My only safe haven

It’s #FiveMinuteFriday and today’s word prompt is Haven. If you want to read other posts on the same subject you can go to Kate’s place here!

I immediately thought of the words to the old hymn, Haven of Rest and will now have it in my head for days. The author, Henry Gilmour, was an immigrant from Ireland. He had set sail at the age of 16 to learn navigation but when they arrived in Philadelphia, Henry decided to stay in America and seek his fortune. He earned his living as a house painter and serving in the Civil War, was captured and spent time in a confederate prison. After the war, he trained as a dentist, an occupation he would have for many years.

Henry also knew the Savior, which is obvious by his hymns. One of my favorite verses is the very first:

My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea,
So burdened with sin and distressed,
Till I heard a sweet voice, saying, “Make Me your choice”;
And I entered the “Haven of Rest”!

Is it really that simple? Will our burdens be lifted and our life free of pain, worry and stress if we make Jesus our choice?


And no.

True, our troubles may not vanish but the sweet peace that comes with knowing Jesus can carry us through any situation. He is our safe haven!

So what is a haven? It is simply a refuge, or place of safety or an inlet providing shelter for ships or boats; a harbor or small port. We witnessed first hand several beautiful safe havens when we were on the Mediterranean island of Malta last year.


You can’t see the inlet itself here but picture a violent storm and this small boat tossed about on the waves of the sea. Certain that they will be lost in the storm, all of a sudden they see a shelter, a place of refuge, a literal safe haven.

“He made the storm be still,  and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.” Psalm 107:29, 30 ESV.

Carved out of the rock, a perfect place for shelter, a safe haven away from the storm! That is the key!

He shows His hand and His mighty power by protecting us, sheltering us or covering us with His strength to do the unimaginable. Philippians 4:13.

Are you searching for peace and safety? Do you need a place of refuge and someone to lift the heavy load you are carrying? There is such a place just for you when you make that choice. Jesus is calling! You were not meant to bear your burdens alone, let Him carry them for you and bring you peace today. Anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest!

I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest,
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep o’er wild, stormy, deep,
In Jesus I’m safe evermore.

If you have never heard this comforting hymn, take a listen:

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6 thoughts on “My only safe haven

  1. Christy

    Hey Nanette! I’m so glad we were neighbors this week. My Uncle owned Boxwood Farms in Murfreesboro when I was a child. One of the log cabins housed his studio Young’un Sound for several years. Much good music was recorded there. shhhhh. I’ve contacted the owner and a few of us have an appointment this week to visit. It was one of my favorite places as a child.,_Tennessee%29
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    1. Nannette Post author

      How cool is that! I will definitely check it out. Sorry I am late in responding. Hoping you followed up about your trip. Heading over to see ♥


    Tell me your secret! How do you say all of that in FIVE minutes! 😉 #19 at Kate’s.

    1. Nannette Post author

      I definitely did not stay under the five minutes here 🙁 Hope I’m not kicked out, lol.

  3. Christy

    What a wonderful post Nanette! I love hearing the story behind the hymns. I love how you tied your thoughts together. I also think Guy Penrod has one of the smoothest voices around. Beautiful!

    1. Nannette Post author

      Always loved Guy Penrod, he can tear it up. Thanks for visiting!

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