September Hope Whispers

 

He Giveth More Grace

by Annie Johnson Flint
(1866-1932)

“He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”

~ More of Her Poems  ~

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“This book is for you if you’re feeling drained, depleted or discouraged. And for all who need a supportive word or inspiring thought to help bring hope and encouragement back to their heart. These words will remind you that you are more courageous than you realise, you are not alone in your struggles, and you’re stronger than you know.”

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I love this mural at the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.
Created by THE KIND WAY
“Constant kindness can accomplish much.
As the sun makes ice melt,
kindness causes misunderstanding,
mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”
Albert Schweitzer

Nature is a Retreat of Hope

“Any glimpse into the life
of an animal quickens our own
and makes it so much the larger
and better in every way.”
John Muir

Thank you to my brother John
for these 
stunning photos.
🙂 Also for the interesting facts. 🙂

(Please respect copyright laws.)

The American Dipper can walk on the bottom of streams or dive for insects, etc.
Notice the American Dipper’s white eyelids? It is equipped with a third eyelid membrane for underwater, but the upper eyelid is covered with white feathers visible when it blinks.
“Who goes there?” wonders the coyote.
He is barking at my brother because his den or a kill must be nearby.
This juvenile Northern Jacana showed up near where my brother lives. It is only spotted in Arizona about once every 10 years. It usually lives in Mexico and central America. I hope he finds his way back home!
The Northern Jacana has the largest feet of any bird in proportion to its body size. It is sometimes called “The Jesus Bird” because it appears to walk on water when walking on lily pads and other floating vegetation.
Isn’t it beautiful how the yellow shows up when he’s flying? Another interesting fact is that the male builds the nest and incubates the eggs.

I’ve been trying to put less pressure on myself to post every week. So since my husband is taking some time off work, I want to free up some of my time. I hope to be back on either the 13th or 20th of October. One step at a time, right? 🙂

19 thoughts on “September Hope Whispers

  1. Those nature photo are fabulous and the facts so interesting. There is so many wonders to still discover in this place. I’m thankful for people like yourself and your brother for helping me discover more of God’s creations. I was going to say Happy Thanksgiving as you’ll be not blogging until after that time, but that is referencing Canada’s Thanksgiving. 🙂 Hope you and your husband have some wonderful quality time together!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynn, for the well-wishes and for loving the wonders my brother finds in creation. My heart always skips a happy beat when he emails me his nature photos. 🙂 I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! May the day be filled with special moments of grace and praise!

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  2. As always, Trudy, your brother’s photos took my breath away! Thank you for sharing these, with the information about each species, and for the quotes and poem, too. I found it all to be inspiring on a day when hope needs a boost!
    God bless, and enjoy some time with your husband. 🙂

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    1. They take my breath away, too, Martha. 🙂 I’m so glad you were inspired with hope as you visited here. Thank you for the blessings! God bless you, too! May our God of all hope breathe His hope into our hearts each day!

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  3. Oh I do love the poem by Annie Johnson Flint! I’ve not read it in full for a while and it bears reading and rereading over again for the sweet encouragement it contains to truly sink in. As always, your brother’s photographs are superb, and his knowledge of wildlife intrigues and adds to the sheer joy of seeing them. Kindness is such an underrated thing yet has deep impact for those on the receiving end of it. Any reminder to tread lightly and be kind to others is welcome and timely. Your quotes are great too, and I’m deeply honoured to have my little free book profiled here. Thank you! May you enjoy the break with your husband and family. It’s good to take time out now and then and not put pressure on ourselves to post so often. Since giving myself the same grace, I don’t feel as obliged as I used to be to put something out there. A rested writer is a more reflective writer, I think, and her words are likely to be better for a slow marinade rather than a swift, stressful outpouring. That’s my theory/excuse, anyway! We’ll all be eagerly waiting for your return. May God grant you refreshment and restoration of mind and body in the interim. Blessings, love and hugs! xo 😊❤️

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    1. Our youngest son likes to listen to podcasts, especially of Ravi Zacharias and I believe it was him who mentioned Annie Johnson Flint and this poem. Our son asked if I knew of her and of this poem. So I was so glad that reminded me of her and her poems again. One of my favorites is What God Hath Promised. So it amazes me how God used our son to bring her and this poem to my remembrance and it blessed me again and now as I pass it on, it has encouraged you. God is watching out for us, right? He knows what we need infinitely more than we know ourselves. Your book is comforting me, and I hope and pray it will comfort others. I love what you say here about a “slow marinade rather than a swift, stressful outpouring!” The “slow marinade” is often my type of writing, so I’m telling myself right now with tears in my eyes that it’s okay I can’t write and publish page after page. I write and reflect and rewrite and let it marinate a while until I believe God is prompting me to share it. So thank you so much for your validation and your encouragement not to pressure ourselves. Thank you, too, for your loving prayers. Blessings, love, and hugs to you, too! May we learn to give ourselves the same grace Jesus so willingly and joyfully gives us!

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      1. Trudy, I believe your words are all the richer for being steeped in thought and prayer and left to marinate before God prompts you to share. I’m a slow writer, too, although I often jot thoughts down quickly. But they take time to be sorted, sifted and shared as a blog post or new poem, perhaps. And I’m rather guilty of editing my work to death! Perfectionism mingled with hesitation makes things slower than they need be, I guess. So please carry on as you are doing. It’s perfect for you and perfect for your eager readers as well. There’s always a lot to digest, and none of it reads like empty wordiness, only good, God-given soul food to nourish our hearts. Yes, I do hope and pray we can learn to “give ourselves the same grace Jesus so willingly and joyfully gives us.” Xo 😉❤️

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        1. Being a work-in-progress perfectionist myself, Joy, I understand the constant editing. I used to focus too much on the proper grammar, etc., but found it’s more important to express thoughts and truth. I still edit a lot though, because sometimes what I first write needs to be processed and “marinated” in God’s love. 🙂 Thank you for your kind encouragement! XO ❤️

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  4. Thank you for this encouragement, Trudy! You know I always love your brother’s photos, and today I was also particularly moved by the poem at the start. Today the restrictions here have been tightened quite a lot again and just as things were beginning to feel more normal we’re now several steps back. The poem is a beautiful reminder that God’s grace is enough to get us through. I hope you enjoy your break and spending time with your husband. And I agree about not putting pressure on yourself to post. I didn’t really intend to take a break this week but it’s just been too busy so I decided a week off would be ok! Love and blessings to you!

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    1. I’m so grateful the poem encouraged you, Lesley. I’m so sorry for the tightened-up restrictions again. The cases are really increasing here, too, especially in colleges or because of large gatherings. May God keep you safe and healthy. Thank you for your well-wishes. Love and blessings to you, too! May we allow it to sink deep within our hearts that God’s grace will get us through anything!

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  5. Dear Trudy,
    I love Annie Johnson Flint’s poetry so much, and have always loved this poem especially and the song created from it. But I loved her words even more when I found out she had RA long before there were any of the medications available today. I’ve read her brief biography online, but it’s been a while. Perhaps I need to go re-read it soon. Thank you for the reminder, dear friend. And I am praying for you now to have such a restful time on your blogging break. May the Lord grant you and your husband precious time together during his days off also. I also know how important those resting times are, especially when chronic illnesses feel as if they are dragging at our heels. Love you so much dear sister. Hugs across the miles for you! xoxo

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    1. Yes, Annie suffered a lot, too, and even became bound to a wheelchair. But even though there are more medications today, you still suffer a lot, Bettie. My heart breaks for you when yet another medication adversely affects you and makes you suffer even more. 😦 Thank you so much for your prayers and your understanding the need for those resting times. I love you, too! Hugs back to you! May we rest in Jesus’ love and the grace He so freely and even joyfully gives!

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  6. Trudy, we used to sing “He Giveth More Grace” at my childhood church … such meaningful lyrics. I love the mural at the mall, and as usual, your brother’s photos are amazing. I hope you and your sweet husband can find some fun things to do together when he’s off work. Hugs, friend!

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    1. Yes, so meaningful, Lois. It’s amazing how God is so free with the infinite riches of His grace and love and He even “yearns” to share it. That gives such comfort, doesn’t it? Thank you for your well-wishes and for calling my hubby “sweet.” 🙂 Hugs to you, too! May our hearts remember that our needs will never exceed His provision of grace!

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