Not What These Hands Have Done

Not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us,
by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
- Titus 3:5, 6 -

Not what these hands have done
Can save this guilty soul;
Not what this toiling flesh has borne
Can make my spirit whole.

Not what I feel or do
Can give me peace with God;
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears
Can bear my awful load.

Thy work alone O Christ,
Can ease this weight of sin;
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God,
Can give me peace within.

Thy love to me, O God-
Not my poor love to Thee-
Can rid me of this dark unrest
And set my spirit free.

Thy grace alone, O God,
To me can pardon speak;
Thy pow'r alone, O Son of God,
Can this sore bondage break.

I bless the Christ of God,
I rest on love divine;
And with unfalt'ring lip and heart
I call this Savior mine!
- Horatius Bonar -

Not Till Then
When this passing world is done,
When has sunk yon glowing sun,
When we stand with Christ in glory,
Looking o'er life's finished story,
Then, Lord, shall I full know -
Not till then - how much I owe.
- Robert McCheyne -

Precious friends,
have a beautiful and restful Lord's Day!


Linda said...

Beautiful Stephanie, and I pray that you have a lovely day, friend. Blessings

Jackie said...

Thy Grace alone, Lord....
Thy Grace alone.

faith76 said...

Beautiful x

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

God's Blessings to you on this Sunday, too! What a wonderful scripture... Knowing there are no good works we must do.... All we must do is accept & receive Him in!

Thank you! Net :)

Kelly-Anne said...

And to you, dearest Stephanie! This was such a beautiful post and a precious reminder of our need of the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I have been crafting happily all day...ah, the delights of a tea cup exchange are rich indeed! Hee!

Hugs and love to you,

Nina said...

Indeed ... "In Him we live, and move, and have our being!"
His grace is the foundation and a solid rock, to built our lives on.
Beautiful flowers - from your garden?
Have a wonderful Sunday, Stephanie - I hope you're feeling well,
Love & hugs,

CherylQuilts said...

Dearest Stephanie, what a beautiful post today, this Lord's Day! What precious words from Horatius Bonar of the truths of Scripture that it's through God's grace alone we are saved through Christ, as shown in Titus 3:5,6. We are so deeply blessed by God's graciousness to us...and nothing we do is enough, but for what Christ has done for us alone. So often we do and forget to rest in His grace, not our efforts. While we are called to good works, the Best Work has been done, praise God! What stunning flowers! I love the colors and even the last one with the bee seeking the sweetness of the flower. May we desire the sweet Word of God more each day. Hugs, sweet friend!

Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: I like the words of Horace Bonar. We have to know how to forgive. Happy Sunday with your family. Keep in touch

Linda said...

Beautiful and inspiring, dear Stephanie. Thank you!

Debbie Harris said...

This was a beautiful reminder, dear Stephanie, that it is ALL God.
Often times we forget the grace of God, and it is only through Him and His love for us that we are what we are.
It is not what our hands have done or can do, it is all what Christ has done that makes us whole, but often times we seek and do on our own to no avail.
Oh Thy work alone, Thy grace, O God, and Thy love to me, is where my soul finds the peace it longs for.

My heart was blessed this morning Stephanie, with your lovely post.

May you rest in the Lord today.
Love you ~ Mom

Jeanna said...

Beautiful post and beautiful photos, Stephanie. Thank you for today's blessing.

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Stephanie, such a beautiful post for the Lord's Day and a reminder to carry us through the week. Blessings to you always.
Enjoy this day! Love, cm

quakerhillfarm said...

Beautiful! What a Saviour!

Red Rose Alley said...

These pink flowers are just beautiful, Stephanie. The color is so vibrant, and you really captured all their beauty through your lens. You always fill my heart with peace when you share your Sunday posts with us. Thank you, dear friend.

love, ~Sheri

magnoliasntea said...

Yet another song I'd never heard until you posted it. :) The words are beautiful and true. Enjoyed the photos, too.
Have a wonderful week!

Linda Walker said...

Sear Stephanie,
Such a lovely post to read on this Sunday evening. When I need peace and encouragement I know just where to go.....your blog and your mother's. I find that you and your mother have similar writing styles and it actually calms me to read these posts. Blessings my friend,

Mehrll said...

Isn't our God wonderful. It is not our doing, but God's mercy and grace that makes us fit for heaven. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poe, and the beautiful flower photos. Hugs.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a lovely post, my friend! Happy Sunday blessings to you! xo

doodles n daydreams said...

I have just been outside most of the day, the first really nice day of spring that we have had. New growth all over and the grass getting too long :) but no doubt we'll get it mowed tomorrow. Yes all the new growth is thanks to God and we don't always remember that.
Have a lovely day,


Cheryl said...

Such beautiful poetry and words! Thank you ever so much for sharing them, sweet friend. You are such a dear blessing. :) God bless you richly, in return!!

Denise said...

you brightened my day, love you

Robyn said...

I don't often make it here on Sunday but when I do arrive, your words and images brighten my day and warm my heart, Stephanie.
Thank you for giving the way you do, friend.
Hugs and love to you.

JES said...

Just beautiful!!! :)

Ida said...

Your Sunday posts are so lovely...of course I'm generally reading them on Monday so it's a nice start to the week as well.

Feral Turtle said...

Beautiful pictures Stephanie. Enjoy your week!

Daniela said...

Your shots are always so suggestive and the quote you choose always so inspiring, my dearest Stephanie !
This post is truly wonderful, my heart needs such things to breathe Joy and Love, thank you so much !

Sending blessings and dear love
with all my heart


Mary E. Stephens said...

This is a beautiful hymn. We have it in a couple hymn books in my collection. :-) Thank you for posting it!

Conniecrafter said...

So thankful our salvation isn't on us but his saving grace, I know I could never measure up.

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