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A Song In My Heart

I have just spent a week speaking at a family camp in Virginia. The setting was beautiful and we stayed in houses up and down the mountain. Each day there is a speaker in the morning and evening. In the middle of the morning we have a creative time and get to choose between art, writing, journaling, drama, and music. I love to sing and I love to listen to music but I decided my last choice would be music because I can’t write music or play an instrument. Just as I was headed towards journaling the Lord spoke to my heart that he wanted me to go to music. I headed that way, telling myself it was only an hour and how bad could it be. We were given a few instructions, handed paper and pens, and then it was me and Jesus. Right away God gave me a medley of songs (that I love) about my life. The events in my life came forth, and then a song for each one. I was amazed. I realized that when we follow God’s direction rather than our own, He always follows through. I also realized that even though I am not a musician or a song writer, I can carry music in my heart and it can relate to all the things around us. Now at night when I awake and suddenly feel sad, afraid or worried; I have my IPod with earphones and I turn it on, push shuffle the songs, and allow God to choose what I will hear. Each time I am aware of how much God loves, creates, and uses music in our lives. Below is my medley of songs as well as the time in my life they are associated with for your enjoyment.


  • “Jesus loves the little children” – childhood
  • “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound” – when I struggled with drug addiction
  • “You are my strength when I am weak; you are the treasure that I seek” – when my handicapped daughter Shelly was born
  • “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying. Jesus is merciful; Jesus will save” – when Jimmy and I began the home for girls
  • “I need thee every hour, every hour I need thee. Oh bless me now my Savior; I come to thee” – when handling financial difficulties in the ministry
  • “Jesus, Jesus, how I love you; how I proved you over and over” – when speaking or praying for people
  • “Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful; may the fire of our devotion light their way. May the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe” – when Jimmy was sick
  • “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus; we’ll sing and shout the victory!” – Jimmy’s homecoming
  • “Roses will bloom again, just wait and see. Don’t mourn what might have been; only God knows how and when roses will bloom again” – as I deal with sorrow
  • And my current song –  “I love you Lord and I lift my voice, to worship you oh my soul rejoice! Take joy my King in what you hear; may it be a sweet sweet sound in your ear!”




Anne Pierson is the Director of Ministry Services for Loving and Caring, Inc., a national ministry whose mission is to provide resources, training, and encouragement to life-affirming people and organizations.

2 Responses

  1. Mary McLaurin says:

    Hi Anne,
    I never cease to be amazed at how you allow Jesus to work in and through your life!! Your word today was exactly what I needed to hear. The timing could not have been any more perfect!
    I think of you often and have been wondering how you are doing. If you come to North Carolina we could have a wonderful time to catch up!!! Or maybe Amy Mangum and I need to plan a trip to Pennsylvania!!!
    I really appreciate you and honor what Jesus is doing in your life. Thank you so much for all the things that you have imparted to me and so many others over the years!!
    Love and blessings, Mary

  2. shelly says:

    Hi Mom
    I love to read your blog
    and I love you
    Good job


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