A Shelter In The Time Of Storm

Dear Lord. . .
I ask for opportunities to grow closer to you.
Should they come in the form of a rainy day or rainy season,
open my heart so that I will know, without a doubt,
that you are with me.
Open my eyes to see how You are growing me in ways 
I could never have grown otherwise.
Help me understand that rainy days are just as essential 
as sunny ones to my growth in you.
- Devotions from the Garden -

The Lord's our Rock, in Him we hide
A shelter in the time of storm
Secure whatever ill betide
A shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day; defense by night
A shelter in the time of storm
No fears alarm, no foes affright
A shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat
A shelter in the time of storm
We'll never leave our safe retreat
A shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear
A shelter in the time of storm
Be Thou our helper ever near
A shelter in the time of storm.

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land
A weary land, a weary land
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land
A shelter in the time of storm.
- Ira D. Sankey -

A good rainy season can 
awaken us. . .
test us. . .
turn us to God.
And when we do turn to Him, He may stop the rain, 
shelter us from the worst of it,
or remain with us as it pours:
His concern is not our comfort, but our growth.

Perhaps storm clouds are forming in your life,
or maybe the downpour has begun.
Maybe you've been working to build your own shelter from the storm,
and those efforts have proven futile.
Whatever your situation, sweet friend, invite the Heavenly Father
to use this rainy season to revive your spirit,
grow your character, or renew your strength in unexpected ways.
And when the rain subsides, you'll appreciate even more
the brightness of the sunshine.
 - Devotions from the Garden -

Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday!
Much love to you, friends!

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Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Stephanie. A beautiful, comforting post this Sunday. The quilt in the background of some of your photos...is that the "Trip Around The World" pattern? It's lovely.
Have a blessed day with your family.

Denise said...

Beautiful and uplifting-Thank You Stephanie

Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: in effect. God is our refuge in bad times of our lives. He is always there to listen.We keep in touch

Ali said...

Hi Stephanie, Thank you for your inspiring words when I really need them. I will be printing them off and putting them in my prayer book. Hope you and your family are well.
Ali xx

LV said...

What a wonderful way to start your day. Thank you for this very inspiring message.

The French Hutch said...

Beautiful, thank you.........

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What beautiful messages you've shared today, my sweet friend, and your flowers and the quilt add to the beauty.
Happy Sunday blessings and hugs to you!

Anonymous said...

thank you for posting that lovely old hymn, Jesus is the rock of my salvation. Praise God!! lovely post today, thank you sue

Brenda said...

Lovely prayer and poetry
God bless you for sharing them.

Vicky Hunt said...

Just beautiful! I don't know what people do if they don't have a relationship with God. I cannot imagine a life lived without Him. He definitely carries me through the hard times and is always a comfort to me. I hope you are having a delightful Sunday.

Blessings, Vicky

Marilyn Mathis said...

I am glad that you love the old hymns as much as I do. They are rich in encouragement and truth. The photographs in this post are beyond beautiful. Thanks for your lovely blog.

Debbie Harris said...

Aww...What a soothing and comforting message you have shared with us today, Stephanie. I came to your quiet place just when I needed it, Thank you.:-)
I am thankful Jesus is my shelter at all times. Praise His Holy Name!
My those were some lovely flowers with that quilt.
I pray your day is blessed and beautiful.
Much love to you ~

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, precious Stephanie, this is one of the most beautiful and comforting posts with the lovely flowers on the quilt...such beauty! And truly, the hymn by Ira Sankey is one of my favorites...so precious from years ago singing it then not fully understanding the depth of meaning of its words. Only when we are faced with the real trials and rain in our lives, do we realize just how much a Shelter our Father is though the Holy Spirit...thank You, Jesus, for your gift to us! I know that you and your family and in the midst of the rain now, and I continue to pray that your strength will be renewed and spirit revived as the sun begins to shine again. But for now...the next days and weeks ahead, it's time to grieve your deep lost as you remember that we have true hope for the future. Praise God! Tender hugs to you, dear friend!

Kat said...

Very beautiful! I need some rain here. Have a wonderful Sunday. God Bless you Stephanie. Hugs

Deborah Montgomery said...

It is raining here today, but I have a bright ray of sunshine piercing a situation that's been cloudy and dull for a long time. Thank You, dear Lord, for all your ways.
Lovely pictures today, too. Love that beautiful quilt.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by
and for all your kind words!!
What a beautiful and inspiring post......Thanks so much for sharing!!


Linda Walker said...

Lovely Stephanie, and a perfect post for a rainy Sunday! I am always grateful for rainy days. Something about the rain is both calming and refreshing to me..... as it should be....just another divine gift! We desperately need rain here. Have a wonderful week Stephanie.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Beautiful words Stephanie! I always feel encouraged when we visit one another. Have a blessed week!

Mari said...

Another lovely Sunday post! I haven't heard that song for some time and now it's running through my head, which is nice!

Mimi said...

Thankyou dear Stephanie. As always your words are like a soothing balm to the soul. Mimi xxx

Buttercup said...

Similar thoughts -- though not as well expressed -- have been on my mind, thankful for a situation I didn't think I could be thankful for. Keeping you and your family in my prayers and sending a big hug.

NanaDiana said...

Another very beautiful post, Stephanie...by a beautiful soul! xo Diana

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning and belated happy Sunday my friend!

I have learned that each day starts off with the sunrise, filled with hope, but that the clouds can roll in and hover, threatening our sunshine. But they pass and the most significant thing I've learned lately as I contemplate LIGHT is that it is ALWAYS THERE. I am hoping that after this week, I can plunge into a new poem I want to write about this very subject because it can serve as a metaphor for this very of which you speak.

I pray for us all, that we will make HIM our center, our sunlight, our force and source of power to overcome.

Peace to you and your family! Anita

Cranberry Morning said...

Such a wonderful and thoughtful devotion you shared, Stephanie. Sometimes he calls us out of the rain and sometimes he hands us an umbrella. Have a blessed week.

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

Shalom peace to you dear lady. Nothing missing, nothing lacking, nothing broken, including your heart. I thought of the song You are My Hiding Place as I read this post. Here's a link on You Tube of Maranatha's song.


Please click through and let it minister to your heart this morning.


Sola Scriptura said...

Stephanie, thank you for posting this. It was a blessing to my heart today.

Conniecrafter said...

Such precious words and uplifting in those times that are so rough, that we can run to our shelter and feel at peace and receive the strength to go on. Hope your week is off to a good start and you are finding peace in his sheltering arms!!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Beautiful post. You are a wonderful testimony of your faith and the goodness of God.

Linda said...

Sigh--I am a day late--thank you Stephanie for a lovely post. Hope you have a beautiful rest of the week. Blessings

My thrift store addiction said...

So true and such a comfort, Stephanie! Gorgeous photos too! Blessings to you sweet, Friend!

Mary E. Stephens said...

I'm glad that you feel up to getting back into blogging. That is a great old hymn. Good to think about the growth that rainy seasons bring. They are not always pleasant, are they? But, without rain there can be no growth and no fruit. And the sunny days seem all the brighter after a time of rain. Yes, there may be loss in storms, but God is able to bring increase from them as well. It may be hard to see for awhile because growth takes time. Keep looking unto Jesus - Heb. 12. ((hugs))

Aritha said...

Thanks for this beautful post!

Red Rose Alley said...

Such lovely flowers on here today. I am wondering, are those peonies and pink roses? I do love the rain, and it's supposed to rain here this weekend. That would be nice, as we are in need of it in California.

Your words and pictures always inspire me, my sweet friend. You have such a beautiful mind and heart.

love, ~Sheri

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Sometimes in the midst of the rainstorm, it is hard to understand the "why" of it, yet... when the storm is over, and the beautiful scent of the rain is all that is left, and you see the beautiful handiwork of the Lord after the rain has passed... it is then we understand how necessary these times of "rain and clouds" are to our lives, and what growth comes after those times. May the Lord continue to nourish, strengthen, and bless you through this time in your life, and allow the garden of your heart to grow mightily in Him through it all. Your writing mixed with the beautiful pictures brings great joy to my heart to read. I am blessed by what the Lord is doing in your life! Much love and hugs to you my friend!

Mindy said...

Thank you for sharing from Devotions from the Garden - such sweet inspiration.

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Stephanie! Thank you for another inspiring party.
We are on a topsy-turvy schedule all of the sudden with my husband's job, but i hope to join in the party soon. Have a great day!

JES said...

What beautiful encouragement! I especially appreciate the point about growth. That is what He is looking for and yet we always try and wiggle out of hardships... Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays amidst all that you have going on right now. Take care!!! :)

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