Thursday, September 4, 2008

Re-focusing My Vision

Be Thou My Vision

"Be thou my Vision O Lord of my heart- Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art; Thou my best thought, by day or by night- Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light."

"Be thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word- I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son- Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one."

"Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise- Thou mine inheritance, now and always; Thou and Thou only, first in my heart- High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art."

"High King of heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heaven's Sun! Heart of my own hear, whatever be fall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Ancient Irish Hymn; trans. by Mary E. Byrne, 1880-1931; versified by Eleanor H. Hull, 1860-1935

I have failed to be consistent with my devotions this week. I have failed to put the Lord first. I let busyness take over. I have failed my Lord, my family and myself.

The above hymn reminds me that I need God to be my vision. I need Him to be my wisdom and I need to fill up on His true word. I need to put the Lord first in my heart. When I fail to fill up on God's word, I notice a unpretty difference on how I deal with my day.

How easily I forget this. How quickly I allow myself to get caught up in the busyness of the day. Soon to forget all about the importance of spending quiet time with my Savior.

"Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word." Psalm 119:36-37

Oh Lord, Help me to fill up my heart with Your word. I want You to be my vision. I long for Your wisdom, love and strength. Create in me a desire to seek it each and every day.


  1. I couldn't help but sit here and sing it...a wonderful wonderful devotional song!

    Thanks for the reminder and for sharing this post.

  2. That is one of my favorite hymns! It's so easy to let "life" get in the way. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you Jen! I needed this. I am sick with very painful legs and arms, but just had to get out of bed: and what did I do? I played Solitaire instead of spending the extra time I have now with God! Thank you God for letting Jen reminding me again where I my strength lies. I need you Lord!

  4. So refreshing, Jenn. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  5. I have always loved this hymn so much. Thank you so much for always showing such transparency and honesty in your are so encouraging.


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