Heroes of the Faith Fanny Crosby
I would like to introduce a new monthly series, if you will, on “Heroes of Faith.” Ladies, we all need Titus 2 mentors to guide us throughout our walks with Christ. It is also nice to refer back to stories of trial and triumph from ladies who have gone before us, ladies who have made their marks in history for the advancement of the Gospel of Christ. We refer to these stories to bring us some type of comfort in knowing that we also can succeed in our passion of the Word. Please understand that I am not equating these ladies to Christ. Obviously, our ultimate hero is Jesus Christ, the Son of Man who laid down His life so our sins would be forgiven. Regardless of what another person has done or is currently doing, our desire should always be to live more Christ-like. However, I hope to inspire you, much like these ladies have inspired me, to get motivated and produce a yearning to further the advancement of God’s Word. These ladies that I will be introducing were the hands and feet of Jesus. These ladies removed themselves from their comfort zones and performed the tasks that the Lord has called all of us to do – Go and Proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
So why is Fanny Crosby so important?
She was born Frances Jane van Alystne. She was an amazing composer, missionary worker, poet, and lyricist. Fanny has an amazing story! She was born in 1820 and at only 6 weeks old, she lost her eyesight because of an eye infection that was treated with mustard seeds. Within that same year, she also lost her father. In order to provide for the family, Fanny’s mother worked as a housekeeper for a rich family. As common then as it is now, Fanny was looked after by her grandmother, Eunice.
Grandma Eunice helped Fanny to “see” the world around her. She would describe to her granddaughter the sights around her in as vivid detail as possible. Grandma Eunice taught Fanny about flowers, trees, birds, sunrise, sunset, and everything else within sight. Her grandmother also taught her how to remember what things were by how they felt. By learning how things felt, Fanny was also able to learn how to identify which leaf came from which type of tree! Imagine not having the technology we are blessed with (or cursed with..lol) today. Imagine not being able to “google” what type of trees you have in the woods around your area. Imagine closing your eyes and feeling the texture of leaves to determine what type of tree it is. Honestly, I can’t imagine doing that. But for Fanny, this was required. She didn’t look at her blindness as a disability. Instead, she viewed her blindness as a blessing! Fanny had an amazing mind and it kept her grandmother busy filling it.
Fanny’s grandmother was a devout Christian and taught Fanny much of the Bible. In fact, by the time Fanny was 12 she had memorized all of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John!!! WOW!!!! Doesn’t reading about Fanny inspire you? If a little girl with the inability to see and study the Bible on her own can hide so much of God’s Word in her heart by memorizing scripture, what can we ladies do?
Fanny is quoted as saying, “The Bible verses were like friends that cheered me up whenever I felt sad about not going to school.” Fanny desperately wanted to attend school. She wanted to learn. She prayed for God to show her a way that somehow, someday she would be able to attend school and learn.
Fanny’s prayers were answered at age 14. Her mother told Franny about an article in the paper stating there was a school for the blind in New York City! Fanny was so excited that God had answered her prayers! Although Fanny was very excited to go to school, it meant she would have to leave her mother and grandmother.
Fanny was terrible at math. However, she excelled with her words, which was evident by a poem she had written at only 8 years old. Fanny began really working on her poems and improving her vocabulary. Over the years, her poems continued to improve. Soon, she was writing poems for Presidents and Governors and would recite them when they came to visit the school!
Fanny’s family was thrilled with the school, but was more excited that Fanny was able to get an education! After Fanny graduated from school, she was offered a job to teach there. She poured her heart and soul into her teaching job! While teaching, Fanny continued to write poetry and songs. It wasn’t long before Preachers and Presidents wanted her songs!! Fanny loved being able to sing and travel and, most of all, to tell people about Jesus!
In Fanny’s lifetime, she wrote more than 8,000 songs!! She was one of the most prolific hymnists of all time. Many of her songs are in hymnals and song books today! Millions of people continue to be blessed by the music and work of Fanny Crosby. Some of Fanny’s most famous songs are “Blessed Assurance,” “Pass me not,” “O Gentle Savior,” “Jesus is Tenderly Calling You Home,” “Praise Him, Praise Him,” “Rescue the Perishing,” and “To God Be The Glory.” You can read more about her HERE. Also, check out my post on Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up.
So what did I wear? This was the outfit I put together for the Youth Rally at church. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
Without the jacket
This outfit was SO comfortable!
With the jacket. I adore a jean jacket in the fall! 🙂
You cannot see it well but I had my hair twisted to the side with a Lilla Rose clip.
Dress: Old Navy. I bought TALL in this dress so that it would come to my knees. 🙂
Tights: I dunno. Probably Fred Myer from last year
Boots: Bear Claw bought at the Exchange during their boot sale last year.
Jean Jacket: Old Navy bought on clearance! 30% off plus 10% military discount.
Have a blessed week!