Rock Of Ages

Holy Spirit is still placing hymns on my heart. In this time of continued rest, He has been bringing to my mind reminders of His grace and mercy. Reminders of His LOVE for me.

Exodus 33:22 When my glory passes by, I will put you inside a crevice in the rock and cover you with my hand, until I have passed by.

This is what Adonai told Moses when Moses “begged to see God’s glory.” God protected Moses. God wanted Moses to know that He would take care of Him, so He placed him in a rock cleft until He passed by.

Isaiah 32:2 A man will be like a refuge from the wind, like protection from a storm, like streams of water on arid ground, like a rock cliff shading a weary land.

Today I have been singing Rock of Ages. The world has been “shut down” for a couple months now. Less travel by many people. Most have not even had work. Families have been forced to be “hidden in their homes.”

The words to this hymn bring the reminder that God has us “hidden” with Him. He alone is my Savior and He alone is my firm foundation. He alone is the Man Who is shading me in a weary land.

As the world begins to “open up” again, stop and find a way to make sure HE is your Rock and that you are hiding in Him. Just TRUST Him and understand that HE is there to protect you.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee;

let the water and the blood,

from thy wounded side which flowed, be of sin the double cure;

save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

all for sin could not atone;

thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to the cross I cling;

naked, come to thee for dress;

helpless, look to thee for grace;

foul, I to the fountain fly;

wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,

when mine eyes shall close in death, when I soar to worlds unknown,

see thee on thy judgment throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee.

—Augustus Montague Toplady 1763

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

Blessed Assurance

What a wonderful, uplifting promise from our Father. We have the CONFIDENCE that He LOVES US! Then we just want to PRAISE HIM for ALL He is doing!

When I submit to Him, I have peace. When I TRUST in Him, I have delight! I will KNOW that He loves me!

Isaiah 32:17 The effect of righteousness will be peace; the result of righteousness, quiet trust forever.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.

This week God has been placing this song on my heart. He LOVES me no matter what.

I am the HEIR of His salvation. I have been PURCHASED by Him! When I submit to His will and His ways, than ALL is at rest. When I am IN Him, than I am happy and blest!

Let HIS Love wash over you. Know that you are HIS. Than praise Him and Thank Him ALL the day long!

Blessed Assurance

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine

O, what a foretaste of glory divine

Heir of salvation, purchase of God

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

This is my story, this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

Praising my Savior, all the day long

This is my story, this is my song

Perfect submission, perfect delight

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight Angels descending, bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love

Perfect submission, all is at rest

I in my Savior am happy and blessed Watching and waiting, looking above

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

Frances J. Crosby 1873

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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What A Friend

What a friend…

Jesus calls us His friends. He wants to be with us so much that He desires us to be His friends.

John 15:15 – I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

We are separated from friends right now. Things are beginning to reopen, but we have not had the contact with most people like we are used too. We might not have the ability to truly share with a friend because we can’t meet for coffee. It isn’t as easy to share via text or video calls. I am thankful for this technology, but it just is not the same as actually being with someone physically.

My thoughts as I write this are drawn to WHO He wants to be for me. WHO He wants to be for you!  We do need to have a healthy “fear” of God, but we also must recognize that He sent Jesus, His Son, for a reason. He brought Him to earth to dwell among us. When He dwelt among the people He became their friend.

Remember, He left us Holy Spirit, so we still have His Presence with us. We might not be able to see Him, but we can feel Him and know He is with us, just like a friend.

Take heart today and let Him be your friend. The hymn “What a Friend we Have in Jesus” reminds us of all His Promises for us. Listen and let it bless you, then take all your burdens to Him in prayer.

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh what peace we often forfeit

Oh what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee

“What a Friend We Have in Jesus” is a Christian hymn originally written by preacher Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855 to comfort his mother, who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. (basic information from Wikipedia)

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

I put two links in, one for a basic hymn of worship and one done by a young lady with a verse that I have not heard before, but that I enjoyed.

Photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

The Love Of God

The Love of God… Do we truly understand this? Do we allow ourselves to be embraced by it?

Psalm 136:6 “to him who spread out the earth on the water, for his grace continues forever;” Tehillim (Psa) 136:6 CJB

“to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;” Psalm 136:6 ESV

“To him who formed dry ground, raising it up from the sea! His tender love for us continues on forever!” Psalms 136:6 TPT

One of my favorite hymns is The Love of God. Every time I hear it I realize once again how much HE LOVES ME! I was reminded of it again the other day when I read the blog about “A Warm Embrace.” For me, being able to see the Mediterranean Sea every day from my window is a blessing. It is another reminder to me about how vast and unending His LOVE is.

Here are the words to the song:

The love of God is greater far

Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

And reaches to the lowest hell;

The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;

His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.


Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,

And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,

All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

—Frederick M. Lehman 1917

v. 3 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, 1050

(Frederick Lehman tells us that verse 3 “had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave.” While it is only supposition that he was the one who adapted the Jewish author’s poem to leave us these well-known lines, if the account is true it shows in any case that he highly esteemed the message.)

The world is in quarantine. Shut down. Locked up. BUT, HIS LOVE is still around us. HIS LOVE will NEVER leave us. Let yourself rest in that fact today. REFRESH yourself in HIS embrace.

I have copied two links to this hymn. One I like because it has great verses about the LOVE of God at the end of it. The other one is just a simple version, but sometimes simple is powerful… I pray that one, or both, blesses you and wraps you in HIS LOVE today.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

The Love Of God

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WORTHY THOUGHT: Count Your Blessings 

It is impossible to be thankful and at the same time be grumpy.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. -James 1:7

If the birds only burst into a song once a year, we’d all pay attention. But because they sing every morning we scarcely bother to listen.  

We tend to exhibit a degree of thanksgiving in reverse proportion to the amount of blessing’s we receive.
When we are discouraged thinking all is lost count your blessings name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. -Johnson Oatman Jr. (Hymnal)

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill