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Rain Without Clouds? Never! (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Rain Without Clouds? Never!
May 21
If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth. (Ecclesiastes 11:3)

Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; He will shine out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they are to yield plentiful showers. How can we have rain without clouds?
Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the black chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be the gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will not drown us with wrath; nay, He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord’s love letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble, but they are loaded with benefits. His rod blossoms with sweet flowers and nourishing fruits. Let us not worry about the clouds but sing because May flowers are brought to us through the April clouds and showers.
O Lord, the clouds are the dust of Thy feet! How near Thou art in the cloudy and dark day! Love beholds Thee and is glad. Faith sees the clouds emptying themselves and making the little hills rejoice on every side.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

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The Dew of Heaven (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
The Dew of Heaven
September 13
His heavens shall drop down dew. (Deuteronomy 33:28)

What the dew in the East is to the world of nature, that is the influence of the Spirit in the realm of grace. How greatly do I need it! Without the Spirit of God I am a dry and withered thing. I droop, I fade, I die. How sweetly does this dew refresh me! When once favored with it I feel happy, lively, vigorous, elevated. I want nothing more. The Holy Spirit brings me life and all that life requires. All else without the dew of the Spirit is less than nothing to me: I hear, I read, I pray, I sing, I go to the table of Communion, and I find no blessing there until the Holy Ghost visits me. But when He bedews me, every means of grace is sweet and profitable.
What a promise is this for me! “His heavens shall drop down dew.” I shall be visited with grace. I shall not be left to my natural drought, or to the world’s burning heat, or to the sirocco of satanic temptation. Oh, that l may at this very hour feel the gentle, silent, saturating dew of the Lord! Why should I not! He who has made me to live as the grass lives in the meadow will treat me as He treats the grass; He will refresh me from above. Grass cannot call for dew as I do. Surely, the Lord who visits the unpraying plant will answer to His pleading child.

From the Faith’s Checkbook Mobile Devotional Android app – http://www.LookingUpwardApps.com/fcb

 

 
 

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Just a Taste of Jk’s New Homeschool Project

On nice weather days, when I’m having a good day as far as pain goes, my youngest daughter, Jk, and I often try to get out for a walk.  I’ve been trying to teach her a little about photography.  After a few of what we call our “photography walks” she has now amassed a number of photos that she has taken herself.  I decided to take this one step further to the computer to show her how to make the most of her photos, so that she could share a message with her photos that would say something about what they said to her, or what God is saying to us through his creation.  So I found a photo program that would allow her to add text, pictures, frames, and clipart to her photos, or that would allow her to mix photos together.  So this is just a taste of what she has been working on, with the hopes that she will be blogging some of them on her own blog.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Moments To Enjoy God’s Creation

This time of year for me is really a time I enjoy, especially with my daughter, Jk (pronouced Jake).  On days when my pain level is down and my energy levels are up, I like to get outside and enjoy God’s creation.   I think my favorite times of  the year are Spring and Fall, because the temperatures are wonderful, not to hot and not to cold, and these are the seasons when we see most God’s hand at work.  From the breezes in the trees to the newborn flowers peeping up from piles of old leaves, and twigs broken off by Winter snows, or in our area this Winter…Winter Rainstorms.  Spring is a time when we feel the rebirth of so many things, the sun’s warmth, baby animals out on the farms and ranches, and the rebirth of beautiful flowers from bulbs planted many springs past.  This Spring Jk and I have taken about 4 walks out into our area to watch for new flowers and to just enjoy the day.  We’ve even taken my granddaughter on one of our walks.  Today was one of those days.  Cane in one hand, and camara in the other, Jklyn locked the front door and off we went.  I have to admit it is a challenge to keep up with Jklyn after all I’m 42 years older than she is.  You see she is my youngest daughter.  She was my gift from God, born 24 years after my oldest daughter.  She is the youngest of  2natural sisters, 3 adopted sisters, and 2 stepbrothers, so she is the baby of the family and the only one left at home now.  She gets all the attention from these two older parents, and for the most part she is the favorite of all her siblings.  But it isn’t just because she is the baby sister, but because of her love for each of them individually, her forgiving character, her love of life, and the way God’s love shows through her to them.  I’m not saying she is a saint, because she is still a child who wants to spend more time with friends than doing her chores, and she is somewhat of a fashionista.  But she is the most loving and forgiving child I have, and that I credit to Jesus who I know is her Lord and Savior already.  I think that is why I love to go on short walks with her, because I get to see God’s love for his creation through her eyes.  That is what this post is about…seeing God’s love for his creation through a child of God’s eyes.  So below I’m posting pics that Jklyn has taken on our walks for everyone to enjoy.  Imagine a tween girl running usually 50 feet ahead of me because she sees something special that she wants to get a picture of, as if going any slower would mean that it might fade away.  That is what our walks are like!  Jk excitedly running to and fro, snapping pictures of flowers, trees, and animals, sometimes scaring them away because of her excitement.  I could live a hundred more years and still these walks would be some of my fondest memories of her.  Now here are Jk’s photos of nature.  Enjoy!

 

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