the Law of Sowing & Reaping

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Be Still, My Soul

  1. Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
    Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
    Leave to thy God to order and provide;
    In every change, He faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
    Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
  2. Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
    To guide the future, as He has the past.
    Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
    All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
    His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
  3. Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
    And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
    Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
    Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
    Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
    From His own fullness all He takes away.
  4. Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
    When we shall be forever with the Lord.
    When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
    Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
    Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
    All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
  5. Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
    On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
    Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
    So shall He view thee with a well-pleased eye.
    Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
    Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.

Katharina A. vonSchlegel, pub. 1752 tr. by Jane L. Borthwick, pub. 1855



To “be still” is a personal internal decision, one in which is either rejected or accepted. To “be still” takes a proactive individual choice(s).

To “know” Him only comes through the choice of “being still” –when we stop inwardly striving, we choose to let go then begin to relax (rest) in Christ knowing that God has us in the palm of His hand.

Trusting God’s control over our own control (which never works out for the best any way) goes again our flesh. Child of God, WHO lives within? Isn’t He that is in YOU greater than your own flesh?

To trust Him is to know Him; to know Him is to trust Him. He is worth it! Be still, my soul.

How is your soul doing, today? May your soul, be still.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

God loves YOU


“We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

It Is Not Death to Die

It is not death to die
To leave this weary road
And join the saints who dwell on high
Who’ve found their home with God
It is not death to close
The eyes long dimmed by tears
And wake in joy before Your throne
Delivered from our fears

(CHORUS) O Jesus, conquering the grave
Your precious blood has power to save
Those who trust in You
Will in Your mercy find
That it is not death to die

It is not death to fling
Aside this earthly dust
And rise with strong and noble wing
To live among the just
It is not death to hear
The key unlock the door
That sets us free from mortal years
To praise You evermore

Original words by Henri Malan (1787-1864). Translated by George Bethune (1847). Music, Chorus and alt. words by Bob Kauflin. © 2008 Integrity’s Praise! Music/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches. All rights reserved. Administrated worldwide at http://www.CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK which is adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family. http://www.SovereignGraceMusic.org


In loving memory of a dear friend and brother in Christ who met his Savior face to face this week. Thank you Ray Carter for being a walking testimony and example of Christ. You were refreshing, funny, encouraging, supporting, wise, and a joy to be with. Thank you friend for walking the walk. Selfishly we desire to have you still here, but we know it is not goodbye but “see you soon” because of the love of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. So thankful for His love and hope we have in Him. It was a beautiful day of rejoicing! Til we meet again brother.


In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

a Glass of Ice Water

One of our children went with her Daddy on a visitation call couple days ago. When she came home one of the first things she said to me was this, “Mama, do you know what Mrs. ______ gave me?” Not knowing, I said, “What?” Her reply was one of the most genuine, sweetest, truliest (if that is not a word it is now) of joyful glees, a glass of ICE water!” She was in sheer delight that this woman gave her such a treasure.

It made me think of the verse in Mark “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water in my name because ye belong to Christ, verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward” (9:41). Matthew says, “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward” (10:42). But the heart of the matter is “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:34-40).

When is the last time you gave a cup of ice cubed filled water to someone in the love of Jesus Christ?

Our child’s response, who is not a child but is a pre-teen, is rebuking to her mother (me). Her sheer delight is such a pure gift. It is an expression of Christ that I am both proud of yet strickened with rebuke.

  • Do I delight in a cup of iced water?

See, it is not about the glass of ice water, but the inward heart expressed in thanksgiving over that glass of iced water.

  • What a joy this child is to our home.
  • What a heart lesson to behold.

This dear saint left an indelible mark on our child that day, but it also left one on me too; one in which she may never know until heaven, but I’m thankful she served that iced filled glass of water.


In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}