When You Need Acceptance


Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

Isaiah 55:1

The first time I really read this verse I was in a dark place.  One I had thought I would never be in.  I grew up in the church.  I did everything "right".  I strove for God and gave Him my life.  But here I was, pained and lost.splash

I was broken.  I was empty.  I was weary.

I had tried and tried and came up lacking.

I couldn't do "life" on my own.

No amount of planning or reading or rallying could get my life back in order and I realized I needed God.

Then I read the verses above and saw that they were for me.

I was thirsty.

I was hungry.

And I had NO MONEY!

Not one penny in my emotional bank account or physical one.  All my life I labored under the idea that my life had to be worth giving.  That I had to be somehow "worthy".

But now I had nothing to offer God in return for His water.  He still wrote those verses for me.

The verses don't say:

"Come, you who have made something of your life."

"Come, you who aren't in debt and have well-behaved children."

"Come, you who are fulfilled and fresh in your calling."

No, they don't say that.

They gently say:

"Come, all you who are thirsty."

I came that day.  And I came this morning.  And sometimes my days don't seem a whole lot different from that first day.  Sometimes I don't feel a whole lot better.  But I come.

Because all I need is me and my thirst.  He doesn't want my money or my worthiness.  He just wants me and my thirst for Him.


Christy, onefunmom.com

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Christy Halsell

Christy lives at the beach, loves on five children, and drives a minivan with too much sand on the floor. Homeschooling mother by day, graphic designer by night, Christy writes about letting Jesus heal the hurts of life and adds snippets on tricks she's learned about running a family of seven.

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