A Portioned Life

One of my favorite hymns growing up was “Father I Know That All My Life”. I think one of my reasons for liking it was because it was a favorite of my “second mom”, Emma. As I’ve gotten older and walked through my own wildernesses, it has become dear to me for other reasons. It’s a song of petition. It’s a song of contentment. It’s a song of strength. It’s a song of childlike faith. It’s a song of promise.

Recently I sent the lyrics to our worship director, Burress, and asked him to put it to a different tune for me. Today I sat in puddles of tears in my kitchen as I listened to his reflection on these powerful words and prayed about my tomorrow. About finding out whether or not I’m facing cancer again.

I am clinging. He gives the daily strength.

Here is what Burress sent me (Thank you, Burr!). May you be blessed as I have been in knowing that all our life is portioned out by our loving Father.



May He be glorified no matter what my tomorrow holds!

Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,
The changes that are sure to come
I do not fear to see;
I ask Thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.

I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do
Or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child,
And guided where I go.

I ask Thee for daily strength,
To none that ask denied,
A mind to blend with outward life
While keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space,
If Thou be glorified.

In service which Thy will appoints
There are no bonds for me;
My inmost heart is taught “the truth”
That makes Thy children “free.”
A life of self renouncing love
Is a life of liberty.
(Anna L. Waring, 1850)

3 responses to “A Portioned Life”

  1. Amen.

    Angie, May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. I am praying for you sister.



  2. “I ask Thee for daily strength, to none that ask denied.” What beautiful truth. I’m praying with you Angie, and I’ll be thinking about you all day tomorrow.

    LOVE you so much,


  3. And now I sit in a puddle of grateful tears, having been reminded that the Lord has numbered our days. And He knows what number you and I are on today! Thanks for sharing, Ann Marie


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