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No Not One ~ hymn

No Not One

We were singing this hymn today. My youngest leaned over and said, “Mom, that song is wrong. Jesus is NOT lowly! We should be singing ‘There’s not a friend like the holy Jesus.’ Then it would be right.”

How right she is. He is far from a lowly person in the sense of the world. He is, however, a great example of being lowly, as in humble. He did not brag. He did not toot his own horn, so to speak. He did not yell loudly to gain attention.

Our Lord did what He came to this earth to do – teach the truth, heal those who needed it, and show us the way to Heave – all of this following the Father’s plan.

What a wonderful example of serving humbly and walking in the path set out for us.

May we all be like the holy, lowly Jesus.

At Home.

No Not One

words: Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1895)
music: George C Hugg (1895)

1 There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus –
No, not one! no, not one!
None else could heal all our soul’s diseases –
No, not one! no, not one!

Jesus knows all about our struggles,
He will guide till the day is done;
There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus –
No, not one! no, not one!

2 No friend like hHim is so high and holy –
No, not one! no, not one!
And yet no friend is so meek and lowly –
No, not one! no, not one! [Refrain]

3 There’s not an hour that he is not near us –
No, not one! no, not one!
No night so dark but His love can cheer us –
No, not one! no, not one! [Refrain]

4 Was e’er a gift like the Savior given?
No, not one! no, not one!
Will he refuse us a home in heaven?
No, not one! no, not one! [Refrain]


Oft We Come Together ~ hymn

Oft We Come Together

Worship services serve a great purpose in the life of Christ’s church. They are for worship. They are for encouragement. They are for learning. They are for teaching. They are for support. They are for help. They are for prayer. They are for many, many things. This hymn reminds us that the things we do when we come together are all a part of worship and praise of God.

It is a really nice reminder of worship time together. Singing, praying, giving back to the Lord from the many resources He has given us stewardship over, and taking communion together (the bread and the cup) – each of these parts of worship help us to be closer to our Lord and to encourage each other.

As I was writing this, I was humming this song quietly to myself. Within just a few moments, the girls had started singing it along with my humming. So we sang it together a couple of times. They all commented on the thought of this song. One to definitely keep around.

Here is a video of a congregation singing it, though it never actually showed the people. Still, a nice congregational singing of a good hymn? Always a joy for me.

At Home.

Oft We Come Together

words & music: Tillit S. Teddlie (1944)

1 Oft we come together,
Oft we sing and pray;
Here we bring our off-ring
On this holy day.

Help us Lord
Thy love to see.
May we all in truth and spirit
Worship Thee.

2 May we keep in mem’ry
All that Thou hast said;
May we truly worship
As we eat this bread.

3 May we all in spirit,
All with one accord,
Take this cup of blessing
Given by the Lord.

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me ~ hymn

Jesus Savior pilot me

As we were reading this evening (Friday), we read this hymn – Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me. I was not familiar with it so after we finished our reading, I headed to the good ol’ search engine and typed in the first line. What I found was a lovely hymn that had some really nice lyrics and a pleasant, easy to sing melody line.

Who knew that we would find a new hymn while reading? In the book, a storm is surrounding the family and they are struggling to keep their peace while waiting to be safely removed from the coming danger. This was a perfect setting for this hymn and we see it bringing peace to the family.

If you are in a tempestuous sea, perhaps this will resonate with you.

“Jesus, Savior, pilot me.”

At Home.

 Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

lyrics: Edward Hopper (1871)
music: John E. Gould (1871)

1 Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal;
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me!

2 As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boist’rous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say’st to them, “Be still!”
Wondrous Sov’reign of the sea,
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me!

3 When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
‘Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
“Fear not, I will pilot thee!”

I Know That My Redeemer Lives ~ hymn

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Today’s hymn is one that I have sung from childhood. It often pops to mind when I am struggling with things. Listen to it at Great Songs Chapel. You can also find it at In Search of the Lord’s Way by going to the alphabetical listing and clicking on the arrow beside the title.

It focuses on what is true, what is KNOWN. That is the focus “I Know.” And what is known?

  • My Redeemer lives. – He is alive, currently living.
  • He prays for me. – I am in His keeping and He prays that I will stay there.
  • He gives eternal life, free from sin and sorrow. – He is the only one who has the offer of freedom from sin and sorrow.
  • My Redeemer wants me to be holy. – In what I say, in what I think, and in what I do I should be holy as He is holy. In doing so, I may be with him when I leave this earthly life.
  • He offers grace to sinful men. – God offers grace to all. Not those who are “good.” Not to those who are the “best.” All. All are offered grace because we are all sinful. He gives us grace in spite of who we are and He is coming again to take us to heaven
  • I know that He has prepared a place for me. – Heaven has been prepared for me. And for you. And for all who accept this grace that God gives to all. It is not something temporal; it is eternal.

What freedom is there in knowing, really KNOWING, these things about My Redeemer! I know these things without a doubt. And because of knowing this, I have a comfort here on this earth. I know that no matter what is brought my way and thrown in my path, I have My Redeemer who is alive and doing these things for me. Knowing that He is praying and preparing for just me, little ol’ me, makes me feel stronger and I can face the next hurdle because of KNOWING this.

At Home.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Words: Fred A. Filmore
Music:  Fred A. Filmore

I know that my Redeemer lives,
And ever prays for me;
I know eternal life He gives,
From sin and sorrow free.


He wills that I should holy be,
In word, in tho’t, in deed;
Then I His holy face may see,
When from this earth-life freed.


I know that unto sinful men
His saving grace is nigh;
I know that He will come again
To take me home on high.


I know that over yonder stands
A place prepared for me;
A home, a house not made with hands,
Most wonderful to see.


I know, I know that my Redeemer lives,
I know, I know eternal life He gives;
I know, I know that my Redeemer lives.

Ancient Words ~ hymn

The Zoe Group has a really nice song called “Ancient Words.” The lyrics to this song are impactful, strong, and important.


Words of life, words of hope Give us strength, help us cope

These lyrics really struck me this morning as we were singing this song. A dear friend’s husband was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last week and these words struck me because without the Word of God, we have no life, no hope, no strength. In times of extreme peril and hurt, we turn to the Word of God. We hear Him speaking to us, telling us that He is the Lord, He is in control.

If we listen to these ancient words that have come down to us over the ages, we find the words to help us deal with what life throws at us. We find strength to face the things we never image we will have to. We find hope amid trials.

Ancient words, ever true, changing me and changing you

When you spend time in God’s word, do you feel changed? Do you allow it to change you? When we truly listen to what God is speaking through His Word, we cannot help but be changed by it.

What hope is given, what strength, what changes!

God is faithful to work in my life when I listen to the ancient words that He has given me. It is His way of speaking to me and I need to listen so I will be changed.

At Home.

Ancient Words

I Love To Tell The Story ~ hymn

Are you a story teller? What is your favorite story to tell? I love to listen to a good storyteller tell a good story. There is so much interest generated. The storyteller is fascinating to watch, as her every being is invested in the story that she is sharing. You can feel the intensity, the interest, the fascination when a storyteller is really good at it.

I think of some of my favorite Bible class teachers as storytellers, telling the most wonderful story that exists – that of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. When the story is being told, it is less like a telling and more like a sharing, though. When someone is sharing about Jesus, they are inviting you in to become a part of that story, to be invested in it yourself.

One of my young men in Bible class came to me the other day and absolutely made my year – he told me how much he enjoys being in my Bible class and how much he will miss is next year. That, folks! That is why I teach Bible class. Because the students – whether you are teaching adults or babies, whether at a church building or in your living room or sitting on the sidewalk because that is where you happen to be – the students want to know Jesus. No – they NEED to know Jesus.

This hymn is one that has always touched me but I find it becoming much more poignant as I get older and experience more of life. And as the lyrics mention, those who know it always want to know more. It is a theme – knowing Jesus and striving to follow His footsteps (makes me think of another hymn – Footprints of Jesus that make the pathway glow; I will follow the steps of Jesus where e’re they go. – but then that take me on a tangent, doesn’t it?).

Are you hungering and thirsting to know the story of Jesus? Will it be your theme when Jesus calls his own to glory?

At Home.

To hear this sung, please visit In Search of the Lord’s Way and click on the arrow beside the title of this hymn. It will play right in the browser.

I Love to Tell the Story

lyrics: Kate Hankey (1866)
music: William G. Fisher (1869)

1 I love to tell the story
of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory,
of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
because I know ’tis true;
it satisfies my longings
as nothing else can do.

I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story
of Jesus and his love.

2 I love to tell the story;
’tis pleasant to repeat
what seems, each time I tell it,
more wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story,
for some have never heard
the message of salvation
from God’s own Holy Word. [Refrain]

3 I love to tell the story,
for those who know it best
seem hungering and thirsting
to hear it, like the rest.
And when in scenes of glory
I sing the new, new song,
’twill be the old, old story
that I have loved so long. [Refrain]


Give Me Thy Heart ~ hymn

Give Me Thy Heart

Yesterday evening, we went to a hymn singing. A local congregation invited anyone who wanted to come to do so and we just sat and sang praises to God for well over an hour. It was hot (their air conditioner just wasn’t keeping up for some reason) but it was so joyful. It was thrilling to sit and sing praises with brothers and sisters and just enjoy singing. No time frame, no concerns about what was next on the worship list, nothing but joy. It was such a pleasure and I can’t wait to do it again.

While At Home Dad was looking through the songbook to choose the songs he was going to lead when it was his turn, he came across this one. It is not one he knows and I don’t know it either. But look at the words

“Give Me thy heart,” says the Father above,
No gift so precious to Him as our love.
Softly He whispers wherever thou art,
“Gratefully trust Me, and give Me thy heart.”

Isn’t that just like our God? Inviting us gently, reminding us often – He doesn’t want grand sacrifices (though some sacrifice may have to made). He doesn’t want offerings. He doesn’t want a list of good works we have done.

He wants our hearts.

That’s it.

“Give Me thy heart, ” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again.
“Turn now from sin and from evil depart,
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.”

My savior wants me. He wants me to know him and to accept him and to give him my heart. But in order to truly give him my heart, not just to say I have done it but to really DO it, I have to turn from sin and evil. Sometimes, that is harder than I care to recognize. It is so easy to think things I shouldn’t about someone or to assume the worst motives instead of the best. But if I am giving my savior my heart, I have to assume the worst and keep a tight reign on my tongue.

“Give me thy heart,” says the Spirit divine,
“All that thou hast, to My keeping resign.
Grace more abouding is Mine to impart,
Make full surrender and give Me thy heart.”

And that is our final call, isn’t it? To “make FULL surrender.” Not a piece of it, not half. Full. That means I don’t get to hold anything back. I like being “in control” even though I know that really I’m not. But if I give full surrender, I am committing everything to God and letting Him take care of it all.

I have not been doing that lately. I have been holding close to my heart some things that I need to let God take care of. I have been praying a lot lately that God will take them and not let me have them back. I don’t want them. I want to trust Him with them. And that is where the full surrender comes in.

So, full surrender it is. God, please take my heart. It is yours. Guide me and direct my paths.

At Home.


Give Me Thy Heart

lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt (1898)
music: William J. Kirkpatrick (1898)

1 “Give Me thy heart,” says the Father above,
No gift so precious to Him as our love.
Softly He whispers wherever thou art,
“Gratefully trust Me, and give Me thy heart.”

“Give Me thy heart, 
Give Me thy heart,”
Hear the soft whisper, wherever thou art;
From this dark world
He would draw thee apart,
Speaking so tenderly, “Give Me thy heart.”


2.”Give Me thy heart, ” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again.
“Turn now from sin and from evil depart,
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.” Refrain:

3.”Give me thy heart,” says the Spirit divine,
“All that thou hast, to My keeping resign.
Grace more abouding is Mine to impart,
Make full surrender and give Me thy heart.” Refrain:

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