Some folks think that becoming a Christian means gaining complete freedom from all our troubles. Not true. In fact, God never promised any of us a rose garden. Well, He gave us a perfect garden, but that was quickly lost when man thought He was smarter than God. We’re going to have difficulty in our lives until we pass into eternity. However, our troubles here on earth don’t have to overwhelm us or send us into a deep depression.

Some “Christians” believe that if you have trouble in your life it is because of something you’ve done to put yourself out of favor with God. God’s mercy is beyond our wisdom. He has placed these trials in our lives to make us stronger and yet completely dependent on Him for help.

Thank you, Lord, for daily strengthening me with your truth. May your gift of peace give me hope to endure each day.   I am confident that you are at my side in all the storms of life as a captain piloting a ship through troubled waters. You are in control and have the ability to conquer the waves that cover me from time to time.  You alone are my source of life and my guide through all of it.  Jesus, Savior, pilot me.


Lyrics by Edward Hopper

Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach’rous shoal;
Chart and compass come from Thee;
  Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boist’rous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say’st to them, “Be still.”
Wondrous Sov’reign of the sea,
  Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

Though death’s valley I may pass,
Still Thy grace will fear surpass;
In Thy presence I will rest,
And, while leaning on Thy breast,
I will hear Thee say to me,
  “Fear not, I will pilot thee.”





As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. Amen! We are not forsaken when life’s trials fill like stormy seas. Kathy, thanks for these words as well as blessing with a this hymn (new to me).

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    • says:

      The hymn was penned in the 1800s. With so much travel by ship and the industrial revolution I imagine the sea and the storms that occurred were utmost concern. I love the words too.

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  2. Salvageable says:

    I’ve always loved that hymn, even though the organist of my childhood church could not play it properly. (Somehow, she converted it into 4:4 time.) Thank you for another special and wonderful post. J.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    I think we are given more tests than we ever had in school. Sometimes we stumble and fall, but we get back up, hopefully we realize the error in our response to the test, and we grow stronger. And then we face the next storm, and we respond in faith, knowing that God has this issue in His hands. Hang in there. We don’t get the storm until later today or tomorrow, and probably not as bad.

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  4. davidkitz says:

    Yes, Lord pilot me through 2022!

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