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More Holiness Give Me – hymn

Known to be called “My Prayer” by its composer, this hymn caught me by surprise this morning. Not because I don’t know it and not because I have never sung it. Quite the contrary – we have sung it often and I generally think about a phrase or two in it. Today, each word seemed to stand out a bit more strongly, grabbing my attention.

Each line is so packed full of meaning, of intensity, of where I need to be. I encourage you to read through this hymn slowly, steadily thinking on each line and how to apply it. There are so many scripture that jump to mind that go with each line of the hymn.

But my prayer, while reflected in each line, is definitely the final on:
More, Savior, like Thee.

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More Holiness Give More Holiness Give MeMe

lyrics and music: Philip P. Bliss (1873)

1 More holiness give me,
More striving within;
More patience in suff’ring,
More sorrow for sin;
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of His care.
More joy in His service,
More purpose in prayer.

2 More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord;
More pride in His glory,
More hope in His word.
More tears for His sorrows,
More pain at His grief;
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

3. More purity give me,
More strength to o’ercome;
More freedome from earth-stains,
More longings for home;
More fit for the kingdom,
More used would I be;
More blessed and holy,
More, Savior, like Thee.


In The Land of Fadeless Day (No Night There) ~ hymn

This week our hymn has been In The Land of Fadeless Day, also known as No Night There. It is a very beautiful, almost haunting melody that has a much sadder sound to me than the joyful words that are set to this melody.

What beautiful thought of the heaven, the city, prepared for us where day never fades, where the beauty will not pass away. The description of the city should make anyone desire to be in this place – gates of pearl, streets laid with gold, no night, a crystal river, but beat of all? No need for sunshine because the Lamb, Jesus, is there and He is the light. He is the only light we need.

God cares so much for us. He wipes away our tears, as the chorus states. He has created a place for us that is so beautiful, so pure, so full of hope that none of the worries, fears, and pains we have on this earth exist. What a lovely place. There is no night there.

Want to hear this song? Visit the Great Songs Chapel to hear this song sung by those who love the Lord.

God has give us such a clear set of expectations to be able to go to this amazing place. He states things clearly in His word. If you are in Him, you will be with Him. Search His word. Find those things that He says are required to spend eternity with Him. I hope you are in Him, in His kingdom, so that we can walk those streets paved with gold, view those pearly gates, and get to spend eternity singing His praises together. I hope to see you there.

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In The Land of Fadeless Day (No Night There)

words: John R. Clements, 1899
music: Hart P. Danks, 1899

1 In the land of fadeless day
lies the city four-square;
it shall never pass away
and there is no night there.

God shall wipe away all tears;
there’s no death, no pain, nor fears;
and thy count not time by years
for there is no night there.

2 All the gates of pearl are made
in the city four-square;
all the streets with gold are laid,
and there is no night there. [Refrain]

3 And the gates shall never close
in the city four-square,
there life’s crystal river flows,
and there is no night there. [Refrain]

4 There thy need no sunshine bright,
in that city four-square;
for the Lamb is all the light,
and there is no night there. [Refrain]

I’ll Live In Glory – hymn


Yesterday was so busy! I did not get to the computer to share a hymn but we really enjoyed singing this one last week. So, I decided to share it today, even though it is off of the norm by a day.

I found it interesting that the girls chose this one this week. One of the dear ladies at our congregation passed away this past week. She was such a blessing to everyone who knew her. She taught our babies in cradle roll class; she cooked for our elementary aged kiddos at summer camp every year; she quilted personalized quilts for our high school graduates. Ms. Denys was always smiling, even through her hardships. She was a bright spot in the life our of congregation. Ms. Denys will be missed but we know she is living in glory and she will be remembered.

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I’ll Live In Glory

words & music: J. M. Henson

1 I’d like to stay here longer than man’s allotted days;
And watch the fleeting changes of life’s uneven ways;
But if my Savior calls me to that sweet home on high,
I’ll live with Him forever in glory by and by.

O yes, I’ll live in glory by and by,
I’ll tell and sing love’s story there on high.
There with my dear Redeemer no more to die,
O yes, I’ll live in glory by and by.

2 I want to be of service along this pilgrim way,
And lead the lost to Jesus as fervently I pray;
As day by day I travel I’ll keep Him every nigh,
And live with Him forever in glory by and by. Chorus.

3 The end I know is nearing, by faith I look away,
To yonder home supernal, the land of endless day;
I’ll cling to Him forever and look beyond the sky,
And live with Him forever in glory by and by. Chorus


In Loving-Kindness Jesus Came

with-loving-kindness-jesus-cameOur hymn this week is a good reminder that God takes care of us through it all. We have chatted with the girls this week a bit more seriously than perhaps is normal since we have begun reading a couple of books with them during our devotional time. It has brought to us a bit more clearly just how much Jesus loves us.

He came to this earth. He lived a sinless life. Since the Bible tells us that Jesus experienced all the emotion and temptation that man does, I can only imagine just how difficult and weighty life must have been for Jesus. I don’t have the same temptations you do. But Jesus did. He had both yours AND mind AND everyone around us. Wow does Jesus love us!

He claimed me. And you. And anyone who will obey the will of the Father. (Matthew 7:21) In mercy, Jesus brought us out of our sin and shame. He lifted me out of the depths of despair, sin, and keeps me lifted. Even when I feel low, Jesus is holding me up.

I really was touched each time we sang the lines this week “He called me long before I heard, Before my sin-ful heart was stirred.” He didn’t wait to call me until I was ready. He called me and then wait on me to hear and respond. His grace is sufficient to lift me, to strengthen me, to be my strength.

Oh, praise His name, He lifted me!

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In Loving-Kindness Jesus Came

words & music: Charles H. Gabriel (1905)


1 In loving-kindness Jesus came
my soul in mercy to reclaim,
and from the depths of sin and shame
through grace He lifted me.

From sinking sand He lifted me,
with tender hand He lifted me,
from shades of night to plains of light,
O praise His name, He lifted me!

2 He called me long before I heard,
before my sinful heart was stirred,
but when I took Him at His word,
forgiven, He lifted me. [Refrain]

3 His brow was pierced with many a thorn,
His hands by cruel nails were torn,
when from my guilt and grief, forlorn,
in love He lifted me. [Refrain]

4 Now on a higher plane I dwell,
and with my soul I know ’tis well;
yet how or why, I cannot tell,
He should have lifted me. [Refrain]

I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say – hymn

Do you listen? I mean really listen? Deeply? Carefully?

When you take the time to listen, what do you hear? Do you hear the cares of the world? Your next commitment? You children needing something? Social media calling? The telephone ringing with the umpteen-millionth robo-dialed call? Your job? Your home-based business?

What do you hear?

What if you heard the voice of your Lord and Savior? What would He be saying to you? It would be personal, you know. He loves you, knows you, wants you to focus on Him. So His words? They would be for you.

That is what this song is to me. This week, each day, we started our time with this song. “I heard the voice of Jesus say . . .”

He was calling me to focus on Him. To lay down with him and allow Him to release the stress felt, the illnesses, the single-mom week, the “weary, worn, and sad.” He was calling me to take His “living water.” He was calling me to drink of that water and each time I did “my thirst was quenched, my soul revived.” He was calling to me to remind me that He is the light when things seem dark and dim. If I look to Him who is calling, I find “my star, my sun.”

Do you hear Jesus calling?

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I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

words: Horatius Bonar (1846)
music: John B. Dykes (1868)

1 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto me and rest;
lay down, O weary one, lay down
your head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
so weary, worn, and sad;
I found him in a resting place,
and he has made me glad.

2 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
the living water, thirsty one,
stoop down and drink and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

3 I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
look unto me; your morn shall rise,
and all your day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my star, my sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk
till traveling days are done.

Let The Beauty of Jesus Be Seen – hymn

I have had my mind occupied this week by what beauty looks like.

Is it just something that is easy on the eyes? Is it just nature? Is it something that is hard to name? Is it something that makes your world more pleasant? What is beauty and how do we see it?


Alyssa Ferguson was an example of the Beauty of Jesus. She faced life courageously, boldly, and while attempting to be the hands and feet of Jesus on this earth. She was beautiful! She faced six brain surgeries for cancer. She braved multiple types of treatments and trials to try to beat the cancer that took this beautiful soul from the earth this week. But you know what? Her beauty is living on. In Bold and Amazing ways!

Alyssa showed her heart when she was given a wish early on during her treatment. She gave that wish away. Not really but she wished for something that impacted a whole village in Zimbabwe – she wish for a well to be built so a village without clean water could have it. And it was granted. That village has clean water.

Alyssa’s beauty lives on through her memories, the people she touched, the faith she showed throughout all of her battle, and through the Alyssa’s World Changers Fund. She and her family began a fund in her name to continue partnering with organizations on the ground around the world that can dig water wells so others can lives and be healthy. It is called the World Changers Fund because Alyssa was changing the world in the ways she could and that was recognized by Matthew West, who wrote his song World Changers after learning of Alyssa’s Make A Wish.

World Changers don’t have to do something huge, though it may end up that way. They try to change their corners of the world. Whether big or small, we can all be World Changers. And in doing so, the beauty of Jesus is seen.

Today is Alyssa’s memorial service. If you want to see the world changed, please consider donating to Alyssa’s World Changers Fund. You can learn more at this link –

Alyssa’s World Changers Fund

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Let The Beauty of Jesus

words: Albert W. T. Orsbom (1916)
music: Tom M. Jones (1927)

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity;
May His spirit divine all my being refine,
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.

When somebody has been so unkind to you,
Some words spoken that pierces you thru and thru;
Think how He was beguiled, spat upon and reviled,
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.

From the dawn of the morning to close of day,
In example in deeds and in all you say;
Lay your gifts at His feet, ever strive to keep sweet,
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.

I Will Sing the Wondrous Story – hymn


Our hymn this last week has been “I Will Sing The Wondrous Story.” It was beautiful to watch Miss E sign this song while the rest of the family sang. The beauty of signing becomes all the more beautiful when we are singing about our Lord.

The words of this hymn pull you right in, thinking about all the Jesus did for us. From being lost to  being hurt to being in the darkness, Jesus comes for us, heals us, helps us. So we should sing.

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I Will Sing The Wondrous Story

words: Francis H. Rowley (1886)
music: Peter P. Bilhorn (1886)

I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me.
How He left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary.

Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ Who died for me,
Sing it with the saints in glory,
Gathered by the crystal sea.

I was lost, but Jesus found me,
Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
Drew me back into His way.


I was bruised, but Jesus healed me,
Faint was I from many a fall,
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
But He freed me from them all.


Days of darkness still come o’er me,
Sorrow’s path I often tread,
But His presence still is with me;
By His guiding hand I’m led.


He will keep me till the river
Rolls its waters at my feet;
Then He’ll bear me safely over,
Where the loved ones I shall meet.


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