Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Marvellous Lovingkindness ♡

Hello sweet friends!!
I know, I know, I was not going to post for awhile, but here I am.
My husband and I have been busy getting our ducks in a row
before leaving on our travels and the last duck has been placed, hallelujah!
We will be heading out soon but I just had to share something with you.
As I mentioned in my last post, my time away will be enjoyed
by quiet precious time sitting at the feet of Jesus.
Even during this busy time of preparing to go away the Lord
has been gracious in meeting me in the early mornings and
preparing me for what I believe is going to be a glorious
and blessed time in quietness and communion as I seek His presence.
Many of you have shared privately with me of your own desire
to draw closer to our Precious Heavenly Father,
and that's why I wanted to share this beautiful devotional with you.
May your heart be as blessed as my my own heart has been
as I've pondered on these lovely words.


~ Marvellous Lovingkindness ~

"Show Your marvellous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in you
from those who rise up against them."
~Psalm 17:7 ~

When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often 
plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord.
His favours are always performed with the love of His heart.
He does not send us to the cold meat and the broken pieces
from the table of His luxury, but He dips our morsel in His own dish,
and seasons our provisions with the spices of His fragrant affections.
When He puts the golden tokens of His grace into our palms,
He accompanies the gift with such a warm pressure of our hand,
that the manner of His giving is as precious as the boon itself.
He will come into our houses upon His errands of kindness,
and He will not act as some austere visitors do in the poor man's cottage,
but He sits by our side, not despising our poverty , nor blaming our weakness.
Beloved, with that smile does He speak!
What golden sentences drop from His gracious lips!
What embraces of affection does He bestow upon us!
If He had but given us farthings, the way of His giving would have
gilded them; but as it is, the costly alms are set in a golden
basket by His pleasant carriage. It is impossible to doubt the sincerity
of His charity, for there is a bleeding heart stamped upon the face of all
His benefactors. He giveth liberally and upbraideth not.
Not one hint that we are burdensome to Him; not one cold look
for His poor pensioners; but He rejoices in His mercy,
and presses us to His bosom while He is pouring out His life for us.
There is a fragrance in His spikenard which nothing but His heart could produce;
there is a sweetness in His honey-comb which could not be in it unless
the very essence of His soul's affection had been mingled with it.
Oh! the rare communion which such singular heartiness effecteth! 
May we continually taste and know the blessedness of it!
Morning & Evening with Spurgeon


The spirit of God used Spurgeon's words to penetrate my own heart.
"God's favours are always performed with the love of His heart"
"He seasons our provisions with the spices of His fragrant affections"
"He sits by our side, not blaming our weaknesses"
"His smile, His gracious lips, His embrace of affection does He bestow upon us"
"There is a bleeding heart stamped upon the face of His benefactors"
"We are not burdensome to Him"
"He presses us to His bosom while He is pouring out His life for us"
Oh such love!
Our Heavenly Father always draws us with the cords of love
that we might enjoy and exercise a more simple faith in Him.
Friends, are you leaving your worldly cares with God?
Trusting Him completely when you hear Him say,
"come my child, and trust Me?"
As a child of the King, we are privileged to enter into His presence
and approach boldly the throne of His grace.
May we not hold back, but allow God to draw us ever so close to His bosom
so our joy may be full.


Another wonderful reason for my posting was so I could share with you
the love that was shown to me from a dear and precious blogging friend.
Barbara, who so beautifully blogs over at Small Moments 
was having a give-away and I was her blessed winner.
I don't usually enter give-away's, but her gift of this gorgeous address book
was hard to pass up.

This address book has gorgeous pictures throughout painted by Claude Monet,
who was born in Paris but spent his youth at Le Havre where his
innate desire to paint was matched by his love for the Seine with its
reflections of trees, houses and passing boats.
Barbara also sent me a beautiful hand crafted sachet filled with
lavender from her very own garden along with the sweetest note card.
Thank you so much Barbara for sharing your beauty and love!

Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~


Elizabethd said...

Praying that your time away is filled with blessings, Debbie.

Sylvia said...

May your time of quietness and drawing near to God bring you many blessings.
I am not blogging at this time but do try to keep up with my blogger friends.
Have a blessed and safe trip!
Hugs, Sylvia

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I was surprised to see a post from you, Debbie, but ever so thankful that you shared your loving wisdom with us before you and your hubby enjoy your time together with The Lord. Congratulations on your giveaway win, and safe travels. Love and blessings, sweet friend!

Stephanie said...

Such a beautiful post, mom. One filled to the brim with encouragement and wisdom :) Indeed, it was a nice treat to see a post from you.

The items you received from sweet Barbara are simply lovely! She is such a precious lady and what a blessing for you to be the winner.

I hope you and dad enjoy your time away! Much love to you!

Kerin said...

Enjoy your time away. May it be filled with peace and blessings :)

Congrats on being the recipient of the lovely blog giveaway,.. .it's very nice.


Melanie said...

Lovely give away gift from Barbara! I enjoyed this devotional. Have a wonderful time during your travels!

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Debbie, Beautiful in all ways.Lovely photos. I was surprised to see your post but so thankful for your words of wisdom and sharing Spurgeon. Congrats on the beautiful win.
Wishing you a wonderful time away, safe travels and many joys. xo

Alessandra said...

Enjoy your time away! Such lovely words
Hugs Alessandra

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I do hope you find your soul refreshed in our Lord with your time away. Nothing like a little time away to bask in the Savior's love without so many other obstacles pulling at us. Enjoy every moment. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Pamela M. Steiner said...

This was such a comforting and moving post/devotional by Spurgeon, with your own words and thoughts applied. I know the Lord is going to bless your time away with His Divine Presence, and you will come back filled with His love and overflowing with His joy. Relax and rest and be filled, my friend. Thank you for sharing this with us today. Our thoughts and prayers go with you as you journey.

Sue said...

What a nice surprise to see a post from you dear friend! I too have such a longing to just sit at His feet, bask in His presence, and wait, yes, wait for His refreshing of my spirit! Thank you for taking the time to share, and offer so much encouragement!

Your gifts are so lovely!
May this time that you have set aside bring you much renewal and refreshing too!

Debby Ray said...

How wonderful it was to see a post from you in my email! What beautiful truths you have shared here, my friend. I pray your time away will be most restful and renewing and that you will soon return and share some of what you glean from the Lord. Hugs to you, precious friend and hope to be "seeing" you soon again in blogland! ♥

Daniela said...

Thank you dearest Debbie for another post of yours filled with wisdom and encouragement, blessed be !

Enjoy your time of rest with gladness and peace,
sending my dearest love to you


ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Dear sweet sister and friend,
Thank you for your sharing of your heart. I used to read the Spurgeon Monrign and evening for a number of years decades ago I must confess and think I gave my copy away as I si my wont at times, I do have a few of his books though my library has ha dsever culling due to lack of space. A depth is to be hungered after, I pray Gods blessing upon your travels, and safety as you go as well as a time of refreshing.
I concur re the way social media can take over your life as you say in your previous post.
It need s respect like all be used wisely and leave it when the Father bids you do so.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

hobbyloes said...

Nice adressbook from Barbara.
Wish you a very good time.

Anne Payne said...

I always enjoy Spurgeon's devotions. Seems like no one writes like that anymore. Such depth!

Isn't Barbara the best?! I love her so much!!! She is a dear blogging friend of mine too.

Love you, Debbie, and wish you a blessed weekend!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh the never-ending amazement of the marvelous lovingkindness of the Lord and the mercies He shows us in His tender compassion towards us. Sometimes we may not understand His plan, but yet, we can trust His goodness. What a beautiful devotion from Spurgeon, love the richness of his writings, deep and powerful! I can see why it was such a blessing for you to read, and to share!

Barbara is just a sweetheart, what a loving package she put together for you, how wonderful that you were the winner! Love that little sachet with lavender from her garden! I recently planted some lavender, and hope to have my own growing soon, exciting :)

Praying for you with all your travel preparations! Hugs to you today dear friend!

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on winning the giveaway!! And, have a wonderful time while you are away. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

Rose L said...

Peace be with you.

Pom Pom said...

Hi Debbie! I hope your time away is blessed beyond measure!

M.K. said...

I love "Morning and Evening" by Spurgeon. For a long time it was my main devotional reading and so very, very helpful to me. I do hope your time of traveling with your husband will be restful and refreshing, and that you will find yourself in deep friendship and engagement with God in ways you haven't had before.

Linda Walker said...

Lovely words, lovely photos, and now wishing you a lovely trip with your husband! Congrats on winning the giveaway too! I love Monet! xo my friend!

shayndel said...

Beautiful! I was blessed by your devotional!
Have a beautiful and blessed time on your trip!

Greetings from Japan!

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