Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"A Passion for Thee"

Last evening we were preparing for a church group that meets at our home..You know, sweeping, picking up stray items , starting the tea water and coffee…hustling about and shooing the littles out of the way. Then two very precious scenes took place….

The shooed away people, 3 of them to be exact, were found sitting on the sofa, hymnals in laps, singing together…not just any song, but one of our family’s favorites: (
A Passion For Thee

Set my heart, o dear Father, on Thee, and Thee only,
Give me a thirst for Thy presence divine.
Lord keep my focus on loving Thee wholly, Purge me from earth; Turn my heart after Thine.

A passion for Thee; O Lord, set a fire in my soul, and a thirst for my God.
Hear Thou my prayer, Lord, Thy power impart-
Not just to serve, but to love Thee with all of my heart.

Father, fill with Thy Spirit, and fit me for service,
Let love for Christ every motive inspire;
Teach me to follow in selfless submission, Be Thou my joy and my soul's one desire.

A passion for Thee; O Lord, set a fire in my soul, and a thirst for my God.
Hear Thou my prayer, Lore, Thy power impart-
Not just to serve, but to love Thee with all of my heart.

Music and Words by Joe Zichterman

What a beautiful blessing to hear those little voices…

The other precious part was that, though I would have missed the sweet singers entirely,

 my 13 year old son, pulled me aside, pointed out the choir in the great room and whispered, “mom, before they started singing, Zachary hummed a starting note like the older kids do when the whole family is singing together!” I was touched that our 13 year old son had eyes to see the sweet happenings before him – happenings that I would’ve missed had he not shared his find! God is SO good! These sweet people He’s put in my life – I can take NO credit for their beauty! I am privileged to enjoy it each day!


  1. So sweet indeed!!!

    Your 13 yr. old has a beautiful head full of hair. My gals hope to marry a red head so they can have red-headed children someday, maybe?

  2. Thank you Keri for your kind words over at my blog! Whoa look at your beautiful 10 blessings ~You are blessed indeed!! You have a nice blog I am following along. What a wonderful moment to have witnessed thank you for sharing it made me smile ~Love Heather

  3. I love it, it is so sweet. You should have a video of that one... nothing sweeter is there?
    Much Love,

  4. Keri...what joy this must have brought you!

    Thank you for visiting the cottage. It is a pleasure to meet you :)

    Visit as often as you are able.


  5. Dear Keri...thank you for coming by my "little space" and leaving such a sweet comment! Such a beautiful family you have. Please...visit anytime! Simple Blessings ♥ Teri

  6. I am very blessed meeting you and I am thankful I got to come over here and hear this precious account. I am glad you shared that link to the song b/c that was a new one for me. It is sooooo beautiful.

    Blessings in Him<><

  7. I love that smile on your thirteen year old boy's face. (I appreciate it because my thirteen year old boy acts like he can't smile as soon as I point the camera at him. He either does a weird funny face or tries to show no expression. He drives me nuts because he has such a nice smile all the other time!!! ) Anyway, it's nice to see a precious moment captured like that.

  8. That is so precious! How wonderful that you were able to capture a picture of this sweet moment.

  9. How incredibly precious and encouraging! Hymns are so beautiful, but I think even more so when children sing them. :)

    Many blessings,

  10. Precious, precious, precious!! It's wonderful to live intentionally and be AWARE of those moments. Your son's red hair is wonderful, too. Such a handsome young man.