Sunday, August 21, 2016

All Your Anxiety




Is there a heart o'er bound by sorrow?
If there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross - each burden bearing,
all your anxiety - leave it there.

No other friend so keen to help you;
no other friend so quick to hear;
no other place to leave your burden;
no other one to hear your prayer.

Come then at once - delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet;
you need no fear a disappointment -
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.

Chorus
All your anxiety, all your care,
bring to the mercy seat - leave it there;
never a burden He cannot bear,
never a friend like Jesus!
- Edward Henry Joy -




The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith,
and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
- George Muller -

Casting all your care upon him; 
for he careth for you.
- 1 Peter 5:7 -




You cannot read the book of Psalms
without sensing the deep cloud of emotional gloom
experienced at times even by King David,
this man after God's own heart.
"Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
and why art thou disquieted within me? "
- Psalm 43:5a -

But David also knew the right answer for these dark times.
First, he honestly admitted his feelings to God.
Second, he reestablished his confidence in God.
Third, he determined to praise Him-
"hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, 
who is the health of my countenance, and my God."
- Psalm 43:5b -
{ Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace }




For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: 
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; 
he shall set me up upon a rock.
- Psalm 27:5 -

Commit thy way unto the Lord; 
trust also in him; 
and he shall bring it to pass.
- Psalm 37:5 -

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, 
and he shall sustain thee: 
he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
- Psalm 55:22 -

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, 
thou wilt revive me: 
thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, 
and thy right hand shall save me.
- Psalm 138:7 -




In the rifted Rock I'm resting,
safely sheltered I abide,
all secure in this blest refuge,
heeding no the fiercest blast.

Peace which passeth understanding,
joy the world can never give,
now in Jesus I am finding;
in His smiles of love I live.

Now I'm resting, 
sweetly resting in the cleft once made for me;
Jesus, blessed Rock of Ages,
I will hide myself in Thee.
- Mary D. James -

Have a blessed and restful Lord's Day,
sweet friends!

35 comments:

Manu said...

Stephanie, what a beautiful post!
It's so nice to read from you again after my break for summer holidays.
Hope you are doing well.
Love

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh...this beautiful post truly touched my heart this sunny Sunday afternoon, dear Stephanie... My heart was anxious and weary this week...what a blessing to know I needn't have feared or given into my concerns... Ah, but we do forget sometimes, don't we? Praise the LORD, He never forgets us and knows all our needs and worries...what a wonderful Saviour!
Thank you for uplifting our hearts and minds by sharing each Sunday, dear friend!
I send you much love and joy in the LORD!
Kelly-Anne

donna said...

Thank you for such a beautiful post.
Hugs
donna

Summer said...

Thanks for these words of inspiration♥

summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Ahhhh....like a deep drink of cool water.....reviving my soul.....thank you, sweet lady. And may God bless you all of your days.

Have a beautiful day. Sending love. ♥♥♥



Billie Jo said...

Stephanie,
This is exactly what I needed today.
I suffer from anxiety...intensified by menopause. Ugh.
This filled my heart with happiness. And hope.
I saved much of it to look back on when I need peace in my heart.
You are a blessing to the world of blogging, my friend.

Terra Hangen said...

Bring it to the mercy seat, these words are helpful to me today as my hubby and I are healing from health problems.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, I love the old hymns you find with such rich words of truth and filled with His Word. And I love the wonderful and plentiful Scripture verses of Hope and Joy through resting in Him, the God and Father and Creator...Who loves us so dearly and provides for our every need, which includes concern, worry, fear, and anxiety. Oh, He knew and always provides. For that I am so very thankful. May we always remember to stop and praise Him for His provisions of settling our hearts and easing our fears. Praise God alone. And I love the beautiful flowers and continue to thank God for the beauty even in this sinful world that He has given us. Oh, what a joy to see our eternal home with Him. May God continue to bless you, dearest friend, and have a beautiful week! Much love and hugs! xoxo

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, what a joy to visit this beautiful post. It is a blessing to me in so many ways. Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you for a beautiful Sunday dear friend. xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

THOSE FLOWERS! Even in the smallest wonders of nature, there is a BIG reason to shout out and praise our living God for all His works. BLESS YOU!

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Stephanie!
Love today's featured hymn. Like so many others I'd never heard of it, but I found a really nice video by Anne MacCallum that I really enjoyed listening to. I think she may be Scottish. Anyway, I loved listening to it so thank you for sharing today. Love the images you shared, also.
Hope your having a peaceful Lord's Day. :)
Toni

Melanie said...

Just what I needed to read today, dear Stephanie. Thank you. Have a blessed day.

mamasmercantile said...

Always such a joy to read your Sunday post, beautiful and uplifting. Take care.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

What a comforting post. One of my favorite hymns is "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." Thanks for sharing this today. It touched my heart.

camp and cottage living said...

This is a very good short study, Stephanie and a reassurance that we like David, can find hope and safety in our Lord.

Lea said...

What a beautiful Lord's Day post! So full of truth and encouragement!

Cheryl said...

Oh, that last song! OH, it reminds me of my dear, sweet Mom. She loved that song, and I haven't heard it since Jesus called her home. Thank you for reviving this precious memory...missing her so much today.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a blessing it is to read your post today, sweet friend. Why do I ever feel anxious? I needn't worry ever, with Jesus by my side. Thank you for the reminder, as you always touch my heart. Love and blessings on this lovely Sunday!

Daniela said...

Dearest, Darling Stephanie,
after this period of 'interlude' which I had to allow myself due to work reasons - the Short Lets I manage here at Tenuta Geremia, the speech about the Empress of Austria I had to prepare and to perform at the conference which was held last Saturday at Madonna di Campiglio, in our Dolomiti, some works of restoration here and the family to join and follow took me far from the pc for more than a month and a half - it's such a joy to be here again !

I've been missing you so much, sweetie, your posts always fill my heart and bless it, thank you !

Hope your week is off to a great start
I'm sending all my dearest love to you

Xx Dany

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Stephanie you sure captured these flowers just beautifully, great post too, I love the last words from Mary... we are starting a Ladies bible study on Psalms next month and I am looking forward to it!
Have a very blessed week!

Gina said...

Stephanie, those are some of my favorite verses. Thank you for sharing them and the beautiful photos too.

Miss Michelle said...

Another beautiful post, friend! I've never heard this hymn. I'll have to pull out my hymnal & try to plunk out the melody on the piano. ^_^ What a lovely flower as well. So exotic looking. :D

{hugs}
Michelle
Delightful Handwork

Delvalina Wright said...

I needed this today my dear sister :)
and what a neat picture! I read your email and was so happy to hear back from you. I'll be back to you soon and also sending you my address.
I hope you are doing well. Love you!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Wonderful words, dearest Stephanie, and the hoya flowers (like perfect, fragrant stars) complete this heavenly post.
Have a blessed week, my friend!

Ang Smith said...

I really enjoyed this post...I guess I needed it. :) Thank you.

Lisa said...

i love the Answer to anxious feelings! It is so good to put our trust in One who is our Provision for every need. What a beautiful post Stephanie!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Lovely and soothing post, my dear Stephanie! I do feel that peace when I trust in the Lord. Thank you for the sweet reminder <3 Hugs and blessings xx Karen

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely words,
Lovely images

All the best Jan

Linda Walker said...

Stephanie,
A comforting post and specific to some things I have been feeling over the past few months. AS always, scrolling through your post is a pleasure. Such uplifting words and beautiful images! Thank you Stephanie!
xo
Linda

Mrs.T said...

The first time I ever heard this hymn, my brother was dying. Friends of our pastor and wife were visiting them, and they all kindly looked after our little children while we went to the hospital. That evening at church, the visiting friend, Al, sang this hymn -- "All Your Anxiety". It was exactly what I needed at that time, and I have loved it ever since.

Thanks for sharing it with others. It's not one of the more familiar hymns and yet it is such a blessing!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hello Stephanie,
I was just thinking about you and sending a hello your way. I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying the end of summer. Take care and enjoy the week.
Julie

SpicingUpIdaho said...

"The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith,
and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.
- George Muller -" Oh how I love this quote, and how true I've found it to be in my own life! When I catch myself pressed with fears or anxieties, I know that I must turn my focus from the situation to my Lord, who is all knowing, all seeing, and ever able to help and keep us through it all! Thank you for this precious encouraging post that I enjoyed today, your beautiful pictures, the collection of wonderful quotes, and scripture, and your thoughts, all blend together in such a beautiful way. You are a blessing dear Stephanie, many hugs to you today!

Sandy said...

I only wish my faith was so pure ...
Sandy xx

Mehrll said...

Gorgeous photos and soothing message in this blog. Thank you for posting so many thoughts that are a blessing to us all.

Jazzmin said...

Dearest Stephanie,
I do hope this finds you blessed and very well! It has been quite a spell it seems since I have gotten to visit you and I am so happy to be on your blog this evening. I need to catch up on your posts, as well! :)
I got back from a trip recently and have been absent from the blog world because of busyness, but I have had your post in my browser since we returned, meaning to comment and let you know what a truly perfect and comforting blessing your words and sharing these graces of our Lord in times of anxiety is to me. I don't remember whether I have shared this on my blog before or maybe I have in so many words, but anxiety is something I dealt with severely at a few points during college and it went away for sometime, but has returned to me in the past few months every once in awhile. So I felt like our precious Savior was wrapping me in His loving arms, letting me read exactly what I needed to through you dear friend. Because this has calmed my heart so wonderfully in ways I can't explain... to have all of these blessed reminders of God's love in times of anxiousness in one place in this post. I am ever so grateful. Thank you for writing this that I and others like me can find grace and peace in it.

I hope you are doing wonderfully!
Love and many hugs to you,
Jazzmin

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