Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, Lord, for:

My dear daughter-in-law (to-be)!   She's an a wonderful fiancé and she's going to be a fabulous wife!!!  Happy (early) birthday, sweet!🎉😘

The way my sons love each other!  They're always there for one another!

Laughter!!!  Laughing so hard my cheeks hurt!    

Tears!   Tears are cleansing.  

Lunch with Tay and Lex! 

The way you bring to light what's wrong and what needs to be changed so you can do something in us that's better than we ever imagined!

 

"For He wounds, but He also binds up;  He injures, but His hands also heal." (Job 5:18). 

The ministry of a great sorrow

As we pass beneath the hills which have been shaken by the earthquake and torn by convulsion, we find that periods of perfect repose succeed those of destruction. The pools of calm water lie clear beneath their fallen rocks, the water lilies gleam, and the reeds whisper among the shadows; the village rises again over the forgotten graves, and its church tower, white through the storm twilight, proclaims a renewed appeal to His protection in whose hand are all the corners of the earth, and the strength of the hills is his also.” RUSKIN

 

God ploughed one day with an earthquake,

And drove His furrows deep!

The huddling plains upstarted,

The hills were all aleap!

 

But that is the mountains’ secret,

Age-hidden in their breast;

“God’s peace is everlasting,”

Are the dream-words of their rest.

 

He made them the haunts of beauty,

The home elect of His grace;

He spreadeth His mornings upon them,

His sunsets light their face.

 

His winds bring messages to them—

Wild storm-news from the main;

They sing it down the valleys

In the love-song of the rain.

 

They are nurseries for young rivers,

Nests for His flying cloud,

Homesteads for new-born races,

Masterful, free, and proud.

 

The people of tired cities

Come up to their shrines and pray;

God freshens again within them,

As He passes by all day.

 

And lo, I have caught their secret!

The beauty deeper than all!

This faith—that life’s hard moments,

When the jarring sorrows befall,

 

Are but God ploughing His mountains;

And those mountains yet shall be

The source of His grace and freshness,

And His peace everlasting to me.

 

WILLIAM C. GANNETT”

 

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.