go ridin’ on that long black train.


Good stuff y’all.

So…how about you? Favorite country song? Words of wisdom to share with me this morning?

xoxoxo – DM ❤️

Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.
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2 thoughts on “Long Black Train

  1. Camille

    Just listened to the Garth Brooks song where the baby, not yet born, is asking God, “Do I have to go?” God tells the baby that there is someone there who will watch over him, keep him safe and guide him back to God. It was beautiful. When I’m in a difficult time and not sure which way to go, I remember to let “Jesus Take the Wheel” because He knows where I’m supposed to go. There are so many God lessons in Country Music. so glad there are so many country music writers and singers who love God.

    • WackyMom Post author

      Yes indeed! Just listened to God is great, beer is good and people are crazy…yes indeed :)

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