There is great hope that energy will return, and sitting down at a sewing machine won't sound so overwhelming. Until then, I've decided to make use of my Thursday's during the summer months by making a weekly blog series of encouraging thoughts and tidbits that have come my way over the course of the week.
Go ahead and fix yourself a cup of tea or coffee if you like. I was going to brew some chamomile tea and then realized I was out, so I used up my last tea bag of Aveda's Comforting tea.
The following comes from a vintage copy of "Springs in the Valley" by Mrs. C. E. Cowman. Yes, it's the same woman who compiled "Streams in the Desert." I never new she had another book until I was roaming the shelves of our local thrift store last year and quickly picked up the blue hardbound copy for a couple of dollars. It has dog-eared pages; something I was taught to n.e.v.e.r do. But somehow I don't find it detestable, but rather convenient to find pages that were once helpful and encouraging to "Mr and Mrs. Orvin Himelick from Ira and Bertha, Christmas 1946" according to the handwriting on the inside.
"When ye pray, say . . . Father." (Luke 11:2)
It is strange how little use we have of the spiritual blessings when God gives us, but it is stranger still how little we make use of God Himself. Though He is "our own God," we apply ourselves but little to Him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business without seeking His guidance! In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord that He may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say, "I am thine soul, come and make use of Me as thou wilt; thou mayest come freely to my store, and the oftener the more welcome" It is our own fault if we do not make free with the riches of our own God.
Then, learn thou hast such a Friend, and He invites thee, draw from Him daily. Never want whilst thou hast God to help thee; go thy treasure and take whatever thou needest--there is all that thou canst want.
Learn the divine skill of making God all things to thee. He can supply thee with all; or, better still, He can be to thee instead of all. Let me urge thee, then, to make use of Thy God. Make use of Him in prayer; go to Him often, because He is thy God. Oh, wilt thou fail to use so great a privilege? Fly to Him; tell Him all thy wants. Use Him constantly by faith at all times. If some dark providence has beclouded thee, use thy God as a "sun"; if some strong enemy has beset thee, find in Jehovah as a "shield."; for He is a sun and shield to His people. If thou hast lost thy way in the mazes of life, use Him as a "guide"; for He will direct thee. Whatever thou art, and wherever thou art, remember God is just what thou wantest, and just where thou wantest and that He can do all thou wantest!
-C. H. Spurgeon
"O little heart of mine! Shall pain
Or sorrow make thee moan,
When all this God is all for thee--
A Father all thine own?"