Sunday, November 22, 2009

~ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS ME~


I'm quite sure that most of you don't know that up until August of this year my Mr. AGPMan was Worship Leader at our local Church here in Oklahoma. My guy has an amazing baritone voice and one of my greatest earthly loves has been to sing along side of him as he's ministered to different congregations. He knows music inside and out and I've been blessed over and over by his God-given talent.

For more years than I can say I've heard my hubby share many of the amazing stories that are often hidden behind some of the most beloved hymns written for the church. Not long before he resigned his position he shared with our local church the story behind the song "All The Way My Savior Leads Me".

Given the struggles and conflicts this week in my own personal life I decided to focus again on my faith. For when the road gets too rough (and it oftentimes does) and the path before me narrows, it is my faith in Jesus Christ that always leads me out of the darkness...

The beautiful Hymn“All The Way My Savior Leads Me” was written by one of the most pro­lif­ic songwriters in history. Miss Fanny Crosby was born in 1820 and went on to write literally thousands of Christian hymns even though she was blinded shortly after she was born. She once said,

“ If per­fect earth­ly sight were of­fered me to­mor­row I would not ac­­cept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been dis­tract­ed by the beau­ti­ful and in­ter­est­ing things about me.”

This beloved hymn came to Miss Fanny as a result of a prayer. She was struggling financially (haven't we all?) and she desperately needed some money. And so, as was her usual custom, she began to pray. A few minutes later, a gentleman offered her five dollars, the exact amount she needed. Later recalling the incident, she said,

“I have no way of accounting for this except to believe that God put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money.”

The poem she wrote afterward became “All The Way My Savior Leads Me.” As both a songwriter and a woman of incredible faith, Fanny Crosby serves as an example to all.

Here are the words below for you to read for yourself this lovely Sunday morning...

"All The Way My Savior Leads Me"

All the way my Savior leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heavnly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread;
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter,
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.

All the way my Savior leads me
O the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages—
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages—
Jesus led me all the way.

Blessings as you rest and abide in Him...Rebecca

22 comments:

Martha's Favorites said...

I love that song. Thanks for reminding me. Thanks for being there for me. You are loved. Martha

Barbara Jean said...

Rebecca,

That was a lovely post.
The song is beautiful.

Hope you are doing OK.

blessings

barbara jean

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Dear Rebecca, when everything in my life seems to be spinning out of control, setting my eyes on Jesus is the best thing I can do! And I'm not even talking about *what* I believe *about* Him- because those things can change. He, on the other hand, does not!

I know you're being blessed as you wait upon Him! ♥

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Miss Fanny Crosby was an amazing woman and accomplished so much in her life. "Blessed Assurance" is my favorite hymn among the many hundreds of music pieces she created. Thank you for this beautiful post, Rebecca. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving all week long! Hugs, Coralie

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Hello my Sweet girly girl, it has been way toooooo long since I last read your inspiring words & it seems it have picked the perfect night to pay you a long over due visit. How gifted was Miss Fanny Grosby (I simply LOVE her name) you can feel her faith in her words. So tell me Hun did you bake a strawberry pie this year???? hahaha had a good old laugh at that post. Hope you are ok?? I just feel something is not right with you right now, you know you are always in my thoughts. I have been side tracked lately painting is yet to be finished, have neglected my blog & visiting my favourite blogs, but am back on track & will get back into the swing of things later today. Ok my Sweet it is late & as usual I am the last to go to bed, which by the way I can hear calling me! Enjoy what is left of your weekend...
Lyn xxx

June said...

Thank you dear friend. I love to come here and read what's in your heart...and it is always beautiful. I treasure your friendship and I realize that had it not been for blogging, I might not have known you. You have always made me so grateful to know you!
Hugs,
June

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I wanted to let you know that your post has blessed me so much. I believe my Savior lead me here this morning. Thank you and have a blessed day. Twyla

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Rebecca... I love all of your posts, but especially on Sundays as you always make me realize just how many blessings I truly have and one of those blessings is having you as a friend... love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

Miss Gracie's House said...

What great thoughts to read first thing this cold morning...I hadn't thought about Fanny Crosby in quite awhile. Oh, for more faith.
Have a great week of preparing and celebrating thankfulness!
Rene'

Mary said...

I so love this hymn, Rebecca, and so glad you've posted the lyrics today. When I was saved at a little Baptist church, at age 1, this became my favorite...my home was dysfunctional and the Lord lifted me, spiritually, out of the clamor with beloved music that brought my heart and mind to focus on Him. I have heard about Miss Crosby, and I want to relay your message today to my husband...he has lost most of his sight, but sings in the choir, and plays drumbs and bongos with the worship team...he has told me that his spiritual eyes have compensated for his natural eyesight, and his faith has grown because of it. God always knows what we need to refine us, to strengthen our faith and trust in Him.

I don't have this beautiful hymn on any cd that I own, so I'm going to find it on the net and play it today.
God bless you, sweet Rebecca...have a wonderful Sunday!

Mary

Terra said...

I love the lyrics to great hymns, old and new and the stories behind the song writers.
I am awarding your blog the Kreative Blogger award.
For info on it, see my post of 11/22/09 at my book's blog:
http://scrapbookofchristmasfirsts.blogspot.com
Terra

blushing rose said...

Blessed Assurance I agree, lifts me so. Her writings/songs are so full of blessings.

You know that I have lifted you in constant prayer at this time, sweet one, as I said I would. You are a very special friend that is loved very deeply. May all that is placed in His hands, be lifted before you all ... He can do anything if we let Him, & trust Him.

We gather before thee, O Lord, humbly asking thru our prayers to protect & keep those that need your strength & love. Amen!

I love you. Hugs forever, TTFN ~ Marydon

Carol said...

Thank you so much for our visit yesterday. It helps when you hold my hand & walk me out of the fog toward the sunlight. You helped me lighten my burden of questionable thoughts. It was nice to lay my head down, without my heart pounding out of control.

Blessings, as you inspire others like myself to stay grounded and keep the Faith.

Carol
from Good 'Ol Texas

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

One of the greatest Christian joys in my life is to hear the OLDE HYMNS..and why certain HYMNS were writen...love the story's behind them. ~
And about the people who are resposibile for these GOD INSPIRED words.

Thank you for sharing this one. Please share MORE of these stories with us. ~~ Or tell me where I might find such stories to read about. Where for instance does your husband find this information.
Our church, like many others..are going more and more toward the "sing songey"..type of music..which is SO repetative and not near as meaningful...for us OLDER Christians who grew up with the lovely old words to what I call REAL Hymns.
Rose
http://delightfulclutter.blogspot.com/

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Sweetie!
Oh I have been so remiss in coming in to visit. And then I see you have been struggling...yet inspiring as well though it all. I will be sure to keep you in my prayers.

Isn't it amazing how GOD uses songs to encourage us through our deepest struggles? More times than I can recount a hymn or song I have heard on Christian radio will *stay* with me through my time of need. GOD is soooo good!

I love the story of Fanny...she truly learned to LIVE by her faith. I have really struggled through a Blind walk of faith lately...I know GOD's been teaching me so much through it, even when LIFE does not make any sense. Thanks for sharing her wonderful song!

Hugs...Lorena

Fairy Footprints said...

Rebecca lovely song, and I love the poem it's wonderful.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Holiday

Blessings,
Heidi

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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love so many of the songs that Fanny Crosby penned. There is theology in the old hymns. I love them so much :-)

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

fannipauline said...

I love the old Hymns. Each week in Sunday School and Church we sing the old hymns with a few Praise songs added, but I prefer the Hymn.....I come away so blessed and thankful for an awesome God.......Pauline

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I do love hearing about the stories behind the hymns. I have been doing the music for our little fellowship that started 2 months ago and it is such a blessing to got thru the hymnal and re read the many words of encouragement and praise.

Speaking of encouragement- my DH was blessed to do his first baptismal service and 3 were baptised!!

blessings for a Happy THanksgiving!
mary

Rita of Grammy's Sweet Nothings said...

Keeping our eyes on Him is the only way! Loved your post!

Lee Laurie said...

This is such a beautiful old hymn. Reminds me of when I was little, Mom played the piano for our little country church. I loved to hear her play these old hymns.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Jessica said...

One of my favorite hymns! Beautiful. :-)

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