I’m Resting In Hope…

…My Hope is in Jesus…nothing less; nothing more.

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“Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.” –Psalm 119:116-117

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” –Romans 5:1-5

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My Hope Is Built (The Solid Rock)

Words By: Edward Mote; Music by: William B. Bradbury

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

Refrain

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

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When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain

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**Hymn lyrics found here. You may listen to this song here.

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The Blessings of Hymns…

…and so much more…There are just so many daily blessings God bestows on each of us!

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Last Sunday morning, I felt a joy I hadn’t felt in a while. It was wonderful!! I wanted to get up. I was excited about the new day. I wanted to go to church and sing hymns. In fact, a couple of hymns had been playing in my mind all morning, and they were such a blessing to me…

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I just keep thinking about the words and what they mean to me, and I’m so thankful to God. If any of you have ever dealt with severe depression, hopefully, you also know the incredible relief and joy of seeing the clouds of despair float away (or at least part for a while). To me, it is a miracle…something I cannot do on my own…

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At Calvary

Words: William R. Newell, 1895. Music: Daniel B. Towner

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

Refrain

Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty at Calvary.

By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary.

Refrain

Now I’ve given to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary!

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Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary!

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**Note: I found the above hymn here.

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Have Faith In God

By: B.B. McKinney, 1934

Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely.
He sees and knows all the way you have trod;
Never alone are the least of His children;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Have faith in God when your prayers are unanswered,
Your earnest plea He will never forget;
Wait on the lord, trust His word and be patient,
Have faith in God. He’ll answer yet.

Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow,
His heart is touched with your grief and despair;
Cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him,
And leave them there, oh, leave them there.

Have faith in God though all else fall about you;
Have faith in God, He provides for His own:
He cannot fail though all kingdoms shall perish.
He rules. He reigns upon His throne.

Refrain:

Have faith in God, He’s on His throne,
Have faith in God, He watches over His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail,
Have faith in God, Have faith in God.

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**Note: I found the second hymn here and over here.

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**Note and Update: I admit that this Sunday morning was more difficult, but I rejoice that with the Lord’s help, I was still able to press on. (Of course, once I went on to church, I felt better and better.) Yes, I realize that I cannot expect to wake up every morning full of joy and anticipation of the new day. However, for each day, I can say a prayer of thanks and ask for God’s help to move forward.

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” –Isaiah 26:3

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It’s Really Thursday This Time!

Yay, it’s Thursday…and not just Thursday, but “Thankful Thursday!” Yep, I’m doing my TT post, and this time it’s being posted on Thursday! (Lately, the TT post is all the blogging I’ve had time for! I can’t believe the summer’s been busier than the school year in a way! …But praise the Lord that the kids and I have had so many opportunities for fellowship and fun! -) )

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To God Be The Glory

Words by: Fanny Crosby, 1875

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Refrain

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

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“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” –Psalm 8:1

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Here are just a few things I thank God for this week:

I Thank Him:

–For the Fri. night “lock-in” for the youth at our church. The kids had a lot of fun (and perhaps they also learned that a regular bed-time isn’t such a bad idea! ;-) )

–For snuggling time with my kids…and for the kids with whom I get to snuggle! -)

–For Sarah’s soccer team…she enjoys soccer so much, and she needs to get all that energy out somehow! (I take her to the practices, while Kerry stays home and spends some special time with Daddy. At Sarah’s last soccer practice, I walked around the outside track. It was a great stress-reliever and peaceful time for me…I communed with God as I walked).

–For the youth outing that the kids had on Wed. night. They rode on the bus with the church youth group and went to sing to one of the local nursing homes. Not only did they have fun just getting together, riding on the bus, etc., but they also brought some smiles to some lonely people.

–That I was able to mow my own yard this week. It felt great! O.k., well, that is…in some ways…physically, not so much! ;-) The body has a way of getting lazy and out-of-shape pretty quickly! -)

–For an encouraging Christian lady that He sent my way this past week. I was at Burger King with the kids; reading my daily devotional and scripture. I had already been uplifted by my scripture reading, and then afterward I ended up talking to this precious Christian lady. I know the Lord brought us together to encourage one another in the faith.

–For the sermon that our pastor brought Wed. night (concerning faith and perseverance from Hebrews 11…always a good topic for the Christian sojourner, I think!)

–For the message in this Wednesday’s “Our Daily Bread.” Just the day before, in a moment of weakness, I had the thought, “Is God really on my side?” I know I was starting to feel sorry for myself, but I also realized that I couldn’t let myself go down that path, and I couldn’t continue with wrong thinking like that! Well, the very next morning, I opened up my little devotional, and I found the following title: “Whose Side Is God On?

2 Chron. 15:2 says, “The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

I love the very first quote sited:

“I do not boast that God is on my side,” wrote Abraham Lincoln. “I humbly pray that I am on God’s side.”

*To read the entire devotional, you may click here.

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Well, if I had more time, I could easily go on and on with my thankful list, but while I’m typing, I’d be missing out on some more blessings! You see, about now is when I get to snuggle with the kiddos, and I don’t want to miss that! So, I’d better go for now, and meet you all back here next week!

For any of you reading “Thankful Thursday” for the first time…what are you thankful for? Just look around a little, and you may be surprised. I’m sure you’ll discover more blessings than you could have ever imagined!

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

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.

Where Am I…

…and how did I get here?!

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Well, I guess I’ve finally concluded and admitted that I’ve once again entered the “wilderness.” Somehow, I thought I could avoid this lonely, bleak territory, but I suppose that’s neither possible nor helpful. Nope…I don’t relish the idea of returning to this wilderness experience, but trying to avoid it, deny it, or run from it sure doesn’t help or work. In fact, even though I don’t see the reason for it, God knows the purpose, and He has a desired outcome. Not only can He bring good out of tragedy and sunshine after rain, but He can also make use of these dry spells. Any of these various experiences in life can draw us closer to God…if we let them.

Today, there’s a couple of tunes playing in my mind, as I consider this moment in time. (I’m calling this a “moment in time,” because no matter how long it lasts, it won’t last forever. Even our entire lifetime is but a vapor.) The first is a simple little chorus I used to sing as a child at church. I haven’t heard it in decades. However, today, this sweet, little song has come to my mind and heart many times…

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Last of the Sheep

My Lord knows the way through the wilderness.

All I have to do is follow.

My Lord knows the way through the wilderness.

All I have to do is follow.

Strength for today is mine all the way, and all I need for tomorrow.

My Lord knows the way through the wilderness. All I have to do is follow.

(© Sidney Cox, 1951. )

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The other song that goes along with the first is an old familiar hymn called “Trust and Obey.” Alas, I am a sheep…wandering around in confusing territory again. However, I do not have to go astray, and I am not truly lost. The shepherd is here with me…He knows the way. All I have to do is keep the faith, follow, and obey, and He will lead me out.

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Trust and Obey

By: John H. Sammis, 1887

  1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way!
    While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

    • Refrain:
      Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
      To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
  2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
    But His smile quickly drives it away;
    Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
    Can abide while we trust and obey.
  3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
    But our toil He doth richly repay;
    Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
    But is blessed if we trust and obey.
  4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
    Until all on the altar we lay;
    For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
    Are for them who will trust and obey.
  5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
    Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
    What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
    Never fear, only trust and obey.

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**I found the above hymn here.

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“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” –Isaiah 40:11

He Walks With Me (In The Garden)

I can’t count on always having many to walk with me, but He is always there. With Him, I don’t have to worry about having the right thing to say. In fact, I don’t even have to say anything at all. I don’t have to be concerned about being misunderstood, because He understands me better than anyone. He’s not just looking for fault in me, and when I do make mistakes, He’s always willing to forgive…

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In The Garden

By: Charles Austin Miles, 1913

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

I’d stay in the garden with Him
‘Tho the night around me be falling
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

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**Note: You may listen to this song, as sung by Anne Murray, by visiting here.

An Easter Hymn

Whenever I think of Easter, I think of this hymn:

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Up From The Grave He Arose

(Low In The Grave He Lay)

Words and music by: Robert Lowry

1. Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior,
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!
(Refrain)

2. Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior,
vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!
(Refrain)

3. Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior;
he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!
(Refrain)

Refrain:
Up from the grave he arose;
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
he arose a victor from the dark domain,
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

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**Found at HymnSite.com

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**Note:   The above hymn addresses the following scripture:

Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. 5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. 8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

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**Note:  See also John 20:1-18.