Sunday, January 22, 2017

From Every Stormy Wind That Blows

God sometimes shuts the door
and shuts us in,
That He may speak,
perchance through grief or pain;
And softly, heart to heart,
above the din
May teach some precious truth to us again.
- Unknown -




From every stormy wind that blows,
From every swelling tide of woes,
There is a calm, a sure retreat;
’Tis found beneath the mercy seat.

There is a place where Jesus sheds
The oil of gladness on our heads;
A place than all besides more sweet;
It is the blood bought mercy seat.

There is a scene where spirits blend,
Where friend holds fellowship with friend;
Though sundered far, by faith they meet
Around one common mercy seat.

Ah! wither could we flee for aid
When tempted, desolate, dismayed,
Or how the hosts of hell defeat,
Had suffering saints no mercy seat?

Ah! there on eagle wings we soar,
And sin and sense molest no more;
And heaven come down our souls to greet,
While glory crowns the mercy seat.
- Hugh Stowell -




For thou hast been a strength to the poor, 
a strength to the needy in his distress, 
a refuge from the storm,
a shadow from the heat, 
when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
- Isaiah 25:4 -


Come unto me, 
all ye that labour and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:2 -


When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; 
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: 
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; 
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
- Isaiah 43:2 -


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, 
that we may obtain mercy, 
and find grace to help in time of need.
- Hebrews 4:16 -




When the storms of life blow our way,
we can either cringe in despair
or flee to the heavenly Mercy Seat-
the God of all comfort.

 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, 
that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, 
by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 -

There we can find the help and strength to be overcomers.
Trials can sometimes embitter and harden our spirits.
However, if we use the trial to lean more fully on Christ
and to learn the lesson He desires to teach us,
we become stronger in our faith.

Always remember-
for the child of God,
life's storms are opportunities to learn more about Him.
Thank God even now 
for His heavenly mercy seat.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -




Avail yourself of this "calm, sure retreat"
by using prayer to commune with the Lord
on a consistent basis.

Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!
Love and hugs!

35 comments:

Simply Linda said...

What a lovely post...I am distressed by what is going on around this country...thank you for this lovely post and the reminder to just step back, breath and trust in the Lord...as a good friend once told me, "God's got this."

Have a lovely day friend.

magnoliasntea said...

"a refuge from the storm" That's my hiding place! Love this post, Stephanie.
And I'm not at all worried about our future because I know the Lord has everything in control.
He sets leaders up, and He sets them down again. As the Lord prevails so do we in Him.
I was pleasantly surprised that there were more prayers during the inauguration than in any previous inauguration. Looking at the good things...
Have a lovely Lord's Day!

Joyce Mayer said...

Blessings

Karen said...

I look forward to reading your devotional posts, Stephanie. This is so beautiful. I love to pray Psalm 62. Mercy Seat has wonderful lyrics. Have an awesome Sunday.

faith76 said...

Thank you for your post today xxx Leah xxx It has given me great comfort.

Chris Lally said...

Perfect timing, Stephanie! You are such a treasure!

Daniela said...

My cherished Stephanie, blessed be !

I so love every quotes you've published, your Sunday's posts are always filled with the deepest joy, but the first, oh, I love it above all the others ... it's so true !

Wishing you much Love and Gladness for your Sunday,
I'm sending blessings on your coming week

Xx Dany

Shoregirl said...

So very true! Many times God uses our time of pain to speak quietly to our soul! Great reminder and wonderful hymn!

mamasmercantile said...

An uplifting post and reassurance for the many affected by political events around the world.

Cheryl said...

Oh, praise God for that blessed mercy seat! What would we do if we had no access to it? Where would we turn? How would we cope? I needed this so desperately today, dear friend. Surely God laid it upon your heart, as it spoke straight to mine. Thank you for your faithfulness! May He bless you today, and may He wrap His arms around you whatever you may be going through. You write this as one who has rich experience kneeling before the mercy seat.

Tamago said...

Beautiful post, Stephanie. But oh it looks cold! :-)
Stay warm and have a wonderful new week ahead!

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a good choice of words and lovely images too,thank you.

May the coming new week be a good one for you and yours.

All the best Jan

krishna said...

It's lovely post.. beautiful pictures of snow..

NanaDiana said...

I could hear that old hymn being sung in my head as I read those words. This was a wonderful, uplifting Sunday post, Stephanie.
I hope you had a blessed Sunday with your family. xo Diana

Mari said...

Another beautiful Sunday post. I love your photos and those words are so encouraging.

Cindy said...

Such a beautiful post. Psalm 61:2 was the verse we put on my moms memorial announcement and it's also one of the first verses I learned after becoming a Christian.

Mary E. Stephens said...

Stephanie, I didn't know what to post today, but after reading your post, I decided to share the link. Thank you for the encouragement. I needed it. I love that hymn! :-)
Have a blessed week, dear.

Linda Shukri said...

Thanks, Stephanie! I need these kind of encouragements every day! :-)

Linda

Deborah Montgomery said...

Blessings to you this Lord's Day Stephanie, and thank you for the comforting words you've shared. xo

Terra Hangen said...

Thank you for all these words of comfort, which are balm for my heavy heart.

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Beautiful. I've been in those storms and they have made me stronger. He really is at the center of it all.

Lillie said...

Beautiful words of comfort.

hobbyloes said...

Always love your beautiful hymns.
Is there coming a storm? Trust in the Lord then you will be based.
Have a blessed week

Mrs.T said...

This is one of my favorite hymns, Stephanie. Another favorite that doesn't seem to be sung too often, but that also speaks of the mercy seat is "All Your Anxiety". Are you familiar with that one? I first heard it many years ago when my brother was dying. At church one evening, friends of our pastor's family were visiting, and the man sang "All Your Anxiety" as a special encouragement to all of us. What a blessing it was, and continues to be as I ponder the words.

Wonderful post today, and I love the photos as well!

Annesphamily said...

Good morning! I was just visiting your mom's blog. You two are good for me today. Thank you for the beautiful words and photos you shared. It is such a comfort. I am trying to stay at my blog and write good things and stay away from all the hate filling out country. I don't think in all the years I have lived that I have seen such disrespect and cruel actions. I am going to continue to pray and enjoy some sunshine before we are experiencing more snowy days. Our backyard is still thawing out from the last round of snow we had. The snow we get these days reminds me of my childhood.
It is always good for me to stop by and say hello. Enjoy your week and may many blessings come to you. anne

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hello sweet friend! How your post has touched me with tender thought today. Yes, through my struggles, I have indeed reached out to Our Lord even more, and realized that He is always there for us and knows what is best.
I hope you have a wonderful week.
Also, your previous post on your book review was excellent! Love and blesssing to you.

Debby Ray said...

What does one do when they do not know of these beautiful things you have mentioned? Oh, how it hurts my heart to even think about it! Praise God for His unending mercy and grace! I have just come from for sweet mom's post and I am a blubbering mess! Blessings to you, sweet Stephanie!♥

Laura Lane said...

It seems storms are the theme just recently. Life does get hard, but God is always GOOD.
Hugs,
Laura

le creazioni di Dò said...

Beautiful winter pictures

greetings
Franca

Le creazioni di Dò

Creations By Cindy said...

Absolutely beautiful dear sweet friend . You are precious . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

Conniecrafter said...

Perfect post to remind us that he is always there by our side to get us through whatever trials may come our way. A Loving and gracious Lord and Savior we serve.
Your winter pictures are lovely, I had heard on the news that you all were getting some snow out there, it is so pretty, thanks for sharing!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Such an incredible collection of amazing quotes dear Stephanie! I loved the pictures of the gorgeous snow-laden trees, with such glorious beauty, yet the storm no doubt bringing with it some difficult moments. Isn't it wonderful to know that we can put our trust in the Lord, and our anchor holds in Him no matter what storm of life we may be in! In fact, I've found His presence to be so sweet and powerful in those difficult times. I've been blessed and encouraged by your post today, and pray that the Lord's presence is with you today in a very special and powerful way! Hugs to you today :)

Marilyn Mathis said...

I thought I had commented on this post, but apparently not. I saved this blog post because it is so meaningful and comforting. So happy that there is a Mercy Seat where we can come and get forgiveness. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful Saviour. We are also blessed by your beautiful, encouraging posts. I know God is using you! Hugs.

Red Rose Alley said...

You are so creative with the camera, Stephanie. I am loving these snow pictures. It almost looks like a sepia tone that you used.....soooo pretty. And I really like that first quote, may I use it sometime? It's so beautiful, and gently says to me that God is always with us and teaches us and loves us. Oh, your Sunday posts really speak to me, dear Stephanie.

love, ~Sheri

Debbie Harris said...

How in the world did I miss this post!!
Sigh... that quote at the beginning of this post is wonderful, so must to ponder on and what truth.
Stephenie, you shared some beautiful words here "for such a time as this."
Quite peaceful with those awesome photos.

Love you~

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