Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I asked the Lord....a hymn from John Newton

Click here if you want to hear the music while you read the words. 

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and every grace,
Might more of his salvation know,
And seek more earnestly his face.

`Twas he who taught me thus to pray
And he I know has answered prayer,
But he has answered in a way
That almost drove me to despair.

I'd hoped that in some favored hour
My lord would answer my request,
And by his love's constraining pow'r
Control my sins and give me rest.

Instead of this he made me feel
The hidden evil of my heart,
He let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part!

Then with his own strong hand he seemed
Intent to multiply my woes,
Blocked all the grand designs I schemed,
Crushed all my dreams, and laid me low,

"Lord, why is this?" I trembling cried.
"Will you pursue this worm to death?"
"This is the way." The Lord replied,
"I answer prayers for grace and faith.

"These inward trials I employ,
From self and pride to set you free.
I break your plans of earthly joy,
That you may find your all... in me."

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