#atozchallenge -Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee | Henry J. van Dyke

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee is a praise song written by Henry J. van Dyke. The scripture reference is Psalm 71:23. Joyful praise

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!
All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.
Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.
Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.


As I read the weekly photo challenge about alphabets I was reminded that I recently created a wall hanger that would be a reminder to me every morning when I awakened.

The three alphabets are J O Y. For the joy of the Lord is my strength.(Nehemiah 8:10d)

I painted them red for the blood of Jesus and added a little bling because He is the King of kings. I hung them on burlap as a reminder of why He died on the rugged cross.

I took photos of my progress to the finished product that is hanging in my bedroom so I can see it first thing every morning.

Unfold – I AM Will Unfold

You have been looking for a change in your life for the better a long time. It seems like every way you turn you are met with one negative circumstance after the other. The pressure has been so intense that you wanted to lay down and die.

Don’t give up. Things are about to unfold before you in ways unimaginable.

I AM will unfold what you need.

Your provision will unfold. The desires of your heart will unfold. Divine health will unfold. Great family relationships will unfold. Job situations will unfold.

Joy will unfold. Peace will unfold. Praise will unfold.

Continue to praise your way before you see the manifestation.

Let faith prevail in the unfolding.

We’ve Got The Victory

Let the shouts of joy

Ring through the air

We’ve got the victory!

No longer timid, nervous or shy

We’re excited about our visit

With the King-The Most High.

No preparation, no protocol

No practice to be perfect

We can come as we are.

The King is in the field

We can freely come

To pour out our hearts desire

To the Magnificent One.

Let the shouts of joy

Ring through the air

We’ve got the victory!

His Masterpiece—My Joy

Yesterday was my middle daughter’s birthday. I have two born in August. Their birthdays are nine years and two days apart.

Thinking back my pregnancy with her was trying in its own way. I went to the hospital six times before she was born. The first few times my doctor was trying to prevent me from delivering because it was too early. She was supposed to be born on August 8th. That didn’t happen and after that she acted disinterested in taking her place in society.

The day she was born I went to the hospital two times. I was sent home the first time crying all the way. I said when the time comes I would have to be carried into the hospital. Later that day while watching soap operas and eating homemade chocolate chip cookies my water broke and back to the hospital I went.

Although it was pretty rough I made it through and four hours later got the first glimpse of my gift-a beautiful baby girl. When I saw her she looked like creamy vanilla pudding. I nicknamed her Puddin’ before I gave her a legal name. She was such a beautiful baby. My heart fills up with love and joy as I think back to those times.

Puddin’ is such a caring person. She has dedicated her life to caring for people who can’t take care of themselves and need constant medical attention. She’s in school studying the administrative side of health care so she can take advocacy to another level.

I’m excited to see her become all God intends for her to be as He said in Ephesians 2:10:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

Blessings my darling in the new season of your life you’ve just entered.