O My Soul

The volcanic revelation that my heart is not as beautiful as I hoped it would be could drive my soul in utter despair; but I am choosing to speak to this soul of mine with all my strength:

Don’t despair, o my soul; your Savior has not changed.

Don’t despair, o my soul, His love can heal you still.

The God-given insight that causes me to understand that all of my wants are shallow at best and that all of my chasing has been for purposeless dreams could cause me to sit and cry myself to death; but I am choosing to declare the truth I know deep within my soul:

Don’t despair, o my soul, your Savior’s on the throne.

Don’t despair, o my soul, His love can build you still.

Oh, the depth of my sorrow when I see my needy self and the rocks that the Spirit must still extract from my heart

Oh, the height of my grief when nakedness is revealed and I only can weep for what I haven’t received yet…

But to the truth I will stick, and will declare once more:

Don’t despair, o my soul, the King is on the scene.

Don’t despair, o my soul, His love is greater still.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

#217 Time for a walk in the woods on a hot summer day

#216 the smell of the bread baking for tonight’s supper

#215 The wind chime in my yard singing so happily

#214 a phone call from my daughter

Linking up with Graceful, Deep Roots at HomeTitus 2sday,The Beauty in His Grip,  True Vine Challenge, Tell Me a Story, Our Simple Country LifePlay Dates with God, In and Around Mondays, SDG and Heart Reflected



  1. “Bless the Lord, O my soul” – I’ve been saying those words to myself for months now from Psalm 103. Declaring these timeless truths to ourselves is so valuable. Thanks for this, Barbara. “His love is greater still.”


  2. Oh the Loving kindnes of our God who is on the throne. He comforts us in our sorrow when we view our failures and he tells us not to despair! Thank you for sharing your sweet thoughts at Tell Me A Story.


  3. Your first line halted me- and demanded an AMEN. Love the way you are using scripture to fix your eyes on His greatness rather than your own weakness. Glad He loves us flaws and all, aren’t you? I’m so disappointed in my own selfish spirit lately- just wish this thing called transformation happened a bit more quickly! We’re SDG neighbors this week- so glad i stopped by. Blessings to you.


  4. Not despairing is a good thing. I don’t know any of us who don’t, especially those of us who know what perfection should/could be. We can trust our Lord only… nothing/ no one else. Believe me, I’m trying.

    Thank you.


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