Thursday, January 01, 2009

Streams in 2009

Remember that recent post I finished with..."When I put it like that, how could I ask Him to stop"? I have to admit, I was really hoping to see a shift in circumstances when I wrote that. I had been secretly planning to hand over my copy of Streams in the Desert to someone else in need. Well, guess what I read today...because I had to??? Yeah! And it will prove to be as tangible in '09 as it was in '08.

Mrs. Cowan opens with Deuteronomy 11:11 and 12. I love these of words of scripture; "the land...you are to take possession of...drinks rain from heaven." I love it because that is what I am learning to do. I can't get what I need in my own strength. God is teaching me the beauty and necessity of solitude wherein I can receive my supply from heaven.

I'll share the beginning with you here. "Today we stand at the threshhold of the unknown. Before us lies a new year and we are going forward to take possession of it. Who knows what we will find? Or what new experiences or changes will come our way? What new needs will arise? Inspite of the uncertainty before us, we have a cheerful and comforting message from our Heavenly Father..."The Lord your God cares for it, the eyes of the Lord ...are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end." No wonder I have been happy with anticipation today. God knows what my year holds. His eyes are already seeing what I am waiting to get a glimpse of.

Tonight I was reading the blog of someone I have been praying for. She posted the complete entry from Streams in the Desert today. It is here if you would like to read it. Thought it was cool to see someone else being strengthened by this today.

3 comments:

amy said...

funny you should post this. i have been reading streams off and on this past year. a few months ago, i found a hardbound copy with margins for journaling at my parents' house. mama had bought it for a gift a while back, but wanted me to have it instead. i was hesistant, thinking of what you said about not needing it in 2009 (and hoping the same for myself). over Christmas I decided I would bring it home with me and I had been anxiously awaiting 2009 to start with this copy of it. waiting for a glimpse with you...

Cindy said...

Wow, Amy. You are in for a blessing. You've probably read this already. Mrs. Cowman was a missionary in Japan and China. Her husband got very ill. Instead of living out her dream in Asia, she came home and spent something like 17 years caring for her husband til he died. She really knows what it means to experience disappointment. I guess that is why her devotional speaks to so many.

Marsha Marsha Marsha said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)

Streams in the Desert has been one of the timeliest books I have ever read! It has encouraged my heart over these past few months and I am so thankful for God's blessings through it.

I hope you have a wonderful 2009! I think I will look for extra copies of the book at our local half priced bookstore to give away... Right now, I need to hold on to my own copy for a while. :-)