For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;
Isaiah 44:3 NKJV
The thirst is real… Gimme. Feelin’ lately a need for more…not in possession or standing but a daily sense of peace.
I feel like for me…I have been looking in the wrong places for satisfaction, advice, counsel and I come out of the encounter still thirsty. As I think on this, I’d like to be open I’m going to drink living water and from the source. I’m done looking at the outer for inners, the finite for the infinite and the flesh for the spiritual.
How about you?
We should totally chat!
Spirit things need spirit things. None of this going for imitation as genuine… I’m praying that I go for the gold–going for meaning, value, and significance not success and fame and attention. Point to Christ and eternity not world and things or people and world.
I’m going to be real here.. I’m so tired lately. Mamas be tired. Mothera have such a heavy load and at times almost impossible BUT I think I, personally, for me, why I’m done… “Put a stick in it” done…
I’ve been trying to do it alone.
I have told myself that I am alone.
I haven’t built enough margin.
Lastly, I forgot my greatest strength is… The grace of God!
So, I am tired but I am able: to be a wife, to be a mom, to be a dog owner, to be an employee, a co-worker, friend, daughter, daughter in law, etc.. because in my weaknesses: Christ is my source.
So, I used be all about being able to do it all… and not being tired… But now I’m proud to report: I am able to do what I need to do and do it tired, maybe even exhausted but with a smile on my face.
How are you doing today? Please share below
My 2019 Psalms
One of my favorite Psalms… I read it to finish up a devotional yet it is so fitting for everyday life. Weathering storms, highs and lows, weight loss or weight gain, sleepless nights or restful nights: The Lord is my shepherd. A Happy New Year to your family! Blessings!
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalms 23:1-6 NLT
I made it!
One of my goals of this year has been accomplished!
The opportunity to have a Bible and my Bible App meant I had access to read it everyday!
I praise you, God!
Sometimes what you go through is not what you hoped for or imagined and this is life!
Unfortunately, we can make plans and they go awry.
The crucial moment in our day to day is the perspective we take–the lens we choose to see our situation through.
This morning, I experienced deep hurt and shame from someone close by and…in my hurt and sadness, I cried out to God. I recall my Pastor saying to put on that timer for ten minutes and have your pity party. I did. I put on worship music and cried out to God. I care about everyone in my life–I know you do, too.
How do we see through the mess they’ve made or the mess we made? With Holy Spirit eyes… I asked God to show me how to respond.
I am reminded of a Proverb about when you bring up transgressions or someone’s past mistakes it drives a wedge BUT if you hold the tongue, speak love and encouragement instead, you’ll cover the person in love thus a win-win situation. (This isn’t to be confused with allowing abuse, k?!)
So…ask two narratives played in my head 1) negative saying so and so did this, remember this, oh and this … So and so is awful! I had to take captive that thought with narrative 2) God is calling me to love on so and so. I can do it. I forgive so and so. Pray. So, I have taken my own advice. No, it isn’t easy! Yes, it is possible. Strength not from within but God’s grace is sufficient. I believe it. 2 Corinthians 12:9
If you want to fill the heart and mind with beauty and power, I have some recommendations!
I’m a “hit replay” kinda gal and this last year, I’ve done that with a few albums and artists.
Hey–when you have something good you don’t keep it to yourself, right?
- Scripture Lullabies’ Hidden in my Heart (vol 2)
- Be Held by Christy Nockels (blue album, non-instumental)
- Ellie Holcomb Sure As the Sun and Red Sea Road
- Audrey Assad’s Fortunate Fall and Inheritance
Many blessings to you!
Everyone faces a challenge of some sort in each day and in each season of life.
When facing challenges of any sort, one who calls upon the name of Jesus need not have the same fears or worries as one without the knowledge of Jesus.
Daily, the believer in Jesus should hold fast to the knowledge of who God is and what God says…the sure way is to read the Bible and be in fellowship with the Church (group of believers).
These are things I tell myself… and I have asked God to open my eyes to see the ways he provides for Clay, our girls, and myself . I have talked with him telling him in my season, we are in a place in which we will HAVE to see him provide…we HAVE to be wholey dependent on him!
Here we are: Clay has been without work for over a month but then several interviews, confidence in who God has made him, time we’ve had together and several one on one dates with our girls and even dates together NOW he has been offered a job! Blessings flow: we’ve been gifted cash, meals, food, drive-by gifting… And really.. it’s been a hard thing and heart lesson for me. I’ve openly said to my Heavenly Father that I can’t take these gifts. It’s because… I’ve got pride and such insecurities. Friends! The Creator God, Heavenly Father provided and what: I couldn’t handle it. However, I’m praying for humility and gratitude and CELEBRATION! WILL you help me to celebrate?! God is good. He will provide. He is our refuge. Knowing him is everything!
Though we face tough circumstances, he loves and cares greater, better, and perfectly.
Thanks to the person or people who have given anonymous gifts to me. May God continue to bless you and we love you!! Thanks for your love & prayers!!!