Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Look unto me, and be saved,
all the ends of the earth:
For I am God,
and there is none else.
- Isaiah 45:22 -

O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There's light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Thru death into life everlasting
He passed, and we followed Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion-
For more than conq'rors we are!

His word shall not fail you - He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
- Helen H. Lemmel -

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
- Hebrews 12:2 -

But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Matthew 6:33 -

The author and composer of this hymn, Helen H. Lemmel,
relates that one day, in 1918,
a missionary friend gave her a tract entitled "Focused."
The pamphlet contained these words:

"So then, turn your eyes upon Him,
look full into His face and you will find 
that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness."

These words made a deep impression upon Helen Lemmel.
She could not dismiss them from her mind.
- 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck -

May this Lord's Day be full of joy and sweet blessings!

{{ hugs }}

Sharing with these lovely parties:

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Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth


Bernideen said...

Such a beautiful hymn. Imagine the joy we will feel when we see His face. Waitiing for that trumpet sound!

Linda said...

Beautiful, friend...beautiful.

peggy said...

Beautiful song and post. One of my books says that Helen was blind and abandoned by her husband. How great was her faith to write these beautiful words. Your arrangement of it with the scriptures are perfect for this Sunday morning.

Melanie said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed day.

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

I love your beautiful Sunday morning posts so much Stephanie! May you have a joy filled day!

Debbie Harris said...

"O soul are you weary and troubled no light in the darkness you see? There's light for a look at the Savior, and life more abundant and free"
Aww...such comforting words this morning, and your display of those gorgeous roses makes this post extra beautiful, Stephanie.
This has always been a wonderful hymn to sing and hide in my heart, and now to hear the writing behind these precious words makes it even more beautiful.
Thank you for sharing the author with us.

Have a beautiful day!
Love you~~

mamasmercantile said...

As always such a beautiful post, so uplifting. Have a great day.

Linda said...

Beautiful song and such an inspiring post, dear Stephanie. Thank you so much for sharing.

Chris Lally said...

Love the words of "Focused." I have written them down. Thank you, Stephanie!!

Cranberry Morning said...

A beautiful post, Stephanie. Have a blessed Lord's Day.

A Daughter of the King said...

Hi Stephanie,
Thank you for your lovely, worshipful post. I've chosen to meditate upon this phrase today, "Look full in His wonderful face." I think the things of earth have been all too clear for me lately.
~God bless you.

Celestina Marie said...

Happy Sunday Dear Stephanie, Beautiful hymn of faith and promise. Thank you for sharing and the history behind the author and composer. Wishing you a blessed day. xo

Anonymous said...

I sing this song all day long!... :0) thank you for sharing :0) mari

Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: nice words. Happy Sunday. Keep in touch

Visits With Mary said...

Always looking to Him. Beautiful post. Hope you're having a very blessed SonDay.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, this is a most precious hymn of old. I so wish we would sing more of these regularly. What richness in these words of how beautiful it will be when we see Jesus face to face. But it also calls us to live in such a way as to turn our eyes to Him so that this earth and its promises of fulfillment will fade in comparison to Him and His way in this life. I always delight in reading how the hymn writers are inspired. What deeply precious words and a wonderful song that I shall now remember today and even sing! Thank you, dearest friend, and I too love the beautiful roses! Hugs and love!

Billie Jo said...

Beautiful Stephanie!!!!
What a lovely way to start my day!
Have a great one with your family.

Ida said...

That's a great hymn.

magnoliasntea said...

Great post, Stephanie! I love that the author heard something about the Lord that she couldn't get out of her mind and wrote the song.
Have a great week!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

This is one of my favorite songs from a child! Oh such beauty and love in the face of Jesus, and what a wonderful joy it is to look into His face and find all I need in Him. Your picture collage is nothing short of amazing! I love how you compiled all the images into a beautiful collage. You have such creative talent, and a special touch and gift, creating beautiful things with all you do. It is such a joy to visit here with you, and always I leave encouraged and inspired! Trusting that the Lord is blessing your day, dear friend! :)

Mimi said...

A sweet and lovely Sunday post as always dearest Stephanie. Love, Mimi xxx

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

So beautiful. But what is amazing is that God must really be speaking to me. Our Sunday school class was on seeking Him, our main service message was on Staying Focused and turning our face to Him. The altar call was this Hymn. WOW!!!!

Vee said...

Helen took those words, gave them a fantastic tweaking, and turned them into something that so many of us know and say often. God is good.

Cheryl said...

Oh, how wonderful! YES! It makes me think of a couple of other old hymns..."The things of earth grow dim and lose their value, When I recall they're borrowed for a while; The things of earth that cause my heart to tremble, Remembered there, will only bring a smile. But, until then, my heart will go on singing, Until then, with joy I'll carry on; Until the day my eyes behold His beauty, until the day God calls me home." AND "I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the worlds delight. things that are higher, things that are nobler, these have allured my sight." When we look full into the wonderful face of our Lord Jesus, everything else seems so insignificant...even our troubles! So thankful for you and this precious post, sweet friend. :) Sending much love to you!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I absolutely love that hymn. Lifting up my voice and joining you in song!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Isn't it wonderful how Helen turned those words that she read into a beautiful hymn? Thank you for sharing the song with us, the history and the gorgeous photos. Much love to you on this Sunday evening, my sweet friend.

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

So perfectly and beautifully said.

Deborah Montgomery said...

I love that refrain. So beautiful. I sang it often as a new Christian, and remember singing it to my children as a bedtime lullaby.

Paiges Pages said...

Ever since I saw your post earlier, this song has been on my mind! I sing this song many times when I am going through trials. Such a wonderful Lord we have!
Thank you so much for sharing this post, Stephanie!
In Christ,

Delvalina said...

Sometimes my heart sing this song. One of my favorite hymns sister.
I love how you shared it. Your posts always bless my heart.
Been thinking of you! I will send you my email very soon. I'm just been busy recent days for my visa stuff but one thing I know I will see you soon - this year! What a blessing.

Love you,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear friend! I am blessed that today I don't have to go to work; many are blessed because of the man we celebrate today: Martin Luther King, and all those who BELIEVE are blessed because Jesus lived and died and rose again. Thank you for your gift of edifying those who come here. Have a super fun day! Anita

Karen@Southern Gal Meets Midwest said...

Another beautiful hymn...thank you for sharing Stephanie :)

Christine said...

Truly precious words in that hymn and great spiritual truth for the soul!
God bless Stephanie and thanks for your encouraging posts!

eileeninmd said...

hello, beautiful words and images. Lovely post. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh my Stephanie!! Your encouragement (and creativity too: ) always come @ just the right time. Thank you for sharing today. Old hymns are so powerful; aren't they? I appreciate you sharing all these treasures~ Karen O

DeniseinVA said...

A wonderful post Stephanie, with many beautiful photographs.

Marilyn Mathis said...

Love, love this song. It has the secret to living a life without fear and gives us the courage to go on. Very beautiful post. Hugs and thanks for reminding me of these words.

Donna said...

Lovely faded roses to go along with these sweet words!

and @LivingFromHappiness

Danielle Carlson said...

Thank you for the sweet reminder this Monday, Stephanie!

Dani xoxo
a vapor in the wind

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A beautiful hymn Stephanie and nice to know of the origin.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Stephanie absolutely beautiful and made my heart revoice. Your words combined with your beautiful photography is stunning.

Debbie said...

even fading roses are beautiful!!!!

White Lace and Promises said...

One of my favorite hymns and I love the photos. The dried roses are beautiful and I love pages of songs!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful flowers, isn't it amazing the things that influence people to share their love for God and gives us all the words to steer us in the right direction

Laura Lane said...

Ah, you set me to singing! Be blessed friend.

handmade by amalia said...

An inspirational post, Stephanie, and I love the tea book tutorial as well.

http://professional-essay-writing.com said...

The only thing I do really know any time I want to talk and to ask for some help, he always someway answers and helps me. I think I'm quite a lucky person. I think it's cause of my angel that helps me a lot.

Denise said...

touched my heart.

Nina said...

Beautiful and peaceful ~ Focusing on God does give hope and strenght ~ giving the right perspective! Love your photos ~ the roses are just to pretty with the notes in the background.
Have a wonderful week, dear Stephanie!
Nina xx

Debby Ray said...

Oh my Stephanie...what a beautiful post. Your photos are so soft and the mosaic you created is very lovely. I once went a ladies' conference in a large arena and this song was sung during worship, acapella...the whole audience was singing in unison. It was one of the most beautiful, worshipful experiences I remember. Much love & hugs :)

Daniela said...

As usual, my darling, your post are so inspiring, refreshing and comfortable for my soul !
Thank you for all the JOY and the LOVE you always share, I do admire you so very much, Stephanie, my blessed creature !

Have a wonderful rest of your week,
with gratitude and esteem

Jazzmin said...

This post blessed my heart so much. I can just imagine how Helen's beautiful heart sought the Lord and how inspired she must have been and connected to the Lord as she focused upon the words in that tract. How amazing that we are blessed to still read the words to that hymn today and hear it♥ Thank you for sharing this, dear friend!
I hope you are having a blessed week :) I also just wanted to thank you so very much for your beautiful comment you left me a few days ago that truly made my day! I am just now getting a chance to come tell you how joyful I was to get to read your words. Thank you, Stephanie. I am so touched and blessed by your sweet words and I must tell you how I have missed visiting you and talking with you dear friend! Thank you for all your kindness and loving words♥ How thankful I am for you as well and to have the great blessing of knowing you! Love and huge hugs! ☺

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful. xoox Su

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