This is a scrapbook of favorites--favorite hymns, favorite poems, favorite stories, favorite this and favorite that. Let's start with hymns. I have chosen hymns that have touched my life and made a deep impression on my heart and soul. "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" is a hymn that has a way of picking me up when I'm down in the dumps and lifting me right to the very gates of Heaven. You may click on all selections for the music (midi), lyrics, and graphics.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

"Does Jesus Care?" is a hymn that no matter what I'm going through, the promises of God's love and care refresh my heart and mind, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that His promises are for me just as sure as there is God sitting on His Throne.

Does Jesus Care?

Hymns about prayer offer much comfort in times of difficulties and challenges. "Comfort in Prayer" and "Sweet Hour of Prayer" are such hymns. I don't have the music for "Comfort in Prayer" but the music for Sweet Hour of Prayer is a familiar one we all enjoy.

Comfort in Prayer and Sweet Hour of Prayer

The next two hymns, "Under His Wings" and "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" portray Jesus' love, care, and protection. When the going gets rough, these hymns give me hope, strength, and courage, and a reason to hang on. I don't need to worry about tomorrow because I know WHO holds tomorrow.

Under His Wings

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

When I met and married Gary, we had hopes for a bright and wonderful future together. We were going to start our own computer consulting business. But, alas, something went awry, and I got out of an abusive relationship by the skin of my teeth. The hymn, 'Something Worth Living For' sustained me during these most difficult times. For the longest time I searched the Net high and lo for this Midi and couldn't find it until now (two years later). It was presented to me on my lap by the sequencer herself.  What a blessing!  I cried - I couldn't believe my eyes.  Thank you, Brandy, for making my day.  It does show that God answers prayers!

Something Worth Living For

"The Old Rugged Cross" is a hymn that depicts the foundation of my faith in God, my existence, my hope, my strength, and my joy.

The Old Rugged Cross

The goal of every Christian is to have a relationship with Jesus and to reflect fully His image in the life. What a beautiful Pattern we have in Jesus to follow! What a beautiful character He has for us to emulate! The hymn, "Oh, to Be Like Thee" has become a special prayer and a song to me.

Oh, to Be Like Thee

I chose the rest of the hymns on this page because they remind me so much of my family--how we would get together and harmonize and practice for hours preparing for special numbers for church, singing conventions, etc. Joe would sing bass, me soprano, Ruth alto, Esther tenor. Sometimes, we girls would switch parts for duets, trios, etc. Joe was the choir director of our church, and he was our music critic. He would let us know whether we were dragging or whether we were singing too loudly or too softly, etc.

Oh, I wanted so much to sing loud so that the people on the last pews could hear me. To test whether I could sing loud, I had Elizabeth, who was too young to participate in group singing, sit far away from me, then I would sing. I would ask her if she was able to hear me. When she said 'Yes', I would tell her to move farther back. I kept having her move back until the end of the room was reached.

I remember my Uncle Frank coming over to our place, and we would all sing to our hearts content and to the glory of God. My Uncle sang as well as accompanied us on the violin or guitar. I also remember playing the piano and singing for hours with my Dad. At our family reunion in San Diego, we were all gathered around the piano, with Esther playing, singing our favorite hymns till way past midnight. These are all sweet and precious memories to me. My Mother's Prayer, My Mother's Bible, If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again,  and The Family Bible  all remind me of my loving Christian Mother whom we're indebted for giving us a knowledge of and a love for God and the things of God.

Precious Memories

My Mother's Prayer

My Mother's Bible

If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

The Family Bible

This is a favorite excerpt that I had framed and placed at a prominent location at home to serve as a constant reminder of the beautiful character of our Lord. My husband John had memorized this and recited it at church one time.

Christ Never Murmured

Another excerpt equally worth saving is Solitary Life.

Solitary Life

Poems written specifically for my family by my girlfriend Veronica Lee Brandon are also included in this scrapbook.

Poems By Veronica

I kept this next excerpt in my pocketbook for years as a reminder that with God nothing is impossible.

Nothing Is Impossible

The poem, "When Jesus Came to Our Town" by G. A. Studdert-Kennedy was one that I had heard years ago at a church service. The minister was describing in details the suffering and humiliation of Christ. Then he mentioned a different kind of humiliation and suffering that we in modern times give to our Lord. He read this poem, and I was scribbling as fast as I could to get it down in shorthand.

I saved the poem, but somehow through the years, I lost it. I tried many times to look for it at libraries, etc. but couldn't find it. One day, I was going through a hymnal at a church we were renting for our church services, and, lo and behold, I found it. This particular hymnal had poems, scriptures, etc., in it.

When Jesus Came to Our Town

I also saved this next poem written by a nursing home patient. It was found amongst her few possessions when she passed away. The poem makes you realize how time flies and before you know it, you, too, would be old. There would be grey hair, lines in the face, the loss of energy, the pain and discomfort of bursitis, tendonitis and all the other itis'es, but take comfort, in Heaven, we will never grow old.

What Do You See?

I have a soft spot in my heart for the elderly. I share the same view as the author of "The Mutt Who Saved Mr. Lambert" regarding how a nursing home should be run.

The Mutt Who Saved Mr. Lambert

The Parable of the Candle is also a favorite. There's work to be done in the Master's vineyard. Are we working hard or are we shirking our responsibilities by making excuses and/or allowing circumstances to keep us from doing our work.

The Parable of the Candle

This scrapbook also has excerpts from the chapter Gethsemane in the book, Desire of Ages. We develop Christian character by beholding Christ--by contemplating His life especially the closing scenes,


What is the condition of the Church in the midst of peace and prosperity? Are we partaking of the spirit and custom of the world or are we true to our trust--faithful and loyal to our God who has told us through His servant John to "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."? Thought provoking indeed is The Church and the World.

The Church and the World

War is in the air. Everywhere people are on edge for what they see transpiring upon our world. Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty seem to pervade our world. Many are fearful of further terrorists attacks; biological and chemical warfare is greatly feared. Amid the chaos and tumult around us, we can maintain a serenity about us that no one can take away. No one can ruffle us when we have the peace that passeth all understanding. Here is a prayer poem by Helen Steiner Rice entitled, "Prayer for Peace", that should be our prayer and song now and in the days ahead.

Prayer for Peace

Much of life is a paradox, isn't it? Can one properly appreciate bountiful health if one has never been ill? Is an overflowing measure of joy possible in one who has never known sorrow? Does the greatest love flourish where there have been no disappointments or pain? In this next selection, Aileen Ludington describes succinctly the deeper message of the rose.

The Rose--Its Deeper Message

Jesus, Lover of My Soul was one of the first hymns I learned as a child. My Mother would play it on the piano, and we would all sing. In this touching story in poetry format, the last hymn sung was Jesus, Lover of My Soul. When we come to the end of our lives, nothing matters but Jesus Christ, the Lover of our souls. A short story of how this immortal hymn came to be written by Charles Wesley is also included in this page.

Jesus, Lover of My Soul--The Last Hymn

Jesus! How wonderful and precious is the name! He is the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, and the coming King. When we think of Him who was born in a stable and died upon a cross; who divides the centuries in two, and about whose name all history revolves; who lifted empires off their hinges, turning the stream of time out of its course; and who at the same time binds up the brokenhearted and speaks peace to the troubled breast; when we think of the millions who have died with the name of Jesus on their parched lips, and of how the shadows of death have burst into the glorious colors of the setting sun at the thought of Him, may we not exclaim: "All hail the power of Jesus' name, Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown him Lord of all.



The Love of God Midi