Finding Freedom on the Inside

Weekly Devotional


     "The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.  

     My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him."   Psalm 28:7

Francis Jane Crosby wrote more than 9,000 hymns, some of which are among

the most popular hymns sung in every denomination.  In fact, she wrote so many

hymns, that she was forced to use pen names for fear that hymnals would be filled

with her songs.  What most people do not know about her is the fact that she

was blind. 

A preacher once said to Crosby;  "I think it is a great pity that the

master did not give you sight when he showered so many other gifts upon you."

Fanny responded quickly and without retort, because in her life she had heard

many such comments made previously.  "Do you know that if at birth I had been

able to make one request of God, it would have been that I would be born

without the ability to see.  Because when I get to heaven, the first face; in fact, the

very first thing that I will see, will be my Savior."  

The question that comes to mind is very simple; is your heart filled with joy

because of the Lord?  Do you trust in Him completely for everything that you need?

Do you praise Him with the gifts and talents that He blessed you with?


Praise the Lord.  Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.

Psalm 149:1