Nearer, Still Nearer

I was not able to go to NY for my Great-Grandma’s funeral, I was too stressed to make the trip (Rich couldn’t go with me).  It helped me this morning to drive around with the kids and stop to take pictures now and then.  It’s been a wild week for me (life in general–kids, school, messes, sad feelings,etc), but with much prayer and utter reliance on my heavenly Father, we are getting through!  The following hymn is one of my favorites.  I hope it is a blessing to everyone today. 


“Nearer, Still Nearer”
words by Lelia N. Morris, 1862-1929


Nearer, still nearer-close to Thy heart,
draw me, my Saviour, so precious Thou art;
Fold me, O fold me, close to Thy breast,
Shelter me safe in that “Haven of rest”
Shelter me safe in that “Haven of rest.”


Nearer still nearer, nothing I bring,
Naught as an off’ring to Jesus my King-
Only my sinful, now contrite heart;
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart,
Grant me the cleansing Thy blood doth impart.


Nearer, still Nearer-Lord, to be Thine,
Sin with its follies I gladly resign-
All of its pleasures, pomp and its pride;
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified.



Nearer, still nearer-while life shall last,
Till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
Through endless ages, ever to be
Nearer, my Saviour, still nearer to Thee,
Nearer my Saviour, still nearer to Thee.


draw near


0 thoughts on “Nearer, Still Nearer

  1. Shanda,
    God bless you, Shanda, and your family during this difficult time.  I pray that you will feel His peace and comfort.

  2. So sorry to read of your Great Grandma’s death. I know you know where to go for the comfort you need. The song you posted tells the story so well.  Draw near! So beautiful. Thank you.

  3. hey Shanda… I was wondering how you pronounce your name. Is it “Shawn-duh” or “Shan (as in ban)-duh”?anywhoo…wow, you look pretty good for being a mother of 5. I don’t have any children yet, but My husband and I hope to start our family within the year.I know what you are going through with your great-grandma’s death. My great-grandmother died this past year at the age of 93. She was such a wonderful lady.

  4. Thanks for coming by and commenting! (And the handwriting compliment). πŸ™‚ You asked about nicknaming our girls … we haven’t so far, but are planning on calling our newest one “Betsy” probably as a nickname … my husband’s choice. πŸ™‚ I imagine she’ll also get called Elizabeth quite a bit, because the full name is so pretty as well. Our oldest doesn’t really have a name that works out well for a nickname (Noelle) and our 2nd (Natalie) may end up being shortened down the road to a nickname, but it hasn’t happened yet. Her full name still suits her personality right now. πŸ™‚

  5. that’s a precious hymn, and a sweet picture of your kids…praying your week is blessed with a special touch from above…

  6. Shan, I love those pictures so much.  I need to know how to do the top picture, like you have it of your kiddos.  I’m sorry you couldn’t go, but I’m glad you’re at peace and feeling less stressed.  I enjoyed praying with you this evening.  Take care, and have a good night.  Love, Trish.

  7. I’m so glad that you are using your xanga preminum!
    I missed you yesterday – but I also totally understand.  You would have really enjoyed looking at all the scrap books that were brought of Grandma when she was younger.  You are getting to be very good with that camera of yours…you always seem to have it with you!  I can never seem to remember mine

  8. Thanks for your heartfelt comment…You have a way of noticing things that are truly heartfelt that are often overlooked by others.   A beautiful gift, I bet you spend much time with the Father.
    I’m sorry about your great Grandma.  You must feel very torn.  We too have a funeral this week, Sam’s uncle passed away.  So many things happening to so many these days… Please lift us up in prayer too, this has all the earmarks of a stressful event for me.
    Your photos and hymns are beautiful.   Love seeing and reading here. 
    Hugs and prayers.

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