Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Constantly Abiding

Besides sharing Scripture, many of you have shared your favorite hymns with us. In the coming weeks, I'd like to share some of the songs that have been  meaningful to us.

On the night before his brain surgery, Ed emailed this song to some of our friends as his testimony.

Constantly Abiding
By Anne S. Murphy

  1. There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave,
    A peace it cannot take away;
    Though the trials of life may surround like a cloud,
    I’ve a peace that has come here to stay!
    • Refrain:
      Constantly abiding, Jesus is mine;
      Constantly abiding, rapture divine;
      He never leaves me lonely, whispers, oh, so kind:
      “I will never leave thee”—Jesus is mine.
  2. All the world seemed to sing of a Savior and King,
    When peace sweetly came to my heart;
    Troubles all fled away and my night turned to day,
    Blessed Jesus, how glorious Thou art!
  3. This treasure I have in a temple of clay,
    While here on His footstool I roam;
    But He’s coming to take me some glorious day,
    Over there to my heavenly home!

Listen if you want to hear the tune. (If reading by email, you may need to click over to the blog to view.)

And of course I'd love to hear the words you sing to remind yourself of God's goodness.


  1. O God beyond all praising,
    we worship you today
    and sing the love amazing
    that songs cannot repay;
    for we can only wonder
    at every gift you send,
    at blessings without number
    and mercies without end:
    we lift our hearts before you
    and wait upon your word,
    we honor and adore you,
    our great and mighty Lord.

    The flower of earthly splendor
    in time must surely die,
    its fragile bloom surrender
    to you the Lord most high;
    but hidden from all nature
    the eternal seed is sown -
    though small in mortal stature,
    to heaven's garden grown:
    for Christ the Man from heaven
    from death has set us free,
    and we through him are given
    the final victory!

    Then hear, O gracious Savior,
    accept the love we bring,
    that we who know your favor
    may serve you as our king;
    and whether our tomorrows
    be filled with good or ill,
    we'll triumph through our sorrows
    and rise to bless you still:
    to marvel at your beauty
    and glory in your ways,
    and make a joyful duty
    our sacrifice of praise.

  2. I've always loved "On the wings of a dove."
    Best thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

  3. Gina,
    What a beautiful hymn! I don't think I've ever heard this one. I especially love the message of Jesus abiding in time of trials. Thank God, we have a Saviour who cares. Please know you and your family are in our prayers. Warm hugs my sister in Christ.

  4. How wonderful it is to abide with His Holiness...

  5. I haven't thought of that song for many many years--we sisters used to sing it together. Thanks for sharing it. There's nothing exceeding the "...peace...that the world never gave."

  6. This brought a flood of memories of singing this hymn during my childhood. What assurance to know He will never leave us. I'm very thankful for the hymns I learned growing up. Continuing to pray for you all.

  7. Have just put a card in the mail to you all, with words to a favourite hymn of mine. You will have to wait till it arrives to see what it is :) xx

  8. Dear Gina,
    Words escape me, but know that you are all in my thoughts and especially my prayers. May the God of all comfort bless you and keep you, sister in Christ.


  9. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

    Romans 15:13

    Sent with prayers,


  10. Mercy Me's song, Even If: YouTube

    They say sometimes you win some
    Sometimes you lose some
    And right now, right now I'm losing bad
    I've stood on this stage night after night
    Reminding the broken it'll be alright
    But right now, oh right now I just can't
    It's easy to sing
    When there's nothing to bring me down
    But what will I say
    When I'm held to the flame
    Like I am right now
    I know You're able and I know You can
    Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
    But even if You don't
    My hope is You alone
    They say it only takes a little faith
    To move a mountain
    Well good thing
    A little faith is all I have, right now
    But God, when You choose
    To leave mountains unmovable
    Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
    It is well with my soul
    I know You're able and I know You can
    Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
    But even if You don't
    My hope is You alone
    I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
    Would all go away if You'd just say the word
    But even if You don't
    My hope is You alone
    You've been faithful, You've been good
    All of my days
    Jesus, I will cling to You
    Come what may
    ‘Cause I know You're able
    I know You can
    I know You're able and I know You can
    Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
    But even if You don't
    My hope is You alone
    I know the sorrow, I know the hurt
    Would all go away if You'd just say the word
    But even if You don't
    My hope is You alone
    It is well with my soul
    It is well, it is well with my soul

    And Oh My Soul, by Casting Crowns:

    "Oh My Soul"

    Oh, my soul
    Oh, how you worry
    Oh, how you're weary, from fearing you lost control
    This was the one thing, you didn't see coming
    And no one would blame you, though
    If you cried in private
    If you tried to hide it away, so no one knows
    No one will see, if you stop believing

    Oh, my soul
    You are not alone
    There's a place where fear has to face the God you know
    One more day, He will make a way
    Let Him show you how, you can lay this down
    'Cause you're not alone

    Here and now
    You can be honest
    I won't try to promise that someday it all works out
    'Cause this is the valley
    And even now, He is breathing on your dry bones
    And there will be dancing
    There will be beauty where beauty was ash and stone
    This much I know

    I'm not strong enough, I can't take anymore
    (You can lay it down, you can lay it down)
    And my shipwrecked faith will never get me to shore
    (You can lay it down, you can lay it down)
    Can He find me here
    Can He keep me from going under

    Oh, my soul
    You're not alone

    Praying for strength and peace for you all,

  11. Amen. What a beautiful hymn. May God's peace and rest be with you all.


  12. Hello, Gina. I just discovered your blog from another blog I had visited. My heart goes out to you and your husband and sweet children. I have added your husband to my prayer list. Your attitude and sweet spirit are so prevalent here. The doctors may have their diagnosis but God has the final word. God bless you all.

  13. Over the mountains to the sea,
    Your river runs with love for me
    and I will open up my heart
    and let your healing set me free

    I will sing of Your Love forever,
    I will sing of Your Love forever

  14. Dear Gina ~ I admit it, I am one of those lurker types. I read your blog right before and after the birth of your baby (now toddling, I see), then lost contact and life got in the way. Just by chance I found you again, the very day your sweet husband had surgery. My heart aches for you and yours and I hope you feel the love of all who write here. I am praying for all of you as you travel this road, prayers for courage, discernment, peace and comfort. Thank you for sharing this absolutely beautiful hymn. God Bless. Mindy

  15. Hi Gina,
    I have quietly followed your blog for awhile now.Thank you for sharing this beautiful hymn. May you find strength in Him and I will keep you and your dear family in prayer. Psalm 121: 1-2

  16. My Savior, My God -- Aaron Shust

    I am not skilled to understand
    what God has willed, what God has planned
    I only know at his right hand
    stands one who is my savior.

    I take him at his word and deed
    Christ died to save me, this I read
    and in my heart I find the need
    of Him to be my savior

    That He would leave His place on high
    and come for sinful men to die
    you count it strange, so once did I
    before I knew my Savior.

    Yes, living, dying, let me bring
    my strength, my solace from this spring
    that He who lives to be my King
    once died to be my Savior.

    That he would leave his place on high
    and come for sinful men to die
    you count it strange, so once did I
    before I knew my savior.

    My Savior loves, my Savior lives
    My Savior's always there for me
    My God He was, my God He is
    My God He's always going to be.

  17. I like the hymn "Trust His Heart" as sung by the Esh family. It is a great reminder to just trust your life to the One who knows everything and really cares about you; especially hearing it sung by a family that definitely has been through terrible tragedy.

  18. We used the Hymn, "Trusting Jesus" at our baby daughter's funeral 5 1/2 years ago. I always feel like God sends a hug my way when I hear it on the radio. I try to remember to thank Him for having a place for her to go and for Him taking care of her.

    Trusting Jesus
    1.Simply trusting ev'ry day,
    Trusting thro' a stormy way;
    Even when my faith is small,
    Trusting Jesus that is all.
    Trusting as the moments fly,
    Trusting as the days go by;
    Trusting Him whate'er befall,
    Trusting Jesus that is all.
    2. Singing if my way is clear,
    Praying if the path be drear,
    If in danger, for Him call;
    Trusting Jesus that is all.
    3. Trusting Him while life shall last,
    Trusting Him till earth shall pass;
    Till within the jasper wall,
    Trusting Jesus that is all.
    E. Page/Ira B. Sankey

    I pray for you and your family along with the doctors and medical team.

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