Find God in the Life of Frances Ridley Havergal

By  Karen O’Connor:

Frances Ridley Havergal

It’s easy to find God in the life of Frances Ridley Havergal, writer of many beloved hymns.

“Frances was a bright but short lived can­dle in Eng­lish hym­no­dy. She was bap­tized by hym­nist John Ca­wood. She was read­ing by age four, and be­gan writ­ing verse at age se­ven. She learned La­tin, Greek and He­brew, and mem­o­rized the Psalms, the book of Isai­ah, and most of the New Test­a­ment.” (From cyberhymnal.org)

Frances’ words and breath were about the love of God and the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. She lived a simple, quiet life, selling all of her jewelry to devote herself to ministry and writing, and taking no apparent interest in anything that was going on in the world except saving souls for Christ.

Her best loved hymns include: “Take My Life and Let it Be,” “Lord, Speak to Me,” and “Who is On the Lord’s Side.”

She is buried next to her father at Astley Church in Astley, England. The inscription on her tomb says it all. “By her writings in prose and verse she being dead yet speaketh.” She also wrote religious tracts and works for children.

Be inspired by this YouTube video of “Take My Life and Let It Be” and you too will surely find God in the life and hymns of Frances Ridley Havergal.

Familiar with a different version? Here’s that one too:

 ©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

 

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Finding God in Mountain-Moving Faith

By  Karen O’Connor:

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Jesus said to his followers:

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20 in the Bible).

Of course this doesn’t mean, as my pastor made clear one Sunday, that God will allow us to shift the Sierra Mountain Range around like magic! But it does mean that we can find God in mountain-moving faith—the kind of belief in Him that will not allow any ‘mountain’ to defeat us: no mountain of fear or failure or guilt or worry or sorrow or challenge.

Whatever your mountain, you can remove it when you stand firm and trust God. You don’t have to try harder or stay up longer or work to your utmost to move the mountain—not at all. You simply need to have faith in a mountain-moving God.

The Lord will then answer in the way that he knows is best for you. You can count on that. No doubt God has already moved many mountains in your life—but you may have forgotten some—as I have in my life until I stop and think and then remember them.

He moved:

The mountain of fear of lack by giving me consistent work.

The mountain of unreliable transportation by giving me an affordable car.

The mountain of a toxic relationship by taking that person out of my life.

The mountain of separation from my parents by bringing them closer to me before they died.

When you believe in and serve a mountain-moving God He will empower you.

Jesus said:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these . . .” (John 14:12 in the Bible).

Find God in mountain-moving faith and live the life you’ve always wanted.

Take a look at this inspiring YouTube video on the power of mountain-moving faith.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor        

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Finding God by Faith and Not by Sight

By  Karen O’Connor:

walk by faith and not by sight

As I look back on my life, I did just the opposite of what the apostle Paul taught in the Bible.

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7 New Testament.)

Finding God by faith and not by sight, took me by surprise when I committed my life to Christ at age 42, because I had lived by sight for so long. All my choices and decisions had been based on what I felt, what I noticed, what I heard and saw in the world. And I held my own point of view in high regard.

That is, until the crisis of an unwanted divorced knocked me down. I lay there as still as a stone. I had no resources, no help, no answers–until a counselor friend asked me a disturbing question. “How are you and God getting along?”

What kind of a question is that? I wondered. I hadn’t even thought about God except when I said a mere ‘thank you’ before a meal. But that question would not let go of me. It started a journey that led me to Jesus Christ––his teachings, his promises, his friendship––and to the knowledge that to walk with Christ, is to live by faith, not by sight, in marriage, in parenting, in relating to everyone I encounter, and to ask for His grace when I fail.

I started attending church, enrolled in a Bible study, and made friends with people whose faith-walk I admired. The sermons of Charles Spurgeon, one of the great Christian preachers and writers of the 19th century, led me to a deep and personal relationship with God. Check out his Sermon #677: Faith Versus Sight one of many he preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London.

According to the history of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) began preaching in 1853, before he was 20 years old.

“Charles H. Spurgeon pastored the church for 38 years, founding a pastors’ college, an orphanage, a Christian literature society and The Sword and the Trowel magazine. Over 200 new churches were started in the Home Counties alone, and pastored by his students. His printed sermons (still published) fill 62 volumes.”

“During Charles Spurgeon’s ministry tens of thousands were converted to God under the preaching of the Word.”

He once preached to 23,654 people at once– at The Crystal Palace in London.

I hope you will take time to read his Faith Versus Sight message with so many interesting insights.

I also like this quote from author Peter De Vries:

“It takes a lot more faith to live this life without faith than with it.”

Finding God by faith, not by sight is a journey you won’t regret.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor

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