Category Archives: Golden Oldie Hymns

Posts about the old hymns

Life Song ~ This is My Story

Daisy ~ a perfect picture of praise.  This is my favorite of the daisy photos I took recently.

Daisy ~ a perfect picture of praise. This is my favorite of the daisy photos I took recently.

I am not sure where I first heard of picking a song and a verse that best describes you.  As soon as I heard about this concept, though, I knew instantly which song and verse to choose.  Today, I will post my Life Song and then tomorrow, my verse.

Blessed Assurance is not only my favorite of the old hymns, but characterizes how I long to live ~ praising my Savior all the day long, knowing Jesus is mine.  It is how I would want the story of my life recorded.  That, no matter the difficulties, God’s praise is on still my lips.  I know that I am not even close to fulfilling this, but it is my heart’s desire.

As to the photos, daisies just seemed to fit this idea of praise.  Petals spread wide, with their golden crown of praise lifted high.  I hope that you enjoy the photos, and revisiting this old song that I have chosen to represent my life song.

Fanny Crosby, the writer of this classic hymn, was no stranger to hardships.  Rendered blind as an infant by an accident, she suffered the loss of her father when young, and then her only child, who died not long after birth.  At the age of eight, she wrote this poem, which ended up being the testimonial of her life:

Oh, what a happy soul am I.
Although I cannot see.
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be.
How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don’t!
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t!
(by Fanny Crosby)

Given the difficulties she faced, I don’t know if I would have had this attitude.  God knows what we can bear, though, and never gives us more than that.  I pray that as each day passes, I draw closer to modeling a life like hers, one bringing glory to God by praising my Savior all the day long.

This is My Story
My neighbors daisies are loaded with beautiful blooms

My neighbor’s daisy patch is loaded with beautiful blooms!

Blessed Assurance
as sung by Alan Jackson

1. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of his Spirit, wash’d in his blood.

2. Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight:
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

3. Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest:
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Fill’d with his goodness, lost in his love.

What some call simple beauty, others characterize as exquisite.

What some call simple beauty, others characterize as exquisite.

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Do you have a Life Song?
I would love to know what it is and why you chose it.

Sue Nash/2013

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus ~ Focus on Him

Focus on Jesus

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
Hebrews 12:1, 2

Life has a way of getting hard.  We make matters worse by allowing the cares of this life to weigh us down, and by forgetting to focus on Jesus.  One day, for those of us in Christ, all these things that trouble us will be gone, and we will spend an eternity in heaven with Him.

I love how the old hymns still teach us volumes of truth.  Rather than let our problems cause us to look down, let us turn our eyes upon Jesus, looking full into His wondrous face.   When we do, our problems and the things of earth will grow strangely dim.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
by Helen H. Lemmel

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion-
For more than conqu’rors we are!

His word shall not fail you – He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell.

Do you know that you know the Savior?  Turn your eyes upon Jesus today, and your burdens will grow strangely dim by comparison to the glory of His presence and promises!

Trust and Obey

Trust and Obey

TRUST HIM
~what He says
~who He is
~in all circumstances
~no matter how hard
~no matter what
Simply trust

AND
~trust for sure
~but don’t stop there
~He wants more
~ trust Him, yes
~but to demonstrate you’re His
There’s more

OBEY
~on good days
~on every other day
~because He asks
~because He knows what’s best
~because of what He did
Just obey

Fear God and obey His commands, for this is everyone’s duty.
Ecclesiastes 12:13

Double daffodils

Double daffodils

A favorite old hymn says it best:

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Video of Trust and Obey hymn

Showers of Blessing

My azaleas love the rain!

My azaleas love the rain!

A Snippet:
You have sown mightily in tears,
but you will reap bountifully in joy.
There shall be showers of blessing!

Join me in remembering and celebrating the promises of this old hymn:

Showers of Blessing
By Daniel W. Whittle

There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.

 Refrain

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

 There shall be showers of blessing,
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.

 Refrain

 There shall be showers of blessing;
Send them upon us, O Lord;
Grant to us now a refreshing,
Come, and now honor Thy Word.

 Refrain

 There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we’re confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call!

 Refrain

 There shall be showers of blessing,
If we but trust and obey;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
If we let God have His way.

From Ezekiel 34:26

Come Home ~ Softly and Tenderly

Come HomeSoftly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals He’s waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.

Refrain:
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?

Refrain:
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.

Refrain:
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.

Refrain:
Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Softly and Tenderly is a hymn written by Will L. Thompson in the late 1800’s.