Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Photo Credit: Me (Lookout Mountain, TN)

Hello friends & family,

Thank you so much for taking time to view my post. I discovered a beautiful hymn and wanted to share it. My hope is that you too will be blessed by it. As I was digging deeper into the song and the song writer I found myself searching for more and more. The song “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” was written by Helen H. Lemmel (1863-1961) in 1922.

Helen was a gifted concert soloist, a music teacher at the Moody Bible Institute, and music critic for the Seattle Post.

She also worked as director of a woman’s choral group that was a regular part of the Billy Sunday evangelical meetings. Helen wrote the words and music of Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus in 1922, to be sung at those meetings.

The inspiration for Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, which Helen entitled The Heavenly Vision, came from the writings of author and artist Lilias Trotter (1853-1928).

Isabella Lilias Trotter (1853–1928) was a gifted artist and Protestant missionary to Algeria during the Victorian Era.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

By: Helen H. Lemmel

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
— 1 Corinthians 13:12 —

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.






Books by I. Lilias Trotter

Between the Desert and the Sea 

Parables of the Cross

Parables of the Christ-life

The Master of the Impossible

The Way of the Seven-fold Secret                                                         

Booklets by I.Lilias Trotter

Back-ground and Fore-ground

A Challenge to Faith

Cherry Blossom

Focussed:  A Story and a Song

The Glory of the Impossible 

Heavenly Light on the Daily Path

A Life on Fire

Literature for Moslem Boys

A Ripened Life

Sand Lilies


A South Land

A Thirsty Land and God’s Channels

Trained to Rule


Winter Buds     

Story Parables by I. Lilias Trotter

The Bag of Wool

The Bedouin and His Camel

The Blood Feud of El Hanouchi

The Debt of Ali Ben Omar

The field of Sahab en Niya

Landsnakes and Seasnakes

The Letter That Came from a Far Country

The Lost Ones in the Sahara

Neseefa the Slave Girl

The Robe of Er-Rashid

The Story of the Nightingale

Water Lilies:  A Paper for Mothers

Books about I. Lilias Trotter

Elisabeth Elliot.  A Path Through Suffering.  Meditations based on Trotter’s Parables of the Cross and Parables of the Christ-life.  Ann Arbor:  Vine books, 1992 (in print).

Constance E. Padwick.  I. Lilias Trotter. Croydon:  Watson, n.d.

Blanche A. F. Pigott.  I. Lilias Trotter.  London:  Marshall, 1929.

Miriam Rockness.  A Passion for the Impossible:  The Life of Lilias Trotter. Discovery House Publishers, 1999. (in print).

Miriam Rockness.  A Blossom in the Desert:  Reflections of Faith in the Art and Writings of Lilias Trotter.  Discovery House Publishers, 2007.  (in print)

I . R. Govan Stewart.  The Love That Was Stronger.  London:  Lutterworth Press, 1958.

Patricia St. John.  Until The Day Breaks.  Bronley, Kent:  OM Publishing 1990 (in print).

*All works, unless otherwise noted, are out of print. Copies of these works are housed at the Trotter Archives at the Arab World Ministries United Kingdom Headquarters in Loughborough, England.