If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee

Besides the Autumn poets sing
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the Haze…
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind—
Thy windy will to bear!
~ Emily Dickinson
     There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! 
                                                ~ Romans 5:3-4
     I am so happy to see Autumn’s chill (not too much chill, just a little).  To smell a wood fire’s call mingling with the salt air and pine needles is near heaven for me.  I want to sit around a campfire with my loved ones and toast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate.  
All of this and it fall weather has not really begun.
    This summer was hemmed in, and mining my memory of it, there were some amazing high points.  I also know that all those other things effected a change.  God knows where we are headed, and what the story ultimately looks like.  The blessings are there amongst the winding in the road, the prickly pear folks that surround you, the patience that God is forging.
     This hymn got me through the summer and haunts me still.  It is still underscoring these days.
If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee.
Today, I lift you up in prayer, where ever God is guiding you.  Bring lots of compact containers.  As He fills them, set them on the path.
Every once in a while, take a look back.  You are blessed then, and now.
Because of Him,

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