This post is part of the Write 28 Days Blogging Challenge hosted by Anita Ojeda. Participants choose a category, in which to concentrate throughout the challenge and the host provides a daily writing prompt. You can find me in the Christian Living category of this year’s writing challenge link-up. Be sure to visit other posts while you’re there.

The beloved hymn Blessed Assurance was written by Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915), who because of incorrect treatment for an eye condition, lost her sight in infancy. In that trial, her family continued to care for Fanny by teaching her God’s word. She memorized scripture, even as a child.

Her love for God is clearly reflected in her hymns. Fanny wrote so many (9,000) that her publisher created numerous pen names, to prevent her name from being on every page in the hymnal (Christianity Today – make a link).

I believe that Fanny knew she was loved by God. She was secure in her identity as a beloved child of God. She didn’t see her blindness as a hindrance to sharing that love with others through her hymns. This is obvious in her lyrics.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine;
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

You are chosen (John 15:16). A coheir with Christ (Romans 8:17). Purchased and cleansed by the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:7). The Holy Spirit is living inside of you (John 14:17).

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song,
 Praising my Savior all the day long.

Make praising God for His goodness part of your story (Psalm 69:30, and so many more). Why not make it your song today? Know that, in doing so, God will bring you closer and reveal His love toward you.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Jesus was the perfect example of perfect submission in His obedience to the Father, “not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42).

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Because of His obedience, we are blest by God’s grace, something we don’t deserve but have in Christ. Despite our sins, believers are forgiven and will live for eternity in heaven (Ephesians 2:8-9).

You can have peace and rest in Christ (John 14:27), you have hope (Jerimiah 29:11, Romans 15:13), and be filled with his goodness through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5), a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

It takes some time to wrap your head around these beautiful truths but, truths they are, nonetheless. Take some time to read and pray on the verses I’ve noted above. If any resonates with you, leaps off the page at you, or gives you a warm feeling down deep inside spend some time with them. Write them down.

Consider starting a journal to capture what God is illuminating for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth about who you are. Make a list of words you want to see in your identity statement.

Pray and let God lead the way.

Know that you are loved (John 3:16).

 

Read more about Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915) here:  https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/poets/fanny-crosby.html

If you don’t have a bible, you can quickly and easily find the verses noted above online by going to biblegateway.com, biblehub.com, blueletterbible.org, biblica.com, and these are just a few.

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