Concealed Treasures

From Maureen Stohlmeyer’s blog, a few words about her blog: “Grateful to have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for nearly 35 years who is now with the Lord, I would like to share from writers from the past who have strengthened our faith and walk with Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. His walk with God was deeply enriched by the writings of authors from the past and I dedicate this blog to him and to them.”

Still They Speak

“If we could only understand that there is as much wisdom in some of God’s deep afflictions as there is in the creation of the world. God afflicts His people artistically.  His is never a random blow. Only marvelous skill lies in the Lord’s chastening. Thus we are told, ‘Do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His correction.’ (Prov. 3:11)  Treasures are concealed in the great depths. We do not receive or even perceive the present and immediate benefit of some of our afflictions. Affliction in our youth may be intended for the ripening of our old age. Today’s affliction may have no meaning for today; it may be designed for circumstances fifty years ahead.”  –Charles H. Spurgeon “Beside Still Waters” p. 113

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To Rise above the Storm… is to Find that Perfect Peace

Worthy thoughts – thank you, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth Burke's Blog

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A few days ago I left someone to the airport, where she was to fly off to Northern Italy to start a new job. Her flight had been changed at the last minute to an earlier day, which was perhaps just as well as the very next day a fierce storm blew up here in Ireland, causing mayhem and cancelled flights. And I have been going through another type of storm in my life, which involved being a support to someone else for long hours in an oncology unit….

On the morning of the storm I looked out to see a fallen tree near the entrance to our home. Traffic on the little country road can be heavy enough sometimes and drivers daunted by the tree in their path, kept reversing into our driveway and turning around to take an alternative route. Just one storm can cost lives, devastation to…

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Trials Greatly Enlarge the Soul

There is good comfort here. Thank you, Maureen!

Still They Speak

“Trials greatly enlarge the soul. Thus I do not want, in my better mind, to escape great trials, since they involve great graces. If my strength shall be as my days (Deut. 33:25), then let my days be long and dark, for my strength will be mighty, God will be glorified, and I will be blessed. I earnestly urge every tested Christian to dwell on this truth, for it may be a great comfort.

There is love, immortal and unchanging love, in heaven toward you, which will never grow cold. You will be helped. God would sooner cease to be than cease to be faithful. Be of good courage, for today He will strengthen your heart.” –Charles H. Spurgeon “Besides Still Waters” p. 19

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Simply Trusting Christ

Blessed, simple, saving reality!

He Hath Said

He that believeth on Him is not condemned… -John 3:18

This is the first way of salvation-simply trusting and looking up to Christ for everything. But, then, we did trust. There is a difference between knowing about trust and trusting. By God’s Holy Spirit, we were not left merely to talk about faith, nor to think about it, but we did believe. If the Government were to announce that there would be ten thousand acres of land in New Zealand given to a settler, I can imagine two men believing it. One believes it and forgets it; the other believes it and takes his passage to go out and get the land. Now the first kind of faith saves nobody; but the second faith, the practical faith, is that which, for the sake of seeking Christ, gives up the sins of this life, the pleasures of it-I mean the…

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Our Well Beloved!


Song of Solomon,

Chapter 2

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
12 the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 the fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.



 

Encouragement



Psalm 34:1

NKJV

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.


Hummingbird on flying. Golden-tailed Sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone) in NE Venezuela by Marcia14

Hummingbird on flying. Golden-tailed Sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone) in NE Venezuela by Marcia14

Be of good cheer, dearest friend,

When we trust in Christ,

our afflictions all will end.

His promise is ever true,

and meant for me and you,

Our God Who cannot lie

will deliver us in His time!