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Give Me Thy Heart ~ hymn

Give Me Thy Heart

Yesterday evening, we went to a hymn singing. A local congregation invited anyone who wanted to come to do so and we just sat and sang praises to God for well over an hour. It was hot (their air conditioner just wasn’t keeping up for some reason) but it was so joyful. It was thrilling to sit and sing praises with brothers and sisters and just enjoy singing. No time frame, no concerns about what was next on the worship list, nothing but joy. It was such a pleasure and I can’t wait to do it again.

While At Home Dad was looking through the songbook to choose the songs he was going to lead when it was his turn, he came across this one. It is not one he knows and I don’t know it either. But look at the words

“Give Me thy heart,” says the Father above,
No gift so precious to Him as our love.
Softly He whispers wherever thou art,
“Gratefully trust Me, and give Me thy heart.”

Isn’t that just like our God? Inviting us gently, reminding us often – He doesn’t want grand sacrifices (though some sacrifice may have to made). He doesn’t want offerings. He doesn’t want a list of good works we have done.

He wants our hearts.

That’s it.

“Give Me thy heart, ” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again.
“Turn now from sin and from evil depart,
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.”

My savior wants me. He wants me to know him and to accept him and to give him my heart. But in order to truly give him my heart, not just to say I have done it but to really DO it, I have to turn from sin and evil. Sometimes, that is harder than I care to recognize. It is so easy to think things I shouldn’t about someone or to assume the worst motives instead of the best. But if I am giving my savior my heart, I have to assume the worst and keep a tight reign on my tongue.

“Give me thy heart,” says the Spirit divine,
“All that thou hast, to My keeping resign.
Grace more abouding is Mine to impart,
Make full surrender and give Me thy heart.”

And that is our final call, isn’t it? To “make FULL surrender.” Not a piece of it, not half. Full. That means I don’t get to hold anything back. I like being “in control” even though I know that really I’m not. But if I give full surrender, I am committing everything to God and letting Him take care of it all.

I have not been doing that lately. I have been holding close to my heart some things that I need to let God take care of. I have been praying a lot lately that God will take them and not let me have them back. I don’t want them. I want to trust Him with them. And that is where the full surrender comes in.

So, full surrender it is. God, please take my heart. It is yours. Guide me and direct my paths.

Blessings,
At Home.

 

Give Me Thy Heart

lyrics: Eliza E. Hewitt (1898)
music: William J. Kirkpatrick (1898)

1 “Give Me thy heart,” says the Father above,
No gift so precious to Him as our love.
Softly He whispers wherever thou art,
“Gratefully trust Me, and give Me thy heart.”

Refrain:
“Give Me thy heart, 
Give Me thy heart,”
Hear the soft whisper, wherever thou art;
From this dark world
He would draw thee apart,
Speaking so tenderly, “Give Me thy heart.”

 

2.”Give Me thy heart, ” says the Savior of men,
Calling in mercy again and again.
“Turn now from sin and from evil depart,
Have I not died for thee? Give Me thy heart.” Refrain:

3.”Give me thy heart,” says the Spirit divine,
“All that thou hast, to My keeping resign.
Grace more abouding is Mine to impart,
Make full surrender and give Me thy heart.” Refrain:

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Did You Think To Pray? ~ hymn

Prayer. What is my prayer habit? What should it be? What constitutes a prayer? What requires prayer? What doesn’t?

These are questions that have been bouncing around in my head. Again. They are just some of those questions that I have to answer again and again for myself.

I have had some things on my mind and way too often, I find myself forgetting to pray about them. I pray for other things but not the things I have on my mind. Do you ever do that?  I KNOW I should pray over these things but I don’t remember. Why? Why don’t I remember?

When I do remember, I feel ever so much better. My heart is lifted and, while still not resolved, I don’t fret. At least for a while. And, then it creeps back.

I was reading a book recently and the wise older woman asked the younger man “Have you prayed about it?” His response was “As a matter of fact, I have.” Then she told him, “Why don’t you leave it in his hands, then, and let him handle it?”

That struck me quite hard. I often do this. But my goal is to do better. So, this hymn was just right for me. Do you know it?

Blessings,
At Home.

Did You Think To Pray

Did You Think To Pray?

lyrics: Mary A Kidder (1875)
music: William O. Perkins (1875)

1 Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor,
As a shield today?

Chorus:
Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day;
So when life seems dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray. 

2 When you met with great temptation,
Did you think to pray?
By His dying love and merit,
Did you claim the Holy Spirit
As your guide and stay? (Chorus)

3 When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way? (Chorus)

4 When sore trials came upon you,
Did you think to pray?
When your soul was bowed in sorrow,
Balm of Gilead did you borrow
At the gates of day? (Chorus)

 

I Love To Tell The Story ~ hymn

I Love to Tell the Story

Sometimes, we focus on over-seas missions when we talk about sharing the gospel. In fact, I would almost say that is the majority of the talk about sharing God’s Good News. That is one reason that the fourth verse of this hymn really catches my attention.

verse 4 – I love to tell the story
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thisting
To hear it like the rest.

The service I do within my church family is necessary and perhaps is reaching some of those who are hungering and thirsting to hear the story. It is easy to feel like you aren’t doing your part when you hear so much about reaching out beyond your little circle and touching those who are outside of it. But sometimes – many times, I venture to propose – those who need to hear the Good News are those brothers and sisters sitting around us in worship. Or perhaps those brothers and sisters who have avoided worship for one reason or another.

Today, as you worship with your church family, reach out to just one who needs a hug or a smile. That little act of service might just be what that person needs to see the love of God.

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

Hear it at In Search of the Lord’s Way by clicking on the play button by the title of the song, which is listed in alphabetical order.

I Love to Tell The Story

lyrics: Catherine Hankey (1866)
music: William G. Fischer (1869)

I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.

Refrain:
I love to tell the story,
’Twill be my theme in glory
To tell the old, old story
  of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story;
More wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies
Of all my golden dreams,
I love to tell the story,
It did so much for me;
And that is just the reason
I tell it now to thee. Refrain

I love to tell the story;
’Tis pleasant to repeat
What seems each time I tell it,
More wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story;
For some have never heard
The message of salvation
From God’s own holy Word. Refrain

I love to tell the story;
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story,
That I have loved so long. Refrain

Shall I Crucify My Savior? ~ hymn

Shall I Crucify My Savior

This morning in worship, we sang this hymn. It was so lovely and the words cut to the heart. They definitely gave me something to think on while I took of the Lord’s Supper. Communion is such an important remembrance of Jesus Christ and this hymn really focused my thoughts about just who Jesus died for. You see, Jesus died for me. And you. And every person God has created. I nailed Jesus to that cross. My sins. The second verse of this song –

Are temptations so alluring?
Do earth’s pleasures so enthrall
That I cannot love my Savior
Well enough to leave them all?

That really got me when I read over those words. It is way too often that I stumble over the things of this world. But can I love Jesus enough to walk away from this world?

I am striving to each day. Some days I am better at focusing on Jesus and other days, well, not so much. But each day is new and God’s blessings are given anew. So, I’ll keep trying.

Blessings,
At Home.

Listen to this song at Classic Acapella Songs – click on number 94. It is a lovely rendition of the song.

Shall I Crucify My Savior?

words: Carrie Breck (1896)
music: Grant Colfax Tullar (1896)

1 Shall I crucify my Saviour,
When for me He bore such loss?
Shall I put to shame my Savior?
Can I nail Him to the cross?

Chorus:
Shall I crucify my Savior?
Crucify my Lord again?
Once! oh, once! I crucified Him!
Shall I crucify again?

2 Are temptations so alluring?
Do earth pleasures so enthrall?
That I cannot love my Savior
Well enough to leave them all? [Chorus]

3 ‘T was my sins that crucified Him,
Shall they crucify Him yet?
Blackest day of nameless anguish,
Can my thankless soul forget? [Chorus]

4 Oh, the kindly hands of Jesus,
Pouring blessings on all men!
Bleeding nail-scarred hands of Jesus!
Can I nail them once again? [Chorus]

Wonderful Love of Jesus ~ hymn

Wonderful Love of Jesus

If you were to think about the love of Jesus, what words would you use? Take a minute and write down the words you decide upon. I’ll wait.

My words?
Wonderful (obvious from the title of this one, right?)

Amazing

Complete

Unconditional

Uncompromising

Unending

Free

Gift

My rescue

My salvation

My hope

My purpose

How many of these echo your thoughts?

Why do you think that we come up with these words, when we are thinking about the love of Jesus?

I’ll bet you have several verses that come to mind also. If not, grab a Bible concordance or head over to Blue Letter Bible and see what you come up with when you look up the word “love.”

The verse that is in our hymn book under the song Wonderful Love of Jesus is Jeremiah 31:3 – I have loved you with an everlasting love.

Other verses I think of:

I John 4:7-8 Love one another, for love is of God. He who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God. For God is love.

John 3:16 For God so love the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

John 13: 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you are to love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

John 14: 15 If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

Romans 8:39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Do you sing this song? The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion says my soul. Therefore I will hope in Him.

It comes from Lamentations 3. And does a great job of summing up the wonderful love of our Jesus, our savior.

I am thanking God for his Wonderful Love.

Blessings,
At Home.

Wonderful Love of Jesus

lyrics: E. D. Mund (1883)
music: Edmund S. Lorenz (1883)

1 In vain and high and holy lays, My soul her grateful voice would raise;
For who can sing the worthy praise of the wonderful love of Jesus!

Refrain:
Wonderful love!
Wonderful love!
Wonderful love of Jesus!
Wonderful love!
Wonderful love!
Wonderful love of Jesus!

2 A joy by day, a peace by night; In storms a calm in darkness light;
In pain a balm, in weakness might, Is the wonderful love of Jesus.

3 My hope for pardon when I call, My trust for lifting when I fall;
In life, in death, my all in all, Is the wonderful love of Jesus.

I Know The Lord Will Find A Way For Me -~ hymn

Sometimes, we get lost. We search to find out own way, our own path, through whatever it is we are navigating. I know that I do. I forget that the Lord has a way for me through everything. I should know that. I do. But I allow it to slip my mind.

This song is a great reminder about God’s plans, that He already has the way laid out for me. If I follow God through life, I will do what he says (Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20). Doing this will then result in God saying to me as I come into eternity with Him “Well done!” (Matthew 25;21). I must follow God and they way He creates for me. 

What about you? Are you going to allow the Lord to find a way for you?

Blessings,
At Home.

I Know The Lord Will Find A Way For Me

Listen to this song at In Search of the Lord’s Way. Just follow the link and then click on the title, found in the alphabetical listing.

I Know The Lord Will Find A Way For Me

lyrics: unknown
music: unknown

v 1 I know the Lord will find a way for me.
I know the Lord will find a way for me.
If I walk in heaven’s light; Shun the wrong and do the right,
I know the Lord will find a way for me.

v2 The Lord has said, “Go preach the Word to all the world.”
The Lord has said, “Go preach the Word to all the world.”
If I walk in heaven’s light, shun the wrong and do the right,
I know the Lord will find a way for me.

v3 Won’t it be grand to hear Him say, “Well done!”?
Won’t it be grand to hear Him say, “Well done!”?
If I walk in heaven’s light, shun the wrong and do the right,
Won’t it be grand to hear Him say, “Well done!”?

God Is So Good

God Is So Good 2

God is so good.

This is a phrase that I have heard over and over recently. And it is true. God is good to us in so many ways. Just look around. Count your blessings. You will see that God is so good to His children.

 

This is listed as “traditional” in our songbook. That just means they don’t have a good record of who wrote it, both for the lyrics and for the music. It is a peaceful song that reminds me of God and his mighty love for me.

At Home.

God Is So Good

1 God is so good,
God is so good,
God is so good,
he’s so good to me.

2 He cares for me,
He cares for me,
He cares for me,
he’s so good to me.

3 God answers prayer,
God answers prayer,
God answers prayer,
he’s so good to me.

4 I praise his name,
I praise his name,
I praise his name,
he’s so good to me!

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