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the promise is worth the rain

Yesterday, it rained. All day.

My husband and I made use of the rainy weather by staying inside and cleaning up our home. Later in the day, I faced the rain and went out to Starbucks for some quiet time and reading. (By the way, I tried a pumpkin chai tea latte as suggested by the barista and it was delicious!) I decided not to take my laptop, which I usually never go to Starbucks without, and simply brought my bible and favorite book: Beauty Will Save the World by Brian Zahnd. In chapter 2, “The Greatest Wonder of All,” he shares a glorious moment he had atop a mountain. As he took a moment to breathe and bask in the beauty that surrounded him, a deer came alongside him and his antlers formed a perfect frame to the sunset. It was a moment of glorious wonder that he said he will never forget.

As I read the story, I could only image how beautiful that sight must have been. My imagination ran wild as I tried to place myself in his viewpoint, visualizing a mountaintop sunset framed by brown antlers. What a sight that must have been. After I finished reading, I headed home and noticed that there was a festival going on in my city. A large ferris wheel was going round and round and the tents covered the street to keep the goods dry. Amidst the rain, the contrast of flashing lights from the fair rides was an interesting contrast to behold. Is this my “wonder moment”? I thought. I parked alongside the festival gate and snapped a few photos of the scene with my iPhone. I used various filters on Instagram to enhance the shots, but didn’t care for the mood that was captured.

I continued home and prepared to go out again to the grocery store with my family. After about an hour and lots of team work, my husband and I completed our shopping trip and headed outside. As we looked into the sky, we were captivated by the most beautiful, bright, full rainbow we had ever seen. We gasped as we beheld this unexpected display of glorious wonder amidst an ordinary Sunday afternoon. Customers all throughout the parking lot were taking photos and gazing into the sky, grocery carts pushed aside as the priorities of the evening were delayed in this moment of divine beauty. THIS was my wonder moment.

As I beheld the rainbow, this thought entered my heart:

The promise is worth the rain.

Every rain drop that fell from the sky throughout the day was worth the display of the magnificent rainbow. I want you to know that the rain in your life will be worth the rainbow that’s coming. Although storms seem to last forever, and there seems to be no end in sight, there is a promise on the other side of your storm.

Hebrews 6:13-14 tells us that God gave Abraham a promise and swore by Himself, because there was nothing higher to swear by, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.” Psalm 12:6-7 tells us that the words of the Lord are pure, like silver tried in a furnace purified seven times and that He will keep His words and preserve them forever. We all have received promises from God, spoken directly to our hearts and found within His word. God is not a man that He should lie, and He’s not toying with our emotions. If He said He'll do it, He will do it! The question is, are we willing to wait? There’s that gap of time between when God spoke and when the promise manifests when we must trust God and not allow impatience and murmuring delay the process. Hebrews 6:15 tells us that after Abraham patiently endured he received the promise.

In Psalm 27, titled An Exuberant Declaration of Faith, David proclaims,

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (vs. 16-17).

My encouragement to you (and myself) today is not to lose heart! Don’t try to make a “wonder moment” happen by creating your own promise in a time of impatience, as I did with the ferris wheel photo. God is bringing your promise in His timing. A promise that will be worth every teardrop of rain we’ve cried and every loud roaring storm that we’ve endured. In the meantime, our job is to stand firm by faith, patiently endure and wait for God. The promise is coming. The rainbow is worth the rain.

Emonne Markland

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And the winner is...

Hey there! Last night, I gathered together all the entries for the Beauty Marked Blogiversary giveaway, asked my husband to shake them up in his hands and pulled an entry from within his tight grasp. (We both love a good challenge. Lol). The winner of the giveaway is Tafadzwa!

Tafadzwa, I'm so excited to send you the gift card of your choice and hope that you enjoy it very much! You have been a great source of encouragement to me along this journey and I always look forward to your responses on the posts!

Thank you to everyone who participated and I look forward to doing more giveaways in the future! This evening, I will be posting a new blog post entitled Rescued from Rejection. This word has been stirring in my heart since April 2nd so you will not want to miss it! I hope to hear from you all this evening and congratulations again to Tafdwana!

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1 Year Blogiversary!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for joining me on my first year with Beauty Marked! The last 12 months certainly flew by! Here's a quick video from me and an opportunity to participate in a free giveaway! Let's celebrate! Tell me what your favorite post was from this year and why in a comment below as an entry for the giveaway! You can also share your favorite post on facebook and twitter with hashtag #BeautyMarked for an extra entry! The winner will be contacted via email and announced on a post next week!

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Emonne Markland

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P.S. Here are a few of my favorite posts from this year: DTR: Define the Relationships The Attractive Factor: What Role Should Physical Attraction Play When Choosing A Spouse The Attractive Factor: What to Do While You're Waiting for the One Am I Ugly or Pretty? Fashion's Night Out: Dallas Style Bloom Be Still Divine Inconvenience