Thankful for the Gift & the Giver

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Wanna here a cool story of a unique way God spoke sweet affirmation into my heart recently? I share in hopes that it will encourage others to seek Him and listen for Him. He is singing over us, He is speaking to us…but not always in the way we expect to hear. His voice can be heard in the quiet places, in our spirits, in creativity, because He is Creator…

I’ve been remembering my dreams a lot lately…like almost every night…super unusual.

On this morning last week I awoke with memories of pioneer women in my dream, on a boat (like Mayflower-esque).

Awake, I picked up my phone to check the time and noticed that the song "Take My Life and Let it Be" was the recently played title. This peaked my interest because I don’t remember being anywhere near that song during my last listen. I’ve been seeking to hear the Holy Spirit more clearly these days so when my Spirit stirred a little, I responded.

I went online and looked up the song. Up comes a website with a picture of the hymn’s composer, Frances Havergal. She looked just like the pioneer women in my dream because she lived in the 1800’s, and I couldn’t fight the feeling that it was more than coincidence that led me to her. I read on.

The text was a manuscript written by Havergal about her inspiration for the song, written in 1874.

Can we just stop for a second and fathom that?

My sister in Jesus, wrote out her thoughts in I don’t even know what format they used back then cause I’m not a history wiz (dipping in ink comes to mind???)…she penned her experience of God. And here I am, 139 years later, still in bed with my pocket-size computer (phone) in hand, reading HER words…God is so good.

Ok so she writes about a visit she made to a house where ten people were staying. Some were not believers, some were, but those who believed were not operating in the fullness of the Spirit. Sounds a lot like today, no?

Then she says something so simple and awesome referring to the Lord – "He gave me the prayer, ‘Lord, give me all in this house!’ And He just did."

Did ya catch that? He gave her the prayer, and then He answered it in power!

She was walking closely with the Lord. She recognized the Shepherd’s voice. He was ready to do something big and it was His pleasure and delight to give her a role in it. He gave her the prayer. She responded in obedience and prayed it in faith! So cool!

She goes on to describe how the Lord blessed and moved everyone in the house in a profound way on that very night. There were tears and rejoicing. She passed the rest of the night in praise and renewal of her own dedication and devotion, too happy to sleep…and this song formed in her heart, (here are some highlights…wow…)

"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.”

The words continued to flow…

"Take my voice and let me sing, always, only for my King. Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee."

And more still…

"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,"

and finally…

"Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee!"

Simply incredible. I stopped, quiet, in gratitude.

Oh, what a gift among many is music. Oh, what a joy to offer God the sacrifice of praise through melody and lyric.

When I went to my bible app, this verse was up – Psalm 28:7 "The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give Him thanks."

Oh, what a gift among many is music, I thought again.

The next whole chapter, Psalm 29 is a song for me. My gifted dad wrote it many years ago, called "Glory." I pray someday it is recorded for all to be blessed by. And as I read, the song danced through my head in the quiet of the early morning.

Oh, what a gift among many is music…

I couldn’t stop. I read unhesitatingly into Psalm 30…Verse 4 says, "Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name. Verses 11-12 – "You have turned my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent. O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

Wow…what a GIFT among many is MUSIC! At this point I was simply gushing before the Lord…

What a blessing that it ALL comes from the Lord! That He delights in pouring out beauty in us and sets it before us. That He gives us the words to pray and then He wows us, when in our obedience to pray in faith, He miraculously makes it happen according to His will. He fills our hearts with rejoicing and creates a medium through which it can flow out of us… in melody, in rhythm, in lyric!

Oh, what a gift…but even more, oh what a GIVER.

On this morning, I felt the Lord speaking to me in beautiful, mysterious, and perfect ways. Bringing me to sweet affirmations of His love and goodness, His divine guidance and care, His provision of all we need to fill our spirits to overflowing with Himself… and His glorious gift of music… and all the depth of meaning and purpose that holds for me personally.

What prayer has God given you? Or shall I say, what desire has He placed in Your heart that aligns with His will? God is ready to move in each and every one of our lives, and He takes pleasure in inviting us to pray faithfully, that He might show Himself good and powerful. Please feel free to share in the comments by way of encouragement to others. I’d be blessed to hear your story!

May we all look upon our sister, Frances Havergal’s words and make them our own.

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