Guest Blogger Jane M. Tucker: Praise Ye the Lord! In Celebration of Hymns

When I spend my daily time with the Lord, I like to incorporate sacred music in my worship. Sometimes I look up a current-day worship song on YouTube, but I find the very act of picking up my phone distracts me from my purpose. More often, I turn to an old hymnal for inspiration.

Many hymns, such as “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “Be Thou My Vision”, anchor my faith in its deep childhood roots. I sing these hymns, and I’m once again standing with the congregation while organ music swells around us, repeating the same words our ancestors once sang. I sing those beloved old tunes boldly to the Lord, my unremarkable voice reverberating in my empty living room.

I don’t always sing from my hymnal. Sometimes I run across an unfamiliar hymn, whose tune I can’t decipher without help. On those days I content myself with reading the verses aloud. Many a hymn started life as a heart-stirring poem before it was ever set to music. Consider the fourth verse of “O Worship the King”:

“Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender! How firm to the end!
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.”

Are you looking for inspiration for your personal worship times? Consider dusting off your old hymnal (or buying one second-hand—they’re cheap these days). Hymns are a treasure trove of faith-filled thoughts.

May the hymns of the past bless your worship time today!

“O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.”
Psalm 95:1 NASB

*Do you have a favorite hymn or worship song? Won’t you share it with me in the comments?

Here are a few hymn titles to start with:

“Come Thou Almighty King”
“Crown Him with Many Crowns”
“When Morning Gilds the Skies”
“Holy, Holy, Holy”
“Amazing Love”
“Christ the Solid Rock”
“Praise Ye the Lord, The Almighty”

*Photo by Michael Maasen on Unsplash

Jane M. Tucker is a lifelong writer and reader with a deep love for the art of storytelling. Her Midwestern roots inspire the stories she tells, both in her books and on two blogs: Postcards from the Heartland, and Midwest Almanac. Jane is the author of the Lottie Braun series, about an Iowa girl with a big gift for music, and the sister she loves with all her heart. Lottie’s Gift and Lottie’s Hope are available at Amazon.com and Crossrivermedia.com.


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Wedding Cake Topper Idea: The Tiffany Blue Box

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Mother of the Bride, is your daughter making decisions about the wedding cake yet? So much to think about. Along with flavor, type of frosting, and style, decisions will need to be made about the specific design.

One of those design decisions will be what kind of cake topper she would like or what would best complement the design she chooses. Would fresh flowers look best? Would some sort of fun topper work with her cake and match her and her guy’s personality? Or would a classic and elegant topper like a silver monogram or entwined hearts be the perfect choice?

Be sure to add today’s idea—a Tiffany gift box—to the list of possibilities. The world-famous Tiffany jeweler is known for their Tiffany Blue Box so wouldn’t this age-old coveted gift box be a beautiful yet fun topper for a wedding cake?

The example above shows the box propped open with a strand of pearls displayed, but if your daughter has a different idea on how to feature a Tiffany Blue Box as the topper, just have her talk to her baker/designer. Chances are the baker will be able to do whatever she requests.

So MOB, show this idea to your daughter—and maybe even the Father of the Bride. Drop a hint or two and you might just end up with a Tiffany Blue Box yourself!

*You might also like to read Groom’s Cake Toppers for the Hunter.

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*Flickr photo by Graceful Cake Creations, Creative Commons License

The Pull of the Past

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Is there an activity, a place, an aroma, a taste, a sight, or a sound that transports you back in time? Most of us long for times gone by on occasion. We long for loved ones no longer with us, we yearn for a simpler time.

Nostalgia can be good for us. It causes us to remember our blessings and even inspires us to look forward to a heavenly home where we’ll be reunited with our loved ones, where we’ll be safe and happy in the presence of our Lord.

So indulge in some nostalgia today, friends. May my “Pull of the Past” give rise to your own. And may it lead to all our eyes looking heavenward!

The Pull of the Past

As I travel down the country road
the pull of the past is strong.
Decades suddenly disappear
as my heart is drawn like a magnet
to the farms, to my grandparents,
to our family as it was then.
The crunch of gravel under the wheels
and the smell of dust wafting behind
stirs memories so deeply held
my heart aches from the longing.
Oh to go back in time,
to find everyone at home
waiting with ready smiles and welcoming voices,
waiting to share the day together.
Those bottled memories
so real yet just out of grasp
stir a precious joy
trailed by a touch of sadness
that keeps me lifting my eyes
to the sure hope of the future,
to the promise of reunion.
And so the pull of the past
becomes the hope of heaven
where one day I’ll find
everyone at home
ready to share forever together,
ready to praise and serve our Lord.

“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.” Psalm 143:5

*What triggers the pull of the past for you?

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Blast from My Baby-Past Plus a Blogging Break

IMG006Summer Photo Fun always calls for a blast from the past, and since I’ve had babies on the brain so much this year, I figure it’s the perfect time to share one of my baby photos. A few years ago my parents gave me several old photos in the form of slides and the photo above is one of those. Don’t you love how technology has made it possible for us to save photos like this to our computers?

Looks like back in my baby days, parents had to tie their infants into their high chairs with dish towels, huh? And yes, this was the same period in history when seat belts were Mom or Dad’s outstretched arm flung against your chest when they had to slam on the brakes. How did we ever live to adulthood? :)

Along with this smile of a photo today, I wanted to let you know I’m taking a blogging break. I’m going to be enjoying some of our quickly-speeding-by summer days with some family time. I’ll be back on August 3rd to resume my Summer Photo Fun emphasis before getting back to my inspirational/devotional posts the last half of August.

Hope you enjoyed the blast from my baby-past. See you again in August!

“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise . . .” Psalm 8:2a

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*Family photo

Midweek Morsel: Old Glory Still Flies

419187374_244fb2442b_zAs we head into this Fourth of July holiday weekend, aren’t you glad that Old Glory still flies? Much blood has been shed and many sacrifices made to ensure that our country is still “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” I, for one, am forever grateful, and I’m sure you are, too.

Let’s not forget that it’s because of the One to whom all glory is due that our nation still stands where Old Glory can fly. Thank you, Father, for the freedom we enjoy. Thank you, O Lord, for your watch-care and mercy!

“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” Psalm 29:2

*What are some of the ways God has blessed our nation?

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