Fade, Fade, Each Earthly Joy

O love the LORD, all ye his saints: 
for the LORD preserveth the faithful, 
and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. 
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, 
all ye that hope in the LORD.
- Psalm 31:23-24 -

Fade, fade each earthly joy;
  Jesus is mine.
Break every tender tie;
  Jesus is mine.
Dark is the wilderness,
Earth has no resting place,
Jesus alone can bless;
  Jesus is mine.

Tempt not my soul away;
  Jesus is mine.
Here would I ever stay;
  Jesus is mine.
Perishing things of clay,
Born but for one brief day,
Pass from my heart away;
  Jesus is mine.

Farewell, ye dreams of night;
  Jesus is mine.
Lost in this dawning bright;
  Jesus is mine.
All that my soul has tried
Left but a dismal void;
Jesus has satisfied;
  Jesus is mine.

Farewell, mortality;
  Jesus is mine.
Welcome, eternity;
  Jesus is mine.
Welcome, O Loved and Blest,
Welcome, sweet scenes of rest,
Welcome, my Savior’s breast;
  Jesus is mine.
- Jane C. Bonar -

Each of us was created for the purpose of enjoying
the fellowship of the Almighty God.
Our souls were made for eternity,
not for this brief earthly pilgrimage alone.
The Christian life should be lived each day 
as though we were already enjoying the blessings of heaven.
We deprive ourselves of one of life's greatest treasures
when we lose this perspective
and become bogged down with the trivialities of earthy living.
An intimate fellowship with our Lord should produce 
at least three basic differences in our living:

- More Humility -
a greater realization of our finiteness
and the need for dependence upon God.

- More Happiness -
a realization that this life has purpose and dignity
as we represent God,
as well as a promised eternity in heaven with our Lord.

- More Holiness -
a greater desire to be a worthy representative for God
and to live a life of absolute purity.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -

I have set the LORD always before me: 
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: 
my flesh also shall rest in hope. 
For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; 
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; 
at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
- Psalm 16:8-11 -

Set your affection on things above, 
not on things on the earth.
- Colossians 3:2 -

Allow the awareness of God's presence
to produce in your life
more humility, happiness, and holiness
as you seek to represent Him.

Have a beautiful and blessed Lord's Day, friends!


krishna said...

Such a beautiful post..big hug!🤗🤗

mamasmercantile said...

Wishing you a wonderful day too. Beautiful and uplifting post.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Thank you for your wonderful post with beautiful photos, Stephanie. I will try to remember the three H's...humility, happiness, and holiness. Those are such fitting words for each of us to aspire to hold dear. Thank you! xo

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very uplifting post and beautiful pictures...as always! xoxo

Mari said...

I don't know that hymn, but the words are beautiful and so are the photos and verses you paired with it.
Hope you've had a blessed Sunday!

Lowcarb team member said...

Perfect Sunday post, thank you.

All the best Jan

Mary E. Stephens said...

This is an encouraging and thought provoking post, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing it with us today, my friend.

Olivia Bell (aka Livy) said...

What a lovely post! {{smiles}} I enjoyed it, and it was so very true!

Karen said...

Those lyrics are new to me. Lovely words and photos. Have a blessed week.

Ang Specht said...

Thank you for the happy post on this Sunday evening. :) I wish you and your family a great week!

NanaDiana said...

I don't know that song at all, and I know a lot of the old ones, but the words are beautiful. Thanks for sharing it here. Hope you have a great week. xo Diana

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Like Diana, I've never heard this hymn before, but I must look it up on youtube, it has some wonderful words to it! I enjoyed the pictures you shared along with your verses and quotes. The quote by K. Osbeck is especially so very true. Always enjoy your wonderful Sunday posts! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

Rose L said...

Lovely post. Thank you!

handmade by amalia said...

Beautiful words.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Such truths for sure! Our pastor is finishing a series on leadership and the life of David and yesterday he was talking about how all we do in this life will not matter unless it's done for the Lord. All the 'busyness' that consumes me needs to be watched! I'm trying to be more intentional in what I say "yes" to because, yes, this life is fleeting!

Anonymous said...

Our God uses everything to get our attention. I needed this today ... thank you Stephanie for sharing. 😊

Anne Payne said...

Always lovely sentiments and images! I especially like the last part, "Allow the awareness of God's presence to produce in your life more humility, happiness, and holiness as you seek to represent Him."

Have a blessed week, my friend!


Debby Ray said...

Hello dear Stephanie...I have not heard this old hymn either but the words are so precious. How wonderful it would sometime if you would make a little video of you playing these hymns! (hint, hint) :D Have a blessed week!

Conniecrafter said...

I don't believe I have heard that song Jesus is mine.
Still need, and always striving to have a closer fellowship with the Lord. So thankful he never gives up on me :)

hobbyloes said...

You always have a lovely sunday post, we all enjoyed!
Thank you dear Stephanie.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Truly beautiful dear Stephanie. Have a wonderful week xx

Danielle Marie said...

Such a lovely post! :)

Marilyn Mathis said...

I appreciate every one of your blog posts. I truly love the old hymns. We are not made for this world and earth has no resting place. We cannot slow down until we see Him face to face. I read your blogs but cannot always comment because I am so busy. You would think at 77 you could rest sometimes, but time is short and the night is coming when no man can work. Hugs and blessings.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

All I can say is amen - and bless you.

UplayOnline said...

Wishing you a wonderful day too. Beautiful and uplifting post.


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