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DAY#53 - Trust and Obey
When I was a boy my Grandma Smith was one of my favorite people in the world. She lived down the hill from me in a large farm house. I would walk down the field to visit her a few times a week. While I was there I would help her with whatever she was working on at the time. Planting geraniums in front of her house, hanging laundry, making sandwiches for the men working in the fields. Whatever she was doing she included me. She would also sing to me as we worked. She sang several songs, but my favorite, the one that stuck with me was "Trust and Obey." She sang the chorus:

Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

When I was in fifth grade, one Sunday I was bored in church. I opened the hymnal and started leafing through. That day I made an amazing discovery. Trust and Obey was more than just a chorus it was a full hymn. I was so excited by this I took the hymnal along home with me and memorized the whole song. When I was 12 I earned my music merit badge playing Trust and Obey on my trumpet. When I was 14 and became an Eagle Scout I had it sung at my Eagle Scout ceremony(by Randy Ebersole). I loved that song.

When Shelly & I were planning our wedding, we both wanted to have our favorite hymn sang as part of our wedding. When I inquired what hymn she wanted sang she said "Trust and Obey" her favorite hymn.

So I thank Grandma Smith for her Trust And Obedience in God through her song and her everyday life. She was a great role model for me growing up. She hid truth in my heart through song.

So as I diet and meet challenges and stress on my path I think about this song my grandma and and hummed as she worked. These words have long been hidden in my heart and I doubt I will ever forget them or the beautiful lady that sang them to me.

Here is the song:





1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we'll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.


[2010-05-07]
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