How To Grow Strong

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As we drove through the semiarid countryside of southern Idaho, the importance of water was striking. In August, little grew in the meadows and on sidehills unless a water source was evident.

But surrounding the infrequent ponds and streams grew lush vegetation. Trees stood in defiance of the dry conditions. Grasses flourished, contrasting the otherwise sparse vegetation. All because of one item: life-giving water.water=life2

I’ve found myself dry and struggling to make it at times in my life, too. I imagine some (if not many) of you have as well.

The times I’ve become dry and brittle are the times I’ve wandered away from the source of life. The farther I go, the drier I become. Yet, all I would have to do is turn back. Move closer and let my roots sink deep into the water table.

He’s waiting. God beckons us to come to Him. To become refreshed by His living water.

We can be assured, no matter how barren and arid our circumstances become, when we gather near the Water Basin or draw near to the Spring, we are renewed and filled. The Lord brings us life.

Vegetation needs water to grow. It is no different for us. However, the water we need most is the soul-quenching,  life-giving water of the Holy Spirit.

Through grace, we are granted life–eternal life. But we may lose sight of it if we wander off.

Stay near to the well-spring of life, growing strong as you water your faith.

“But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again–ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” (John 4:14).

Reflections: Is there something drawing you away from the well-spring of life?

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By His grace ≈

Julie

Linking with Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience in 2013 with my Joy Dare list for Multitude Mondays (#1977–1997, read the entire list by clicking here):

  • Rapids & splash attacks while river rafting; Rach, Mom&Dad rafting the entire way; Zach able to stay hydrated while sick
  • Surreal Craters of the Moon Nat’l Monument; Zach well enough to explore a little; Safely at our rented home near Tetons
  • Waking up in the gorgeous Teton Valley–so blessed!; Steak/shrimp kabobs; Zach well enough to enjoy fishing w/ Hubby
  • Expansive vistas & lush valleys; Fascinating geysers w/ billowing steam/amazing colors; Day spent appreciating creation
  • Strangers who take time to show their appreciation of Rach; Serene beauty of deep glacial lakes; Fun antics of chipmunks
  • An awesome bison experience; Amazing, indescribable sites; Family give-and-take while sightseeing
  • Pleasant surprise walk; Deep peace in this mtn community; No church found but had sweet worship together in our cabin

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

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