Hymns to Encourage You

Okay, so I’m going to be totally honest – I’m feeling very uninspired right now for doing a post about a hymn. Discouraged is probably a better word.

I have several hymns that I would like to do, but I just can’t find a version of them that I like on YouTube.

So maybe this week we you could tell me what your favourite hymn is, and I could add that to my list of hymns to look up.

I enjoy writing about the hymns. I usually end up singing and humming the hymn for the next day or two. Life would be so dull without music.

I grew up in a home surrounded by music. I remember one apartment that we lived in where my Dad would set up a stack of records of Strauss waltzes, and that’s how we would go to sleep – listening to a waltz.

My sisters and I sang together a lot or one of us would play the piano for the other two to sing – usually me because I think both of my sisters have prettier voices, and I love to play the piano anyway.

To find a complete list of hymns that I’ve done to date go here.

Did you grow up with music? Do you still love it?

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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  1. I really love so many hymns! “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” and “Thy Strong Word.” And “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” and “Beautiful Savior” and “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb” and “Rock of Ages” and “Lift High the Cross.” And don’t get me started on Christmas hymns!!!

    I teach my kids hymns as part of our school each day — I explain a stanza and we discuss it a little, and then we work on memorizing it for a week or so. Sometimes we memorize all the verses, sometimes just one or two. Right now we’re working on “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” which is my dad’s favorite hymn. In fact people at his church just call it “Pastor’s Hymn.”

    My mom gave me piano, flute, and trumpet lessons, and now I’m teaching my two oldest to play the piano. I love music!!!
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    • Oh! You’ve given me so good ones to work on and about three I don’t know that I’ll have to look up.
      About a half an hour from where we live is a memorial to the man who wrote “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. My mom did a school play once that was a biography of the author’s life. He had a pretty sad life. If I remember correctly he lost two fiances and was killed by a guy he was trying to help.
      I love music too. Sitting down at the piano and playing hymns is one of the most relaxing things I can do unless little hands want to do a duet with me.

      • Excellent! I was hoping some of those might be new to you — I think “The Strong Word” and “Lift High the Cross” are both kind of newer. We sing TSW on Reformation Sunday quite often, and I remember hearing an all-male choir sing it when I was younger — I get goosebumps just remembering that!

        Our pastor in Connecticut loved hymnody, and he did several Bible studies focusing on beloved hymns and the history of who wrote them and why. So many were written after great adversity — “Amazing Grace,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Abide With Me.” Some of the most comforting hymns have such sad histories — no wonder they are so rich and moving!

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