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Vocal Solo Medium Voice/Low Voice
Savior/Jesus Christ

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More about Connie Stauffer:
I was raised in Thatcher, Utah, a small town west of Tremonton on the north end of the state. Home is where I enjoy being the most. If I leave, it is usually for something very important. To relax or to waste a few minutes, I gravitate to my piano. My favorite thing to do is to turn out the lights when I'm alone and play to my heart's content. This is one way I find ideas for music. Another place where I've gotten more than a few ideas is when I've been exercising, whether it's walking the trails of Alpine, or riding my road bike. I think about my life and the issues of the day while walking, and those moments frequently end with music rattling through my head. I have a husband, five children and twelve grandchildren - all of whom are the light of my life. I'd rather be with any one of them than just about anything. However, I do enjoy my solitude, which is probably why the hobby of writing music has been so appealing to me. My mother was my music teacher until she said I had outgrown her. I then took from a wonderful lady who helped shape me. Oh how I would love to have a sit-down visit with her. She probably knows me better than anyone, as she was there as I was in the process of becoming. I've been blessed with a husband who is the wind beneath my wings. He's made every possible sacrifice to encourage my music - whether just enjoying playing or writing. Were it not for his support, there is no way I could take it to the level where I can share it. The music on this site is music from my heart over the past 38+ years. It has been my solace through hard times and my joy through the good times. Much of it was "unsolicited" by me; it just came. Some of it has come through assignments or good people trusting me with their lyrics. All of it has been a miracle in my own eyes, as it was not something for which I was trained. My fingers somehow knew how to produce what was rattling through my head and by brute force it has found its way to paper. I hope you will enjoy it and let me know how you are using it. My website has much of what is here plus a lot of songs that do not fall into the "Sacred Music" genre. Feel free to visit it. I love suggestions and comments!
Song background:

My family was young and money was tight.  I was stunned at the affluence of an acquaintance.  Her family seemed to want for nothing.  (Footnote:  I later learned that their credit cards were maxed.)  I asked my friend one day how they managed so well, thinking maybe she would tell me something we could do that would improve our financial situation.  Her reply did nothing but depress me.  She said, “We just pay our tithing and do our church callings and the Lord just blesses us.”  This stunned me.  Did she think we weren’t paying our tithes and offerings?  Did she think we weren’t serving adequately?  I turned inward and to my Heavenly Father for the answers.  As I found myself going about my day’s work - trying hard to shake the feelings - and pondering this conversation, this song started rattling through my brain.  By day’s end, it was on paper and I was feeling much better about life.


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Lyrics: LYRICS:
I'll quietly keep the commandments;
Not boast when successes I make.
The Lord knows my heart-felt intentions.
He gives and I so freely take.
Please take my hand when I stumble.
I'm nothing when Thou art not near.
Help me be thankful.
Help me be humble.
Bless me with faith not to fear.
I'll quietly keep the commandments.
Teach others by my quiet deeds.
I'll seek to be close to my Savior.
With Him I have no wants, no needs.

I'll quietly keep the commandments.
Let eternal pursuits be my guide.
Humility comes through true service.
In serving He's right by my side.

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