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Count Your Blessings ~ hymn

Count Your Blessings

I don’t know about you but I see many blessings in the little things. Today, we came home from church and I got started on lunch. Without any request for help or any comment, Miss J popped into the kitchen and started helping. She asked what she could do and then did it. She helped with the potatoes, the veggies, setting the table, and getting drinks. All with cheerful heart and spirit. She even stood beside me humming this song and then singing the words as she worked. It cheered my heart.

Blessings can be found all around us. It just takes doing what this hymn tells us to – count your blessings, name them one by one.

Some times that is much harder than other times. It is hard to count blessings when what is constantly taking up your attention is worries and stresses. Even just busy-ness can keep us from seeing what is right in front of us – God’s blessings. All around.

Try humming the melody. I’ll bet you are seeing blessings around you by the time you get through the melody once. 🙂

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Click through to In Search of the Lord’s Way and find Count Your Blessings under the C listings. Click the arrow next to it to hear the song.

Count Your Blessings

lyrics: Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1897)
music: Edwin O. Excell (1897)

1 When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

2 Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by. [Refrain]

3 When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high. [Refrain]

4 So, amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. [Refrain]

More Love To Thee ~ hymn

More Love To Thee Hymn

We have an upcoming review that is a book on the life of Elizabeth Prentiss. She is the lyricist of the hymn More Love To Thee. This is a solemn, heart-felt plea to God to bring the singer closer to Him. The words show the depth of earthly pain that is felt while understanding that God can use that to bring us deeper into His love, into His heart.

Before reading the biography on Elizabeth Prentiss, I had heard and sung this hymn often. It is deep and rich if one takes the time to consider the words of the hymn and truly sing the words as coming from your own heart. A beautiful hymn.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

More Love To Thee

lyrics: Elizabeth Prentiss (1856)
music: William H. Doane (1832-1915)

1 More love to Thee, O Christ,
More love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make
On bended knee;
This is my earnest plea:
More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee,
More love to Thee!

2 Once earthly joy I craved,
Sought peace and rest;
Now Thee alone I seek,
Give what is best;
This all my prayer shall be:
More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee,
More love to Thee!

3 Let sorrow do its work, send grief or pain;
Sweet are Thy messengers, sweet their refrain;
When they can sing with me,
More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee,
More love to Thee!

4 Then shall my latest breath
Whisper Thy praise;
This be the parting cry
My heart shall raise;
This still its prayer shall be:
More love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee,
More love to Thee!

 

 

‘Tis Set, The Feast Divine ~ hymn

Tis Set The Feast Divine hymn

At Home Dad led the singing this morning at worship and he chose another hymn that I was not familiar with to sing prior to sharing communion. This hymn is by L. O. Sanderson and Vana R. Raye. It is a beautiful melody with words that really focused in on the Lord’s Supper which we were about to eat. It is not long but the focus is sharp.

Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, and Luke 22:17-23 all give account of Jesus eating the Passover feast with His disciples. During this, He gave them instruction to remember Him through the eating of the bread and the drinking of the fruit of the vine until He returns. Paul reiterated these instructions in I Corinthians 11.

Jesus gave his life so that we may have life. He commanded us to continue to remember this by sharing this memorial feast each week together. This hymn helps us to focus on the pieces of that feast – the bread representing his body on the cross and the fruit of the vine representing his blood. His death is what we should focus on so that we see the sacrifice given in our place.

And that is followed by the resurrection of Jesus which replaced death with life and sin with holiness. Jesus’ sacrifice is remembered each week by those of His church and this hymn give great focus to that memorial feast.

‘Tis Set, The Feast Divine

lyrics: Vana R. Raye
music: S.O. Sanderson

1. ‘Tis set, the feast divine –
The bread, the fruit of the vine –
And saints commune before the shrine,
In the supper of the Lord.

2. May we the Lord discern,
His death our holy concern;
We feast in faith, His coming yearn,
In the supper of the Lord.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

How Sweet How Heavenly ~ hymn

How Sweet How Heavenly hymn

There are times in our lives when it feels like many, many we know are going through difficult struggles. Whether it is illness, death of a loved one who has struggled with health for a long while, death of a loved one that was sudden and unexpected, or feeling downtrodden with all that this earthly life holds for us, we all feel that sadness and lack of hope once in a while. But, we should find that hope. After all, we have hope in Christ. He promises us that. And we have a sweetness that is found only in Him and in our family through Him. Those around us are ready and willing to lift you in your times of struggle. They are also ready to be there in times of peacefulness and joy. Love is what ties all of this together. So love one another as Christ loves each of us.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Listen to this hymn at In Search of the Lord’s Way. The titles are alphabetical and you’ll just need to click the arrow to the left of the title for How Sweet, How Heavenly.

How Sweet, How Heavenly

lyrics: Joseph Swain (1792)
music: William B. Bradbury (1844)

  1. How sweet, how heav’nly is the sight,
    When those that love the Lord
    In one another’s peace delight,
    And thus fulfill His Word.
  2. When each can feel his brother’s sigh
    And with him bear a part;
    When sorrow flows from eye to eye,
    And joy from heart to heart.
  3. When, free from envy, scorn, and pride,
    Our wishes all above,
    Each can his brother’s failings hide,
    And show a brother’s love.
  4. When love, in one delightful stream,
    Through every bosom flows;
    When union sweet, and dear esteem,
    In every action glows.
  5. Love is the golden chain that binds
    The happy souls above;
    And he’s an heir of Heav’n who finds
    His bosom glow with love.

Beneath The Cross of Jesus ~ hymn

Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Something that always brings me peace is the cross of Jesus. Yes, I realize that it is also a place of great pain and anguish. But the peace comes from the recognition that in the cross I have hope and a future. Without the cross, I do not have a hope or a future. With no hope, no future, there is no peace.

Jesus took on my sin while on the cross and put it to death. When he rose from the grave, he conquered death and removed sin. Through him, and only him, is there true peace. So that cross is a peaceful thing for me.

This words of this hymn reflect that peace can be found in the shadow of the cross. It is a refuge.

Beneath The Cross of Jesus

words: Elizabeth Clephane (1872)
music: Frederick C. Maker (1881)

1 – Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a might rock within a weary land,
A home within the wilderness,
A rest upon the way.
From the burning of the noon-tide heat and the burden of the day.

2 – O safe and happy shelter, O refuge tried and sweet,
O trysting place where heaven’s love and heaven’s justice meet!
As to the holy patriarch,
That wondrous dream was giv’n.
So seems my Savior’s cross to me, a ladder up to heav’n.

3 – Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me.
And from my smitten heart
Two wonders I confess:
The wonders of His glorious love and my own worthlessness.

4 – I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place.
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of His face.
Content to let the world go by,
To know no gain or loss,
My sinful self, my only shame, My glory all the cross.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

 

God Give Us Christian Homes ~ hymn

God Give Us Christian Homes

Do you ever love the words of a song because they challenge you and remind you what you should be striving for? This is one of those hymns for me. The gentle melody reminds me that I should be a calm presence in our home. (Something that I am striving for because, well, I lose my patience and get tired and all those other things that shorten my temper.) I am reminded to make the Bible a centerpiece of our home, our daily life, our teachings. I am reminded that hospitality should be a big part of life. I see that joy and love and song should be expected and a way of life. But as I was reading these lyrics again this evening, one line stuck out at me.

“Homes where the Lord is an honored guest.”

It gave me pause. What does that look like? What does that sound like? When we honor someone, we give them the best of what we have – our things, our money, and more. But what about our time? Am I giving the best of that, as well? When I honor someone, I put that person before myself. I think more about what is right for them, not me. I give them the best of all I have.

So, it is time to ask myself – do I treat the Lord as an honored guest?

As I strive to make mine a Christian home, I need to keep asking these questions so that I can make myself a better example of Christ for my children and to show the love of Christ to the world around me.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

God Give Us Christian Homes

words & music: Baylus B McKinney

  1. God give us Christian homes!
    Homes where the Bible is loved and taught,
    Homes where the Master’s will is sought,
    Homes crowned with beauty Your love has wrought;
    God give us Christian homes;
    God give us Christian homes!
  2. God give us Christian homes!
    Homes where the father is true and strong,
    Homes that are free from the blight of wrong,
    Homes that are joyous with love and song;
    God give us Christian homes;
    God give us Christian homes!
  3. God give us Christian homes!
    Homes where the mother, in caring quest,
    Strives to show others Your way is best,
    Homes where the Lord is an honored guest;
    God give us Christian homes;
    God give us Christian homes!
  4. God give us Christian homes!
    Homes where the children are led to know
    Christ in His beauty who loves them so,
    Homes where the altar fires burn and glow;
    God give us Christian homes;
    God give us Christian homes!

Bring Christ Your Broken Life ~ hymn

bring christ your broken life

Life can be hard. Difficulties make us feel alone, abandoned, broken. But we are not alone. We are not abandones. We may be broken but not without hope.  This hymn is about that hope that comes through Christ.

Bring Christ your broken life, so marred by sin, He will create anew, make whole again; your empty, wasted years, He will restore, and your iniquities remember no more.

Bring Him your every care, if great or small- whatever troubles you- O bring it all! Bring Him the haunting fears, the nameless dread; Thy heart He will relieve, and lift thy head.

Bring Him your weariness, receive His rest; weep out your blinding tears upon His breast; His love is wonderful, His pow’r is great, And none that trust in Him shall be desolate.

Christ is waiting for you, for you to bring your brokenness to Him. He will strengthen you. He will help you and lift you.

Doesn’t it sound wonderful to know that we will not be desolate?

Visit In Search of the Lord’s Way. Beside the hymn title, click on the play button to enjoy listening to this hymn.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

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