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Fountain of Life

I dedicate one noon of the week to fast and pray for myself and other people. One day while I kept my promise to fast and pray with a healthy fear to God, I was led by the Holy Spirit while reading the Bible and sensed several polluted, ignorant sins in my heart. I confessed to God and amazingly felt more craving for His pure spiritual milk (1 Peter 2:2) instead of food, even though my stomach growled.

A while later, I found myself being inspired by C.H. Spurgeon’s poem in a fortuitous reading. As a result, my gratitude to God’s cleaning water gushed out to the following praise:

My soul as a fountain, connected with heavenly head water.

No draining, but a spring of the Lord, sustained by Grace, purified by trials, abided by Love, guarded by divine power.

My soul thus favored is flowing with His sweet and living water to the spiritually thirsty peoples and unto the eternal glory of God’s kingdom.

The Bible says: “The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life. That one may avoid the snares of death”. (Proverbs 14:27).

Let us give the Lord our reverence with love. Then, the fountain of life will overflow from within, to nourish us and others.

How do you nourish your spiritual self? What spiritual practices deepen your walk with Christ?

About Manling Chen

Manling was born and grew up in Taiwan. She came with her husband and 2-year-old son to New York, NY, at age 30 to fulfill her dream of studying in the graduate school. She received a black belt in Taekwendo at age 40 and has been applying the Bible truth and discipline learned in the martial art to fight in her faith as a spiritual warrior. She works with God to write and is currently a freelance reporter for a national Chinese newspaper and writer based in Minnesota. Much of her writing is in the areas of spiritual learning, Bible study, parenting, education, Sunday school, opinions, interviews, and people's stories, etc.

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