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5 Attitudes of the Well Watered Woman

 
 
When a tree has a good root system, it reaches down and draws moisture and nutrients from an unseen source.

 

No matter what is going on above ground, this tree doesn’t live by those events…it thrives on what is under the ground, hidden.

 

Likewise, a well watered woman lives from her roots (not the hair kind).

 

Have you ever seen someone struggling with a severe illness yet full of praise and overflowing with good fruit? That is someone living from her root system.   Or what about someone experiencing emotional pain,  grief, or loss, yet still exudes the joy and gentleness of Jesus? That is someone living from her root system, not her situation.

 

I want a root system that nourishes my soul when the external circumstances of my life are dry. Scripture tells us we can live this way. “And she shall be like a tree planted by streams of water, that yieldeth its fruit in due season.” (Psalm 1:3)

 

Jeremiah 17:8 says,  “Even in a season of drought, she needs not be afraid…”    Living from the right roots not only maintains our fruitfulness,  it also calms our fears in difficult times.

 

As I’ve pondered scripture and visited and re-visited passages such as Matthew 5 and Isaiah 58, I’ve identified 5 key attitudes that living well watered require. These are “root” attitudes we can live by, regardless of age or stage in life.

 

Warning: These are counter-intuitive and counter-cultural, so be prepared to be UNCOMMON.

 

 5 Attitudes of the Well Watered Woman

 

1. “I’m going to be generous… especially when I feel I can’t afford to be.”

 

This principles applies to time, affection, energy, love, as well as money. This principle is beautifully illustrated by the widow in II Kings 17. There was a severe famine and she was down to her last bit of oil and flour. (To make this practical, go ahead and think of what you are down to the last little bit of. )

This widow planned on making one last loaf of bread for herself and her son, then die of starvation.

When Elijah showed up, he asked her to use what she had to first make him a small loaf of bread.

Sorta crazy, right? But he promised her that God would provide an unlimited supply of flour and oil until the famine ended if she would give her last bit.

Reminds me of what God has promised us in II Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

When we give away what we can’ afford to give away, we open ourselves to  received multiple times more. This principle is repeated over and over through out scripture and is essential to living well watered.
 

2. “I’m going to live vulnerable…even though others may scoff or take advantage of me.”

 

Women can be great at self-protection. We learn how to protect ourselves beginning very early in life. But the alternative to living vulnerable is living walled off. Over time, it leads to hardness. Then cynicism. Even to oppressive and mean behavior.

Matthew 5:4 says, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”   This can apply to many types of mourning, but one way is those who allow themselves to be pained through their vulnerability. In other words, those who allow themselves to be hurt, who don’t self-protect or wall themselves off, those are the blessed ones.

The well watered woman has come to realize any wound or slight they receive from being vulnerable is preferable to being hard. Undoubtedly, some of you know what I’m saying and are beautiful for it.
 

3. “I’m going to guard my heart by protecting my ears from the world’s noise.”

 

The well watered woman has to know who NOT to listen to. In this day of information overload, we hear tens if not hundreds of different  voices in any given day. It really is phenomenal.

Psalm 1:1-3 says, “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.”

To  live well watered, we’ve got to make some tough choices about what we allow in our ears and in front of our eyes.
 

4. “I’m going to be a servant. This is what it means to be truly great.”

 

Wanting to be important is as old as time itself. Even godly people struggle with finding significance in all the wrong ways (think about the discussion that arose in the Upper Room amongst the disciples as the Lord was eating His last supper.)

Daily we receive messages and instructions on how to be great, garner attention, make a difference with our lives, and do something that matters. It is essential to daily renew the heart and mind with the words of Jesus, “Whoever wants to be great among you, be the servant.” (Mark 10:42-44)

{In case you didn’t know, He doesn’t lie.}
 

5. “I’m going to trust God to come through for me.”

 

This one is perhaps the most important one of all because our ability to live from each of the attitudes above depends on whether or not we really trust God.

Here’s the thing: whatever your need, the gospel purchased the provision for you. But if you don’t believe that, you’ll go searching for provisions in a thousand different places.

To be sure, God’s provision may not be the one we think we need. Which is another reason why we must trust. Romans 8:32  says, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things?”

Christ has purchased for us every provision we need. The well watered woman clings to this amazing truth, day in and day out, whatever need arises.   Moment by moment our needs change…but God’s provision does not. When we learn how to live by faith in God’s grace, we’ll live well watered. Guaranteed.

 

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Memorizing Scripture as a Family and Grace and Truth Link Up

 
 

It’s Friday~ time to get cozy and hang out a bit with the Grace and Truth linkup!

 

 

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There were so many great posts from you guys last week! A few ran neck and neck for the featured post spot but I have to tell you, when I saw this one I knew it was “the one” for me.

Erica has created a printable for Memorizing Scripture as a Family. The printable packet includes 52 scripture cards and she also gives ideas for how to use them. Click over to download this free resource from Erica at Healthy Christian Mom.

 

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