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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

crossToday I’d like to talk to you about one of my favorite hymns of all time. It’s called “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” This hymn has always stuck out to me as one of the most beautiful and well-stated songs ever written. Let’s look through some of the lyrics together.

“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. Oh, what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” This first verse is saying that Jesus is our friend and He is there to carry our sins and our troubles. He is there to help. It is so special to have a God who loves us, and who we can talk to about anything, any time, at any place. There are so many times that we have such worry and grief, that we forget that we have a God who wants to hear about it, and who wants to help you. We have to remember that He is there, and when we take it to Him, He will relieve us of the pain and suffering; we simply have to take it to Him, and trust that He will take care of it.

I’ll leave you with the last two verses of the song. If you’ve never heard this song before, I’d encourage you to look it up online. “Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged. Take it to the Lord in prayer! Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness. Take it to the Lord in prayer! Are we weak and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior still our refuge. Take it to the Lord in prayer! Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer! In His arms he’ll take and shield thee, thou wilt find a solace there.”

-Michaela W.

What is your favorite hymn or worship song, and why? Let us know in the comments down below!

Being a Woman of God

woman of godWhat exactly does being a woman of God mean? Well, I believe that a woman of God is a woman who has God as the first interest in her life. She lives to serve Him, and does everything to bring glory to Him. Let’s take a look at a few verses in the Bible to see what God has to say about being a woman of God.

Let’s start with Proverbs 31:25-26: “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” A woman of God is a woman who is strong. That doesn’t necessarily mean that she has physical strength, but she has spiritual strength. She has dignity, a seriousness, or a self-control. Dignity means that she is worthy of honor and respect. She has this dignity because she is right with God. She is someone who is mature in her relationship with Him, and people can look up to her because of this. What Proverbs means by “she can laugh at the days to come”, is that she doesn’t have to worry about the future, because she knows that God will protect her and her family, and when she trusts in Him, there is nothing to be afraid of. A woman of God has wisdom. Because she is mature in her relationship with God, she is able to understand and discern things that may be hard for someone who isn’t in a right relationship with God to understand. She is able to teach others and help guide them on their path in life.

Skipping ahead to Proverbs 31:30b – “A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” When she is honoring the Lord and has a reverent fear of Him, people will look up to her. They see that her relationship with God is something desirable and worth trying to attain.

I recommend looking at 1 Peter 3:1-6 as well as reading the whole of Proverbs 31. They are both excellent examples of what a woman of God should be. These pieces of Scripture are such an encouragement to me when I am having trouble knowing what to do or how to act in certain situations. These are some of my favorite verses in the Bible, because they give me an outline of how to live. Always remember to have God first in your life, and everything else will fall into place.

 

What passages in the Bible are important to you? How do you think God is telling you to live out your life? Let us know in the comments below!

-Michaela W.