Tuesday, May 25, 2010

send the rain

There is nothing I like much better than waking up in the morning to the sound of a rain. It is so soothing and just brings such a peaceful presence to my spirit.

I hear the gentle tapping of the raindrops on the window, and I feel His love just wash over me.

As I close my eyes I can almost feel the rain falling gently on my head and cascading down in a sweet river of cleansing. My senses are heightened by His Spirit and I can smell the sweet fragrance generated by the heavenly downpour.

Inhaling, I breathe in the aroma of His wonder. The tantalizing scent of His majesty and power assail my senses. He fills my soul with deep longing for His presence.

I feel the merciful cleansing and restoration that accompanies a drenching rain. It washes away my iniquities and my imperfections. My uncleanness. My sin and my shame.

Covering me in a new awareness of His forgiveness and mercy. His amazing grace. His awesome love.

As the rain subsides, it leaves behind a rainbow of hope.  A rainbow of promise for the assurance of eternal life through Jesus. I feel cleansed. I feel renewed. I feel whole again.

Ah, yes Lord. Send the rain.

(Bryton, Melissa & Me at her house in Baton Rouge)

Sorry I am late announcing the winner of the 'word' canvas. Jimbo and I went to Baton Rouge (along with Ashlie and her 2 boys) to spend the day with our sweet daughter (and sister) and to tell her goodbye before she heads off the Bolivia, South America (for the 3rd time!). She will be gone until July 8th, so please pray for her and the group that is going as they minister, spread the gospel and teach the children.

Kat, of Heart2heart, is the winner and I will be emailing you with the details! Congratulations precious sister. You are a blessing to me and many others.


Barbara said...

Amen, I love the rain, it cleanses everything around us, hugs, Barbara

Jackie said...

Beautiful Beth! Oh, yes Lord....Send your cleansing, healing, restoring rain!!!

Sweet Blessings!

Jackie said...

I'm praying for Melissa as she heads to Bolivia!!

Sweet Blessings!

Stacey Dawn said...

Congratulations to the winner!

and yes - bring the rain Lord!

Praying for Melissa!



This post reminds me of something that happened just yesterday.

I was in a story checking out of the line when I overheard the cashier talking [complaining] to the customer ahead of me. She said, "I hate the clouds and the rain - when will the sun ever come out again."

What you need to understand is that in our area of NJ we have had no rain for weeks and finally last week God brought down the rain to water the earth! I was joyous and even on Sunday I danced in the rain when I got caught in it twice!

I should have spoke aloud to the woman but in my spirit I simply said, "Thank You, Father, for the rain. That is the only way the flowers and grass will grow."

The whole thing reminds me of

Isaiah 55:8-11 [NIV]
8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways,"
declares the LORD.

9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.

10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

11 so is my word that goes out from My mouth:
It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Godspeed to your precious daughter as she serves the Lord in Bolivia!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie

Nancy M. said...

It's been raining here this morning too! I've been thanking the Lord for the water for my garden!

Heart2Heart said...

Praying that God sends some much needed rain our way soon or it will be another bad fire storm year in California.

Thanks again for the beautiful gift that will be handcrafted by you. I can't wait to get it and will post some amazing pictures. By the way, the word is BELIEVE!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

~ Being Woven said...

"Tis lightly raining here in South Texas today. Reading your post gives new meaning to this lovely day I am already having in the rain! Just perfect.
Know that I will be holding Melissa up as she journeys to Bolivia.
loving you, ~ linda

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I love the rain, too. I wonder if there is anyone who does not?

Lloyd said...

I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I invite you to follow my blog. God bless, Lloyd

Yolanda said...

That sweet and precious girl of yours does love to travel, now I just wonder who she got that from? :-)

I am praying, and will do so until sweet Melissa returns home. She is the apple of God's eye, and ours!


Jennifer said...

Hi Beth! Sorry it has taken me so long to get over here for a visit. I so love the rain too. Your post was beautiful!!!


Loren said...

Amen Beth...the rain just refreshes me and brings me such joy to wake up and here that pitter patter. Of course there are those days I just want to roll back over bc it is soooo peaceful ;)

Congrats to Kat....what a blessing she has won!

Love you