Meet Shanda. This is a Godly women how has been all over the world. She is a writer and a speaker who has such an amazingly tender heart for God and His Word. Here are her words...
You know the feeling when you are at your limit. You cannot put one foot in front of another and all you want to do is go home to an empty house, take a bath and sleep? The exhaustion is so physical and mental that it has become spiritual?
It is like mile twenty of a marathon when you hit the wall. Your body is depleted of all energy and you are at the point of passing out. All the carbohydrates you consumed the pre-race week have been used up. At that point, it is only your determination that keeps you going.
How fitting it is that Jen should ask me to begin her series of nourishment when I am at the point of malnourishment. It didn’t take long to get here. With missing only a few days of my quiet time with God, the stress of seeing my family off to places around the world and committing to a bit more than normal on my plate, I am starving. I am not craving the corporate worship form attending church tomorrow, but craving time alone with God, away from all personal interaction, to just dwell in his presence; to lie down in green pastures and drink from the streams of living water.
Too often we rely on a good Sunday worship service or our weekly bible study to keep us going. Yet, if we want to flourish, we need to come daily to drink from the streams of living water. Observing the flow is not enough, we need to partake of it. If we truly hunger and thirst for righteousness we will come daily into his presence.
Just as it only takes a runner about three hours to become depleted of nourishment, so it is with our spiritual lives. We need a continual source of God and His Word to keep growing in our faith and our walk with God.
Not only do runners hit the wall at times, but they can also suffer from dehydration and this can be dangerous. I have felt my spiritual life seriously dehydrated.
So, to begin the series on nourishment, I speak, to myself as much as anyone else, of the need to daily come before the throne of God and spend time in his presence. Only then, can we be sufficiently nourished so as to not grow weary or our have leaves wither.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
Let us do whatever it takes to run the race well and to finish strong.
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