Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quench your thirst... drink from the streams in the desert!

It's been a week and one day since my last post. I featured in that post a poem from Streams in the Desert Daily Devotional.

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Today, I'm posting another poem from the same devotional again. This time, a poem by Miss Ophelia G. Browning.
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Unanswered yet the prayer your lips have pleaded
In agony of heart these many years?
Does faith begin to fail? Is hope departing?
And think you all in vain those falling tears?
Say not the Father hath not heard your prayer;
You shall have your desire sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Nay do not say ungranted;
Perhaps your work is not yet wholly done.
The work began when first your prayer was uttered,
And God will finish what He has begun.
If you will keep the incense burning there,
His glory you shall see sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Faith cannot be unanswered,
Her feet are firmly planted on the Rock;
Amid the wildest storms she stands undaunted,
Nor quails before the loudest thunder shock.
She knows Omnipotence has heard her prayer,
And cries, "It shall be done"--sometime, somewhere.
--Miss Ophelia G. Browning

This poem talks about both the travails yet at the same time, the motivation of continually waiting despite the seeming delays in experiencing God's answers to our prayers. The poem also tells of not losing hope, of being steadfast in our faith because He who promised is faithful in revealing His glory in His own perfect time, no matter how grim our situation could be.

Why do I like Streams in the Desert Daily Devotional? Well, I like the style of the author(s) in using poems and excerpts from different literary sources as references in developing ideas or concepts. That's why in the previous "Simple" template design of this blog site, I had a special portion entitled "Bread Crumbs" where I used to post quotes or excerpts from Cowman's Streams in the Desert. When I shifted to the magazine style of the "Dynamic View" however, the Bread Crumbs portion is no longer visible.

Do you like the poem written by Miss Ophelia G. Browning? Have you ever used Cowman's Streams in the Desert Daily Devotional? How about sharing your favorite devotional materials. Come on, write your thoughts on the comment box below! I would love to hear it. :)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Joy in Prison

 I just find this poem by Madame Guyon beautiful! One of my favorites... featured in today's Streams in the Desert Daily Devotional...

A little bird I am,
Shut from the fields of air,
And in my cage I sit and sing
To Him who placed me there;
Well pleased a prisoner to be,
Because, my God, it pleaseth Thee.

My cage confines me round,
Abroad I cannot fly,
But though my wing is closely bound,
My soul is at liberty;
For prison walls cannot control
The flight, the freedom of the soul.

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As the bird in this cage, I dare you be a prisoner. Be one, that is, in Christ Jesus! For Ephesians 4:1 says, "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received."

Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Taking a Spiritual Journey through Crochet

Have you any crochet project that led you into a spiritual journey in the making? I do! 
 Crocheting the Business Card Sleeve from Crochet Spot gave me a blessed opportunity of going on a meditative pilgrimage back to Old Testament times. 

Business Card Sleeve from Crochet Spot

 How to crochet on the opposite side of the chain is a special feature in the Business Card Sleeve pattern that taught me the steps of going round and round until the finishing off rather than turning around each time to crochet towards the other end. The tutorial was reader-friendly and the steps real easy to follow.

My own version of the Business Card Sleeve in the making
Following the instructions as I worked on, no matter how simple it may have seemed, caused me to take a glimpse of the Israelites'  plight as they traveled 40 long years from Egypt to Canaan (God's promised land) when such a journey allegedly wouldn't have taken them more than 11 days. This is not a very unusual experience in our lives when we, for various reasons, oftentimes avoid the path that God lays down before us. God could deliberately lengthen the process of any endeavor in order to teach us some lessons.  The verses in Deuteronomy 8: 2-5 narrate the reason why God allowed the Jews to wander in the desert for so long. God wanted to teach His people about Himself and his laws which took up time because they doubted God's power and showed cowardice.
Can you think of any other reason for such a long journey? Or have you ever been in the same situation as the Israelites any time in your life? You may write your answer/s on the comment box below.

Oh, by the way, here's how my finished product looked like.
My finished product!
                See how it perfectly holds my Loyalty Card?  True enough, as mentioned in Crochet Spot, this project is a simple solution for storing business cards! Fast and easy to crochet, it is perfectly designed for cards to fit snugly so that they do not fall or get wrinkled. The absence of flap or button closure prevents bulkiness if the sleeve is used for holding other cards such as ATM cards of similar size.
Now, will you take the challenge of making your own business card sleeves using the color preferences of your friends? After all, these would make nice gifts for any occasion, don't you think so?

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