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Hymn History:  Have Thine Own Way Lord.   

Adelaide Pollard was depressed and thought that God had deserted her. 

She had a great burden for the country of Africa and she believed that she should go there as a missionary, but now as she was preparing to sail, it was evident that the funds she needed could not be raised. 

That evening she read Jeremiah 18:3,4,

the story of the potter. As she read she

believed  the  story  was  her  own.

"Perhaps", she said, "my questioning of

God's will shows a flaw in life, so God

has decided to break me, as the potter

broke the defective vessel, and then to

mold my life again in His own pattern."

That evening she wrote the poem,

which  became  the  hymn, "Have Thine Own Way, Lord." 

Adelaide Pollard finally did minister for God in Africa. She would speak publicly until she was 72 years old.

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  • The Lyrics:  Have Thine Own Way Lord.

​​Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way! 
Thou art the Potter; I am the clay. 
Mold me and make me after Thy will, 
While I am waiting, yielded and still. 

Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way! 
Search me and try me, Master, today! 
Whiter then snow, Lord, wash me just now, 
As in Thy presence humbly I bow. 

Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way! 
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray! 
Power - all power- surely is Thine! 
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine! 

Have Thine own way, Lord! have Thine own way! 
Hold o'er my being absolute sway! 
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see 
Christ only, always, living in me!