Fount of Blessings

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

By: Robert Robinson, 1758

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

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I’m Thankful For:

–The sacrificial love of Christ, His forgiveness, and His grace as described in the song above. I thank Him for His daily “fount of blessings.” I’ve thought of the above hymn many times in the past couple of weeks. {I especially identify with the verse I’ve placed in bold. I love how He gently and lovingly nudges me along when I start to wander (as the human heart is prone to do, like the verse states).}

–The wisdom, discernment, insights, and revelations that the Holy Spirit has shared with me this past week.

–The family gatherings we had this past Sat. and Sun.

–The open discussion we had at church this past Sun. night.

–The gift of God’s Holy Word. (I like the quote by Dwight Moody about the Bible that Pastor Jim recently shared with our church…”This book will keep you from sin, and sin will keep you from this book.”)

–The gift of prayer and knowing that God hears and answers prayer.

–The strength that the Holy Spirit gives me and the “peace that passeth all understanding.” (I love the scripture –2 Cor. 4:8-9 and the song Trading My Sorrows that goes along with it. )

–Photographs and memories…Oh, how precious they are.

–My new teenage S.S. class and what they’re teaching me.

–My family and what my kids teach me each and every day about life.

–Cousins, friends, and neighbors for the kiddos to play with and enjoy.

–My husband Scott going to work for our family every day during the week. I’m thankful for his providing for us and for his guidance, leadership, and love.

–Some relief from the bad headaches, neck pain, and ear pain.

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

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**Above lyrics were found here.

The Lord is Good…

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalms 100:1-5

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I Thank God For:

–the wonderful dedication ceremony my family and I attended this past Saturday. Joshua was dedicated to the Lord by his parents. (He is the 6 month old son of my best friend Pooja and her husband Ravi. )

–the privilege and honor of singing with Pooja again. With the help of the Holy Spirit (Whom gave us strength and courage), we sang a medley of hymns/praise songs. I even played the guitar, which I know I was only able to do with the Lord’s help, because I probably haven’t played in front of people for a decade or so! (Most likely, I would have said no to anyone one else, but when Pooja asked me, I just had to try! I knew the Lord would help me! -D )

–my new hair-cut, which makes my hair less heavy and hot. (It might sound silly to you, but this is a real blessing to me, because it helps some with the headaches. Also, I was a little nervous, since I haven’t been to a hair dresser in at least 7 years! Not to mention, that whenever, I have gone, I’ve hardly ever liked it! So…I’m just very glad that I got the results I wanted, and I don’t look like a boy or a poodle!! ;-) )

–my dentist!! [ This might sound strange too, but it’s really hard to find a good dentist. Also, most importantly, he had some news for me that might help me greatly. He discovered some conditions that might be the major cause(s) of various painful symptoms (including neck pain, headaches, earaches, and even ringing of the ears!) ]

–my mother-in-law keeping the kiddos for most of the day on Monday. (It was a huge help to me, as I was able to get several things done including my haircut, dentist appt., etc.)

–lots of time with my 2 nieces this week (Heather and Rachel). The kids have thoroughly enjoyed having their cousins around all week, and I have enjoyed visiting with them as well.

–My older niece (Heather) helping me with cutting the grass this past week. ( It’s been a little difficult for me to admit, but I just can’t seem to do it lately, so I’m very grateful for the help! )

–a wonderful day for Sarah on her birthday yesterday.

–family dinners around our kitchen table almost every night. (I don’t promise a gourmet meal, and I don’t even promise that it won’t be half burnt! ;-) Nonetheless, it is dinner… together…at a table…where we sit down… -D )

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…And as always, I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…for His love, forgiveness, and sacrifice. I am also thankful for God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I am thankful for His daily provision and blessings including family, friends, shelter, food, clothing, etc., etc., etc.

The Lord is good…yes, the Lord is good.

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

Seven Years

…of Sarah Beth! Like my mother-in-law often asks, “Just what did you do before having children?” In a way, I do feel like my life really began after having my kiddos. My children have certainly added such joy and depth to my life…and they have introduced me to a totally different way of living. My life has never been the same since, and it is truly changed forever…

Yes, tomorrow, my Sarah will be 7 yrs. old. In a way, I’ve felt every minute of the last several years, while at the same time, it has gone by soooo very fast! (Yeah, I don’t understand that either!) When I ponder these years with Sarah, I can’t help but think back to that very first night…

Sarah was born at 4:01 p.m. on July 23rd, 2001. I remember being so excited to finally get some time alone with my new baby girl…just she and I and some quality bonding time. That night, sitting there holding my baby close, I was so inexplicably full of joy! I felt like I could just hold her forever. In fact, I didn’t particularly like it when the nurses came to take her back to the nursery. They told me that I needed to get some rest, and they would bring her back to me in a couple of hours. However, it wasn’t long before I was calling them back asking for Sarah. This went on all night…the nurses would come to take her, and before the allotted time was up, I was calling them again. Even though I was thoroughly exhausted, I was just too excited to sleep (yes, I have learned since that night that sleep is very important and almost sacred! ;-) ) A while back I told Sarah about that first night, and she has asked me several times since to share it again.

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When I think of Sarah, I also can’t help but think about the following saying: “A stranger is a friend you just haven’t met yet!” You see, truly, I am not exaggerating when I state that Sarah makes a friend EVERYWHERE we go! In fact, a couple of the friends whom Kerry and I have made are really due to Sarah’s friendliness with others! As a Christian, who believes that my family and I need to share the good news with others, I have also been surprised at what a witness Sarah is to people. (I remember thinking “How will I be able to share Christ with others, while I’m just here at home?“) Well, Sarah talks to people at the grocery store, the park, the dollar store, the library, the pet shop, McDonald’s, Burger King, etc., etc., etc. Without even trying to, Sarah just ends up sharing the Lord with people. She talks about the Lord and church, she invites people to church, she sings about God…

Sarah also just has a natural charisma and joy that she can’t help but show. She truly cares deeply about other people. She can be quite empathic and understanding. Sarah is also quite honest with people, and she tells things “like it is.”

I just love to watch how she draws others out of their shells. I’ll see other kids acting very shy and timid, and at first are often very “taken aback” and overwhelmed by Sarah. However, usually, it isn’t long before she manages to put other kids at ease and have them playing with her like they’ve known her forever!

I suppose it’s definitely no secret that I dearly love and cherish my little girl. I admire her too…things that I see in her that I would love to develop in myself! Of course, I know I’m especially partial, and I don’t mean to just be going on and on about my child. Sarah isn’t perfect, but she is a wonderful blessing from the Lord, and I thank God for her and for both of my children.

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To my Sarah Beth I just want to say:

I love you soooo very much! Happy Birthday, Sarah Beth!!!

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I dedicate the following song to Sarah. This song is appropriately entitled Seven Years. Every time I hear this song, I picture Sarah. Even though she’s not often alone (as the song mentions)…from time to time, she does go out in the backyard by herself. She is like our “Backyard Evangelist and Praise and Worship Leader!” Believe me, she serenades half the neighborhood, but not a single person has ever complained! -D

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“Seven Years”

By: Norah Jones

Spinning, laughing, dancing to
her favorite song
A little girl with nothing wrong
Is all alone

Eyes wide open
Always hoping for the sun
And she’ll sing her song to anyone
that comes along

Fragile as a leaf in autumn
Just fallin’ to the ground
Without a sound

Crooked little smile on her face
Tells a tale of grace
That’s all her own

Spinning, laughing, dancing to her favorite song
A little girl with nothing wrong
And she’s all alone

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**Please listen to the above song here.

**Update: Please note that the above link is not to the best recording, sound mix, etc. This song of Norah’s is of course much clearer and balanced on her C.D.

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I Will Praise Him…

“God’s goodness undergirds our lives
In many silent ways;
His blessings are beyond compare—
For them we give Him praise.” —D. De Haan

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“I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things.” —Isaiah 25:1

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I thank God:

–for Youth Sunday…it was a wonderful, blessed time in the Lord.

–for the praise report concerning my friend Hollie’s babies. Both had gained a good amount of weight in the past week or so.

–that migraine headaches don’t last forever. I’m thankful that my head didn’t really explode, even though it felt as if it might! -D

–for little Kerry’s progress and new interest in reading.

–for my dear friend Pooja and for getting to visit and sing with her today (like we used to). Even though we may not see each other as much as we’d like, I’m soooo very thankful for the time we do get!!

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**I found the above poem and key verse in Tuesday’s Our Daily Bread. You may view the devotional in its entirety by clicking here.

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

Backyard Summer Fun

Backyard Summer Fun–Wordless Wednesday (July 16th):

The kids have a couple of ways…to cool off during these HOT summer days. Below are some pics of one of them. It’s amazing what fun these kids can have on a $4 Slip & Slide! (I got it on an out-of-season sale last year!)

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Kids, Cousins, and Photo Fun

I’ve been meaning to share some cute photos from my brother Johnny’s birthday party. I’m so glad I remembered to take my camera this time. I had fun, and I got some great snapshots of the kiddos and their cousins.

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Here’s one of the play rooms at Uncle Johnny and Aunt Brenda’s. They have set up some fun tunnels and tents for the kiddos.

And here’s the little crew of cousins…

Eli, Sarah, Kerry, and Ally.

Kerry and Ally are peeking out of the tent.

Sarah and Ally…also playing peek-a-boo.

A close-up of my niece Ally (she’s 4):

Here’s Kerry checking out my nephew’s drum set.

Here’s my nephew, Eli (he’s 2).

In this photo, Eli’s saying, “Come get the ball, Aunt Janet…Hee, Hee, Hee!” -D

Eli’s saying, “Just so you know, you’re not getting it!”

“I may be smiling…but, yep, you guessed it. You’re still not getting it!!” ;-)

Cute Canines

Well, I need my dose of cuteness today. Actually, I’m feeling tons better than I did yesterday, and I thank the Lord for it! You see, Sunday night, I woke up in middle of night with a migraine headache. Then I was vomiting Mon. morning and just couldn’t seem to get rid of the headache.

(Ooh, too much information, huh? ;-) )

Anyway, I’m doing much, much better today. So, I’ve had my morning coffee, read my Daily Bread devotional and scripture, and now it’s time for my dose of puppy preciousness! I have several to share with you today! Hope you enjoy and have a very blessed and wonderful day! -D

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**See more puppy pics at ihasahotdog.com.