What Goes In Will Soon Come Out!

I remember a science experiment my class did with a stalk of celery, water, and red food-coloring.  We put several drops of red dye into a glass of water and then stood the celery upright in the painted water overnight.  When we came back to the classroom the next day, the veins of the celery were red.  Two days later the rest of the stalk was starting to turn a faint pink color.  The celery began to reflect what pool it was drinking from.

What Goes In Will Soon Come Out!

Drinking from The Color Pull - Celery

Our lives are a lot like a stalk of celery.  Whatever water we drink from, whatever we surround ourselves with, we will eventually absorb and begin to exude its hue.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in Me alone; the Eternal will be his confidence. He is like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots beside the stream. It does not fear the heat or even drought. Its leaves stay green and its fruit is dependable, no matter what it faces.” – Jer. 17:7-8, (The Voice)

The things we watch.  The company we keep.  The thoughts we meditate on.  Wherever we are sending out our roots is where we are abiding, and where we abide will determine what we reflect.

What pool are you drinking from?  What entertains your mind and heart today?  What are you allowing your life to absorb?  Choose wisely because it establishes the fruit you will bear.  It will dictate your hue and regulate whether or not you will survive the storms.

~Shannan

“The Eternal will be his confidence”

Are You Ready To Leave Familiar?

He's Making All Things New

Picture the place where the seed was laid.  The place where the enemy of your soul told you that you are any less than a beautiful masterpiece with great purpose.  Now see that God has hold of that weed and is ready to uproot it.

Are you ready to let go of familiar?

The uprooting process will be painful for a moment, but what God wants to plant in its place is radiant.  The pain will be brief, like a surgical procedure, but beyond it is a life filled with laughter.

Meditate on the moment the lie was planted.

Acknowledge the pain and why your reaction was helpful to you as a child.  You did your best to get through that time and the coping mechanism helped you to survive.

But now that reaction has become destructive as an adult.  The walls you’ve built around your heart not only keep people from harming you further, but they also keep you from the blessings God so longs to give to you now.

Let God transform your mind as He has your heart.  Let Him love you.

Now let Him be the first to dance with you in your new season of absolute freedom as He hands you your heart’s desire.

Picture the place where the seed was laid.  Now picture it never taking root.

God Redeems!  He can make it better than it was before the painful season.

Are you ready to leave familiar?

~Shannan

Living Forward and Loving Deeper – 2013

Letting God