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Be Thou My Vision: First in My Heart?

I love the rich theology in the old hymns. One of my favorites is “Be Thou My Vision.” Recently, I was struck by the third stanza. How often I sing these beautiful, rich, songs and neglect to really apply the truths.

Riches I heed not, not man’s empty praise,
Thou my inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, My Treasure Thou art.

Two things caught my eye: Riches I heed not and first in my heart. Can I really say I don’t struggle with wanting more riches? Since having a child, I find my desire for security and riches has actually increased. I struggle to be content and believe that God will provide. I often wonder how much is enough and will I be content if I surrender my desires to Him and give even more freely?

As I pondered this, the second phrase stood out to me: Thou and Thou only, first in my heart. What a simple truth. When I believe God and put Him first in my heart (not just my head), it is a natural response give more freely.

The Women Doing Well research revealed women who are giving well have a firm foundation in Scripture. I love the biblical truths represented in this old hymn and pray that my life would sing these truths increasingly.

Julie Wilson

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Julie Wilson

For the past 25 years, Julie has been a visionary strategist and communication specialist. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Boston University, she landed the highly competitive job as an NBC Page in New York City, the same year she became a follower of Christ through the ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. She spent 13 years as a start-up team builder with Priority Associates, a ministry of CRU, and helped launch Revolve, a national tour and conference for teenage girls, which attracted over 38,000 attendees in its first season. In her role as President of Women Doing Well, she gets to engage her passion for women and leadership with her purpose “cultivating change.” Julie and her husband, Gary, live in Richmond, Virginia, with their daughter, Ella.

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