Songs of Hope 2.0

Dear blogging family,

I’m in the process of revising my page Songs of Hope and am looking for some input from you. Whether it’s psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs, I’m looking to compile a list of powerful music to help comfort and give hope to others who are suffering.

Many of you have shared beautiful and uplifting songs with me in the past and I’d like to ask for personal favorites and “go-to” songs that I can include here along with my favorites.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you in the comments below.

Much love,Viv 🎢🎹🎀

The Word On Monday: Casting Burdens On Him πŸŒ»

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee; he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 KJV

When my daughter asks me what sustains means she says, “Mama does sustain mean help?” I answer “Yes, God is saying He will help you with your burdens.” It also can mean aid, support, uphold, maintain, assist, buoy, or carry.

Our heaviest burdens are easy and light to God and He can burden the load for us. We’re not meant to shoulder them alone. Sometimes we give them to God only to pick them back up, thinking that we can carry them, forgetting the One who says, “No, no, give it to Me!”

Our strength doesn’t lie in and of ourselves since we are finite creatures but our Infinite and Powerful God gives us His strength to face our trials everyday. He shall sustain thee: that’s His promise to us. He promises never to let those trials move us from righteously following after Him.

Charles Spurgeon says, In Jesus He accepts us as righteous and in Jesus He will keep us also.

Let those burdens roll off those stooped shoulders onto the strong shoulders of the almighty God.

Picture the cross, with your burdens written out ON A BIG PIECE OF CARDBOARD at the foot of the cross and leave them there.

God has got this! He promises to carry you through. Give it ALL to God and watch the fear, worry, and stress melt away. He will sustain and help you. It’s His promise.

Much love,

Viv πŸ€—πŸŒΉ

The Word On Monday March 18 πŸŒΉ

This verse pairs great with 1 John 1: 9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all righteousness.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

When my daughter and I rehearse our verses before bed, this is the second one we always say. I pray it helps her as it has me in life with pouring out our confession of sin before God and receiving the cleansing forgiveness that we so much need.

Much love and Happy Monday!

Viv πŸ€—

Her new swing from her “Papa”. πŸ˜€

My Psalm 23 Prayer

During the hard months of not being able to read or type, I wrote out my heart’s cry by hand in this prayer as I prayed through Psalm 23. These are my thoughts regarding The Lord as my Shepherd, that I want to share with you today.

Oh heavenly Father, Creator of life, truly, You are mine and I am yours. There’s nothing I will ever need that compares to the riches of knowing you.

You have nourished and fed me from Your word. I can now rest in your loving arms, full of your comforting presence, for You have led me each and every day by the Truth of your voice and I am filled.

O Lord, I may not understand your present dealings with me, but knowing You have led me to peaceful waters after the torrential rains, calms me to contently wait and trust in You regardless of how scary life appears at times.

My soul is in your hands now and forever. By your abundant mercy and grace you hold onto my soul, protecting it as the heavenly Shepherd protects His flock.

Thank you for leading me in paths of righteousness while protecting me from many dangerous ideas that only bring destruction. Your wisdom guides me along the narrow way, working all things together for my good because You are good.

Your powerful work in my life brings glory, honor, and praise unto your holy name so that your glory and strength shine through my weakened frame spreading hope to others that suffer.

You Lord, have kept me close to your heart as you walked along my side through this valley of the shadow of death. Never once did you leave me to suffer alone, sometimes carrying me when walking was no longer possible. Therefore, I feel no fear because your word and spirit comfort me.

Your abundance of mercies cover me with bountiful blessings flowing from your outstretched hand, love pouring down, encompassing my very being with your spirit.

Lord, your mercy and goodness will go with me everywhere I journey until the hour I meet you face to face in all eternity. There, we will rest together with the saints in perfect bliss forever.

~Amen

Praying through the scriptures has been so helpful to my soul. Our Lord Jesus prayed the Psalms while on the cross and was comforted. Which passages of scripture have you prayed through?

With love,

Viv πŸ€—πŸ’š

Psalm 23

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The Psalm My Father Read to Me.

As a small girl growing up in intercity Philadelphia, I learned the meaning of fear quite early on, for evil was all about me. There were drugs, bars on every corner, gangs, and crime constantly. Yet, in the midst of all this, I was especially afraid of fire. Living in a row-home meant, if one house burned the whole block usually became engulfed in flames as well.

Knowing my fears, my father would read this psalm to me at night before tucking me in bed.

Psalm 121 King James Version (KJV)

121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

This psalm has carried me and comforted me for years.

This Father’s Day, I’m thankful for a loving dad who read the scriptures to me, prayed with me, and lead our family in family worship daily.

He is an amazingly loyal and faithful father to me, much like my heavenly Father who never fails in caring for me through storms that rage and threaten.

I’m so thankful for this precious Dad of mine. I love you Papa!