Today’s thought – It’s Raining Tenderness . . .

2009 QubecHappy 47th Anniversary to us.

Good Afternoon,

Genesis 41:50-52
50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.

51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh:
For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.

52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim:
For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

. . . Perchance some of God’s children are even now saying,
“O God, it is raining hard for me tonight.”

“Testings are raining upon me
which seem beyond my power to endure.
Disappointments are raining fast,
to the utter defeat of my plans.
Bereavements are raining into mu life which are making my shrinking heart quiver in its intensity of suffering.
The rain of affliction is surely beating down upon my soul these days.”

With, friend, you are mistaken.
It isn’t raining rain for you.
It’s raining blessing.
For, if you will but believe your Father’s Word,
under that beating rain are springing up spiritual flowers of such fragrance and beauty as never before grew in that stormless, unchastened life of yours.

You indeed see the rain.
But do you see also the flowers?
You are pained by the testings.
but God sees the sweet flower of faith which is upspringing in your life under those very trials.

You shrink from the suffering.
But God sees the tender compassion for other sufferers which is finding birth in your soul.

Your heart winces under the sore bereavement.
But God sees the deepening and enriching which that sorrow has brought to you.

It isn’t raining afflictions for you.
It is raining tenderness, love, compassion, patience, and a thousand other flowers and fruits of the blessed Spirit, which are bringing into your life such a spiritual enrichment as all the fullness of worldly prosperity and ease was never able to beet in your innermost soul. –J. M. McC.

In everything give thanks . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Wagons Laden

apr11 012One more beautiful iris from Grandma Crain’s garden.

Good Morning

I’ve been pretty sick the past week
(only knit a little on two days),
but feeling better.

Genesis 45:27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and
when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:

A very simple sight: just some farm wagons laden with corn–
food for the staving household.
It was these wagons turning into the courtyard
that raised the fast-falling hopes of Jacob expectancy.
They remind me of other wagons laden
and sent by another One greater than Joseph,
even our Lord Jesus Christ.
These wagons of His are a great stimulus to our faith.
They come unseen to us in our hours of darkness —
when our hopes are dashed to the ground.
when we are in the awful grips of spiritual starvation,
how blessed are these wagons as they are seen approaching!

Lift up your eyes!
Look out for them:
When they come they will not be empty!
You will be fed and nourished
with the choicest of His stores.

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits.”

On the porch looking . . .Today

With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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