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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Faithfulness, in Forty Words

This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
~ Lamentations 3:21-23 (NKJV)

Faithfulness, in Forty Words

Faithfulness is character's choice, not a feeling.

Faithfulness is slogging through slough until one sloughs off the slough.

Faithfulness is clinging to the Lord—amid comfort, amid affliction—because He first proves Himself faithful in the face of our infidelity.

If forty words wasn't enough, you'll find more great words at the blog carnival hosted today by Bridget Chumbley on Faithfulness.

And here is God my Father's faithfulness, painted in song.

Great is Thy Faithfulness *

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;
As Thou hast bee Thou forever will be.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy Faithfulness!
Great is Thy Faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

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* Lyrics, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" by Thomas O. Chisholm, © 1923


  1. One of my favorite hymns.

    "Faithfulness is slogging through slough until one sloughs off the slough."

    LOVE IT!

  2. Thank you Anne I needed this!

  3. Wonderful words...'slogging thru the slough until one sloughs off the slough'...fantastic! And so true.

    I love this version of one of my favorite hymns...thanks for sharing the link.

  4. One of my fave hymns.. 40 words and a great hymn... tasted good to me! Thank you!

  5. I want to be more like Jesus ~ great is His faithfulness!

  6. Perfect, Anne. Great song and a powerful 40 words! Thank you.

  7. Yes. Amazing way to express it. Thanks, Anne.

  8. That was awesome Anne! Loved it!

  9. Peter ~ Yes, that hymn has some powerful and comforting truths. I'm wondering how many people used it today ... ;)

    T ~ Good. Me too.

    Joyce ~ Thanks. Problem is, there's always more to slough off. Happily, the Lord is patient.

    Bonnie ~ I'm blessed to see your smiling face here!

    Bud! There you are. I've missed seeing you around. Hope you had a great trip. Mind you, I've stayed busy in the meantime tho ...

    Bridget ~ I wouldn't want to try "one word at a time" since it's already been done. I thought about trying forty words more often. Maybe every other Tuesday.

    Jason ~ I'm not ready to take credit. I was thinking about the Lord's faithfulness when all this came to me. I'd like to think He inspired it.

    Kevin ~ Why thank you, sir. And thanks for the tweet!

  10. Patty! Oops! Yes, indeed. If I have no other goal, it is to be faithful in growing more like my Lord Jesus every day, in every way.

  11. I love your opening line about faithfulness being a choice, not a feeling.

  12. Very worthwhile, well chosen words ...

  13. Such awesome words, love you sis.

  14. Helen ~ Thank you. True that about every component of the Spirit's fruit—yes?

    Susan ~ I'm learning from people like you the beauty of brevity.

    Denise ~ You are awesome. I love you!

  15. Beautifully said - "comfort, amid affliction." And then the song that always makes me cry. Thanks, Anne. Really.

  16. Definitely a powerful 40 words! Thank you for sharing them so graciously.


  17. Love your 40 words! Thanks for the hymn. One of my favorites. :)

  18. What a blessing to stop by and read these words! I came over from Glynn's. He says some really nice things about you :) Now I know why :)

  19. Love that 2nd one about slogging. Never thought about the "until" part, though!

  20. I'm singing now, I love the old hymns. That's one of my faves. I have a story about that one...perhaps I'll tell you, later.

    God bless you.

  21. Hi! Sorry to take so long with replies.

    Candy ~ "Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You." (Psalms 73:25)

    Louise ~ Thank you for your own gracious words, and for being here.

    Marty ~ Delighted to see you here!

    Laura ~ Glynn is very kind. I can only hope to live up to all the nice things he said.

    Monica ~ Yes! The Lord is merciful. It only seems interminable.

    Gwen ~ How did I forget to ask you for the story today? Too many other things to delight in I suppose ...

    Snady ~ Pleased to make your and your blogs' acquaintance. I love fun nicknames. If we bump into each other around the Great Lakes you can bop me for using yours. :D


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