“…thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee… to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee. Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, and to fear him. For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land…. A land wherin…thou shalt not lack any thing in it…. When thou has eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee…
Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God…” –excerpts from Deuteronomy 8
At the edge of the promised land, the children of Israel were given a charge: a charge to not forget. Not to forget Jehovah, His workings on their behalf, and His commands for their lives in the Promised Land.
Many of you have probably already read a post from three years ago, A Legacy, A Trial, A Harp, and the Sovereignty of God. Well, today I would like to offer a brief sequel, specifically centered on “a harp.”
Following years of harp lessons and prayers, the Lord graciously provided a lovely pedal harp for me. This harp has been a special gift, opening up doors of opportunity for learning that have been barred in the past. But far more importantly, this harp has become a reminder of God’s everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and never-failing mercy (Psalm 86:5).
As written so beautifully in Psalm 103, “…who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies… the LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy…He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east if from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame, he remembereth that we are dust…the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him…bless the LORD, O my soul.”
Each day, the mercies of the LORD are new (Lamentations 3:22-23). How has He demonstrated this to you? And how do you plan to remember His gracious acts? “That the generation to come might know them, even the children that should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:” –Psalm 78:6-7
So with thankfulness to the LORD and my family, I have named this blessing in my life Merci Morgen. Merci is French for “Thank you;” Morgen is German for “Morning.” I am filled with gratitude to the LORD for His mercies; they are new every morning.
I want to remember, and not forget.
May you, also, be blessed as you call to remembrance the faithful loving-kindness of our God!
With hearts full of gratitude to the Lord and our wonderful parents for His faithfulness to them and their faithfulness to each other, we Neely siblings decided 30 years of marriage was an occasion to celebrate! Plans began to form as the Lord directed our steps, and the surprise party was a delightful success!
We started the surprise by having our extended family at our house for dinner after church. That itself was shocking when Dad & Mom walked into our dining room and found family from far and near!
But then we added another layer to the surprise, and invited several close friends for a dessert reception following. What a blessing it is to celebrate the faithfulness and mercy of God with so many loved ones!
We love you, Dad & Mom, and are so thankful for you! May the Lord give you many more wonderfully sweet years of serving Him together!
Have you ever had a time when you were overwhelmed, in pain, and in a hurry? What about when you thought you were doing a good job covering your feelings, and you were told that you really weren’t covering them at all? Let me tell you a story….
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to vend at a local craft fair. The day before it was to be going on, we were busily preparing, gathering, and loading supplies. I was not feeling the best, but nevertheless, I was trying to stay cheerful and keep singing. My proud self thought that she was doing pretty well with this task of covering my feelings. Then, in the business of the evening, I scurried past a younger sibling in the hallway. This sibling scowled at me. Quite shocked, I asked if she was ok.
"Yes", she replied calmly, and really quite sweetly. "I was just being a mirror for you."
Oh yes, all of my righteousness is as filthy rags. God’s grace was sufficient for my now humbled self, and I was able to laugh at the remark as I quickly changed my facial expression.
Praise the LORD for younger siblings, and for His kindness and mercy in gently correcting the pride that rises in the hearts of His children. "His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endureth to all generations."
We are currently selling our Lyon & Healy Prelude lever harp, which we purchased through the Atlanta Harp Center in late 2013. It has been lovingly cared for and enjoyed. We are now selling it because of a recent upgrade. There are some “wear and tear” marks on the column and base. Levers are in excellent working condition. This harp has a vivid, clear, and warm tone, easily comparable to the L&H Chicago pedal harps.
Preludes are wonderful for gigs, studio use, and students. They are able to handle pedal tension gut strings, and feature pedal harp spacing, making them an excellent option for those who would like to progress to a pedal harp. Includes a tuning key and dust cover. We are asking $4500.
Feel free to contact us with additional questions.
Also, we are selling our Lyon & Healy Troubadour III, age unknown. The soundboard and levers were replaced in 2015. The rest of the harp is in like-new condition, and is structurally sound. This harp has a beautiful lever harp tone – clear, vibrant, and it carries well. It would make an excellent student instrument or gig harp. We are asking $3000.
Feel free to contact us with additional questions.
We recently came across a letter from our dear friend, Uncle Bill, which contained some mottos that have blessed his life and ministry. Sometimes the most simple truth can be such a great encouragement.
- “For the Word of the Lord is right: and all His works are done in truth.” Psalm 33:4
- The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God will not sustain you.
- The knowing plus the doing of the will of God equals life.
- Little is much if God is in it, and much is little if God is not in it.
- The flesh (human nature apart from God) has a one-word vocabulary: more!
- He who does what he pleases is never pleased with what he does.
- Proper preparation prevents poor performance.
- Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.
- No disaster is greater than underestimating the enemy.
- Faith demands obedience, with God being responsible for all consequences.
- “For of Him and through Him, and to Him are all things: to Whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
As our family gathers to remember the faithfulness of the Lord in 2016 and also lay out some goals and plans for 2017, some specific thoughts stood out to me.
- God is always good.
- We don’t know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future; and He is faithful!
- The worst thing that can happen to me is for me to have my own way (Proverbs 1:30-31).
- God’s Word is a refuge for us.
- “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all they getting, get understanding. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” Proverbs 4:7, 13
- “Your attitude will determine your altitude.” Trust the Lord, and soar to new heights!
- Goals are important. But it is equally important to hold those goals with an open hand. Let the Lord lead.
- We have time for everything we’re supposed to do. If God calls us to do something, He will supply the time and energy. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
May you know the blessings of the Lord as you seek, trust, and serve the Lord in 2017! Happy New Year!
When once I mourned a load of sin,
When conscience felt a wound within,
When all my works were thrown away,
When on my knees I knelt to pray,
Then, blissful hour, remembered well,
I learned Thy love, Immanuel!
When storms of sorrow toss my soul,
When waves of care around me roll,
When comforts sink, when joys shall flee,
When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,
One word the tempest’s rage shall quell,
That word, Thy name, Immanuel!
When for the truth I suffer shame,
When foes pour scandal on my name,
When cruel taunts and jeers abound,
When “Bulls of Bashan” gird me round,
Secure within Thy tower I’ll dwell,
That tower, Thy grace, Immanuel!
When hell, enraged, lifts up her roar,
When Satan stops my path before,
When fiends rejoice and wait my end,
When legion’d hosts their arrows send,
Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell
Thy battle-cry, Immanuel!
When down the hill of life I go,
When o’er my feet death’s waters flow,
When in the deep’ning flood I sink,
When friends stand weeping on the brink,
I’ll mingle with my last farewell,
Thy lovely name, Immanuel!
When tears are banished from mine eye,
When fairer worlds than these are nigh,
When Heaven shall fill my ravish’d sight,
When I shall bathe in sweet delight,
One joy all joys shall far excel,
To see Thy face, Immanuel!
by Charles H. Spurgeon
Just in time for Christmas! Aubrey Elliott and Victoria Neely have finished a second book for solo harp, this time focusing on the birth of the Savior. Pre-order Promise Fulfilled today, and use coupon code PromisesShipped2016 to receive free shipping checkout on all orders of books and music!
Titles include: O Come, Little Children, Once in Royal David’s City, See in Yonder Manger Low, Joy to the World, and more!
This story begins weeks before when we heard an unusual and loud noise while driving back from Greenville in the “Big Van”… our beloved, white, fifteen-passenger “Grizzly.” A couple of weeks go by, and “the noise” comes and goes…
On Monday last week, Jessica and Victoria took the “Grizzly” to town to get the oil changed while they were running another errand. When they left home, the van was making “the noise” quite loudly, and so they called Patrick… they called him again as they continued to drive when they noticed that the battery light had come on.
He called them (third phone call) to check on them… and as they approached the intersection to turn into town, Jessica realized she had no brakes or steering! … But at least the noise was gone!
God turned the red light to a green arrow so Jessi was able to make the necessary right-hand turn into town (by “man-handling” the van). She then was able to get into the left turn lane, and because God cleared the traffic (again), she was able to once again man-handle the van into the NAPA parking lot and get it stopped. The NAPA store was the original destination!
Praise the Lord – for safety for the girls as they lost all brakes and steering! That the belt broke (yes, that was the problem!) at the very intersection where the auto shop was that was going to change the oil; that we didn’t lose the steering or brakes as we came over the mountains on our way back from Greenville… the place where the noise first happened. Praise the Lord it happened in our own town with “our mechanic” there to repair it!; and that it happened “at home,” not en route to Texas, the 1600+ mile trip we left for three days later.
What an amazing evidence of God’s provision, protection, mercy, goodness, faithfulness, and grace.
How I praise Him.
As you read the following verses, let each word soak into your heart, allowing the truths of these promises to penetrate into your mind and transform your thinking.
“What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” – Psalm 25:12-14
“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” – Psalm 103:17
“He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.” – Psalm 145:19
“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” – Psalm 147:11
“The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.” – Proverbs 19:23