January 03, 2010

Singing The Promises

Yes, it's true that the past year has been a hard one. It has been harsher for some, than for others, so we are all hoping for a better one. There have been times when we've all felt like giving up in despair, but we kept holding on.

We all have different ways of doing that, of finding strength for the moment. One of mine is to remember, and sing, the words of some of my favorite hymns and songs.

One of my favorite hymns is "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" in which one of the verses is written, "Morning by morning, new mercies I see. All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me."

Another, and one I have sung often, to myself, over the years, is "His Eye Is On The Sparrow." This one has a special meaning to me, and has gotten me through many, many, difficult, and painful moments in my life...especially this verse:

"Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me."

I have been singing that song for as long as I can remember, but one day, it literally gave me the hope that was close to dying within me.

I was on my way from a doctor's office, where I had been given a very bad report, and while driving along, nearly unable to see because of the tears pouring out of my eyes, I looked up, and on a bumper sticker on the car just ahead of me, were the words, "His eye is on the sparrow."

I can't begin to tell you what that did to me, and for me. It was like a promise that I could hold onto...and I did. And God was faithful, just as he had promised.

I hope we can all hold on to the promises, even when it seems that hope is dying within us.


Anonymous said...

You have to keep your morale up, anything that helps is positive.

Jan said...

You're right, Hermit..thanks! :)

Always On Watch said...

Don't you just love it when the Lord speaks to you? In this case, by means of a bumper sticker. Amazing!

Jan said...

Always On Watch..absolutely!

And, have you noticed? He is always right on time!

Donald Douglas said...

That's a very nice post, Jan. I think 2010 will be tougher for my family, so here' hoping God's eye is on us.

Thanks for the many blessings!

Suzie Q said...

Be blessed, Jan!! I pray that God's good report overrules that Dr's bad report!!

"Great is Thy Faithfulness"is one of my alltime favorites, too.

2010 is going to be a great year.

Keep smiling and keep your eyes on Him whose eye is on the sparrow - for He watches over... you.

God bless

Jan said...

Suzie Q..God's faithfulness did override the bad report, and there was a miracle in it for me.

That was many years ago, and I've experienced many more, since!

Thank you so much for your very kind comment..and thank you for coming by my blog!

WomanHonorThyself said...

how lovely Jan..thanks!:)

Jan said...

WomanHonorThyself..thank you, so much!

Thanks for coming by! :)

Jan said...

Donald..sorry, but I missed your comment.

I pray the 2010 will be great for you, and your family!