Thursday, July 11, 2013

Scripture Thursday ~ God Will Take Care of You

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you
with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Around the year 1904, a woman named Civilla D. Martin was at home confined to bed due to illness.  While her husband was away one day preaching, she wrote the hymn God Will Take Care of You.  When he returned home, she gave the words to him.  He sat down at his organ and wrote the music. 

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I’m sure this hymn has impacted many lives, and to this day still does, including my own.  One man in particular, about 25 years or so after this was written (1930), was hospitalized with a severe case of shingles.   Prior business deals had failed, he was in physical pain as well as emotional pain, filled with despair and little hope. One morning while in his hospital bed, he heard this hymn coming from the hospital chapel.

Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,
Through every day, over all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

The man followed the music into the chapel and as he listened, he felt his burdens lift.  All worries left him, as he realized just how much God loved him.  He later recalled those moments in the chapel as the most dramatic and glorious twenty minutes of my life

Who is this man who was so filled with despair?  Mr. James C. Penney, founder of the American Department store chain, J.C. Penney. 

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Thanks for visiting today.  Whatever your circumstances, know that you can look to God for your strength and help.  I'm happy that I can say:

My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.   Psalm 121:2

This post is linked to:  Pink SaturdayThe Graphics Fairy,


  1. Thanks for the wonderful words of encouragement through this hymn today,Abbey. Have a blessed Thursday! Bernadette

  2. Oh that is a beautiful graphic. I am snagging. Those words and that scripture are perfection. (How are you feeling today, Abby? Thinking of you!)

  3. I SOOO ENJOY stories like this Abby!!!!!!!!! I DOES encourage us in times like these! GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!:)

    How are you feeling? How's your leg? HOPE you're doing better!!!!!!:)GOD BLESS!!!!!:)

  4. Amazing! Isaiah 41:10 was the main scripture in my devotion this morning! And then I read this post. I can't count how many times your posts have complimented my devotions. Thank you for faithfully sharing the Lord through your blog. ~Pamelyn

  5. What a treasure to have that assurance that, no matter what, He will take care of us!

    Sweet post Abby!

  6. Your blog is always encouraging. Thank you for today's post-it is espicially wonderful! I love your graphics and use them in my church banners.

  7. Wonderful words thanks Abby - and thanks too for the graphics.

  8. Wow, what a story! I did not know that about J.C. Penney. And Isaiah 41:10 is a favorite verse of mine - so glad you shared this post.

    Hugs and blessings to you!

  9. I love the way you put together your posts, so carefully and beautifully done!Thank you fr all the insights, beautiful pictures and loving care. God bless you and your family!

  10. Thank you! What an inspiring post. I will carry this song in my heart today. Angels to you! Happy Pink Saturday!

  11. very interesting to hear the story behind the hymn and how hymns can touch your lives, sometimes they can touch people more, Lovely image and framing for the song!

  12. Wonderful words of life! Gorgeous graphic. Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational story about Mr Penney.

  13. Thank you so much. Your blog reached all the way to The Netherlands, to a woman who is very anxious for a surgery which is scheduled on 22nd. I really needed tomhear these comforting words. The surgery is a minor one...nothing life-threatening

  14. Hello Abby, I am your new follower and I like to use your wonderful work for woman,who suffer because of being a Christian in countries without freedom.
    Thank you so much for this beautiful art of encouragement.
    Gr Elly [from the Neterlands.

  15. Hello Abby,
    My name is Abby also. it is Oct. 28, 2013 and I just came across your blog from July 2013. I cannot express how much your words spoke to me and gave me confirmation for a decision I have been struggling with for several weeks. God is Good...All the Time!

  16. I'm so happy to hear it Abby. Thanks so much for letting me know.

  17. Thank you for this sweet post.

    God's word always comes to our rescue.

    Old hymns are beautiful because they are rich in Biblical doctrine.

    Please check out my blog which has articles, sermon notes, etc. on a variety of topics including: "God's word", "Is Jesus the Only Way?", "The Importance of Family", "Self Esteem", "Marriage", "Women", "Purity", and "Our Need for God".

    Emma Joy

  18. Wandered in from Facebook. I love the old hymns. Thanks so much for posting this!

  19. THANKS for this post. FOR I KNOW THAT he cares for us all. FOR WE ARE HIS children.

  20. THANKS for this post.Look forward to seeing MORE from you. HAVE a blessed morning.

  21. THANKS for this post. FOR I KNOW THAT he cares for us all. FOR WE ARE HIS children.


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