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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 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 ...

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Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310484004
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Series: Zondervan Classics Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 101,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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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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.

N. L. ZINZENDORF

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.

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First Chapter

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.
N. L. ZINZENDORF
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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    For those struggling through life ......

    This devotional was suggested by a friend in June of 2008. As much as I love "My Utmost For His Highest", which I also own, this devotional is exceptional. Rarely will you find constant day to day messages geared towards the great difficulties that many of us face in our day to day lives. If you are going through great mental, emotional, or physical tribulations in life; this devotional is most definitely for you. Or if you know someone in great need of some very deep inspiration to get them through their days, refer this devotional to them. I have given my copy to a dear friend who I know will receive many benefits from it, and cannot wait to get another copy for myself. Do yourself a favor and stop at the store and just read a few days from this incredibly annointed and blessed author. You will be amazed at her gift, and twice blessed from her words of comfort and exhortation.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Awesome

    I brought this devotional in early 2010 and it has been a difference maker in my life. This book really speaks to the heart a helps bring you over and through life's tough obsticles. MUST HAVE if you are looking for understanding and direction!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    The Best Devotional Book Ever Written

    I started reading this book in print about 25 years ago and I am still reading it, but now as a Nook Book. I love it in today's English language. I couldn't recommend another book higher except the Bible.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Daily Devotional That Lasts for Years

    "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.<BR/><BR/>"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.<BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>The edited versions remove the original spirit which embues her original, and I do not recommend them.<BR/><BR/>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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    I highly recommend it..so inspiring for everyday!

    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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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    GREAT DEVOTIONAL!!!!!

    I RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Great devotional! Very practical and life applicable.

    This book came highly recommended, and I have not been disappointed. Daily reads that make so much sense and can be applied to your daily walk with God. Very uplifting and so many times the day's read included exactly what I needed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Please..

    Tell leapordstar celestialkit is locke out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Loompaw and co.s bio

    She cat named loompaw. Pelt is dark orange. Light green eyes. 11 moons old. She cat named dreampaw. Pelt is dark brown. Purple eyes. 12 moons old. She cat named candlekit. Pelt is light brown and dark orange. Light green eyes. 7 moons old.she cat named spiderkit. Pelt is black. Red eyes. 3 moons old. Tom named metalkit. Pelt is dark grey. Black eyes. 4 moons old. She cat named cuddlepaw. Pelt is black. Red eyes. 10 moons old. Tom named karatepaw. Pelt is bright orange. Yellow eyes. 9 moons old. Tom named stormpaw. Pelt is light grey. Eyes r black. 9 moons old. Tom named ravenpaw. Pelt is black. Black eyes. 9 moons old. Tom named riverpaw. Pelt is black. Dark blue eyes. 10 moons old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Woodkit

    She, tabby wood colored kit, green eyes, Not on much because shes not suppossed to have her nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    BIOS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    A spirit

    I gtg) whispers in ambertrees ear "im blackberrys mother... blessed be thy way.. you soon will leader young one... may the stars light your path.." the spirit dissaperrs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Some kitten

    Ambertree decides to name the one that looked like sunnydapple, sunnykit. She had no idea of the other kittens' names

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Not Streams

    This book is NOT Streams in the Desert!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Nightfall

    "I would never leave now."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Moonstar to nightfall

    You here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Love this devotional!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Hv

    Near the nursery and medicine den, the leaders den is under a large rock pile. With one rock for the ceiling, two large rocks stand next to each other, creating the walls of the den. A staircase of smaller rocks leads up to the roof of the den, where the leader will stand and speak to her clan.

    *+*CrystalHeart*+*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    One of my all time favorites

    This devotional is worth reading again and again.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Very Helpful!

    This is a book you read daily. It is so basic to what is going on
    in most typical families. I highly recommend it!

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