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I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

October 31, 2014

LIVIN’ IN THE RAIN

Yesterday, I was driving home from work in some of the heaviest rain I’ve experienced. Now, I’m a pluviophile (rain lover), but driving with water on the road is treacherous. I kept feeling little episodes of hydroplaning and had to really pay close attention to the road. The worst part was the number of drivers who fist tail-gated me, shined their bright lights trying to tell me to get out of the way on a two lane road, and eventually passing me, going way over the speed limit! But once I was relaxed without harassing drivers bothering me, I truly enjoyed the pouring down showers of rain!

Did you know that it didn’t always rain on earth? “And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” (Genesis 2:5-6 KJV). Until the time of Noah and that great, destructive flood, rain had not fallen from clouds. Then God told Noah, “…and I will cause it to rain upon the earth…” (Genesis 7:4 KJV).

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.” (Genesis 7:11-12 KJV). After the waters of the flood receded, and Noah and his family could once again walk on dry ground, God promised to never again destroy mankind with a flood; the rainbow is our reminder of this promise, God’s sign placed in the sky for all to see.

From that time on, rain fell at various seasons, helping the crops grow and produce rich harvests. The former, or first, rain spoken of in the Bible, was the rain that fell soon after the seeds were planted; it allowed the seeds to beak open and germinate, initiating the growth of the crop. Spiritually speaking, the former rain was the day of Pentecost which, like spring rains that help the crops start growing, helped the early church to quickly grow and thrive.

The latter rain, in reference to crops, was the rain that fell shortly before the time of harvest. It brought the crop to maturity and once it ended and the fields dried, the crop was ready for harvesting. Again, drawing a spiritual parallel, the final rain will be a time just before Jesus returns, a time of reformation and turning back to God! Just like the last rain that finishes the growing season; the latter rain will occur in the last days when the gospel message will reach the entire world to fulfill prophecy, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14 KJV).

Jesus told His disciples, “…The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38 KJV). And shortly thereafter, He sent them on their first missions, in pairs, healing and preaching the gospel. We are commissioned to carry on that mission… “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”. (Matthew 28:19 KJV). Just imagine when we get to see the results of the seeds we plant during our lifetime! That harvest, when Jesus returns for the faithful, will be a glorious event.

My <3 song this morning is a song I heard on the radio when I first moved back to Washington. It has two meanings for me: the physical rains I enjoy living in Washington State and the spiritual rain of the blessings from God, the outpouring of His Spirit in my heart that leads me to write these devotionals!

CHORUS:
“I’ve been livin’ in the rain, child
I’ve been livin’ in the rain
Soaking up the blessings of the Good Lord
I’ve been livin’ in the rain
I don’t need to find a shelter
Don’t want the weather to change
All my days are better now
Since I’ve been livin’ in the rain

I wandered in the desert for many years
My soul was running dry
The sky grew heavy with a cloud of Grace
It came pouring like a river of grace

I’ve been livin’ in the rain, child
I’ve been livin’ in the rain
Soaking up the blessings of the Good Lord
I’ve been livin’ in the rain
I don’t need to find a shelter
Don’t want the weather to change
All my days are better now
Since I’ve been livin’ in the rain

The rains have been falling since He saved my soul
The floodgates are open wide
All my sins are washed away
They went rolling with the rising tide

I’ve been livin’ in the rain, child
I’ve been livin’ in the rain
Soaking up the blessings of the Good Lord
I’ve been livin’ in the rain
I don’t need to find a shelter
Don’t want the weather to change
All my days are better now
Since I’ve been livin’ in the rain

I’m gonna stay outside in the waterfall
There ain’t nothing to worry about
I’m gonna jump right in and get my bare feet wet
Cause His mercy keeps coming down”

“Nevertheless, He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” (Acts 14:17 KJV).

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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