You know what is so splendid about a tree that is sapped of strength…that stands still with branches bare in the bitter cold?
It is the way it doesn’t strive to do for itself. Have you ever seen a tree pick up its roots and say, “Well I am thirsty, I need nourishment, I better find it for myself, or I am never gonna get it?” Me neither.
It just stands there…
..as the wind blows
..as the rain falls
..as the lightening flashes, and thunder rolls
..as the sunlight pours upon it
and it receives.
It’s roots firmly in the ground, it receives nourishment from the soil that surrounds it. We cannot see what is happening in the tree. We can only see what the hard weather and cycle of life has done to it. Yet, all the while it is receiving.
Before God, this is how we should be. Be still, and know I am God. Psalm 46:10 KJV
No one sees what is happening in you when they see you. Just One. Others may lean against you, and seek shelter from a storm, and all the while you are just receiving what you need from an audience of One.
Really y’all I’m just another Samaritan woman seeking living water and pouring out where I see need for encouragement. I am 48, mother to four girls ages 16-26, Gigi to the most handsome 2-year-old little boy, Fibromyalgia warrior, minister, writer, and a lifetime learner.
I am writing my first book, slowly but surely, six chapters in, as our blessed first love has called me to share His glory in my story. I feel lost in that familiar desert place, and thankful for the manna that is there miraculously every day. I am overcoming hour by hour the condemning voices of the enemy and learning to love myself. It has been an arduous journey. This wordsmith journey, but so worth it.
I became a licensed minister in 2010. However, I do not currently work in the ministry. I share Christ's love through devotional blogging. I have a degree in Church Ministry, was pursuing my degree in Christian Care and Counseling at Oral Roberts University, but now am pursuing Life Coaching, and Neurolinguistic Programming Master Practioner Certifications and a business license.
I am a certified women’s biblical counselor through the Extraordinary Women's program at Light University. I am working on their Addiction and Recovery program now too. Yes, I am a glutton for punishment with a wealth of life experiences with which I can minister comfort to others. I'm a lover of a good book, writing, singing, and music, and my nemesis is the perpetual laundry pile. Blessings to you and yours, <3Melinda
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