Pleasant Pools

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5 How enriched are they who find their strength in the Lord; within their hearts are the highways of holiness! 6 Even when their paths wind through the dark valleys of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain. He gives to them a brook of blessing filled from the rain of outpouring. 7 They grow stronger and stronger with ever step forward…Psalm 84:5-7 (TPT)

Life is a journey. The word “journey” conjures up images of beautiful destinations, discoveries, and a pilgrimage of sorts. Adventure makes me think of wild and thrilling escapades requiring faith and courage. 

My life as a wife and mother is not filled with tales worthy of the big screen; however, I can honestly say that living increasingly surrendered to Jesus has transformed the mundane and restored my wonder. I am learning to see life like a child, as I am reparented by my Heavenly Father and nurtured by the Holy Spirit all while Jesus intercedes. 

You see, it’s not about extravagant destinations or adrenaline rushing activities documented on Facebook or Instagram. My adventures are about living life with the awareness of His presence. In normal everyday life, discovering how much He really loves me, and letting His love transform me into the person He created me to be. This empowers me to love and enjoy Him AND THEN to love and support my husband on his journey, while raising two children to embark on their own. It’s heart wrenching, holy, and humbling as I constantly need to dig deep to find the “pleasant pools” hidden in the “dark valleys” of life.

Let’s pray.

Oh Father, thank You for seeing me right where I am. You see me and understand me better than I understand myself. Thank You for being present and enjoying each season of my life with me. Please grow my awareness of Your presence with me so I can experience Your love and delight in me just as I am; while You love me to become the person You destined me to be. Please help me to see myself as You see me. Please give me the grace to love and accept myself, as You love and accept me. Thank you for actually liking ME and I ask You to help me to truly like myself. In Jesus’s name. May it be so. 

Let’s Go…

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7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.  Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

I believe I have been on a journey to discover the access I have to a constant flow of living water because of Jesus Christ in me. I’m learning how to drink deeply and stay full with expectation of overflow. The struggles of the past few years have been intense. They came on every front and although most are improving, almost all still remain in some form. Yet through this, the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit have revealed themselves to me in very deep and real ways. I hope to share my journey of becoming a secret spring because I believe the same invitation is being extended to YOU.

Let’s pray.

Oh Father in Heaven, thank You for Your great invitation to experience new life in Jesus Christ and drink from the living water that never runs dry. Please show us what that means specifically for each of us. Please open the eyes, ears and hearts of my brothers and sisters to receive all You have for them. Holy Spirit, I ask You to stir our hearts in new ways and partner with us to remove any blockages that may be hindering this flow of living water. Please give us the courage to identify, confess, and turn from them as You lead. I ask for a fresh hunger and thirst for your Word and the ability to discover Your goodness and mercy even in the midst of the heat or drought of trials. May we be refreshed and yield much fruit for Your honor and glory. In Jesus’s name. May it be so.