Tag: Streams in the Desert

Through the Path of Pain We Encounter God

“George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland once said, ‘My dear God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses but not once for my thorns. I have always looked forward to the place where I will be rewarded for my cross, but I have never thought of my cross as a present glory itself. ‘Teach me, O Lord, to glory in my cross. Teach me the value of my thorns. Show me how I have climbed to You through the path of pain. Show me it is through my tears I have seen my rainbow.’” *

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Why Should I Thank God for My Thorns?

Streams in the Desert lay open next to my Bible, its pages dog-eared and underlined, with scribbled notes in margins after years of repeated use. This is my seventh year pouring over these life-changing words, and yet this sweet devotional spoke fresh to me again this morning. I had to ask myself, “Why should I thank God for my thorns?”

George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland once said, ‘My dear God, I have never thanked You for my thorns … ‘

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Quietly Following the Shepherd, One Step At a Time

Blue is getting older. He’s not quite as rambunctious or hard-headed, and rarely needs a leash as we trek up our mountain road.
He stays close to me.

Quite often Blue will pick up a scent and stop to investigate on the edge of our road, nose scrunching rapidly up and down.

I’ll continue to walk on ahead.

Then I’ll stop, turn, pat my leg, and say, “Come, on, Blue. Let’s go.”

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A Prayer to Find God in the Desert Place

Lord, Your ways are not our ways, but Your ways cause me to marvel. I marvel because as I watch and wait and wonder, You fulfill Your Word, especially in the desert places of my life. Why should I doubt? You always do what You say You will do!

You promised us streams in the desert, water in the wilderness. When we are parched and desperate for hope You, according to Your Word, often lead us into the desert where we finally reach the end of ourselves and will yield our hearts and ear to You.

Oh, how great is Your love!

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Have You Thanked God For The Thorns? Me, Either! ‘Til Now

“George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland once said, ‘My dear God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses but not once for my thorns. I have always looked forward to the place where I will be rewarded for my cross, but I have never thought of my cross as a present glory itself.

“‘Teach me, O lord, to glory in my cross. Teach me the value of my thorns. Show me how I have climbed to You through the path of pain. Show me it is through my tears I have seen my rainbow.'”*

I sat curled up on the sofa’s end, coffee cup in hand on that chilly April morning. Quiet time with Jesus is my favorite time of day. I held Streams in the Desert next to my Bible, its pages dog-eared and underlined with scribbled notes in margins after years of repeated use.

And yet the words of this sweet devotional spoke fresh to me again that morning.

I realized I had not thanked the Lord for my thorns.

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Faith Notes ~ Mrs. Charles H. Spurgeon: When Fires of Affliction Cause Songs of Praise

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a great preacher from the mid 1800s. His wisdom and insight into the things of God have touched multitudes of people over the generations. One of my favorite quotes of Spurgeon is “God is too good to be unkind. He is too wise to make a mistake. So when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.” Isn’t that good?

Well, of course we all know that behind every great man is a great woman. Charles’ wife, Susannah, was a faithful wife and encourager of Charles for thirty-six years. She is best known for creating the Book Fund which provided books for struggling ministers who, in England at that time, could scarcely feed their families.

Much of Susannah’s adult life was spent suffering from many physical afflictions leaving her weak and bedridden for long periods of time. The following is a glimpse into her life as shared in my favorite devotional, Streams in the Desert.*

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Where is God When I Feel Insignificant?

Lord, You have worked hard to reassure me these past several days. When my mind and thoughts wandered to places of devastation, You led me back to solid ground. You reassured and reaffirmed me. Thank You. When my spirit fell numb, You infused me with Your strength and joy. Thank You for the gift of laughter, especially when tears seem more appropriate. Your joy can’t be explained, but I sure am thankful for it.

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