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What God Hath Promised

Author: Annie Johnson Flint Appears in 24 hymnals Hymnal Title: Calvin Hymnary Project First Line: God hath not promised skies always blue Refrain First Line: But God hath promised strength for the day


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Appears in 1 hymnal Composer and/or Arranger: Joel A. Erickson Hymnal Title: 50 Uncommon Songs Tune Key: B Flat Major Incipit: 54665 53165 56716 Used With Text: What God Has Promised

[God hath not promised skies always blue]

Appears in 2 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Alfred B. Smith Hymnal Title: Favorites Number 4 Incipit: 51233 32125 71244 Used With Text: What God Hath Promised
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[God hath not promised skies always blue]

Appears in 9 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: William M. Runyan Hymnal Title: Hymns of Faith Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 31233 44433 21724 Used With Text: What God Hath Promised


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What God Has Promised

Author: Annie J. Flint Hymnal: 50 Uncommon Songs #44 (2014) Hymnal Title: 50 Uncommon Songs First Line: God has not promised skies always blue Refrain First Line: But God has promised strength for the day Lyrics: 1. God has not promised skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; God has not promised sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. Refrain: But God has promised strength for the day, Rest for the labor, light for the way, Grace for the trials, help from above, Unfailing kindness, undying love. 2. God has not promised we shall not know Toil and temptation, trouble and woe; He has not told us we shall not bear Many a burden, many a care. 3. God has not promised smooth roads and wide, Swift, easy travel, needing no guide; Never a mountain rocky and steep, Never a river turbid and deep. Scripture: John 16:33 Languages: English Tune Title: GOD'S PROMISE
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What God Hath Promised

Author: Annie Johnson Flint, 1866-1932 Hymnal: Christian Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #475 (1959) Hymnal Title: Christian Hymnal (Rev. ed.) First Line: God hath not promised skies always blue Refrain First Line: But God hath promised strength for the day Languages: English Tune Title: [God hath not promised skies always blue]

What God hath promised

Author: Annie Johnson Flint Hymnal: Cliff Barrows Old Favorites #d12 (1964) Hymnal Title: Cliff Barrows Old Favorites First Line: God hath [has] not promised skies always blue Refrain First Line: But God hath promised strength for the day Languages: English


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Joel A. Erickson

Hymnal Title: 50 Uncommon Songs Composer of "GOD'S PROMISE" in 50 Uncommon Songs

Alfred B. Smith

1916 - 2001 Hymnal Title: Favorites Number 4 Composer of "[God hath not promised skies always blue]" in Favorites Number 4 Used pseudonym B. C. Laurelton ---------- In 1930, he began playing on radio broadcasts in Jersey City, New Jersey, on "The Old Fashioned Gospel Hour." After meeting Wendell P. Loveless, Alfred enrolled at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and became a member of the WMBI staff. During service as Minister of Music at The Church of the Open Door in Philadelphia, he taught at The Philadelphia School of the Bible in the fall of 1938. During that year, he wrote "For God So Loved the World" after visiting the ninety-four year-old hymn writer George C. Stebbins. Smith met Billy Graham when they were both students at Wheaton College. During their long collaboration, they founded Singspiration in 1941. After graduating from Wheaton, Smith, Graham, and George Beverly Shea started "Youth for Christ" in Chicago. --Daniel Mahraun (from

Annie Johnson Flint

1866 - 1932 Hymnal Title: Hymns of Faith Author of "What God Hath Promised" in Hymns of Faith Born: December 24, 1866, Vineland, New Jersey. Died: September 8, 1932, Clifton Springs, New York. Buried: Clifton Springs, New York. The biographical account of poetess/hymn-writer Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932) is a story of both heartbreak and triumph. Born on Christmas Eve in the small town of Vineland, New Jersey, she was welcomed by Eldon and Jean Johnson as their greatest earthly gift. Three years later, little Annie would lose her mother, who died as she gave birth to Annie’s baby sister. Mr. Johnson, who himself was suffering from an incurable disease, willed the children to the Flint family who would bring them up in the Baptist faith. It was during a revival meeting at the age of 8 that the Spirit of God brought Annie’s young heart to faith in Christ. She always believed that at that time, she was truly converted. Though she did not join the church until 10 years later, she never doubted that “the eternal work was then wrought.” She strongly opposed the idea that young children cannot comprehend spiritual truths. She felt that divine mysteries were often plainer to the simple faith of a child than to many adults, blinded by their own prejudices and intellectual doubts. Whether by nature or through her early Christian experience, Annie was generally disposed to be cheerful and optimistic. She looked on the bright side of life and was able to get much enjoyment out of life. Her forward-looking, lifted-up head was a characteristic attitude and was typical of the courage she was to manifest in later life. She certainly learned to “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” After high school, she spent one year in teacher training and had a position offered to her, but felt that she was really needed at home. Later in her second year of teaching, arthritis began to show itself. She grew steadily worse until it became difficult for her to walk at all, and she was soon obliged to give up her work, followed by three years of increasing helplessness. The death of both of her adoptive parents within a few months of each other left Annie and her sister alone again. There was little money in the bank, and the twice-orphaned children had come to a real “Red Sea place” in their lives. Her verses provided a solace for her in the long hours of suffering. Then she began making hand-lettered cards and gift books, and decorating some of her own verses. Testimonies came from many directions of blessing received, so two card publishers printed some of her greetings and released the first little brochure of her poems. The publication of her booklets and the action of the Sunday School Times linked her up with a worldwide fellowship, and she carried most of the correspondence, though one wonders how she could get a pen through those poor twisted fingers. Her letters were as rich as her poems, always bringing a touch of humor that was refreshing. She loved to give to others, but was reluctant to receive, even though she suffered great times of trial and testing. Eventually she gained new understanding and learned how to share the hard moments of her life with others who could not understand the hardships of their lives. She put into poetry words that she titled, “What God Hath Promised.” And through those words and many others, she became convinced that God intended to glorify Himself through her in her weak, earthen vessel; and like Paul, she gained real assurance and could say with the apostle, the promise granted to him: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” She could also say with Paul, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” She believed that God had laid her aside for a purpose, even though that purpose was obscure to her at times. The marvelous thing is that Annie’s faith never faltered, and that she was at all times able to say, “Thy will be done.” (excerpts)