• “Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

“It was our privilege to spend a number of years in the mission fields of the Orient–Japan and Korea, but the trying climate and overstrain of heavy work cause my dear husband’s health to fail, and we were compelled to return to the homeland, where for six years a battle was waged between life and death.

‘Then cometh Satan,’ tempting us to faint under the pressure, but each time when the testings had reached their utmost limit, God would illumine some old and familiar text, or a helpful book or tract would providentially fall into our hands, which contained just the message needed at the moment.

One day, while walking along the seashore, wondering almost of ‘God had forgotton to be gracious,’ a little leaflet lay at our feet. We picked it up and read, ‘God smiles on His children in the eye of the storm,’ and we caught anew a glimpse of His love face.

‘His choicest cordials were kept for our deepest faintings,’ and we have been held in His strong, loving arms these trying years till we have learned to love our desert, because of His wonderful presence with us.

Our own trouble has drawn to us hundreds of troubled hearts and we have tried to ‘comfort them with the same comfort wherewith we have been comforted of God.’ For a period of three years we have passed on these daily messages to the readers of God’s Revivalist, and the numbers of requests that have come for them in book form have led to the publication of Streams in the Desert. The book is sent forth with a prayer that many a weary, way-worn traveler may drink therefrom and be refreshed.” – Lottie B Cowman, Foreword to Streams in the Desert 1925

Her books are devotionals she compiled from sermons, readings, writings, and poetry that she had encountered.

“Why must I weep when others sing?’
To test the deeps of suffering.’
Why must I work while others rest?’
To spend my strength at God’s request.’
Why must I lose while others gain?’
To understand defeat’s sharp pain.’
Why must this lot of life be mine
When that which fairer seems is thine?
‘Because God knows what plans for me
Shall blossom in eternity.'”

~Mrs Chas Cowman

“Oh, give Thy servant patience to be still,
And bear Thy will;
Courage to venture wholly on the arm
That will not harm;
The wisdom that will never let me stray
Out of my way;
The love that, now afflicting, knoweth best
When I should rest.”

Streams in the Desert by Date (from this website)

Mrs. Cowman’s works from Streams in the Desert, though not in order.

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  • “The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.” – Elisabeth Elliot

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Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. — Jeremiah 23:24 (NKJV)

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