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.}

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.}

The Sting of Death is Earthly

The sting of death never gets any easier. We have experienced its sting enough to know. Monday that sting stung once again, suddenly. Unexpectedly.

Try as you may, you can never fully prepare yourself enough for that sting. You know it will come; you don’t welcome it, but the sting of death is sin and it will come.

Personally, humanly speaking, the hardest is when death stings suddenly. When it springs forth upon you without any warning thus taking your very breath away, stopping you while life continues. Its numbing affect paralysis your functions; our mind tries so hard to catch up, trying to make sense of it all, but it is just overwhelmed by the sudden shock. But the Lord is close to the brokenhearted, gracious and He is our comforter –even in the midst of the deepest valley! Never forget that! NEVER! We have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Today the Lord reminded me of a little verse in Psalm that says,

This past Memorial Day we lost such a man from our church, suddenly. No warning signs. Just the day before, he worshipped with us in church along side his wife; we were part of a picnic along with him and his wife later that day. He was his glorious self.

Our church family lost a pillar, a man who stood along side his pastor in prayer, support, and burden for our church, a man who loved deeply (God, his wife, family, and friends) and leaves a huge gap in our mist. He was a man of caliber. He was wise and funny!

I think of Heaven.
There is no sting in Heaven only victory! Oh we feel that sting greatly here on Earth because of sin, but heaven is rejoicing. Our dear friend is home. I think of Heaven and how our Lord must be rejoicing to have him home, finally home. To walk with him, to talk with him, to laugh with him, to sing with him. And can you imagine how our friend must feel to be in the very mist of His Savior, to be worshipping his Savior, to be singing for Him, to be giving God all the glory and praise and to see, to finally see Him face to face!

We can only imagine, but our dear sweet, sweet dear friend is living it right now.

Selfishly, I wish he was here. I will miss him, is an understatement and I am not a family member. But I understand the loss of suddenness for our dear friend and my dad passed into eternity the same way almost 2 years apart from each other.

Heaven gets sweeter and sweeter!

  • If you do not know where you will spend your eternity, you can know for sure. I have a page entitled “Eternity” please read it. If you have any questions, I am here! God loves you, friend! I am praying for your salvation!
  • If you are a child of God, how are you doing? Are you loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength? Is God your everything? Or have the things of this world gotten in the way of having Christ in first place? If so, make this right today. You don’t know when your start date for eternity will begin.

Make today count for Christ!

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

Reality in Time: living with an flesh expiration date.

Time.

What is time?

We freely bind ourselves to it. We accept it’s demands over us. We embrace it. We agonize internally over the power struggle it produces, yet we have a choice in how we live this one live we are given. Freely in Christ or bound.

My mind and heart are filled with the essence of time, realities of life here on Earth, Heaven, the Lord, His will, and yes even death itself.  When you are struck with the reality of loss, sorrow, grief, and hope in Christ and life with Him in glory — it changes you, forever.

In exactly ten days, my family and I will be embarking upon a new journey, the one year Heaven-anniversary of my father. On July 30, 2016, Dad was serving His Lord here on Earth one moment and the next he was face to face with Him. Time. Life. Purpose. Reality. Grief. Sorrow. Hope. God. It all makes you consider life deeper and consider Heaven a whole lot more in ways you never did before.

We have but one life to live. We must make it count! We don’t know our flesh expiration date. 

Heaven knows no bonds; has no demands nor struggles; it embraces none other than One. Heaven has One focus: the Almighty God.

Is it possible to have a bit of Heaven while on Earth?

We all have appointments in this life: specific time to start work or school, the bank closes at 5, church starts at 9:30am, the store closing at 10pm. We get it!! We all understand that we cannot live this life carelessly coming and going as we please, when we please, how we please. When our doctor appointment is scheduled for 10:00am and we arrive at 11:30 am — yep, you guessed it, we no longer have an appointment. We wouldn’t think of standing there arguing with the receptionist.

“There is an enormous difference in allowing time to rule over us and taking time by its horns and prayerfully living-out that time in a God-ruled manner.”

Meaning???

Not allowing “time” to run your life {taking you on a roller coaster ride screaming and holding on for dear life} but rather you taking those demands, appointments, schedules, activities, church, work, school, {whatever it may be} and prayerfully seek God’s wisdom first then create that schedule of time with God-purpose, God-Truths, and God-blessed plans!

Choosing to live out the Word throughout your time accordingly to God-first in every area of your life, will bring glory to God! Isn’t that what He deserves! Use your God-given time to share Christ with those you come in contact with. Be purposeful. Be diligent. Redeem your God-given time!

Don’t stop with your day, what about your month? Your year? Stick to the Word. Stay God-mindsetted. Bless your Lord throughout your day, week, and year! Use it for Him, not yourself — without Him you wouldn’t have this day to begin with!

Being of One focus: the Almighty God!

Setting your affections on things above and not on things on the Earth, Colossians 3:2 tells us is so key. Don’t allow time to rule you, we only have one earthly life to live — make it count for Christ!

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

If you knew…

a Picture of Hope

‘Tell Your Heart to Beat Again’* – the first time I heard this song/testimony of the heart surgeon was about two or three weeks ago through a Facebook tag from my middle sister. I listened. Then listened again and again. It was so powerful to my soul that I couldn’t even repost it because it brought such tears to my eyes – especially with the recent last of my Dad, it ripped into my soul in ways that I am still working/healing through.

Over the years, my husband and I have had many losses through death. Whether it was grandparents that we adored, my husband’s father, to our third child passing exactly a week after my husband’s mother who we loved so much, then my Daddy.

This is my Daddy (the picture). He entered into eternity suddenly on July 31, 2016. There were no warnings. No signs. Nothing. One second an earthly-citizen the next a 

 heavenly-citizen standing face to face with his Savior. The night we received that phone call, truthfully I don’t remember much except  a few things like first hearing that Dad had a heart attack – but remembering saying to myself “we will go and see him – he will pull through again.” Death wasn’t even on my radar. The next thing I remember is “I’m sorry (my name) your Dad didn’t make it.” Didn’t make it – that is impossible, they didn’t know who they were talking about! My Dad is stronger than strong. But, it was true. Dad was gone.

It has been an interesting wave-like several months. My sweet husband, children and I have faced many life changing events over this past year. New state. New job. Great incredible accomplishments. New church. Old friends gone. New friends are next to none. Away from the known. Extended family far away. Dad entered eternity. Oh, and I turned 40 (that wasn’t hard…lol).

Much to take in and digest when it happens all at once. Not impossible with Christ, the Lord has been incredibly good to us; He has protected us in a million ways, guided, and provided, but I must admit that humanly my faith has been challenged so intensely. At times the challenging’s have been so hard that it has scared me, but now; now, though I still don’t understand everything or his wise loving plan, this challenge of soul has sparked a journey in my soul that I couldn’t have dreamed of. My soul is literally burning with fire and sometimes it is all I can do to accomplish what I should be doing.

The passing of my earthly father has truly been hard – no goodbyes, no last hugs, no last anything’s – just gone. I miss him. It wasn’t in my plans for Dad to enter Heaven at 64 years old. It wasn’t suppose to happen that way. I struggle (some days more than others), but in my struggling it has brought me closer to my heavenly Father and ignited me in ways I knew not of. I couldn’t write it any better then the bridge of the song:

Let every heartbreak

And every scar

Be a picture that reminds you

Who has carried you this far

‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could

In this moment heaven’s working

Everything for your good

My soul is starting to beat again through the healing power of Jesus Christ. It is bursting into flames and how can I not speak boldly for on King? How can I not share Christ with others? Eternity is forever. Life is truly short! How can I not live in boldness to speak of Him? How can I not live my created God-confident life for this world is not my home for one day (sooner than I think) my time on earth is up just like yours is.

I could choose to take the reins of control and pretend to live this life as though I was the one in control, but I am not and neither are you. God is in control whether we want accept that reality or not. We are the creation and he is the Creator.

This life is not mine and I am choosing to not live another moment as though it is mine but rather I as simple clay – an instrument in His molding hands, willing. Obedient. Quick to respond to His Word. Putting on Christ. There is surety and intense hope in Jesus Christ for the future that I have never known before.

*disclaimer: I am so thankful for my precious sister posting this song to me via FB. This song has been an encouragement to my heart, but I must note, personally I do not support everything he (Danny Gokey) sings or produces nor have I seen or heard everything he has sung or produced.