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The Desert

The desert. An area so arid that no life form can exist. No water. No vegetation. No hope. Have you been there? Are you there now? I can relate. It’s a time when you feel so emotionally drained that you’re bent over. Wilted. Sagging under the weight of the world.

The desert can make your bones feel dry. Sometimes you feel like you’re crawling through the sand trying to find your way to something. You feel like you can’t breathe. Your lips are dried and cracked. If you could just have a drop of water. A drop of something to refresh and hydrate your soul. Your skin is rough and burned. Your blood feels like it’s boiling in your veins.

And yet God has a cure for this dryness. For this lack of life. For this lack of breath.

The Valley of Dry Bones… Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord. Ezekiel 37:5-6

Do you feel like God has left you in the hot dry desert? Do you feel like he’s not with you in your greatest time of need? Do you feel like your emotional turmoil is like walking through hot coals? Do you feel like you’re drowning in your own salty tears? Discouraged. Confused. Without hope.

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:1-2

Amen.

About Terri Nida

In August 2013, I fainted in my kitchen and woke up paralyzed from the shoulders down. I am still trying to make sense of all this, but one thing I know is that God is with me and he loves me.

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  1. paulettesheffield

    Thank you Terri for always inspiring me! You bring hidden things to light. I love how you always find the perfect scripture to share. I look forward to your posts. Love you!

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  2. Thank you, Terri.

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  3. I’m learning (ever so slowly) that in all the circumstances God allows in our lives, His ultimate aim is that we would know that He is the Lord. “Then you will know that I am the LORD.” He says this in many ways in a variety of situations throughout the Bible. Over and over. I have to believe that knowing He is the LORD makes all my deserts, dry bones and disappointments worthwhile at some point. To know that He is the LORD must be the meaning of life.

    I love you, Terri.

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  4. Thank You, Terri. You show me that even though we may “walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death” there is still light.

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  5. Terri, I have a dear friend who has recently been incarcerated. She is separated from her little son and family. She feels trapped and fearful and struggling with her faith. I have printed off your Posts and will send them to her. You are a source of joy and strength (through God) to so many more than you know. I love you, Betsy

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  6. Very true indeed. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Hello Terri. I just wanted to let you know I appreciate your blog. I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. You can find out more about the award on my blog. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many with each of your posts.

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  8. Terri, As I read your posts, I find myself wishing I could do something to contribute to you, to encourage you. Of, course, God is your strength. I’m afraid all I can offer are my prayers and assurance that you are having an impact on me and the others. Maybe one of these days I’ll be able to verbalize to you just how important I know you are! Thanks for the effort to persevere!!

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