Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Good Soaking

On Tuesday we purchased three beautiful bushes to plant in our yard. We brought them home and put them up front to be planted this coming week. It seems we then forgot to water them! This morning I looked out and saw all the leaves drooping on every bush. Checking the soil we discovered it was bone dry and desperately in need of water. With hope that we were not too late, we soaked each bush in water making sure to spray the leaves too. Two hours later I checked on them and the leaves were no long drooping. In fact, the bushes are back to looking strong and sturdy! Disaster avoided.


While soaking the bushes in water, it made me think of something I read this week about "soaking prayers". I could not help but see the analogy between the bushes and our spiritual lives. There are times when we feel the need for a good soaking. Life has left us parched and our own "leaves" are drooping! We have a need to be refreshed and renewed. One way to get a good soaking is to spend time in prayer.

Recently I joined a conference call prayer group for people with Lyme. This past Wednesday was our second session. The whole hour plus was spent in continual prayer. As the leader prayed, the 30 people on the phone line all lifted up the needs of the people in prayer, and the power in those soaking prayers for healing could be felt. I know my leaves are no longer drooping! These soaking prayers left me feeling renewed. A good soaking can provide us with the strength to carry on, just like our bushes awaiting planting!

To read inspirational posts, stop over at Spiritual Sundays~ www.bloggerspirit.blogspot.com ~ Ginger and Charlotte have blessed us with a place for a good soaking to nourish our faith!

22 comments:

whidbeywoman said...

Oh, that is such a good analogy. Love this!

Joan said...

So good, Renee. I really need that "soaking".

Blessings,
Joan

Lisa notes... said...

I can just sense how refreshed you must have been after that time of prayer. A good soaking is such a great analogy. Thanks, Renee.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Renee,
What a wonderful analogy! And you're so right about us needing a good soaking in prayer. It is prayer that changes things! Thanks for sharing and for your visit. I always enjoy having you stop by.

Blessings,
Sandi

sarah said...

wow...this analogy is so good. I love this. Have a great Sunday....soaked by His love...☺

Saleslady371 said...

Wow, Renee...what a super prayer time!

A Busy Single Mom said...

Renee, thank you for an excellent post. We all needed to be soaked once in a while!

Charlotte said...

Beautiful. I love it. A good soaking is often just what is needed. Thank you for sharing your analogy.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

Soaking in prayer I like that! Prayer is so important, I loved this analogy also.
Blessings,
Ginger

Clif said...

Great! Thanks for this encouraging post about prayer.

Jan Lyn said...

A good reminder that all of life needs a good soaking in prayer. I'm happy that you have found that group...and for your bushes! I had that happen just this week with lovely planters of flowers that my mother had given me. Saved them just in time! Wheww...she has such a green thumb and I do not. :)

Renee said...

Thanks whidbeywoman!!

Renee said...

Thanks Joan....we all need those soaking prayers at one time or another.

Renee said...

Hi Lisa
Thanks for your comment here...I appreciate your encouragement.

Renee said...

Thanks Sandi
I always enjoy your pretty pink blog and insightful posts....

Renee said...

Thanks Sarah
I like the idea of being soaked by God's love....such a comfort!

Renee said...

Thank you Mary for coming by~

Renee said...

Hi A Busy Single Mom....
Thanks so much and glad you came by. I enjoy your posts very much.

Renee said...

Charlotte
Thanks for stopping by and for hosting S.S. A blessing for us all!!

Renee said...

Hi Ginger
Thanks for coming by....also for cohosting S.S. I am so glad we have a place to gather~

Renee said...

Thanks Clif!

Renee said...

Hi Jan Lyn
Thanks for coming by.....more than once we have rescued our plants from the droopies! I did not know if the bushes would come back so well but so far so good~