There are so many beautiful songs and hymns that have meant sp much to me over the years because of their profound words.  Let me share a few of these with you.   The first is a song which the Kauffman family has sung at family gatherings for many, many years.  It is really a family testimony and prayer.

There are two songs that I included in the album for my grandchildren that have special meanings.  The first is a prayer by Steve Chapman that he wrote as part of a weekly Wednesday of fasting and praying for his children.  The second just has a special request and prayer that I have for all of my grandchildren.


Father God to You I come,
In the name of Your Son
I bring my children to Your throne
Father hear my cry.
Above all else, Lord, save their souls
Draw them near, You keep them close
Be the shield against their foes
Make them Yours not mine.

Give them peace in Christ alone
In their sorrow be their song
No other joy would last as long
Father calm their fear.
Guide their feet, Lord light their path
May their eyes on You be cast
Give their hands a kingdom task
A purpose for their years.

And as my flesh cries out for bread
May I hunger, Lord, instead
That my children would be fed
On Your words of life.

So ... Father God to You I come
In the name of Your Son
I bring my children to Your throne
Father hear my cry!

Words and music by Steve Chapman


Cradled in my arms, I held you.
And I loved you more each day, passing by.
Sharing joy, sharing pain, through the sunshine and the rain,
I can't believe it's time to say good bye,
I don't know what the future brings you,
But I hope you keep heaven as your goal.
For we taught you to pray, we made sure you knew the way.
So remember my request before you go -
Just be there when I finally make it home,
And I stand before the throne, Just be there!
When I look around to see, if you are standing next to me,
Just be there!

It's not an easy road you're traveling,
But every place you go, Jesus has been.
And when you find you've made a turn,
Forgetting what you've learned,
You may have to start all over again.
It's not an easy load you're bearing,
But the trials of your faith will make you strong.
Facing dangers unaware, He won't allow what you can't bear.
So my prayer is that your faith will bring you home.
So just be there when I finally make it home,
And I stand before the throne, Just be there!
When I look around to see, if you are standing next to me,
Just be there!
Will you be standing close to me? Just be there!

Words and music by Paula Bray

We don't sing hymns very much anymore, but they have been a part of my life as long as I can remember.
God has enabled many great hymn writers to express sound doctrine and Biblical truths through music.
These have comforted and encouraged many of us over the years. Listed below are some of my very
favorite hymns. The Lord has often spoken to me through these words over the years.


Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Thomas Chisholm 1923


Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ the Lord I stand.


1. He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power has no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

2. When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.



1. Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

2. Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
3. Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

Francis R. Havergal


1. Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.

When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!

2. While we walk the pilgrim pathway,
Clouds will overspread the sky;
But when trav’ling days are over,
Not a shadow, not a sigh.

3. Let us then be true and faithful,
Trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory
Will the toils of life repay.

4. Onward to the prize before us!
Soon His beauty we’ll behold;
Soon the pearly gates will open;
We shall tread the streets of gold.

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.

1. A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.

2. A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.

3. With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God!
For such a Redeemer as mine.

4. When clothed with His brightness transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high.

1. Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land;
a home within the wilderness, a rest upon the way,
from the burning of the noontide heat,
and the burden of the day.

2. Upon that cross of Jesus mine eye at times can see
the very dying form of One who suffered there for me;
and from my stricken heart with tears two wonders I confess:
the wonders of redeeming love
and my unworthiness.

3. I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place;
I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of his face;
content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss,
my sinful self my only shame,
my glory all the cross.

And finally, there are two praise choruses which have become my favorites.

Donna Adkins

Father, we love You We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth

Jesus, we love You  We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth

Spirit, we love You We worship and adore You
Glorify Thy Name in all the earth

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Chris Tomlin

The splendor of the King, Clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice, All the earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light, And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at his voice, And trembles at his voice

How great is our God, Sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, How great Is our God

Age to age he stands And time is in His Hands
Beginning and the End, Beginning and the End
The Godhead, Three in one Father, Spirit, Son
The Lion and the Lamb, The Lion and the Lamb