Drinking from the right well

Water Fountain

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The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”Psalm 23:1-3

Coming home late from the meeting, Tricia dropped her purse, coat and notebook on the nearest piece of furniture and sank down into the chair. When she woke up, it was a couple of hours since her return home. Time for bed, she amused herself. Before turning off the light when she climbed into bed, Tricia reached for her Bible. She began to read about living water offered to a Samaritan woman. He said she would never be thirsty again. She wondered what she was thirsty for. Turning off the light, Tricia drifted off to sleep with that question on her heart.

It’s a question that each of us should ponder….what are we thirsty for? Being thirsty draws us to action to quench the thirst. It brings us to the well. Are we at the right well? The wells that the world offers may temporarily satisfy our thirst, but in the long run, we become parched again.

With Jesus, we lack nothing. His water is living and continually surging through us giving refreshment. We need to drink out of his well though. It requires a response from us.

Prayer: Lord, for those days when I am drinking out of the wrong wells and getting thirstier, I pray that I reach for your well of refreshment and drink of your living water for the fountain to flow in my soul. Amen

Faith Tip: Feeling tired today? What are you thirsting for? If it’s not Jesus, you may be thirsty again.

Staying Fresh

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“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
       whose confidence is in him.

He will be like a tree planted by the water
       that sends out its roots by the stream.
       It does not fear when heat comes;
       its leaves are always green.
       It has no worries in a year of drought
       and never fails to bear fruit.”
(Jeremiah 17:7-8)

As a writer, I often hear about writer’s block. I have not experienced this yet, but know it is possible. If I ran out of things to write or was unsure of how to continue a story, I would be frustrated. I like to write words that are fresh and encouraging.

I think that’s the same plan for God’s word. It is always fresh and encouraging. We are able to read and apply it in any season of our lives. It seems that God always has something to say to us, so as long as I stay plugged into his word, his living water will flow through me and always give me something to write for him. I truly need to trust God for all the things I do. He will keep me firmly planted, fearless, alive, and bearing fruit. It’s all from his hand.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the promise of keeping me alive in you through your Holy Spirit. I pray that I acknowledge you in all I do and keep you close. Amen

Faith Tip: Thank God for the Bible and read some scriptures back to him in prayer.

Learning to Soar!

Bald Eagle

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but those who hope in the LORD
       will renew their strength.
       They will soar on wings like eagles;
       they will run and not grow weary,
       they will walk and not be faint.
(Isaiah 40:31)

“I want to stay here! I don’t want to go home,” the woman cried as the retreat was ending. She experienced God during the retreat in a new way that affected her in such a way that she felt so loved and encouraged. This was her mountaintop experience with God. Returning home meant facing issues that may still be there.

Mountaintop experiences are great and definitely a great part of our spiritual journey, but while God refreshes us with his presence at times, we still need to live in the real world. The great thing is that when we are refreshed and empowered, we can face those issues with the confidence of God’s continued presence and know that he is helping us through the journey. We can soar!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for those times of refreshment when we can “mount up with wings like eagles” and soar in your power. I pray that I always look to you for refreshment. Amen

Faith tip: Spend some quality time with God today and experience refreshment in him.