Hymns II: Day 2

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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Today's Text: Luke 12:4-7, Matthew 6:25-34; Psalm 91:1-16, John 14:1-4

Text: Luke 12:4-7, Matthew 6:25-34; Psalm 91:1-16, John 14:1-4

We have a photo of my family from a few years ago, on the day my dad came home from a long hospital stay. He sits wearily but happily in his recliner, wearing a plaid flannel shirt and an oxygen tube, and the group of us is gathered, standing, around him. It’s one of my favorites.

We’re all smiling in that picture—each and every one of us. It was a happy day for our family, though “happy” is not exactly the word I’d use to describe that time in our lives. It was a hard season—harder than I care to remember most of the time. We were terrified, facing death together for the first time in such an intimate way. Making it from one day to the next was an overwhelming chore. Even so, the season was somehow undergirded with a steady, pulsing joy. The word “supernatural” doesn’t often escape my lips, but that’s only the way I know to describe the peace that covered us. It was peace that passes understanding.

I love Civilla Martin’s hymn, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” because it so beautifully embodies this mysterious juxtaposition of circumstance and joy. The words of the refrain are so enthusiastic and certain! “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free! His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” But the melody is somber, almost haunting.

The lyrics speak truth—our lives are in God’s careful, constant care.
The melody sings reality—life can be oh so hard.

This collision of condition and joy is what inspired Mrs. Martin to write the hymn in the first place. She and her husband were traveling in New York in the early 1900’s, when they befriended a couple named the Doolittles. Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nearly 20 years, and her husband was wheelchair bound. Still, their disposition was bright and hopeful, enough that the Martins asked them the simple question: Why are you so happy? Mrs. Doolittle’s reply became the heart of the soon-to-be refrain: “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”*

I just paused my writing to look up the word “happy” in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster defines it as “feeling pleasure and enjoyment because of your life, situation, etc.”

I don’t know about you, but belting out “I siiiiing becaaaaause I feel pleasure about my situation!” just doesn’t ring true. If I look at my tangible circumstances—my struggles, my uncertainties, all the ways I feel I’m failing at all the things—happiness hardly seems to fit. But if I look to Jesus—to the promises of His Word and the glory of His cross—a holy joy begins to hum underneath the sound of earthly sorrow.

When I turn my ear away from temporary troubles—real and painful though they are—and turn toward the Savior, I can hear the sure and steady song of redemption.

It’s the song my family heard that day as we gathered around my dad, laughing at our lack of camera-timer savvy. It’s the song the Doolittles sang as they chose joy in a life most of us would pity. It’s the song that has played from the beginning of the Gospel Story, when God made a covenant with His children to carry them close and bring them Home.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
- Psalm 91:14-16, NIV

*source: cyberhymnal.org

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HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW
by Civilla D. Martin, 1905

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain
I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Refrain

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  • Joy Schmidt

    I’m not sure if I can describe what this means to me today. I just read this to my father, who just came home from the hospital. He has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was scheduled for a major surgery, but when they started the operation, they saw that the cancer has already spread to nearby organs and it is no longer operable. The surgeon had to close him up & tell him he could start chemo when he recovered from the foot-long incision in his abdomen. They cautioned us that chemo will only give us more time, but not a cure. We are going through a roller-coaster of emotions – mainly between numb/sad/mad. We are doing our best to be optimistic and are now considering other natural & holistic solutions as well. As I was sitting here, 1-1 with my father, and we read this, we couldn’t believe the similarity in her story. No doubt that this was a hand-selected passage from God for us today. Thank you, Jesus!

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying for you and your father, Joy. So sorry to hear this news. Asking the Lord to bring your family comfort and peace in this difficult time. So grateful for you.

      – Stormye

  • Rachel Stein

    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thank you Jesus!

  • A beautiful reminder of the ultimate care of God for his creation and his love for each one of us thank you Lord.

  • Help me to have joy through the trials Lord!!

  • This is exactly what I needed. Eternal, hopeful joy amidst my deep, earthly sorrow; a reminder we have that gift regardless of our human circumstances.

  • Beautiful. I have recently struggled with a deep loss of hope. Things have begun to look up, but I still tend to feel worried. This is a beautiful reminder, and I love the story behind the hymn. I can relate. Glorious.

  • His eye is on the sparrow❤️

  • Brittany

    Lord help me to keep my focus on you. Help me to cast aside my worries about my earthly situation while keeping my eyes and heart fixed on my eternal situation. That is where I can find my joy.

  • I took a trip to Cambodia recently and saw bird sellers on the side of the road. They would sell little sparrows to people, who would whisper things to the birds and set them free, as part of the Buddhist culture of setting things in your own life free. But I was told by a Christian friend that the sparrows would just return back to the cages later, because that is where they knew they would be fed. And it just made me realize that yes, we are sparrows, but where is it I go to get fed? Do I risk going back to my comfortable routine, even though I find myself in a cage each time? Or do I trust my Maker enough to let Him provide not just food but freedom?

    • Emily McDonald

      Wow…… This is just so beautifully penned!

    • Kaley

      Thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful look at where we should be going to get filled and renewed – to Him, always to Him!
      Aja

    • Rachel

      So interesting! And a perfect example of our human nature. I choose to be free and be fed by God today!

  • Abigail

    What a beautiful hymnal lyrics!
    Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [Ps. 55:22.]
    1 Peter 5:7 AMP
    http://bible.com/8/1pe.5.7.AMP

    • Phylicia

      Thank you for sharing these additional texts! What a blessing to find more of His encouraging word.

    • Phylicia

      Reading those additional texts reminded me of the Cares Chorus by Kelly Willard: “I cast all my cares upon You, I lay all of my burdens down at your feet, And anytime I don’t know what to do
      I will cast all my cares upon You”

      • Kovalentine

        Love that from Psalty! I still sing that little song when my cares start getting heavy.

  • Marlena

    So enjoyed that I do sing because I’m happy & free amen!!

  • EBarker

    This reading today spoke my hearts current language. Fear, doubt, and a troubled heart plague me as I homeschool my two daughters. Although I feel called to do it, and I wouldn’t want it any other way, it’s not easy. My homeschooling mentor once told me, “one thing to make an already insecure mom (cause most of us are) even more insecure, is to homeschool.” I didn’t know exactly how true that statement would be until I began this journey. But now I realize that such a calling, such a challenging task will indeed highlight natural insecurities, anxieties, and doubts, when the task is pursued in my own strength. I know now that God alone will equip me with everything I need. My security should remain in Him alone. He watches the sparrow and He watches me.

  • Consider the lilies is another song that comes to mind when I read these verses!!

  • One of my favorite set of verses, beautiful.

  • Does anyone else remember singing ‘Seek Ye First’ in the 70’s?

    • Traci

      I sang it in church in the 80s and 90s, but yes, I remember. Great song and easy for kids to learn!

  • Every piece of scripture was exactly how I feel! I am amazed at how personal and losing my God is :)

  • Only God!!! It is a peace that passes all understanding even when our circumstances don’t scream happy! As I read these verses this morning I am sitting at the bedside of my 11yo daughter who had brain surgery 3 weeks ago and is now hospitalized again for complications and meningitis….yet our family has joy. We took a family picture last night with our sweet angel mid picture in her dashing green hospital gown, tubes and monitors, tears on our checks yet joy in our hearts! Only God!!! In this season of profound it is only fitting that God would speak these words to our hearts this very morning!!

  • Glorymoon

    What an amazing place to be? To be in the line of sight of He who is so great. To know that he is watching over me. That I have no worries. If I could give you my sense of peace and safety for all the world to see I would. But I can’t.
    I lost my job 2.5 weeks ago. In the moment it ended there was such a relief. It’s just crazy. I have yet to be worried yet to wonder yet to be scared. I woke one night with such fear because I wasn’t worried. I thought there was something wrong with me. So I delved into my bible and my devotions. The weight of that burdened being lifted was so unimaginable I can’t describe it. And now every day since I’ve stayed in His word. And he has made it clear he’s going to take care of me and my children. There are short term and long term goals in place. Plans lined out ready and waiting for God my Father to say go. Til then I sit and I wait. And I do not worry. I do not worry because his eye is on me.

  • I have always loved these verses! They remind me not to worry about the future and not to question “what’s next” for I know that question is always answered for me by out God

  • Just what I needed today. Know he watches over me, over each of us gives great comfort in times of sorrow

  • Day by day

  • Just what I needed… Thank you Lord!

  • LeeAnn G Taylor

    This was God’s love letter to me today. Thank you!

  • I love this hymn because even in our troubles we don’t have to be alone because God is there watching over us and lifting us up. When we first seek the kingdom of God he takes care of us. I’m so thankful for a savior like ours.

  • Pam Steele

    Great devotional! Now to go look the song up on YouTube.

  • His eye is on the sparrow and he watches over me.

    What a comfort

  • Alexandra Jones

    Hey friends! I’m new to She Reads Truth and I’m really loving it so far. Today’s read has been something I’ve heard a lot this summer, I think we can bring in the passage in James that says we should go so far as to “count our trials as joy”. This isn’t possible when living of the world but thank God that he helps us do that. I haven’t thought about this hymn in a long time… It really is a comforting reminder!

  • Staying and living the present well. Should make for happy memories and hopeful future. Easy to say hard to do.

  • Michelle Greenman

    Matthew 6:34 reminds me to focus on today and not tomorrow. For me that means not procrastinating. Focusing my attention and effort on what is in front of me now. Instead of projecting my fears and doubts into what could happen later. This is powerful!

  • Does anyone else remember those beautiful ladies’ voices in Sister Act where they sang a snippet of this song? I have always loved that. My home church never rotated this hymn into the regulars, but I always recognized it because of that movie. :)

  • Candace and Ganell…profound thanks.

  • Praying for you Amanda and know his eye is on the sparrow and he watches over you. This is my favorite song and I sing it often. Especially when times are difficult!

  • aurorasgirl♡

    lovely lady ♡

  • Jenniwrengirl

    Love it love the picture also beautiful song beatific devotion

  • Emily McCarty

    Ladies, I’ve been reading through the comments and it is so encouraging to see how sincere and genuine you are in lifting up prayers for one another. God truly uses these devotionals in an amazing way!

  • As I read this today, deep pain burdens my soul. I feel hope slipping away. My father left the faith years ago. I have prayed for years for his salvation, for redemption. He has recently left our family and is moving towards divorce. He isolates himself from us, will not meet us, is not repentant yet wallows in self-loathing. My family is reeling and I see no evidence of Gods hand in my father’s life. And yet I hope and trust in the goodness and mercy of a sovereign God. He alone can do it.

    • Candace Cox

      Praying for you Amanda. Trust in God. Keep your eyes upon the sparrow.

  • Courtney

    So comforting and peaceful

  • In Christ I'm Found

    My favorite hymn. Reminds me of Gods love and comforts my spirit.

  • Often I feel like I need to figure it all out, but He’s got me in His sight and will never leave me. What a beautiful reminder today!

  • So needed this today

  • Amanda Saccuzzo

    So many times I try to “figure things out by myself”. I think if I can just learn how to handle things Better that I will some how find peace. After reading this, I know this is not the answer! I know the answer always lies within our Lord. Always. No one else can give me peace but him!!!!

  • I needed to read this in this season of my life

  • Great story. Very inspiring.

  • Yes!! He sees. Sometimes as a mom I feel as if He doesn’t see – but He does!

  • praise God!!!!

  • So great to know He is always there for me and that I am truly only happy in Him!!! During the day I get so caught up with my busy life and forget to realize I don’t need to stress… Bc like this said, his eyes are on the sparrow so I know he watches me!! Truly amazing

  • Brandy Strong

    I definitely needed the reminder. I have never been nor will I ever be abandoned by God!

  • Passionsmosaic

    Such a beautiful consolation that no matter where we are- mountain top or valley low- our God has eyes on us and is always present in our circumstance. At times we may feel He’s not there but He has already declared that he’ll never leave us or forsake us!!!!

  • Kelly Peace

    What a beautiful devotional. The highs and lows of life are so hard. But knowing that God is watching over me is incredible. I also love the verse from Matthew that talks about worry. We know it’s wasted energy intuitively, but to see it in scripture is so powerful. Give it up to God!

  • Kate McQueeney

    I am so glad you used that phrase’chose joy’ it is often a hard choice but keeping our hearts minds and eyes on Jesus makes it possible. Thank you

  • What a gift – that he knows ME so well. I am thankful today…for so many things. Mostly, his patience.

  • connectMe2Mari

    Wonderful testimony Brianne. Thanks for sharing. The Lord can truely give us joy that surpasses all understanding. All the glory to You Abba

  • I remember a time where I felt God’s overwhelming peace: I was 16 and my mother had just miscarried for a second time. After the first miscarriage my world had been shattered and I was broken and angry for years afterwards. But, instead of being angry with God the second time, I turned to Him. And in the middle of the night, as I sat down with my Bible, God’s presence was so tangible and real I almost felt as if I could touch Him. As I was reading, this song came to mind.

    Jesus loves me this I know,
    For the Bible tells me so,
    Little ones to Him belong,
    They are weak but He is strong.

    His eye was on me that night. His love was real and evident. When I was broken and afraid, He made me whole. I am always astounded by His love and mercy to us.

  • Annelies

    The sparrow song sounds amazing I’m going to look it up right now

  • Annelies

    Many times I felt I was not good enough for God to even look at me but this study really help me out.

  • This is a really great reminder for my heart today!

  • Mary Beth

    I have gotten so caught up in this world, its anxiousness and cares. And, then there’s Jesus that offers His peace saying, “Do not worry,” “Fear not, you are of more value than many sparrows,” and “I go and prepare a place for you.” Thank you Jesus for loving me, for loving us so much. Help us to do the counter-cultural thing: seeking You. Give us your joy and let us live in your peace–because this world needs it.

  • Kayleebriann

    this song describes everything we felt when my papaw was suppose to go home from the hospital the next morning but went home, to his heavenly home in heaven that night while we were in church. It was hard to handle and it still is a struggle. But I can find peace as an 18 year old that His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me. ♡

  • Heidijoyhope

    Love love!!

  • Holy smokes. This one got me good. Thank you Jesus for this truth.

  • Love this study!

  • SHAMEKAMICHELLE

    To know God is watching gives me peace alone. I know God will take of my needs; He had done it so many times before. I know I’m here because of God and God alone. When I read this devotional I could hear Psalm 37:25 in my heart; “I’ve been young and I’ve been old; never have I seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” God is always faithful!

  • Just when you start wondering if God sees your pain or is listening to your prayers, he blasts you with a daily devotional like this one! I’m overwhelmed with a feeling of love and comfort. He does watch over me! He knows my heart and I will praise him and be HAPPY!

  • My niece sang this song so beautifully at my dad’s funeral, a year ago. He was a minister for 45 years, and this song was so appropriate for this time. He had faced many trials and seen much sadness, ministering to the broken hearted, but he always had words of encouragement to give. He was a happy man, and he’s missed terribly, as I feel he was taken too soon. But I would never ask God to send him back, because I know he’s where he has always dreamed of being. Thank you for this devotion today. My cup runneth over.

  • The Audrey Assad version “Sparrow” is one of my favorites. There is so much joy in this hymn.

  • It’s just want I need to hear thankz lord !! Praying for your family!!

  • more more more!! I love these plans

  • I really needed this today because my father who is diagnosed with cancer is in and out the hospital, but despite that I still have this overwhelming peace that everything will be okay, as the word says, we are worth way more than the sparrow, for all the hair on our hair are counted

    • Katie

      Praying for your Father and your family! The Lord will provide strength and peace.

  • Marianne

    Can’t stop listening to this song. Love the version by Selah

  • Kristina

    So awesome. Brings tears to my eyes,as usual.

  • Laura Victoria

    Such a tender and encouraging thought that He concerns Himself with me. I need not worry. For just as He sees the sparrow so too He watches over me.

  • Yes yes. I needed this so much.

  • Oh that I wouldn't need to be reminded of this each moment of each day, but live it as simple truth, fully trusting in His care

  • Makes me think of Colossians 3:2 from day 1…when we set our minds on things above, and not on earthly things it seems that everything of this world fades away and we are able to live in His complete freedom and live this life more abundantly. Have a blessed day, sisters!! :)

  • This devotional really comforted me in knowing that God watches over me. I listened to this hymn on YouTube and to say the hymn was a blessing is an understatement! I will be singing this the rest of the day!

  • Thank you Mr & Mrs Doolittle for your faithful & joyful hearts! I too, love this hymn but did not know the inspiration behind it. What a testimony that years later is still influencing many; Amazing how The Lord took an impression made on one, Martin, and continues to use it to encourage and bless so many! What a heritage! Oh that I may hold on to the Joy of The Lord even in my solitude that it may become an undeniable testimony!

  • God spoke to me today through this devotional…feeling humbled and overwhelmed with comfort.

  • Much appreciated! I needed to read this and have a friend that I hope will read it too. She is dealing with something that seems insurmountable and the reminder that GOD is with her through it and is able to give her this happiness will hopefully be an encouragement. Also, if any of you think of it, pray for her and her family. Thank you!

    • Bri

      I have a friend I hope will read this too! She is going through the hardest time in her life. I will pray for your friend :)

  • Darcy Lynne

    In awe of and grateful for the timing of this post. As I shut off the light to go to bed, I was filled with worry about an upcoming surgery (not a serious one) and the financial stress that comes as a result. This is a hard thing to give to the Lord, as money so often feels like an issue I am solely responsible for. I worry if this surgery is *really* necessary, if I was wise to choose my current job, if I’m being a good steward of my money… so. much. worry. It’s such a good reminder that the Lord sees each and every need, knows my situation inside and out, and He isn’t worried. It may be a difficult period of time, with trying circumstances… but I can be joyful because of what He has already provided, in so many areas, far beyond what I could ask or imagine. In EVERY circumstance, He is good.

    • Onfaith

      Your post makes me think to Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today." – The trouble of worry. It is such a consumable force. I know we all fall to it on occasion, but I will lift you up in prayer that God eases your concern and reveals a peace to you that allows you to shake off the anxieties over it all. I'll also be prayerful over your surgery and the impending financial concerns. I know God wants bigger things for all of us.

      Lord, thank you for allowing us to know without doubt that you provide, that you will always be there, that you won't leave us in our places of worry. Thank you for your infinite mercies and your care and keeping of us Lord. Please provide a peace for Darcy Lynne that will give her rest. One that can clearly only come through your hands Lord. Ensure that the bills be met and even lessened Lord, and allow quick healing for Darcy. Help her to know that your glory will be revealed through this. In addition to all she is immediately facing Lord, provide release in the areas she feels alone or solely responsible. Give her a feeling of together through you and with you Lord….help her to feel you with her and lead her in this closer to you. In Jesus name – Amen.

  • I just came from a fundraising meeting from my children’s school ( a small private Christian school)
    We depend heavily on donations and fundraising to keep our school running
    So often we stress on the numbers and or lack thereof but this just the quiet trust to
    Keep on! What an amazing God we serve! He has always supplied each and every dollar we have needed! Seek first the kingdom and then all these things will be added unto you!! What a great reminder!! The hairs of our head are numbered!

  • This post resonated with me deeply. I lost my fiancé 3 months ago, sudden death at age 23. It is hard for me to find happiness in my current situation. But I can obtain joy, aside from my current circumstance, from Jesus, just by knowing he’s watching me like the sparrow in this hymn.

    • tina

      Spencer, I am so sorry for your loss…
      As one of our sister's, Candacejo said earlier,..His.is eye on the sparrow, His promise to never leave us or forsake us but to pick us up and carry us if necessary…all are true and we might not realize how near He is until we need Him so desperately. …xxx I pray this for you right now… wherever you are at, whatever you are doing, however you are feeling, God arms are open, run to Him, and just feel his closeness and the peace…that comes with His amazing love for you….holding you up in prayer..Spencer…God be with you…Love Tina…xx

      T

    • allie

      I will be praying for you too.

  • Kaitlin Figaro

    Hi sisters! This could not have been a more encouraging post to read tonight! My best friend’s four month old niece is having open heart surgery tomorrow. Obviously, that is very stressful, but the response to this little girls struggle has been nothing short of incredible. Her family, her community and many, many strangers have just rallied alongside this baby, lifting her up! Will you join me in praying for Avery tomorrow? Nothing is impossible with God and I know His eyes are on Avery and her family!

    • tina

      Will do Kaitlin….holding little Avery up in prayer, that the surgeons and all I evolved will be guided by God Himself, that their hands, would be led by Him…also praying for Avery s parents to know the peace of God through the waiting and to take hold of God's hand, and know He is with them and for sure His eye is on each and every one of them…bless you Kaitlin…and thank you for giving as the opportunity to join together in prayer for Avery…Thank you xxx

  • Antimony

    What a neat thought: “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him”. Just the thought that He would listen. And hear. And answer. And be with. And deliver. That’s a lot.

  • Caroline

    God has blessed me so much! I am an unemployed single mom in desperate need of a car. I know that God always comes through. I have been blessed and was given a 1996 Cadillac that runs beautifully. He knows our needs and will give them to us. My daughter and I were on the news. It is truly a gift thanks to God!!
    http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/clip/11042512/canton-woman-with-special-needs-daughter-gets-new-car

  • LaurenC_

    This hymn heals my weary spirit and brings more peace than probably any other. Immediately I am flooded with warm, loving, and comforting memories of my beloved grandmother. She meant everything to me when I was growing up and she loved this hymn. I can vividly remember sitting beside her in the pew of her Southern Baptist church and watching her cook and bake in her tiny kitchen. She would hum and softly sing the refrain and a peace would come over her, and then me as I watched and listened. She would become quiet and introspective, but sang the hymn with such confidence in her low voice. I was too young to understand the juxtaposition between circumstance and joy that she knew all too well, and of which Amanda wrote so beautifully. I just knew that Grandma knew a certainty that I couldn’t fathom in my shy, naive, awkward childhood. But when I was with her, and she sang this hymn and others, I knew that I would always be loved by her and, I hoped, also by God even though I really didn’t know what that meant. Many years and many painful seasons of life have passed and I now also know the juxtaposition between circumstance and joy. Between heartache and healing. I know that God loves me and I’m still trying to know what that means. But I know that my Lord and Savior watches me. The words of this hymn assure me of it. Thank you Lord, thank you.

  • I did not know the story of this incredible hymn. I’m so glad I do now, it makes it even more powerful.

  • Monique Brown

    Definitely needed this reminder today…

  • I need this reminder in my life today. It is true that life can be oh so hard. But God is oh so good and he watches over us in all circumstances.

  • Darci Steiner

    This was really encouraging to read today. So blessed to serve such an amazing God.

  • Hallelujah!!

  • BelovedExistance

    The journey I’m currently on can either be looked as a unfortunate circumstances or a blessing in disguise. After reading this devotional, it made me appreciate my difficult circumstances or storm I’m in right now, knowing that God my creator, King of kings, is currently with me and walking with me that I may be used as a vessel of His glory and loving goodness in my life.

  • Leslie Ashe

    Amen. Spoke to my heart today.

  • thisgalsjourney

    This is so fitting as we walk the journey of grief after the passing of my father in law last month, and some uncertain health questions about me. He is watching over me.

    • shereadstruth

      He truly is watching, friend. Praying for you now. Asking that He would make His peace known today. Love to you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

      • LaurenC_

        Praying for you. Be gentle with yourself in your journey of grief and the uncertainty you have right now. God is certain and He is holding you carefully.

    • tina

      Thisgalsjourney, praying for you…sister, His eye is on you and yours…Amen…big hug and love…xx

    • LaurenC_

      Praying for you. Be gentle with yourself in your journey of grief and the uncertainty you have right now. God is certain and He is holding you carefully.

  • Audrey Assad sings this hymn and it’s beautiful. Another song I’m thinking about is ” deliver me”. By Audrey, I’ve been sing this over my life as I know he wants to deliver us from all kinds of things. Hope you hear this beautiful song too!

  • Truth :)

  • Oh, I almost forgot – I like this version of the song, too. It's a more upbeat tune, but the same words. So beautiful. http://open.spotify.com/track/2xKUMfwTpyi7bbXsO1N

  • I am SO GLAD that you picked this! I discovered this hymn only recently, and it has spoken so deeply to me. I've always been attached to that story in Matthew. In my senior year of college, I was having a really, really hard time. Like, excruciating. That year, my roommates and I lived in a 100 year old house just off campus. My bedroom was actually just the front parlor that they'd added a door to and called a bedroom, so it also had a door that opened to the front sun porch. In the mornings, I'd get up and grab a cup of coffee and a Bible and sit on the couch out there to pray. Usually I'd just end up weeping.

    The porch, on one side, was covered in an overgrown rose bush. The local birds had taken to making this bush their home, so there were always dozens of them flapping around. I took to watching them while I prayed, and eventually connected this verse to their presence. It was as if God was saying to me, "I see them. And I see you, too. Don't forget! They have all they need, and they're a dime a dozen. Aren't you priceless? Trust me, darling."

    This song says it all. "His on is eye on the sparrow, and I know He's watching me!"

  • Page CXVI sings a song called "Joy." Your description that the hymn– "beautifully embodies this mysterious juxtaposition of circumstance and joy" is tied up in this song as well.
    Thanks for the reminder to seek Him for our true joy despite our circumstances because He is watching all.

  • Matthew 6:27 is etched on my eyeballs (figuratively speaking), so that when I look out throught them this is what I constantly see "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? Just being etched on my heart wasn't enough–I had to see this one (kind of a Thomas moment).

    What a priceless, timeless hymn to sing from the rooftops!

  • MamaClarke03

    Sweet memories of my grandmother singing this song many times when facing terminal cancer. She had such a beautiful voice and shown with the love of Jesus.
    The timing of this is perfect today after staying up half the night with my three little ones and worrying about all that could go wrong while my husband is away at a minister’s conference. I had just been sharing last week with my oldest son that God sees the sparrows and see him, too. Thank you, Lord, for reminding me of this truth I was so quick to forget.

  • Love love love this!! Remembering this is great. I’m in the blizzard right now and am not letting the situations of my life keep me down, but I am choosing to look at and trust that jesus is watching me

  • I would love if the graphic that goes with this devo was available for a lockscreen!

  • Today’s reading was so sweet to my soul. This was the song my grandfather always sang in the mornings as he puttered around making his famous apple pancakes :) his faith was a cornerstone for our family and I’m so thankful for the legacy he left. Amanda’s devotional was such a beautiful reminder of God’s constant careful care in our lives!

  • We’ve had a rough six months also, and it’s hard to remember that God knows and is doing what’s best. Good reminder!

    • Beth Warner

      I know how you feel! And yes, it’s a very good reminder.

  • I posted above about having only £8 to feed my family this week.

    I’m still crying, but I am so grateful for your prayers – and God has heard them, because I went to the bank today to see if there was anything they could (thinking in terms of a loan), and as I started to cry (which was so humiliating), the teller took me to the bank manager’s office, where I explained the situation as best as I could with my daughter climbing on me while I was still crying and trying not to, and worrying about how I would pay off another loan, and the manager opened my account and refunded two old overdraft fees, giving me back nearly £70 from months ago, and that is more than enough. I am so thankful, so, so thankful.

    Thank you all.

    • Emily

      WOW! Amazing. So glad you have enough this week. Praying the tough times end for you.

    • Onfaith

      LOVE this! God is never failing in His covering of us. I love how He uses people to fulfill His will and love. He knows your heart and loves you so greatly! This makes me so happy to read. Awesome! ~ B

    • Beth Warner

      Oh that’s wonderful!! God is so good!!

    • April

      Lauren – thank you so much for coming back to share with all of us how He provided! So totally like our God, beyond our every imagination!! Even though I didn't stop & write out a prayer, I've been distracted as I read more comments because I was praying for you. This kind of interaction makes this Bible Study feel small even though we are spread throughout the whole earth (I don't know where you are, but because of how you wrote the money amount I know we aren't in the same country :-) – I'm in Alaska). Amazing!
      His eye is on the sparrow. I sing because I'm happy.

    • Kendall_S

      1 Tim 1: 17
      Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God
      Be Honor and Glory Forever and ever!

      Praise Him!!!!

      thank you so much for posting an update. hugs to you lauren. i will continue to pray for you.

  • One of my favourite songs/hymns/tunes!!!

  • As a child I was always getting distracted by things we would pass as we walked through a store. I remember that momentary feeling of panic when I would look up and realize that my mom had started going around to the next aisle without me. I’m sure she knew exactly where I was, but for that split second she wasn’t watching me. I couldn’t see her. And that was scary.
    I’m so thankful that we NEVER have to worry about moments like that with our Father. There is no place we can go that He isn’t there. There’s no feeling we can feel that he doesn’t know about. The world says we have to be more, do more. Jesus says “you are worth more” and “you are of more value.”
    Hallelujah!!!!

  • I, too, was hoping this particular hymn would be part of this devotion. This vehicle you all with SRT drive is such an incredible blessing. Thank you Jesus for providing joy, strength and peace over and over again here. Blessings to all!

    • shereadstruth

      Carrie, it's such a joy to have you in our community! Grace and peace to you today!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • It’s hard to grasp that Jesus loves us and cares for us just as every sparrow is taken care of. We can choose to be happy about our day’s circumstances today or we can grumble and worry but Jesus wants us to choose joy!!

  • This hit me square between the eyes this morning. He is watching me…..he is watching my kiddos and my hubby…..I know this and have peace even in the midst of all that is happening. It has been a rough 6 months, but He has a plan and will carry us thru this storm…..

    Blessings to you all SRT sisters this Tuesday <3
    Heather

  • Beth Warner

    So nice and comforting to know his eye is on the sparrow, but he still watches over us, and loves us so much more. Praise God!! Thank you!

    • Onfaith

      I am still prayerful over you Beth. Hoping you have a better week this week and feel God with you! ~ B

      • Beth Warner

        Thank you dear, getting more every each day. God bless you sweet woman.

        • Onfaith

          God bless you Beth! I am still amazed at your selflessness in your words, your comments, your love of the women here. In addition to your love of the Lord. You are light Beth. I will remain prayerful over you, your family, your health. God is with you sister! ~ B

    • tina

      Beth thinking and holding you up in prayer, I pray you are getting stronger, with each new day, and that you know without a shadow of doubt that God is watching over you, His special and Beloved daughter…sending a hug..and love dear sister….xxx

  • This could not have come at a better time. I just went back to work after a sweet, but all too short, maternity leave with our third child. The stomach flu hit our house. We are making a last minute daycare change. There are just lots of things in my tangible circumstances that are causing me worry. This morning on the way to work I simply unloaded all of those worries onto God. I gave them all to Him. And then I turned on my computer and read this devotion.

    He is my portion. His yoke is easy. And He cares so much about me. There is so much peace in just coming to the realization that God is there, no matter what is going on.

    Ironically enough, in church this past weekend, my son put stickers of clothing on a picture of a flower because they were learning about how if God takes care of the flowers how much more He would take care of us. What a wonderful, visual reminder.

  • Thank you for this. My husband is a police officer and I have been struggling with all the violence toward them lately. This passage reminded me that the Lord knows the number of hairs on his head and has prepared a place for us. Thank you for presenting the Lords truth!

    • Valanne

      Chelsea–Praying you can daily rest in this truth. Asking for the Lord's kindness and protection on your husband as his does this noble job.

  • Programmable

    This truth is so timely. Our family has experienced a year filled with devastating diagnoses, injury and loss. There are times when my prayers are limited to "Why God? I don't understand." Yet through it all I have known peace. As my daughter dealt with breast cancer I experienced the miracle of God's peace that is truly incomprehensible to others and even to me. We are traveling through another diagnosis of breast cancer- my niece who is a young mom facing this for the second time. Faith and trust in God is all there is. Thank God that he watches over us. There is peace in knowing Him and rest as he carries us through the storm.

    • Beth Warner

      My prayers are with you sister. Oh how I know that feeling of “what?”really? But I also know the feeling of his peace, there’s nothing like it. Lord please wrap your arms around this family, continue to comfort them with your peace. Keep them fixed on you.

    • MNmomma

      prayers lifted for you and your family….

  • Kimmie47

    Beautiful song and scripture today. Psalm 91 is one of my family's favorites. As we laid my Grandfather to rest this past June, this passage of scripture was read. When he was living, he referred to it as his "insurance policy." So thankful to have a refuge from all things in Christ Jesus. Be blessed sisters!

  • This song – this devotional – so powerful. Praying for the struggles of my SRT sisters – and thanking the Lord that His eye is on each of them.

  • I am so thankful to read this this morning. I have been so stressed out lately with many things that are upcoming for my daughter but this reminded me that His eye is on the sparrow. Thank you.

  • This helped remind me that I am enough. The lord is watching and helping us through our daily troubles and yet as we stumble and fall, we are always in His sight and enough!

  • Love this one! Just came across it not too long ago and was like- where have u been all my life? I love the newsboys version, wakes me up and such a happy tune. I play it over and over sometimes.

  • Kendall_S

    Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
    His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

    love this hymn….

  • This Hymn.

    I grew up with an older set of grandparents. Especially my maternal grandparents. They were unique in that they didn't have my mother until they were in their 40s and back in the day that was very different. My grandmother was always a woman ahead of her time, born in 1900, grew up on a farm in Kansas before moving to Pennsylvania and determined to graduate college, live on her own, teach and see what God had in store for her. She never allowed herself to be sidelined by earthly things. At least I didn't see it that way. She was an inspiration and I truly wish I would have appreciated her more when she was living. All of those wonderful achievements and examples paled however, in comparison to the biggest thing I recall about her…..her faith. It was something that she eeked. It just was such a part of her, it was in how she spoke, what she did, her very make up. Ongoingly, in my life there was a ton of change, we were always moving, and the summers, my sisters and I would spend with her in Pennsylvania, which became more my home than any place. I can remember so vividly, my Mima in her kitchen baking, cooking, canning, adorned in a beautiful apron, the sun peeking through the window and a joy that was uncontainable in her as she would belt out old hymns. I'd sit on the steps and listen. This hymn…..THIS hymn is one I remember hearing. I can't recall ever singing it in church, although I am sure I did, but I remember each word as my grandmother would sway, with a radiant glow, from counter to counter. Nothing else mattered in those moments. It was such a scene and it epitomized her faith. I was too young to know the deep questions I would one day long to ask, the words I wish I would speak or the hugs I wish I could give, but I know I need not worry about it, she is with her maker, the very person she danced with in that kitchen. She isn't worried about a granddaughter that lacked in appreciating her, I don't believe she was then. She knew that His eye was on her, she knew that she was more valuable than the sparrow and hearing that confidence as she uttered those words is something that sticks. It is a gift she didn't know she was bequeathing. That song, those words, they bring a peace that washes over me, it provides memories and love that speaks to how God sees us, how God loves us, how God provides for us. ~ B

    • Missy

      Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing this. Praying that God would continue to keep His eye in me, to continue to transform me into a woman of such joy and faith that my children and grandchildren would see and remember such things in me!

      • Onfaith

        I am praying the same thing Missy. I am truly hopeful that I will leave the same impressions on my children and grandchildren. ~ B

    • tina

      Aren't grand parents something….Ah, B, you write so beautifully about a grandma, that was so loved, they could have been my words about mine, how I miss my grandma so… I also remember grandma singing the old negro spirituals….I have such a passion and a heart for those…but this one, was one of my favourites from Sunday school…
      Happy memories…dear sis…xxx

      • Onfaith

        It's so good to reflect back and draw bits of our lives and the legacies those we've loved have left. I had no idea the things I would glean from my grandmother then. ~ B

    • LaurenC_

      B, your words are so, so beautiful. When I saw this hymn was today’s devotional, memories of my own grandmother flooded me with love and comfort. She, too, loved this hymn. Reading your post, I could also picture my grandma in her kitchen, humming this hymn. Thank you for your beautiful tribute and for giving me a wonderful moment to recall my own memories. Thank you so much.

      • Onfaith

        It never ceases to amaze me the things that connect a people. I wonder what songs or similar memories our generation will leave with our kids and grandkids. Thank you so much for your kind words to me LaurenC_! ~ B

    • allie

      This is a beautiful memory and a wonderful legacy. Thank you for sharing it.

      • Onfaith

        I often find myself rambling as I type, but it's such a great outlet to recall those memories and realize the impact they've made. It truly is a legacy our loved ones who live this way leave. I hope I am as wise in my daily living. ~ B

    • Niki Z

      This brought tears to my eyes. I too have fond memories of my grandmother. I've always been closer to her than my mother and spent a lot of my childhood in her care, as my mother was a single working mom. I often refer to my grandma as the sun to our family's solar system. She makes us revolve. My grandma was recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic sarcomatoid renal cancer. It is incurable and as positive and determined as she is to have quantity of life with experimental treatments,etc I see how quickly its taking her away piece by piece. She's been hospitalized for almost 2 weeks now after having a reaction to the treatment. I pray constantly for God to place his healing hands on her and to perform His miracles. I've always appreciated her in my life, but only now do I realize how much.

  • This is such a good reminder. While in my head I know this, it’s hard for my heart to trust this truth. It is also easy to think he watches over everyone but I am overlooked. My spiritual life has significantly been lacking and this devotion will me a lot to meditate on throughout my day! Love that!

  • Today I’m struggling not to give in to eating disorder behaviours. That feeling of emptiness and worthlessness is sucking me dry. And the anxiety is building in me. I’m trying to hold on but I’m flagging. Oh I just wish the Lord would take me home! I’m so tired of the fight. But you oh Lord watch over me. I can trust you. I can hope in you. I’m holding on to your promises.

    • Maggie

      Praying for you!!

    • Brandi

      Father, I lift Jess up to You right now! I'm so thankful Father that You make the dark places full of light! Light up this place in Jess's mind with Your light! Heal her from the inside out! We know You are Able to immeasurably more than we can ever ask or imagine! We know Father that nothing is too hard You! Nothing is impossible for You! I lift this, Your daughter, up to You Father! Fill her with Your strength! I pray Father that You would allow her to see herself through Your eyes today, right now. I pray she will see what a treasure she is! I pray she will feel Your presence in a mighty way today!

    • Deb

      Jess, stay strong in Him, and rest in Him. It is so hard. I know. I will hold you in prayer today.

    • Courtney

      Praying for you! I struggled with an eating disorder for years and can proudly say with God's help I have victory from that. The victory can only come from Jesus…When I was really struggling I wrote a lot of verses about his promises and goodness and how "the king is ENTHRALLED by your beauty" and recited them over and over. The devil knows your weakness and will try to whisper lies to you, yes they are lies. Praying for you sweet sister, there is victory in Jesus.

    • Renee

      Praying for strength, sister. You are SO precious to Him. x

    • shereadstruth

      Jess, praying with you right now. Asking that The Lord would cover you in peace as He watches over you. You are so known, seen and loved. Love to you, sister!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’m having a really hard time trusting this. I have two children and we don’t have enough money for food this week, and I really don’t know what we’ll do. I’ve got £8 to pay for groceries and that has to last a week. I’m trying not to worry about food, but I really don’t know what we’ll do. I can’t breathe.

    • Kendall_S

      Lord,
      You know Lauren. You know her two precious children. You know the situation she is in with providing for her family. Lord, be near to her. Show Yourself to her in a mighty way. Calm her heart and soul. Remind her of who You are. Father, I ask that you not only provide nourishment for Lauren and her children with physical food but with spiritual nourishment as well. You care about each one of them and we are so grateful that You are Jehovah Jirah – the God Who Provides. We love you Lord and praise Your name alone. amen.

    • Heather

      Praying that you and your family experience God’s great provision this week, Lauren. “I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” Psalm 37:25

    • Brandi

      Father, I praise You right now because all things belong to You! You are our great Provider! I pray You would give Lauren a peace and calmness right this second! I pray she would know that You love her and that You are able! I thank You Father because You are never surprised or caught off guard with our requests, our needs, our circumstances! And I thank You because You know our needs before we even ask and You have already answered!

    • Onfaith

      Oh Lauren, this is troubling. God has always prevailed in providing for our family in grave hardships and I know He will for you as well. Lean into the great expectations of Him and He won't fail. I think to Luke 11:11-12 regarding His fathering, I like the Mesage's translation as it pertains to you….. "11 If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? 12 If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider?" You ARE His daughter and He will grant you your needs. I will be praying over you and your sweet children. ~ B

      Lord, I know you are a Father that desires to provide for His children. I know that You provide what we need and You never cease in covering us. With that, I lift up your precious daughter Lauren Lord. She is hurting. I ask that you comfort her and bring peace to her heart this week. That you reveal yourself to her in this hardship and allow her to physically feel your love of her and for her. Bring satisfaction to her immediate need this week, provide nourishment of body and spirit for she and her children as they move through each day. Draw her to you and comfort her, bring security in you and as we've seen in your word oil lasting for days and fish feeding thousands, I ask that you stretch her funds in a way only you can Lord! Thank you that you are keeping watch, that you are more than we could imagine and that your love is so profound you would and have moved mountains to share with us Lord. I ask this in Jesus name! Amen.

    • MNmomma

      Lord Jesus, you are our provider and our strength. Please be with Lauren and her children this week. Provide for them. Comfort them…..surround her with your comforting arms. Amen

    • Emily

      Father, I too, am praying for Lauren. Will you surprise her this week with How you'll provide? God I'd asked that you'd not just provide food of any kind, but REAL food. Good food. Delicious food, the kind that doesn't just fill the belly but somehow makes it's way to the soul, too. Father, will you make her laugh with the way you delight in giving her the good things she needs? Most of all, Dad, will you use this to draw her close to you? We know that you "work all things together for the good of those who love you." I pray that you'd give Lauren the strength to cling to this truth, even when it seems like it is not true.

      And if there's anything we can do, Lauren, let us know! I know we're probably not close enough to you to help you out physically (If you're in Ohio… I am too!) but if I can, I will!

  • I went through a traumatic experience about 4 months ago, and I am still healing. I blamed myself for everything that happened, but have slowly let go of that negative self talk, as I know I am blessed and highly favoured despite the fact that I may fall sometimes. One of the major things I’ve struggled with in the aftermath is sleep. I struggle to get to sleep. I don’t enjoy that moment of rest like I used to; I almost dread it sometimes. I have good days and bad days. When I do struggle to sleep, I constantly repeat to myself ” I will not fear, I will stand still, stay calm, and wait and see what The Lord will do on my behalf.” That calms me down. His eye surely is on the sparrow, and I know he’s watching over me. I get very frustrated sometimes, but I pray that I continue to find peace and comfort in Him.

    • tina

      Zana, I will hold your hand and join you in prayer for God's peace, God's arms around you, throughout your day, and especially at night and when it is bed time…that you are able to fall into a peaceful sleep and wake up refreshed from the Lord's presence….

      Zana, when I was kicking myself, re my incident my son made me write down…IT WAS NOT MY FAULT…on a piece of paper…and to look at it, when I caught myself blaming me for the events that happened…I wonder would that help you…? Just a thought…
      God be with you sis, and yes…He watches over you….
      Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
      When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
      I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
      His eye is on the sparrow, I KNOW HE WATCHES ME!! ♥♥♥
      Xxx

    • shereadstruth

      Zana, praying alongside you, friend! Asking that God would blanket you in peace as you sleep. Have you ever heard the song "Night Song" by Ellie Holcomb? It's one I cling to in restless nights and I pray it would bring hope to you too!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

    • Anna

      Wow u feel like that just came out of my own mouth! And in the same way that song spoke to me!

  • Sister's, on Saturday, I was scammed by some people claiming to be from Microsoft…telling me my computer had been hacked ….needless to say they convinced me that, although they could clean out my computer of all the rubbish they showed me was 'attached'to my computer it would cost me £49 …questioning and reluctantly I asked why I had to give them any money for a service that they should be supplying as Microsoft…"Well ma'am, your special and unique computer no. has been compromised….so you need a new one…' I watched his cursor key move around my screen as I filled out this form that I was to fill out to make the payment, via western union..again I asked the question, Why would a company as big as Microsoft need western union for payment to sort out .y computer..At each turn, I questioned, with each movement of his cursor key on my computer, I asked' . How do I know whether you are not a hacker…as you seem to be doing all the things you tell me a hacker does…' Still I allowed him access because, and I know now foolishly and stupidly I was believing what this person was saying…to cut this very sad and long story short…I have had £350+ taken from my account, and as at today, please God…that was all…a harsh lesson learnt, but why I tell you this…..
    His eye was surely on this sparrow, this computer illiterate sparrow…and although I am out of pocket, and may struggle this month…Having cancelled cards, disconnected the computer, called western union, picked up a file no. For the fraud, phoned the police here to report this crime, give them the western union file no. And they in turn give me a crime no., I was restless, no knowing how far these people had gone…I couldn't sleep, I picked up my bible, just to find peace enough to get to sleep…and there was .God…God spoke to me through the psalms…37: 21-24
    'The wicked borrow and never pay back, but good people are generous with their gifts..
    Those who are blessed by the Lord will possess the land, but those who are cursed by Him will be driven out…
    The Lord guides people in the way they should go, and protects those who please him..
    If they fall, they will not stay down, because the Lord will help them up..' another bible version says, '..they may stumble, but will not fall…'

    His eye was for sure, without a doubt on this foolishly trusting sparrow… I was scammed, but God was watching over me…
    I can surely sing , 1) because the damage could have been worse, 2) because, I am realizing, that I am not alone, how much I am loved through friends, colleagues, who have since left money, on my desk, at the church, " because , how could this happen to such a nice and kind person….' I am overwhelmed., but am so trusting God , who clearly is not letting this sparrow out of his sight…Amen..

    Praying each and every sparrow of a sister, is knowing His Love and Grace, today in whatever your day looks like…Be Blessed….xxx

    • Candacejo

      Oh I am heartbroken at this news too, dear Tina! How cruel and how evil some in this world are! But GOD!!! He will never leave nor forsake you, and you will not go without dearest friend. My God, YOUR GOD, will supply ALL your NEEDS according to HIS RICHES in glory and they are endless! I am praying for restoration this morning, it is possible, and if not restoration in funds that God will send it back to you tenfold some other way. His eye is on you sweet sparrow. ♥♥♥

      • tina

        1Corinthians 4:7-9 came to mind as I read your kind comment…

        '..Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay jars, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not us..we are often troubled, but not crushed, sometimes in doubt, but never in despair, there are many enemies, but never without a friend, and though badly hurt at times…we are NOT destroyed…'
        I am a 'sparrow'…but my Father is God Almighty Himself…and He truly has His eye on us all…Amen..
        Love you sis…x

    • Onfaith

      Ugh Tina! That is such a terrible feeling. The swindling, the violation, the distinct gnawing it leaves behind. I am so thankful God spoke to you in the midst. He never fails in appearing when we need Him. Perhaps the people that have done this will begin to feel a pain as they move through the days, one that gnaws at them and leaves them feeling God in some capacity. I'll actually be praying into that. Have to add, as I read your comment below, I have to wonder, the very wise son that told you to write that down……is he the son whose salvation you await? Clearly, and regardless, you've pruned a wisdom in him and been such an example on how to view things, that he is able to lead you now too! That's beautiful! ~ B

      • tina

        He is….and thank you for your kind words…
        B, I have to say, since this thing….God has continually shown up…in so so many ways.. This sparrow is a very thankful and blessed sparrow…Praise and all Glory to God, who loves and watches over us, even when we cannot see it..
        Love to you, my sister my friend…Blessings…xxx

        • Onfaith

          Tina – You are such a beautiful witness to God's love! Love you friend! ~ B

    • Hesaved83

      Tina yes God’s eyes is on the sparrow (TINA); you’re His beloved princess! This is the personalized prayer the Lord gave me especially to pass on to you…

      Tina, I pray God’s promise of restoration over you (Joel 2:19, 21-27) “The LORD will reply, “Look! I am sending you (TINA) grain and new wine and olive oil, enough to satisfy your (TINA’s) needs. You (TINA) will no longer be an object of mockery among the surrounding nations (SCAMMERS). Don’t be afraid, my people (TINA). Be glad now and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things. 22b) The trees will again be filled with fruits fig trees and grapevines will be loaded down once more. Rejoice, you (TINA) people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the LORD your (TINA’s) God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring. The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil. LORD says, “I will give you (TINA) back what you (TINA) lost to the swarming locusts (SCAMMERS), the hopping locusts SCAMMERS), the stripping locusts (SCAMMERS), and the cutting locusts (SCAMMERS). Once again you (TINA) will have all the food you (TINA) want, and you (TINA) will praise the LORD your (TINA’s) God, who does these miracles for you (TINA). Never again will my people (TINA) be disgraced. Then you (TINA) will know that I am among my people Israel (TINA), that I am the LORD your (TINA’s) God, and there is no other. Never again will my people (TINA) be disgraced.”

      “I will take revenge; I will pay them back. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them.” (Deuteronomy 32:35 NLT)

      Father I pray in faith trusting that You will turn this situation around for, Tina’s, good & Your glory! You have caught every tear drop & heartbeat of heaviness that came from Your Beloved daughter, Tina. Lord now I come boldly and humbly before Your throne of grace receiving the miracle that’s about to be manifested in Tina’s life…I expectedly await her testimony. For there’s NOTHING impossible for You to do. I request that You fill my sister with Your peace, joy, love (love of Christ even for this scammer) & give her grace & forgiveness to extend to these thieves so she doesn’t harbor bitterness in her heart, in Jesus’ name, amen!

      • tina

        Wow…this is a powerful prayer….Thank you so much He saved83…what a privilege to have such powerful words prayed over and for me….Thank you..
        Just going to read them again, before I turn my lights out…Thank you Hesaved83….
        God bless you too..
        Love, Tina…x

    • MNmomma

      May God continue to be with and bless you…..and work in the hearts of those who harmed you….

    • Hattie

      I am so sorry this happened to you. I pray that you will continue to be blessed and that you will help others to not have the same crime committed to them with your post. It happened to a smart, kind woman in our community just this month. God bless you Tina!

    • LaurenC_

      I’m so glad to hear it wasn’t worse, Tina. It must have been so troubling in the moment, then frightening when you realized what had happened. I’m praying for you sister.

  • Candacejo

    My daughter-in-law lost her only brother, only sibling, last week unexpectedly. He was 36 years old, a father, a husband and a wonderful full-of-life man. The tragedy and the shock were almost more than she could bear. My DIL, her mother and his wife clung to each other for comfort and strength as we waited for complicated arrangements to be made. On the third day she remarked to me through sobs how the three of them had noticed that even in their extreme sorrow, even in the midst of unanswered questions and so many "Why God?" pleas….there was a peace that was just as the Bible described: it surpassed human understanding. They knew God was there. They felt His presence, even when they might not even feel like talking to Jesus, others were carrying them through their nightmare and lifting them up in prayer and the Holy Spirit was providing the Comfort, just as He had promised.

    His eye on the sparrow, His promise to never leave us or forsake us but to pick us up and carry us if necessary…all are true and we might not realize how near He is until we need Him so desperately.

    To all the dear sisters who have commented already and are hurting…God is near!! He is waiting with outstretched arms to wrap them around YOU and bring you comfort when you come to Him with your hurt. Open the Word and let HIS voice speak to you and give you that peace that passes understanding…in the middle of your trial, your sorrow and your questions.

    Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
    When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
    I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
    His eye is on the sparrow, I KNOW HE WATCHES ME!! ♥♥♥

    • tina

      Oh candacejo, I am so very sorry to hear this…my heart goes out to your DIL, her mother and her sister in law, and all affected by this sad and tragic news…
      Will be holding this precious family up in prayer and for the continued peace that they are knowing….God be with them…and you Candacejo, the sweetheart and all in the circle of Love and prayers you have around your loved ones at this time…xxx

    • Onfaith

      In such a season I'm grateful that your DIL has you. It is so important to be lifted up and encouraged through this and I know you are a provider here. I love the peace you described in this, it can only come from God and I truly hope and will be prayerful, that even as the days pass and the shock and chaos disappears that this is still felt so strongly in that unit. I am so sorry for the loss. I will be lifting your DIL up in prayer over the coming days! ~ B

    • Kendall_S

      praying for your DIL and her family and you and you lovingly come alongside her……may His light shine through you….hugs to you!

    • Valanne

      Tears came quickly just reading this. Praying for their time of mourning and grief as they trust in Him and His care. ((Hugs)) as you support your sweet DIL.

  • Demi-Brooke Kerr

    Just getting to bed at two am after a huge arguement with my husband, this devotional brought me to sobbing tears. We’re facing real challenges in our marriage and his role as a leader. I feel broken, forgotten, and alone. So quickly I’m reminded that I’m never alone- that it is all a part of Gods plan. Thank you so much for these words. I feel like I’m going to bed, hugged and loved.

    • Onfaith

      Those long nights and the way sleep can evade you after such arguments. I am so sorry for the challenges you both are facing. I assure you, you are not alone! So many times, in our troubles, especially because we moved so much, I would feel alone and heartbroken….but I quickly remembered I was never alone, lonely sure, sometimes, but never alone and neither are you. God desires so much for you, for marriage, lean into Him in an unbelievable way in this, He won't let you down. I am including you in the list of people to pray for this week for me. I will be lifting you up and looking forward to hearing the movement God is making in your life. ~ B

    • MNmomma

      Lord be with Demi-Brooke….wrap her in your arms and comfort her

    • Snowsbeloved

      I hear you, Demi-Brooke! (Love your name, by the way!). I’m struggling with respecting my husband’s leadership. Sometimes we are not in agreement especially in regards to life-changing decisions. Right now, I’m focusing on getting my relationship back on track with Christ. Our disagreements are getting us nowhere. I’m praying that God shows you and your husband the right steps to take as I pray the same thing for myself and my husband.

  • This is the hardest time in my life professionally, and loneliest emotionally…. But reading this today……. I know He watches me

    • tina

      Ay D, hold fast to Him, He truly is watching over you…you are so so loved by Him, and trust me, His eye is so on you right now…Will hold you up in prayer…for His peace, and for you to hold out your hand in trust and HOPE, to the One who knows the plans He has for us…big hug sis…xxx

    • MNmomma

      Prayers lifted for you <3

    • shereadstruth

      Ay.D, His eyes are truly on you! Lifting you up in prayer today, friend. Grateful for you!

      xoxo-Kaitlin for She Reads Truth

  • I’ve had a rough few weeks just in terms of trusting God and not being still. Reading through the Scriptures, devotional and hymn today brought such a peace over me. So thankful for the reminder that I know He watches me.

  • When y'all announced you were doing another hymn week (LOVE IT btw) I was genuinely hoping His Eye is on the Sparrow was on the list. I am SO glad it is! I seriously just squealed when I saw the devo on my app!

    This is one of the first hymns I think I ever learned. It means so much to me, especially in this season of life I'm in. It has not been a joyful season at all as of late. In fact, it's been pretty downright horrible in some instances. It's SO HARD to live in that collision you talk about, Amanda. I want to be joyful and fully trusting, but it's so dang hard. I love the phrase "holy joy". It is so accurate. I'm not joyful because of my life's circumstances right now- though I know someday I'll get there- but a joy straight from God simply because of who He is and how He loves me. I want to live in that! It's a work in progress.

    I'm trying hard to lean on Him and the people around me (even when that's scary for me). This hymn (and your words, Amanda) have brought me a sliver of joy to get through tonight, and I'm so thankful.

    • MNmomma

      hugs to you Jordan!

    • Amanda

      Jordan…I, too, find myself in a tough and trying season. The concept of “holy joy” is needed in my life right now! I will be praying for you and I hope we both can enter a new season soon.

  • Audrey Assad sings this song beautifully!

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