This posting will be a little bit different today, but I feel led by the Holy Spirit to remind my readers that God is an ever-present help giving you strength to stand in the most trying circumstances, to comfort your grieving hearts, to give you wisdom that will guide you through seemingly impossible problems, and to give you power to overcome the mountains in your life at the very moment that you feel you can't go on any longer.  

I pray that that the boundless grace of our infinitely loving God will comfort you and that you will enjoy peace and rest on this sabbath day, leaning on His "everlasting arms" for rest, comfort, strength, and courage:  "The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27).  

For your encouragement and enlightenment, I have listed the lyrics to the well-known hymn by Anthony J. Showalter and Elisha A. Hoffman, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," which was published in 1887.  

From Wikipedia:  "Showalter said that he received letters from two of his former pupils saying that their wives had died. When writing letters of consolation, Showalter was inspired by the phrase in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:27 "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."

"[The hymn] has been used in several movies, including The Human Comedy (1943), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Phase IV (1974), Wild Bill (1995), Next of Kin (1989), and True Grit (2010) (of which it forms about a quarter of the score)."

"It has been performed and recorded by such artists as Norbert Susemihl, Iris Dement, George Jones, Alan Jackson and Mahalia Jackson."

I hope you will read the words of this hymn and reflect on the tremendous love that God has for each of you, desiring daily fellowship with you, and wanting to help you with all of your cares, griefs, and burdens.  He truly wants you to cast "all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).  Moreover, Jesus invited all to cast their burdens upon Him.  He is a God and can handle all of our problems and help us to solve them.  Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).  

    What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms;
    What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms.
        Refrain:
        Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
        Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.
    Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms;
    Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms.
    What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms?
    I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
    Leaning on the everlasting arms.

 


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01/07/2017 9:33am

Holy is lesson and tell us how we can spend our life with rules of God. We cannot understand the holy books and expert are telling about the message in his own language. Jesus and pastor are best peoples who are giving the knowledge about God.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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