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3am
Songbook


A Collection of Poems
to Uplift Your Heart






Brian Joseph Jeffries









Copyright © 2019 by Brian Joseph Jeffries. All rights reserved.


Published by Cross Paw Publishing, P.O. Box 571, Sewell, NJ 08080 www.crosspawpublishing.com


This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.


ISBN 978-1-7329868-1-7 (eBook)


Cover design and photography by Kathie Jeffries. Used with permission.


Illustrations and sculptures by Déja Koch. Used with permission.


Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version.


Scripture quotations marked ESV are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Visit the author’s website at www.brianjosephjeffries.com


For information about 3am Songbook, brian@3amsongbook.com

















This book is dedicated to my amazing wife for all of her
love and support throughout our entire life together.
We’ve been on many adventures and
have many more to come.
Above all, I dedicate this book
to God for saving my life.



Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction
Theater of Dreams
My Dear Friend Vincent
Antenna of Love
My Wife
Renovate Your Heart
Jesus Got Our Six
Pet by Your Side
Armor of God
Two-Wheeled Therapy
Nikola Tesla
A New Old Psalm
Peace on My Side
The Return
Amanda’s Field
Floydian Slip
Heartlight Hotel
Rock Went a Rollin’
Lake Reflection
Stars of This Life
My Father in All
Brotherly Love
Gateway to God
The Music We All Sing
Starfighters Unite
World Series of Life
The Storm
Our New Pledge
A Shining Moment
God’s Social Media
Nature is Singing
A Family Guy’s Letter to Seth
Bucket of Love
God’s Goodness
Rhyme for Today
Glad World
Wind of the Wolf
The Gift
Clean Soul
The Answer
Thank You Song



Acknowledgments


I have so many people to thank, I’ve decided to express my gratitude in a poem. My “Thank You Song” is a lyrical poem written for all of the many people who have helped and influenced me over the years which inspired me to write this collection.



Psalms 95:2 (ESV)
“Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!”



Introduction


I started waking up at 3am and began writing down my thoughts and dreams. I was on a journey with the Lord and was filling my notebook with songs of my life. Eventually, I was writing throughout the days and nights, a combination of new things along with my life's experiences. I felt as if I was writing words that were given to me through divine inspiration, but this did not happen until God woke me up to life.


These poems are about the battles of good and evil, with the focus on God and positivity. They are told in a variety of ways focusing on family, friends, pets, careers, countless musicians, writers, entertainers, youtuber's, movies, etc. that have played an inspirational role in my life. Anything that was once negative has now been turned positive.


I began my career in the electrical trade. My childhood friend Brian introduced me to firefighting. I joined a volunteer fire company in Seaville, NJ and enjoyed being a firefighter. I then went to school to become an EMT and joined the local rescue squad in Upper Township, NJ. Everyone was very supportive at both places and had a huge impact on helping guide me on my path. I felt the medical career was for me, so I continued on to paramedic school and eventually became a flight paramedic. I was also teaching EMT and paramedic classes along with AHA courses.


I felt it was a gift to be able to help people in all different situations. I definitely learned a lot about life while running the streets and flying the skies as a paramedic. I was able to work with and meet many great people in the field and was always learning new things. Although at times it was a difficult and challenging career, I enjoyed being a paramedic. I’ve wanted to help people my entire life. I was definitely blessed in this career, but something didn’t feel right. It had been an amazing journey, but I felt there was something more.


After being in a car accident in 2011, I found out I had cervical disc injuries and a cyst in my spinal cord. I had permanent nerve damage and lost sensation in my left arm from the elbow down, which ended my flight paramedic career. Eventually I regained strength in my arm and got back into the field and started teaching too. Every year I had to get an MRI to monitor the cyst for growth. In the spring of 2018, my MRI revealed something new. As stated by my doctor, "it’s a miracle, the cyst in your spinal cord has disappeared." It’s amazing how many miracles happen every day.


After years of working in EMS, I was unable to hide my emotions anymore. The nightmares in my mind were becoming overwhelming. I was struggling to maintain my career as a paramedic. Even after going from the streets to teaching, it didn’t matter. I had dealt with anxiety and depression my entire life and in the recent years added PTSD to the list.


The darkness had finally consumed me, and I hit rock bottom. It was at that time I called out to Jesus like never before, then things began to change. My depression and anxiety now became visions of an amazing world I did not know existed. Jesus had definitely answered my call.


I believed in God, but always had a lot of questions. I hadn't gone to church for many years. I realized I knew of God but did not really know Him. I turned to the Bible and realized that to get my head right, I needed to get my heart right. I started studying the Bible and going to church again.


Music, pets, motorcycles and nature have been therapeutic for me since I was a child. Now I’ve added writing too. I feel we all have our own version of a book to write. I would urge anyone struggling with anything in life to reach out to God and see that the negative world they may be living in, does not have to stay that way. He will show you the way. As a work in progress, I'm learning how to address any difficulties or frustrations more appropriately now. Struggles will come, but through faith, I'm more prepared to respond to them. I feel as anyone in sports has told us, when you lose a game, put it behind you and prepare for the next one.


Follow your dreams, don't settle for: “I can't” or “that's just the way it’s always been.” Make a change in your life and see how God will show you things that you never thought were possible. That’s what I’ve done, and I’m excited to start this new calling and adventure as a writer and lyricist. I pray this book of life's journey blesses you all.


Now, I invite you on a journey, through the depths of your mind's movie screen, to the rainbow’s end, along a golden road of eternity. The time is now to come together, all the people of every nation, across this universe of a life without boundaries.


I got an early morning wake-up call from God about our lives that have true meaning, for which you're permanently awake and you never stop dreaming. There are limitless possibilities through a symphony message of hope and rhythmic positivity. Let's take a voyage in this supernatural world, beyond the realm of a comfortable existence of routine.


We’re living in the now, of a life less ordinary, on an angelic adventure of faith in God’s amazing story. Winning a galactic battle of good and evil, His light shines down upon us, forever in His glory. We see a reflection into a world of peace, through the eyes of our hearts. Unity is the message, for which we all can begin to start. Through the lyrics of our life’s dream, I welcome you to my heart and soul. Let’s begin and I’ll show you what I mean.



Theater of Dreams


From a dream I awoke
In my notebook I wrote
"Listen to the words they’re in you,
This is what your life is going to be,
Writing down the words, for all the world to see"


God wakes us up, sometimes around three
He’s got so much to say, to you and to me
I’ve opened my spiritual, eyes and ears
While in the darkest of night, I have no fears
The eyes of my heart, are now enlightened
Dark side of my mind, has been brightened


Take a ride, in that mystery machine
His love will open you, to the world unseen
Remember MLK Jr, he had a dream
The world was intended, to be one team
We're all one in God’s nation, upon this earth
Helping to start, this immense rebirth
When you awake and realize, we’re not all machines
Turn on your heart, to God’s theater of dreams


Heard the voice of God, in those early morning hours

Through the Lord, He gives us power

The lyrics to me, He has given

A gift from God, in this vessel I’m driven

To spread His word, on the wings of a dove

Freedom's ringing in our ears, song notes of peace and love

Giving me messages, all through the night

Now that I know, how to listen to 'em right


Sometimes you’ll awake, with a new kinda knowing

Jesus is knocking, His love He is showing

Went the distance, found the sunlight at night

I'm back on my feet, He's brightened my sight


The glare and the beam, what was happening to me

Loving this life, a new peace decree

Now’s the time, let’s all come together

We’re a world of one, and Christ is the tether


Take a ride, in that mystery machine

His love will open you, to the world unseen

Remember MLK Jr, he had a dream

The world was intended, to be one team

We're all one in God’s nation, upon this earth

Helping to start, this immense rebirth

When you awake and realize, we’re not all machines

Turn on your heart, to God’s theater of dreams



Joel 2:28 (ESV)

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit
on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old
men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”




My Dear Friend Vincent


Seeing is believing, may not always be so

The air around us, hiding more than you know

Believing is seeing

Within all human beings

Starry night painting, more accurately displays

Flow of earth’s energy, around us everyday


Vincent like many, troubled and depressed

Struggled with demons, in life’s stress test

No one would listen, to the messages he had

If they’d opened their minds, they would have been glad


My dear friend Vincent

Your mind may have been distant

You had a gift from the Lord

Seems hard to understand, what you were heading toward

Found the missing peace, to the puzzles that we paint

We’re listening now, this time we will not faint


With a new brush, Vincent's loving hand is back

Another starry night, is painted 'cross the black

Always get back up, whenever you fall

We’re all painters on God’s canvas, in His glory we stand in awe


There are monsters in this world, that lurk in the unseen

Not everyone can see them, through their hidden smokescreens

He had abundant gifts, but constant battles with the beast

Pushed him to the breaking point, the fear became increased

Started a new painting, turning evol back to love

Endless color options, from the palette up above


The time has come

For the battle's already been won

Although difficult and tiresome

Evil has been overcome

Soon people will realize

So much of the world's real lies

With a new brush, Vincent's loving hand is back

Another starry night, is painted 'cross the black

Always get back up, whenever you fall

We’re all painters on God’s canvas, in His glory we stand in awe


Can’t always believe what you see

It’s all become so clear to me

I know that believing is seeing

Some may ask, what do you mean

God has given us a gift

Deception’s curtain, we’ll all lift


I now understand, how Don McLean

Painted a portrait, of Vincent’s life and pain

Other people's madness

Can turn into your sadness

Years gone by, they didn’t know how

Seems that they all, are listening now


Wheat field thunder cloud, eternity’s gate

Gone too soon, for fate would not wait

In these days, keep saying your prayers

Soon we’ll be headin', up those heavenly stairs

Vincent's now peaceful, for this I know

Live your life now, paint your own Van Gogh




Antenna of Love


Pool cue's clearing the table

Love is back ready, willing and able

The heart of a locket

Sending peace to every pocket

Tune your heart's radio, to human being

As you can see, the evil is fleeing

Gotta love one another, my sisters and brothers

Now is the time, unlike any other


The destructive signal, has been shut down

It’s God's peace that's now, going out to every town

For too long, love's signal they’ve been jammin'

No need to get back, to your regularly scheduled programmin'

From Wardenclyffe in New York, to the Paris Eiffel Tower

Love's going 'round the world, you can feel God’s power


Antenna of love

The peace of a dove

We’re talkin' worldwide K-Love

Spreading love on every station

Sending peace and love to every nation

Making sense of this abomination


Father's peace and love

Eternal from above

Rewrite our history

Sailing God's frequent sea

His plan has come

For us all to be one


The deception has been lifted

God's people have been gifted

As the new generations

He’ll save all the nations


Set the volume to max

Love will stop the attacks

In this life some call a game

Remember Thy name


Antenna of love

The peace of a dove

We’re talkin' worldwide K-Love

Spreading love on every station

Sending peace and love to every nation

Making sense of this abomination


We’re all Scooby Doo

The mystery’s in you

There's work to be done

Remember through all we are one

A world of paradise is to come

Welcome back to God's kingdom


1 John 4:7 (ESV)

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,
and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”




My Wife


Just as the Dude, I’ll always abide

Happily married, and enjoying the ride

Her swirl of cocoa galaxy eyes

Brighten the darkest of any skies

Promise 'til the end of time

A Pink Floyd nursery rhyme

Hand in hand, and heart to heart

Together forever, never be apart


My heart can’t stop smiling

Since the day you wore my ring

Bodyguard has us covered, underneath His wing

I’ll be your Costner, you’ll be my Whitney

Livin’ together, in this world of Disney


In this new year, our love it shines

Like God's music notes, so divine

Got across that river, to be with my wife

Lord knows she’s so fine, she brings such beauty to life

Celebrated 25 married years in the making

Always try to live, with more giving than taking


As the sun rises, a beautiful red dawn

We are birds in this painting, that He has drawn

God's morning skywriter

Paints with a purple rain highlighter

Love you pumpkin, my favorite pie

You’ve saved my life, that ain’t no lie


My heart can’t stop smiling

Since the day you wore my ring

Bodyguard has us covered, underneath His wing

I’ll be your Costner, you'll be my Whitney

Livin’ together, in this world of Disney


From those Firehouse days as a trainee

To where my heart is now set free

You’ve always been there for me

Together we’re stronger, a love guarantee

I’ve never had to wonder

I’ll always be your thunder

Lady, you look wonderful tonight

His plan made our hearts, as one unite


This love of a lifetime, was sent from above

We just couldn’t help, falling in love

How beautiful my darling, sunshine rose among the thorns

Through the challenges before us, we’ve weathered every storm

Blessed are those, that are thankful for this life

Moral of the story, I’m thankful for my wife


Proverbs 18:22 (ESV)

He who finds a wife finds a good
thing and obtains favor from the Lord.”




Renovate Your Heart


The highest of price, has already been paid

What sometimes may seem, to be poorly made

Is actually the builder's, design incentives

Strengthening our heart, for future endeavors

Constructing the framework, of Holy Spirit relations

His peace will take, away our frustrations

Reclaim your heart, like vintage hardwood floors

And use that old wood, for a beautiful new door


Magnolia company, the town or the tree

Pastor Bill, Milestone Church, helped set me free

Work's always in progress, don't build your castle on sand

Jesus is the rock, strongest in the land

Don’t hang a picture, to hide your heart's cracked wall

In this real estate of life, be an investor when God calls


God renovates your heart


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