Wednesday, August 19, 2009

To Please My God

I awoke this morning to a busy schedule and a full heart. After lunch, my dear husband and I will be leaving for Georgia. My mother is having eye surgery, and we are going to help her out a couple of days.

I had a post almost done. But when I began to edit it to finish and publish, an inner voice said, "No, not today."

My cups runs over. God is so good! Yet, I long to know God's love more deeply and hear His voice more profoundly. It is sometimes painful to yearn for Him, but God knows the work He longs to do in our lives and has a reason for each process.

While shopping at a variety store a few days ago, I saw this small book wedged between many others. I grasped it and pulled its bright green cover toward me.

"Heart Breathings," the title read. I knew I had a find when I saw the author's name: Leonard Ravenhill.

A profoundly deep, inspiring author he is. One who mixes no words. You definitely hear the man's heart when you read his books.

This particular one is a small collection of poetry and prose. In the forward of "Heart Breathings," I even found beauty.

"These poems are the roarings and sightings and longings of the inarticulate soul trying to create a substance through which to transmit its feelings to others."

I want to share just one, simple part of Leonard Ravenhill's "inarticulate soul" with you today. I pray it will bless you, give you pause, and stir your longing for the deep waters of our Father's love.

To Please My God
I ask no bliss
But this,
To know Thy will,
And it fulfill,
In every part
So that my heart,
Without alloy,
May know the joy
By peace
Or rod
To please
My God.

If you have opportunity, please pray for our safety, and remember my mom.

Much love to each of you. I appreciate your friendships beyond words.

I pray our dear, precious heavenly Father will be with you and guide each part of your day. May He give you peace and keep you in His tender loving care. May God give you joy! A full heart of His fullness! Oh, just to know Jesus!

In Him,



  1. Dear Andrea,

    Thank you for sharing the longing of your heart and Ravenhill's poem. I particularly like what he wrote in his foreword page, such captivating words. Isn't it amazing how the Lord makes us to long after Him? ...transforming us into the image of Christ day by day... great is His faithfulness.

    "As the deer pants for streams of water, so pants my soul for You, O God." ~Psalm 42:1

    May the Lord grant both of you safe traveling mercies, and may your time with your dear mother be one of peace, comfort, help and blessing.

    In Christ's love,

  2. TY for sharing this lovely poem ... may your travels be safe & your Mom's surgery go well.
    TTFN ~Marydon

  3. Hi Andrea,
    What a beautiful truly does capture what we feel and is a gentle reminder of what should be always.

    Have a safe journey and may your Mom have a smooth surgery and recovery.


  4. Dear Andrea,

    What sweet words, thank you for sharing them with us! God is so wonderful!
    I am praying for safe travel and a safe surgery & recovery for your Mom.
    May the Lord be with you!


  5. "To know Thy will, and it fulfill" many times we know His will, but we are not willing to do it. Oh, the times are so many. But once you are there, and you know that you are pleasing HIM...complete bliss!

    Thank you dear friend for this beautiful poem! I pray that the Lord gives you safe travel to your mother's, also that the surgery is successful and uneventful.

    In His Peace,

    lady m

  6. Sending prayers for your mom. I have been thinking about you lately and wondering how you are doing. Sounds like your life is as crazy busy as mine.
    I love to find those treasures. I am glad you shared yours with us.
    Hope you have a wonderful visit with your mom in Georgia, a safe trip, and a blessed time of fellowship!
    Blessings and prayers, andrea

  7. Will be praying for your mom's eye surgery to go well and for your safety.
    Thank you so very much for sharing this poem. My thoughts exactly! More than anything I want to please my God!
    Blessings to you as you travel.

  8. Such a rich offering!

    Travel safe, and do return to your parlor swiftly.


  9. Dearest Andrea,
    Praying that your have safe travels
    and that your momma's eye surgery goes
    smoothly!!! :) Thank you for such
    encouraging, sweet words in the way of
    glorifying God! Bless you dear friend.

    Love~ Miss Jen

    "Sweet will of God, still fold me closer, Till I am wholly lost in Thee." ~Mrs. Charles H. Morris

  10. Father, please put your hand on Andrea and her husband as they go to care for her mother. Guide the doctors' hands during eye surgery. And in all, let your name be glorified. Love, Jennifer

  11. I hope you have fun with your mom and enjoy each other as you travel. You'll provide such relief and support while you are there! xopp

  12. What an absolute lovely blog. I have enjoyed reading it. Thank you.
    May your mom have a speedy recovery and doctors do a fine job.

  13. Safe travels and best wishes for your dear mother.

  14. Andrea, Will be praying that you have a safe journey and your Mom a speedy recovery.

    God Bless, my friend

  15. Your travel will be supported by prayers. I hope that all goes smoothly and that your mother's surgery will be fine. She will love having you with her, I'm sure.

  16. Lifting you up sweet friend. May your Mother be touched by the tender, loving hand of Jesus. Traveling mercies and prayers for your journey!

    Love, Rebecca

  17. What a wonderfully beautiful post! The poem is lovely! I will have to look for his work:). My prayers go out for your mother and for safe travels:).

    God Bless,


  18. Thank you for your prayers for me; you and your mother will be in mine. Blessings to you, friend.

  19. My prayers follow you on your journey and I look forward to your return. Your blog is such a serene place I love to visit again and again.

    What a joy it is to walk with God in each moment so closely that you hear his quiet voice guiding you.

  20. Andrea,

    I love Nehemiah 2:18a.

    "I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me."

    What an extraordinary thing.

    To have His gracious hand on us.

    May God's gracious hand be on your family during this time.

    Sweet dreams.

  21. Dear Andrea,
    Obedience is better than sacrifice, and our love to God is measured by our obedience.

    Thanks for sharing your journeys with us.

    And I love Leonard Ravenhill. Funny that he should call himself an inarticulate soul.

    Praying for your glad reunion with you mom, and may all things work out for good.


  22. Mrs. Andrea,

    That was so encouraging! So many times lately, I have felt that yearning, a strong desire to know the Lord learn more of what He is to me! thanks for the post!
    I hope that your mother came through her surgery well and that ya'll had a safe trip.



  23. Hello, Andrea,
    I will pray for a safe journey for you and your husband and for a quick recovery for your mother. I pray that would be my prayer, too: To have a heart that wants always to please God. Have a blessed week. Vicki

  24. Dear Andrea...I have been offline for a week so I am trying to slowly catch up...such a beautiful passage you shared...I read ahead and saw your mother's surgery went well, so I thank God with you for His hand in that....


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