I Will Trust

Higher Than I

  •  to overcome completely in mind or feeling:
  •  to overpower or overcome, especially with superior forces; destroy; crush:
  •  to cover or bury beneath a mass of something, as floodwaters, debris, or an avalanche; submerge:
  • to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything:
  •  to overthrow.
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I Will Trust

I will trust in the Lord Jehovah

I will trust in God alone

I will be anxious for nothing

He is with me

I’m never alone

He is a mighty fortress

A refuge in time of war

A tower of strength

A shelter from storm

The Rock of my salvation

The Shepherd of my soul

Redeemer

Deliverer

He’s Lord over all

Words and Music Linda Gail Johnson © 2004

Giving Thanks

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

Thanksgiving flower 4-1

 

 

David wrote, “thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7) I am thankful the Lord has given me songs through the years to remember my journeys. Usually, I am going ‘through” or just beginning to ‘come out’ of a situation when I begin to hear the lyrics.

I wrote the following song in 2004. Yet this past week, it has played over and over in my head. When I awake, while doing chores, or preparing for bed, it has reminded me tomorrow is not promised. So I must do what needs doing, today.

I must:

  • forgive
  • love
  • pray
  • praise

Today.

Worthy of the Highest Praise

Tomorrow is never promised, so it must be today

When we come together in one accord offering our praise.

With songs of thanksgiving, with hands and hearts upraised,

Giving all to Him and to Him alone, Let us lift His wondrous name.

 

He is worthy of the highest praise.

He is holy.

And forever He will reign.

Let the earth rejoice.

Jesus Christ is Lord.

He is worthy of the highest praise.

© 2004 Linda Gail Johnson all rights reserved

 

During this holiday season remember the important things. When the family arrives, peer deeply into their eyes. Listen intently. Hug gently and lovingly. Laugh with all your might. Make a memory. And finally, give the Lord praise for all the blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gail

 

 

You Are God

Often when going through certain circumstances, I find myself writing. Dark blue words spill on tear-stained paper as my frustrations leave me on the floor. But, as I continue to write, something begins to happen. My prayers become praises when I am reminded of His Faithfulness.

Psalms 23As the words flow, they become part of me, never to be forgotten. Then, when life, once again, throws me for a loop, the words and music come out of nowhere and brings peace to my troubled soul.

 

 

 You Are God

You are God.

There is no other.

Who in Heaven can compare?

You are God.

Lord of all the earth and

Thy greatness I will declare.

 

Lily of the Valley!

Bright and Morning Star!

Everlasting Father!

Keeper of my heart!

 

Wonderful Counselor

Faithful and True

Prince of Peace

Mighty God

I worship You.

 

Words and music

© Copyright 2006 Linda Gail Johnson

All rights reserved

 

Do songs come to mind when you’re in the midst of trials?

 

Oh Lord, how I love You. I will lift my voice in praise to You. You are Faithful. Your mercies are new every morning! In times of trouble, You are there. I am not alone. Though I walk through darkened places, You are my light. I will not fear. When the enemy rages, You are my shield and buckler. I am safe from harm. Great is Thy Faithfulness! Great is Thy love and mercy! Let Thy name be forever praised.

Music Is A Heart Thang

From my earliest memories, music was, and is, an important part of my life. From listening to the radio to singing in church, music shaped my world.

It defines my mood. You can tell exactly what’s on my mind by listening to the music playing in my truck, on my computer, or inside my head. Music says it all. Music is a heart thang! Yes, I said thang.

Every singer, if they are to connect with their audience, must get in touch with something inside them. They will have to own the song. Writers, on the other hand, are different. They live the song. You hear it in their voice. You see it in their eyes. You believe what they’re saying. You can agree, or disagree, but you will feel something.

There is nothing like listening to someone belt out a song of celebration, heartache, defiance, or determination with every ounce of their being.

I grew up listening to different genres of music and watching the artist perform. Each one taught me different things. As I read the stories behind the songs, I grew to admire the person.

One such woman was Dottie Rambo. To see her on stage, you would never know her heartaches in this life. But you definitely could hear them in her music!

Just a few facts about her life:

  • She was eight when she heard the lyrics of her first song.
  • Began singing on country radio when she was ten.
  • Gave her heart to Jesus when she was twelve.
  • Her father demanded she give up her faith or leave home. Dottie left home.
  • Her mom placed an address tag around her neck, in case she got lost, and kissed her good-bye.
  • She sang in churches, making little money.
  • She suffered excruciating pain from a ruptured disc in her back.

While on stage, she wasn’t sad. She refused to back down from her walk with God. She gave God the glory for all He did in her life. She sang of wanting to see Him. At the end of your life, her voice weak, she still sang of His goodness.

I think it is sad when we sing these songs without ever knowing the story behind the song. The story behind the song is why the song was written in the first place.

I hope you will check out her site and read about her here and other places. Check out her songs by the different artist on Godtube and Youtube.

Songs

Too Much to Gain to Lose

He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Need

Mama’s Teaching Angels How to Sing

Remind Me, Dear Lord

Shelter in the Arms of God

If That Isn’t Love

Build My Mansion Next Door To Jesus

Tears Will Never Stain

I Go to the Rock

We Shall Behold Him

I Will Glory in the Cross

 

Artists who have recorded her songs include:

Elvis Presley

Vince Gill

Barbara Mandrell

Johnny Cash

Dottie West

Pat Boone

Sandi Patti

Bill Monroe

The Isaacs

The Oak Ridge Boys

Whitney Houston

 

Click on the link, take a moment, and listen to the sweet sounds of the Georgia Mass Choir as they join Whitney Houston in I Go to the Rock.

 

He Lives!

 

She tried her best to tell them, He no longer lay,

Crucified by soldiers, and in a borrowed grave

Silently, they listened to the words she had to say,

All the while, wondering, how could he live again.

 

He lives! He lives! I talked to Him today.

He lives! He lives, is all she could say.

 

They failed to find Him in the tomb, yet they could not perceive.

The story of His resurrection they would not believe.

Eleven sat within the room weeping for Him when

Suddenly, He appeared, their Savior and Friend.

 

He lives. He lives I talked to Him today.

He lives. He lives, is all they could say

 

But Thomas was a doubter and he would not believe

Until He saw the nail prints in both His hands and feet.

“I want to touch His nail-scarred hands and the wound in His side,

To know, He is Jesus Christ, the Lamb, Who gave His life.”

 

Then Jesus stood within the midst and said, “Come and see.

Reach forth thine hand, doubting not, touch me and believe.”

No longer plagued by fear and doubt, Thomas stood before

The risen King of Glory, Jesus Christ the Lord.

 

He lives! He lives! I talked to Him today.

He lives! He lives, is all he could say.

 

He lives! He lives! I talked to Him today.

He lives! He lives, is all I can say.

Words and Music ~ Linda Gail Johnson

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