But I know it is not the sense of His presence, it is the fact of His presence that is our strength and stay. And when our Father deals so tenderly with us, then we are very humbly grateful and we store such memories in our heart. And when there is not any feeling we rest on His bare word, "Lo, I am with you always, all the days, and all day long," and are content.
The bright flowers of the edelweiss waiting to be gathered among the rough rocks of difficult circumstances -- we may call the consolations of God what we will -- who are we that we should find such comforts anywhere? Love prepared, Love planted, Love led us to these enchanting discoveries. A child cannot bear to enjoy a delight alone; it turns to its friend with a shout of joy and shares its treasures. Turn so to thy Nearest, soul beloved, speak thy quick thanks and share thy joy. Forget not the Giver in the gift. Offer not the discourtesy of remembering thy Unseen Companion only when nettles sting thee, and thorns prick thee, and thy feet are cut on the stones.
~Gold By Moonlight
by Amy Carmichael
fall garden flowers and apple crisp with coffee
I have felt the nettles sting and thorns prick while interceding in prayer this past week. After nights of crying out to the Father, He has brought my loved one back to life. It's a second chance, a new day, a time for gathering flowers and celebrating what He has done! Thank you, Jesus!
Whom have I in heaven but you?
and besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
As for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all His works."
~Psalm 73 25, 26, 28