Monday, 28 April 2014

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy

Hi all! 
Hope you have all had a very blessed Easter! In celebration of our Saviour I thought I'd post a modern take on this old hymn, which has such wonderful words! I especially love the refrain - it is so true that in the midst of the trials and cares of this world, the best and safest place to be is in the arms of our Saviour! :)

The truth of verse three also struck me: it's so true that many of us, particularly those of us who grow up in Christian homes feel that we will try and fix all of todays problems and sins in our own strength and come to Christ when we are "older", "understand more" or are more "good" and "godly". I know to my shame that this was my attitude before I was saved, despite all that I was being taught to the contrary. Friends, readers of this blog, do not make the same mistake that I did and spend years in self-service trying to attain salvation in your own strength but rather repent and humbly come before the Lord. This hymn is so right that if you try and delay this you may never be saved as it is impossible to meet God's standard of righteousness by our own efforts. So my prayer is that as you listen to this hymn, you would seriously ask yourself whether you are indeed relying wholly upon God's grace in sending His son in your place to save you. If not, it is never too late to turn to Him! Please do not leave this matter another day for we do not know when He will come again and it will be too late.

I am praying for you! And for any of my brothers and sisters in Christ who may be reading this, what a cause for rejoicing this hymn gives us!

Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy

Come, ye sinners, poor and needy, 
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you, 
Full of pity, love and pow’r. 

I will arise and go to Jesus, 
He will embrace me in His arms; 
 In the arms of my dear Savior, 
 Oh, there are ten thousand charms. 

 Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, 
God’s free bounty glorify; 
True belief and true repentance, 
Every grace that brings you nigh. 

Come, ye weary, heavy-laden, 
Lost and ruined by the fall; 
If you tarry till you’re better, 
You will never come at all. 


View Him prostrate in the garden;
 On the ground your Maker lies; 
On the bloody tree behold Him; 
Sinner, will this not suffice? 

Lo! th’ incarnate God ascended, 
Pleads the merit of His blood: 
Venture on Him, venture wholly, 
Let no other trust intrude.


God bless!

With prayers,

Friday, 25 April 2014

Cantabile Trio

I'm sorry Violets and Daisies - its been a while...again :P Partly because I've been off the Internet the last 40 days (during Lent, but not really for it), as I needed a break, and partly because I haven't really had anything I have felt like posting. Which is sad! 

But anyway, I thought I might tell you what I had been up to with my vocal trio, Cantabile. I don't know if I have mentioned the girls or my singing with them before, but if not, allow me to introduce you to Cantabile Trio. We are a vocal trio who perform all sorts of music, from Andrews' Sisters style to classical and jazz. I sing soprano, my friend Kirstin sings mezzo-soprano and Darryl sings alto.
We first started singing together for a competition, and it went so well we decided to continue to sing together. We love it! 
We've worked up a full hour's worth of repertoire, and we're working on more, but now we're just starting to do some proper performing, which is keeping us all very busy!
Singing at St Andrews Church earlier this year
But anyway, that's enough about Cantabile for now, I just thought I'd give you a little peak into what I've been busy with :) I'm working on writing some proper posts, so hopefully I'll share some of them soon.

Feel free to like Cantabile Trio on Facebook too, for updates and some of our other music :)

God bless, 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Marching Orders

I read this amazing quote this morning by R.J. Rushdoony on the Bible:      
our marching orders

"Too often, the modern theologian and churchman (or churchwoman) goes to the Bible seeking insight, not orders. Indeed, I may go to Calvin, Luther, Augustine, and others, to scholars Christian and non-Christian, for insights, for data, and for learned studies, but when I go to the Bible I must go to hear God's marching orders for my life. I cannot treat the Bible as a devotional manual designed to give me peace of mind or a "higher plane" of living; it is a command book which can disturb my peace with its orders, and it tells me that I can only find peace in obeying the Almighty. 
The Bible is not an inspirational book for my personal edification, nor a book of beautiful thoughts and insights for my pleasure. It is the word of the sovereign and Almighty God: I must hear and obey, I must believe and be faithful, because God requires it. I am His property, and His absolute possession. There can be nothing better than that." 

Interesting thoughts! How do we treat our Bibles? Do we treat it as the Word of God? God speaks to us directly through His Word - do we look for His instructions for us when we read the Bible? Or do we just read little bits here and there to make us feel better about ourselves, or to cheer us up, or just because we have to? I know that I personally find it a challenge to sit down and actually study my Bible - to meditate on it, learn from it, and memorize it. Let me encourage you to make the time, make the effort, and get to know your Bible from start to finish. Everything that you need to know in life is in this Book. Find a reading plan that guides you through the entire Bible in a year. Memorize passages, start with one you are familiar with and once you're confident, challenge yourself. My brother is currently memorizing the book of Philippians (a very practical and encouraging book to have memorized!).

  "I seek you with all my heart;
   do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to youLord;
    teach me your decrees."

Psalm 119:10-12

Not sure what you're supposed to do with your life? The Bible is God's marching orders for you - read His Word, pray for guidance, hear what the Scripture speaks to you, and obey. You are God's possession, and there is nothing better than that :)

Love in Christ,

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Weekly Prayer

Hi all!

Lately, I attended a really good young ladies' group, and it was really helpful and insightful, so I hope to be able to share snippets of what I learn from it with you all from time to time.

One thing a lady there shared was a weekly praying plan, and to me it looked like a really great idea, so I thought I would share it with you all. Of course, there are many other ways you could pray or needs you could pray for, but I just thought this would be good to help me establish more discipline in my prayer life. So here it is!

Monday: Pray for an Evangelist.

Tuesday: Pray for your siblings by name and for your parents too.

Wednesday: Pray for a missionary: that they will have many saved, many disciples, and many called into the Service of the King!

Thursday: Pray for the needs of your family and yourself.

Friday: Pray for the impossible.

Saturday: Pray for people to be saved all over the world!

God bless!