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Streams in the Desert

Streams in the Desert

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by L. B. E. Cowman, Mrs Charles Cowman, Lettie B. Cowman

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Few books ever attain such a widespread recognition and perennial appeal as Streams in the Desert. Now over seventy years since its first publication, this marvelous devotional by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman has established itself firmly in the ranks of the Christian classics. Written from Mrs. Cowman's rich experiences with life, from its dry wastelands to its


Few books ever attain such a widespread recognition and perennial appeal as Streams in the Desert. Now over seventy years since its first publication, this marvelous devotional by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman has established itself firmly in the ranks of the Christian classics. Written from Mrs. Cowman's rich experiences with life, from its dry wastelands to its well-watered gardens, Streams in the Desert is a legacy of faith and wisdom that is time-tested faithfully to the One who alone can slake their spiritual thirst. In the midst of today's fast-paced world, the wisdom of Streams in the Desert remains refreshing, relevant and trustworthy. Turn to it daily, tune out the clamor of living, and let these prayerful writings inspire fresh hope, confidence, and a deep awareness of God's presence in your life.

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January 1
The land whither ye go to possess it is a land of hills and valleys and drinketh water of the rain of heaven: a land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year (Deut. 11:11--12).

Today, dear friends, we stand upon the verge of the unknown. There lies before us the new year and we are going forth to possess it. Who can tell what we shall find? What new experiences, what changes shall come, what new needs shall arise? But here is the cheering, comforting, gladdening message from our heavenly Father, 'The Lord thy God careth for it.' 'His eyes are upon it away to the ending of the year.'
All our supply is to come from the Lord. Here are springs that shall never dry; here are fountains and streams that shall never be cut off. Here, anxious one, is the gracious pledge of the heavenly Father. If He be the source of our mercies they can never fail us. No heat, no drought can parch that river, 'the streams whereof make glad the city of God.'
The land is a land of hills and valleys. It is not all smooth nor all downhill. If life were all one dead level of dull sameness it would oppress us; we want the hills and the valleys. The hills collect the rain for a hundred fruitful valleys. Ah, so it is with us! It is the hill difficulty that drives us to the throne of grace and brings down the shower of blessing; the hills, the bleak hills of life that we wonder at and perhaps grumble at, bring down the showers. How many have perished in the wilderness, buried under its golden sands, who would have lived and thriven in the hill country; how many would have been killed by the frost, blighted with winds, swept desolate of tree and fruit but for the hill---stern, hard, rugged, so steep to climb. God's hills are a gracious protection for His people against their foes!
We cannot tell what loss and sorrow and trial are doing. Trust only. The Father comes near to take our hand and lead us on our way today. It shall be a good, a blessed new year!
He leads us on by paths we did not know;
Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow,
Though oft we faint and falter on the way,
Though storms and darkness oft obscure the day;
Yet when the clouds are gone,
We know He leads us on.
He leads us on through all the unquiet years;
Past all our dreamland hopes, and doubts and fears,
He guides our steps, through all the tangled maze
Of losses, sorrows, and o'er clouded days;
We know His will is done;
And still He leads us on.
January 2
And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst (Ezek. 41:7).

Still upward be thine onward course:
For this I pray today;
Still upward as the years go by,
And seasons pass away.
Still upward in this coming year,
Thy path is all untried;
Still upward may'st thou journey on,
Close by thy Savior's side.
Still upward e'en though sorrow come,
And trials crush thine heart;
Still upward may they draw thy soul,
With Christ to walk apart.
Still upward till the day shall break,
And shadows all have flown;
Still upward till in Heaven you wake,
And stand before the throne.
We ought not to rest content in the mists of the valley when the summit of Tabor awaits us. How pure are the dews of the hills, how fresh is the mountain air, how rich the fare of the dwellers aloft, whose windows look into the New Jerusalem! Many saints are content to live like men in coal mines, who see not the sun. Tears mar their faces when they might anoint them with celestial oil. Satisfied I am that many a believer pines in a dungeon when he might walk on the palace roof, and view the goodly land and Lebanon. Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition! Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ. Make Him the source, the center, and the circumference of all thy soul's range of delight. Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments. Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life. Upward to heaven! Nearer to God! H. SPURGEON
I want to scale the utmost height,
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I'll pray, till heaven I've found,
Lord, lead me on to higher ground!
Not many of us are living at our best. We linger in the lowlands because we are afraid to climb the mountains. The steepness and ruggedness dismay us, and so we stay in the misty valleys and do not learn the mystery of the hills. We do not know what we lose in our self-indulgence, what glory awaits us if only we had courage for the mountain climb, what blessing we should find if only we would move to the uplands of God.
Too low they build who build beneath the stars.

Meet the Author

L. B. Cowman worked as a pioneer missionary with her husband in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917, during which time they helped found the Oriental Missionary Society. When Mr. Cowman's poor health forced the couple to return to the United States, Mrs. Cowman turned her attention to caring for her husband until his death six years later. Out of Mrs. Cowman's experiences and heartbreak came her first book, Streams in the Desert, followed by its companion Springs in the Valley. During the next twenty-five years, Mrs. Cowman inspired several nationwide Scripture distribution campaigns and wrote seven more books. Finally, on Easter Sunday in 1960, at the age of ninety, Mrs. Cowman met face-to-face the God she had served so faithfully for nearly a century.

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Streams in the Desert 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
HarperPH More than 1 year ago
"Streams in the Desert, Vol.1", the unedited version by Mrs. Charles Cowman, differs considerably from the edited version: it's 100% better. I have been a fan of this book since the 1970s when a church member gave it to me as a gift. In the years since, each daily reading seems uniquely fitted to my situation, no matter how many times I've read it before. How many times have I read it before? Nearly daily for over thirty years, and its message remains fresh and pertinent.

"Streams" stands the test of time and deserves placement in a class by itself. I've read many other devotionals, but none has the constant applicability to each new day that this one does.

Mrs. Cowman married a missionary to China, who left for health reasons during the growing unrest preceding the Chinese revolution. She nursed her husband for 17 years, and these pages comprise the individual quotations, Scripture, and personal reflections which comforted her during those trying and agonizing years, and during the following loneliness of widowhood.

The edited versions remove the original spirit which embues her original, and I do not recommend them.

For those who are looking for solace, encouragement, perspective, I highly recommend "Streams In the Desert, Vol. 1." I have given this book to friends and acquaintances over the years, and they have found the same uncanny relevance in this truly inspired and inspiring book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to get your mind focused on God each day! The book really speaks to inspire you through your troubles and allow you to rely on God each day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most artistic take on the daily devotional that I have ever found. I even find myself looking forward to the next reading. I am especially fond of the poetry selection that is used to help illustrate the bible verse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I reached my Mother's side when she was in the hospital from a heart attack, she opened her eyes to me and said, 'Roxie, if anything happens to me, I want you to have my 'Streams in the Desert'. Besides her Bible, I knew this was a book close to her heart. Ever since Mother went to heaven these almost 7 years ago, I have found, if I read from this daily devotional book, God meets my daily need time and time again in the multitude of my thoughts and experiences during that day and brings me great comfort. It's like the author fashioned, in this book, daily tools from God's living word and, combining it with the preciousness of knowing my Mother found these 'living tools', also, it is really like finding streams in a dry place. I have also found, at those times when I neglect to read this book in the morning, in a way not meeting God first thing in the morning, then, later in the evening when I do that reading, it was exactly what could have helped me that day. The daily selections are right on for our 'modern' living, because there are certainly dry lands in our days and we need these living streams the author has so skillfully and lovingly shared from her deep faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This devotional was recommended by a 95 year old Dearest friend. I love it! the wording is wonderful. very Inspiring for me to read every morning! I find it useful in that it gets me up and going to start my day. It gives me food for thought! I also have Jesus Calling and also Love it!.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Next the the Holy Bible, this devotional speaks straight to the heart. It has carried me through the driest of deserts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book on GMA 2 years ago - and read it every morning since then - i give it as gifts to my dear friends - it is a joy to read -very uplifting and inspiring - brings life into perspective and makes me thankful for every minute of everyday. love it!
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Life changing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This devotional is for the "serious" believer. It truly strengthens your faith in God.
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Praisong More than 1 year ago
This classic book of daily meditations brings timeless comfort to those who are reaching out in faith. The language in this new version has been updated, so it is much easier to read than the original without losing the depth of meaning. It's amazing how the particular reading for each day will feel as if it were written especially for what you are experiencing at that moment. This book is spirit-filled.
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After receiving this from a dear friend, I too now give it as gifts to others. What a refreshing way to reflect on life.
Brooke26 More than 1 year ago
This book will change your life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My niece gave me my first used edition of this wonderful devotional, still in print, and I¿ve given copies to many others since then. For each day of the year, it contains a Bible passage, an essay on that passage by someone who loved Him, and often a poem on the same subject. It¿s not only water for a thirsty soul -- it also taught me a great deal about applying the teachings of the Bible to everyday life.