"For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants." Isaiah 44:3. When I read that scripture I thought of the small stream you see in the photo. Right now in Peru, we are in the rainy season so the ground is soaking up all the water it can because of not having rained for so many months. When the scripture says "I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground" that is definitely what God is doing right now and it is such a beautiful sight to see. The land flourishes with green all over the place and the mountains become even more like they aren't real. It truly is a beautiful time of the year even though you can’t get out much. The sunny days when it's warm and blue skies for miles is really the time you get to enjoy God's creation. If you look at it from a spiritual point of view, when you are being washed in the Word daily and letting the Word be water to your soul you can take on anything the enemy throws at you. When God pours out His Spirit on you and your offspring you can see the blessings and the fruit being produced in your children. You are to teach your children in the ways of the Lord and in righteousness so they don’t go astray. From my own personal experience, I have seen the benefits of raising up your children in the Lord. I have seen it in my own life and I have seen it in the lives of the people around me with their children. I want to do the same in my life when I am married and have kids, I want them to be raised in the ways of the Lord and in righteousness. Another thing I want to mention is in Isaiah 43:2 which says "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through rivers, they will not steep over you. When you walk through the fire. You will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." I think it's safe to say that 2020 most definitely felt like water taking over you or like a fire that was trying to consume you but as difficult as it was, 2020 was a refining fire for a lot of people myself included. God let the refining fire come down hard on my family but the flames did not consume us, we came out of the flames just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walk out of the fire rejoicing so did my family. We had some high water this past year but it brought out sin and refinement that my whole family needed. God brought us all through it and God has made our family stronger more than ever and I am grateful for that. I thank God for the hard times and for breaking my stubbornness because it has made me a better person and a better Christian. What have you learned from the hard times? What did God refine out of you this past year? What can you continue to let the fire and water refine out of you?
Yours truly, Jewels