Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Peace in the Storm

He maketh the storm a calm,
so that the waves thereof are still.
Then are they glad because they be quiet;
so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Psalm 107:29-30

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Welcome to another Scripture Thursday here at Little Birdie Blessings.  With Father’s day this Sunday, I thought I’d write my post on a nautical theme.  Living in a small coastal village in Maine, many of the people around me make their living on or from the sea. 

The verses above, can be looked at two different ways.  Literally, Jesus has the power to calm the storms, quiet the waves, and guide you to safety when on the sea. 

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In another way, we can relate it to the many different storms that come into our life, be it:  physical, spiritual, financial, emotional, relational, and more.  Whatever your “storm” may be, reach out to Jesus for your help.  He loves you more than you can comprehend and wants you to seek Him for peace amidst your storm

I came across this old hymn titled The Haven of Rest, written in 1890 by Henry L. Gilmour.   The old hymns have such powerful meaning and many were written out of the personal storms the hymn writers experienced.  As you go through your storms, rather than asking God WHY, ask Him HOW it can be used for good. 

My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea,
So burdened with sin and distressed,
Till I heard a sweet voice, saying,
“Make Me your choice”;
And I entered the “Haven of Rest”!

I’ve anchored my soul in the “Haven of Rest,”
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep over wild, stormy, deep,
In Jesus I’m safe evermore.

I yielded myself to His tender embrace,
In faith taking hold of the Word,
My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul;
The “Haven of Rest” is my Lord.

The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole,
Has been the old story so blest,
Of Jesus, who’ll save whosoever will have
A home in the “Haven of Rest.”

How precious the thought that we all may recline,
Like John, the belovèd so blest,
On Jesus’ strong arm, where no tempest can harm,
Secure in the “Haven of Rest.”

O come to the Savior, He patiently waits
To save by His power divine;
Come, anchor your soul in the “Haven of Rest,”
And say, “My Belovèd is mine.”


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I love your nautical theme and this old hymn is such a wonderful one. The words are so wonderful. The Lord is truly the Haven of Rest for us!

  2. Amen! Thanks for sharing those nuggets of gold! God bless you, Abby!

  3. BEAUTIFUL DEVOTION today Abby! And your Facebook page that you linked looks GREAT!!!!!!!!!! :) Thanks for being a GOOD FRIEND! :)

  4. Hi there Abby thanks for the blessing of the word as always and have been over and liked you on facebook and left you a message too I used my public page not my family only page :D Shaz.x

  5. Thank you for sharing such encouraging words. They have touched my heart today. The images are beautiful.

  6. "A haven of rest" How inviting to the soul being tossed to and fro on life's waves!

    Thank you for linking up with Scripture Sunday this week. Great to have you join in and your posts are always so encouraging.

  7. What a beautiful sentiment from the heart, Abby. I appreciate how you share what God lays on your heart, and give us all that extra little encouragement we need each week. While I was reading, the song "I Know the Master of the Wind" came into my mind. I was thinking about my son's birthday last year when we had planned his party at an outdoor park, but the winds were VERY strong, and we couldn't hold it outside. I was thinking that day about this same song. God controls the wind (everything), and He had a different plan that day. God always knows what is best, and He always controls the winds that blow through our lives. Then, when the calm comes, we can see His hand controlling it all. Thanks for being a blessing and an encouragement. I appreciate you so much, my friend.

  8. HI Abby, Thanks for sharing these images and the perfect words from the hymn. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  9. Thank you so much for your words today Abby. I need to remember to ask HOW instead of WHY when going through life's storms. I'm so glad that you continue to bless us with such encouraging words every week.

  10. Thank you once more Abby for the time you put into preparing this encouragement and art.

  11. Beautiful thoughts and beautiful artwork, Abby! LOVE the nautical theme and I agree with you about the scripture--God is good! He can calm all of life's storms! :)

  12. Hi Abby, such beautiful images and the hymn is beautiful. You always put the images and message or hymns together so nicely. You are a blessing to me and many. I hope you're doing well. Take care.


  13. I only recently heard that song for the first time so it is quite intriguing to see it featured here. I do like its message and melody very much.

  14. What beauitful background pictures and lovely touching sentiments and encouraging scriptures..a virtuous woman you are sharing and blessing us..I am glad I found your Blog.

  15. Love this post! Thank you for filling our minds with truth and putting songs in our heart!

  16. What a great post Abby! I spent quite a bit of time on boats when I was a young one. Some days the winds would blow and the sea would be rough. My strongest memory of this was a 4th of July boat trip to see the fireworks. On the way back, a huge storm came through which made the trek a bit intense. My mom was praying the whole time. We did made it back safely.

    I think that storm brought the whole group a little bit closer that night. :)

    I love the way you worded everything in this post. It gives me a new perspective on the journey of life.

  17. Beautiful, encouraging thoughts! "The Haven of Rest" has long been one of my favorite hymns. I have actually written a couple of blog posts about the verses from Psalm 107 that you shared. You might enjoy reading them and can find them here: Lessons From the Storm and
    Blessed Encouragement from the Psalms. Hope you enjoy!


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