Have Your Way, O LORD: A Poem

This week I want to share the following poem with you as we are preparing to release our new Bible study compilation, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character. Just like a homeowner has to open up his house to a renovation team, we have to open our hearts to God for Him to work in us and conform us to Christ’s likeness. This poem was first published in the Fruit of the Spirit issue of Refresh, which was the basis of Heart Renovation.


“Prepare the way of the LORD,

Make His paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled

And every mountain and hill brought low;

The crooked places shall be made straight

And the rough ways smooth.”

Luke 3:4-5 NKJV


I can dream, but I don’t know

Of all the beauty You want to show,

Of who You are and what You can do

In a life that’s totally committed to You.


Too often I get in the way

Of Your work day by day

To use me as a brilliant light.

I repent of putting up a fight.


I let go of my fruitless ways,

And repent of my selfish craze.

I embrace Your truth and love.

I know I have help from up above.


But also, Your Spirit is in my heart,

Working regularly as I do my part,

Transforming me to be like Your Son,

Molding me until the makeover is done.


I will give Him room in my heart to move.

I will cooperate with Him till He can prove

That Your Word is a reality within,

And He has cleansed me of every hidden sin.


Have Your way, O LORD; do Your will.

I’ll clear a path and cherish the thrill

Of crooked places being made straight,

Of my stubbornness beginning to break.


Bring the mountains of rebellion low.

Level the lofty hills of prideful woe.

Smooth out the rough ways of anger and hurt.

Fill the valleys with righteous dirt.


Walk a straight path into my heart,

And may the course be easy to chart.

All the hindrances I’m setting aside.

In all Your promises I will abide.


Have Your way, O LORD, and I will rejoice

Every day that I’ve made my choice.

I want Your will, Your ways, Your plan.

I want to walk through life with You, hand in hand.

© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman


Why do you think it’s so hard sometimes to be open to God’s will? What has helped you to have an open heart towards God and His transforming work?


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Godly character, Have Your Way, O LORD, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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An editor for Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Katy Kauffman is also a Bible study author who loves to write about the treasures of Scripture. Her Bible studies focus on winning life's spiritual battles, and her blog shares snippets of "scrapbooked" encouragement. Learn more about The Scrapbooked Bible Study, and follow Katy's blog to receive weekly posts. 


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