I Want to be a Thirstaholic-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome back to part 2 of our WOW (words of wisdom and weapons of warfare) monthly series entitled “I want to be a thirstaholic.” Grab your coffee and come on in and thanks for allowing me to share with you what we are learning in and from our latest desert storm.

As I was sharing with George what our monthly WOW was for May, and I was giving him some of the insight that I felt had come from our Father, he very matter-of-factly said, “Maybe we’re going through this so that we can help others when they go through it.” I smiled and agreed with him and then he said cited the verse about what the enemy tries to use for bad, God uses for good. I like to think of it as whatever the enemy schemes to plot our destruction God can use for our instruction! 🙂 And then George started singing a worship song as he headed off to the shower. (I can always tell when all is well with my husband’s soul because he sings worship songs randomly. When he stops, my own heart stops and wonders, and sometimes worries and then prays.)

I am learning to love and rely upon that truth, though, of knowing that no weapon formed against us shall prosper and that He is the only one who can use this seemingly difficult time to paint something beautiful in the tapestry of our lives .

Let my try and explain. I hear story upon story of people who leave their home church for one reason or another and become so disillusioned and deceived, they don’t make their way to another home. It’s a dangerous thing, for sure. What George and I are learning in this homeless season is that we must go deeper and walk with all that we’ve learned and adopted as truth in and for our lives.

See, God’s presence, provision and protection are not restricted to a home church — and please understand that I am in no way suggesting that it’s okay to be without a home church – but His presence resides within us and deep must cry out to deep and thereafter continue to stay by the water; i.e., go deeper with Him on our own and get on our knees/faces and cry out to Him and drink in His presence, feast upon His Word and drink some more.

This is what the scriptures mean when they say deep cries out to deep. It’s going deeper because it’s requiring even more discipline without the habit of showing up at the same place, and the guidance and instruction of other believers. Sometimes the reliance upon church can cause us to become somewhat  ritualistic if we’re not careful, and then we tend to only skim the surface for the things of God.

We don’t have to show up in a place called church to have church with our Father but George and I are learning that for now, during this season, church can be in our home, at a park, at the beach. It’s kind of like working at home. I mean I think it takes a lot of discipline to be self-employed and do all that needs to be done to make your business work without the help of a boss, guidelines and all of that. But to be self-disciplined is vital to spiritual growth and it shouldn’t happen just in church.

Again, please don’t misunderstand me; church IS very, very important and necessary for spiritual fitness.

I think what Abba is trying to show George and I has to do with going deeper, and letting go of the anxiety and fear that not being in a home church can bring about. It takes a stronger faith to know that He is still with us and is using this desert storm for something other than pain and sorrow. We are learning to walk by faith and not by sight, to meditate on His law/Word day and night, trusting that all we put our hand to will prosper.

So many of His promises are coming at me right now as I write this and I am reminded that we may go through the fire, but we won’t get burned! 🙂

Shhhh, I hear something. Come on. Wow, would you look at that, it’s a deer and he’s running toward something. Aren’t they just the most graceful animals in action? 🙂

What in the world. . . Oh my gosh, there’s water right here in the middle of our desert of sadness, right at the hills of questioning and the desolate, unfamiliar territory that seemingly stretches forever. And who is that that the deer is running towards as if its life depends on getting there?

Wow, the deer ever so gracefully knelt down and is drinking out of someone’s hands. Who is that?

It’s Jesus and just as He’s offering water to the thirsty deer who is longing for it, He’s right there in the midst of your storm, ready, willing and able to quench your thirst, your longing, just as He did for the psalmist who cried out in desperation, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for you, Oh, God.”

Isn’t that beautiful? We don’t have to dread the heat so much; just kneel down and drink. Psalm 42:1 is my cry during our desert storm and I’m so in need of wanting to be a thirstaholic. . .

May you drink from His hands today . . .

Evinda

 

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    I have been reading all the “Lacey” chapters and enjoying them very much. This WOW was so wonderful though, I just wanted to tell you how I know how the feeling of a temporary “no church home” feels. It left me with a longing for my sheep family and the interaction of love we possessed. I didn’t want to find just “any” church to fill the void and I am very particular about certain “doctrine” standards that the believers are supposed to adhere to. I decided that this was a time for me to test myself about how I would keep God active in my life without a specific, time, day, and lots of church duties. Interestingly, I didn’t miss the bulk of duties, but my heart longed for my church family. I kept my dedication for the Word going and maybe even more in depth then before. I found that I could probably never have that exact church situation ever again, but to find a place to be able to Praise and Worship and learn with those of like precious faith. The transition was and is not easy, but I am secure knowing I am where I am for Him and not for me. Love from above!

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