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Hope Deferred Maketh The Heart Sick - A Hymn by James G. Deck 




"I long to see His glory, I long to hear His voice, I long, without a shadow of darkness, to rejoice!"

Well, I bring you yet another gem from James G. Deck!  I couldn't resist putting the beautiful words of this hymn to song, so that all that long-await Jesus' glorious return could enjoy its melancholoy with me!  

I am recovering from a massive head cold, so I apologize for the occasional cracked voice and nasal tone.  

Lyrics for this hymn are found on page 88 of the book:  Hymns and Sacred Poems by James G. Deck, published by CHAPTER TWO, 13 Plum Lane, London SE18 3AF.  

One last thing - I'm dedicating this recording to my beloved Michael. Happy Birthday, my love!  I so love being 'about our Father's business' with you!   





New Music, Beloved Hymn: Jesus, I am Resting Resting 


Greetings, Friends!

Today's Musical Devotion is a recording of an old and treasured hymn written by Jean Sophia Piggot, who was born almost 175 years ago! It is one of my favorites, and while I thoroughly enjoy the tune that has traditionally accompanied it, I was feeling creative one day and wrote the musical arrangement for this version. There is very little written or known about Jean Piggot. She was born on Sept. 8th, 1845 at Ryevale House, Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland (where she also died and was laid to rest), and it's recorded that she wrote a total of three hymns in her lifetime!  There is no record of whether she married or had children - nothing. And sadly, her brother Thomas, who served in Missionary service with Hudson Taylor in China, was tragically murdered in the 1901 Boxer Rebellion. It is also said that "Jesus, I Am Resting Resting" was one of Hudson Taylor's favorite hymns.  In my research I also learned there is a 4th verse!  

Ever lift Thy face upon me 
As I work and wait for Thee; 
Resting ’neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus, 
Earth’s dark shadows flee. 
Brightness of my Father’s glory, 
Sunshine of my Father’s face, 
Keep me ever trusting, resting, 
Fill me with Thy grace!

Several years ago, my friend Tom Ruhling recorded this version for me in his home studio and invited a few guest artists to play along. Two brothers, Judah & Israel Groveman, added their incredible string arrangements to this piece. Israel now has his own film scoring company and I encourage you to take a listen to his recent projects! I do hope you enjoy their strings on this song as much as I do.  I look forward to your comments, below!


For those of you who have not heard my news, I am so excited to share with you that I've been accepted with Celebrate Messiah, NZ (sister organization of Chosen People Global Ministries) in Missionary service where I'll serve as their Worship and Prayer Coordinator!  This means I'll be sharing songs of Worship in New Zealand! In addition to providing worship, I'll also be their first woman staff member, facilitating bible studies, prayer meetings, etc. My family is praying the Lord opens the doors for us to GO in November!  I'm so excited at this opportunity, but ...I can't do this work alone. Like all Missionaries, I'm required to raise the support needed for my work in NZ.  This is such a blessing, because it means *you* get to be a part of what the Lord is doing!  And He is doing so very much!  Several years ago, CBN reported on our Backpacker Ministry BBQs that we host in Wanaka, where we team together with local mininitries and have the opportunity every week to share the good news of Jesus with between 25 and 50 Nations:

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Musical Devotion: Hymns By Her - 'Rest in Jesus' by James G Deck 

Greetings, Friends!

I'm sorry I haven't posted to my website for quite a while -- my website has actually been "down" for several months, but is now back. And so am I.  :-)   Since I last posted, our family has moved twice -- we relocated from the hustle and bustle of the Washington, DC area to the beautiful, peaceful mountains and valleys of Central Virginia.  Our two oldest kids are now attending Liberty University, and Michael and I are working there full-time. We really love it  -- and we love being near the kids, though we don't get to see them very often because they live on campus and are always busy!

SO, we have purchased an off-grid cabin, tucked away in the forests of Goode, VA.  The cabin is 950 sq ft, runs off solar panels for electricity, is heated with our wood stove, and we get our water twice a week from a friend's well until Michael finishes the water system (unless we move to NZ first…which has been my dream since 2008!)  I have a 1920's 'Magic Chef' oven/stove, which I absolutely love, and we inherited with the house the former owner's Maremma sheepdog "Maccabee".  He's about 150 lbs and adores me!

Because it's nearly impossible to regulate temperature (and because there is just NO room), I had to leave my piano with wonderful friends, temporarily.  But, all is not lost!  To continue writing, I will occasionally sneak away into the University's Music Department "practice rooms".  (The rooms run on my time -- they're open till 1am!)  It's there that I lay bare my soul before my God, and let Him wash me with His word and Spirit.  And I spend hours…and hours…lost in worshiping Him.

Well, yet again someone asked me recently if I have any "new songs".  The answer is always yes -- but I don't really know how to share them with you.  It was in these  practice rooms last week that I decided I would just bring you with me there…and make "raw recordings" of whatever I'm working on when I'm 'with my God' and a piano'.  So, I pulled out my not-so-smart phone, and pressed "record".  

Please note -- these are RAW recordings.  The audio is not going to be great.  I sing off -pitch occasionally.  I hit wrong notes on the piano.  I forget the words sometimes.  It's live performance, but it's also live worship….I am hoping the imperfections will not become a distraction.  :-)

This is a free download on my "Music" page if you want this on your iPod! Please feel free to share it with your church's worship pastor/choir director.  I am hoping to return to NZ  in November to lead worship again for the annual Celebrate Messiah, NZ Simcha conference, and if I'm able to pull it off, I'd love to host a "Hymn Sing" in Motueka where James G. Deck is buried, where we would have a time of worship and I'll sing the arrangements for his hymns that I've written.  So, keep that in prayer  -- that I can work that out!

So, now I bring to you my new segment, "'Hymns By Her' -- Rest in Jesus, by James G. Deck; Music and arrangement by me!  I hope you are blessed by his hymn as much as I am.  Please be sure to leave me comments below, and thank you for supporting my music!