Hi friend,

Recently, my Bible studies and podcasts have all drawn my attention to how God uses the times in our life when we feel we are in an emotional desert: in a dry or lonely wilderness. We all have hard times, dry times…times when we are waiting for a situation to change for the better. But during those difficult periods, I believe God draws us near to Him. We learn to rely on HIm, instead of ourselves.

Like the Israelites in the desert for forty years where they had to rely on the Lord for food and water, in dry times, we lean on Him for spiritual manna and spiritual water to quench our needs.

Jesus spent time in the wilderness, and when tempted, He used God’s Word as His shield. When I find myself in the hard times of life, I try to remember to do the same.  I also find strength in the power of praise, especially in singing songs, to lift me from dry places.

Some of my favorite songs lately:

YET by Maverick City Music brought me to tears the other day on the way to work, just thinking of how God has never given up on me, no matter how far I’ve wandered.

Goodness Of God by Bethel Music reminds me of how faithful God has been to me in my life.

The Blessing by Elevation Worship and Kari Jobe is a song I sing as a prayer for my children, family, and community.

These are just a few of my recent favorites.

What songs lift you up lately? 

What have you gleaned from “wilderness times?”

How can I pray for you?

I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

Blessings,

Janet


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