Ducks in a Puddle by Julie Arduini

We were driving recently when I noticed on one side of the road was a small, murky puddle. On the other side of the road was a large pond, beautiful and inviting.

There waded a couple ducks, on the side of the road with the puddle.ducks-1606390_960_720

I instantly wondered why would ducks settle for a little puddle that isn’t even clear or close to it when a beautiful body of water was within reach? Almost as quickly a quote from Beth Moore came to mind. I think as I studied Believing God online years ago she said, “Many choose to stay in the puddle when the ocean is but feet away.”

It’s true though, isn’t it?

I love to encourage and mentor women and that’s a fact I had to deal with early on. There will be time I spend with women who will abandon the truth God has given them and return to toxic situations. I have cried, pouted, and pleaded with Him when I see it because I don’t understand.

But it’s like ducks who want the dirty puddle.

Years ago I remember telling someone I was reading a book on prayer. It was meaty and hard to get through, but I knew reading it would equip me for whatever God had next for me. It felt like being in the ocean, a bit further out than I wanted to be. But I’m glad I read it.

The person said they’d never read a book like that. Why? They knew once it was finished, God would make them responsible for using the information within the pages. To them, it was easier to stay uneducated on the matter and left alone.

I still grieve over that.

I definitely have struggles and issues I drag my feet over. But thanks to prayer, hard Bible studies, His Word, sermons, reading and life experiences, my time in the puddle gets shorter and shorter with each situation. I’ve found as hard as leaving a comfortable puddle can be, the ocean isn’t overwhelming because I’m not alone. There is a peace and freedom residing in that vast place called the surrendered life. Or in my case, the constant surrendering life. There is favor and acceleration. It’s all from God.

That visual jumped at me. I still get frustrated when I see it spiritually as much as I do naturally. And I truly pray for those choosing the puddle to ask Him to give them strength to leave, and find the ocean.

If that’s you, know I’m praying for you!

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Engaged

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Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back unemployed. With no prospects, she works at her mom’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better.

As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been her goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?

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About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. The last book in the series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future, is coming soon. Her devotional, FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER, features the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and starting April 2017, will be part of the Inspy Romance blog. She resides in Ohio with her husband, two children, and secret chocolate stash. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.
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