Monday, October 7, 2013

Strength for the Day



Thy Strength and My Day
Annie Johnson Flint

Give my Thy strength for my day, Lord,
That wheresoe'er I go,
There shall no danger daunt me
And I shall fear no foe;
So shall no task o'ercome me,
So shall no trial fret,
So shall I walk unwearied
The path where my feet are set;
So shall I find no burden
Greater than I can bear,
So shall I have a courage
Equal to all my care:
So shall no grief o'erwhelm me,
So shall no wave o'erflow;
Give me Thy strength for my day, Lord,
Cover my weakness so.


Her name was Annie Johnson Flint (1866 - 1932), the author of this poem.  She knew of burdens, the need for courage, she knew of just asking the Lord for the strength for the day.  Her Poetry and Hymns were written from her own experiences and adversities. 

Annie lost both parents before the age of six, was adopted, and later in her teens afflicted with painful, crippling arthritis.  Her fingers became closed and rigid; it was even difficult to turn her head.  She took to writing poetry.  In one account I read, she used her knuckles to type out the words on a typewriter.  Another account tells how she painfully penned the words with her crippled hands.


Annie was known as the “poet of helpfulness”, and often gave her poetry as gifts to friends.  As her poems became more widely known, many were set to music. 

The last thirty years of her life were spent bedridden and in pain, but Annie didn't let that stop her from continuing to do the Lord’s work that He had laid on her heart. 


You can click  **here** for a previous post I wrote in regards to Annie Johnson Flint and one of her hymns "He Giveth More Grace".  The scripture graphic featured in today's post is free to you for personal use or sharing.

Linked to:  Monday's Musings,


Blessings to you dear ones,


16 comments:

MaxineD said...

Thank you Abby - those words were so timely for me today.
Blessings
Maxine

Terra said...

I did not know about this lovely lady, thank you for telling me about her here.

SarahGeorge said...

Dear Abby,
A beautiful poem and prayer! It was amazing to read about the author. What an amazing love she had for her creator! Thank you so much for sharing with us.
Blessings
Sarah

Mrs.T said...

Beautiful, Abby! I have long enjoyed the poetry of Annie Johnson Flint, especially the poems that have been set to music. But I had not read this one, and knew very little about the author.

This is very inspiring and encouraging and just what I needed to read today.

Thank you, and have a blessed day!
Mrs.T

Sü Smith said...

Abby thank you so much sharing Strength for the Day in posting the poetry and story of Annie Johnson Flint. She is quite an inspirational woman! This woman's incredible grace and strength is so beautiful.

Vee said...

Had not made the connection between the hymns with which I am familiar and the hymnwriter. I can't get over the words and thoughts from this Dear One's mind in spite of all that she endured. It's Amazing Grace in action that's what it is...(I know that she didn't write AG. ;>) It all gives one pause that's for sure.

Vee said...

Had not made the connection between the hymns with which I am familiar and the hymnwriter. I can't get over the words and thoughts from this Dear One's mind in spite of all that she endured. It's Amazing Grace in action that's what it is...(I know that she didn't write AG. ;>) It all gives one pause that's for sure.

Miss Kathy said...

A good story and courageous lady - oh, that I may walk through my little trials with the grace she lived through hers! Timely, my dear.
Joy!
Kathy

Anonymous said...

God's timing is so good. I'm crying. I needed this.

Connie said...

This is a amazing story of faith.
Thank you for sharing it.

Jennifer Zink said...

Beautiful, Abby. Thank you.

Ceil said...

Hi Abby! I had never heard of this courageous woman. What an inspiring life! I wonder if she ever thought people would be talking about her life all these years later?

So much pain, but so much beauty...Quite an inspiration to me, that's for sure.

Happy Wednesday, my friend!
Ceil

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Such an inspirational story. Thanks for the precious image, too.

Anne said...

This was very timely for me today. I awoke with the sense to submit some health issues, just discovered, fully to the Lord this morning and not to be concerned or upset. My peace gained your post about Annie subsequently has confirmed and encouraged God's word to me even more. What a blessing you are! Thank you!

Joy said...

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing the history of this dear one. It's always an encouragement to know that God delights in using the broken.

Marlou McAlees said...

thank you for sharing this very inspiring lady story and poem, blessings ♥