#5 wrestling over faith, and the casting of I Peter 5:7...
and matters of worse suffering.
Reminded of Christmas cinnamon rolls.
That not all mixing and rolling and pounding is
Messy. Extra flour is necessary. Waiting. Rising.
Final heat produces wonderful and sweet fragrance.
#6 this gift... words of Charles H. Spurgeon
"O child of suffering, be patient;
God has not passed you over in His providence.
He who is the feeder of sparrows
will also furnish you with what you need.
Do not sit in despair; hope on, hope ever.
Take up the arms of faith against a sea of trouble,
and your opposition shall yet end your distresses.
There is One who cares for you.
His eye is fixed on you,
His heart beats with pity for your woe,
and His omnipotent hand
shall bring you the needed help.
The darkest cloud shall scatter itself in showers of mercy.
The blackest gloom shall give place to the morning.
He, if you are one of His family,
will bind up your wounds and heal your broken heart.
Do not doubt His grace because of your tribulation,
but believe that He loves you
as much in seasons of trouble
as in times of happiness.
What a serene and quiet life
might you lead
if you would leave providing
to the God of providence!
With a little oil in the cruse
and a handful of meal in the barrel,
Elijah outlived the famine,
and you will do the same.
If God cares for you,
why do you need to care too?
Can you trust Him for your soul
and not for your body?
He has never refused to bear your burdens;
He has never fainted under their weight.
Come, then, soul!
Say good-bye to anxiety
and leave all your concerns
in the hand of a gracious God."