Along This Journey


©Deborah Bolack 2003
Pianist Susan Carlson
Soloist Brian Jane
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Lord, teach me to die daily, to myself and my desires,
that I may rest in you when I am tempted and I’m tried.
You’re my strength along this journey.
You’re my strong and mighty tower.
You’re my shelter from the storm.
Lord, I need thee every hour.
Lord, teach me to live daily by your word, my staff and guide,
that I may be transformed by the renewing of my mind.
You’re my strength along this journey.
You’re my strong and mighty tower.
You’re my shelter from the storm.
Lord, I need thee every hour.
Lord, teach me to see daily, all the blessings you provide,
that I may give you thanks, and glorify you in my life.
You’re my strength along this journey.
You’re my strong and mighty tower.
You’re my shelter from the storm.
Lord, I need thee every hour.
Lord, teach me to speak daily, of my Saviour, Jesus Christ,
That I may show the world a small reflection of your light.
You’re my strength along this journey.
You’re my strong and mighty tower.
You’re my shelter from the storm.
Lord, I need thee every hour.
Lord, you're my strength along this journey,
and I need thee every hour.
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I had begun meeting with a group of ladies from my church. The purpose was to hopefully lose a little weight, but the emphasis of our meetings was on seeing what the Bible had to say about different subjects related to food, water, and our health. Lib Parks led our little group, and she began by saying we were on a journey together. Each week she would give us words to look up, and during our daily Bible reading we were to pick out a verse that blessed us, and one to praise the Lord. I’m not sure that I lost much weight, but I did enjoy the group, and it helped to have a particular topic to get me studying my Bible. The very first morning my Bible study turned into, “Along This Journey,” which became the theme song for the few months that our group met. Because the original song was quite short, I eventually added two more verses.
I’m sure ‘life is a journey’, is a metaphor that has been used many times by many writers, but there is a reason for that; quite simply, it’s true! Life really is a journey, and for the believer, it’s a daily walk with the Lord, learning to trust him in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. I’ve traveled many miles along this journey, and I’d like to say that I’ve finally arrived; that I rise bright and early every morning, committing my day to the Lord, seeking guidance through his word before I do anything else. I’d like to say that, but I can’t. What I can tell you is that even though I’m saved by grace, and spiritually I’m seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, my flesh is still alive and well. Too often I allow that lazy flesh to take control, even though I know it grieves my Father’s heart. Following the Lord is a decision to die daily to self, and I have no excuse to offer for not doing so. All I can do is confess my sin, admit my lack of resolve, and go on, knowing that my Lord is faithful even when I am not. He’s always right there, waiting to teach me, to transform me, to shelter me, and to bless me. He is my strength along this journey, and I realize more every day just how much I need him to make it through.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Romans 12:1,2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Galatians 2:5,6 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

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