Monday, April 27, 2009

Motivate Me Monday ~ Praise Habit

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;
take my feet, and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee.

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

Take my silver and my gold,
not a mite would I withhold;
take my intellect, and use
every power as thou shalt choose.

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.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store;
take my self, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee.

Words: Frances Ridley Havergal, 1874

We sang this beautiful old hymn at church yesterday morning, and I was struck at how seamlessly it fits in (especially the portion I have highlighted) with the book I'm reading in my quiet times called Praise Habit by David Crowder.

I am only through the first chapter, and I am even going to go back through and read those again, because I want to make sure that the concepts are ingrained in my head. It's an impossibly beautiful book, and I am loving Crowder's style - a lot!!!

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes:
What if we were so moved by who God is, what He's done, what He will do, that praise, adoration, worship, whatever, continuously careened in our heads and pounded in our souls? What if praise were on the tip of our tongues like we were a loaded weapon in the hands of a trigger-happy meth addict and every moment might just set us off? This is what we will do for eternity. What makes us think our time on earth should be any different? What keeps it from being so?

Do you see what I mean!?!!?!
We were meant for every moment to be alive with this dynamic relating and vibrant presence of hope in finding our Maker near us . . . Grasping this does not diminish the necessity of or disciplines; it only brings to them more depth and beauty.

It' a great read, very challenging and inspiring, I would highly recommend it!

Hope you all have a great Monday!


  1. Imagine what the world would be like if believers could live like that all the time! I think I'm going to have to pick up that book.

  2. Oh my! I have to get this book! AWESOME! I love this beautiful song.

    Tänia of Faith Prints

  3. Oh, this is good! I'm going to have to check out that book!

    I love the lyrics to old hymns!

  4. Love the post...very inspirational. Great blog; I'm following you. Check out my blog and if you like what you see follow me! :D
    Can't wait to read more!

  5. I was reading Streams in the Dessert this morning and I decided to Google Frances Ridley Havergal.I found your page and saw the hymn you posted by this author. I love this hymn as well and I use to sing it all the time in a Methodist church we use to attend.

    Also, this fall I'm in a Brit Lit class for this time period & I so appreciate Havergal's poem "Go back to thy garden-plot, Sweetheart!
    Bless you for your encouraging posts! Keep up the great work!


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