Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day by Day


Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear,
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best-
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure",
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy word.
Help me Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting
Till I reach the promised land.

Linda Sandell Berg 1832-1903

This Hymn is very well known...but I wonder how this applies to you PERSONALLY.

For me...as I even wrote out each verse this morning ...touched me...VERY personally. The words penned by these authors surely were moved to write words that would apply to so many other saints of God.

Worldly music...to me...seems so impersonal...perhaps more Generic.

By Worldly, I mean; lets say Entertaining.

Definition: Entertain: to hold attention...to admit into the mind (NOTE-not heart!)

GENERIC
: like our medicines...NOT the REAL thing! I for one have had an allergic reaction to Generic meds! I didn't HELP my need!

Definition: Generic: NOT protected.

This Hymn...has the protection of God's promises! Found in HIS WORD!

For all the promises of God in him, are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. II Corinthians 1:20

Notice even one of the verses in this Hymn says:

The protection of his child and treasure Is a charge that on Himself He laid; "As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure," This the pledge to me He made.

A pledge...a PROMISE.

Help me then in every tribulation So to trust Thy promises, O Lord....

Trust those promises. TRUST: definition: Confidence...surety...committed.

And so this morning this Hymn applies to me..PERSONALLY.

Day by Day... I rely on God, on His promises, on His mercies...to get me through my own "personal" trials. With a special mercy for each hour.

..faiths sweet consolation...Offered within Thy Holy Word.

It is here that I find my (sweet) consolation..THE WORD OF GOD. My TREASURE.

HIS WORDS to me..personally.




Genesis 1:5a And God called the light Day...

The first DAY...bore LIGHT.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

I must needs...keep HIS WORD in my heart each DAY...Day by Day.

The trial of this day for me...missing my children and grand children.

A great void in my life...yet, never far from my heart.

God HIMSELF..fills this void as none other can...by the mercies of each hour.

By his loving promises found in HIS WORD.

Truly..Day by Day...Til I reach the promised land.

May God strengthen you this day in your hour of trial..

This is the day...rejoice! God's promises are yours!

HOPE by the way..photo collage is of my g'children!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy the Home When God Is There



Hap-py the home when God is there, And love fills ev-'ry breast,
When one their wish and one their prayer And one their heave'nly rest.

Hap-py the home where Je-sus' name Is sweet to ev-'ry ear
When children ear-ly list His fame And par-ents hold Him dear.

Hap-py the home where prayer is heard And praise is want to rise,
Where par-ents love the sa-cred Word And all its wis-dom prize.

Lord, let us in our homes a-gree This bless-ed peace to gain,
U-nite our hearts in love to thee And love to all will reign.

Henry Ware, the younger, 1794-1843
John B. Dykes, 1823-1876


EXCEPT the LORD build the house,
they labour in vain that build it...
Psalm 127:1a


Built within from the heart...
a heart of faith that trust God...

Built within from the heart...
in obedience to HIS WORD...

Built within from the heart...
in a daily walk according to HIS will...

Built within from the heart...
with thanksgiving and praise...

Built within...of LOVE for CHRIST
and the witness of HIS GRACE.

Then HAPPY the HOME
when GOD... IS THERE.

Hope 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brethren, We Have Met to Worship


On our trip up north to visit our daughter; we also had the wonderful privilege of attending her church...and not only that, her dad was asked to take one of the Sunday services. What a wonderful open door to share in the fellowship of God's work in another town...another likeminded church...another labour of Grace!

My daughter and her dad sang a special together..."IT IS FINISHED"

Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. Psalm 135:3

The Pastor of her church...excellent PREACHING...reminded us of HOME. What joy when the brethren dwell together in unity...Preaching the same Truth's of the BLESSED KING JAMES BIBLE!

BEHOLD, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down the skirts of his garments:
As the dew of Hermon and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalm 133


I'm amazed how visiting different churches around the country..you always seem to find one or two people that resembles one dear to your heart..back HOME!

We felt so welcomed...and so a part of their FELLOWSHIP!

Then on our way home as previously mentioned in my last post...the wonderful FELLOWSHIP of dear Christians in their home...might as well have been church; as we shared testimonies of GOD's GRACE and just WORSHIPPED the LORD in praising HIS work in our lives.

Brethren, We have Met to Worship

Brethren we have met to worship And adore the Lord our God
Will you pray with all your power, While we try to preach the Word?
All is vain unless the Spirit Of the Holy One comes down
Brethren pray and holy manna Will be showered all around.

George Atkins, 19th Century

And..it surely was sweet manna as we listened to my daughter's Pastor Preach THE WORD...as we listened to brethren sing special songs on their hearts and share testimonies.

How thankful and full of joy was my heart..when my young grand daughter raised her little hand and told how THANKFUL she was to God for bringing her Nana and Papa safely to visit! Then the following Sunday before my husband preached..my eldest grandson testified of the ENCOURAGEMENT we were to him during our visit. PRAISE GOD!

Then my heart wanted to sing as we parted...

God Be with You

God be with you till we meet again..By His counsels guide uphold you
With his sheep securely fold you
God be with you till we meet again

Till we meet...till we meet
Till we meet at Jesus feet
Till we meet...till we meet
God be with you till we meet again.

Jeremiah E. Rankin, 1828-1904

There is a hymn to fit EVERY area of our lives...to sing praises to GOD ...to reflect on HIS goodness...to sing of his mercies...it goes on and on...

and to these dear Brethren...our friends...

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.
Philippians 1:3


HOPE

Friday, October 1, 2010

Hymn and Devotional Series...Showers of Blessings



As I go through this series...I want to either reflect upon a devotional thought or something that has happened in regards to the Hymn chosen.

I just returned from a trip to upstate New York to visit my eldest daughter and her four children...MY beautiful, fun,loving GRAND CHILDREN! The entire visit was Showered with Blessings!! With this thought...I'd like to share some of the moments and the Hymn.

There Shall Be Showers of Blessing...note the Hymn title...there SHALL!!!

not might be..could be...SHALL BE!!! What a promise!!

There shall be showers of blessing
This is the promise of Love,
There shall be seasons refreshing
Sent from the Saviour above.

Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need
Mercy drops round us are falling, But for the showers we plead.


Daniel W. Whittle, 1840-1901 James McGranahan, 1840-1907

As an empty nester, my heart continually longs for the hugs and love of my children and grandchildren. The VOID at times seems unbearable...but GOD my Saviour has continually lifted my heart with rejoicing as I walk with him. Such comfort comes when I have put my trust in HIM and realized MY LIFE is NOT...my own. Therefore, whatever STATE I am in...I MUST be content; and live ONE day at a time. I have found that in yielding my heart in this manner...I can...and do...make it through those Seasons of loneliness.

As the song says...There SHALL be seasons refreshing...Sent from the Father above.

Showers of blessings we NEED... God knows them ALL! PRAISE HIS NAME!

I was surprised when I left them...the PEACE that came instead of a heavy heart..as I anticipated I'd have...But, peace comes at SUCH A TIME!!

Oh, the Showers of Blessing we enjoyed during our visit!

Fellowship with Saints at my daughter's TWO churches! TWO because of the weather where she lives...one is closer in time of SNOW and the other where she use to live and couldn't leave them! BLESSINGS of answered prayer in God's care, while her husband is serving in Afghanistan. TWO churches watching over her family.

How THANKFUL I am. Showers of Blessings!!

I will post more about our trip with Hymns...

But, I also wanted to share how this song came to mind also as we traveled the roads home. A long 18 hour trip. Raining the entire time. My son living in North Carolina called us in concern over the weather; warning us that the entire East Coast was expecting Thunderstorms and high winds. (Tropical conditions). If you know me...I do NOT like driving in storms...let alone at night; which is when we would be arriving to the North Carolina border. FUN.

I bowed my head in prayer...and gave my day to the LORD. I decided then and there..that I was NOT going to worry...I WAS GOING TO TRUST THE LORD!!! Whatever YOUR WILL LORD...let it be.

That morning in my devotional reading...Proverbs of the day...

Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

As we began to approach some heavier weather and a vehicle accident...bringing us to a complete stop...sitting there for quite some time. I had hoped to meet up with a dear friend on the way home, but text her that due to time and weather; we wouldn't be able, as I didn't want them driving out in the HORRIBLE weather. She called back and said, she and her family INSISTED we stop in AND stay overnight! Since we were sitting there and had no where to go...My husband said..WE SHOULD.

We just so happened...to be at HER exit! and able to drive a back road to her home...have a wonderful meal together...SHOWERED WITH BLESSINGS...of GODLY fellowship, a soft bed and her dad made us breakfast before departing...at 7:30 in the MORNING. LOVE of BRETHREN!!!

and...we drove home in the LIGHT of the day and SUNSHINE all the way home!!!

The next two days...ALL the areas we had traveled were under flooding conditions and strong winds...

Truly, we do not know what a day brings forth...

some..full of wonderful SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS!!!

PRAISE THE LORD...he truly cares for even the smallest matters in our lives!

I pray this was an encouragement to you...in trusting the LORD...a little more...EACH DAY.

HOPE