Friday, May 27, 2016

deserts & desserts

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Hey, guys.

This is just a miniature update from Erinland to let you all know that life is grand, and God is on the move. Without going too much in-depth, I wanted to let anyone that has been feeling discouraged lately in their walk with the Lord know that our God is faithful, and brings people out of dry spiritual spells. 
I know, because He is bringing me out of mine.

"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." 
~ Isaiah 43:19

I'm the type of person that likes to spend a lot of time alone.  I don't really open up to folks that easily, but it has been such a blessing these past 2 weeks to see God nudging me into community. I'm halfway through a 4 week Bible study on prayer that a sweet woman from my church is leading, and it's helping me grow closer to God again. For anyone that feels isolated, alone, or faltering, know that having accountability in a small group can really help.

WHAT HELPS MY SPIRITUAL GROWTH: A LIST

+ Small groups & accountability
+ Walking beside the shore as the sun sets: a real-life painting
+ Listening to uplifting music
+ Encouraging others
+ Praying about whatever, whenever (no shame)
+ Seeking God really early in the morning (starting my day this way is crucial)


The first week of this study was not easy or successful for me. But as others have been praying for me, I have started to slowly form a new habit of prolonged prayer. Knowing that other young women from my church are pushing themselves to spend some sit-down time with God in prayer and in reading the Word has helped me do the same. I'm also rebuilding my relationship with the Lord. It has felt somewhat deteriorated in the past few months, so to begin again is great.

It's awesome to know that God meets us wherever we are.

Peace & Love, 
Er

8 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. :) I'm so so glad for you and you list is awesome.

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  2. Don't you love it when God comes into our lives in news ways that make us realize that He never really left in the first place? I sure do. I can testify to dry spells, and for me it came in a time when I had no community. And when I say no community, I really mean it. Outside of my family, there were no people that I felt truly close to at this time, and that's where God stretched my faith and strengthened my faith through, as you put it, a dry spell.

    That verse in Isaiah is splendid! And I'm so excited for you and this Bible study. I've been convicted that I need to pray more as well. It is a blissful time that we often sweep under the rug of our lives.

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    1. It is the best thing! I love how He can use other people to bring you back to Him. It's truly amazing. :)

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  3. Yes! God is so good. I know that starting my day and ending it with prayer has been a crucial step in growing in my happiness and relationship with God. That is so awesome that you have been building back up your relationship with Him. Congrats! :)

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    1. I love how you put that...growing in your happiness with God. It does seem to have a large level of joy attached to it. Prayer needs to be my daily habit! :) Thank you for your sweet comment!

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  4. Aw this is good news! I'm working on rebuilding parts of my spiritual life myself. I had a great renewal time with my friends last week and that's been a big booster.

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    1. That's great to hear! Getting in community and sharing struggles with others is such a help for the heart. :)

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