Friday, October 7, 2022

Porch #63 * Then Sings My Soul

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For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty Savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With His love, He will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.
Zephaniah 3:17


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'You are a delight to Me!  I know you find it difficult to receive this blessing.  It is based on the unconditional Love I have for all of My followers.  I love you more than you can begin to imagine, so just relax in the Light of My Presence - and take time to soak in this luminous Love.  Relax with Me and listen while I rejoice over you with singing.'
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Hello Dear Friends,

I hope you've had a week filled with pockets of joy, surprise answers to prayer, and encouraging connections with those you love.  I'm feeling relationship-rich these days ... deep renewal of several longtime friendships, a phone call with a never-met-in-person friend, some sister-girl time, and plenty of family excitement in the weeks ahead. 

I hope this week's musical theme nourishes your soul and causes you to sing right out loud.  God is pleased when we go there.  Even if we're terribly off-key.

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Enjoy these two hours of calming worship piano.  And how 'bout sharing your favorite hymn with us in the comment section?  I'd love that ... 

He rejoices over us with singing and we sing our love right back up to Him with heartfelt gratitude. The Lord surely inhabits the praises of His people {Psalm 22:3}.
Linda

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52 comments:

  1. Thanks, Linda. Great links to check out. - Debby

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    1. Maybe there was something with your name on it! I love when that happens.
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  2. My favorite hymns are "It is Well with my Soul," "When We All Get to Heaven," and "Amazing Grace." I love the hymns...so many great ones and hard to choose favorites.

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    1. You're right, Cindy. There are more favorites than we could begin to count. They are lodged deep in our soul and aren't going anywhere. Thank You, Lord.
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    2. Agreed, especially "It is Well with my Soul". Always brings tears to my eyes. My sister Maureen found great comfort in it before she passed two years. ago. I also appreciate the story behind its composition. And so many others, of course!

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    3. I hear exactly what you're saying. It's impossible to sing this hymn with our whole hearts without the tears flowing. Sometimes I don't even try. I just listen to those around me sing. He understands ...
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    4. This is Donna, and thanks much, Linda. Sorry for my low-tech anonymity!

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    5. I'm really happy you're here, Donna! You can call yourself whatever you'd like!
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  3. Love the piano music! Thanks for the link.

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    1. Oh I'm glad you like it, Mah. How come we never learned to play like that?
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  4. I love how you've highlighted music here, Linda. For years, Danny led our praise team at church, and I was so fortunate to sing harmony with the group; some of my best memories ever! I can't say I have a favorite hymn, but I'm familiar with the top 10, that's for sure. I'll never stop loving Amazing Grace!
    Blessings!

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  5. Didn't know that you were a worship-singer, Martha! I sang on the praise team for about 15 years, I think, singing the harmony just like you. Couldn't agree with you more--wonderful memories of those times!

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    1. Do tell, Nancy ... would love to hear more!
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  6. It's very difficult to choose a favorite hymn! Great Is Thy Faithfulness is one that I love and hasn't been mentioned yet by other commenters. But then there's Wonderful Grace of Jesus--that was my Dad's favorite and never fails to encourage my spirit with its uplifting lyrics and upbeat tune. Must add another vote for It Is Well with My Soul also!

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    1. Wonderful Grace of Jesus was always a huge Sunday evening service favorite when growing up, Nancy. I can still hear it, see it 55 or so years later. A solid foundation for all that's followed for sure.
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  7. Thank you for your blog. For the love you express and the words that cause me to feel like I'm soaking up faith and encouragement

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    1. Thank you so much for this kindness ... I always love to hear what God is doing! All glory to Him. Always.
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  8. My husband and I have been singing together in church since we married almost 50 years ago. He plays guitar and I play piano. Music is how we met. My two favorite hymns are It Is Well With My Soul and When I Survey The Wondrous Cross. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Linda!

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    1. 50 years of ministering together. Wow, Pam. My heart is moved. I'm confident that His is, too. Bless you guys. You're quite a team ...
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  9. When I left the church choir they thought someone had tuned the piano.

    God bless.

    Victor S E Moubarak http://timeforreflections.blogspot.com

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  10. My favourite hymn is "How great thou art". It was my late dad's favourite too. I always think of him whenever I hear the song.

    Hugs and blessings, Linda.

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    1. Veronica, you're right ... nothing stirs the soul and brings back memories quite like music.
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  11. love the phrase pockets of joy. what a neat image and thought to pay attention to and capture through our weeks.

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    1. Thanks for reminding us to pay attention to those little details in our lives. Sometimes I think we're looking for the great big stuff instead of appreciating all those small blessings that come with living in His company.
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  12. Thank you for sharing. I love worship music. It's the only music I listen to.

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  13. Be Thou My Vision
    Be Still My Soul

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  14. Love meeting you on the porch Linda! Great books, inspiration and fellowship!!

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    1. Always happy you're here, Donna. I hope this weekend's been good to you ...

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  15. So interesting about the guitars for worship music! I do love great guitar worship music so I'm good with that. :) I grew up in a faith tradition that had NO instrumental music allowed, so it's been my joy to reverse that in my own faith as an adult.

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    1. What a beautiful way of saying it, Lisa ...
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  16. Oh my I'm so indecisive, I don't know what my favorite hymn would be. That's really interesting about guitar sales. Great links, I'm looking forward to checking them out.
    Thanks again for sharing with Sweet Tea & Friends sweet friend.

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    1. I hope there's something that hit the spot for you, Paula! Enjoy the last hours of this golden weekend ...
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  17. One out of three guitars for worship music? How interesting! I am taking guitar lessons (again) with my granddaughter. I'm finding it tough to get my fingers to bend and curve properly! Right now, I'm learning Jingle Bells and it is tougher than I thought. ugh! ButnI hope to try a worship song in the future. Somedays I think I'll never get it, but maybe I'll be good enough for a campfire song or two in a couple of years. :)

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    1. Lynn, I absolutely love that you and your granddaughter are teaming up over music! I'm sure you'll have Jingle Bells ... and a whole bunch more songs ... ready to roll by Christmas!

      So impressed!
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  18. I’m feeling “relationship-rich” these days too, Linda. ❤️ Music is my love language, so of course I love this post. The list of top worship songs of 2022 includes so many that are near and dear to my heart … “Battle Belongs” and “Hymn of Heaven” have been close companions this last year.

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    1. I've never heard someone say 'music is my love language.' And I wonder why? It makes a whole lot of sense, friend ...
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  19. Thank you for this uplifting post, sweet friend. May God bless you always.🙏❤

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  20. I heard an acoustic Holy Holy Holy - which was my favorite as a child - and I loved it! I am so glad you are feeling relationship-rich! What a sweet season you are in!

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    1. Holy Holy Holy was the first hymn in the hymnbook we sang from when I was little. It's fascinating what we remember ... and how the Spirit seals those things of God on our souls when we're young.
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  21. I'm so glad that God rejoices over us, the author of music! "Total Praise"

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  22. The Zephaniah 3 verse and video especially calm my spirit, Linda. And I love all the music offerings, both the old hymns and the present worship music. Thank you! I hope you are grieving well, my friend, and finding hope and comfort these days! Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Yep, I'm with you, Trudy. The old hymns play in my heart, especially in the night or when I'm afraid. And the new songs bring a joyful freedom in worship.

      Can't wait to hear what heaven sounds like!
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  23. I enjoy reading your blogs. Something always makes me smile. Have a beautiful day!!

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