Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday Songbook

“I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1

Take My Life and Let it Be

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

There were ten per­sons in the house, some un­con­vert­ed and long prayed for, some con­vert­ed, but not re­joic­ing Christ­ians. He gave me the pra­yer, “Lord, give me all in this house!” And He just did. Be­fore I left the house ev­ery one had got a bless­ing. The last night of my vis­it af­ter I had re­tired, the gov­ern­ess asked me to go to the two daugh­ters. They were cry­ing, &c.; then and there both of them trust­ed and re­joiced; it was near­ly mid­night. I was too hap­py to sleep, and passed most of the night in praise and re­new­al of my own con­se­cra­tion; and these lit­tle coup­lets formed them­selves, and chimed in my heart one af­ter ano­ther till they fin­ished with “Ever, On­ly, ALL for Thee!”

Havergal Manuscripts

Cyber Hymnal

In my own life this hymn has so much meaning. After my first miscarriage we came "home",which at the time was a fifth-wheel in my parents driveway. My Love and I sat together sobbing and praying and hurting. We read from James 1

2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

We were learning patience in Gods providence and His timing. And we prayed fervently for wisdom. As we sat together a silence fell over us, then the words of this hymn came to our minds. We brought out our hymnal and sang it together.

God took two of our babies before we ever met them but we have faith and hope that they were His children to do with as He pleased and we pray that they were used as vessels of righteousness in our lives as they both taught us to lie fully in the arms of our Heavenly Father.


Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

Becky, this is beautiful. Thanks for sharing each and every part of this post.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Oh how precious for you to share so deeply of your love for a God we cannot always understand, but can certainly trust with all we have ... all we are. How well I remember sobbing over my own first-conceived that I never held in my arms, for he/she went straight from my womb to Jesus' arms.

My precious friend ... I praise God I know you. You are so, so very special to me. I love you. XO! : )

LadiesoftheHouse said...

What a wonderful post about such a sacred thing as life. I just read an article about the different presidential candidates views on where life begins and I have to wonder why people think they even have an opinion on this. God said He knew us before we even began--what else matters except that? My younger daughter told us about God before we even told her--He knew her before she was born.

Tabi said...

What a beautiful, honest post! I have something for you over at my blog!

Sandy Toes said...

Thank you for is a good reminder in the morning and beautiful.
-Sandy Toes