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Sweet is the song, I’m singing today.

I’m redeemed, I’m redeemed.

Trouble and sorrow have vanished away,

For I have been, I have been redeemed.

~Redeemed, Gospel Hymn~

 My Aunt Connie used to sing to me.  There were two old hymns that I can remember hearing nearly every time I went to visit her.  One of the songs  she always sang was In the Garden.  She would sing this one to get me to sleep when I would stay over and every once in a while, I sing it to my little girl when she’s having trouble sleeping.  The other song she would sing was Redeemed.  I had no idea what the words meant back then, but knowing what I know now I’m so glad that this was one of her favorites.  I can’t remember the last time I heard her sing, but I can certainly recall the sound of her voice when she would sang.  This woman was someone I loved with all my heart.  She was like a second mother to me and when I was a little girl, I never missed an opportunity to spend time with her.  As I got older, however; there were many times when I wanted to stop in and check on her but for whatever reason, didn’t.  I hate that I missed out on so much in her life and that my life had me so busy at times that I couldn’t even call her and tell her how much she meant to me.

If it hadn’t been for her, I may never have gone to church.  I probably would never have met many of the wonderful people I know and call friend.  The greatest thing about this woman was that no matter how long it had been since she’d last seen you, she always had the same smile and hug waiting for you.  And I’m sure that Jesus has the same thing waiting for her.  She left us today, but I don’t doubt that she’ll be up there getting things ready for us and that when we finally join her in Heaven, we’ll hear her say, “I love you, honey.”

Oh I’m redeemed, by love divine.

Glory, glory.  Christ is mine.

All to Him, I now resign.

For I have been, I have been redeemed.

~Redeemed, Gospel Hymn~

 

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My name is Rebecca Benston. I'm an author, speaker, and advocate for women and children. My spiritual journey has led me to many questions about what is right and how to live out the purpose that God has set for me.

I am finding that after considering all other possibilities, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that without living a life that acknowledges the blood of Jesus we are lost. Yet, there are many who claim to know Him and understand His teachings who spew hatred and look for any and all opportunities to judge others instead of seeking them out to lead them to Christ. The goal of this blog is to work towards removing the animosity that exists between followers of Christ who subscribe to different doctrinal approaches and beliefs about what is expected of a "good" Christian. Also to draw the unbeliever closer to Christ through practicing His love and patience and to help all followers understand that love and true faith cannot co-exist where hate, intolerance and a sense of superiority live.

I also hope to open a dialogue with people from many different religious backgrounds and to work together with followers of this blog to break down some of the barriers to harmony that exist in our society. I hope you will join in the conversation!

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