April 17, 2011, "My Kindred Spirit and Sister Whom I have Never Met"

Trimphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell

My friend Julie walked into my house, placed a book on my counter and giggled. With excitement when I realized what book it was I burst forth with gratefulness! Embracing my friend who loves me so much, I ended up getting so excited I attempted to climb her as though she was a tree and I was a monkey! Yes, classy I know, but hey, I couldn't hold in the excitement!

Anyways, the past couple of days, I have been drawn to the author of this book. Little did I know the history of the book or the author whose name was L.B. Cowman. She lived in the late 1800's through the early 1900's.

The book is called, Streams In The Desert. To read a brief history of how the book came about was during a time of sadness and watching her husband over six years slowly slip away until he passed away. This book sprang forth during L.B.'s time of heartbreaking experiences. She was a passionate woman after the heart of God and this book reveals her passion for God so beautifully. Her book was published in 1925 two years before the famous Oswald Chambers had his book, My Utmost For His Highest published in 1927.

Being that their manuscripts were written in 'raw' English, Jim Reimann with the power of the Holy Spirit was able to translate these books into a modern, easy-to-understand language that brings forth abundant power, bringing the words of the original authors back to life, as though we can hear L.B. Cowman's and Oswald Chambers voices in this dimension of time.

Today, I desire to share an excerpt from "Streams In The Desert" from February 20th. The following excerpt jumped from the pages as confirmation to what I have been hearing in my spirit for the past couple of years:
"We are able to have as much of God as we want. Christ puts the key to the treasure chest in our hands and invites us to take all we desire. If someone is allowed into a bank vault, told to help himself to the money, and leaves without one cent, whose fault is it if he remains poor? And whose fault is it that Christians usually have such meager portions of the free riches of God?"
Alexander Maclaren

This is so powerfully written and said. When I read this over and over again, it made me thirst for The Living Waters more than I could have ever imagined.

I urge all of us to thirst, pant, and drool for Jesus Who is The Living Water, revealed by the powerful Holy Spirit of God. This Fresh Water will never run out. Don't just get splashed and run away; be drenched. Hold out your arms, lift up your head, stick out your tongue and bask in the powerful burst of effervescent waters that spring forth from the Holy Spirit of God! Let us saturate, soak and bring others to the fountain of Living Waters, hearing the giggles of joy no matter the circumstances of life, for He is God and there is no one else like Him!

Julie, thank you for your sensitivity to the Lord's bidding to introduce me to L.B. Cowman. I am in awe of a sister in Christ whom I have never met, yet even so, L.B. Cowman is my kindred spirit and sister in Christ. I long to love my Father God as she did. What I love about L.B. the most is that her writings did NOT ask the universal question, "Why me, Lord?" Instead the passionate question revealed in her writings were this, "How deep can I go with You Lord?"

Her writings revealed her unwavering faith when everything else was shakeable, her faith remained unshakeable in our Awesome,Indescribably, Unshakeable God!


  1. Oh, Teresa! I bubble over for you! I have been reading Streams (the original version) for years. Chunks of pages are falling out but I cherish this special book. It blesses my soul with every reading. May you be so blessed!


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