Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"It is not in me." (Job 28:14)


As I opened my Streams in the Desert, this morning, August 26th, my heart was again stirred by the penned thoughts of someone long ago-now touching my heart today. God is so like that-giving me just what I need for the moment.
                             "Christ is wisdom and He is our deepest need."
"I remember saying one summer, "What I really need is a trip to the ocean." So I went to the beach, but the ocean seemed to say, "It is not in me!"  The ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said,
"Perhaps the mountains will provide the rest I need." I went to the mountains, and when I awoke the first morning, I gazed at the magnificent mountain I had longed to see. But the sight did not satisfy, and the mountain said, "It is not in me."
    What I really needed was the deep ocean of God's love, and the high mountains of His truth within me. His wisdom had depths and heights that neither the ocean nor the mountains could contain and that could not be compared with jewels, gold, or precious stones. Christ is wisdom and He is our deepest need. Our inner restlessness can only be pacified by the revelation of His eternal friendship and love for us."
                                                from Streams in the Desert, L.B.Cowman


Christ has fulfilled my deepest need, my longing for peace with God, by a relationship with my Savior and Lord, Jesus, who died for me that I may have eternal life.
In all I do today, my words and actions are in thanksgiving for His abundant grace flowing over me.

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing." 2 Corinthians 6:10

This evening, friends, I share with you a reading from Streams in the Desert,
 by L.B. Cowman.
This is an excerpt from an August selection that has touched my heart today, as I feel it will yours.

Sorrowful was beautiful, but his beauty was the beauty of the moonlight shining through the leafy branches of the trees in the woods. His gentle light made little pools of silver here and there on the soft green moss of the forest floor. And when he sang, his song was like the low, sweet calls of the nightingale, and in his eyes was the unexpected gaze of someone who has ceased to look for coming gladness. He could weep in tender sympathy with those who weep, but to rejoice with those who rejoice was unknown to him.

   Joy was beautiful, too, but hers was the radiant beauty of a summer morning. Her eyes still held the happy laughter of childhood, and her hair glistened with the sunshine's kiss. When she sang, her voice soared upward like a skylark's, and her steps were the march of a conqueror who has never known defeat.
 She could rejoice with anyone who rejoices, but to weep with those who weep was unknown to her.

    Sorrow longingly said, "We can never be united as one."
"No, never," responded Joy, with eyes misting as she spoke, "for my path lies through the sunlit meadows, the sweetest roses bloom when I arrive, and songbirds await my coming to sing their most joyous melodies."

"Yes, and my path," said Sorrow, turning slowly away, "leads through the dark forest, and moonflowers, which open only at night, will fill my hands. Yet the sweetest of all earthly songs- the love song of the night-will be mine. So farewell, dear Joy, farewell."
Yet even as Sorrow spoke, he and Joy became aware of someone standing beside them. In spite of the dim light, they sensed a kingly Presence, and suddenly a great and holy awe overwhelmed them. They then sank to their knees before Him.
   "I see Him as the King of Joy," whispered Sorrow, "for on His head are many crowns, and the nailprints in His hands and feet are the scars of a great victory. And before Him all my sorrow is melting away into deathless love and gladness. I now give myself to Him forever."
"No, Sorrow," said Joy softly, "for I see Him as the King of Sorrows, and the crown on His head is a crown of thorns, and the nailprints in His hands and feet are the scars of terrible agony. I also give myself to Him forever, for sorrow with Him must be sweeter than any joy I have ever known."
"Then we are one in Him," they cried in gladness," for no one but He could unite Joy and Sorrow."
Therefore they walked hand in hand into the world, to follow Him through storms and sunshine, through winter's severe cold and the warmth of summer's gladness, and to be "sorrowful, yet always rejoicing."
                    Does Sorrow lay his hand upon your shoulder,
                            And walk with you in silence on life's way,
                    While Joy, your bright companion once, grown colder,
                            Becomes to you more distant day by day?
                    Run not from the companionship of Sorrow,
                            He is the messenger of God to thee;
                    And you will thank Him in His great tomorrow-
                            For what you do not know now, you then will see;
                    He is God's angel, clothed in veils of night,
                    With whom we "walk by faith" and "not by sight"
                                                                                      [ 2 Corinthians 5:7KJV]

          

In deepest prayer and thoughts of you, dear readers, as we walk this journey, not alone,
 but ever clinging to Him.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Feeling Discouraged Today? Come Just As You Are


"Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, 
for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For  My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."   Jesus, from Gospel of Matthew 11:28-30

Friends, come as you are today, find Hope here:

https://myhopewithbillygraham.org/program/heaven/


Do you know Christ?   Are you ready? 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What Do I Know Of Holy?


Lyrics fromAddison Road



I made You promises a thousand times                                      

I tried to hear from Heaven
But I talked the whole time
I think I made You too small
I never feared You at all, No
If You touched my face would I know You?
Looked into my eyes could I behold You?

[CHORUS]
So What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
So What do I know? What do I know of Holy?

I guess I thought that I had figured You out
I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about
How You were mighty to save
Those were only empty words on a page
Then I caught a glimpse of who You might be
The slightest hint of You brought me down to my knees

[CHORUS]
So What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
So What do I know? What do I know of Holy?

[CHORUS 2]
What do I know of Holy?
What do I know of wounds that will heal my shame?
And a God who gave life it's name?
What do I know of Holy?
Of the One who the angels praise?
All creation knows Your name
On earth and heaven above
What do I know of this love?

[CHORUS]
So What do I know of You
Who spoke me into motion?
Where have I even stood
But the shore along Your ocean?
Are You fire? Are You fury?
Are You sacred? Are You beautiful?
What do I know? What do I know of Holy?

What do I know of Holy?
What do I know of Holy?

                                                   Friends, as I walked this morning, and looked up at His sky, a new sky He paints every morning, this song I heard, and it touched my heart.
Yes, what do I know of Holy?

"For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
'I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of  the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite."'   Isaiah 57:15

                                 "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of  hosts;
                                  the whole earth is full of His glory!"               Isaiah 6:3

                                  "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
                                   who was and is and is to come!"                      Revelation 4:8

"And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
                                    'Great and amazing are Your deeds,
                                         O Lord God the Almighty!
                                      Just and true are Your ways,
                                         O King of the nations!
                                      Who will not fear, O Lord,
                                          and glorify Your name?
                                      For You alone are holy.
                                         All nations will come
                                         and worship You,
                                       for Your righteous acts have been revealed."'       Revelation 15:3,4


 Let us, friends, walk through this day in praise of Holy God. And if you want a personal relationship with the God of the universe, please read, "Steps to Peace with God", on the right of this blog.
God bless your day!
maureen



Sunday, August 2, 2015

In Thanksgiving for Bountiful Blessings

"...singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart ,
            giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name
            of our Lord Jesus Christ.."  Ephesians 5:20

How was your week, friends? Went by fast, yes, I know, and the start of a new week and a new month is upon us.
Much to do, much not finished from last week, now added to this week's agenda.
But I just want to stop and replay the minutes of week past, remembering and giving thanks for the big and small gift moments from the Lord.

 Like my day with our granddaughter, watching her
putting the final coat of sealer on her paper mache
bowl that she designed.
 Then we were off on another project of making
Rice Krispies' treats dipped in chocolate




                      Joy of granddaughter picking vegatables with me, then snapping away!

She decided to try her paper mache bowl as a hat instead.





Last evening, our neighbor lit up our country sky with another of his
magnificent light shows!






Did you see the blue moon on the 31st
(Second full moon in a month)
July 2nd was also a full moon.

And did the days between the two moons fly by so very fast! Now we are into August, the last of the summer months, hopefully holding many warm, sun-soaked days to enjoy.

Each night, my day ends with a from-the-heart prayer of thanksgiving for each blessing given, from the One who hung His moons in His galaxies and vast universe and gave us two full phases for earth's moon in one month, not to be seen again until January 31, 2018.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Through waves, and clouds, and storms He gently clears the way."

Since 1997, when I received Streams In The Desert, 366 daily devotional readings /[compiled by]
L.B. Cowman, first published in 1925, I have read  almost consistently for 18 years, deriving comfort and encouragement from the daily entries.
Today, July 29th, is no different. A touch of today's blessing reads;

"We must trust the Lord through the darkness, and honor Him with unwavering confidence even in the midst  of difficult situations."      J.R. Macduff

                             " If  we could see beyond today
                                    As God can see;
                               If all the clouds should roll away,
                                     The shadows flee;
                                O'er present griefs we would not fret.
                                Each sorrow we would soon forget,
                                For many joys are waiting yet
                                      for you and me.

                                If we could know beyond today
                                       As God does know,
                                Why dearest treasures pass away
                                       And tears must flow;
                                 And why the darkness leads to light,
                                 Why dreary paths will soon grow bright;
                                 Some day life's wrongs will be made right,
                                         Faith tells us so.

                                "If we could see, if we could know,"
                                         We often say,
                                  But God in love a veil does throw
                                          Across our way;
                                  We cannot see what lies before,
                                  And so we cling to Him the more,
                                  He leads us till this life is o'er;
                                  Trust and obey.
"I have loved you with an everlasting love;
          therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you."   
                                                                                                  Jeremiah 31:3 

                                                                               Post dedicated to anyone so broken in heart,
                                                                               yet, not beyond the healing touch of One, who
                                                                               carried all our brokenness to the Cross, and
                                                                               redeemed  sorrow for inexpressible joy.

Monday, July 27, 2015

"These things I have spoken unto you that in Me you may have peace." John 16:33

This morning, on my walk, I listened, yet again, to this sermon, from many years ago, by John MacArthur, but oh, so timely in the days we are now living. I invite you take time this Monday to listen, ponder the truths he speaks, then share with someone in need of peace in their life.

Peace: A By-Product of Faith, Hope, and Love, Part 2

http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/1563/peace-a-byproduct-of-faith-hope-and-love-part-2 









Have you noticed all the Queen's Anne Lace, also called wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace, now in bloom along roadsides and fields- such striking beauty for our enjoyment by our Creator!


I love the quiet, serene time of early morning walking.
                                                                                                    Stargazer lilies, my favorite,and actually all lilies, casting their fragrance throughout my garden, and enjoyed gracing our table. 
                                                                                    






I could sit for hours, on our front porch, and even from my computer room window, watching the many birds that frequent our two feeders, affording us such enjoyment.

In one of my gardens, I have a small patch of  Blue Paradise Phlox, which I will replant in the fall, in full sun for it to flourish and spread.
It's easy to grow, very fragrant and attracts butterflies.
But the real reason for my love of phlox is that so many memories of my youth are attached to this flower. Oh, how I remember it well in my grandmother's garden!


Come sit, friends, and give thanks for His many
daily blessings- a good way to start the beginning of a new week.
Front porch beauty of petunias and sweet potato vines
Morning glories entwining "Old Glory"


May faith, hope, and  love abide in your hearts,
my friends, through knowing Jesus Christ.

"These things I have spoken unto you 
that in Me you may have peace."

spoken by Jesus
 from John 16:33

Friday, July 17, 2015

Abiding in the Vine During Dark Days

http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/1556
We're living in a very hostile world, each day is affirming this no matter where you make your home on this earth.  But I continue to say that there is hope, found only in a relationship with Christ, a surrender of one's life to Him; then peace reigns in the heart. If you desire a relationship with God and His peace, please read, "Steps to Peace with God" on the right side of this blog or visit www.godlife.com  or  www.peacewithgod.net
As I'm out walking, morning and evening, I now listen to sermons from John MacArthur, whom I believe is a most outstanding Bible teacher of this day. I have been studying the Gospel of John for several weeks, now being in chapter 15; The seventh "I Am" statement of Jesus.

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit...
By this My Father is glorified that you bear much fruit and so prove to be  My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you."    John 15:1,2,8,9

The present series that I am listening to is called "Abiding in Christ" and can be found at
   www.gty.org/resources/sermons
 
http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/1556

 This is a resource I find so helpful during these days when I just want to go so much deeper into
God's Word.

So my gardening friends, are you overloaded with an abundance of that dark green vegetable that seems to grow overnight, in our July gardens?
All sizes and shapes of zucchini are grown in our garden and used in all kinds of recipes, our favorite being Italian Zucchini Pie.
But there is a recipe that tops that and it's Zucchini Bread. I first received this recipe in 1993, from a neighbor across our backyard who brought us a fresh loaf of her bread.
Today, I made 12 small loaves to freeze, to be enjoyed even as late as our Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanks to my dear friend, Cheryl, and happy birthday today!                                        

Blessings upon you, friends, and in prayer for all,
maureen


 Our mother mourning dove used her previous nest and had one more chick.
 This little one is so delightful, and stayed on the porch for a couple days before venturing into the flower garden with the other doves.

                                   

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Praise You In The Storm







As I walk through these days of sorrow, I see His hand is everything around me, knowing He has never left.
Today, as the busyness of kitchen chores keeps me engrossed, yet ever listening to praise and worship music, I was drawn to these words from "Praise You In The Storm".
Thank You, Lord, for this gift at the time I needed it most.
I know many of you, friends, are going through your own storm right now; know that He is with you, and will never leave you. Trust in Him to see you through- just keep praising Him in the storm!
(silence the blog music, lower left, and listen as He talks to you) God bless you!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lamentations of the Heart


I heard it in his voice, I saw it in her eyes, the unbearable anguish of heart, wringing out pain moments
through the days, since the moment of heart piercing, when death reared its ugly head upon one so loved.
                Even so....

                                        Your Grace is Enough

I heard it in Pastor's voice as he spoke, Sunday, from Psalm 18:2
                                        The Lord is my rock and my fortress
                                               and my deliverer,
                                        my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
                                        my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Doing "the hard" comes to pastors, too, in the words, "it's cancer", to daughter in her prime years, yet, can answer her father's heart-felt question, "Do you still trust God", with, " Oh yes, I still trust God, no matter what ."
                                         Your Grace is Enough

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness."
                                                                 Jesus   (2 Corinthians 12:9)










Saturday, July 11, 2015

"And God Will Wipe Away Every Tear..."

"...from their eyes; there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. 
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

Then He who sat on the throne said,
                      "Behold, I make all things new." 
And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."
                                                           Revelation 21:4,5

God of all comfort, heal us, we cry.
It was a soft drizzle that wrapped around the morning graveside service, like tears from heaven falling upon
broken hearts kneeling on interment ground.

"Let not your hearts be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so,  I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
And where I go you know, and the way you know."
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
                                  Jesus' comfort in John 14: 1-4, 27

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Lord Is My Shepherd


Just a few short hours ago, I wrote words of the heaviness  upon my heart- burdens that we carry about life, but most tender and deep are the burdens we carry in our heart for our loved ones.

Did not I say that we must turn them all over to the Lord, to trust Him with our every care, worry, sorry, grief, even all joys, and happiness- He wants it all; we are to surrender it all. He carried our sins, our pain to the cross and it was nailed  with each blow of the hammer upon His precious hands and feet. Then Jesus died in our place.
All because of His deep love for us.

Now,within this last hour, I received word of the death of one so young, so tender, and so very dear to our hearts.
Ask,"Why God?"  No.
I will only trust in my God, my Savior and Lord.

                   Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
                                                                      He makes to lie down in green pastures;
                                                                       He leads me beside the still waters.
                                                                       He restores my soul;
                                                                       He leads me in the paths of righteousness
                                                                       For His name's sake.
                                                                       
                                         Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
 I will fear no evil;
For  You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.
                                           Trust in God,  our only hope.                                                                


Saturday, July 4, 2015

"When God Whispers Loudly"

This is the title of a very small book, by Chris Hibbard, I found in my Kindle collection yesterday. So small it took only minutes to read, but a profound message that I needed to hear, at just this time, when days can seem overwhelmingly stressful and out of control in our world and National situations, and questions arise, "Why God?"
Throughout the day, God loudly whispered,"Trust in Me.Stay close to Me."
So, I say to you, friend, whatever is heavy on your heart today, give it all to Him, because He cares for you, and has promised to carry all our burdens, if we but trust in Him.
                                    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
                                     and do not lean on your own understanding.
                                     In all your ways acknowledge Him,
                                     and He will make straight your paths."  Proverbs 3:5,6
As I walked early this morning, singing my praises to God, I was aware of the many displayed flags flying from homes around my neighborhood in honor of the memory of  that day in 1776, when our founding fathers wrote;
" We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."     From the document  In Congress, July 4th, 1776, A Declaration by the Representatives  of the United States of America In General Congress Assembled.

                                                            "Is It the Fourth?"
"Those were the last words recorded of Thomas Jefferson. He had authored the Declaration of Independence exactly fifty years before he took his last breath. He died July 4, 1826. That same day, his great rival and dear friend, John Adams, died five hundred sixty-two miles to the North. Adams' last words were; 'Thomas Jefferson still survives.'" 
  quotes from newsletter from Tony Perkins' Washington Update for July 3, 2015

As we celebrate with family and friends this 4th of July weekend, let us remember and affirm together,

                                "In God We Trust "