Watering the Earth

29 12 2014


Isaiah 55:9-11 

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways,
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For just as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
    and they do not return there
except they have watered the earth thoroughly
    and cause it to bring forth and sprout,
and give seed to the sower
    and bread to the eater,
11 so shall be my word that goes out from my mouth.
    It shall not return to me without success,
but shall accomplish what I desire
    and be successful in the thing for which I sent it.

Lexham English Bible (LEB)2012 by Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software


The Rose

27 06 2014

Before man’s fall the rose was born,
St. Ambrose says, without the thorn;
But for man’s fault then was the thorn
Without the fragrant rose-bud born;
But ne’er the rose without the thorn.

Robert Herrick

yellow roses

Showers of Blessing

22 10 2013
  • There shall be showers of blessing—
    Precious reviving again;
    Over the hills and the valleys,
    Sound of abundance of rain.
  • There shall be showers of blessing;
    Send them upon us, O Lord!
    Grant to us now a refreshing;
    Come, and now honor Thy Word.
  • There shall be showers of blessing:
    This is the promise of love;
    There shall be seasons refreshing,
    Sent from the Savior above.
  • There shall be showers of blessing;
    O that today they might fall,
    Now as to God we’re confessing,
    Now as on Jesus we call!
  • Showers of blessing,
      Showers of blessing we need;
    Mercy-drops round us are falling,
        But for the showers we plead.
  • There shall be showers of blessing,
    If we but trust and obey;
    There shall be seasons refreshing,
    If we let God have His way.
  • Daniel Webster Whittle

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/260#ixzz2iSCO6HIn


A Cousin’s Bequest

18 04 2013

God has entrusted you with the gift of life.

You thank Him by way of what you do with that life: how you develop your providential talents into knowledge, skills, and abilities, and how you employ them all.

Some of us are so talented in one way; some of us are so talented in another. Always remember, however, that everyone has talent, and no one at the outset of life is intrinsically better than anyone else — only different.

We are born with differing looks, and you had no choice in yours. What you do with the looks you have been given, from maintenance to enhancement or despoliation: that is your choice. Always remember that all the fashion designers, hair dressers, and makeup artists in the land cannot make you beautiful if you have no beauty inside.

How you accept yourself is critical to your lifelong happiness. Whatever you make of yourself, be the best you can be.  The quality, the craftsmanship, the excellence of your work, whatever it is: that is your choice.

Education, or the lack thereof: that is your choice.  Always try to learn something new.

Those you love: that is your choice. Although there are times when you give love to one and get love back from another, you comprehend love only when you give it.

Notice how long they live who are in love with the arts.

Attain a good nature.  Be glad.  Try to help the world become a better place for you and yours, and thereby for others.


Jacqueline Tuttle Doss

Rain in the Forest

26 02 2013

rain in the forest

“And I will let the rain go down at its appointed time; they will be rains of blessing.  And the tree of the field will give its fruit, and the land will give its produce…”  Ezekiel 34:26-27 (LEB).