Quenching Thirst

Hey there!! I realize my posts have been few and far between this year but right now I have time to write, along with a message of encouragement so I’m gonna take advantage of it!!

In our neck of the woods I am surprised camels haven’t shown up with the drought we’re experiencing! The heat from the sun has poured down heavily and meanwhile rain has been almost nonexistent. Crops, cows, and farmers would quickly attest to that!!

My own front yard which consists of what is typically hardy buffalo grass has even felt the sting of a dry, sweltering summer.

Buffalo grass usually looks after itself and can withstand warm temperatures with little watering required and still maintain a nice, healthy, pale green color. My husband and I noticed recently, however, that even our once strong grass was now fading to golden hues, with curled edges and in some areas there was nothing but large patches of dirt where grass once grew.

We needed to quickly improvise if we were gonna keep up on curb appeal with our yard. A trip to Ace ensued where we purchased a standing, rotation sprinkler and once we were home we set it up and turned it on immediately! No joke within one watering session there was a dramatically, noticeable difference. That ground along with its sprigs of grass was thirsty. Very thirsty. And it soaked up that longing for water while almost simultaneously producing fresh, green nourished results in return.

What a spiritual lesson in the midst…

As Christians we experience seasons of what feels like our own personal or internal drought. Jobs, relationships, health…they don’t always measure up to our expectations and therefore can leave us feeling depleted or dehydrated. At times, rather than reaching for Jesus (the only way we can quench our desperate position) we instead stay dormant much like my buffalo grass.

To overcome, action must take place!! My buffalo grass wouldn’t get better on its own without intervention. The same is true for us…

Bibles:

We must reach for our Bibles. Open them and immerse ourselves in God’s word and believe His truths for our good and His glory.

Prayer:

Just like the sprinkler in my yard is hooked up to its life source to replenish our buffalo grass…we have the greatest life source of all, Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us—to guide, remind, comfort and direct—and to connect us with the Father as we communicate our prayers and praises.

Music:

We have the blessing of music and the ability to saturate our heart, soul, and ears with rich, meaningful worship of our Savior—filling us with amazing, satisfying hope. Let’s tune in!

Fellowship:

We surround ourselves around likeminded Christians…none of that lukewarm stuff, that’s where the weeds have a chance to overtake…we need the fellowship of true, authentic Christ followers to spur us along for encouragement and growth in our faith!

Everyday we should thirst for Jesus’ overflowing goodness.

We are most certainly capable of staying spiritually hydrated when we make a conscious effort to keep inventory of our current condition and then follow up with action that draws hope from Jesus, the source of Living Water!! (Read John ch.4)

Soak Him up sweet friends!! Blessings this weekend!!

❤️❤️❤️

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by forhispurpose.blog and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

33 thoughts on “Quenching Thirst”

  1. All of this is so true Ali. Wonderful analogy and encouragement. It’s not always easy to do the things we should in times of drought.

    I am prone to becoming dehydrated quickly if I don’t drink lots of water— literally. I think it’s because I tend to have low blood pressure and need lots of water to keep the blood moving through my tiny veins. What I’ve noticed during those times is how difficult it becomes to get water down. It takes push. I don’t always want to do it because I start to feel like a drowned fish…. 😂🤣😂 Enough with all the water! But I have to push or I will become increasingly tired and weak and I will set myself up to go backwards with my health. It’s no different with faith. If we don’t fill up on that living water we will become weaker and weaker so we must push and reach for God.

    Keep shining Ali… and keep encouraging. In due time you and I both will reap the harvest if we don’t give up. ❤

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    1. So good and so true!! You make a great point—it takes push for sure!!

      It’s not always easy…there’s even areas in my yard that are being a bit more resistant in returning to a healthy state of condition…so your comment brings up such an important reminder!!! We can’t give up and we must push hard!

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    2. Tina, I read once in a book called “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” that when dehydration becomes severe, it can actually affect the part of the brain that communicates thirst! To apply this spiritually, as Alicia said, we need fellowship with other (TRUE) believers, the “salt of the earth,” ( Salt creates thirst.😉) hearing God’s Word out loud, getting it down into our souls, and singing to Him. (The song that comes to mind is “As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longest after Thee…” 🎶 ❤️)

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  2. I LOVE this post! So much wisdom here. It is so true that only Jesus can truly quench. Yet how often do we turn to other things? I have heard it said that when a person is thirsty, they are already dehydrated. So may we remember to keep drinking daily, before we get dehydrated. Thank you for this encouraging post! Have a good weekend friend 🦋

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    1. Yes such a great point, “keep drinking daily before we get dehydrated”❤️

      This is one of those topics where a person could write a whole book about ‘thirst for Jesus’…but then again we can just jump into His word and get that idea plus have our thirst quenched while doing so!!

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  3. A good illustration and encouraging word. In times of Spiritual drought we do end up staying dormant instead of reaching out and doing what would help. Intentionality becomes important there and also community.

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  4. I love the analogy, Alicia. I learned from having a rose garden that watering every day kept the roots close to the surface, where they would freeze over the winter, and the rose would die. But drenching them once a week caused the roots to go deep, so the roses would survive the cold weather. I wrote about it in my book “BARRIERS (So, if prayers are so powerful, how come mine don’t get answered?)” in a chapter entitled, “Why the Dry Spells?” As unpleasant as those dry spells are, God can use them to deepen our faith, so we can endure the coming trials – as long as we let that thirst draw us deeper into God.

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    1. Miss seeing you too!!
      I love, love, love when a message is reiterated time and time again…it shows that out God is serious, He is persistent, He is faithful, He is for us-not against us…and He just wants us to take notice, to surrender, and to trust Him!!!!!

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  5. Oh Alicia, when I read this, it made me think of the scripture, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, So panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God…”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭42:1-2‬ ‭
    Just like your Buffalo grass, we need to stay thirsty for that living water! I pray you get rain soon! We must have gotten all the rain here. I thought it was going to rain 40 days and 40 nights! There is actually flooding in the upper part of our state. 😢

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    1. Yes I love that piece of scripture..words that point to commitment and passion!❤️
      I’m sorry your state is experiencing the opposite (with flooding), I can’t even imagine how stressful and sad that would be.
      Just said a prayer for your state and will continue to pray.

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