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Stacey is a lover of the woods, an imperfect follower of Christ, the mother of three blue-eyed children, the wife of Darrell, and much more. She writes about her walk of faith in the in-between moments, and she is passionate about investing in the lives of other women.

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  1. It’s always good to read about a shared experience. My go-to words for the spiritual desert have been Psalm 63, a confession, really, that my need for God is greater than I have words for: “My soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you as in a dry and thirsty land where no water is . . ”
    So thankful for the God who meets us in dry places, bringing us the gift of Himself.

  2. Stacey,
    Sometimes I go and go and go like you did until I become parched. Then, when I am bone dry and can’t go on, I open God’s Word and I gulp living water as if I can store it up somewhere. I’ve learned, albeit the hard way, that a more efficient way of operating and one that doesn’t leave me parched, is to spend daily time in His Word. He will give me just what I need for the day (no need to have to store up). It’s kind of like the manna from heaven. God gives us what we need for the day. Grace for the moment. His Truth for the day. I’m learning how it’s better to drink rather than to gulp. Your post was a beautiful reminder of this fact.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  3. The words Quiet Ministries struck my heart. My work is not loud and I sometimes feel its not important. Thank you for the gentle reminder. Its from HIM I will receive my applause.

  4. Such truth, Stacey. Before I turn on my computer and begin working each day, I open my Bible. And, lest you find me more righteous than I deserve, there are days when I would rather jump into the work than sit at His feet. Sigh. And, just like the faithful God that He is–He understands and meets me there anyway. Interesting how giving Him the first fruits of our day, in such an informal way, makes such a difference. (Or, whatever time of day.) We so often take for granted our freedom to carry, own, read–the Bible. Oh Lord, forgive us–and Spirit, I pray you’ll be with those who don’t hold such freedoms.

    • I agree, Brenda! I used to read my Bible online, but I’ve even had to stop that practice, because I found myself too quickly hopping to check emails and get to work in the mornings!

  5. This rang so true for me today! My schedule is full to the brim on a pretty regular basis and I’m often trying to juggle and shift to get more productive hours out of each day but I can become so depleted. I do what I can to pour out God’s light into others but I don’t take the time I need to fill myself with His word. I read His word every morning but I don’t immerse myself in the text in the same way I do other books, articles or posts. This is a beautiful and hard truth for the day. Thank you!

  6. Stacey, thank you for the reminder to memorize scripture. I study it regularly but often neglect to memorize. Maybe memorizing is like letting our hearts marinate in truth? (Or could be, anyway.)

  7. What a lovely reminder. I am a mountain and stream girl. Thank you for your words today. I need His Word more than my creature comforts. Your word “pictures” are like salve to my weary soul. Thank you for sharing!

    • It’s always fun to connect with another mountain and stream girl! Getting to the woods with a Bible brings a kind of healing that I find nowhere else!

      • I agree, I always think of the verse in Is. 55:12 where the mountains will break out singing and the trees will clap their hands and I hope I get to see that some day. Been a mountain and stream girl for 57 years. I wish I could get there more often. My sister and I were just talking about how only mountain and stream lovers get “it” and how we cannot live without it.

  8. Stacey, such a beautiful message this morning, I could feel and hear the river as you spoke. Loved your message. I great reminder to “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. I too want to slow down and see Him, Hear Him, and know Him more. I like many need His strength! Thank you for sharing, and may the Lord continue to fill you to overflowing!

  9. Such an encouragement to know that when I need to hear His voice anytime, I can open His Word and hear from Him. Beautiful, sweet words.

  10. Stacey,
    Your words were so peaceful, thank-you for sharing them.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Penny

  11. Thank you for sharing! What a great reminder of His precious word, how blessed are we to have it and read His word without fear!

  12. I never thought I ever be able to fast, partial ones are a lot easier now that I thought. His food is better, sometimes we have to give up the things we’re used to a movie or the phone, I gave up Pinterest time. Even the word of others, and thee are lots of good writers and book about faith and music, but sometimes we just need Him. Okay, not sometimes, all the time.

  13. Stacy,

    This life can get busy. We seem to think we must be doing, going, etc. all the time. God commands us to a Sabbath rest. I’m doing a great Bible study by Priscilla Shirer “Breathe”. She explains that God created the Sabbath simply for us to rest & worship Him. That is why He freed the Israelits & made us. Yes. Take time daily to worship Almighty God.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Thanks, Beth! What a gift we find in Sabbath rest! The older I get, the more I appreciate this gift, and the more I find myself craving it, longing for it, and needing it!