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Charles E. Cowman

Charles E. Cowman

Lettie Burd Cowman (March 3, 1870 – April 17, 1960), also known as L.B. Cowman, was an American writer and author of the devotional books Streams in the Desert and Springs in the Valley. Cowman published her books under the author name Mrs. Charles E. Cowman. She was also one of the cofounders of The Oriental Missionary Society (later known as OMS International, and eventually One Mission Society).
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Charles E. Cowman

Nothing is Too Hard

"Is there anything too hard for Jehovah?" (Gen. 18:14). Here is God's loving challenge to you and to me today. He wants us to think of the deepest, highest, worthiest desire and longing of our hearts, something which perhaps was our desire for ourselves or for someone dear to us, yet which has been ... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Nothing Satisfies

"It is not in me" (Job 28:14). I remember a summer in which I said, "It is the ocean I need," and I went to the ocean; but it seemed to say, "It is not in me!" The ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said, "The mountains will rest me," and I went to the mountains, and when I awok... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Obstinate Faith

"And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon a heap." (Joshua 3... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Only Through Death

"Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it remains a single grain, but if it dies away in the ground, the grain is freed to spring up in a plant bearing many grains" (John 12:24). Go to the old burying ground of Northampton, Mass., and look upon the early grave of David Brainerd, besi... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Open My Eyes

"Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see" (2 Kings 6:17). This is the prayer we need to pray for ourselves and for one another, "Lord, open our eyes that we may see"; for the world all around us, as well as around the prophet, is full of God's horses and chariots, ... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Open the Trenches

"Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hands" (2 Kings 3:16-18). To human thinking... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Ordering the Stops

"In waiting, I waited, for the Lord" (Ps. 40:1, margin). Waiting is much more difficult than walking. Waiting requires patience, and patience is a rare virtue. It is fine to know that God builds hedges around His people--when the hedge is looked at from the viewpoint of protection. But when the hedg... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Our Dependency on Christ

"We are troubled on every side" (2 Cor. 7:5). Why should God have to lead us thus, and allow the pressure to be so hard and constant? Well, in the first place, it shows His all-sufficient strength and grace much better than if we were exempt from pressure and trial. "The treasure is in earthen vesse... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Our Great Opportunities

"Hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the day of trouble?" (Job 38:22-23). Our trials are great opportunities. Too often we look on them as great obstacles. It would be a haven of rest and an inspiration of unspeakable power if each of us would henceforth recognize... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Our Helper in Prayer

"Seeing then that we have a great high Priest…Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:14,16). Our great Helper in prayer is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Advocate with ... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Out of Wounding

"Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22.). The best things of life come out of wounding. Wheat is crushed before it becomes bread. Incense must be cast upon the fire before its odors are set free. The ground must be broken with the sharp plough before it is ready to ... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Patience in the Routine

"Be thou there till I bring thee word" (Matt. 2:13). "I'll stay where You've put me; I will, dear Lord, Though I wanted so badly to go; I was eager to march with the 'rank and file,' Yes, I wanted to lead them, You know. I planned to keep step to the music loud, To cheer when the banner unfurled, To... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Perfection of Suffering

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me" (Ps. 138:8). There is a Divine mystery in suffering, a strange and supernatural power in it, which has never been fathomed by the human reason. There never has been known great saintliness of soul which did not pass through great suffering. When the s... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Persistent Prayer

"Men ought always to pray and not to faint" (Luke18:1). "Go to the ant." Tammerlane used to relate to his friends an anecdote of his early life. "I once he said, "was forced to take shelter from my enemies in a ruined building, where I sat alone many hours. Desiring to divert my mind from my hopeles... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Picture of Rest

"My own peace I give to you" (John 14:27, Weymouth). Two painters each painted a picture to illustrate his conception of rest. The first chose for his scene a still, lone lake among the far-off mountains. The second threw on his canvas a thundering waterfall, with a fragile birch tree bending over t... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Placed For a Purpose

"It was noised that he was in the house" (Mark 2:1). The polyps which construct the coral reefs, work away under water, never dreaming that they are building the foundation of a new island on which, by-and-by, plants and animals will live and children of God be born and fitted for eternal glory as j... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Polish Comes Through Trouble

"He hath made me a polished shaft" (Isa. 49:2). There is a very famous "Pebble Beach" at Pescadero, on the California coast. The long line of white surf comes up with its everlasting roar, and rattles and thunders among the stones on the shore. They are caught in the arms of the pitiless waves, and ... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Potent Prayers

"Make thy petition deep" (Isa. 7:11, margin). Make thy petition deep, O heart of mine, Thy God can do much more Than thou canst ask; Launch out on the Divine, Draw from His love-filled store. Trust Him with everything; Begin today, And find the joy that comes When Jesus has His way! --Selected We mu... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Praise in Advance

"Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it" (Num. 21:17). This was a strange song and a strange well. They had been traveling over the desert's barren sands, no water was in sight and they were famishing with thirst. Then God spake to Moses and said: "Gather the people together, and I will give them water,... Read More
Charles E. Cowman

Praise in the Midst of Trouble

"Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually" (Heb. 13:15). A city missionary, stumbling through the dirt of a dark entry, heard a voice say, "Who's there, Honey?" Striking a match, he caught a vision of earthly want and suffering, of saintly trust and peace, "cut in ebony"--calm, appeal... Read More

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