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Heard the News

The Watered Soul: Heard the News

Sep 22, 2010

Heard the News


With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35:3-4

When is the last time you heard something positive on your local news channel? I really make it a point not to watch much of the news. It seems there are so many reports of stealing and killing and I can do without the visuals haunting me in my sleep.

As I read through my daily reading the other day, Isaiah 35:3-4 stood out to me. Here the people were instructed to take the news they had heard and use it to strengthen and encourage others.  He identifies three types of individuals who needed the news:

  • Had tired hands – are there some assignments that you’ve gotten weary carrying out?
  • Had weak knees – are there some prayer requests that you’re not sure you have the strength to bring before the Father again? Or perhaps you been in a “holding” position and it feels as if you can’t stand too much longer.
  • Had fearful hearts – has the length of time between what you thought you heard and the manifestation caused you to begin to fear or doubt?

I’m raising my hand and saying Yes, YEs, YES! But I read the NEWS and it gives a report of CHANGE, HOPE, and SALVATION.  Today, I take comfort and strength in this good news and I pray that you will too.




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At September 22, 2010 at 3:36 AM , Blogger Amanda said...

This is such an encouraging WFW, Wanda. I like how you expanded on those scriptures...

I am like you, I don't watch much news at all. Actually, none. I look at news headlines on the computer and that I can select what I am comfortable hearing about.

Happy WFW lovely sis...

At September 22, 2010 at 5:54 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

I make a point in watching our regional news then followed by the national and internation news once a day, I don't buy many newspapers.

I enjoyed your post as usual, you write alot of sense,


At September 22, 2010 at 6:53 AM , Blogger MTJ said...

Hi Wanda,

This is news we all need to hear.

Blessings and peace.


At September 22, 2010 at 6:56 AM , Blogger Joan said...

Wanda - this is such an encouraging post. I also raise my hand to all three questions, but praise God for His salvation, grace, and mercy. In Christ alone is where we find hope.


At September 22, 2010 at 7:13 AM , Blogger Cherie Hill said...

What a great post Wanda! The Lord lead me to the book of Isaiah over the past week and has been speaking volumes to me! I think the whole book could be summed up in two words:

Justice and Deliverance!

Love,hugs,and prayers,

At September 22, 2010 at 7:30 AM , Blogger lori said...

Hand raised here as well! What an awesome post this morning...what an encouraging post! I will be passing this on to some friends who are in need of this reminder!

Wanda, thank you for always encouraging and edifying each week! You're amazing!


At September 22, 2010 at 8:28 AM , Anonymous ozjane said...

That verse has been on my heart today after I got out the wrong side of the bed.....Madam Moggie was occupying the right side at my feet, so it usually easier to roll out the other side, but I tripped on a small cushion and crashed down on my two replaced knees. Being on them is a bit like being on a bed of nails and I had to walk on them a little to get to the bed and pull myself up. But I did not hit either of two sets of drawers ...nor did I hit my head on a doorway or anything...sore elbow and a shaken up body...but yet an awareness that even in the fall I was kept in His power and love.

At September 22, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Blogger Julie Arduini said...

So much wisdom here, thank you!

At September 22, 2010 at 10:44 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

Beautiful, and SO encouraging, Wanda. Thanks. hon.

At September 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Michele Williams said...

My hand is raised as well. Thank you for this encouragement. Blessings

At September 22, 2010 at 12:15 PM , Blogger Peggy said...


I need His strength & encouragement
though my hands are not tired right now nor are my knees weak! My heart is not fearful... now on to finish what you shared about these verses from the great prophet Isaiah!

I need any good report and this changes it, now that I have your perspective of tired hands, weak knees, and fearful hearts! I kinda thought that maybe I had weak knees... I will take comfort today
in a good report from GOD for CHANGE, HOPE and SALVATION - the best news we have to share with a world that is hurting and breaking!
So many that don't even realize that they NEED HIM!

Peace & thanks for your encouragement,

At September 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM , Blogger Nicole said...

Beautiful WFW Wanda!

Very encouraging post today. Thanks for sharing it.

At September 22, 2010 at 1:17 PM , Blogger Mike said...

Praise Him that He is always on the case of good news!!

At September 22, 2010 at 1:46 PM , Blogger Faith Imagined said...

I can't even begin to explain how much I relate to this post! I feel change is coming soon and I can't wait! Thank you so much for this encouragement to press on!!!

At September 22, 2010 at 2:41 PM , Blogger GlowinGirl said...

Girl, this is GOOD NEWS, indeed! I, too, am a news-avoider simply because I believe the media tends to prey on our fears and sensationalize things until I'd be too scared to leave my house. God is good, strong and mighty, and I need not fear because His news is the best of all!

LOVE this WFW!

At September 22, 2010 at 5:07 PM , Blogger Mary said...

I love that verse!! We are to strengthen one another, because EVERYONE needs encouragement! Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings on your day.

At September 22, 2010 at 5:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What good news in those verses! Thanks for sharing.

At September 22, 2010 at 6:30 PM , Anonymous Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

Hi Wanda, Those encouraging Bible verses are definitely good news for all of us, including The Sandwich Generation boomers helping the beloved seniors in their family! Thank you for such perfect timing for them! :)

At September 22, 2010 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Amydeanne said...

very encouraging Wanda!

At September 23, 2010 at 12:16 AM , Blogger Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Great teaching on bringing the good news to our Christian family to strengthen them. Yes, it is much better than television news (except for the weather).


At September 23, 2010 at 5:06 AM , Blogger Denise said...

Bless you for the encouragement.

At September 23, 2010 at 7:31 AM , Blogger Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

So true! Wanda, you have been such an encouragement today to me. Thank you!


At September 24, 2010 at 9:39 PM , Blogger Ellie said...

Thanks Wanda,
It is nice to see you give us a fresh view! I,too, sometimes don't watch the news, it is depressing and
upsetting! You did give us a Word full, a nice way to view the NEWS~xXx

At September 25, 2010 at 11:27 AM , Blogger Toia said...

This what I needed to read. This is what I call good news. Thanks for sharing!!

At September 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM , Blogger Petula said...

Great post! Yes, watching and reading the regular news is not usually good. But the news you shared from his word is good.

At September 25, 2010 at 3:22 PM , Blogger sarah said...

this is a great encouraging post. thank you for it.

At September 25, 2010 at 8:49 PM , Blogger elaine @ peace for the journey said...

So glad that God's news & truth doesn't read like the world's does. Yes, let us strengthen one another with truth and keep to it all the more as we see the day approaching!

Thanks for your prayers and encouragement.

blessed Sabbath rest to you.



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