Monday, December 4, 2017

Advent Series ~ Day 4 ~ STRENGTH


25 Days of God Given Gifts
December 4rd - STRENGTH
I can do all this through him 
who gives me strength. 
Philippians 4:13


STRENGTH - Power of resisting attacks; fastness; as the strength of a castle or fort. Support; that which supports; that which supplies strength; security. (Websters, 1828 Dictionary) God is our refuge and strength. Psalm 46:1

Her name was Annie Johnson Flint (1866 - 1932), the author of the poem below. 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.  

Thy Strength and My Day
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.
~ Annie Johnson Flint ~

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4 comments:

Barbara said...

Thank you, Abby, for yet again a message of encouragement and instruction for living a godly life. Your blog posts with their illustrations are so helpful, edifying to those seeking to live for the Lord.

Teresa Arsenault said...

This is lovely. I might have known you would be doing an Advent study. I have another one on the go, but I probably drop in now and again to see what you are doing too. Hugs, Teresa

Vee said...

Annie was (and is) a remarkable woman. I cannot imagine such a life. God surely gave her more grace,

Mary Maples said...

Wow, what a humbling story! Thanks for sharing, Abby!