1. It would nice to have that trickle be a steady stream. He has poured his love into my life and I praise Him for that.

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      I hope the Lord will continue to pour into your life, Rebecca, so it is a steady stream.

  2. Hi Rachel!! I’m not surprised at your post– it goes along with almost every other “Welcome 2017” post I’ve read… and even the one I’ll be posting later on today… but The Spirit is saying something through you, and so many others– all about newness and fresh starts… and blah, blah, blah… maybe it’s because I’m sitting here going, “I get it Lord!” But what I LOVE about your post compared to so many others that keep repeating, “Seek Him first” or “Find Joy” is that you remind us so clearly and gracefully that with the new covenant, God is ALREADY beckoning us. He’s saying, “I’m here… I’m ready to pour out on you!” ..and that’s the call and completion we need to step forward in faith! so thank you <3 blessings to you as you've blessed me!!

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      Thanks Nicole. I appreciated reading your perspective. I love delving deep into scripture and finding out what good and refreshing things the Lord has in store for us – like the new covenant.

  3. I’m studying the wilderness wanderings of Israel right now, and have found your thoughts here to be so helpful. Thanks, Rachel.

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      Sounds a great study, Michele. Will you be writing about them, too? I’ll check out your latest posts.

  4. A very refreshing blog post, Rachel!
    I love that God is doing a new thing in SO MANY lives!
    About 34 years ago, I was at a conference in Belgium where we sang a song I still remember:
    All over the world the Spirit is moving,
    All over the world, as the prophets said it would be, (hallelujah)
    All over the world there’s a mighty revelation
    Of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
    The 2nd and 3rd verses were the same except for “All over the world” is “Deep down in my heart” and “All over the church” respectively.
    The Scripture you quoted reminded me of that song.
    Also, I just wrote a blog post called “Lessons from the Wilderness” that you might be interested in reading: https://plantedbylivingwater.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/lessons-from-the-wilderness/

  5. I asked God for confirmation on a little project/prayer challenge I’m creating…I always go back and forth..is this GOd wanting me to slow down? or Satan jacking with me? After praying, and reading this post, I am confident God is behind me! Thanks for your words and perfect timing!

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      That’s wonderful, Lauren. So glad God gave you a clear answer to your project/prayer challenge. 🙂

  6. I’ve seen this post pop up everywhere these past few days. I love seeing God move and get a message out using different people. Thank you for linking up over at the Grace & Truth link up party.

  7. The photo is stunning – gorgeous! It always amazes me what craftsmen were able to do years ago. The photo with one of my very favorite scriptures has stunning effect. Your words are so true – that in the midst of the challenges, those deserts of our lives – we need the living water Christ gives us to sustain us so that we don’t grow weary. Beautiful encouragement for this new year!

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      Thank you for your encouraging words, but most of all so thankful for the refreshing water Jesus offers.

  8. Rachel,
    I always love reading your inspiration thoughts and these especially are resonating. I loved your illustration of the fountains of Rome and I’m convinced too, that great value lies in the wilderness seasons of our journeys with God. Thank you for sharing these words — and that great photo — with us!

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      We have to hold onto the hope God promises during the wilderness seasons, right there with you, Valerie.

  9. I love that verse in Isaiah! It always renews my hope. 🙂

  10. This was such an encouraging message. I will challenge myself to memorize that verse… and trust the springs of fresh water will surely come when I roam in the wilderness! Thank you for sharing this. It nourished me. <3 (visiting from CFMH)

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      So glad you are encouraged, Christine. Keep trusting God will make springs appear in the desert.

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