(Above photo by Nicole from Bloom the Blog)
A Call to Love God's Word More Than The World
A few months ago I was reading in Isaiah 58 and these words that God spoke to the Israelites sunk deep into my heart:
"And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." (Isaiah 58:11)
These promises, beautiful and powerful as they are, come with conditions. In the verses before God lays out for the Israelites a way of life that is selfless and centered on giving themselves away for His glory. (Take time to read this whole chapter today and let it take root in your heart.) It is a life of service, sacrifice, and satisfaction in all that God is. As I read the commands that lead to the promise, my heart cried out - I want to be a well-watered woman!
Looking back on my life, I can see a consistent pattern of hunger and thirst in my heart. However, I don't always run to the right sources to satisfy my desires. There have been times I've ran to others to give me affirmation and purpose. This only leads to a severe disappointment and lack of confidence in my life and my calling. There have been other times I've ran to what I do and all the things that are on my list to satisfy my thirst for life This only leads to running in endless circles and ending in a tired mess of heavy breathing and getting nowhere. There have been other times I've run to social media to find that fix for my hunger and thirst and only feel even more dried up after spending my time reading words other than the Words of Life found in the Word. My guess is, you have been here too. You've searched in all the wrong places to find satisfaction for your hungry and thirsty soul and you might be a dried of well at this point.
The beauty of the gospel is, there's hope for your dried up heart today. There's water to be drunk from the Word, food to be eaten from the Bible, and hope to be grasped to water your heart. We have a choice whether not we will eat, drink and be satisfied from the Lord, or eat, drink and be left empty and dry from the world. I am choosing the Lord, those only One who satisfies and waters our dried up hearts! Will you join me? Will you choose to live as a well-watered woman this year?
Seek and Find Satisfaction
In Psalm 63, David cries these words out of a desperate heart:
"O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water."
David had been searching for water to quench his thirsty soul and come up with nothing when he searched in the world. He learned firsthand, as many of us have learned and are learning, that no thing in this world can satisfy our thirsty hearts. He proceeds to tell us the answer to his search in verses 2-5:
"So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and your glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My should will be satisfied as with fat and rich food and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips."
Did you read that? He said that the very love of God that never fails is...what? Better than life itself. He didn't say how many followers he had on social media, or what others thought of him, or how many things he could accomplish (remember, David had defeated the giant Goliath and was eventually crowned king), or the best clothes and foods and houses and vacations. He said God's love was the ONLY thing that would satisfy his search for satisfaction. It was better than anything in this life. I want this to my life's cry and manifesto. I am tired of wasting precious time searching for satisfaction in all the wrong things and living out of the droplets of Jesus in my heart and letting the things of this world dry up my joy. Are you? We were meant for more than the dried up, keep trying, never getting there kind of life. We were created to be well-watered woman who find all our satisfaction and joy in Christ alone. It's time we stopped allowing Satan to distract us from the mission and the things that will give our life purpose and affect our eternity. All the promises of God's Word are ours today if we would just read them, cherish them, and live them.
If you are with me, and if reading this makes your heart beat fast, prayerfully consider joining me in the call to be a well-watered woman this year. Below, I have taken time these past few months to pray through what this could look like over 2015 and how it could impact our life for eternity. As your read, pray, and seek the face of God, I pray that this year would be one you would choose to live for eternity and not the here and now. This life is so brief, but what is coming quickly is forever, it's time we had vision for what is to come.
- Well-watered women seek to be fed and watered by what lasts forever - the Word of God. This woman does not find her satisfaction or identity in the temporary treasures of this world, in her number of followers, her successes on her resume, or her busy schedule. She finds her satisfaction and identity as a daughter of God and a disciple of Jesus. (Psalm 46:4-5, 1 Peter 3:3-4, Jeremiah 15:16)
- Well-watered women overflow life and truth onto others in need of a drink. There is a thirsty world around us seeking for the satisfaction we have found in Christ. Our love for Jesus should overflow in every outlet - our home, our work, our errands, our social media platforms, and our to-do lists. All should be centered around making much of Jesus. (John 8:38, Matthew 25:35-40)
- Well-watered women come to the well to meet Jesus each day and drink deeply of His truth. This woman choosing her Savior before anything in this world. She chooses to meet with Him before the day gets going and the lists get long. She knows that this is the source of her life and won't miss this appointment for anything. (John 4, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Jeremiah 17:7-9)
- A well-watered woman knows who she is, why she is here, and what she's is called to do. She has a mission and won't be distracted from her calling in Scripture. (Philippians 3:12-20, 1 Peter 2:10, 2 Peter 1:3-8)
- Well-watered women live fruitful days that produce ripple effects that reach eternity. She doesn't merely focus on the here and now, she makes her decisions on what will effect her eternity and others eternity. She shares the gospel without fear, she gives without worrying, she loves without conditions, and lives without limits because she knows her God can do all things. (Proverbs 31)
- Well-watered women cherish moments as gifts from the Lord and doesn't wish them away. This woman takes every moment, whether filled with suffering and hardship, or joy and abundance, and thanks the Lord for it. She doesn't wish away precious time for what is coming but sees the present as a step to the future. (Matthew 6:33-34, James 4:13-14)
The Dried-Up Woman
- The dried-up woman has mistaken her identity for her accomplishments, her followers, her looks, and her bank account. She strives to be like others instead of embracing who God made her to be.
- The dried-up woman always wants and is never satisfied.
- The dried-up woman spends her time doing things that drain her of life and joy. She is afraid to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth and chooses comfort over obedience.
- The dried-up woman fills up on coffee but never drinks from water that satisfies. She ignores her need for rest and time alone with the Lord and choose to push through and move forward using her own strength that is not enough.
- The dried-up woman majors in time wasting and has no direction in her life.
Looking at those two lists above, I can honestly say I find myself in the dried-up woman category many days. I am praising God for His grace and His abundance of new beginnings today and choosing to be a well-watered woman this year. If you are willing to be a well-watered woman and join me in living with eternity in our vision, know first that there is grace when you fail. Because you will. We all will. But a well-watered woman looks to her Savior and gets back up off the floor and keeps walking. Choose this day to serve Jesus and not yourself or this world, including your pride.
Starting tomorrow, let's begin our year in the Word of God. Let's start is right by spending time in prayer - alone with our Savior. This daily routine will be the bread and water of your thirsty days. Here are a few ways you can get into God's Word this year -
- Read through the Bible chronologically - I am going to start this plan but go through it slowly. I have a tendency (as many women do), to start a task like this and quit once I get behind. This year I give birth to our firstborn son in May and know that there may be a few weeks where I can't fully read all I need to stay up to date in this plan. I am starting knowing I probably won't get to Revelation by December. But I did this plan a few years ago and it changed my perspective on Scripture! I used this Bible to follow and also used Iva May's posts on the reading for in-depth study.
- Choose a book of the Bible to slowly read through and study - My friend Nicole from Bloom the Blog made a Romans study guide to go through this book in 90-days. I would highly suggest following her and going through this study if you like the study approach!
- Choose a topic from Scripture to study entirely - You can also choose a topic to dive deep into. My suggestion here would be to study it from every angle. Don't just pick and choose verses you like. Study the background, the history, and the context to understand the full meaning of the word.
If you are willing to dive deep into God's Word, share with me below in the comments! Let us know what study you are choosing and any other things the Lord has brought to mind that a well-watered woman looks like! You can also share your studies and encouragement this year using the hashtag #wellwateredwomen on social media so we can find each other and encourage one another.
I am excited and ready to go on this journey with you!
choosing to be a well-watered women with you,