But I did make it. I set down my load and leaped right into the river. Deep in the water, I rubbed my hurting feet. Wiping off the dirt, grass, and little pebbles.
I'd do it again. Although I hope I don't have to, I'd walk through that rocky yucky area to get to the river.
The cool, clean water on a hot Tennessee day is totally worth it!
It's the same with Jesus. He calls us to walk through hard life trials sometimes. The reward?
Trusting Him that it's better on the other side.
Knowing that there is hope and peace that can be found in Him. The One that calls us through the painful seasons.
As I focus my heart on Jesus, our Prince of Peace, I allow Him to fill me with a peace and hope. And He purifies my faith and my character. Ultimately, restoring me into the woman that He original created me to be.
My favorite spot in the river is the deepest part, where I can be fully in the depths of the water, swimming, or just trusting the river to float me down stream. Gently.
All in. With Jesus. And even through the worst trials I've been having to walk through, I choose Jesus and to be deep in Him.
"These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world." 1 Peter 1:7
"because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance."
You'll find me in the river.
Allowing Christ to cool me from the hardest of life's battles. Allowing Him to soothe the heartache and battle wounds. Allowing Him to refresh and restore my soul.
Trusting Him one step at a time and one day at a time.
And the blessing, the reward, is a peace that I can't explain. An understanding that doesn't make sense.
I'm learning to trust God by reading His Word and deep prayer. Studying the scriptures and allowing the Word to affirm my heart and soul. Claiming the Promises of God!
It's so much more fun in the river when a friend comes a long to join in the fun!
In my Facebook group, Pressing Into God Tribe, I'm sharing a daily scripture on God's love for us during the whole month of July.
I'd love for you to join me in reflecting on scripture and studying God's Word in a simple way that speaks to our hearts and soaks into our hearts.
Showering our schedule and plans with Grace and allowing God's Word to speak of His overwhelming LOVE for us.
If you are looking for more of a Family Bible Study CLICK here. My friend made a beautiful family bible study tool that I think you will enjoy.
Do you know where true Joy comes from?
Remember, even though God didn't make our life easier, we still trust in Him.
I have faith, even when I don't feel faith. Faith is a decision to trust that God has good plans for all this mess in the end. And He will receive the glory.
So barefoot I walk, through the yuck and painful rocks, to get to the river. In the river, we are refreshed and renewed.
You'll find me in the river.