Lead Me to The Water & Link Up — 49 Comments

  1. What a lovely post. I must stop by Monday for the story behind the poem. Intrigued! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. It’s lovely to meet you. I am sure you will be blessed teaching your boys re: the sandals of peace. God bless you.

  2. Beautiful! It reminds me of Isaiah 43

    Isa 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

  3. And He gently continues to lead us deeper within Himself, and all it costs us is everything. Precious. 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up!! You asked about the button–on the left hand side is a sliding drawer tab that has says “button codes.” 🙂

  4. And I overcame overcame the fear of giving myself fully to the the Holy Spirit water to let it carry me carry me over the threshold home…i love this…the pictures and words are just beautiful…

    Cookville…wow…travel past it all the time…I live south of Nashville…my daughter live in knoxville…and still have family in Kingsport.

  5. This is such a beautiful picture of how loving and how patient our Father God is as He leads us to overcome our fears little by little; your words resonated with me and your photos and painting are lovely…so grateful to know that God has wrapped his arms around your family with community…praying He continues to comfort and sustain you.

  6. I’ve always been intrigued by this passage of Scripture. Love it! Anxious to see the rest of the story!

  7. I LOVED this! Had no perception that it was connected in any way to Ezekiel, and I’ve read that many times… in fact, will be reading that particular chapter in the morning on my schedule. The photos and the proses… really caught my attention… and I’m even tired, so wouldn’t have anticipated it. Thanks MUCH!

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  9. Ah…immersing myself in the Holy Spirit. I’m thankful He leads gently, allowing us to adjust to the water’s depth. Good thoughts, beautifully written, I’ve found here today.

  10. He knows when we are ready, doesn’t he? And his timing is perfect.

    I love that picture of your toesies in the water. Beautiful.

  11. So beautiful. I love the repetition of words–it gives the poem such a wonderful flow! This is my fav line stanza:

    He measured,
    Measured the immeasurable
    He looked at me,
    looked at me with love
    I told Him I was ready

    I love how he measures the immeasurable in all of us!

  12. I love how you began with “someone” had to love you enough, love Jesus enough, to lead you to the water! And then you transitioned to Jesus leading you. What a beautiful and true illustration of how faith begins! Also enjoyed how the Holy Spirit is seen as the moving waters!

  13. Dear One
    This is such a good analogy! It is nice when the words from Scripture becomes alive for one personally. Yes, we were not promised a life without trouble, but that He is with us, holding our hand all the way.
    Blessings from Jen’s.

  14. This is beautiful, dear ML. I love the Ezequiel passage that talks about the different levels of water that the Father wants to take us through! Love the way you share you heart, friend.

  15. This is truly beautiful. God is ever patient with us, going with us in the baby steps needed to grow fully in His grace. Awesome.

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  18. I so enjoyed your poem, your use of repetition, and the emotional punch of your words.
    And the elephant in the room, the third Person of the Trinity, doesn’t get nearly enough attention, which is, I suppose, his super power…

    • I love that Michele – The Holy Spirit is, indeed, the Super Power. Because of it, Peter never denied Christ again!

    • That simple phrase was God saying He wanted to fill my plate – to stack it high, instead of putting what I thought was just enough when inside I wanted to stack my plate high.

  19. Oh, Maryleigh, what beautiful thoughts today! I loved your poem, and your story. You brought such encouragement to me, in my own continual walk with the Lord, and in the lives of those I love. Truly, He is the author and perfecter of our faith, stretching and growing us as we are able, helping us to be ready for the next step along the way. Blessings and love to you, dear friend.

    • “Stretching and growing us as we are able, helping us to be ready for the next step” – oh, friend – He never stops the stretching and growing. There are always new steps – new “classroom” adventures for learning! What a loving Father we have who knows that even grandparents still grow, still go on God-journeys! You and I, Bettie, we’re living a full life! Prayers and blessings as you settle in to your new journey! ~ Maryleigh

    • If I had to pick just five posts to put in a book for my boys – this would one of those five. There’s more to Him if we just trust Him!

  20. A beautiful post Maryleigh & sending you a big ol’ virtual hug… from this Mama who knows the pain of losing her baby girl & boy too!
    Praise God for His comforting healing through His Holy Spirit.
    Bless you,

    • Jennifer – One day! One day we will hug those children! Praise God for His Holy Spirit comfort – and promise! Shalom, friend, ~ Maryleigh

  21. Maryleigh, this is such a beautiful post. I’ve had times when I feared the Holy Spirit because i didn’t understand Him. I’m so thankful for the people in my life who shared and exhorted me to learn more of who He is through God’s words. I’m truly sorry you lost your daughter. Those losses never completely fade from our hearts.

    • Those who share and exhort us to learn more are water the seeds planted with a Holy Spirit water. So glad, Jeanne, we both were brave enough to step in to more of Him! ~ Maryleigh

  22. Hi Maryleigh, I love the way you have woven your words here into a poem and a picture. They carry us to the water, the willingness to yield fully to all the Lord has for us, and to submerge ourselves in His Holy Spirit.

    Will be in touch later.

    Blessings, Janis

    • It was a slow immersion for me, testing, trusting. Thank you for your kind words! Shalom, Janis! ~ Maryleigh

  23. A beautiful poem!

    A beautiful testimony behind this story. I’m sad to hear of the heart abandonment, but thankful that you were able to give love to your dad that failed you – early and at the end – and yet God LOVED through you. And I’m sad to hear of your precious daughter’s loss. May the Lord continue to comfort you. And I rejoice with you in the river of His loving Holy Spirit.

    • Praise God for being a God of “All is Well” (2 Kings 4:26). So glad He shepherds us into those Holy Spirit rivers! Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

  24. I see I commented years ago but I’m enjoying this post again anew this year. Wishing you a wonderful birthday this month, Maryleigh.

    Being one who doesn’t like to get into deep water, this was a faith-filled post for me to read. Thanks for reposting the beauty of your poetry and faith!

    I didn’t know about your little girl. My heart goes out to you; I have a little girl in heaven too.

    • One day, my friend, hopefully a long way from now – the hugs we will get to share with those little girls! Thanks for re-reading – it’s so dear to my heart! Shalom, friend! ~ Maryleigh

  25. Your poem reminded me of a Bible lesson I just read on Crossing the Jordan River. The priests had to carry the ark into the river before the water backed up. It took great faith but as they walked in deeper deeper the water resided. Found you at Blue Cotton Mondays

    • I love that lesson, Mandy! – as they walked deeper and deeper the water resided – oh, how I love that! BTW – where is Blue Cotton Mondays? I like the sound of that!

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