An excerpt from ‘Battling Forward’ in “Fragrance from the Spring”

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Excerpt from “Battling Forward”

“Push through the hardships, toils and sorrows
For the Lord God, our very own God
He reigns triumphant”

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He is mighty

He is worthy

An anchor in stormy seas

A lighthouse when all else is in darkness

A sunbeam shining through endless clouds

A rainbow of hope

Joy in the morning

A melody in the night

Rain in the drought

Sunshine in the flood

Shelter

Abundance

All-in-all

Freedom

Salvation

Love

Peace

Healer

Deliverer

Forgives all when forgiveness sought

Life

Mender of broken hearts

Full of mercies

And they are new every morning

“By the grace of God I am what I am” 1 Cor 15:10a KJV

Dewdrops on the roses

The sweetness of  a bird call

Yes, He is mighty and I could go on forever …….

So break through your burdens and grasp the hand of the One who loves you.

Would love you to add to the list ……. God bless.

Suffering; but Renewed

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Ever stop to think that the reason we are placed in what we think are difficult situations, is that we are spared what is happening should we have stayed in the heat of a matter?

Like a pot plant that is taken out of the intense noonday heat and placed lovingly in the shade.

To be renewed and refreshed in the coolness and stillness, out of the draining heat.

We too, go through trials lovingly allowed in order to be renewed and refreshed.

Tears last longer and are powerful in a trial.

Healing.

Sometimes what becomes of us, the forced rest, a change in direction – any change in us in the heat of the furnace during our sufferings, is actually the remedy for a need that maybe we didn’t even know existed.

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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.’

Romans 8:28 KJV

I Wait and Wait … and Wait

Waiting for an Answer

I wait.

For an answer.

To prayer.

The path before me divides.

Which path to take?

I have lifted the need in prayer.

I could go forward.

But I will sit.

And wait.

And trust.

A door will be opened.

In His time.

In His time only.

Just trust.

So I wait.

But Lord ….

I need the answer now.

I don’t have the time to wait.

Something has to be done now!

But still I sit.

And wait.

And wait.

Then one day  ….

A different solution arrives.

It’s easier.

It answers my problem.

And I didn’t have to do a thing.

Just trust.

And wait.

And not take the problem out of His hands.

It’s done!

All I did was wait.

And watch.

And believe.

And wait.

An answer always comes.

And its always the best for me.

Because He loves me.

And I love Him.

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From “Fragrance from the Spring”

WAITING

“Wait on the Lord

Again I say wait.

In Christ, we find patience

To wait on the Lord

 

Onward Christian soldier

Nearer to Him we be

 

Tell the brokenhearted

He died for you and me

Ever faithful, everlasting

 

Lord, in Your radiance we live

On Your promises we believe

Render to each a measure of faith

Dearly beloved, a treasure to Thee”

 

Shades of Sadness

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Pain, it can hide.

Or it can surface.

It can open the way for cleansing tears.

Sadness.

It can leave you feeling so empty.

So alone.

Nowhere to turn.

There are many shades of sadness.

Your life can be tinged with it.

It can be released and cloud your joy.

It can affect others.

It can be totally all-consuming.

And the heavier the burden.

The closer you are to letting go.

This is when the tears will fall.

Beautiful tears, healing time and sorrow.

And eventually, joy will rise with the morrow.

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‘And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.’

Revelation 21:4 KJV

Excerpt from ‘A Love So Deep’ in “Fragrance from the Spring”

New Life Bursting Forth

“Yes, the glories of the Lord shine forth

Upon a day so new

The beauties of the Lord afresh

Amidst the morning dew

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Cleanse me also with that morning dew

The dew that cleanses time

Revealing new life hidden whilst dark

Beauty, perfection all sublime”

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‘It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.

 They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.’

Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV

Scattered Rainbows

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Along the path of our life are scattered so many rainbows of hope.

There are times when we can’t see any joy or happiness or love.

Look closely – there are so many daily blessings.

The sweetness of a singing bird.

The smile of a stranger.

Sunlight streaming through the trees.

The scent of jasmine.

Family.

A friend.

The wonders of nature.

Watching the perserverance of the ant and the load that it carries.

The perfection of the rose.

The unconditional love of a pet.

Having someone care because there are always prayers lifted for those hurting.

Life itself.

Every breath that we take.

I could go on and on and on …….

Yes – the best things in life are free.

Little rainbows are just as special as ones that encompass our whole day ……..

maybe even more so

for they are given in beautiful snippets and can lessen the intensity of our load.

Always remember that within each trial the Lord has scattered little rainbows

along the path of what sometimes feels like an empty, hopeless day.

Thank you Lord.