SECURITY Lina Sandell

Children of the heav’nly FatherSafely to His bosom gather;Nestling bird nor star in HeavenSuch a refuge e’er was given. God His own doth tend and nourish,In His holy courts they flourish;Like a father kind He spares them,In His loving arms He bears them. Neither life nor death can ever From the Lord His children sever;Unto them […]

SELF OR CHRIST? Theodore Monod

Oh, the bitter shame and sorrowThat a time could ever beWhen I let the Saviour’s pityPlead in vain, and proudly answered,   “All of self, and none of Thee!” Yet He found me; I beheld HimBleeding on the accursed tree,Heard Him pray, “Forgive them, Father!”And my wistful heart said faintly,   “Some of self and some of […]

ASHAMED OF JESUS Joseph Grigg

Jesus and shall it ever beA mortal man ashamed of Thee!Ashamed of Thee, whom angels praise,Whose glories shine thro’endless days? Ashamed of Jesus! sooner farLet evening blush to own a star:He sheds the beams of light divineO’er this benighted soul of mine. Ashamed of Jesus! that dear FriendOn whom my hopes of Heaven depend!No; when […]

ABIDING A. B. Simpson

ABIDING A. B. Simpson I have learned the wondrous secret   Of abiding in the Lord;I have found the strength and sweetness   Of confiding in His Word.I have tasted life’s pure fountain,   I am trusting in His blood;I have lost myself in Jesus,   I am sinking into God. I am crucified with Jesus,   And He lives […]

OTHERS Charles D. Meigs

Lord help me to live from day to day   In such a self-forgetful way,That even when I kneel to pray   My prayer shall be for others. Help me in all the work I do  To ever be sincere and true;And know that all I do for Thee  Must needs be done for others. Let self […]

GOD’S BEST A. B. Simpson

  God has His best things for the few   Who dare to stand the test;God has His second choice for those   Who will not have His best.It is not always open ill   That risks the Promised Rest;The better often is the foe   That keeps us from God’s best.Some seek the highest choice,   But, when by […]

JESUS HIMSELF Henry Burton

I do not ask Thee, Lord, for outward sign,   For portents in the earth of flaming sky;It is enough to know that Thou art mine,   And not far off, but intimately nigh. No burning bush I need to speak Thy name,   Or call me forward to the newer task;Give me a burning heart, with love […]

Hellbound-train

A Texas cowboy lay down on a barroom floor, Having drunk so much he could drink no more; So he fell asleep with a troubled brain To dream that he rode on a hell-bound train. The engine with murderous blood was damp And was brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp; An imp, for fuel, was […]

SECRET OF FREEDOM George Matheson

Make me a captive, Lord,      And then I shall be free;Force me to render up my sword,      And I shall conqueror be.I sink in life’s alarms      While by myself I stand;Imprison me witin Thine arms,And strong shall be my hand. George Matheson

HIMSELF A. B. Simpson

Once it was the blessing,       Now it is the Lord;Once it was the feeling,      Now it is His Word;Once HiIs figt I wanted,      Now, the Giver own;Once I sought for healing,      Now HImself alone. Once ’twas painful trying,      Now ’tis perfect trust;Once a half salvation,      Now the uttermost;Once ’twas ceaseless holding,      Now He holds […]

BY THY LIFE I LIVE Jeanne Marie Guyon

I love, my God, but with no love of mine,        For I have none to give;I love Thee, Lord, but all the love is Thine,       For by Thy life I live.I am as nothing, and rejoice to beEmptied and lost and swallowed up in Thee. Thou, Lord, alone art all Thy children need, […]

A BED IN MY HEART Martin Luther

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child, Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,      Within my heart, that it may be       A quiet chamber kept for Thee.My heart for very joy doth leap,My lips no more can silence keep.       I too must sin, with joyful tongue,       That sweetest ancient cradle song,Glory to God in highest […]

HE THOUGHT HE’D WON Velma Dawson Griffis

He thought he’d wonthe devil smiledAnd rubbed his hands with gleeThe maker of the world was deadHanging on a tree.“The world is mineI own it now,I finally won,” he cried.He didn’t know he’d lost it allThe day that Jesus died—Two days he smiledHis heart was lightNow man was his alone—Then words that echoed through the […]

A Cradle Hymn

Hush!my dear, lie still and slumber,      Holy angels guard thy bed! Heavenly blessings without number       Gently falling on thy head. Sleep, my babe; thy food and raiment,       House and home, thy friends provide; All without thy care or payment:       All thy wants are well […]

He Dies: He Lives!

He dies! the Friend of sinners dies!     Lo! Salem’s daughters weep around;A solemn darkness veils the skies,     A sudden trembling shakes the gournd.Come, saints, and drop a tear or two     For Him who groan’d beneath your load:He shed a thousand drops for you–     A thousand drops of richer blood. Here’s love […]

FOREVER WITH THE LORD Octavius Winslow

      Forever with the Lord!       Amen; so let it be, Life from the dead is in that word,     ‘Tis immortality.       Here in the body pent,     Absent from Him I roam, Yet nightly pitch my moving tent     A day’s march nearer home. […]

IMMANUEL – Charles Spurgeon

When once I mourned a load of sin,When conscience felt a wound within,When all my works were thrown away,When on my knees I knelt to pray,Then, blissful hour, remembered well,I learned Thy love, Immanuel ! When storms of sorrow toss my soul,When waves of care around me roll,When comforts sink, when joys shall flee,When hopeless […]

PREVAILING PRAYER Richard Chenevix Trench

Lord, what a change within us one short hourSpent in Thy presence will prevail to make!What heavy burdens from our bosoms take,What parched grounds revive as with a shower!We kneel, and all around us seems to lower;We rise, and all, the distnat and the nearStnads forth in sunny outline brave and clear;We kneel, how weak! […]

ON HIS BLINDNESS John Milton

When I consider how my light is spentEre half my days in this dark world and wide,And that one talent which is death to hideLodged with me useless, though my soul more bentTo serve therewith my Maker, and presentMy true account, lest He returning chide,“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”I fondly ask. But Patience, to […]

ON THEE MY HEART IS RESTING Thodore Monod

On Thee my heart is resting!       Ah, this is rest indeed! What else, Almighty Saviour,        Can a poor sinner need? Thy light is all my wisdom,        Thy love is all my stay; Our Father’s home in glory,        Draws nearer every day. My guilt is great, but greater        The mercy Thou dost […]

THE NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME John H. Sammis

Oh what is Jehovah El Shaddai to me?My Lord, God and Saviour, Immanuel, He;My Prophet, Priest, Sacrifice, Altar and Lamb;Judge, Advocate, Surety and Witness, I AM;My Peace and my Life, my Truth and my Way;My Leader, my Teacher, my Hope and my Stay;Redeemer and Ransom, Atonement and Friend;He’s Alpha, Omega, Beginning and End. Yea, more […]

IF I GAINED THE WORLD Anna Olander

If I gained the world, but lost the Saviour,      Were my life worth living for a day?Could my yearning heart find rest and comfort      In the things that soon must pass away?If I gained the world, but lost the Saviour,      Would my gain be worth the lifelong strife?Are all earthly pleasures worth comparing      For a […]

SHALL I FEAR MAN

Shall I, for fear of feeble man,The Spirit’s course in me restrain?Or, undismay’d in deed and word,Be a true witness of my Lord? Awed by a mortal’s frown, shall IConceal the Word of God Most High!How then before Thee shall I dareTo stand, or how Thine anger bear? Shall I, to soothe th’unholy throng,Soften Thy […]

EVERY-DAY CHEER FOR THE REST OF THE ROAD George Cutting

We have nothing to fearThough the journey be long,Though our weakness be greatAnd our enemies strong. There is nothing to fear; Perfect love claims the right To direct us by day And defend us by night. He knoweth our frame, Counts it nothing but dust; But He calls us by name, And delights in our […]

The Barren Fig Tree

Within a vineyard’s sunny bound An ample fig tree shelter found,       Enjoying sun and showers – The boughs were graceful to the view, With spreading leaves of deep-green hue,       And gaily blushing flowers. When round the vintage season came, The blooming fig was still the same,       As promising and fair; But though the […]

THE BIBLE James M. Gray

Where childhood needs a standard      Or youth a beacon light,Where sorrow sighs for comfort      Or weakness longs for might,Bring forth the Holy Bible—     The Bible! Here it stands!Resolving all life’s problems      And meeting its demands. Though sophistry conceal it,      The Bible! There it sands!Though Parisees profane it,      Its influence expands.It fills the world with fragrance      […]

THE BIBLE John Greenleaf Whittier

We search the world for truth. We cullThe good, the true, the beautiful,From graven stone and written scroll,And all old flower fields of the soul;And, weary seekers of the best,We come back laden from our quest,To find that all the sages saidIs in the Book our mothers read. John Greenleaf Whittier  

THANK GOD FOR THE BIBLE James M. Gray

Oh, how we thank Thee, our God, for the Bible,      Whose truth doth each century clearer reveal!The fountain of wisdom and source of all knowledge,      The court of humanity’s final appeal. Oh, here Thou revealest that Thou art our Father,      The hand that hath fashioned and caused us to be;Oh, “resident forces,” “electrons,” and “atoms”      […]

GOD’S SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

Forsake me not, my God,      Thou God of my salvation!Give me Thy light, to be      My sure illumination.My soul to folly turns,      Seeking she knows not what;Oh! lead her to Thyself–      My God, forsake me not! Forsake me not, my God!      Take not Thy Spirit from me;And suffer not the might      Of sin to overcome […]

GOD, MY EXCEEDING JOY

Psalm 43:4 Early my spirit turned      From earthly things away,And agonized and yearned      For the eternal day;Dimly I saw, when but a boy,      God, my exceeding joy. In days of fiercer flame,      When passion urged me on,‘Twas only bliss in name–      The pleasure soon was gone.Compared with Thee, how all things cloy,      God my exceeding […]

A SWARM OF FLYS

Fly from self, and fly from sn,Fly the world’s tumultuous din;Fly its pleasures, fly its cares,Fly its freindhsip, fly its snares.Fly the sinner’s hast’ning doom,Fly and ‘scape the wrath to come.Fly to Jesus, He’s the road,Fly throu Him alone to God.Fly to mercy’s gracious seat,Fly, ’tis sorrow’s last retreat;Fly to Christ in deepest grief,Fly, and […]

MID PLEASURE Eliza Cook

‘Mid pleasure, plenty, and success,      Freely we take from Him who lends:We boast the blessing we possess,      Yet scarcely thank the One who sends. But let affliction pour its smart,      How soon we quail beneath the rod!With shattered pride, and prostrate heart,      We seek the long forgotten God. Eliza Cook

GOD’S D.D. – C. T. Studd

Old Daniel was a Dreadnought!  If he was here to-day,He’d make it hot for the pious lot  Who don’t do as they say. He didn’t speak behind folks’ backs,  But met them face to face;He called spades spades, and dubbed knaves,  And always proved his case. He neither cared for place nor power,  Nor feared the lions’ den;A godly cause […]

CHRISTIAN’S DELIGHT – C. T. Studd

Now Christ’s command is simple,  And meant to be obeyed,“Go ye and preach My Gospel  In every land,” He said. Christ hadn’t any favourites;  He lived and died for all!So all should know the Message,  And hear His gracious call. So I’ll go and face the music  In some dark far off land,Where no one’s ever been before  For Christ to […]

CHUTNEY – C. T. Studd

I want to be like Jesus,   Who left His throne on high For hell-deserving sinners   To live, and work, and die. Forsaking all His glory,    His power He laid aside, His entrée—lo! a manger!   His exit—crucified! We human fools rejected,   And left to stand alone, The only real Victor   This world has ever known. […]

JESUS ONLY – C. T. Studd

I’m going to live for Jesus,  And fling the world away,I’m going to give to Jesus  My life and all to-day. I’ve done it, Hallelujah!   And now I pray the prayerThat I may follow “Jesus  Only,” everywhere. I’m such a great big sinner,  And still a bigger fool;I must keep close to Jesus  And never leave His school. My heart’s […]

WITHOUT EXCUSE – C. T. Studd

Our Saviour has given commandment      To such as believe, in their hearts, To publish the news of Salvation      On earth, to its uttermost parts. The doors of the world lie wide open;      Its lands have been duly explored; The sorrows and needs of the heathen      Can only […]

THE BIBLE – C. T. Studd

What could we do without the Book      That God gave us to read?No more than any farmer      Who hadn’t any seed! No other tells us of our Lord,      The God of grace and love,Who made the whole creation,      This world and those above. What could we do […]

THE UNCHANGING WORD Martin Luther

Feelings come and feelings go, And feelings are deceiving; My warrant is the Word of God— Naught else is worth believing. Though all my heart should feel condemned For want of some sweet token, There is One greater than my heart Whose Word cannot be broken. I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word Till soul and […]

CARD OF THANKS Gunerius C. Lee

A living plant, full packed with blomArrived to help dispel the gloomThat somehow always hangs aroundWherever dread disease is found.Although the plant itself will dieIts fragrance will be in the skythus may the plant a symbol beOf humans just like you and me:The body dies, for die it mustAnd in the grave return to dust;The […]

LENTEN PILGRIMAGE Gunerius C. Lee 1871-1943

‘Tis well that Christians meet in LentA pilgrimage afar to make.To view again that world eventIn which they have so much at stake.To see the figure of the LordStretched out and nailed through hands and feet—Then pity flows with one accordFrom each sad heart with every beat. But fierce agony of soul,The spirit’s strife with […]

THE SURGE OF INIQUITY Gunerius C. Lee

The surge of iniquity Rolls o’er the landLike the billows of ocean Upon the wide strand.Like the wave that oft follows The earthquakes dread shock,Like the Deluge of old Inundating the rock. All nations are sick From the ravage of sin:Nearly all are preparing for War’s savage din.Holy things are profaned In high places and […]

TRUST HIM Gunerius C. Lee

When Holy men like Peter, John, and PaulAt times have doubts and fear,Can we who are so very weak and smallBe always in the clear? When Peter walked the water in his prideHis doubts soon brought him griefBut when he sought the Master o’er the tideHe found a sure relief. There are so many “Fear […]

OLD AGE Gunerius C. Lee

Written for Joergen Dal’s 87th birthday Feb. 22, 1944 Old age doth have its troubles,Its weakness, aches and pains.But they are but as bubblesCompared to all the gainsThat faith in Christ will give usAt life’s hard journey’s end,For there He will revceive usIn glory. We dependOn Him, to draw us nearerOur heavenly home aboveWhere He […]

IN MEMORIAM Gunerius C. Lee

In memory of a loving wife and mother who was called home on December 21, 1937. Tho’ sudden was the callThat summoned thee,And shocking to us all,We still can see the Loving Savior’s careAnd tender grace.For in His mansion fair—That promised placeOf glorious joy and peaceHe did prepare—In that eternal home,With all the blestIs now […]

TO A FATHER Gunerius C. Lee

I would not dare in oral words to voiceThe thoughts so near the heart—A father’s thoughts—by father understood—Of fathers true such feelings are a part. A son whose ways seem foolish, wrong and wildWill create heartache, sorrow, fear;Advice seems futile, he will not be ledHe is so deaf, he will not hear. From earthly father’s […]

WHY? G. C. Lee

I sat alone one evening      With thoughts aroaming far;I saw through frosted windows      The twinkle of a star.When suddenly there reached me      A thudding, crashing soundAnd crunch of hurried footsteps      Upon the frozen ground!What could have caused this racket?      Was any damage done?It dawned on […]

WHATE’ER BETIDE G. C. Lee

Whate’er betide, Lord, help me beObedient to Thy Spirit’s plea.When tempters then my soul assailTheir lures will be of no availFor,Savior dear, I feel Thee near.That gives me strength and calms my fear. What fellowship,— with Thee to walkAnd have a confidential talkAbout the things both great and small, —For Thou doth understand them all!Thy […]

SHAMGAR HAD AN OX GOAD

Shamgar had an ox goad,David had a sling,Samson had a jawbone,Rahab had a string,Mary had some ointment,Aaron had a rod,Dorcas had a needle,All were used for God.

HE’S JUST THE SAME TODAY

The God that stopped the  sun on high,And sent the manna from the sky,Laid flat the walls of Jericho,And put to flight told Israel’s foe.Why can’t He answer prayer today,And drive each stormy cloud away?Who turned the water into wine,And healed a helpless criple’s spine—Commanded tempests, “Peace be still.”And hungry multitudes did fill, His power […]

NO ENEMIES

He has no enemies, you say?      My friend, your boast is poor:He who hath mingled in the fray      Of duty, that the brave endure,Must have made foes. If he has none      Small is the work that he has done.He has hit no traitor on the hip;      He […]

SO MUCH TO DO James Roberts GIlmore

So much to do; so little done!Ah! yesternight I saw the sunSink beamless downt he vaulted gray— The ghastly ghost of yesterday. So little done; so much to do! Each morning breaks on conflicts new; But eager, brave, I’ll join the fray, And fight the battle of today. So much to do; so little done! […]

FOLLOWIN’ FATHER HOME

Years ago, when I       Was jest a little lad,An’ after school hours used to work       Around the farm with dad,I used to be so weared out      When eventide was come,That I got kinder anxious-like      About the journey home;But dad, he used to lead the way,An’ once in […]

HELL Catherine Dangell

Hell, the prisonhouse of despair,Here are some things that won’t be there:No flowers will bloom on the banks of Hell,No beauties of nature we love so well;No comforts of home, music and song,No friendship of joy will be found in that throng;No love to brighten the long, weary night,No love nor peace, nor one ray […]

A LITTLE BIRD I AM Madame Guyon

      A little bird I am      Shut from the fields of air;Yet in my cage I sit and sing      To Him who placed me there;Well pleased a presoner to be,Because my God, it pleases Thee.       Naught have I else to do;      I sing the […]

HEALTH IS A BLESSING Horace Mohler

The angel touched my arm and spoke,      And startled by his voice, I woke.“Get up,” he said,”There comes the sun–       Another day has just begun!”And with this most unsavory warningI realized that it was morning. I frowned and cried: “O bitter cup!      I am so tired of getting up!Oh, […]

DEEP THINGS A.B. Simpson

There are deep things of God. Push out from shore.Hast thou found much? Give thanks and look for more,Dost fear the generous Giver to offend?Then know His store of bounty hath no end.He doth not need to be implored or teased:The more we take, the better He is pleased. ~A. B. Simpson

SIGHT TO THE BLIND

A dark and blinded thing is man,      Yet full of fancied light!But all his penetration can      Obtain no gospel light. Though heavenly truth may blaze abroad      He cannot see at all;Though gospel leaders show the road,      He still gropes for the wall. Perhaps he stands to hear […]

OH! TO BE READY

Oh! to be ready when death shall come,Oh! to be ready to hasten home!No earthward clinging, no lingering gaze,No strife at parting, no sore amaze;No chains to sever that earth hath twined,No spell to loosen that love would bind. No flitting shadows to dim the lightOf the angel-pinions winged for flight;No cloud-like phantoms to fling […]

TRY Charles Spurgeon

Once let every man say Try,Very few on straw would lie;Fewer still of want would die;Pans would all have fish to fry;Pigs would fill the poor man’s sty;Want would cease, and need would fly:Wives and children cease to cry;Poor rates would not swell so high;Things wouldn’t go so much awry—You’d be glad, and so would […]

“Nearer Home”

One sweetly solemn thought”            Comes to me o’er and o’er:I’m nearer home to-day      Than I ever have been before. Nearer my Father’s house,      Where the many mansions be;Nearer the great white throne,      Nearer the jasper sea; Nearer the bound of life,      Where […]

Mary’s Choice

Jesus, engrave it on my heart,That Thou the one thing needful art;I could from all things parted be,But never, never, Lord, from thee. Needful is Thy most precious blood,Needful is Thy correcting rod,Needful is Thy indulgent care,Needful Thy all-prevailing prayer. Needful Thy presence, dearest Lord,True peace and comfort to afford;Needful Thy promise to impartFresh life […]

O Thou That Hearest Prayer – Angie Gerdes

Inspired by Psalm 65 O Thou That Hearest Prayer, I’m coming now to thee When pain so deep has left me numb, hear my silent plea When questions fill my heart and soul, and darkness hides your face             When storms are raging fierce and strong, you see me in this place O Thou That Hearest […]

One By One

One by one the sands are flowing,One by one the moments fall;Some are coming, some are going —Do not strive to grasp them all. One by one thy duties wait thee,Let thy whole strength go to each;Let no future dreams elate thee —Learn thou first what those can teach. One by one (bright gifts from […]

Sunday

I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day. — Rev. i. 10. After long days of storms and showers, Of sighing winds, and dripping bowers, How sweet at morn to ope our eyes On newly ” wept and garnished” skies! — To miss the clouds, and driving rain, And see that all is bright […]

Oh! For the Happy Days Gone By

Oh! for the happy days gone by, When love ran smooth and free; Days when my spirit so enjoyed More than earth’s liberty! Oh! for the times when on my heart Long prayer had never palled, Times when the ready thought of God Would come when it was called! Then when I knelt to meditate, […]

Oh, For the Happy Days Gone By

Oh! for the happy days gone by,       When love ran smooth and free; Days when my spirit so enjoyed       More than earth’s liberty ! Oh ! for the times when on my heart       Long prayer had never palled, Times when the ready thought of God       Would come when it was called […]

All, All Is Known to Thee

“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path.” My God, whose gracious pity I may claim, Calling Thee Father — sweet, endearing name! The sufferings of this weak and weary frame.               All, all are known to Thee. From human eye ’tis better to conceal Much that I suffer, much I […]

The Anvil of God’s Word

Last eve I paused beside the blacksmith’s door, And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; Then looking in, I saw upon the floor, Old hammers worn with beating years of time. “How many anvils have you had,” said I, “To wear and batter all these hammers so?” “Just one,” said he, and then with […]

A Little While Jane Crewdson

“What is this that he saith, A little while?” (John 16:18) Oh! for the peace which floweth as a river, Making life’s desert places bloom and smile ! Oh! for a faith to grasp heaven’s bright ” for ever,” Amid the shadows of earth’s ” little while ! “ “A little while” for patient vigil-keeping, […]

A Little While Jane Crewdson

“What is this that he saith, A little while?” (John 16:18) Oh! for the peace which floweth as a river, Making life’s desert places bloom and smile ! Oh! for a faith to grasp heaven’s bright ” for ever,” Amid the shadows of earth’s ” little while ! “ “A little while” for patient vigil-keeping, […]

Mothers, be patient.

I know full well that you have much to bear,But speak not harshly to the little ones      Who bring thee care.      A little child,A fragile, tender plant that holds your heartWith love so strong, which you will only gauge      If you should part.     Noisy? Tis health,And yet it needs but just a sudden chill,A few […]

Jabez’ Prayer Joseph Hart

A saint there was in days of old(Though we but little of him hear)In honour high, of whom is toldA short, but an effectual prayer.This prayer, my brethren, let us view,And try if we can pray so too. He called on Israel’s God, ’tis said; Let us take notice first of that;Had he to any […]

Alas, what hourly dangers rise! Anne Steele

Alas, what hourly dangers rise!   What snares beset my way!To heaven O let me lift my eyes,   And hourly watch and pray. How oft my mournful thoughts complain,   And melt in flowing tears!My weak resistance, ah, how vain!   How strong my foes and fears! O gracious God, in whom I live,   My feeble efforts aid;Help […]

Prayer John Berridge

“Let my prayer be as incense.” A Godliness which feeds on form,And lip devotion, barren cheer,Will satisfy an earthly worm,Who learns to think and call it prayer;Contented with the husky part,A moving lip and silent heart. O Lord, thy Spirit’s aid impart,And fill me with devotion’s fire;Create anew my waiting heart,And heavenly breathings there inspire;Bid […]

The Secret Place of Prayer

There is a place where thou canst touch the eyesOf blinded men to instant, perfect sight;There is a place where thou canst say “Arise!”To dying captives bound in chains of night;There is a place where heaven’s resistless powerResponsive moves to thine insistent plea;There is a place – a silent, trusting hour – Where God himself […]

Beneath the Blood Stained Lintel

Exodus 12:3, 13 Beneath the blood stained lintel I with my children stand,A messenger of evil Is passing through the land,There is no other refuge from the destroyer’s face,Beneath the blood stained lintel shall be our hiding place. The Lamb of God has suffered, our sins and griefs He bore,By faith the blood is sprinkled […]

Seeking Now, Seeking Now; Let Thy Spirit Meet Me Now! F.H. Allen

Lord, Thou knowest all the hunger Of the heart that seeks Thee now; How my soul hath long been craving What Thou only canst bestow. Failure in my walk and witness, Failure in my work I see; Fruitless toil, un-Christlike living, Calling forth no praise to Thee. Now to Thee my soul confesses All its […]

The Border-Lands

Father, into Thy loving hands   My feeble spirit I commit,While wnadering in these Border-Lands,   Until Thy voice shall summon it. Father, I would not dare to choose   A longer life, an earlier death;I know not what my soul might lose   By shortneed or protracted breath. These Border-Lands are calm and still,   And solemn are their […]

Empty Spaces Hannes Grove

Empty spaces in front of meMy aching heart wants to fill thee.My thoughts recall unspoken words, how can this be?My flowing tears call to God, come and see. Empty spaces drifting all around;Spoken words dying on solid ground.Who can get saved if grace do not abound?The words came forth with no clear sound. Empty spaces […]

Travel on Your Knees

Last night I took a journeyTo a land far “cross the seas;I didn’t go by boat or plane,I trusted on my knees. I saw so many people thereIn deepest depths of sin,And Jesus told me I should goThat there were souls to win. But I said, “Jesus, I can’t goAnd work with such as these.’He […]

The Cross Became The Bridge – Sharon Dawson Menefee

I was lost in sinwandering aimlesslyI didn’t know of God’s loveOr of CalvaryI didn’t know sin separated mefrom the Father’s sideAnd that a chasm was between usdeep and wide…. But then one day I heard the storyof how He loved me soEnough to die for meAnd saved my sinful soul. Chorus:And the cross became the […]

MY TIMES ARE IN THY HAND

Psalm 31:15 Father, I know that all my life    Is portioned out for me, And the changes that are sure to come,    I do not fear to see; But I ask Thee for a present mind    Intent on pleasing Thee. I ask Thee for a thankful love,    Through constant watching wise, […]

The Pilgrim

Still onward through this land of foes    I pass in pilgrim guise; I may not stop to seek repose    Where cool the shadow lies; I may not stoop amid the grass    To pluck earth’s fairest flowers, Nor by her springing fountains pass    The sultry noontide hours; Yet flowers I wear upon […]

The Meeting Place

Where the faded flower shall freshen,    Freshen never more to fade; Where the shaded sky shall brighten,    Brighten never more to shade; Where the sun-blaze never scorches;    Where the star-beams cease to chill; Where no tempest stirs the echoes    Of the wood, or wave, or hill; Where the moon shall wake […]

The Changed Cross

It was a time of sadness, and my heart,Although it knew and loved the better part, Felt wearied with the conflict and the strife. And all the needful discipline of life. And while I thought on these, as given to me — My trial tests of faith and love to be — It seemed as […]

How Things Are – Melody Conjurske

There’s nothing at allIn my brain this fall.I sit here and stareWith thoughts everywhere. I can’t really readFor my brain won’t heed,And I tried to write,But I couldn’t quite. I can’t concentrate,I nothing seems straight.It is pretty hard,To be so marred. I always feel ill,Can’t do what I will;But then if I couldI’m not sure […]

GOD’S ARMIES Hannes Zegement Grove

When God sends forth His armies,What beast or man can stand?When God stretches out his hand,No herb or seed will be untouched through this forsaken land. How can a nation fight against an Almighty GodWhen He uses a lowly Shepherd and in his hand a rod?How do you fight then water turned to blood?Or defend […]

The Stranger Hannes Grove

I met this stranger on a rocky road seldom traveled on, and He asked me: “Friend where are you going?” And I told Him about The Lion of Judah who had pointed me on this steep way and who had protected me several times on this lonely, dangerous road. At this, the stranger smiled, and […]

CALLED TO UNCOVER SIN AND REVEAL JESUS CHRIST Hannes Zegement Grove

CALLED TO UNCOVER SIN AND REVEAL JESUS CHRIST The great note today is amiable religiosity and every doctrine that is not imbedded in the Cross of Jesus will lead astray. (Oswald Chambers) So we are called as a worker to uncover sin and to reveal Jesus Christ as Saviour! We are not here to be […]

REALITY IS REDEMPTION Hannes Zegement Grove

REALITY IS REDEMPTION Reality is redemption, not my experience of redemption, but redemption has no meaning for me until it speaks the language of my conscious life. And being sure of faith of itself is not faith! Faith that is sure of God is the only faith there is.

HAVING IT YOUR WAY Hannes Zegement Grove

HAVING IT YOUR WAY Christian why is it so important having your own wayWhile Christ is shaking His head saying my child nayBut you want it to be done your way on this path you’ll stayWhy don’t you take heed? What is wrong with you I pray Christian, why do you want to do it […]

Jesus Martha Petrusevich

Jesus I stand and before my eyes I see,The man, who had to die for me. So that I, wouldn’t need to die, And forever live with Him on high. I stand and before my eyes I see, Amazing love He has for me. Love like this is hard to find, Yet He offers it […]

Mother!! Martha Petrusevich

The work of a mother never seems to endShe needs to be a mom, a wife, a friend,There are always clothes she needs to mend,And a weed filled garden to clean and tend. There are dirty clothes to wash and fold,A sick and fussy baby, to rock and hold.There are dishes to wash and put […]

Miracles Matha Petrusevich

MiraclesA miracle is something… no one ever can predict,For it is a handiwork of God… that no one can restrict Greatest miracles occur, when they are least expected…By an almighty, sovereign God…they are directed. He touches many lives, in ways we can’t foresee,Saves the greatest sinners, from bondage sets them free!!!He answers prayers… in the […]

Trembling We Had Hoped for Mercy Frances Bevan

Trembling, we had hoped for mercy —       Some lone place within the door; But the crown, the throne, the mansion,       All were ready long before. And in past and distant ages,       In those courts so bright and fair, Ere we were, was He rejoicing,     […]

Listen, Oh, Listen

Listen, oh, listen, my Father, all holy,       Humble and sorrowful, owning my sin, Hear me confess in my penitence lowly       How in my weakness temptation came in.   Pity me now, for, my Father, no sorrow       Weighs on my soul like the pain that I know, […]

My Dad Max M. Johnson

Max M. Johnson   Nova Scotia was his birthplace, in 1888 And in the annals of the wealthy, notorious and great

The 23rd Psalm Max M. Johnson

By a 21st Century Sheep Max M. Johnson   The Lord is my Shepherd, no want shall I know. He leads me in paths were He’d have me to go.

Wrong Way Street Max M. Johnson

Max M. Johnson   God made a man, and gave him life, to live in peace and not in strife. He placed him in His garden fair; all things provided for his care.

Chips Max M. Johnson

Max M. Johnson I watched with great awe and amazement — The Sculptor’s tool fashioned with skill

Digging a Well with Toothpicks Melody Conjurske

  Melody Conjurske   July 2009   For these living waters full and free— The craving I now find in me, But how to get them, I know not, So then I use what I have got— These little tiny worthless sticks— I’m digging a well with toothpicks, With all my efforts, I have found, […]

Confidence George C. Neumark

George C. Neumark Translated by Catherine Winkworth If thou but suffer God to guide thee,     And hope in Him through all thy ways,

Wholly Resigned

Christ leads us through no darker rooms     Than he went through before:

The Better Life

When we reach a quiet dwelling     On the strong eternal hills,

Salome

She knew not what for them she sought,     At His right hand and left to sit!

Pray For Whom Thou Lovest

Yes, pray for whom thou lovest; thou mayst vainly, idly seekThe fervid words of tenderness by feeble words to speak;

Pilgrim of Earth

Pilgrim of earth, who art journeying to heaven!     Heir of Eternal Life! child of the day!

One By One

One by one the sands are flowing     One by one the moments fall,

Now

Rise! for the day is passing,      And you lie dreaming on;

Near Jesus

I want to live near Jesus,     And never go astray,

Nature and Faith

We wept — ’twas Nature wept, but Faith Can pierce beyond the gloom of death,

Holy Tears

Yes, thou may’st weep, for Jesus shed     Such tears as those thou sheddest now,

God Our Strength

Man, in his weakness, needs a stronger stay             Than fellow-men, the holiest and the best:

God’s Anvil

Pain’s furnace-heat within me quivers,             God’s breath upon the fire doth blow,

All Is Light

What though storm-clouds gather round me, Hovering darkly o’er my way?

A Quiet Mind

I have a treasure which I prize;              Its like I cannot find:

On Prayer

Go, when the morning shineth,              Go, when the moon is bright,

Dear Lord Lydia Brainard

2008, revised Jan. 2, 2009   Lord, I was running far from you,But here without you I can’t live,Oh Lord, I’m coming back just now,To you alone my life I’ll give. There have been times that I have wandered,I’ve tried to do things on my own,But Jesus, how my life is worthless,Unless My Lord by […]

I Will Take Your Hand Again Lydia Brainard

2009    For years I have professed his name,But over and over brought him shame.So many times I stumble and fall,Forgetting just who is, my All in All.I can’t seem to walk no matter how I try,I fall on my knees and then I cry,“God, I’ve been to you a million times o’er,I wonder, can […]

The Philosopher’s Scales Jane Taylor

  Jane Taylor   A monk, when his rites sacerdotal were o’er, In the depth of his cell with his stone-covered floor, Resigning to thought his chimerical brain, Once formed the contrivance we now shall explain.   Perhaps it was only by patience and care, At last, that he brought his invention to bear. In […]

I Stand on Zion’s Mount Charles Swain

Charles Swain I stand on Zion’s mount, And view my starry crown; Charles Swain I stand on Zion’s mount, And view my starry crown; No power on earth my hope can shake, Nor hell can thrust me down. The lofty hills and towers, That lift their heads on high, Shall all be leveled low in […]

The Martyrs’ Hymn Martin Luther

Martin Luther,Translated by W. J. Fox   Flung to the heedless winds, Or on the waters cast, The martyrs’ ashes, watched, Shall gathered be at last; And from that scattered dust, Around us and abroad, Shall spring a plenteous seed Of witnesses for God.   The Father hath received Their latest living breath; And vain […]

Prayer by Mary, Queen of Hungary

Who died in 1558   O God! Though sorrow be my fate, And the world’s hate For my heart’s faith pursue me, My peace they cannot take away; From day to day Thou dost anew imbue me; Thou art not far; a little while Thou hid’st thy face with brighter smile Thy father-love to show […]

O, Where Shall Rest be Found? James Montgomery

James Montgomery (1771 – 1854) O, Where shall rest be found, Rest for the weary soul?       O, Where shall rest be found,       Rest for the weary soul? ’T were vain the ocean depths to sound,       Or pierce to either pole.       The world can never give       The bliss for which we […]

O Dearest Lamb, Take Thou My Heart!

O dearest Lamb, take thou my heart! Where can such sweetness be As I have tasted in thy love, As I have found in thee?   If there’s a fervor in my soul, And fervor sure there is, Now it shall be at thy control, And but to serve thee rise.   If love, that […]

Nothing But Leaves

~ Annonymous ~ Nothing but leaves; the spirit grieves Over a wasted life; Sin committed while conscience slept, Promises made but never kept, Hatred, battle, and strife; Nothing but leaves!   Nothing but leaves; no garnered sheaves Of life’s fair, ripened grain; Words, idle words, for earnest deeds; We sow our seeds, —lo! tares and […]

Is This All? Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar Sometimes I catch sweet glimpses of His face, But that is all. Horatius Bonar Sometimes I catch sweet glimpses of His face, But that is all. Sometimes he looks on me, and seems to smile, But that is all. Sometimes he speaks a passing word of peace, But that is all. Sometimes I […]

A Hymn Repeated by John Brown

as he was burnt to death in 1517 for denying the efficacy of the mass   O Lord, I yield me to thy grace, Grant me mercy for my trespass; Let never the fiend my soul chase. Lord, I will bow, and thou shalt beat, Let never my soul come in hell-heat.

After

 ~ L.E.A.H. ~  After the rain, the sunlight is brighter; After a storm, the breezes are lighter; After an absence, friends are the dearer, After a sorrow, God seemeth nearer.   After a battle, peace is the sweeter, After a trial, life is completer. After the tempest, clouds shall be riven; After the cross the […]

My Bud in Heaven F. I. Darling

F. I. Darling   A bud the gard’ner gave me, A fair and lovely child, He gave it for my keeping. To cherish undefiled. It lay upon my bosom. It was my joy and pride, Perhaps it was an idol Which I must be denied.   For just as it was opening In glory to […]

After a While James Rowe

James Rowe     After a while our sky will be bright, Sunshine will banish shadows of night, Evil will cease our souls to defile, We shall be happy after a while.   After awhile, the storm will be past, Billows asleep, our anchor be cast; We shall have reached the beautiful isle— Heaven—our homeland, […]

Can Sinners Hope For Heaven ?

~ From The Old Paths ~   Can sinners hope for heaven, Who love this world so well; Or dream of future happiness, While in the road to hell?   Shall they hosannas sing, With an unhallowed tongue; Shall psalms adorn the guilty hand Which does its neighbor wrong?   Can sin’s deceitful way Conduct […]

Prayer is Appointed to Convey

~ From The Old Paths ~    Prayer is appointed to convey The blessings God designs to give; Long as they live should Christians pray, They learn to pray when first they live.   If pain affect or woes oppress, If cares distract, or fears dismay, If guilt deject, if sin distress, In every case […]

Sick and In Prison Alice Cory

Alice Cory   Wildly falls the night around me, Chains I cannot break have bound me; Spirits unrebuked, undriven From before me darken Heaven; Creeds bewilder, and the saying Unfelt prayer makes need of praying.   In this bitter anguish lying Only Thou wilt hear my crying – Thou whose hands wash white the erring, […]

Looking This Way J. W. Van DeVenter

J. W. Van DeVenter   Over the river faces I see, Fair as the morning, looking for me; Free from their sorrow, grief, and despair, Waiting and watching patiently there.   Looking this way, yes looking this way, Loved ones are waiting, looking this way; Fair as the morning, bright as the day, Dear ones […]

A Touch Of The Master’s Hand Myrna Brooks Welch

By Myrna Brooks Welch   T’was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer: Thought it scarcely worth his while To waste much time on the old violin, But held it up with a smile: “What am I bidden, good folk,” he cried,“Who’ll start the bidding for me?” “A dollar, a dollar”; then “Two!” “Only two?Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? Three […]

Glory to Thy Fathers Face Helen Maria Williams

Bread-on-the-run

By Helen Maria Williams   Fountain deep of love and grace,Who, Lord, can repay Thee thus,As Thou gav’st Thyself for us? What to Thee shall we repay,Who for us didst bleed and die,When Though shalt the question make,What have ye done for My sake? Hard in heart, in action weak,Lord, Thy grace divine we seek:Set […]

Habitual Devotion Helen Maria Williams

By Helen Maria Williams    While Thee I seek, protecting Power!Be my vain wishes still’d;And may this consecrating hourWith better hopes be fill’d! Thy love the powers of thought bestow’d;To thee my thoughts would soar;Thy mercy o’er my life has flowed;That mercy I adore! In each event of life, how clearThy ruling hand I see!Each blessing to […]

St Matthew J.S.B. Monsell

J.S.B. Monsell   The tide of life was at its flow,Rose higher day by day;But he a higher life would know,Than that which round him did lay. O Saviour! When prosperityMakes this world hard to leave,And all its ‘pomps and vanity’Their meshes round us weave. O grant us grace, that to thy call,We may obedient […]

The Hound of Heaven Francis Thompson

Francis Thompson  (1859 – 1907) I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; Francis Thompson  (1859 – 1907) I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways […]

The Atheist and the Acorn Anne, Countess of Winchelsea

By Anne, Countess of Winchelsea   “Methinks the world is oddly made ,And every things amiss,”A dull presuming Athiest said,As stretched he lay beneath a shade,And instanced it in this: “Behold,” quoth he, “that mighty thing,A pumpkin large and round,Is held but by a little string,Which upwards cannot make it spring,Or bear it from the […]

The Holy Bible and the TV guide

They lie on the table side by sideThe Holy Bible and the TV Guide.One is well worn and cherished with pride.Not the Bible, but the TV Guide.One is used daily to help folks decide.   No, not the Bible, But the TV Guide.As the pages are turned, what shall they see,Oh, what does it matter, […]

In Such an Hour Fay

Sometimes, when everything goes wrong:When days are short, and nights are long;When wash-day brings so dull a skyThat not a single thing will dry.And when the kitchen chimney smokes,And when there’s naught so “queer” as folks!When friends deplore my faded youth,And when the baby cuts a tooth.While John, the baby last but one,Clings round my […]

In Convalescence Fay Inchfawn

Not long ago, I prayed for dying grace,For then I thought to see Thee face to face. And now I ask (Lord, ’tis a weakling’s cry)That Thou wilt give me grace to live, not die. Such foolish prayers! I know. Yet pray I must.Lord help me — help me not to see the dust! And […]

Because Fay Inchfawn

(PSALM CXVI.)Because He heard my voice, and answered me,Because He listened, ah, so patiently,In those dark days, when sorrowful, alone,I knelt with tears, and prayed Him for a stone;Because He said me “Nay,” and then in- stead,Oh, wonderful sweet truth! He gave me bread,Set my heart singing all in sweet accord;Because of this, I love […]

A Woman in Hospital Fay Inchfawn

I know it all . . . I know.For I am God. I am Jehovah, HeWho made you what you are; and I can seeThe tears that wet your pillow night by night,When nurse has lowered that too-brilliant light;When the talk ceases, and the ward grows still,And you have doffed your will:I know the anguish […]