Exceedingly Great and Precious Promises

Sixty Years… This month I celebrate my 60th birthday.  How fitting that I celebrate sixty years of WMF next month with all of you.

The author of our hymn for May was Pastor of Carter’s Lane Baptist Church in London for 63 years.

How Firm a Foundation originally contained seven stanzas each based on a biblical promise.

Verse two – Isaiah 41:10 “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Verse three – Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;” and, 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Verse four – Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

I am grateful for a firm foundation.

I recently read, “A Tale of Two Acres.” It talks about the Dyneson family and their ministry on the border of Mexico in Nogales, Arizona. What a legacy. I, too, was blessed with Godly parents and grandparents; Bible based teaching from my church family and our Bible College as well as St. Paul Bible College now called “Crown” these days.

One praise song we sing at church has become my birthday anthem for this year. “All my life you have been faithful – I will sing of the goodness of God.”

Take time to read or sing through #262 in our Ambassador Hymnal.  How Firm a Foundation was originally entitled Exceedingly Great and Precious Promises.

One can wonder how those without a church family navigate the ebbs and flows of life.  We smile when we hear a song like the one Reba McIntire recently recorded. “God and My Girlfriends” But those who walk alone these days don’t know what they are missing. This month’s hymn talks about deep waters and fiery trials. I am praying as I write for you dear one who is fighting tears as we speak. Pain and suffering were a part of Jesus journey.  We are reminded of this every lent and Easter especially. We have a firm foundation. God’s Word. God’s Son. God’s Promises. God’s presence.


WMF day June 15th We’re praying for you! We will have copies of BEHOLD OUR GOD for you if you haven’t started this study of Psalms yet.  It’s been a blessing for my church ladies.

It’s not too late to register. See you soon.

With love and prayers.
Lavonne West


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