The inspiration for this website came from a Scripture song I heard over 10 years ago at a ladies retreat:

Like Apples of Gold in pictures of silver
A word fitly spoken shall be,
Like Apples of Gold in pictures of silver
Let my life bring glory to thee.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11

Although some of the "stories" listed are made up, the Scriptural truths they illustrate are very real and can be of great benefit in a Christian's walk with the Lord and as illustrations for the lost.

It is my heart's desire that amongst the pages of this website, the Christian find words of encouragement and be spurred on to service for our Lord, and that seekers of the truth find Salvation in the timeless truths of God's Word for these troubled times.

- Angela

Comfort

I Am Learning, Lord

I Am Learning, Lord

My life has taken many falls
And tumbles ‘long the way.
The many trials have left me
In a sure state of dismay.
For with each trial, I tried alone
To tend, and soothe, and mend,
Instead of giving them to God –
And on Him just depend …

But, I am learning, Lord.

It seems that I was determined
to carry all the load.
I longed for smoother pathways.
Yet, I walked a rocky road.
Little did I understand,
God waited patiently
To pave a new beginning
With a better life for me.

But, I am learning, Lord.

It took a real disaster
To bring me to my knees;
To finally call upon the Lord
And say, “God help me, please.”
He can, with no delaying,
With strong arms that could hold –
The weight of all my burdens;
He gladly took the load.

And, I am learning, Lord.

What a needless cross I carried,
All because I could not see –
What a friend I have in Jesus,
And the love He has for me.
Peace I find when troubles hover,
Though’ the outcome is unknown.
For if yet the road is rocky,
I won’t walk it all alone.

For, I am learning, Lord.

D. Sue Horton ~
Copyright © 1995

Heaven

Heaven

I was asked a question today –
Alma, are you afraid to die?
Why no, I answered quite frankly,
And then I asked myself why.

There are several answers to this question:
Number one, I know where I’ll be;
My body may be in this earth,
But my soul will be in heaven, eternally.

For you see, I’ve trusted Christ as my Savior,
He’s the Rock on whom I depend.
Together, we’ll walk on those streets of gold,
I’ll have a new life of joy that never ends.

I have two people who’ll greet me
As I enter those big pearly gates:
A father who on earth loved me dearly,
And a sister, oh I barely can wait.

There’ll be no crying in heaven,
No more pain, oh won’t that be great.
And my loved ones who’ve gone on before me,
Why, they are waiting just inside the gates.

We’ll have a family reunion
As they guide me throughout this new land,
And the angels, they will be singing,
As I place my hand in his “nail-scarred” hand.

I will bow on my knees and cry, “Holy”
As I meet my one and only King,
The one who gave His life for me,
I will burst with joy as His praises I sing.

I don’t think I’ll ask any whys
As to the problems we face here on earth,
For just to see Him in His glory
Makes any trial well the worth.

So you see, I have all this to look forward to,
And I have Jesus Christ to thank.
No, I’m not afraid to die;
I’ll be with my Savior in heaven on high.

Written by: Alma Herrington
January 4th, 1986

Like a River Glorious

Like a River Glorious

Words: Frances R. Havergal, 1876
Music: “Wye Valley,” James Mountain, 1876

Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.

Refrain

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.

Refrain

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

Refrain

God Leads Us Along

God Leads Us Along

by George A. Young

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Refrain

Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Refrain

Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

Refrain

Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

Refrain

God’s Love Through the Storm

God’s Love Through the Storm

I did not know His love before, the way I know it now;
I could not see my need for Him, my pride would not allow.
I had it all, without a care, the “self-sufficient” lie;
My path was smooth, my sea was still, not a cloud was in my sky.

I thought I knew His love for me, I thought I’d seen His grace;
I thought I did not need to grow, I thought I’d found my place.
But then the way grew rough and dark, the storm clouds quickly rolled;
The waves began to rock my ship, my anchor would not hold.

The ship that I had built myself was made of foolish pride;
It fell apart and left me bare, with nowhere else to hide.
I had no strength or faith to face the trials that lay ahead;
And so I simply prayed to Him and bowed my weary head.

His loving arms enveloped me, and then He helped me stand;
He said, “You still must face this storm, but I will hold your hand.”
So through the dark and lonely night He guided me through pain;
I could not see the light of day or when the storm might wane.

Yet through the aches and endless tears, my faith began to grow;
I could not see it at the time, but my light began to glow.
I saw God’s love in brand new light, His grace and mercy, too;
For only when all self was gone, could Jesus’ love shine through.

It was not easy in the storm, I sometimes wondered, “Why?”
At times I thought, “I can’t go on.” I’d hurt, and doubt, and cry.
But Jesus never left my side, He guided me each day;
Through pain and strife, through fire and flood, He helped me all the way.

And now I see as never before how great His love can be;
How in my weakness He is strong, how Jesus cares for me!
He worked it all out for my good, although the way was rough;
He only sent what I could bear, and then He cried, “Enough!”

He raised His hand and said, “Be still!” He made the storm clouds cease;
He opened up the gates of joy and flooded me with peace.
I saw His face now clearer still, I felt His presence strong;
I found anew His faithfulness, He never steered me wrong.

Now I know more storms will come, but only for my good;
For pain and tears have helped me grow as naught else ever could.
I still have so much more to learn as Jesus works in me;
If in the storm I’ll love Him more, that’s where I want to be!

Author Unknown

The Difference

The Difference

I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish, I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me and grew heavier with each task;
Why doesn’t God help me, I wondered; He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me – He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock;
God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.

Copyright through the Library of Congress
by Grace L. Naessens
(used with permission)

Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

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