Be patient in hope.
He will come!
Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; His going forth is sure as the dawn, He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth. (Hosea 6:3)
Here is a little hymn that have so shaped my life...
Not so in haste my heart!
Have faith in God, and wait;
Although He linger long,
He never comes too late.
He never cometh late;
He knoweth what is best;
Vex not thyself in vain;
Until He cometh, rest.
Until He cometh, rest,
Nor grudge the hours that roll;
The feet that wait for God
Are soonest at the goal.
Are soonest at the goal
That is not gained with speed;
Then hold thee still, my heart,
For I shall wait His lead.
(words by Bradford Torrey, 1875 to an Austrian melody)
If you would like to read the origin of the Springs rains card, please continue reading below.
Blessings and love,
The Spring rains story:
In April 1980 after I received Jesus and was born again, I returned from Chagrin Falls, Ohio to Dayton, Ohio and worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for two years as an Illustrator. If work was slow, I was instructed to increase in my artistic skills during that time.
Since all I wanted to do was read the Scriptures, I decided to use this time to write Scripture verses in beautiful ways. I knew nothing about calligraphy or the special pens needed to execute various styles, so I created the letters by hand with different tools. Computers were not an option in 1980! Spring rains was painstakingly created by hand with an ellipse template, a ruler, and a black ruling pen.
I referenced an old book from 1965 that contained letters called Stunt Roman. (Speedball Textbook by Ross F. George, Page 34)
Later I took the art and copied it on a machine with blue ink. This picture is from an old scrapbook…
After Flower Girl Greetings was born in 2013, I used a special program to make the letters white and then put the letters on top of a watercolor wash that looked like rain coming down onto grass.
I liked the Scripture verse so much that I designed and completed a cross-stitch in the late 1980s…
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Teaching God’s truth and the beauty of His Word is my greatest delight! My art card company, Flower Girl Greetings, was launched in 2012 with this purpose. In April 2020, ShaleFragments.com became the gathering place for the writings.
As I have studied the rich meanings of the original Greek and Hebrew languages of the Bible, I continue to see beautiful progressions and connections that compel me to organize and convey their life-changing beauty!
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