“Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart…” ~ Psalm 119:2

As I dug into the dirt, sweat poured from every inch of my body.

Indiana humidity at its finest.

It’s pretty rare for me to find myself alone in my back yard with no children underfoot, but there I was… just me in all of my filthy, sweaty glory, along with some helpless plants – still in their original too-tiny containers – neglected and thirsty for far too long.

I felt the raindrops falling softly from the sky and I couldn’t help but smile. Sweet relief. Not only for me, but for the dried up pots in front of me. The newly softened, saturated soil would soon embrace their dry roots, and life would flow back into them once again.

Thank you, Jesus, for sending the rain.

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They came, and didn’t stop coming.

Some from across town, and others on buses that traveled for hours and hours across borders in the blazing sun.

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100 degree heat and no air conditioning didn’t stop them from gathering together – over 1,100 women from Nicaragua‬Costa Rica‬Mexico‬Colombia‬, and the U.S. – under one roof to worship and be filled with life-giving truths breathed straight from God through his Word. This is just a glimpse of what Global Advance does all around the world.

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I embraced women who arrived with joyful confidence. But I was mostly drawn to kneel and hold hands with those who came broken with heads held low.

Too ashamed to make eye contact. 

Weighed down by burdens too great to speak of in public.

Souls parched, longing to be rescued from the drought that had robbed them of real living for far too long.

They came because they were thirsty.

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“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters…” ~ Isaiah 55:1

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But they didn’t leave that way. Session after session…

God’s Word revealed  Jesus and the salvation he offers to sin-sick souls.

God’s Word refreshed, bringing hope into desperate places.

God’s Word reminded that this world is temporary, and that God’s good plan will ultimately prevail.

God’s Word restored, mending broken hearts and filling empty spaces as grace fell like rain.

How do I know?

Eyes were lifted.

Countenances changed.

Voices responded in praise to our great God. 

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With tears in my eyes, I stood at the back of the open-air auditorium and took it all in. Nations sang in chorus, unashamedly lifting the name of Jesus high with one voice, and I was sure that God was allowing me a little glimpse of heaven in that moment.

God’s Word: An invitation for the thirsty. A refuge for the weary. A reminder of our great need that points to an even greater Savior.

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“I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your Word.” ~ Psalm 119:16

The opportunity to share Love God Greatly Spanish resources with key women leaders brought my trip full circle. What a privilege it is to join in this beautiful partnership that points women to the Living Water through his Word.

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What about you?

Do you come to this study with joyful confidence, or are you afraid to look up, ashamed or exhausted from living in a dry and weary land for far too long?

Either way, let’s embrace this journey in Psalm 119 together, allowing God’s Word to saturate our hearts and minds, filling us to overflowing with true soul hydration that can only come from one Source.

Are you thirsty? Jesus says, “Come.”

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God’s Word:

An invitation for the thirsty.

A refuge for the weary.

A reminder of our great need that points to an even greater Savior.

Thank you, Jesus, for sending the rain…

At his feet,

*LET’S TALK: Share your {Psalm 119} Goals in the comments below, and let’s encourage one another to begin well in God’s Word together this session!

{Week 1} Challenge: Every morning this week, before you turn on your computer, check your phone, open the newspaper or flip on the news, commit to opening your Bible very first thing to refresh your soul with the truth of God’s Word.

{Week 1} Reading Plan:

Psalm week 1

{Week 1} Memory Verse:

MV - Week 1

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