Sweetly Resting

Once my hands were always trying,
Trying hard to do my best;
Now my heart is sweetly trusting,
And my soul is all at rest.
- - A. B. Simpson - -

In the rifted Rock I'm resting;
Safely sheltered, I abide.
There no foes nor storms molest me,
While within the cleft I hide.

Long pursued by sin and Satan,
Weary, sad, I longed for rest.
Then I found this heav'nly shelter
Opened in my Saviour's breast.

Peace which passeth understanding,
Joy the world can never give,
Now in Jesus I am finding;
In His smiles of love I live.

In the rifted Rock I'll hide me
Till the storms of life are past;
All secure in this blest refuge,
Heeding not the fiercest blast.

- - Refrain - -
Now I'm resting, sweetly resting,
In the cleft once made for me.
Jesus, blessed Rock of Ages,
I will hide myself in Thee.
- - Mary D. James - -

For in the time of trouble 
he shall hide me in his pavilion: 
in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; 
he shall set me up upon a rock.
- - Psalm 27:5 - -

God is our refuge and strength, 
a very present help in trouble.
- - Psalm 46:1 - -

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: 
for my soul trusteth in thee: 
yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, 
until these calamities be overpast.
- - Psalm 57:1 - -

In God is my salvation and my glory: 
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
- - Psalm 62:7 - -

Evangelist D. L. Moody once observed
that there are three kinds of faith a Christian can have:
a struggling faith, a clinging faith, or a resting faith.
A resting faith is not some mystical feeling
that we might experience at times in a church service
or during a spiritually high moment.
It is simply the daily repose of a life
that has learned to relax and be comfortable
in God's providential care.
Such an attitude is the result of ceasing to live for self
and starting to live solely for God's glory.
- - Kenneth W. Osbeck - -

The eternal God is thy refuge, 
and underneath are the everlasting arms: 
and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; 
and shall say, Destroy them.
- - Deuteronomy 33:27 - -

Have not I commanded thee? 
Be strong and of a good courage; 
be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: 
for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
- - Joshua 1:9 - -

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: 
but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
- - Proverbs 17:22 - -

Have a beautiful and peaceful Lord's Day.


fiona said...

Dear Stephanie,

I really needed to see this today,
Thank you so much x
It has focused my mind and Heart
Your posts are always so uplifting
and Beautiful x

NanaDiana said...

This is a wonderful post, Stephanie. Sometimes I have a really hard time just "sweetly resting". I tend to push through life sometimes without looking up and resting in the blessed assurance that I know is mine when I claim it. xo Diana

Pam said...

Beautiful! Loving the pics. Sitting here on the deck enjoying a cooler morn and dreaming of fall.

Brenda said...

Lovely poems, pics and scripture, I say 'Amen' to all.

Debbie Harris said...

A.B.Simpson said it well!
Beautiful post Stephanie with some excellent Scripture verses to go along with these words and your photos.

Have a beautiful day~

Chris Lally said...

A powerful post, Stephanie. It really resonated with me today.
Thank you so much!!

Anne Payne said...

Stephanie, your post is lovely and the images...oh how beautiful they are! What is the blue flower? It almost looks like Lamb's Ear. It is simply gorgeous!!!

Regina said...

The first time I heard this hymn was on the Antrim Mennonite Choir cd entitled Amazing Grace and I have loved it ever since. Thank you!

Louca por porcelana said...

Amen!Thank you for sharing this precious post.Beautiful pics!

Gina said...

Hi Stephanie. Lovely verses to match your lovely flowers!

Joyful said...

Beautiful! I like what DL Moody had to say about the 3 kinds of rest. That really resonates with me. Have an awesome week ahead dear Stephanie.

mamasmercantile said...

A joy to visit and read some lovely scripture verses, as always uplifting.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What beautiful words you've shared with us, Stephanie. I like reading about the tree types of faith. A resting faith is something to aspire to, isn't it?
I hope you have a beautiful week! xxoo

Creations By Cindy said...

What a beautiful post and so much needed today for me to read dear Stephanie. God's timing is everything and always perfect. I love what you wrote that DL Moody observed. I must copy that. Thanks for sharing dear lady. Just what the doctor ordered for me this morning. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Conniecrafter said...

It would be wonderful to always be in that resting faith, but as of late my hormones have been doing quite the flip flopping and I tend to go from extremes one way to another, feeling totally lost at times and then feeling overwhelmingly in God's hands.

hobbyloes said...

Dear Stephanie, what a beautiful poems, it is always a joy to read your post.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Such a beautiful post - I always look forward to what you bless us with on Sundays because I know it will be worth thinking about for awhile. Thank you!

Mimi said...

A sweet and soothing post. Just like it's lovely author. Mimi xxx

Red Rose Alley said...

I really like that first quote. It's so comforting to rest in our Father's arms knowing that He will take care of us. You have an assortment of lovely flowers on here today. : )


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