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Streams in the Desert

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Courtesy of Julie Busby
Journey to Beloved

The beginning of a new thing.

Breaking out of bondage into a life of grace and hope.
It begins with promise-a promise to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
A burning bush moment when the Holy Spirit whispers in our ear- I am leading you to the heart of My heart- I want to reveal My unconditional love for you and make you free.

To get there sometimes there is enormous pain, evil pursuing those who would leave enslavement, Red Sea partings, wilderness wanderings and moments of fear that would whisper in our ears- it's easier if you just go back, back to the comfort of bondage instead of the discomfort of walking out into this unknown world you've never been before.

Dear beloved one- don't go back. He is making for you, streams in the desert.
The path may seem dark, lonely, endless and frightening yet He has never left or forsaken you. His gentle Hand of love has been making beauty for ashes- all the ugly- He redeems.

He makes all things new. Behold, I am doing a new thing: now it springs forth, do you perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:19

It has been almost 3 years since my journey began with a dramatic Red Sea parting and wilderness wandering. I wondered where and what my Father was doing. Thirsty for His presence, broken and desperate I began to write. Acknowledging my sin, my wounds, my fears, my hopes. Meeting others who have walked the very paths I've been.
Those who have been enslaved by legalism.
Those who have been abused, shunned and wounded.
Those who have made horrific choices to feed the emptiness in their hearts with wrong choices.
Those who have felt utterly alone.
And we met here, grew together as a family of brothers and sisters and learned about the beautiful and amazing word- Grace.

Something happened only a few short months ago- something that brought hope beyond measure and altered the course of my life. Jesus took my wounds and make them into scars. Scars that still can be seen, scars that are covered by His grace, healed by His loving touch.
Jesus made streams in the desert for me.
It didn't happen overnight.
It didn't happen by pulling my boot straps up
or following a checklist of do's and don'ts.
It happened by immersing myself in the Truth and the knowledge of His unfathomable love for me, by walking ahead in hope when things seemed hopeless and tearing off the masks that held me hostage with the lie that I should "fake it until I made it".
There is no special method but I do want to share something that is burning in my heart.

It takes time.

Beloved One - if God is doing a new thing in your life and leading you out of bondage, don't go back. You are not who you were- when God sends a Red Sea parting in your life you must cross over not remain in the middle of the sea with one foot ahead and your heart and mind looking back. Acknowledge the wounds, seek help and healing for the pain, face and work through the past lies and fill them with Truth but at some point there must be a time when you put the old behind you and make the choice to walk in newness of mind and heart. You are a new creation, old things have passed away and all things are new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Be reminded of the Truth that He is for you, He loves you and He will never forsake you.

There is hope and healing! If you are walking through the desert, walk ahead confidently knowing that God has prepared a refreshing stream of hope just for you.

(c)  Julie Busby ~ Journey to Beloved

Permission graciously offered to reprint ~ Thanx Julie!!!

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