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Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her books include Breathing Through Grief, Kailani's Gift and Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. Dorina,
    I, like your rose bushes, have been living in a dry, parched, and barren land. God has been pruning me in the process, but He has been pouring out His living water on me through His holy word. My heart, like the deer, has been panting for streams of cool refreshing water. In order to pour out, I need to be poured into. I love the scripture as Jesus meets the woman at the well and He tells her that if she drinks from His well (His Word) she will never be thirsty again and it will bubble up like springs of eternal life within her. Even on my laptop, I’ve been drawn to photographs depicting water. My head has been listening to what my soul is craving. I believe that’s why I was led to write this post: https://walkingwellwithgod.blogspot.com/2020/07/panting-for-streams-of-water.html I sure need to be sending out my roots along the stream of life. Your post on healing keeps pointing me back to the truth that you can never be over-watered!
    Bev xx

  2. Oh, I love this, Dorina. It reminds me that, after trauma, to treat and nourish myself kindly — and also offer the same for others in trauma recovery. Your rose illustration, meantime, provides just the right visual picture to explain your point. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with such beauty and helpful love. With warmest thanks!

    • Patricia, your encouragement is always water to my soul. Praying for all of us as we are on this trauma recovery journey. May we continue to return to the Source who never runs out of living water for us! For His glory!

  3. Dorina, this post is surely heaven sent! What a lovely comparison! May you be nurtured well by the Master Gardener and those close to you, dear one.

  4. Beautiful. As many of us try to negotiate these chaotic times we forget our own need for water. We need to make a conscious effort to make time to settle into a place where we can receive the wonderful nurturing water of our Father. Thank you for reminding me to go to my place every day.

    • Yes, I am trying to remember to take those long drinks of the Living Water instead of settling for a quick sip at the drinking fountain. God be with you in your place!

  5. Beautiful. God really is the Great healer. And roses help too. I know when I was recovering from some life stopping trauma, my husband dug me a huge garden bed and I ordered 40 roses. I knew nothing about gardening. But carrying for those roses and tending them day in and out really helped me heal from my trauma. And in that garden it was just God and I and I was able to pray and process things. Love and mercy filled my soul. Roses and God really can heal trauma.

    • It’s true! I don’t boast any gardening knowledge but I’m learning the simple art of tending to these rose bushes and the delight of watching them bloom even through extreme heat. So much to learn as I want them flourish.

  6. Beautiful reminder! Isn’t it amazing how often we can see parallels of our own lives in nature! Just another reminder that the God who made the universe also made (and most importantly, *cares* about us!).

    M @ In Beautiful Chaos

  7. How does the Rose get to be a Rose. It pushes through the thorns. To get to top. It roots stay firmly rooted to the group or the pot it planted into. It drinks that fresh water it is given. Also pushes up towards the sunshine. It lets nothing stop it until it becomes that beautiful Rose. But our lives are like a Rose at times. We have push through the thorns our thrones can be the problems we have in life that the old Devil wants us to hold on to. The Devil wants to whisper in our ears if we let him. You will never get past this problem. No one can help you get over it or take it away or make it better. But you can get better you can get over your problem. You can go to Jesus and drink from the well of life let him water you with his living water. Stay rooted firmly in Jesus with your roots in the soil of life rooted in the word the Bible and Prayer. Then you will be strong enough not to let the Devil whisper in your ear you will never get past this problem it yours. You can say no Devil I going to grow and develop into the beautiful Rose God wants me to be. See God help through his Holy Spirit to know how to get help with this problem. Then you can say back to the Devil I keeping my roots in the soil of life which is the word the Bible Jesus is watering me so I don’t go thirsty. So I can bloom into a beautiful Rose and by pass the Devil’s nasty thorns. For all to see Jesus shinning in me. Love today’s reading xx

  8. Dorina,

    Everyone will experience trauma at some point in their lives. We all have our desert wandering times as well. God uses those circumstances to bring us closer to Him. He slows us down long enough to realize we need His living water to nourish our souls. This year has been a long season of aloneness, fear & unrest. Our souls are yearning for loving arms to hug & hands to hold. Our souls & bodies need tending just like flowers. We need water & sunshine. Psalm 1 gives a great visual. Blessed is the man who delights in God’s law & meditates on it day & night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Take time to care for your souls-filling them up with the life giving water so they can flourish.

    Blessings 🙂