Sunday, January 08, 2017

O Jesus, I Have Promised

I asked the New Year 
for some motto sweet,
Some rule of life 
by which to guide my feet.
I asked and paused;
it answered soft and low,
"God's will to know."
- Unknown -




O Jesus, I have promised 
to serve thee to the end; 
be thou forever near me, 
my Master and my friend. 
I shall not fear the battle 
if thou art by my side, 
nor wander from the pathway 
if thou wilt be my guide. 

O let me feel thee near me! 
The world is ever near; 
I see the sights that dazzle, 
the tempting sounds I hear; 
my foes are ever near me, 
around me and within; 
but Jesus, draw thou nearer, 
and shield my soul from sin. 

O Jesus, thou hast promised 
to all who follow thee 
that where thou art in glory 
there shall thy servant be. 
And Jesus, I have promised 
to serve thee to the end; 
O give me grace to follow, 
my Master and my Friend. 
- John E. Bode -




I with Thee would begin,
O my Savior so dear,
on the way that I still must pursue;
I with Thee would begin every day granted here,
as my earnest resolve I renew-
To be and remain Thine forever.
- From the Swedish -




The beginning of the new year
is usually a time for reflecting on and evaluating the past
as well as for setting serious goals for the future.
Because it is so easy to get caught up in a blur of daily sameness,
special days and events are important in life.
We need these highlights for our growth and development.

Dear friends,
let us think seriously about ways in which our spiritual life 
can be deepened and developed during this coming year.




 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, 
which ye have shewed toward his name, 
in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence 
to the full assurance of hope unto the end.
- Hebrews 6:10-11 -


If any man serve me, let him follow me; 
and where I am, there shall also my servant be: 
if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
- John 12:26 -


Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: 
for ye serve the Lord Christ.
- Colossians 3:24 -




Have a most blessed Lord's Day, sweet friends!
Much love to you!

34 comments:

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a lovely way to start my day, dear Stephanie, by reading this post. I have not had the opportunity to sit and write out my hopes and desires and prayers for the coming year, but hope to do so this afternoon. "A Closer Walk with Thee" always needs to be at the top of the list as you have so gently reminded us. xo Deborah

Chel at Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Happy New Year Stephanie, sorry I haven't been visiting of late, but I do hope that you and yours have had a wonderful festive period and are all set for another fantastic year! Chel xx

mamasmercantile said...

As always a beautiful post giving me so much to think about for which I am thankful.

Debby Ray said...

I normally would not be online on Sunday morning to read your lovely post but our church was cancelled due to snow and COLD weather. How wonderful it was to read this this morning! Yes, I as well, need to get my mind and heart in gear after all of the holiday hubbub. Thank you for this most heartfelt reminder. Have a fantastic Sunday, Stephanie! ♥

weekend-windup said...

It was nice reading your post! Have a wonderful new year:)

Red Rose Alley said...

Your Sunday posts are like a breath of fresh air to me, Stephanie. Such heartwarming words every time. Your pink doily reminds me of the one my grandmother made. It is the only one I have left of hers, and I use it for my hot drinks while visiting sweet blogs, like yours. :)

Have a relaxing Sunday, dear. It's raining hard here!

love, ~Sheri

magnoliasntea said...

Lovely post, Stephanie! I always try to do better each year, too.
Love the hymn. Have a great day!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Such pretty pictures of your handiwork to go along with such wonderful words of faith and wisdom! Thank you for this today, as we too missed church today because of weather.

Nina said...

Happy, creative and Blessed New year to you, dearest Stephanie!
Yes, to grow in the knowledge of the Lord, closer to Him, knowing His heart and will deeper ...
Wishes for the new year!
I hope you're doing well, healed the stomach bug - and enjoying the days that are eating lighter and longer - just a bit :)
Lots of love from
Nina

Gina said...

Stephanie, I haven't heard that hymn before. The lyrics are so beautiful and they resonate deep in my heart. Happy New Year!

Chris Lally said...

Lovely hymns / powerful scripture & beautiful handicraft! What a joy it is to visit your blog!

Mari said...

I haven't heard that song in some time. I truly enjoyed reading the words again. What a wonderful choice to start a new year.

Lowcarb team member said...

A thoughtful post Stephanie, thank you.

Sending my good wishes for the coming new week ahead.

All the best Jan

living from glory to glory said...

Sunday is a day to reflect...
Each beginning of each New Year we can sit at His feet and see what He has for us! We get a new lease and a fresh start. Lovely words!
Blessings, xo

CherryPie said...

Thank you so much for reminding me of my promise :-)

Happy New Year to you xx

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a lovely post that you've written today, sweet friend, and yes, we need to remember our spiritual goals as we start the new year. Thank you for reminding us to do so, and also for sharing the beautiful hymn and the thoughtfully chosen verses. Much love to you, Stephanie.

Tanya Rachelle said...

Beautiful post... beautiful words and thoughts. Thank you for sharing.
~Tanya

Debbie Harris said...

This was a beautiful post as we begin walking in a New Year. Those words really give you much to ponder on.
Gest way to start off the New Year!

I trust your day was beautiful♡

Cheryl said...

Oh, what a beautiful post! The prayers and poems truly resonated with me. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh His words are full of truth, they are truth. I feel anxious, I feel as if today at work where I spend all my time, I must SERVE. Oh Lord, help us be your servants where we are!

Karen said...

Your creations are very pretty. I love pinks and reds. We definitely need some extra color during the gray winter days. Thank you for sharing the hymn, too.

Olivia said...

Thank you for the reminder! I love the song "O Jesus I Have Promised". The tune and words are beauitful :)

Dani Jeanne said...

I hope you had a Happy New Year, Stephanie! Thank you for sharing these pictures of your beautiful creations. It's difficult to believe that it has almost been two years since I discovered your blog!

Dani xoxo
a vapor in the wind

Sandra said...

A beautiful post for the new year, Stephanie. It's a joy to visit your blog as its always so encouraging, fresh and pretty. 😊

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

This post is just beyond lovely - everything about it.

Hugs, prayers and love. ♥

handmade by amalia said...

I hope the new year brings only blessings, dear Stephanie.
Amalia
xo

Mildred said...

A beautiful post, lovely Stephanie and such sweet photos. May the Lord richly bless you in the new year.

Marilyn Mathis said...

I am so far behind on reviewing my mail. This is one of your most beautiful posts. I love the soft pinks and blues you used in making your items. The beginning poem is wonderful and the words to the song so special. Thanks again for giving us the pleasure of a beautiful blog. Hugs.

Conniecrafter said...

Great post to start the year off, examine our lives and how we are following our Lord, are we following his will or our own, growing with him or away from him. Growing in his wisdom and love for each other. Praying our country can come together over this coming year ahead. Your hearts are just beautiful!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

...and love to you too Stephanie! Wonderful words, truly gorgeous hearts beautifully crafted and captured!
Have a wonderful Wednesday :)

Tamago said...

It sure is very easy to get caught up in the same routine. Upcoming special events do make everyday life more exciting :-)
Your hearts are beautiful. Have a lovely day, Stephanie!

Debbie said...

your creations and photography are so very beautiful stephanie!!!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

The words of that old hymn speak to my heart today - anywhere the Lord is, is where I want to be! Appreciate the wonderful quotes and hymn lyrics mixed in with the beautiful pictures of your little heart sachets. So beautiful! Praying the Lord blesses you in a rich way this year my friend :)

CherylQuilts said...

Dearest Stephanie, what a precious hymn of old I still remember singing in church. We don't sing the hymns anymore, and it's sad. But I shall treasure them always. And some day we shall sing new praises to Him when we are with Him forevermore. Yes, you've struck a chord in my heart that I've been feeling about new goals and ways to honor God with my time and talents. May He continue to guide each of us. Wishing you a joy-filled year serving and glorifying our Savior God...the King! Warm hugs and love, precious friend! xoxo

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