Anywhere With Jesus

August 30, 2013 | My Jottings

Early yesterday morning I drove down to Stillwater, MN to see my orthopedic surgeon for probably the last time. Dr. Palmer checked my eleven weeks post-op knee, pronounced me graduated, and wished me well. His assistant Karen gave me his thank-you note, along with a bar of Godiva dark chocolate for the drive home.

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes a song gets under my skin and I like to listen to it over and over until I feel ready to be done with it. I hadn’t listened to this Amy Grant CD in years, and I grabbed it right before I left the house yesterday morning. I did listen to the whole CD as I headed south, but the one song I listened to at least twenty times during the five and a half hours I drove, was “Anywhere With Jesus.” Have you heard it? Michael loves this song too, and we used to turn it up loud when we were in the car together, and sing along almost at the top of our lungs. That’s a good memory for me.

I put the lyrics down below so you can follow along as you listen….

Anywhere With Jesus by Jessie B. Pounds (in the 1800s)

Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go
Anywhere He leads me in this world below
Anywhere without Him dearest joys would fade
Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid

Anywhere, anywhere
Any little fear I’ll never know
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go

Anywhere with Jesus I am not alone
Other friends will fail me He is still my own
Though His hand may lead me over drearest ways
Anywhere with Jesus is a house of praise

Anywhere, anywhere
Any little fear I’ll never know
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go

Anywhere with Jesus I can go to sleep
When the dark and shadows ’round about me creep
Knowing I shall waken nevermore to roam
Anywhere with Jesus will be home sweet home

Anywhere, anywhere
Any little fear I’ll never know
Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go
Anywhere with Jesus I can surely go

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I wonder sometimes if I’m the only one who does that. Do you ever want to hear a particular song over and over again? If you can relate, what song has gotten under your skin in that way?


  1. Diane says:


    Lift Your Eyes Up, by Leeland Truly kept me alive for awhile.

    And, A Lark Ascending, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, played by anyone. Here’s one good version played by Janine Jansen:

    It is a longer meditation–beautiful!

    Both so life-affirming.

    Love you, Julie!


  2. Just Julie says:

    I listened to both of these, Diane. The first one made me cry and the second one made me feel transported to an exquisite place. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing these…I hope others will click on the links and listen too. Xoxoxo

  3. Kay in Cornwall, UK says:

    The song that has lifted, protected, inspired, comforted
    and strengthened me is Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman.
    ‘When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say, “Blessed be the name of the Lord”‘
    These words were so empowering when I was alone and suffering from depression. I would sing them with real conviction when I was alone in my car or alone at home, just to let the enemy know that I knew and believed that God is all powerful. When my daughter left home to live in Wales, the words, ‘You give and take away’ held a very poignant meaning.
    I also love Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
    ‘Prone to wander, Lord I feel it’. The verse starting with these words contains some of the most honest, meaningful lyrics I’ve ever heard…
    (Sorry to be greedy, but I’ve got to mention my all-time favourite: And Can It Be. The gospel wrapped up in one hymn.)

  4. Just Julie says:

    I love all three of the songs you listed, dear Kay. And when I sing “prone to wander…” the tears always fall. So glad you shared these and I know people will be blessed as they go to the links and listen. xoxo

  5. Susan A. Reed says:

    Any Where with Jesus…..I remember singing this as a little girl back in the late 50’s in my little white church in my home town, of course we sang it with different music, than you listened to 20 times!But the words are the same and just as comforting!

  6. Just Julie says:

    Hi Susan! I had read that this was an old time song that Amy and her husband reworked, using the same lyrics. How wonderful that you’ve sung it before. I had never heard it. God bless your week, Susan… xoxo

  7. Ganeida says:

    I believe someone is having a birthday? Many Happies, m’Dear. May you have a blessed year in the Lord.

  8. Ganeida says:

    I’m confused. I think I missed it but skype is telling me lies…Anyway, the thought is good to call in on demand.

  9. Pat says:

    I big yes to this one! There are many songs I will listen to over and over but a couple favorites are “Captivate Us” by Watermark and “Small Enough” by Nichole Nordeman. Also “You Love My Anyway” by Sidewalk Prophets.

  10. Just Julie says:

    I’m going to look up each of these right now, Pat. Thank you for sharing about these! xo

    Update — here are some links — they are worth watching. Such beautiful songs.

    Captivate Us:

    Small Enough:

    You Love Me Anyway:

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