Do you know what I just love? I love authenticity. I love it when what you see is exactly what you get. I’m not a fan of false pretenses or underlying meaning. I don’t really like fake. I like to be able to take things at face value and trust that something or someone is who they claim to be. I kind of just like people to be real. Because of this love for all things genuine, I just adore Jen Hatmaker right now. To be honest, I wasn’t really familiar with her until last week when a friend mentioned that they were reading her new book and loved it. The friend quoted some of her work on a Facebook post, and I was immediately hooked. I could tell that she was the real deal! I bought her book, For The Love, and I just LOVE it. Jen is hilarious!
One of my favorite weekends of the entire year has come and gone. The Inspire Heart Retreat always seems to rush past me in a blur of emotion and activity. It drew to an end way before I was ready to let the messages and the images from those sweet days leave my thoughts. I have spent any quiet moments that I could claim today just sitting and reflecting. I let the images from this weekend run through my mind like an old film reel. I closed my eyes and remembered the feelings and let them sink deep into my heart. The presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable throughout our praise and worship time. It engulfed me. With a heart full and hands raised, I closed my eyes and let my voice join in with the sound of over two hundred women raising their voices to praise our Savior.
Today is Thoughtful Thursday at The Women In My World! I want to use these days to give you something to read, watch, or listen to that will really cause you to pause and think about your relationship with God and your Christian walk. Today, I’m thinking about thirst. Have you ever been in that place where you are just thirsty for God? This morning I was reading in Psalm 42:1-2 and I realized that the more God meets with me, the more I see Him moving in my life, the more I crave His presence. It becomes like an unquenchable thirst. Psalm 42:1-2 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” There are times in our lives when we know God is present but
I often find such encouragement when I read my Bible. Honestly, this is a new thing for me. I use to look at Bible reading more as a chore. It was just another thing to check off of my Christian to do list. Read a chapter or two from my Bible today. Check. Next? But a while back, I felt convicted to really get back into God’s word in a more serious way. I love to read. You can almost always find me with a great Christian book. I’ve got a crate of them beside my bed. They are stacked in piles on my desks. My easily distracted self prefers to have a few of them going at a time so that if I hit a dry spot in one, I can stick in a book mark, and pick up where I’ve left off in another. I study these books.