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In Times Like These

“You should know…there will be very difficult times.” 2 Timothy 3:1

There are times that you can’t finish a thought for all the thinking.

There are times you can’t see what’s coming next for peering into all the possibilities.

There are days that string together in order but without purpose.

There is the waiting that cannot be rushed.

There are prayers that say “help” on the inhale and “Lord” on the exhale and repeat with each breath.

There are the details that go unnamed because God already knows them, and requests unbidden because the answers are too divine.

There are the days you know you need a savior, and anchor, a line of truth to wrap round your soul and keep you from falling off the ragged edge of uncertainty.

Those days you need more than a cup of good, strong coffee, more than money in the bank account, more than even a word of grace from a friend.

You need Jesus.


'Storm!' photo (c) 2009, Bruna Costa - license:

There is a song we sung in my little Grace Brethren Church that’s been rolling around and repeating itself in my thoughts:

In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock 

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

This hymn was written and composed by Ruth Caye Jones, and was inspired by 2 Timothy 3:1 This know also that in the last days perilous times will come. It was heard and praised by George Beverly Shea, the vocalist in the Billy Graham Crusades, and he sang it many times.

The wife of a minister and mother of five children wrote this hymn, it was said, one afternoon when she felt the Holy Spirit come upon her. Ruth Caye Jones was lovingly known in her area as Mother Jones and this hymn composer died in Erie, Pennsylvania on August 18,1972, of cancer. (Source, Amazing Grace by Kenneth W. Osbeck Kregel Publications Grand Rapids Michigan)

I think Mother Jones knew that when the dross of this world is burned away, we will find ourselves with this one gleaming truth: Jesus is the Only One. We just don’t recognize that truth for what it is unless we are “in times like these”.

Jesus is the glorious gift bequeathed to us at his own death and the miraculous hope revealed in his resurrection. Yes, he’s the One.


Are you facing “times like these”? Can I pray for you? 

Are you grasping at straws, clinging to your own ideas or have you reached out and grasped hold of the anchor for your soul?

Linked with Jennifer, Shanda, and Heather and with KD at Painting Prose.



  1. There are prayers that say “help” on the inhale and “Lord” on the exhale and repeat with each breath….may I always live like this…even when storms are distant…could you be prevailed upon to include this over at Painting Prose today? It is so lovely.

  2. Beautiful post and I especially loved the line, “There are prayers that say “help” on the inhale and “Lord” on the exhale and repeat with each breath.” I am well acquainted with this bittersweet part of life. Thanks for reaching out to the weary and hurting. Your words bring comfort, Alyssa.

  3. tara pohlkotte says

    “There are prayers that say “help” on the inhale and “Lord” on the exhale and repeat with each breath” – – this is a prayer inhale. love it.

  4. As painful as the rough patches are to us, they reveal Him in new ways, build our faith. Love that that song was written by a pastors wife. I am one, can relate.

  5. I’ve grabbed hold. And the truly miraculous and wondrous thing to me is this … He has grabbed hold of ME … and even if I let go … He never will! I am safe and secure in His hand. No matter what my circumstances tell me.

    Now … another topic entirely … Was the little church you referred to a Plymouth Brethren Assembly? We attended one for a long time. The Lord used it to bring healing and restoration as we had just wandered out of a Christian cult when we went there. It’s rare to meet others who have history in that tradition.

  6. r.elliott says

    Hi neighbor…I love the hymn and that it was written by a mother of 5. she knows those desperate times. Oh yes…and just to have enough breathe to say His name…so thankful that is enough:)…blessings~

  7. dukeslee says

    Soon, and very soon, we shall say: “He is Risen, indeed!” Your words here are the curtain before the Big Show. Thanks for linking.

  8. timelesslady says

    My sister and I used to sing the hymn together in church. We were very little and would harmonize together. Thanks for the reminder of a lovely song.

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