singing I go

The trusting heart to Jesus clings, nor any ill forebodes,
But at the cross of Calv’ry, sings, praise God for lifted loads!

 

Singing I go along life’s road, Praising the Lord, praising the Lord,
Singing I go along life’s road, For Jesus has lifted my load.

The passing days bring many cares, “Fear not,” I hear Him say,
And when my fears are turned to prayers, the burdens slip away.

Singing I go along life’s road, Praising the Lord, praising the Lord,
Singing I go along life’s road, For Jesus has lifted my load.

 

He tells me of my Father’s love, and never slumb’ring eye,
My everlasting King above will all my needs supply.

Singing I go along life’s road, Praising the Lord, praising the Lord,
Singing I go along life’s road, For Jesus has lifted my load.

 

When to the throne of grace I flee, I find the promise true,
The mighty arms upholding me will bear my burdens too.

 

This hymn was written by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (1851-1920) who studied to be a teacher but then suffered from a spinal problem and as a result, was an invalid almost her whole life.  She began to write hymns and I think if she can write this song and sing it, I can too!  It has a catchy little tune and is perfect for singing around the house as we do the dishes, make the beds, give baths, and make dinner!

 

Hello my friends, how are you today?  So many dreary moments, tiresome days, that it’s so very lovely and encouraging when a bright day comes along.  It’s been one of those nice mornings for me.  It began typically enough, with getting school children on the bus and then frantic searchings for shoes to get out the door for our very last day at Community Bible study.  Finally, I found Seth a pair of flip flops down by the pond.  We got into the vehicle to leave.  No.  Sarah needed her blankie, so I made one last mad dash in my high heels to find the beloved blankie and THEN we left.  I was able to listen to my favorite radio speaker on Christian radio, Dr. Robert A. Cook.  He speaks so gently and lovingly and has such wisdom.  I was blessed and settled before I even got to study.

Today was sharing day, over brunch.  We sat in our core groups, ate good foods which we had prepared for each other, and chatted.  Then, the leader opened the microphone for sharing time, for anyone who desired, to speak and share.  It is not something I do, ever, but today I gathered up courage (courage=fears given up in prayer) and spoke briefly to the room full of ladies.  It was great and I was so happy that God gave me the strength to do it.  I spoke,  and made everyone laugh as I told them about my struggle to find shoes for my little ones that morning.  So I’m not the only one!

I think that’s the main reason why I now am a firm advocate for women’s Bible study.  The more we meet and fellowship with other believers, the more we realize that we are NOT the only ones who struggle with depression, or illness, or broken families, lost shoes, or mommy-brain.  We all can relate to one another, and not only that, we are kindred spirits because we share the same Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love.  I love it!  I am so thankful to have found a group of women who are so obviously united as one in Christ.  I was constantly surprised by the lack of judgementalism and it did so much to heal me, in a deep down place within my heart, from years of spending time with habitually judgmental Christians (and being one, myself, I admit).  It has been wonderful.  In fact, I was asked to consider being a core group leader, and I said yes!  It’s really not that big of a deal, a lot of ladies were asked to pray about taking on the responsibility, it just means extra hours with leadership and being in charge of my own core group, facilitating discussion over the work book.  So I look forward to next year.

 

 

My ten year old made this for me.  He was standing in our new kitchen with such a pleased look on his face, like a purring cat.  “I love our new kitchen.  I’m going to make a sign for you, okay Mom?”  The very next day it was given to me.  He even glued a soda can tab on the back so I could hang it on a nail.

Look who I found in the cupboard!

 

Some of my favorites:  Old blue mason jars and wire baskets full of fresh eggs from our very own flock.

I used up a dozen this morning, making 2 quiches.

 

 

We have been without the dishwasher for several weeks now and dare I say that I have enjoyed doing my dishes by hand?  I think it’s because it gives me the chance to stand still with my hands in hot soapy water, sort of like a spa treatment.  The fiestaware looks so pretty stacked on the towel to drain.

 

Seth was catching toads last week.  He named all of them Bob.  This one is Bob, too. 

David, the same boy who made the other sign, made himself one, too, and put it at the end of his bed.  I took this picture on Saturday morning and I was very careful not to disturb.

Caleb was hopping around, in, and over the stream yesterday in rubber boots.

I have a pleasing but petite pea patch planted.  This is one package of peas.  I need to stake them up soon.

I guess David has been especially interesting to me lately, because here is one more picture of him and his creative antics.

There are lots of ladies (well over a hundred) who attend CBS, but we divide up into individual core groups and the groups stay together all year so we get to know one another intimately.  This is a picture of the dear ladies who were in the same group I was in this year.  Our leader is the lady with gray hair (70 years old).  She is such a preicous soul, confident and no-nonsense but wise and friendly.  I love all these women dearly.  They are each so special. 

 

Just like you.  I love all my brother and sister bloggy-friends, too.  And I hope you have a wonderful afternoon.  Thank you for being YOU.

…… with all humility and gentleness,  with patience, bearing with one another in love…….  Ephesians 4:2

 

 

12 thoughts on “singing I go

  1. I love how David’s foot is peeking through his Do Not Disturb sign. So precious!Seth is very brave to hold all those Bobs. And you can tell him I said so!I finished my ladies Bible study yesterday; we, too, had a brunch and a time of sharing. I have grown to love those ladies so much! And today I had lunch with my best friend and our other close friend. We try to get together once a month, babies and all. Like you, I have found healing and strength from my “sisters.” Their unconditional love and acceptance has been a balm to my soul.I will be praying for Grace. I hope she has a delightful trip!

  2. I cried, I laughed, my heart melted, I was inspired, I chuckled and I cried some more.Thank YOU for being YOU.~K~

  3. I love you, too, my dear bloggy friend! Love the pic of Sarah in the cupboard! I think I need to ask David to make me some signs — especially the Saturday morning one.

  4. I love raw peas. I’ve tried growing them, but they’ve never done well for me. I know the chorus to that song, but if I ever knew the verse, I’ve forgotten it.I went to a Community Bible Study for the first time this year. We studied Amos and Isaiah. Next year we will be studying some of the epistles, and Daniel. I especially enjoyed my core group.

  5. I love the words to the hymn but it’s one that I don’t know.I was kind of hoping you would play it on the piano and sing along!  ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m with you on the women’s Bible/book study.I attended one that started last Fall and finished the end of April.We also had the same core/prayer groups the entire time of the Bible study.I was so blessed!(I also learned some things about being judgemental)

  6. I have felt the need for some lovely girl friends of late. I am blessed to care for a boy who is such a good friend to me…we laugh a lot in the midst of the hard, but I do appreciate with you the sweetness of our womanly friends in Christ. Love you my bloggy friend, and real life friend too. So happy that community Bible study is feeding you, and that you will also serve there. What a blessing. I went to Bible study fellowship and to community Bible study, and enjoyed learning and sharing with other women so much. That David boy is so creative. Cute signs! Sarah in the new cabinet is so cute. love the hominess of the eggs, blue jars,and bright stacked Fiestaware!

  7. What a wonderful thing fellowshiping with other believers, who are encouraging to others. Love Davey’s signs, and the photo of the “do not disturb” and his foot peeking out!  The eggs on the counter looks similarto my own counter where they are drying from being washed.  Sarah is so cute hiding in the cabinet too, and how brave Seth is to hold Bob.  Have a great week!

  8. Oh my goodness your children make me laugh!! How precious are their constant sillyness! LOVE the sign he made for you! and Bob is a really good name at least Austin seems to think so… I know this cause he names everything Bob too!!!!!!!! Too funny!!

  9. Shanda,you are always so encouraging and inspiring. I’m happy Bible Study with other women has been a source of encouragement to you! It’s so good to be able to share our hearts and learn from other sisters in the Lord. Thank you for being a friend to me!!!

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