At 79 yrs. of age, I have far less days ahead of me now, so I 'cherish' each new day!
I have to admit that the first 6 months of this year were difficult ones, due to the allergic reaction to some medication. I did not look forward to night-time (nor even daytime)....
as I was already dreading 'trying' to get to sleep once more.
I feel for people (my wife included) who have difficulty sleeping.
Thanks to a good 'sleep-aide' (and of course the Lord and His Word), I'm better now!
Sometimes I sing myself to sleep, singing choruses like these:
1) "Every day is a better day when you give it to the Lord"
When the physical 'wanes', the spiritual can 'kick in' to help.
2) "Everyday with Jesus"
"Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.
Every day with Jesus, I love Him more and more;
Jesus saves and keeps me, and He's the One I'm living for.
Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before."
3) "One Day at a time, dear Jesus"
Remember, TODAY is often crucified between two thieves....yesterday and tomorrow.
Live each day fully....for every day is a present from God.
(That's why it's called 'present day')
Enjoy it....as it won't come back!
4) "Thank you Lord for saving my soul...
Thank you Lord for making me whole.
Thank you Lord for giving to me
Thy great salvation, so rich and free."
Here also are some Scriptures that use the word 'day' (or 'today') that have helped me.
"The Word of God must not depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night".
"Lord, a day with You is great. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the House of God...
than to dwell in the tents of wickedness."
"Sing unto the Lord a new song, Bless His Name and show forth His Salvation from day to day. Declare His Glory among the people, for He is great and greatly to be praised...
and to be feared above all gods."
"This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it".
It makes a difference when we realize that The Lord makes our days...
but we must listen to Him and follow!
"After Pentecost, they continued daily in fellowship and gladness of heart...
praising God and the Lord added to the church daily, those that were being saved".
II Corinthians 4:16:
"For the cause of Christ we faint not, even if the outward man is perishing...
the inward man is renewed day by day".
I Thessalonians 5:2:
"The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night...
but you are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief".
"God at different times and in different ways spoke, but in these days He has spoken to us by His Son whom He has appointed Heir of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds."
II Peter 3:3:
"Know this that in the last days, scoffers shall come, walking after their own lusts saying, where is the promise of his coming".
While lying in bed last night, the words from these songs ministered to me:
'One Day at a time, dear Jesus, that's all I'm asking from You' was a favorite song among the members of my last full-time pastorate in Quanah, Tx.
Another song that we sang often in our churches was 'One Day':
'One day when Heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin—
Dwelt amongst men, my example is He!
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely, for ever:
One day He's coming—O, glorious day!
One day they led him up Calvary's mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected:
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He!
One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o'er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Saviour is He!
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!
One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glories will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Saviour, this Jesus is mine!'
Words: J. Wilbur Chapman Music: Charles H. Marsh
Fanny Crosby was probably the most prolific writer of hymns ever.
Though blind from six weeks of age, she wrote over 8,000 hymns.
About her blindness, she said:
"It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank Him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow, I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God...
if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me."
She also wrote:
"This hymn was called 'into being' through a sermon preached by Dr. Howard Crosby....
a distant relative and dear friend of mine. He said that no Christian should fear death,
for if each of us was faithful to the grace given us by Christ....
the same grace that teaches us how to live would also teach us how to die.
Not many hours after I heard his words, I began to write this hymn."
However, the words almost didn't see 'light of day'. They came to public notice by accident, during a conference that Fanny attended at Northfield, Mass. During the meeting, the great evangelist Dwight L. Moody asked if Fanny (like so many others)
would give a personal testimony to the audience.
Not wanting to draw attention to herself, she almost declined, but finally spoke:
"There is one hymn I have written which has never been published.
I call it my soul's poem.
Sometimes when I am troubled, I repeat it to myself, for it brings comfort to my heart."
La Moyne and I used to sing this song as a duet and it talks about 'Someday'....
'Someday the silver cord will break
And I no more as now shall sing
But oh, the joy when I shall wake
Within the palace of the King
And I shall see Him face to face
And tell the story Saved by grace
And I shall see Him face to face
And tell the story Saved by grace
Someday my earthly house will fall
I cannot tell how soon twill be
But this I know my All in All
Has now a place in Heaven for me
Someday, when fades the golden sun
Beneath the rosy tinted west
My blessed Lord will say, 'Well done'
And I shall enter into rest
Someday, till then I'll watch and wait
My lamp all trimmed and burning bright
That when my Savior opens the gate
My soul to Him may take its flight
Words: Fanny Crosby (1891) Music: George C. Stebbins(1894)
I hope that you are ready for that day....
by knowing Christ as your Savior and serving Him as Lord.
Oh, how I love those old hymns. They carry a message that today's "worship" music cannot provide. Those songs will be going through my mind all day. And...yes, I am longing for that day too. Watch, pray, and keep looking up! Don