Soul Source: Are you Relying on Your Own Efforts?

Soul, do you feel far way from God?


  • Do you know the comfort of God’s presence when days are hard or do feel He has left you on your own?
  • Do you know the healing of His touch or do you feel brittle with a thousand cracks from wounds that never seem to heal?

What we think about God

has everything to do with how we relate to Him.

For the child of God, He is always constant within. We often forget this, relying on feelings rather than faith.  Full and complete, God has no need or lack. He doesn’t enter into relationship with us with any ulterior motive or manipulation.

He is for us with a fierce love. He holds nothing back, not even His Son. Inviting us into His strong embrace with the breath of life, He gives energy to all that we do–simply that we might know Him as our true source of life.  For in Him we live and move and have our being–Acts 17:28.

John 10-10

When Christ is not our source, we struggle to make it on our own.

Sometimes it is tempting to rely on others to meet our needs, rather than trust Christ as our source for every need.

Soul source

Learning to truly live and move in Christ, we can know His fulness on a moment-by-moment basis. In the midst of it all He is with us. This is amazing grace in it’s most practical form.

When there is silence to our requests, He is our strength.

When confidence flounders, He  is our stability.

When our soul aches and feelings run rampant, He  is comfort.

We are beautiful containers, lovingly designed to receive. He is the provision for every need.

Empty Cup Poem

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a personal example in part 2 of this post. You can find the rest of the Soul Strength series here.

Today I’m sharing with Faith Filled Friday, Fellowship Friday, The Weekend Brew and Blessing Counters today.





  1. Love the image of a cup verses a bucket. It’s true, we ask so little and He waits to give out abundantly.

    • I saw this poem years ago and it has stuck with me. Thanks for visiting today!

    • Sometimes I get it so backwards: I expect too much of the things that are trivial and too little of the things that are important when it comes to receiving from God. Thanks for visiting today!

  2. I love this, ” … Lord if I had only known better, I would have coming running with a bucket.” This is a perfect picture of how little we expect from Him and how very much He longs to pour blessings into our living.
    Encouraging words!

  3. stopping by from faith fulled Friday and Blessing counters… Jesus is the only true strength I have, my own strength runs out and has way too many limitations! 🙂
    Great post and I love your encouraging and compassionate heart! Showeres of blessings over you! I’ll find you on Tweeter and send out some soica media love for you! have a great day, filled with God’s love!

  4. oops… sorry I meant Twitter 🙂

    Do you have a twitter account?

  5. This is a stunningly gorgeous reminder that He is my all in all. This line is for my journal: “We are beautiful containers, lovingly designed to receive. ” And I’m learning that it takes much humility to receive. Thanks for this great post!

    • I am so enjoying visiting back and forth from your beautiful blog. Thanks for your thoughts today, from one container to another! Blessings, friend.

  6. Ginger. I’m so glad I visited with you today. Early this morning I posted my latest: Is This What It Means To Know God? I wrote it and then I was just going to file it away, but something in my heart said “post it…post it today” and so I did. Then I visit you now and am given the reason why: A yielded heart is never far from God not EVER.

    • I love the way you put that Chris. Did you make it to Allume this year? I didn’t as it was in the midst of the kick off for Planting Roots, an new military ministry I’m working with. I can’t wait to read your post, for I know God has words for me there today.

  7. Beautiful, Ginger! I love the words “Soul Source” because it’s hard to take God out of that when we look at it that way. Your words that describe grace in its practical form are spot on. Blessed by your words and your presence at The Weekend Brew. Blessings!

    • The Weekend Brew was my first introduction to the link ups. How I have loved the community there–such encouragement when I wanted to throw in the towel because I felt so alone in my bloggy world. Thanks for helping with the brew!

      • Oh Ginger, I LOVE you and I am so thankful that God allowed The Weekend Brew to keep you going when things got hard. I just love being in community with you!

        • You have a special gift of encouragement and community building that I know has come with a lot of time and heart invested. You are a blessing to so many in a very precious way, my friend.

  8. Your words here are so beautiful and move my heart. I’ve been feeling a little on the empty side of late, and aching for His fullness. So thankful that He comes and fills my cup time and time again.

    • I know that place my friend, and I am praying God will fill your cup to overflowing as you rest in him in the midst of all the transitions. Right there with you!

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