Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Annie Johnson Flint, Gifted Poet and Blogging Question


I recently discovered a poet and hymn writer, Annie Johnson Flint, who wrote deep and yet easy to understand poems. Her book "He Giveth More Grace" contains 100 poems that are a delight to read. On Kindle her books are about 99 cents, a bargain price. Above she is in a wheel chair due to extreme arthritis from a young age. She wrote by hand with hands terribly twisted and painful from arthritis.

Annie lived from 1866-1932. After treatment when young at a sanitarium she moved in with a family named Flint and became part of their family.

Above is the book "He Giveth More Grace" that I bought, these 100 poems are all appreciated by me; here is one of them:

Thy Strength and My Day

Give me Thy strength for my day, Lord
That wheresoe'er I go,
There shall no danger daunt me
And I shall fear no foe; 
So shall no task o'ercome me,
So shall no trial fret,
So shall I walk unwearied
The path where my feet are set.
So shall I find no burden
Greater than I can bear,
So shall I have a courage
Equal to all my care;
So shall no grief o'erwhelm me,
So shall no wave o'erflow;
Give me Thy strength for my day, Lord,
Cover my weakness so.

Annie Johnson Flint found her inspiration for this poem in Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them; for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
When I face challenges, which happens more and more now that I am a senior citizen, I love these reminders of good courage, "there shall no danger daunt me".  Well, the words are helpful at any age.
BLOGGER QUESTION. How can I add those little buttons some of you have with each of your posts so that people can click on a button to leave their opinion? Buttons that say Like, Funny, or other comments. A blog friend asked me to add this feature and I can't figure out how. I hope one of my helpful followers will enlighten me. Thank you blog friends for letting me know that this option of buttons that say "like", "funny" etc. is no longer available on blogger. 
Also, something awful has occurred, my blog roll has disappeared! I loved that list of all the blogs I follow, and I used it to check out blog posts if I haven't seen a post from a favorite blogger in a while. Very big loss for me!


Sam Sattler said...

That's an interesting question. I've never seen that option on the Blogger software myself. Unless I've been asleep at the wheel, I don't think that the Blogger folks have added many new options in the last year or so. I'm curious to see if anyone comes up with the feature you're looking for. I do wish that Google was spending more time on updates to Blogger software...been a while.

Jenny the Pirate said...

I love poetry, especially poetry by people of faith. Thank you for brining Ms. Flint to my attention! I will check her out. xoxo

Mevely317 said...

Isn't it ironic - and beautiful, too - that some of the most inspirational works come from their authors' suffering? Given the state of our world, this one's sure timely.
Sorry, I've seen those buttons but have no idea where they come from.

Betsy said...

What a beautiful poem. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
I'm sorry I don't know the answer to your blogging question. Since I also used blogger, I don't remember seeing that option either.

Ann said...

No clue how to answer that question. There used to be a place to add widgets and stuff but now I don't even see that.

Rian said...

I have seen this feature on Facebook, but never on Blogger... so, not sure that it is available.

Susan Kane said...

I don't see that option. Kinda happy I don't.

Michelle said...

Hmmmmm...I am not sure about the blogger question. Wish I could offer more help.

happyone said...

I just looked around to see if I could find out how to add that option but couldn't find it. I'm going to try again!

That verse that was an inspiration for Annie is one of my favorite verses!

Mari said...

What an amazing testimony she had through her poems.
I wish I could help with your question, but I have no idea!

Linda Reeder said...

Those sound like Facebook options, not blogger options.

Margaret D said...

Not familiar with that question.
That lady, what pain she went through and it's pleasing to find poems that are easy to understand it's for sure some are not, even the ones I've written sometimes :)

Linda said...

I've always loved her writings, hymns, and testimony!
I remember those buttons! Sorry, but I have no clue how to find them.....

dori said...

I LOVE this prayer- it is somehow also my prayer since years - - to stand in the Will of the Lord makes us calm, trusting, strong even if we are weak. You know this - - - . Thank you for this post, dear Terra!

The Feminine Energy said...

What a beautiful poem, Terra, from an amazing woman. Hopefully this book is at my local library. I'll check it out sometime. As far as the techie question, you know me.... I don't have a clue. I wish I could be of some help. ~Andrea xoxoxoxo

My Tata's Cottage said...

I love reading these stories. What beautiful words. This was so wonderful to read and I have been absent from blogging. Good to be here. Have a great rest of your week. HUGS

Lisa said...

There used to be an option for those buttons in blogger, but its not there anymore. Here is were they used to be.
go to “Layout’. In the block that says “blog post”, click on the little edit button on the bottom right. The option used to be there.
You can probably find a code to add the buttons from another site by searching in Google. but adding that kind of stuff to my blog was always confusing to me. Good luck.

NanaDiana said...

Hello Terra, lovely post. How special this woman was to go through this awful pain and be confined to a wheelchair. The poem is lovely. The human spirit is amazing. As for your question, Blogger did away with those like, funny comment. They used to be in the Layout under Blog posts. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

You said (in a comment) that your Blog Roll disappeared. -sigh-

Mine is still at the bottom of my blog, at this minute! Hope it stays there!

Don't know where you had your Blog Roll placed, though.

Do not know anything about how to add those boxes... Perhaps Blogger does not have this option... Perhaps she saw it, on a different blogging platform...


Beside a babbling brook... said...

And you said that you lived on Nevis/St. Kits for a few months!!!! What was it like? As idyllic as they show on "Death In Paradise" tv show? -smile-

Probably not. A tv show can choose not to show any not-so-perfect areas.


Lin said...

Love the poem! It's just perfect.

Aritha said...

Such a nice pome. Thank you. New for me.

bill burke said...

Beautiful poem. She had lots of perseverance to write even though she was in pain.

rhymeswithplague said...

I have loved “He Giveth More Grace” for many years. It has been set to music and made into a beautiful vocal solo and even a four-part arrangement (SATB) for choir.

Another wonderful poem by Annie Johnson Flint is “What God Has Promised” and I recommend it to you if you are not familiar with it.

rhymeswithplague said...

I have loved “He Giveth More Grace” for many years. It has been set to music and made into a beautiful vocal solo and even a four-part arrangement (SATB) for choir.

Another wonderful poem by Annie Johnson Flint is “What God Has Promised” and I recommend it to you if you are not familiar with it.

rhymeswithplague said...

“He Giveth More Grace” has been a favorite of mine for many years. It has been set to music and made into a beautiful vocal solo and even a four-part choir arrangement. Another wonderful poem by Annie Johnson Flint is “What God Has Promised” that I think you would like also.

Anvilcloud said...

The 'buttons' may be added by folk who are commenting from phones. I use them sometimes, but I wish they were available via the computer.

Iris Flavia said...

What a very strong and talented woman that was!
I think the buttons depend on the blogger-theme you choose. But since the "new" blogger-version is on I have no clue. I think I had them, now they´re gone.

P.S. my blog-title. In my home-town I always ordered a pizza that once was #10 on their list and I didn´t like warm ham, so "A ten without ham". When I moved to Braunschweig and family visited they would call the Pizza place and order it with these words and they always said, "can get cold, goes to Braunschweig, right?" :-)
I can only eat half a pizza at one time, so... double half it is.
And they were always so proud I still had this pizza, too. I was 12 when I had it first, now I´m 49.

Jeanie said...

That might be a word press feature and not a blogger one. Otherwise, check the gadgets in Layout.

LC said...

Thanks for the introduction to this poet. And my sympathies about Blogger challenges.

Britta said...

Dear Terra, thank you for recommending this poet - certainly I will look her up on my Kindle and buy her poems .
As to the blog-roll: awful to loose that! I might have seen the option of ticking an emoji - but maybe it is no real loss if it has gone: so you get reactions in the form of comments, which I think much more heartwarming than a "smiley".

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