This book has come out of life experiences-lived in the Refiner's Fire-during times of pain and sorrow, gain and loss, joy and heartache, disobedience and discipline, celebration and victory, challenging relationships and ministry, transitions and new beginnings. In it all, God, through His Spirit, spoke precious words of comfort, peace, joy, direction, conviction, correction, and hope. May these words be an encouragement to you.This book isn't to be read cover to cover in one sitting. Let God direct you to what He wants you to read at a certain time. He longs to speak specifically, directly and personally to you."The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the Lord, will answer them Myself..." God goes on to say that He will answer your deepest needs by opening rivers on the bare heights, and opening springs in the midst of the valleys. He will make your wilderness a pool of water and your dry ground fountains of water (Isa. 41:17-20). His invitation is to "Come to the River "My prayer for you is that you would experience an increasingly more intimate relationship with the God of the Bible; that no matter how old you are, what season of life you are in, or what you have or haven't done, you will know that your Heavenly Father's arms are open wide for you, His child, whom He knows by name and deeply loves.Joy D. McCullough (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is an early-retired teacher who taught for 32 years. God has repositioned her into a writing and speaking ministry. Her first book Kingdom Living in Your Classroom was published by the Association of Christian Schools International. Her heart's desire is to encourage the Body of Christ.