Thursday, May 13, 2010


I'm not even sure if this post will make sense, but here it goes ~

The title of my blog is A Steady Rain: Developing an awareness of God's daily blessings. From the beginning, I have written about daily joys, funny stories, encouraging quotes and songs, and challenging thoughts. I desire this to be a positive place!


Life isn't always positive. There are hardships, trials, and mistakes. In the last couple of years, I have gone through some things that I never imagined I would have to face. I have cried many tears and had many sorrowful days. I have felt alone, anxious, and confused. I have even felt guilty sometimes when I question God, asking Him "Why?" or "What are You doing in my life?"
How can I possibly find a blessing in those type of feelings?

I think the answer can be found in Psalm 139:

O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths,
you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

My God knows ALL of my feelings and thoughts (before I even think them). He created me to feel joy as well as sadness, and He is there to hold my hand through all of it. I can't hide any secrets from Him, positive or negative. My God's ways are too immeasurable for me to understand, and yet He LOVES me!

That, my dear friends, is a BLESSING!!

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Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

So sorry to hear you've been going through a hard time. But I'm glad you are able to see the blessing through it.

Rachel said...

Thank you so much, Shelly!

Michelle said...

I love that scripture passage. It's such a source of comfort to me as well.

I will pray for you today and that Christ would truly be your rock and comfort during your trials.

Have a blessed day, Rachel

Tina said...

Praying and thinking of you during this struggling time. Unfortunetly, I think we all go through it in some form or another. Isn't it awesome that we are never alone and that God is there with us!

Jaime G said...

Such a transparent, thoughtful post.

Sometimes we minister to others through our own wounds.

Enjoying your blog.

Jaime G
Like a Bubbling Brook

LuvtheWord said...

Yes, it does make sense, sweet Rachel. There is nowhere that we can hide from His awareness and understanding. How comforting. I just read Heb. 4:14, 15 this morning ... He is fully able to sympathize with my weaknesses and challenges, and He intercedes on my behalf. How encouraging!
~ Julie@comehaveapeace

Rachel said...

I am SO appreciating all of your comments today! Thanks so much for your encouragement and prayers!

Theresa said...

Rachel, thanks for your post. I was just reading this morning from Psalm 119:75 "I know, O LORD, that your judgments are right, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me." It is highlighted in my bible and next to it I wrote in the date 1/08. I can't believe it was over two years ago that I highlighted that. This particular trial has been going on for three years for me. It is so easy to see God's hand in our lives when things are going well, but it is through the trials that God is refining us and drawing us closer to Him. This is part of what I have been learning.

Rachel said...

Thanks Theresa! That is SO true! I often think about Joseph's life. We tend to read the story quickly, but forget that he was in terrible circumstances for many years. AND he didn't know the end of the story like we do! In spite of that, though, he lived each day w/ the faith that God desired the best for him!

partialemptynester said...

OH, I absolutely LOVE this chapter...I have fallen back on it soo very many times in my life! I praise God for knowing us so intimately and yet still loving us so unconditionally! Wonderful, and oh so true, thanks for the honesty!

Thank you also for your sweet comment on my post today...the post is my anniversary gift to hubby and he has enjoyed seeing the comments coming in :)

Jessica @ This Blessed Life said...

I struggle a lot with being lonely because I don't live near my family or have a lot of friends here my age. I know you said that you moved from Florida to PA, so if loneliness is something you struggle with, just know you are not alone. (That's a very ironic sentence!) :)

Superchikk said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. I'd love to get to know you better.

And I totally get the whole "What in the world is going on?" thing. :)

I'd love to have you enter the giveaway I'm hosting right now. It ends tonight!

Rachael. said...

Girlfriend I love love Psalm 139!!! IT's got to top the list somewhere in the top 100 scriptures!

Hard times come and go, but by his strength we can move on!

Muthering Heights said...


I'm sorry that you've experiences some difficult things, but am so happy that you've drawn closer to God for comfort and support. His love for us truly is a blessing!

SomeGirl said...

Wish I had read this earlier! I'm praying extra tonight!! ♥ Michelle

I love these verses, too:

(Isaiah 43:1-3)

But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior...

Barbie said...

I am sorry for all that you've been going through. I love the title of your blog. When I think of a Steady Rain, I think of both the good and the bad, and what is steady about it is the hand of God in it. I am praying for you my dear sister!

Rachel said...

I was just SO blessed by all of your comments today! Thank you!

JMN said...

Congratulations. I've given your blog an award!

Mama Hen said...

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Mama Hen

Jessica D. said...

oh so very true. Thanks for that word.