Thursday, October 11, 2007

454 - Spring of Life

Lord Jesus - today I did the old turn to the date and find the Proverbs. Some days I just love to be very creative in where You lead me in the Word. Some days I do not feel exactly lead in where to go. This is one of those days. So I landed on today's date in Proverbs 10:11a. "The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life." I had to dissect just a few words to give me more depth, but it turns out it pretty much means what you think. "righteous" means and honest word, truth, displaying the truth, being right (not as in being correct, but doing right.) And "life" is translated...............life, vitality, fresh running water, refreshment, alive, vigorous, etc.

Lord, as i have seen so often in my life, you have given me life. That life so often comes from close friends, but also those that I don't truly know that well too. I am amazed at the people you bring in my life to speak a Word of life to me and it is done in all righteousness. Oh Lord, please help me to recognize those times that you are doing it and I seem to be missing it. For some reason I remember a time a lady in Charlotte, one of the most godly women i know, called me to give me a Word she felt i was suppose to have. I remember thinking the whole time, I just don't get it. I am not sure I am going with this one - i wanted to, it just wasn't flowing for me. Help, Lord, I don't want to disappoint or squash her ability to discern what you are saying to her...... Her intentions were so pure and beautiful, but I just was not getting it. Today Lord, help me to get it!! Thank you

So a few people are coming to mind that are so wonderful about speaking life into me. I just want to say thank you and beg you to never stop. It is so refreshing and you are Christ with skin on to me. Your honesty is life - thank you thank you thank you.

Valarie - oh girl, why did we not spend more and more time together when I was in Charlotte! I trust i can ask you anything and truth just flows. thank you

Stephanie - Ocean blog - every time I see your comment come across I know it will be truth and encouragement!! thank you

Fran and Nise - I know you take the time to really read and soak in truth because you always back up your statements with scripture! thank you

Dori - truth is all over your blog and advice as well. thank you

Connie - if i could ever have the perspective that you do about life and Him!! Wow, thank you

Melissa - such a patient woman that is wonderful in speaking the truth creatively. thank you

Tracy Berta - wow, I am not sure I have ever met a Word digger and quoter like you. THE Truth, His Truth is all over you. Your constant communication with the Father is incredible. How can I be like the Jesus I see in you!! Thank you!

Teresa - your honesty and sincerity is such truth! I can call on you at any time - thank you

Rae Deal - the most honest and truthful person I know - not to mention blunt. No sugar coating, no softening, no stretching.......... just honest, righteous, lovely, and comforting Truth!! Thank you

Oh there are so many more in my life. It would take me all day to write about my parents! wow - love, love, love their honesty! Tracy from Charlotte, Nicki in Charlotte, Courtney here, Andrea, and Rachel - what a precious jewel it is to know you all more and more. Oh and Nicki Bailey in Gastonia!! Oh goodness what realness!!

You all are Springs of life to me. You all show me truth and righteousness. Thank you thank you thank you for being Jesus with skin on for me today and always!! May I be the same some day to you! Thank you for blessing me this way, Lord.

5 comments:

Nicki said...

Leigh, you are such a daily encouragment to me, sometimes I feel like I have no one in this world who understands my heart, but it seems on those days when I come onto your blog the Lord truly speaks a word through you! Thank YOU!! Have a great day!!

Dori said...

Leigh,

Thank you so much, my dear, but if you only knew that what I bounce back your way in advice or truth is only a very small portion of what you speak into my life everyday!

As I write and I as a read your blog, this is what I can't get out of my mind for both of us as we try to put down on this virtual paper what God tells us:

"Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky. Oh, love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure - the saints’ and angels’ song."

Whatever we write, whatever we say -- may it always be to tell the matchless, measureless, endless love of God!!

Blessings, my sweet friend!
Dori

P.S. By the way, THAT is my favorite hymn and when my friend, Lici, sang it at Deeper Still (on the fly, Travis said) it just about sent me on to Jesus!!! I'm trying to get her to record it for me.

Fran said...

Your precious Leigh...your real....your honest....your heart is clearly seen....even through your difficulty you bless me because you teach me to keep my eyes on Jesus always.....you are a complete joy and I'm thrilled to "know" you and call you my bloggy imaginary friend....but, you aren't really imaginary...I feel like I know exactly who you are. You are a beautiful child of God.

Keep the Spirit aflame!

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

You ARE an encouragement to me each day! Thanks for making me think of those gals that spur me on and drive me closer to the Lord.

blessings,
stephanie

Valarie said...

My sweet, sweet friend! God's timing of our friendship is perfect - as usual! I am who I am today in no small part because of the MANY, MANY times the Lord has shined on me thru you! Thru the lessons you've taught, thru your generous heart, thru your life girl! You are a mighty witness of our Lord Jesus and I'm just thrilled to be called your friend! I love you girl and I'm grateful to be your Aaron - holdin up those arms (in prayer) while the battle rages on!! Swing that sword girl!! WE WIN!