Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Rivers of Living Water

"The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, iwll hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water." Isaiah 41: 17-18

Behold, you are in the hollow of My hand. Yes, in the moment that you lift your voice to cry out to Me, and when you raise your voice to praise and magnify My Name, then shall My glory gather you up. Yes, I shall wrap you in the garments of joy, and My presence shall be your great reward.
Lift your eyes to Mine. You shall know without a doubt that I love you. Lift your voice to Me in praise; in this way a fountain shall be opened within you, and you will drink of its refreshing waters.
Pour out your heart to Me. From the deepest recesses of your being, let your love flow forth to Me; let your lips utter My Name.
Let your praises rise in the daytime and in the night. Yes, when you are utterly spent, then shall My speech fall upon you. Then you shall lie down in peace and rise up in joy, and you will partake of a perpetual fountain. As it is written: "Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38).
Let the Word of God dwell in you richly; for My words, they are Spirit, and they are Life. They are living and powerful, and you shall wield them in faith effectively against the powers of darkness.
Behold, you are in My embrace. Rest there. For My Spirit and My ways are not to be mastered by intellect, but My love is to be received by those who long after Me and who reciprocate in kind. As faith receives the promises, and those who seek after eternal life are recipients of the faith of Jesus Christ (for faith is the gift of God), even so, to those who long for a closer relationship with Me I will give a special portion of My love, so that they may have the power to love Me in return as I have loved them.
I give My Spirit and My love fully, not measured out in portions. I will open My heart to you and take you within, even as in salvation you opened your heart to Me so that I might bring you eternal life. Yes, I will hide you in my heart so you may experience constantly My peace and My joy. And you will no longer go in and out; but you shall dwell in Me as I have dwelt in you.

~ Come Away My Beloved

I've been feeling used up lately as I prepare for the new school year and emotionally drained as we dealt with Grandpa's heart attack. This passage was especially refreshing to me today as I try to get back into the normal rhythm of life here in our corner of the world. Actually, I'm going to try a slightly different rhythm and see how it fits our family. I'll tell you more about that soon. I hope this brought some peace your way too.


Elizabeth said...

Let the river flow!!! So good to hear from your little world here again! I will pray for your new rhythm;-)
love you!

Senae said...

Oh how this refreshed me this morning. I am feeling so hurt over some poor little unlucky kittens. But I know that all I have to do is lift up my sorrows to God and he will heal my heart & restore joy & peace within me. I could literally feel my breathing return to normal and the discomfort in my chest go away as I read this aloud this morning. Thank you for sharing!!!!!!