17 Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
Daily Touch of Inspirations
September 15th: A garden is not for show
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
And about the time we are ready to give up, along comes the Master, who leans over and whisper:
Now keep going, don't quit. Keep on.. don't stop; don't quit, as He improvises on our behalf, providing just the right touch at just the right moment.
From Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life
Keeper of the Spring
Charles Swindoll, Improving your Serve
The Late Peter Marshall, an eloquent speaker and for several years the chaplain of the United States Senate, used to love to tell the story of "The Keeper of the Spring," a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village along the eastern slopes of the Alps. The old gentleman had been hired many years ago by a young town council to clear away the debris from the pools of water up in the mountain crevices that fed the lovely spring flowing through their town. With faithful, silent regularity, he patrolled the hills, removed the leaves and branches, and wiped away the silt that would otherwise choke and contaminate the fresh flow of water. By and by, the village became a popular attraction for vacationeers. Graceful swans floated along the crystal clear spring, the millwheels of various businesses located near the water turned day and night, farmlands were naturally irrigated, and the view from restaurants was picturesque beyond descriptions.