Introduction

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    You’ve encountered Him. You know where, how and when. You know the Truth. Truth is living inside you, and you know with all your heart that indeed, He has become real to you. Perhaps this acquaintance with the Almighty is newly made. Perhaps you’ve known about Him all your life. Either way, you find in your innermost being a deep dissatisfaction. It is brought about by a reality acknowledged by all who have had a real, life-changing encounter with Him: Once you know Him, you’ll want to know Him more.

    You find that to know Him, you are willing to lay everything at His feet. To know Him has become your ultimate passion, your divine obsession. If only to go deeper in your relationship with Him, you are willing to subject yourself to His Lordship. The thought of Him coming to you and saying, “Follow Me” makes your heart leap with delight – even though you are fully aware that to follow Him is to follow a road of sacrifice. The idea of following after Him, of dying to self and of embracing the cross makes you tremble from within, but this doesn’t stop your pursuit of Him. You love Him. You are desperate for Him, so in spite of the apprehension you feel inside, you say “Yes”. To His bidding, you find that your answer will always be “Yes”. He is the Priceless Pearl you are willing to give up everything for.

    If all of these are true of you, if the words written on these pages awaken that ache deep within, that ache to know Him as you are known, then the woman in the wilderness is, in essence, you.

    I pray that His grace, mercy and love abound in you as you embark in life’s glorious pursuit of He Who is worth giving your life to, because it is He Who died that you may live.

    He is alluring you. You sense it, you are familiar with His still, soft whispers, coaxing you to Come, come as you are… And you take a step toward where you know He is, only to find a wilderness standing in your way.

    Thus, the journey begins.

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    The Woman in the Wilderness is a 40-day allegorical devotional fiction. I started writing it several years back, at a point where I was so hungry for Him.

    I find myself in that place again, yearning, pining, hungry for more of Him.

    A woman in the wilderness.

    The next forty days is a pursuit of the Divine. Of oases and burning bushes and the Tree of Life that makes the bitter waters of Marah sweet.

    Day 1 >>>
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    Joanna Alonzo

    Author/Founder at Almond Tree Publications
    Joanna Alonzo is a walking paradox. She is a beautiful, albeit messy, mixture of thought and emotion, expressed in the form of hopefully readable – and relatable – stories. She is a kingdom kid, who looks forward to being a writer and storyteller even when she reaches heaven. She is passionate about the unreached, about those who have yet to know the Love she found in the arms of the Almighty. She is intrigued by the world and its people, who day by day, continue to convince her that God is the greatest Storyteller of all.
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Julie Bagsiyao
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So beautiful , I just read the introduction and the Day 1 devotion. And I will read the rest as much as I can. Thanks so much for your time writing such like this, by reading it, I felt I’m inlove to our divine Father…

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