Friday, January 17, 2014

QUAINT WORDS - The Flower of Heart-Joy

Welcome to "Quaint Words!"

These posts will contain thoughts, poems, and prayers from old books that I have found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales (with an occasional treasure from a bookstore).

I love the rhythm and sound of the older English language, and am blessed by other believers who have gone before me!

"For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name." (Psalm 33:21)

"The root of faith produces the flower of heart-joy. We may not at first rejoice, but it comes in due time. We trust the Lord when we are sad, and in due season He so answers our confidence that our faith turns to fruition and we rejoice in the Lord.

Doubt breeds distress, but trust means joy in the long run...

If we do not rejoice at this moment, yet we shall do so, as surely as David's God is our God. Let us meditate upon the Lord's holy name, that we may trust Him the better and rejoice the more readily...

Can we not cheerfully rely upon Him? Yes, we will do so at once, and do so without reserve.

Jehovah-Jireh will provide, Jehovah-Shalom will send peace, Jehovah-Tsidkenu will justify, Jehovah-Shammah will be forever near, and in Jehovah-Nissi we will conquer every foe.

They that know thy name will trust thee; and they that trust thee will rejoice in thee, O Lord."

(From "Daily Reading by C. H. Spurgeon" by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, c. 1834-1892)


"...let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy." (Psalm 5:11, NLT)

"The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him." (Nahum 1:7, NLT)

"The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.  He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.  He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me..." 
(2 Samuel 22:2-3, NLT)

*How do you find joy in your sadness?

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  1. Just saw this pop up and wanted to read your encouraging words and leave some of my own. I pray that you will sincerely be counting it all joy today. In your own power, it seems so impossible at times like this, doesn't it? And then suddenly we actually, almost tangibly, feel how wide and high and long and deep is the love of God for us in Christ Jesus, and we are able to say, "Joy?" Yes. Joy.

    Hugs to you, friend.

  2. Joy comes in remembering that Jesus is with me....remembering the great blessings of the past. Joy is In the small things we experience or see....moments that balance out the tough situation we find ourselves in. I think remembering is a big part of finding joy in sadness for me....

  3. I wish it were not so, but the times I know better than ever that God is enough, are the times that test and try me in ways that hurt and stretch my faith to new levels. Joy is not a light word, and really experiencing it doesn't happen lightly either. I am praying for you Sharon, this is not an easy chapter of life, and more than ever we understand just how fdependent we are on the God who really is enough. Prayers for all of you will continue.

  4. I'm thinking you especially enjoyed this passage Sharon as it reflects on joy :)


  5. Enjoyed these words of wisdom from Charles Spurgeon today. May the fruit of joy be ever present in our lives.

  6. Thinking of you. Sad for you that you are going through this time. We have a similar situation going on here with Martin's dad and the ripples are affecting us all. Joy and Endurance can however be had in any circumstance, because Our Lord is the same today and forever and He loves us through it all.

  7. So Sharon, *How do YOU find joy in your sadness?" Just wondering what you do - I am kind of struggling right now too.


"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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