Saturday, January 12, 2013

Part 2: Comfort

" I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing" Ezekiel 34:26

The devotional books I am reading recently are Streams in the Desert by L.B Cowman, I Come Quietly to Meet You by Amy Carmichael, and a Women of Faith study guide called Living Above Worry and Stress.  These three readings have been an incredible daily reminder that God is working on my heart and is speaking to me through these books.  So, I wanted to share some things from these books that have really touched me where I am right now in life.  I hope it also encourages you!

To tell you a little about these books, Streams in the Desert was written by a pioneer missionary to China and Japan in the early 1900s.  Cowman wrote this compilation of devotions out of her experiences with her husbands death and illness.  I am convinced this book is anointed!!  Secondly, I Come Quietly to Meet You was written by a missionary to India in the early 1900s.  "Her work centered around rescuing girls from cult prostitution, and provided a safe haven for both boys and girls from those who would seek to harm them."  In the beginning pages of the book, it says one of the girls she rescued was one of thousands and thousands that was "dedicated as an infant to service in the temples of Hindu gods."  These devo's totally blow Max Lucado's devo's out of the water!  And lastly, if you struggle with fear, worry, and stress like I do then the last study guide I mentioned is great.  It has helped me tremendously and it has incredible verses on fear.

Over the next couple of posts I will write the devo's that have truly spoken to me in my time of frustration, despair, and questioning what God is up to in my life :)

January 11th from Streams in the Desert

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God  Isaiah 40:1

" Store up comfort.  This was the prophets Isaiah's mission.  The world is full of hurting and comfortless hearts.  But before you will be competent for this lofty ministry, you must be trained.  And your training is extremely costly, for to make it complete you too must endure the same afflictions that are wringing countless hearts of tears and blood.  Consequently, your own life becomes the hospital ward where you are taught the divine art of comfort.  You will be wounded so that in the binding up of your wounds by the Great Physianm you can learn how to render first aid to the wounded everywhere.  Do you wonder why you are having to experience some great sorrow?  OVer the next ten years you will find many other afflicted in the same way.  You will tell them how you suffered and were comforted  As the story unfolds, God will apply the anestheic He once used on you to them.  Then in the eager look followed by the gleam of hope that chases the shadow of despair from the soul, you will know why you were afflicted.  And you will bless God for the discpline that filled your life with such a treasure of experience and helpfulness.  

God comforts us not to mak us comfortable but to make us comforters. -John Henry Jowett

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