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Category Archives: Hymns

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Tethered to my Anchor or set adrift?

  This morning, when I went on Facebook, two verses show up in my “memories” from something I posted a year ago. I never could’ve imagined how appropriate those verses would be today. Ephesians 6:6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: Some days being a “menpleaser” is simply not possible. You cannot please everyone. If you make one person happy, you tick off another. Picture a puppy dog trying to catch his own tail. Are you doing […]

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Today is Musical Wednesday on Faith in Writing, but I lost my song

I’m in mourning. Some people don’t understand the relationship a person has with their pets. They cannot understand the deep sorrow felt at their loss. Yesterday, our 17 year old lab/pitt mix somehow wandered out of the house. When we realized he was out, we were unable to find him. During that time, a neighbor from a few streets away happened by him and called local veterinarians to see if he might be a patient. We spent our first night in this house on Friday, so he didn’t see a local vet yet, he saw one in Sweet Valley, PA and another veterinarian made house calls. Anyway, not being able to track us down, despite […]

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Heaven Came Down

I spent the past few weeks writing a Christmas themed novella. Those who know the Bible well, know that Jesus wasn’t born in December. Furthermore, He never asked us to celebrate His birthday. He asked that we memorialize His death by taking of the bread and the wine, until He returns. Turning down the project was an option I considered. I could have said ‘no’ to writing anything that revolved around a misrepresentation of the timing of the physical manifestation of the Son of God, who left his heavenly throne to come down here and be born to a woman.  Yet, I chose to write the book. I wrote the story because in December when […]

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Worship Music

Lately, I’ve found organized church music to be more stressful than joyful. It’s time for me to take a step back and remember what it is about music that makes me love it so much. Music is a gift from the Lord. He knew we would need a way to express our appreciation for all He’s given us. He encourages us to worship through it. Psalms 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. He’s also called us to be separate. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; […]

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A guest post by Gina Holder: Have You Lost Your Song?

Please welcome Gina Holder to Faith in Writing. She has written a post for our Musical Wednesdays feature. On any given Sunday morning in any given church, there’s one thing that stands out above anything else. Many in the congregation are not singing. They don’t even hold a hymnal and pretend to sing. They stand there like stoic beings with their arms crossed and not a word of praise passes over their lips. Music is one of the most basic instincts of man, along with food, shelter, and clothing. I’m sure you’ve seen the videos—little babies “shaking their booty.” I’ve seen dancing parrots and singing dogs… you name it, someone has filmed it. Music is […]

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Singing and making melody in my heart

It’s gratitude Friday. This feature does something special for me. It reminds me to look at my blessings. Today, I have something new for which to be grateful. We are in the process of buying a new house. We’ve been searching for quite some time. I believe, that we have come to an agreement on a property. Very exciting. Beautiful barn for the animals. Good horse property. I’m looking forward to spending time there on the back deck and the screen porch. It will be lovely. In addition to that, we have choir practice today. Sometimes choir practice is more stressful than fun, usually when we concern ourselves too much with mechanics and too little […]

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Where’s the love?

  I asked the choir to sing “Love Lifted Me” yesterday. We arrived at practice and Pastor Dave was whistling it. I had chosen two much slower songs and thought an upbeat one would be an improvement. The song was a success. The choir sounded great. The congregation enjoyed singing along. (I didn’t sing with the choir because I’m still having pain where that tooth was pulled that doesn’t allow me to keep my mouth open long enough for practice and service, but that’s another story.) Then the service started. I’d be lying if I said the idea for this blog post hit me then. In all honesty, I wondered why we sang the song. […]

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A GUEST POST BY AMBER SCHAMEL: Life is Worth the Living Just Because He Lives

Please welcome Amber Schamel to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Life is Worth the Living Just Because He Lives by Amber Schamel Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God. ~Ps. 42:11 Discouragement is strong and real. Depression even more. I know it exists. I’ve fought it myself. But I thought I was one of a minority. As our family has traveled the globe through our ministry, I have been shocked at the vast amount of people who struggle with it severely. Chronically. Every day. In every country. And even more appalling, is that it […]

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A GUEST POST BY JENNA VICTORIA: CHANGING HEARTS, NOT CIRCUMSTANCES

Please welcome Jenna Victoria to Faith in Writing. She has written a guest post for the Musical Wednesdays Feature. Jenna is doing a giveaway of a winning Reader’s choice of audiobook or ebook of Love Among the Lilacs. Leave a comment for a chance to win. I’m thrilled to be visiting Musical Wednesdays today to offer thoughts on my life hymn, Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart. As background, the text of this hymn was written by Anglican Minister George Croly, born in 1780 and who successfully ministered to churches in the slums of London for fifty-odd years. He wrote many similar compositions and published a collection in 1854 entitled Psalms and Hymns for […]

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Surrender

One of the most rewarding things we can do in life is surrender. Wave the white flag. Give up. No, surrender doesn’t make us a coward. It means we’ve finally come to realize that we can’t fix everything. When we reach the end of ourselves and surrender to God we find a peace. It doesn’t mean that nothing ever bothers us again, but we know that He knows the end from the beginning. Whatever it is that is causing us turmoil, making us lose sleep, and giving us a severe headache is easily understood from His perspective. He can see what will happen. He wants the best for us. Sometimes giving us the best will […]

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