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!  


 

11 comments

  • Lisa Covington
    Lisa Covington Maryland
    Beautiful spirit Stunning vocal.

    Beautiful spirit Stunning vocal.

  • Mary Sparacino
    Mary Sparacino Arizona
    I love your voice, its the most beautiful and angelic voice I've ever heard! You are truly blessed. I wish I could sing. God bless you...keep posting!! Thank you for sharing!!

    I love your voice, its the most beautiful and angelic voice I've ever heard! You are truly blessed. I wish I could sing. God bless you...keep posting!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Peter Wallace
    Peter Wallace Upper Hutt, New Zealand
    Lovely to hear your music again, Teresa. A raw recording can't detract from the heart and music of it. Love & hugs from us, Pete

    Lovely to hear your music again, Teresa. A raw recording can't detract from the heart and music of it.
    Love & hugs from us,
    Pete

  • Mary Decker
    Mary Decker Fairhope, AL
    Teresa, This is beautiful!! The message, the melody and the heart you put into it! Have you found a church home? Do you have opportunities to share your musical talent there?

    Teresa,
    This is beautiful!! The message, the melody and the heart you put into it! Have you found a church home? Do you have opportunities to share your musical talent there?

  • Jane
    Jane NZ
    Lovely as ever. It doesn't matter that the recording is unplugged! Fantastic that you might be back in NZ in November. If you can spend some time with us at Coneysthorpe, it would be wonderful. Love you!

    Lovely as ever. It doesn't matter that the recording is unplugged!
    Fantastic that you might be back in NZ in November. If you can spend some time with us at Coneysthorpe, it would be wonderful. Love you!

  • Susan Fisher
    Susan Fisher MD
    Inspirational. Thank you.

    Inspirational. Thank you.

  • Miriam Nadler
    Miriam Nadler Charlotte, NC
    So beautiful and worshipful! Looking forward to seeing you at our Hope of Israel Sisterhood Retreat.

    So beautiful and worshipful! Looking forward to seeing you at our Hope of Israel Sisterhood Retreat.

  • Mark Decker
    Mark Decker Queensbury NY
    Teresa, Blessed by your, beautiful use of the gifts, talents God has givenyou &the faithful way you develope and share them. Thank You!

    Teresa,
    Blessed by your, beautiful use of the gifts, talents God has givenyou &the faithful way you develope and share them.
    Thank You!

  • Irene Cooperman
    Irene Cooperman Maryland
    This is beautiful Teresa. Thank you for sharing it with me.

    This is beautiful Teresa. Thank you for sharing it with me.

  • Terri
    Terri West Palm Beach, FL
    RAW?! Off pitch?! Wrong notes?! Hmmm, the only thing I hear in this is absolutely beautiful worship and a message I know I need to hear so badly: that our Rest is only in Jesus. Thank you and God bless you, Teresa. Love, Terri

    RAW?! Off pitch?! Wrong notes?! Hmmm, the only thing I hear in this is absolutely beautiful worship and a message I know I need to hear so badly: that our Rest is only in Jesus. Thank you and God bless you, Teresa. Love, Terri

  • Stephen Clark
    Stephen Clark Dunedin, N.Z.
    Thank you for the lovely song from James G Deck. I was in Motueka a couple of weeks ago. We passed the cemetery and I wanted to go and look for his grave. It was raining so decided against it. We visited Ngatimoti instead which was where he lived when he arrived in N.Z. I wasn't sure if he was buried there or in Motueka. I also love his poetry and songs. Look forward to hearing more from you Teresa.

    Thank you for the lovely song from James G Deck. I was in Motueka a couple of weeks ago. We passed the cemetery and I wanted to go and look for his grave. It was raining so decided against it. We visited Ngatimoti instead which was where he lived when he arrived in N.Z. I wasn't sure if he was buried there or in Motueka. I also love his poetry and songs. Look forward to hearing more from you Teresa.

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