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Psalm 119_105

Do you like water?

While sitting on the porch one morning doing my quiet time, this huge water sprinkler came on to water the grass on the golf course.

I watched it and couldn’t look away.  I was reminded that in Christ I am like a watered garden.

In Isaiah 58:11 it says “The Lord will always lead you; He will satisfy you in a parched land (aren’t we living in a parched land right now?) and strengthen your bones.  You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry.”
As I read those words my face lit up and I smiled so big because I am like a watered garden.  If you are in Christ YOU are like a watered garden.  We NEED Christ to rain down on us.  We NEED Christ to satisfy us.  I looked up what satisfy means and the dictionary says, “ to fulfill the desires and expectations, needs, or demands; to give assurance to.”
I don’t know about you but if I don’t have my quiet time each day, my coffee break with my Heavenly Daddy, I am dry, thirsty and in need of water.  My God is the only one that can do that.  He is Living Water!
Thinking back on the water sprinkler  It is a lot like us.  We are the grass, Christ is the sprinkler.  The grass cannot survive without the sprinkler.  What would happen to the grass if it didn’t have it;’s daily dose of water?  It would dry out, shrivel up and become brown and callus.  It NEEDS the water and the water needs the grass.  That is its purpose.  To saturate, satisfy the grass, and ground.  If it hits concrete it just puddles, because its purpose is not for the un-alive concrete (yes, I just made that a word.)
Christ wants to water you daily.  He wants to rain down His love on you, but you have to be alive in Christ.  You have to be an open willing vessel to receive His outpouring.

I challenge you to be like the grass.  A willing vessel, soaking up all that God has to offer you.  Shiny on the outside, bright, and beautiful because you have been watered by Christ!

Psalm 119_105

Have you ever seen an olive tree?

You probably wouldn’t even recognize it in a lineup.  

They are short and stout, the leaves are silvery green and oblong, the trunk is typically gnarled and twisted, and its flowers are small and white.  You can technically eat an olive straight off the tree, but they are very bitter and not palatable.  There are, however many different things that can be made from the fruit of an olive after they are harvested, but probably the most common way it is made is oil.  There are artisan olive oil companies that are generations old. I got to visit one on a trip to Italy several years back.  The gentleman was very proud of his olive oil.

I had to look up the process of making olive oil.  First, the olives are harvested and separated by plumpness, ripeness, and overall quality.  Then the olives are rinsed in cold water.  They are then mashed into a pulp, and finally, the mash is placed on a press to separate the oil from the water in the olive.  It can be enjoyed and used with no other processing.  

The Holy Spirit reminded me of the process that we go through in life for those who are in Christ. Acts 14:22 tells us that it is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God.  The word ‘trouble’ means to disturb, agitate, or stir up.  Is God stirring in your heart right now?  Is there something in your life that you feel is being disturbed?  Are you agitated about a situation?

Those olives have a purpose to be a sweet oil for us to eat.  It was necessary for it to go through many processes to get to the best it can be to become.  When we go through troubled times, we are getting processed into what Christ wants us to be.

Do you want to go through life like a bitter, ripe olive that people dislike; or would you instead like to become a fragrant, desired oil that people enjoy having in their lives?   Will you let Jesus turn your “oLIVE”  into the best it can be?

I challenge you to open yourself up and let God do His processing of you.  This may be painful, but it is necessary.  I pray that you let Christ pick, mash, and squeeze you so that you look more like Him!  

Psalm 119_105

God loves you!

For the last 3.5 years, I have been living out an incredible calling on my life as a birth doula and childbirth educator.  I was even studying to become a midwife!
But, if you know anything about God, you know that He makes plans and we follow.  So…I have listened and obeyed and put that all on pause for a season to work on this ministry!

If you had told me 6 months ago that I would be writing a blog and starting a women’s ministry, I would have probably laughed, loudly, snorted and then asked you if you were serious. (Just being honest)

This whole journey has been one God event after another.  I wish we could sit down and I could tell you all the things that God has so perfectly orchestrated to get me to this place.
I hope you continue to follow me here so that you can read all about it!

God wants His children, that’s you, to know that He loves you regardless of your past.  There is nothing that you can do that will diminish the love your Heavenly Father has for you!
I will tell you that I am far from perfect, but I am loved by a perfect God!

God downloads little tidbits of information to me so that I can share it with you.
We serve a great, Big God.  Won’t you lean in and hear what He has to tell you?

You are enough, friend.