well-watered women:

a call to love god's word more than this world

The well-watered woman is a woman who daily drinks deep from the Well of God’s Word and finds her satisfaction and joy in Christ alone. I long for this to be my life’s cry and manifesto, and for the well-watered woman to be at the heart of Life Lived Beautifully. I am tired of wasting precious time searching for satisfaction in all the wrong things and living off 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 women 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. I have taken time to pray through what this could look like 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 know who they are

and whose they are: beloved daughters of Jesus.

  • 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 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)

dried-up women have lost their way

by glancing at the world around instead of gazing at jesus within.

  • 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. Even when she receives what she hoped for, she quickly finds her way back to discontentment.
  • 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 chooses to push through and move forward using her own strength that is not enough. She believes she needs a lot of a coffee and a little Jesus.
  • The dried-up woman majors in time wasting and has no direction in her life. She has confused rest for laziness and she has lost direction because she has looked to the world rather than to Jesus for her clarity and guidance.
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. 
— gretchen Saffles

Starting Right Now...

Let's begin our days in the Word of God. Let's start each day 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:

1. Read through the Bible chronologically. Don't give up if you get behind. 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 readings for in-depth study.

2. Choose a book of the Bible to slowly read through and study. Take the time to know the context and familiarize yourself with who and what the author was writing to and about.

3. Choose a topic from Scripture to study in its entirety. My suggestion here would be to study the chosen topic from every angle. Don't just pick and choose verses that you like. Study the background, the history, and the context to understand the full meaning of the word.


Part 1: In The Word - Join us in taking the ten-minute challenge, committing to spend the first moments of your day with the Lord, and learning how and why to have a quiet time!

Part 2: Why The Word? - In this post, we will study the basics of why we study the Word and how we come to the Word each day. 

Part 3: Study The Word - Different approaches to studying the Bible.

Part 4: Cherish The Word - Different resources we can use to dive deep into Scripture and gain wisdom.

Part 5: Pray The Word - In this post we will look at the purpose, power, and privilege of prayer. 

Part 6: Live The Word - We should not only be readers and studiers of the Bible, we should also be doers.

Part 7: Memorize The Word - The spiritual discipline of memorizing and meditating on Scripture. 

Part 8: Share The Word - Sharing the Word boldly through social media and everyday life. 

Part 9: Journal The Word - How and why we should journal as we study, pray, and read. 


How to Study the Bible

Well-Watered Women