Well, Happy New Year friends! 2020 began with a fever, chills and nausea for me, (all while nursing an infant—soooo not fun) hence the super late intro to January’s hymn. I just haven’t been able to find the wherewithal or words to say to properly introduce this beautiful hymn. But, a quick stroll through FB memories landed me on the first time we sang this song together in 2016 (when it was just a handful of us mamas singing together). Thank you Jesus for FB memories! 😆
“Take my heart! It is Thine own! It shall be Thy royal Throne!” I cannot think of of more fitting hymn to start off this new year. These are the words I want on my lips today and all through 2020. “Take my voice and let me sing, always, only, for my King!” Frances Ridley Havergal (1836 – 1879) wrote several hymns, many of which echoed this theme of consecrating one’s life to Christ. “Take My Life and Let it Be” is one of her most well known, and I cannot wait for my children to learn it line by precious line. Will you join us in in a challenge to memorize, meditate on and sing this hymn to the Lord with your families this month?
If you are interested in diving deeper, there are a few books to help your study of this hymn available on Amazon. “Kept for the Master’s Use,” written by Havergal and “Frances Ridley Havergal: The Girl Who Loved Mountains” (Trailblazers) are both excellent resources.
If you are new to this community, welcome! It is a great time to join in and make family worship a priority if you haven’t already. You are encouraged to gather up your families, for just a few minutes each day, to sing, discuss and memorize this hymn (hopefully in addition to reading the Scriptures and prayer) whether it is first thing in the morning, or around the dinner table or before bedtime – whatever works best for your family. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! God bless you all this month as you worship together as a family! 💛, April