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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of hymns.  Partly because the lyrics are chocked-full of timeless truths!  These ageless songs are poetic and they minister to the soul.  Sometimes when I don’t know how to voice my prayers, I’m led to a hymn that describes my heart perfectly.

Today was one of those times.  This beautiful hymn, written by Benjamin Mansell Ramsy, is a prayer for the Lord to teach and guide us when we don’t know the path to take.  Check out the lyrics – they’re lovely…….

  1. Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
    Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
    Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
    Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!
  2. When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
    When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
    In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
    In failure or success, teach me Thy way!
  3. When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
    When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
    Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil, and pain;
    Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!
  4. Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
    Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
    Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
    Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/406?
    (here is a link to the tune, if you’ve never heard it before – warning, it just may get stuck in your head!)  😉

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Three weeks ago today, we took Byron to Children’s Hospital ER, and our lives were changed forever with a medical diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes!   It was a shock to us and our lives were thrown in a tail spin!

The first few days, we went day-by-day, in a blur, just trying to manage and survive.  Since then we have gone through some of the grief stages – shock, anger, depression, and then finally, acceptance comes.

Some days are really rough, but I can honestly say that through the past few weeks we have felt God’s presence with us.  Byron and myself are very squeamish when it comes to needles/blood, but God has given us strength to do things we never thought that we could do!!!

This beautiful hymn, by Annie J Flint, totally describes our past few weeks.  I love the verse that talks about “when our strength has failed, and the day is half done“.  (We’ve had a few of those lately) 🙂   We have truly felt God’s increased strength, added mercy, and yes, multiplied peace.  I’m so thankful that God’s grace has no measure and His power no boundaries!!!

“He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”

Hymn Lyrics printable | He Giveth More Grace    "He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labors increase, To added affliction He addeth His mercy, To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.":

Do you enjoy washing dishes??  When we I was young, we didn’t have a dish washer in our house.  In fact, I was convinced that one of the main reasons my parents had 4 children was so that we could wash the dishes for them.  🙂

The other day I came across an interesting article that caught my eye,
“9 Health and Life Benefits of Hand Washing your Dishes”.   http://theheartysoul.com/wash-dishes-hand-benefits/?t=JERF
Some of the main points were :
– It encouraged Mindfulness
– Reduces Stress and Relaxes You
– Boost Immune System
– Teaches Independence to Kids
– Better for Delicate Dishes
– More Time with Family
– Uses Less Water/Energy

There you go…… who knew that washing dishes was good for you?  🙂

We I was little, my family sang a song called “Thank God for Dirty Dishes”……
“Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell.
While other may go hungry, we’re eating very well.
With health, and food, and happiness, we must not fret nor fuss,
By the stack of evidence, the Lord’s been good to us!”

Now, many years later, I have my own house and family, and we still don’t use a dish washer.  I don’t always ‘enjoy’ washing dishes, but when I do, I try to take a moment to be mindful and thank God for the many blessing that I have.  Dirty dishes mean that we have the blessing of food…… some people don’t!

 

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This week I heard a lecture on I John. I John 5:4 says, “because everyone who is born from God has overcome the world. Our faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”

When I heard this verse, it reminded me of an old hymn that I sang as a child.  It’s a beautiful song and now that I’m older, the words are much more special and have a totally new meaning……

“Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise,
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below,
Let all our strength be hurled;
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

Refrain:
Faith is is the victory!
Faith is is the victory!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God;
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith they, like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er ev’ry field;
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.

On ev’ry hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array;
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray;
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ‘neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.

To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n;
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in heav’n.
Then onward from the hills of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring name.”

Be Still My Soul

Do you ever feel like you are going through life like a hamster on wheel??  That’s kind of what I feel like now.  I have a million things running through my mind, and a to-do list that never ends.  There is so much noise, movement, and technology that never ends!

This morning as I was getting ready for the day, I heard this beautiful old hymn, “Be Still My Soul”.   It was so refreshing to my spirit.  Many times God’s Word tells us to be quiet or be still, and know Him.  We only need to be still and remember that He is in control.  He has been faithful in the past and He will continue to be faithful in the future!

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1 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2 Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3 Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

(Written by Katharina Von Schlegel in 1752, and still relevant today.  Amazing!)

 

Grow Through It

Is it hard to give thanks for difficulties in our lives?  I’ll be honest – it is for me! Scott was in a bad car accident a few days ago, and it really shook us up!  This morning a dear friend came over to visit and pray with me.  In her prayer she actually thanked God FOR the accident!   What??

I’ll have to admit that I was a bit taken back by that!  After thinking about it more, I’ve come to realize that she was right –  sometimes it can be easier to find things to be thankful for in a trial, then it is to actually be thankful FOR the trial itself.

If God allows trials in our lives then He must have a reason and purpose for them.   He doesn’t want us to complain about our circumstances (like the Children of Israel did).  Instead, we should be thankful that He loves us, and trust His sovereign control in our lives!

So today I choose to be thankful not only ‘in’ my circumstances, but also ‘for’ them, because I know that this trial is for my good and for HIS glory!!

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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The bells chime…..

Yesterday I was filling the car up with gas, when the bells from the United Methodist Church across the street started chiming at the noon hour.   “Oh that’s so pretty” I thought, but then after the 12th chime, the bells started playing this beautiful old hymn (which is one of my favorites)……

He leadeth me, O blessèd thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.

Refrain

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

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I had never heard bells chime a hymn like that, but the words to the song came to my mind and I knew it was exactly the encouragement that I needed that day!  Me being there and filling the car with gas at that moment was no accident!
God is good!!

I like the Martins rendition of this hymn the best!  Their looks are a bit outdated, but the song is timeless……. Enjoy!  🙂