Be Still, My Soul {A Video for You}

Be still, my soul, the Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God to order and provide
In every change, He faithful will remain
Be still, my soul, thy best, thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end

Be still, my soul, thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake
All now mysterious shall be bright at last
Be still, my soul, the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below

In you I rest, in You I found my hope
In you I trust, You never let me go
I place my life within your hands alone
Be still, my soul

Be still, my soul, the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord
When disappointed grief and fear are gone
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored
Be still, my soul, when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last

In you I rest, in You I found my hope
In you I trust, You never let me go
I place my life within your hands alone
Be still, my soul

(By Katharina von Schlegel;
Translated from German to English by Jane Borthwick;
Adapted by Kari Jobe and Jason Ingram)

Making a Gratitude Tree

pic 1I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of making a gratitude tree, but have never actually done it before. The idea is simple: put a bunch of branches in a vase or other container, and hang paper “leaves” on it that state what you are grateful for. This would be a great activity for kids to get involved with, too. And this doesn’t have to just be for the Thanksgiving season; in fact, I’m thinking about keeping mine in my house year-round. For me, it helps my heart remember and focus on the joy and blessings that God has surrounded me with. Continue reading

Thoughts on Decorating…and Re-decorating

front entry Ok, I’ll admit it…Ever since Fixer Upper arrived on Netflix, I may or may not have watched the whole first season in less than a week. I like it because it doesn’t make me want to go out and buy a bunch of stuff. It actually inspires me to use what I already have to create a beautiful home…and I may or may not have gone on a redecorating spree of my entire house. Continue reading