With Cupped Hands

This past Wednesday we were blessed to share a Thanksgiving concert for our community, knowing that we would lack the time this December for our promised yearly Christmas concert.
As we reflected on the blessings of the past year, sang and shared from our hearts, we blessed the Lord for the fruit of trials, griefs and loss in our lives.
It struck a chord in the hearts of many in the audience, as evidenced by the tears running down their cheeks as we sang, and the thoughts some chose to share privately afterwards... 
“Troubles nearly always make us look to God; His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere.” Oswald Chambers
“Our sorrows do not spring up out of the ground.  In every affliction God has a purpose to work out for our good.  Every blow that destroys an idol, every providence that weakens our hold upon earth and fastens our affections more firmly upon God, is a blessing.  The pruning may be painful for a time, but afterward it ‘yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness.’  We should receive with gratitude whatever will quicken the conscience, elevate the thoughts and ennoble the life.” ML 93.
My Lord, draw me nearer; help me to trust the Hand that was nailed to the cross for me.  Make me willing, with cupped hands, to receive all the gifts of Your providence , whether they produce tears or laughter in the moment, confident that if I receive them with gratitude and faith, they will yield peace and joy in the end and will help work out Your glorious purpose in my life...
“...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Ps. 30:5
“For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.  
“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. 
And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.” Is. 54:10-12

Untitled from Nebblett Family on Vimeo.


  1. I must say this past Thanksgiving I was having a hard time thinking of what I had to be thankful for! But then it hit me, that I should be thankful for all those things I wasn't thankful for (like trials).
    And even more then that when I stop a look back over the past few months these very trials are changing me.......

    Thank you Aunt Maria:) This post also struck a chord in my heart!

  2. Amen... Thank you for posting, Auntie Maria! :)

  3. Ah blessings... this is why He wants to teach us to see these trials as blessings. If we can do that we can always have joy in His presence. I love you, Aunt Maria. I can't wait to give you a big hug. See you soon.

  4. Wonderful song and thought-provoking post! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Oh, that video brings back sweet memories of four Nebbletts singing that same song in our living room. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Mmmmm...one of my favorite songs. Thank you so much for sharing Auntie Maria. Love you bunches and can't wait to see you soon!


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