All Who Are Thirsty

All who are thirsty, all who are weak, just come to the fountain and dip your heart into the streams of life.
Let the pain and the sorrow be washed away in the waves of his mercy as deep cries out to deep.

It has been 6 weeks of not stop going for me and this morning the weight of it hit me. I climbed in bed last night at about 9:45. Literally exhausted from the constant going of the day, I decided to give myself an extra 45 minutes of sleep and I set my alarm for 5:00. I woke up a few minutes before my alarm as I normally do and as I rolled over to get up I literally had to battle myself to put my feet on the floor.

Does anyone else have those moments where you argue with yourself to try and make your body do what you know it needs to? I sat up and I just felt drained even though I’d had a full night of sleep. I had to talk my body into getting up to prepare for the day.

I came sleepily to work, did my few morning duties, had my quiet time, listened to a quick sermon on podcast, and then the girls began showing up for practice. As practice wore on my body and mind continued to talk to me and they were both pretty much saying “bed, bed, bed, bed” LOL.

Then as I walked back into my office music was playing from my computer (I usually leave music on in my office) and I hear the words “All who are thirsty, all who are weak, just come to the fountain and dip your heart into the streams of life”

It brought tears to my eyes as I sat down in my chair remembering where my strength comes from.

I can often become confused about my true abilities. I can think that as long as I discipline my body enough I can ensure that I will have the strength to endure. As long as I train myself to get a certain amount of hours of sleep, eat the right foods, exercise the right amount, etc then I will have made sure that I will not grow weary. The truth of the matter is though all of those things are important, needed, and help, but endurance is not accomplished through my strength. My strength is found in Him.

I know I typically blog on things we as the body of Christ need to work on, things the Lord shows me that I need to fix in my life, as I’m often teased about how I like to write and talk about holiness, but today I just want to say the Lord is your strength, He is your peace, He wants to give you rest.

His grace is sufficient for you and in weakness His strength is perfected. He says to cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you. He says to come to Him if you are weary and heavy laden and He will give you rest.

God is not shocked when our bodies become tired, it is not surprising to Him that we grow weary, that is why He talked about it so much in the Bible. Not just showing us that we would grow weary and tired, but how to fix it!

Run to Him and find rest, not condemnation, rest. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

Be Blessed,

J. Tate

PS: I am currently in the process of starting a blog on wordpress. So, here in the next few weeks my blog will be moved to its new address:

I’m working on it slowly but surely and hope to have it up and running as soon as possible. I know it will be a slight inconvenience because of the change of location, but I've had some problems with blogger int he past and figure it's as good a time as ever to make the switch. I' will let yal’ know when the full switch takes place and I will be keeping this blog active so that my old posts will still be available to come read!