Take The Name Of Jesus With You

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
- Colossians 3:17 -

Take the name of Jesus with you,
Child of sorrow and of woe;
It will joy and comfort give you-
Take it, then, where'er you go.

Take the name of Jesus ever.
As a shield from every snare;
If temptations round you gather,
Breathe that holy name in prayer.

O the precious name of Jesus!
How it thrills our souls with joy,
When His loving arms receive us
And His songs our tongues employ!

At the name of Jesus bowing,
Falling prostrate at His feet,
King of kings in heav'n we'll crown Him
When our journey is complete.

Precious name {precious name},
O how sweet! {how sweet!}
Hope of earth and joy of heav'n;
Precious name {precious name},
O how sweet! {how sweet!}
Hope of earth and joy of heav'n.
- Lydia Baxter -

Despite being a bed-ridden invalid for much of her life,
Lydia Baxter was known as a zealous Christian worker.
She was born on September 8, 1809, in Petersburg, New York.
Shortly after her conversion as a young person,
she and her sister were personally responsible for establishing a Baptist church
in her home town of Petersburg.
After her marriage, she moved with her husband to New York City,
where she continued her Christian service.
Her home was known as a gathering place for preachers, evangelists, and Christian workers,
who came to her for inspiration and advice.
Her friends used to say that a visit to her sickroom was not so much 
to give her encouragement and comfort as to receive some buoyancy for their own spirits.
Lydia Baxter was an avid student of the Bible
and loved to discuss the significance of spiritual names with her friends.
But the name that meant everything to Lydia was the name of Jesus.
Whenever she was questioned about her cheery disposition
despite her physical difficulties, she would reply,

"I have a very special armor, I have the name of Jesus.
When the tempter tries to make me blue or despondent,
I mention the name of Jesus, and he can't get through to me anymore."
{ 101 More Hymn Stories - Kenneth W. Osbeck }

The name of Christ - the one great word -
well worth all the languages in earth or heaven.
- Samuel Bailey -

Have a most blessed day, dear friends!


Sylvia said...

Blessed be the name of Jesus! There's no other name!
Encouraging post, Stephanie, may your day be blessed!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning my friend. This post reminds me of the day I found my father right at the moment he passed. I ran to get help, and the only thing that could even come out of my mouth was: JESUS. I was able to deal with the moment, though shaken up. After his burial, I went to church one night and the music director shared a new song, saying she felt that there were some of us in the audience who needed to hear it. She said, "The name of this song is called: HE'S AS CLOSE AS THE MENTION OF HIS NAME." Well, if that didn't blow me out of the water.....

HE was there for me when I lost my daddy and called out His name. He's been with me always.

Rejoice and thank you for this reminder. LOVE!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh how very beautiful...just what I needed to read this precious Lord's Day! What a wonderful woman of the faith Lydia Baxter was...I was so blessed to read about her and her devotion to Jesus! Such an amazing hymn with deep meaning - Jesus is our everything!
Blessings to you, dearest Stephanie...I pray you have a truly splendid week ahead...with all my love!

Debbie Harris said...

What an encouraging and lovely post, Stephanie.
Thank you for sharing a glimpse into the life of this dear Lydia Baxter. She was a remarkable women who certainly loved and served her Jesus in a glorious way.
Jesus really is our everything, and with Him our lives can and should be full and glorious.
May our testimony be that of honor to our Savior who is our everything.
To God be the Glory!

I sure enjoyed this post on a beautiful Lord's day!

Love you~ Mom

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, this is a beautiful post for today and a very special one for me especially! I so love this hymn and the marvelous words. Such a great reminder that no matter our circumstances, Jesus is always with us and wants us to serve Him in whatever way He deems. And what a testimony of this gracious Lydia Baxter to minister to so many because of her great love of Jesus. Our sermon today was about the parable in Luke where it talks about discipleship and how in comparison we must love Jesus more than anyone or anything else. I loved that our pastor explained that it wasn't really hating our families or others...just loving them less than Jesus. Precious reminder, dear friend, and I always delight in the beautiful photos! Sending hugs and love!

Parlor Room Ponderings said...

Oh Stephanie, I felt like I was reading one of my posts! Now I get to read about another saint in Christ and how she left her mark for our encouragement. I am truly enjoying learning about the pioneers in the Christian faith. And there definitely is power in the name of Jesus. And I am so very grateful to have Jesus in my life and to share him with so many beautiful women on their blogs. It truly is encouraging!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Amen Sister! I love this hymn and didn't know the story behind it. Most of these hymns have such rich testimonies behind them!

quakerhillfarm said...

Bless His Holy Name! The name that is above All others! Thank you Stephanie for this beautiful tribute to our Lord and one of His dear children from long ago! Blessings to you! Lynn

Nina said...

Amen! Thank you for sharing her story & the encouragement Stephanie, hugs & blessings,

Marilyn Mathis said...

Such a beautiful post. Surely the name of Jesus causes the devil to flee. Your posts and your mother's posts have been lifesavers to me during a very difficult time. God bless you for your willingness to present your love for the Lord so beautifully. Bod bless you both.

Mary E. Stephens said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely old hymn and the story of Lydia Baxter with us. What a testimony of God's grace. She reminds me of Fanny Crosby, Annie Johnson Flint, and Martha Snell Nichols. All these ladies suffered limitations of the flesh, but the Lord used them mightily to give us hymns and poetry that speak for His glory still today.

magnoliasntea said...

Love this song! Our church often sings this as the dismissal song.
Hope your Lord's Day is lovely!

Lady of the Manor said...

I love this song and now it has new meaning for me. Thanks for sharing this inspiring story!

Pam Richardson said...

Stephanie, what a beautiful post about an old hymn that I haven't heard in years. I loved reading the story of the writer. I look forward to spending my Sunday afternoon with your hymn selections and thoughts! You are a blessing, my friend!
Pam (everydayliving.me)

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Stephanie ~ What a wonderfully uplifting post!

I loved this: "I have a very special armor, I have the name of Jesus.
When the tempter tries to make me blue or despondent,
I mention the name of Jesus, and he can't get through to me anymore."

Have a GREAT week ~ FlowerLady

Susan said...

Hello Stephanie...It always amazes me who God calls to be His servants! Sometimes, the most unlikely candidates are "it." He is so wise. Praise His name forever! Susan

Sarah A. said...

We sang this hymn in church today! This has happened more than once where we sing a certain song and I come home to find it on your blog. Praise the Lord! I enjoyed learning a bit about the author as well. Hope your Lord's Day was blessed, dear friend.

Mimi said...

Stephanie, your Sunday posts are like a salve to the soul. Thankyou. Love, Mimi xxx

Mari said...

I loved hearing about the author of that old hymn. Thanks for another great Sunday post.

Red Rose Alley said...

What a nice story about a woman of faith, Stephanie. I really liked the poem she wrote. And it is something that I needed to hear today. Thank you, always, for your special Sunday posts.

love, ~Sheri

mamasmercantile said...

So uplifting, as always a beautiful post and inspirational.

Denise said...

sweetest name I know.

Conniecrafter said...

I love her response, all she has to do is mention Jesus's name, how wonderful, that just the mention of his name can bring the devil down on his knees.
Have a wonderful week!

Debby Ray said...

I love hearing the history behind these precious hymns. This one has long been a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing it, friend. Happy Monday to you!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

You have such a way of sharing scripture with us, Stephanie. I loved hearing the story of Lydia Baxter that you shared with us. Love and hugs sent to you!

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Stephanie, your post always gets to the heart of what is faithful and true. Yes, the name of Jesus is always with us when he lives in our heart. Thank you for sharing about the life of Lydia Baxter. She was a remarkable lady and wrote from the heart and the talents she was blessed with.
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. So nice to catch up with you after being away from my computer.
So missed Roses of Inspiration. See you tomorrow.
Hugs and Blessings, cm

gracefulfig said...

Hi Stephanie! This post was just right for me today - I read it this morning before I went to a call back appointment from the radiologist for another mammogram and then ultrasound. This hymn was in the forefront of my mind, along with others. Well, the outcome is that everything is normal and the little dot they saw was just a happy and healthy little lymph node! God is SO good and thank you again for the blessing of the words of this hymn - BIG hugs, Ann

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful hymn, story, and flowers!

Laura Lane said...

Thank you for introducing us! I want to be an encourager and to buoy spirits with the love of Jesus on and off line.

Blessings to you sweet lady!
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Anne Payne said...

Love this post!!!

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