Rejoice In The Lord

God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the LORD though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.

O rejoice in the LORD
He makes no mistake,
He knoweth the end of each path that I take,
For when I am tried
And purified,
I shall come forth as gold.
- Ron Hamilton -

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; 
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, 
and he shall direct thy paths.
- Proverbs 3:5 & 6 -

 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: 
knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; 
and experience, hope.
- Romans 5: 3 & 4 -

Bring forth a vessel pure and tried
by Your refining fire.
God's refining fire,
God's refining fire.
May it purge me now 
and make of me what you require.
O Lord feed the fire
Your refining fire.
Now as gold and silver must be tried,
Lord, may my heart be purified.
Lord, send your great refining fire.
- Mac Lynch -

Have a glorious and blessed Lord's Day, friends!
Much love to you!


Summer said...

Thank you Stephanie for these wonderful words of encouragement on this beautiful Sunday morning. I hope you have a blessed day ♥


Debbie Harris said...

Lovely words to encourage the heart, Stephanie.
I loved your photo's and the close up one with the tiny flower in all it's beauty was gorgeous.

Enjoy your day of rest~~

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful Sunday Post of Blessings and encouragement with gorgeous photos Stephanie ~~ along with my favorite Proverbs verses. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful week ahead.
Love and joy xo

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Stephanie, this is an especially beautiful post today! First, I always love the photos especially when you add Scripture verses (so I pin them and hope others will visit, read, and be blessed). What a beautiful message to remind us that God never allows things in our lives without purpose - His purpose. And may we come through all the various trials better and able to shine for Him...giving us opportunity to give an answer for the hope that lies within us. Praise God we know He holds us in the palm of His Mighty hands...both here and forever! Thank you, dear friend, and have a blessed and beautiful week! Hugs!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

SO beautiful, Stephanie. God bless!


Mehrll said...

Such a beautiful post, Stephanie. Love the scriptures and photography. I have never heard the song, but truly our God makes no mistakes and we can trust Him. Hugs

Melanie said...

Thank you, Stephanie for the beautiful post. Have a blessed Sunday.

magnoliasntea said...

Beautiful post, Stephanie. Testing is sometimes difficult to en
dure, but we must all go through it. Love the elderberry blossoms!
Game a great week!

Sandy said...

You bring forth such inspirational words Stephanie - a time to reflect on the one's life and the meaning of the glorious quotes.
Sandy xx

Lady Linda said...

Happy Sunday dear friend. So many word to ponder and pray over. Hope all is well with you this summer.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Oh now I will have that song in my head all night! A musician friend of ours wrote music to go with that first verse and the whole song is just repeating it over and over... "Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice!". It's very catchy and I find myself singing it all the time. Beautiful post!

Anonymous said...

A lovely post, sweet Stephanie. I hope you and your family had a blessed day. Hard to believe it is almost August! When does your son begin school?

Mrs.T said...

Beautiful post, Stephanie. I am familiar with both songs -- "Rejoice in the Lord" and "God's Refining Fire" -- and both are so meaningful. The Scripture graphics are just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Tamago said...

I hope you and your family had a wonderful day, Stephanie. Such beautiful blossoms you captured!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Love and God bless you, Stephanie, for sharing such beautiful words, and verses with us, along with your glorious photos! You give me reasons to REJOICE! xo

Consider It All Joy said...

A trying weekend ending with Truths from God's Precious Word...The perfect time to reflect on His Goodness and Promises! Blessings to you Dear Stephanie!

mamasmercantile said...

Another inspirational post. T hank you for sharing.

Simply Linda said...

What a lovely Sunday post, smiles

Have a beautiful day friend.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Experience produces hope....now there is a thought. And it's true. Because out of every circumstance, we DO see His faithfulness in teaching us what we need in order to have the character it takes to truly know Jesus. Good morning my friend!

Brenda said...

Beautiful Stephanie,
perfect timing of the Lord for me, as He is strengthening me more and more to trust in Him and prove His Word to me true.
All the scriptures you have shared in this post are scriptures that have been highlighted to me in my trials always.

I will continue to say 'I will love Thee O Lord my strength.
God bless you, have a lovely day.

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

What a beautiful post, Stephanie!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Lynn Bean said...

My heart sang as I read your post! Thank you, dear friend, for such a lovely post! Have a beautiful week.

Hope said...

Hello dear Stephanie,

I love your beautiful flower photos. These verses are so encouraging. Wow, Romans 5:3,4 are something difficult to learn but so amazing. May we gain the patience, experience and hope to become all that our Lord wants us to be. It will be a glorious day when we reach heaven.


Roosterhead Designs said...

Stephanie you are a continual stream of encouragement! Thank you for sharing these uplifting words; which hold true as well~
Love the beautiful photos too~
blessings, Karen O

Lowcarb team member said...

A beautiful post ... thank you.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful month of August

All the best Jan

Alex said...

Hello dear Stephanie! Sometimes I wish I could find a better word than beautiful, though it says what I want it to!
This post was so refreshing. Those exquisite little elderflower florets, like tiny stars really do reflect God's handiwork and make you joyful. Paired with your words, a perfect match.
I hope you are enjoying your week and that you still have those deep blue skies.

Conniecrafter said...

Your pictures are just beautiful, love that blue sky in the background :) So thankful for his guidance and presence in my life, I don't know how I would get through the difficult times if for not knowing that he has a plan for my future and what I am going through is getting me ready for that. Have a terrific week!

Kelly-Anne said...

Dear friend, this blessed and refreshed my heart! And the Psalm you shared is one of my favourites...a beautiful reminder to trust in the Lord ALWAYS!
Such wonderful words to the hymn you shared...I have never heard it before.
''Through purging more fruit I will bear.''
I loved this part and encouraged me today, thank you!
Have a lovely week...and happy August to you!
Love always,

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Thank you for your lovely visit Stephanie.
Your flower images are breathtakingly beautiful, I can almost smell the scent!
Have a wonderful week :)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for sharing the beautiful post and words of wisdom and encouragement.
Happy August
Hugs and blessings

Miss Michelle said...

What a wonderful & beautiful post, my friend! I don't recognize that hymn. I just love the words. I'll have to look up the tune! ^_^

Michelle ^_^
Delightful Handwork

Creations By Cindy said...

This is absolutely beautiful Stephanie. I am sending this to my friend Alisa who is battling cancer right now. She so needs this today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Debbie said...

omgoodness, these images are stunning stephanie, just stunning!! they lifted my spirits and made me happy at a time when i needed both!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Your flower pictures always make my heart sing, Stephanie. You can even see the detail in these lovely white flowers. Oh Yes, I trust in the Lord with all my heart. I haven't got a chance to come over and visit as much lately, as Jess' wedding is coming up and doing last minute things. But I always think of you, dear friend.

Happy August. Enjoy the last of the summer days. I am already thinking of Fall. :)

love, ~Sheri

Bethany Carson said...

The flowers are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the lovely verses and quotes.

Nina said...

Thank you for the encouragement ... My heart started to sing after reading the poem ... Yes, when we focus on the Lord, our perspectives get right, and no matter how big the shadows mau be, His light will guide us and always show the way!
Blessings to you, dear Stephanie!
PS. There flowers are just amazing - the white and pure green against the blue sky - So beautiful!

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