Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wit's End Corner

I'm borrowing this from the "Streams in the Desert" devotional book by Mrs. Charles Cowman. I hope it's an encouragement to you.

At Wit's End

"At their wit's end, they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out" (Ps. 107:27, 28).

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner,"
Christian, with troubled brow?
Are you thinking of what is before you,
And all you are bearing now?
Does all the world seem against you,
And you in the battle alone?
Remember--at "Wit's End Corner"
Is just where God's power is shown.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner,"
Blinded with wearying pain,
Feeling you cannot endure it,
You cannot bear the strain,
Bruised through the constant suffering,
Dizzy, and dazed, and numb?
Remember--at "Wit's End Corner"
Is where Jesus loves to come.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner"?
Your work before you spread,
All lying begun, unfinished,
And pressing on heart and head,
Longing for strength to do it,
Stretching out trembling hands?
Remember--at. "Wit's End Corner"
The Burden-bearer stands.

Are you standing at "Wit's End Corner"?
Then you're just in the very spot
To learn the wondrous resources
Of Him who faileth not:
No doubt to a brighter pathway
Your footsteps will soon be moved,
But only at "Wit's End Corner"
Is the "God who is able" proved.
--Antoinette Wilson

Do not get discouraged; it may be the last key in the bunch that opens the door. --Stansifer

Saturday, May 21, 2011

One Thousand Gifts

It's been a little while since I blogged and I'm terribly busy sorting and packing, so I thought I'd just share this with you quickly....

I am currently reading the book "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. I know that, without a doubt, God led me to read this book. It's amazing. I haven't had many opportunities to curl up and read since the book came in the mail, but I've grabbed snatches of it when I could concentrate. It's amazing. A totally different perspective on suffering and the "stuff of life" than I've ever read...or maybe it's just written in a way that finally gets through to me; I don't know. But it's excellently written.

I have a lot of questions and I don't know if I've ever been more tempted to doubt God's goodness than I have of late. I'm just being honest. But even though my heart is crushed and confused, deep down I believe that He does care for me and for my loved ones who are suffering. I'm thankful to Mrs. Voskamp for giving me a fresh perspective on this.

Event though I'm not even halfway through the book I think I could recommend it to anyone; but especially to those who are going through trying, confusing times.