Don’t Dry Up This Summer!

 

 

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Don’t Dry Up!

DON’T DRY UP THIS SUMMER!

Summer…is…here.

A new season! Warm nights, hotter days, crazy thunderstorms that stir up as soon as I get a half mile away from the house with the dogs, lightening  bugs and amazing sunsets. Summer is the season for beautiful flowers!

Every year I ambitiously plant three pots of flowers on my deck and wish them good luck. They need it! I am not known for my amazing deck plants come August! I start out strong, watering them faithfully and dead-heading those blooms past their peak. By mid-July my faithful watering slows down….it’s hot and I don’t feel like carrying the pitchers of water back and forth, day in and day out! Our deck has sun all day long and those poor plants struggle as they bake in the sun.

By August they are no longer sprouting new blooms and it is no surprise! You need sufficient water to bloom, to grow…to flourish! I don’t know why I do this every year….but   I do….when I see that the plants are starting to die, I water them even less! What’s the use, after all?

By summer’s end I throw away the shriveled up plants….it’s so sad! I never start out the summer planning on doing this. I see other people’s beautiful planters and am jealous.  How do they do it?(of course  I know full well how they achieve that, they water their plants faithfully!)

 My intentions in the spring are for prolific flowering pots….but intentions are not good enough; you need follow through.

Our spiritual lives run parallel to my potted plants. 

What are your intentions in this season of life for your personal walk with the Lord?

  • to learn to recognize His still small voice amidst a world of constant noise?
  • to experience more victories than defeats in areas of temptations?
  • to know that your prayer life looks more like an arrow hitting a bullseye rather than veering off?
  • to discern God’s will for your life, starting with decisions for today?

We need to be intentional….with our intentions!

Isaiah 58:11

11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

The seeds that God has planted in our hearts need to be faithfully watered by keeping time in His presence a priority.

Be aware of those hot seasons spiritually!

  • when there is conflict in your relationships
  • when changes are forced upon you
  • when travel schedules, sporting

Be intentional to stay connected to THE source of life….

No matter how “hot” your life is today, stay connected to that spring whose waters never fail. Stay in fellowship with other believers. I know that many life groups take a break in the summer months…so be intentional. Stay connected with your church family! Be proactive and call a friend who will pray with you. Maintain a faithful personal time with the Lord where you are studying the Word, journaling, worshiping and praying. Listen to sermon podcasts in the car rather than the pop tunes.

Check out the promise He makes to you!

he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden

You don’t have to suffer the same fate of my deck plants! (although as I type this, I am purposing in my heart to faithfully water them ALL summer!)

Be intentional.

Be consistent.

And be a well watered garden in the heat of this summer!

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