The Melody He Gave to Me~

Sweet is the song, I’m singing today.

I’m redeemed, I’m redeemed.

Trouble and sorrow have vanished away,

For I have been, I have been redeemed.

~Redeemed, Gospel Hymn~

 My Aunt Connie used to sing to me.  There were two old hymns that I can remember hearing nearly every time I went to visit her.  One of the songs  she always sang was In the Garden.  She would sing this one to get me to sleep when I would stay over and every once in a while, I sing it to my little girl when she’s having trouble sleeping.  The other song she would sing was Redeemed.  I had no idea what the words meant back then, but knowing what I know now I’m so glad that this was one of her favorites.  I can’t remember the last time I heard her sing, but I can certainly recall the sound of her voice when she would sang.  This woman was someone I loved with all my heart.  She was like a second mother to me and when I was a little girl, I never missed an opportunity to spend time with her.  As I got older, however; there were many times when I wanted to stop in and check on her but for whatever reason, didn’t.  I hate that I missed out on so much in her life and that my life had me so busy at times that I couldn’t even call her and tell her how much she meant to me.

If it hadn’t been for her, I may never have gone to church.  I probably would never have met many of the wonderful people I know and call friend.  The greatest thing about this woman was that no matter how long it had been since she’d last seen you, she always had the same smile and hug waiting for you.  And I’m sure that Jesus has the same thing waiting for her.  She left us today, but I don’t doubt that she’ll be up there getting things ready for us and that when we finally join her in Heaven, we’ll hear her say, “I love you, honey.”

Oh I’m redeemed, by love divine.

Glory, glory.  Christ is mine.

All to Him, I now resign.

For I have been, I have been redeemed.

~Redeemed, Gospel Hymn~


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My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
I also have a blog called Leading the Follower. This one is my favorite. I write about religion, faith, spirituality and all that goes along with it. What we believe, what we don’t believe, what we are told to believe and how society feels about believing in general. I do a lot of testifying here and some of what I say may make you angry. Most of it will make you think. Some of it will make you cry. Any of it could make you laugh. It’s really up to you.

If you are looking for practical advice, honest conversation, and no nonsense observations about living in today’s world, check out my blogs at and and and And if you’re so inclined, you can purchase my books and some other great, inspirational works from Higher Ground Books & Media at

Be blessed!

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