when it’s as dry as a desert

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sometimes faith feels dry. sometimes it feels empty. sometimes it’s just going through the motions. those times are hard but they are also NORMAL.

it is normal to not always be up on the mountain top. it’s normal to have to hike up a REALLY steep slope to get to the place with the views. my little sister and dad went hiking last weekend in the mountains of Colorado. i was jealous and wished i could be with them… to see the views. but then they talked about how sore they were. it’s hard work to get to the top of the mountain! it takes perseverance and faith that your body won’t fail you!

same with faith. those dry-faith times though, those times are when we need to press into the Lord more. we need to persevere and we need to trust that God will not fail us. we need to seek others who are walking the journey with us. we need to cry out to God with the hope and knowledge that He is listening, He is providing, He is guiding us to the mountain of His Glory. it may seem like an endless road of mundane. sometimes it may be impossible to even find time to open the bible! but still, as believers, it is our job to be faithful in pursuing the Lord, just as He pursues  us.

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Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
His going out is sure as the dawn;
He will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.
Hosea 6:3

i am in a desert time right now. it feels dry, mundane, like i’m just sitting here just going through the motions. i KNOW God is working and providing, and i see it every day, but my heart feels callous to it.

the thing is, i don’t want to feel callous. i want to feel the joy deep down of His providence and be able to rest in Him every moment! this verse from Hosea speaks to me in this time. LET US PRESS ON to know the Lord. it is our duty to keep on keeping on, you know? to press on, PRESS IN to the Lord. bring all of our worries and anxieties to Him, lay them at His feet, and like this verse promises, HE WILL COME. He will come as surely as the spring rains water the earth.

as i wait in the desert, i trust that His spring rains will come to refresh me. it is as sure as the dawn.

can i get an amen?

xoxo-kimberly renee

{ps. one of the things that i decided to do to help myself in this desert time is to find a study that is simple and easy that i can focus on. i found She Reads Truth. it’s a free devotional website that provides daily biblestudies that are quick and simple and guess what, “theres an app for that” too! i just wanted to share it with you! i decided to get it on my phone, so if the only time i find to read truth is while i’m nursing my baby, i can.  if you’re looking for something like that, you should check it out! blessings friends! }

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3 Responses to when it’s as dry as a desert

  1. Sherri Brown September 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    Hello Kim, I will pray that you reach your mountaintop soon. I know those dry times all to well, I just came through one. This was part of my Bible reading today and I felt so blessed by this reminder of how much our/my God loves us/me. Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love, he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.” I love the loud singing part, I love to sing and sometimes make my kids crazy, I can just see/hear God singing over us!! I know you miss your family and home state and I want you to know that I think of you often and the sacrifices that you’ve made to support your husband and minister to our Church Family. I have a crazy life here at BrownHill, but would love to have you and Sophia come over some day (pony rides??) I’ll be here all day tomorrow and Friday. Sherri

  2. Lynne Davis September 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Kim,
    You put this doubt/desert so articulately. I have been there all too often and it is comforting to know others have the same feelings.

  3. Sharon September 25, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Sounds like you are a little bit down. Just remember that Moses was in the desert for 40 years! We know that life has “desert times” as well as “mountain top times” and we just don’t see the whole picture. I’ll be praying that God has a “mountain top time” coming your way real soon. Hold fast to His promise to always be with us.

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