Are you in Drought or Irrigation mode??
Is your spring dry or bubbling over?
What is the state of our spirit, our spring of life? Is it full and are we sharing it?? Or are we all dried up and unhealthy?? The word spring brings to mind endless clear bubbling water! That is the kind of inner climate God wants us to have, springs of living water that we can share with others to replenish them and refresh them and give them life!
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance for from it flow the Springs of Life!!
I have so many friends facing hard times right now whether it be, issues with finances, or housing, loss of a child, infertility, church issues, health or even just simple unhappiness do to a lack of focus! I even find myself in some of those categories! It is a daily struggle to have gladness and to choose joy! It would be so easy to just let my heart dry up, but I find if I take the time to search there is refreshment to be had!
Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad!
Proverbs 15:13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is crushed!.
Prov 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 14:30 A tranquil (healing) heart gives life to flesh, but envy makes bones rot!
If our spirit is crushed, when our heart is grieving, times we are sad or feel unloved or unworthy to receive the good, than we truly need a heart refocus and a life-giving spring refilling! We need to submerse ourselves in the Spring of Christ word. Maybe we are so crushed and dried up that we need friends who care. Christian friends, with deep well springs, who can drench us with hope and healing! Sometimes that spring water comes in the form of a gift of a smile, or an encouraging card, or maybe it is some gentle loving correction. There are times we need to pull into a rest stop on the journey of life and listen to wise counsel and reproof! When we are the receiver of the reproof, we must decide if it is given in a life-giving spirit, and if so we must accept and act on it, to receive intelligence to move us forward in our journey!! Another form of spring water ( I had not thought of) is someone else’s good news! It does our hearts good to hear good news and to rejoice with others. The teaching of the wise is also a source of spring water to our drought cracked souls, we need to listen and apply the wisdom that is given to us!
Proverbs 15:29 – 33 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous. The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. The fear of the lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 19:8 Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good.
Proverbs 14:27a The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
Proverbs 13:14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
Proverbs 14:26a In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence,
Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
We can share our good news, give an encouraging word, or maybe we are asked to give life-giving reproof, do so with the fear and joy of the Lord. I know we are all called to be a friend, a person who has a cold drink for the fellow journeyman. We can all be peace planners, blessing givers, spring cleaners, well diggers, heart healers and soul doctors. It doesn’t take silver or gold or a degree in counseling
Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 25:20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off (shares) a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda!
Proverbs 25:25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.
Proverbs 11:25 Whoever brings blessings will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered!
Caring for someone else out of the full spring we are given by God is truly refreshing and life changing! If we refuse to share the life-,giving spring water, than we are soon doomed to a broken down shack in the middle of the stinky swamp of self-pity or the desert of lifelessness!! Let’s spread the Spring water around my friends!!
Dorcas For #thedelightfulcottage
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If you know me in real life, you know that I don’t consider myself a foodie! You also know, if you know me in real life, I do like healthy food. I am also a fan of quick and easy!! I know those three things are not really compatible!! Although once in a while I stumble across a new way to do something that does actually fit all three,
Like my creation of 3F Salad!! Fast Frozen Fruit Salad is a big hit at our house and we almost always have some handy in the freezer.
See a Quick Demo here!! 3F Salad
Water, 3 cans of fruit cocktail, 1 can of crushed pineapple, 1 can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 2-4 bananas.
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It has been a Very Crazy month! In my last post about packing I said we should just sell it all, I am thinking now that burning it all would be much less hassle! I had 3 yard-sales and listed numerous items on the face book marketplace. Wow, I’ll just say FB marketplace is not for the faint of heart (or for the non Spanish speaking)! I have never answered so many messages or repeated my self so many times!
I have been purging and selling and trashing and purging some more. As moving day got closer and closer I donated and sold even more, It is very eye opening to realize how little you really need to live.
As we started packing the camper and packing the items to store I realized again that there are no precious items. I took 2 trailer loads of stuff to Gift & Thrift and gifted items to friends and threw out even more. Oh It is ridicules how much stuff one family can accumulate. The irony of this is, it is not the first time we have moved, its not even the 5th or 10th time !!!!
On the last couple days before we pulled out, a couple good friends came over and helped me wrap up the final details. One stopped in with doughnuts and folded laundry, one of them packed the last items into the camper from the kitchen and bathroom, and the other started sweeping through bedrooms and helping me finish the last purging, donating, and trashing!
On the morning we headed for Texas, our good friends D&M showed up and brought doughnuts! They helped us finish up all the last min details and snapped pictures for us as we pulled out.. There were tears as we waved goodbye to them and our Virginia life!
It has been a truly crazy but blessed and enlightening month. If I can pass any advice along it would be , “hold nothing to tightly especially if it could bless someone else”!
Dory for the Delightful Cottage
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Look for our next post on the trip west and All the People we met!
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