Monday, September 14, 2009

Joy Challenge - Day 19 - Answered Prayer

I prayed for rain for such a long time. Days, weeks, months passed - and heaven was silent. It became symbolic to me for so many of the things I have been praying about. I was discouraged. But God....... He sent rain. He sent abundant rain - over NINE INCHES collected in the rain gauge. Such joy in knowing that He never fails; that He hears and answers prayer; that He supplies abundantly more than we could ask or think. Sometimes the answer is no; sometimes the answer is wait; and sometimes the answer is yes!

We rejoice and give thanks:

a blanket of lavender-rose petals from the Texas Sage - our little heralder of the rain that was to come

Before you see the rest of these pictures, you must understand that everything looked as though it was either dead or dying. The leaves were beginning to fade and there was not a flower in sight. We had stopped watering for fear of our well running dry. I had given up on the flower garden and planned to dig it all up and start over.

But God.....

He even sent some little flowers that He alone had planted - a few added blessings

And one final, beautiful gift. This butterfly flitted from one flower to another so fast I could hardly keep it in view. It too was celebrating, with great joy, the abundant blessing from the hand of a loving Father.

Gratitude really does fill the heart with joy. You will be blessed as you read other posts on gratitude at Ann's - Holy Experience.



  1. oh how neat! The Lord led me to talk about rain today too!! love it!
    thankful for rain!

  2. Linda, I thought of you this weekend when I heard the forecast for Texas! I shouted ... "that's so great for Linda!" and then explained to my husband that you and your mom are the lovely ladies responsible for our summer desserts!
    Giving so much thanks with you today!!!
    ~All the Best~ Maria

  3. I love "...but God"!! I'm praising Him with you, Linda! :-)

  4. What a lovely place you have here. I have stopped by before and I reckon I will be back! Thank you for your nice words today...


  5. Linda, my heart rejoices with you in the joy of fulfilled expectation from His hands! He is so, so good!

  6. You are just the sweetest... and as a gardener I was feeling this with you!

  7. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. And showers of blessing. He does water things so much better than we do!! Beautiful flowers.

  8. I especially love these two words...

    But God

    But for Him, where would we be?

    Rejoicing for these beautiful flowers!

  9. We had real rain here for the first time this summer, too. It felt soooooo good! It does make you joyful as you see everything that has been thirsty get a good, long drink.

  10. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement on my blog!
    I, too, am so thankful when rain comes. Our part of my country is in drought right now - and has been for a few years now. We are so thankful for even the smallest bit of rain to fall... and we continue to believe that God will provide what we need.
    God bless you!

  11. Hi! thanks for stoppin by! Always love to meet new friends! Yes, we are here in Texas right now, headed back to Maine tomorrow. It has rained every day since we arrived but it hasn't stopped us from having a wonderful time seeing all of the sights. Will be posting about them when I get home. Glad you are getting the much needed rain, everyone here in Dallas is so thankful for it!

  12. What a blessing indeed to get that much needed rain! I've always said that God may take His time sometimes but He does answer prayers:-) xoxo

  13. Glad you are getting the rain that you need Linda! And look at all those beautiful flowers!