Sweeter As The Years Go By

For God in His loving and all-wise way
Makes the heart that once was young and gay
Serene and more gentle and less restless, too,
Content to remember the joys it once knew
And all that I sought on the pathway of pleasure
Becomes but a memory to cherish and treasure-
The fast pace grows slower and the spirit serene,
And the soul can envision what the eyes have not seen
And so while life's springtime is sweet to recall,
The autumn of life is the best time of all,
For our wild, youthful yearnings all gradually cease
And God fills our days with beauty and peace!
- Helen Steiner Rice -

Of Jesus' love that sought me, when I was lost in sin;
of wondrous grace that brought me back to His fold again;
of heights and depths of mercy, far deeper that the sea,
and higher than the heavens, my theme shall ever be.

- Chorus -
Sweeter as the years go by,
Sweeter as the years go by;
Richer, fuller, deeper,
Jesus love is sweeter,
Sweeter as the years go by.

He trod in old Judea life's pathway long ago;
the people thronged about Him His saving grace to know;
He healed the broken-hearted, and caused the blind to see;
and still His great heart yearneth in loven for even me.

'Twas wondrous love which led Him for us to suffer loss-
to bear without a murmer the anguish of the cross;
with saints redeemed in glory let us our voices raise,
till heaven and earth re-echo with our Redeemer's praise.

Sweeter as the years go by,
Sweeter as the years go by;
Richer, fuller, deeper,
Jesus love is sweeter,
Sweeter as the years go by.
- Lelia N. Morris -

The hoary head is a crown of glory,
if it be found in the way of righteousness.
- Proverbs 16:31 -

Lelia N. Morris was an active worker in the Methodist church.
She continued to write gospel songs during the las fifteen years of her life,
even after going blind in her early fifties.
"Sweeter as the Years Go By" was written during early years of her blindness.
Her handicap never deterred her from being effective and productive for God.
Even in blindness she found her Lord sweeter as the years went by.
- Amazing Grace by Kenneth W. Osbeck -

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree:
he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those that be planted in the house of the LORD
shall flourish in the courts of our God.
The shall bring forth fruit in old age;
they shall be fat and flourishing.
The show that the LORD is upright:
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
- Psalm 92:12 - 15 -

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;
even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you,
that my joy might remain in you, 
and that your joy might be full.
- John 15:10 & 11 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day, lovely friends!

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Seek out a respected elderly person and learn his or her secret 
for a contented and useful life with God.
Keep this musical message upon your lips.


Tanya Rachelle said...

Beautiful post! Elderly wisdom is so unique and truly amazing to see in practice. We must never forget... all who are elderly were once young- and once had all that goes with youth! Have a wonderful Sunday.

janice15 said...

Lovely post Stephanie.. with love janice

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, this is one of the more beautiful posts for me. And I must say that it is so true...that the autumn of life is a precious time. My DH and I often talk about how we would not want to be younger or go back in time but cherish the memories and joys, along with the trials of life. It's all grown up closer to Him, as we travel the road to our new home with Him. I so love Helen Steiner Rice and also love the hymn you shared by Lelia Morris (and her story). What precious thoughts for me today. Thank you and thank the Lord for placing these words on your heart for such a day as this...for me! Tender hugs and love! (And I do love the flowers is that gorgeous pot!)

Kelly-Anne said...

A beautiful, uplifting post...such a joy to read on this warm Sunday afternoon...
It is such a blessing to have so many precious older ladies in my life...some whom I see on a regular basis, and others who I have never met, only through blogging... Their examples bless and encourage me, and motivate me to seek a deep, richer and closer relationship with Christ...
I dearly loved the poem by Helen Steiner Rice...and oh! What a beautiful song!
How amazing that, even in her blindness, the writer continued to cling to God and find her deepest comfort in His great love and care!
Thank you for sharing this loveliness today...and your pictures are always lovely...
Blessings to you, dear Stephanie!

Daniela said...

Simply wonderful this post of yours, my sweetest Stephanie, filled with joy and love, true Love, as usual !

Thank you for with your words you blessed my afternoon,
sending much dear love and hugs

Unknown said...

A lovely post for today. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day.

Anonymous said...

How lovely was this entire post, dear Stephanie! I absolutely loved the poem and the song lyrics are just a comfort. And not to mention your most gorgeous photos- those flowers really are stunning!! Love the bright yellow just popping off my screen right now! :)

How true it is to have older, wiser friends who have walked through life before us. I often find that I enjoy being around "older" people more than young people sometimes, as they just have the wisdom and can put things into the right perspective real quick. They've walked through this life much longer than I have and can tell me if I'm worrying about something just nonsense. And some of them have a real unique, witty way about saying some of the truest things you'll ever hear.

Thank you for another wonderful, and very encouraging post this Sunday. I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and that your upcoming week is beautifully blessed!!

Sending much love and many hugs as always <3

Nina said...

'That our joy may be full...' And it can, the joy of the Lord is full & real indeed, reaching out to the bottom of our heart & soul!
Such an encouraging witness .., thank you sweet Stephanie!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

There is such a beauty in the transformation of things, and yes, in the "death" of things. WE WILL BE CHANGED, as these flowers change back into organic matter that will rise again. LOVELY MY DEAR!

Debbie Harris said...

Good Afternoon, my dear!
Your beautiful photo's and encouraging words in this post has blessed my heart in a way that only God knew I needed. Isn't He amazing in the way He uses us in the lives of others, and yet we have no idea at the time of how and what He is going to do in a life?

To be like this dear Lelia N. Morris... content with the "handicap" that we may have and continuing on for the Lord and His glory. She is a beautiful testimony for others to glean from.

"Sweeter as the years go by" certainly is one of my joy songs that I love to sing out to the Lord!
This was a beautiful post all the way through, thank you for sharing it.

Love you ~ Mom

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

You have a way of tying in poems, lyrics and scripture, my friend, along with beautiful photos. It's always a joy to visit you for an uplifting message. I loved learning about Lelia and her desire to continue to focus even with her blindness.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and Happy Labor Day! Warm hugs sent to you!

Jill said...

Beautiful post! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


Mari said...

This makes me think of a dear man who lives in the nursing home I work at. He is 97 years old and has dementia. He's quite confused, but sings hymns and prays out loud all the time. Listening to him praying, thanking God for always taking care of him, for his food, coffee, even for sending someone to take him to the bathroom is just a blessing!

Denise said...

I love this song so much, appreciate this lovely post.

Mimi said...

AS a Mumma to a son with multiple disabilities, of which a vision impairment is just one, this brought tears to my eyes. Thankyou dear Stephanie...Mimi xxx

Red Rose Alley said...

Lelia N. Morris sounds like a wonderful and wise woman, my friend. Your flowers today are filled with beauty, and I especially like the soft look of the black and white photo. And the Autumn poem is so nice. Helen Steiner Rice often has good things to say.

Enjoy the Autumn days coming up, dear Stephanie.

love, ~Sheri

Cheryl said...

Such an encouraging post! I needed this. Sometimes, satan can cause us to feel that the best years of our lives have already passed by, especially as we get older and have more health issues. A friend recently told me that sometimes God reserves the fantastic for the middle to end of our lives. Then I read this, which reaffirmed that! So thankful for your obedience to God, sweet friend. :)

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful post, in every way. The combination of such stunning pictures and words is a real delight. Uplifting.

Alex said...

Thank you for this lovely, wise post my dear Stephanie.. Your words have a way of getting straight to my heart. And it was a beautiful hymn.
The 'evening' of life, and of the year do indeed bring quiet riches to savour and ponder over. We need to let them nourish us :)
Hugs, as always! God bless you.

Debbie said...

such a heartfelt post!! your images are wonderful, i adore sunflowers. they really are one of the best summer blooms!!!!!

Linda said...

Beautiful words Stephanie dear. You have graced us with lovely photos and great scripture. I love sunflowers. xo

NanaDiana said...

Stephanie- You and your Mom always post such wonderful thoughts and insights. I think I am at the edge of falling into the "elderly" category. lol xo Diana

Sandi said...

I guess I am just old enough to GET this! :)

It is very encouraging. They shall bear fruit in old age. I suppose it's all relative. A retired lady at the pool told me the other day about a young friend of hers, "she's a young girl about your age, 46-47, you know."

:-D haha! I was surprised she guessed me age (46). I used to look younger than my years, maybe not so much these days. But still, she called me a young girl. Haha!

Jeanna said...

You blessed us again, Stephanie. Thank you, my dear!

Ida said...

What a beautiful hymn. I've noticed as people age they do tend to spend more time focused on God and less on earthly pleasures.
I also find it very interesting to learn the origins of hymns and what the writes went through before writing them.

Debby Ray said...

I really enjoy hearing the stories behind these songs, Stephanie. Thanks so much for doing the research and presenting them in such a beautiful way!

Anonymous said...

Bible verses about love and joy are definitely my favorites!

Robyn said...

Oh, I just loved this, Stephanie! It's so true that much is to be learned from our older friends and family. I love spending time with my friends who have so much life experience and are generous in sharing their wisdom and lessons learned.
Thank you for this! It's made for the perfect start to my day. Love and hugs to you!

Oliva Ohlson said...

Beautiful post Stephanie. I always feel so much better after reading yours and your mom's inspirations! Thank you!

Mehrll said...

Yes, His love is sweeter as the days go by and as we learn to lean on Him more as we realize we can do nothing apart from Him. Your Mom's post about the Jesus being the vine and us the branches that cannot live without Him was so special too. Even though He has to prune us to make us fruitful, still His love is sweet! Thanks for inspiring us with your posts. Hugs.

Conniecrafter said...

I would hope that even though I would go through trials that I would be able to keep my Love for God in the fore front and not feel pity on myself and concentrate on my problem but all that God has blessed me with

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