a call to love god's word more than this world
well-watered women know who they are
and whose they are: beloved daughters of Jesus.
- Well-watered women seek to be fed and watered by what lasts forever – the Word of God. This woman does not find her satisfaction or identity in the temporary treasures of this world, in her number of followers, her successes on her resume, or her busy schedule. She finds her satisfaction and identity as a daughter of God and a disciple of Jesus. (Psalm 46:4-5, 1 Peter 3:3-4, Jeremiah 15:16)
- Well-watered women overflow life and truth onto others in need of a drink. There is a thirsty world around us seeking for the satisfaction we have found in Christ. Our love for Jesus should overflow in every outlet – our home, our work, our errands, our social media platforms, and our to-do lists. All should be centered around making much of Jesus. (John 8:38, Matthew 25:35-40)
- Well-watered women come to the well to meet Jesus each day and drink deeply of His truth. This woman choosing her Savior before anything in this world. She chooses to meet with Him before the day gets going and the lists get long. She knows that this is the source of her life and won’t miss this appointment for anything. (John 4, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Jeremiah 17:7-9)
- A well-watered woman knows who she is, why she is here, and what she is called to do. She has a mission and won’t be distracted from her calling in Scripture. (Philippians 3:12-20, 1 Peter 2:10, 2 Peter 1:3-8)
- Well-watered women live fruitful days that produce ripple effects that reach eternity. She doesn’t merely focus on the here and now, she makes her decisions on what will effect her eternity and others eternity. She shares the gospel without fear, she gives without worrying, she loves without conditions, and lives without limits because she knows her God can do all things. (Proverbs 31)
- Well-watered women cherish moments as gifts from the Lord and doesn’t wish them away. This woman takes every moment, whether filled with suffering and hardship, or joy and abundance, and thanks the Lord for it. She doesn’t wish away precious time for what is coming but sees the present as a step to the future. (Matthew 6:33-34, James 4:13-14)
dried-up women have lost their way
by glancing at the world around instead of gazing at jesus within.
- The dried-up woman has mistaken her identity for her accomplishments, her followers, her looks, and her bank account. She strives to be like others instead of embracing who God made her to be.
- The dried-up woman always wants and is never satisfied. Even when she receives what she hoped for, she quickly finds her way back to discontentment.
- The dried-up woman spends her time doing things that drain her of life and joy. She is afraid to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth and chooses comfort over obedience.
- The dried-up woman fills up on coffee but never drinks from water that satisfies. She ignores her need for rest and time alone with the Lord and chooses to push through and move forward using her own strength that is not enough. She believes she needs a lot of a coffee and a little Jesus.
- The dried-up woman majors in time wasting and has no direction in her life. She has confused rest for laziness and she has lost direction because she has looked to the world rather than to Jesus for her clarity and guidance.
Starting Right Now...
Let's begin our days in the Word of God. Let's start each day right by spending time in prayer, alone with our Savior. This daily routine will be the bread and water of your thirsty days! Here are a few ways you can get into God's Word this year:
1. Read through the Bible chronologically. Don't give up if you get behind. I did this plan a few years ago and it changed my perspective on Scripture! I used this Bible to follow and also used Iva May's posts on the readings for in-depth study.
2. Choose a book of the Bible to slowly read through and study. Take the time to know the context and familiarize yourself with who and what the author was writing to and about.
3. Choose a topic from Scripture to study in its entirety. My suggestion here would be to study the chosen topic from every angle. Don't just pick and choose verses that you like. Study the background, the history, and the context to understand the full meaning of the word.
THESE BLOG POSTS WERE WRITTEN TO HELP YOU DIG DEEPER INTO SCRIPTURE:
Part 1: In The Word - Join us in taking the ten-minute challenge, committing to spend the first moments of your day with the Lord, and learning how and why to have a quiet time!
Part 2: Why The Word? - In this post, we will study the basics of why we study the Word and how we come to the Word each day.
Part 3: Study The Word - Different approaches to studying the Bible.
Part 4: Cherish The Word - Different resources we can use to dive deep into Scripture and gain wisdom.
Part 5: Pray The Word - In this post we will look at the purpose, power, and privilege of prayer.
Part 6: Live The Word - We should not only be readers and studiers of the Bible, we should also be doers.
Part 7: Memorize The Word - The spiritual discipline of memorizing and meditating on Scripture.
Part 8: Share The Word - Sharing the Word boldly through social media and everyday life.
Part 9: Journal The Word - How and why we should journal as we study, pray, and read.