Today in church I taught the lesson to the Relief Society, or all the women in my congregation ages 18 and up. My topic was this talk from LDS General Conference, "Yielding our Hearts to God" by Neill F. Marriott. This woman is in the leadership presidency over all the LDS teenage girls ages 12-18. In this worldwide address a couple months ago, she spoke fondly of her youth in the deep South and how much this Protestant hymn means to her. The lyrics touched me deeply as well, and I sure wish it was in our hymnbook too!
- Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.Mold me and make me after Thy will,While I am waiting, yielded and still.
- Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!Search me and try me, Master, today!Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
- Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!Power, all power, surely is Thine!Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.
- Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!Hold o’er my being absolute sway!Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall seeChrist only, always, living in me.
It has been a difficult weekend for me, and I love this humble plea to the Lord. I learned while preparing and teaching, that God can make our lives so much better than we can. If we hand him our protected hearts, he can mold us and shape us into something so beautiful, so exquisite. May we remember to be yielded and still to the whisperings of the Spirit.