Monday, September 30, 2013

THIRSTY?

Does a filling pump ever go dry?  Yes, it certainly can go dry.  The only sure way to tell if the well has run dry is to measure the water level in the well.  If your water level, the inward you (spiritual) was measured, what level might be the reading?  

The good news is it is possible for you to know & experience this never-ending well of water.  Picture dropping your bucket down, low into the waters of the real you, where you can draw from the waters of life, wisdom & joy. Here is a water supply you can always tap into that will never go dry. 

The story of the Samaritan woman at the well is one of my most favorite stories!  I can relate to feeling like one of the 'least likelys' & as though my life didn't have a real meaning.  I'm sure this Samaritan lady felt pretty 'unlikely' to be chosen, in a world of 'likelys'.  There was a reason behind her having had 5 husbands and living with #6 who was not even her hubby!

Jesus spoke to this woman and said, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life."  John 4:13-14 NIV

It is a God-given desire to thirst for something more.  This craving, this thirst, is met when we meet the never-ending source - Him! 

Do you know this well of water and know true life?  Have you been distracted by things that seem to fill you but leave you empty?  Do you 'know Him' the bread of life & the living water?  

It starts from a relationship Jesus wants to have with you.  Jesus showed us the way back to relationship with the Father.  It is through accepting what He did on the cross for you.  If you would repent (turn) from your ways & ask Him to forgive you & come into your life & show you what He has for you, then you can know this well of living water today!  It is in believing in HIm, that you will never thirst.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  John 6:35 NIV 

What is the reading of your well? :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A different kind of SEE

Recently, someone brought up the story of the good samaritan. You know, the person who took the time to help the one in need, as opposed to those who only looked on and walked by.
  

A certain man was going from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him of his clothes and belongings and beat him and went their way, [unconcernedly] leaving him half dead, as it happened.  Now by coincidence a certain priest was going down along that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.  A Levite likewise came down to the place and saw him, and passed by on the other side [of the road].  But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity and sympathy [for him] Luke 10:30-33 AMP

It's interesting that all three men SAW the half-dead man on the road they travelled on.  However, both the priest and the Levite were able to find an excuse for passing over on the other side. Here are two men we would think would be examples of charity, showing compassion on this man.  Instead they chose to shut up their compassion.  They both moved away from really seeing. 

The Samaritan did not exhibit an idle compassion.  He didn't pass by saying, "Lord bless him" as he continued on his way. 

Jesus said it is your neighbor that we are to have compassion on. Who is your neighbor?  ALL people.  Jesus was saying we are to love each other as we love ourselves!  How do you love yourself?  Are you looking out for your-self?  To love another as yourself is to do just what you want for yourself, to please yourself.  

Would you consider taking the love of self, and turning it for the love of your fellow man who needs the compassion of Christ that you are able to give.  Give your all that someone else may live. 

Will you choose to SEE the real need of the one you encounter along your path today?  



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

a NO?





I'm not trying to step on toes here, but want to be transparent in letting you know I believe sometimes....God says NO!

Many times I have heard others say that they do not know what God wants them to do.  I may be too simplistic, but this is how I see it. Sometimes, I may not know when God says yes to me, but I definitely know what a NO sounds like. 

I have had this scrippy marked for years - where I understand the NO of God :

And Paul and Silas passed through the territory of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Word in Asia.  Acts 16:6 AMP 

The Holy Spirit was saying NO don't go there.  But shortly after, Paul has a dream and is told where & what to do!  

Staying in the Word of God is of utmost importance to clearly understand who God is, to be in a love relationship, and ultimately let His life flow through you for the sake of others.  

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Romans 12:2 NKJV

Back to the NO!  I used to get so caught up with things like, "Is God saying take this job, move here, go there...."  This can be maddening, right?

Let me make a correlation.  I know my Mom and Dad and how they think about things, their reasoning that seemed to be behind discipline and mostly, I understand their great love me (more clearly as an adult!).  That does not mean that whatever I may have asked for growing up, I received a yes from them.  I certainly can remember the NO's I got over the years!  

Have you experienced this from your parents?  Then why, when we bring it over into the realm of our heavenly Father, it seems a strange thing that He would say NO?  Behind the NO is the blessing to us, because a parent (God) is looking to set us up for the best case scenario for our lives.  To be in a place where we are truly blessed, and in turn, give to others.  

Let me bring to your remembrance that God said "no" to Jesus when he wanted to avoid the cross. Why? To serve us - to save us!

He got down with His face on the ground and prayed. He said,“Father, if it can be done, take away what must happen to Me. Even so, not what I want, but what You want.”  Luke 21:41-42 NLV

Are you at a place in your life where you can say, "Not my will but Your will."  Trust God enough to submit to His will when His answer is NO to your wants and desires.  

Would love to know your thoughts on the matter?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

In search of confidence!


Allow me a moment to brag on Emily, who makes my every visit to her salon a relaxing yet fun and don't-want-it-to-end experience.

During my appointment last week, I asked Emily if she was ever nervous about cutting someone's hair.  She gave me an emphatic no and said she is completely confident in cutting hair.   She told me her confidence comes right behind her salon chair.   

I wanted to know more, so I asked!  She told me that after a bad relationship and trying to rebuild her life, she read an article that challenged her to think of where she felt most confident.  She called it, "a place where nobody could break my smile!"  

Emily is exact in knowing her confidence is found right behind the chair, as well as her time spent with her little girl, Ellee.  She further told me that standing behind her chair, she could talk to anyone as plain as day, tell them anything on her mind & hear what was on their mind too - not thinking twice about the conversation.  No shuddering and no second guessing she said!

God has given each of you a gift.  Use it to help each other. This will show God’s loving-favor. 1 Peter 4:10 NLV

It thrills me to meet someone who knows that place…the place of confidence.  I understand it's their gift from God! I then began to laugh as I pictured Emily carrying around her chair outside of the salon and people asking her, 'Why are you carrying around a chair?"  She would simply say, "Sit down and let's talk!" ha ha

Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.  
1 Peter 4:11 NLV

Do you recognize a confidence inside of you?  A confidence to be just who God made you to be.  The living gift you can give to others....it comes easy, you love to give your attention to it and where you feel most fulfilled.  It's something you give to others, and in turn, fills you.

Ultimately, true confidence is found in a relationship with the One who knows you best - Jesus!  He died on the cross to pay the penalty of the sin of mankind.  If you want to know Him today, choose to turn from your self-will of doing your life your way, and ask Him to take control and direct your life.

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.  
Psalm 118:8 NKJV






Saturday, September 7, 2013

Chasing the carrot


What does carrot dangling mean?  "It's a false bait to take advantage of you.  A carrot dangler is someone who promises something to help you out, to give you something, to introduce you to someone…and never comes through.  When you try to collect on the promise, there is always some reason why they can't give it to you right then."
- unknown

Have you ever chased a carrot, only to be let down?  

Sure, there are many outward things we can pursue and obtain in this life.  I wanted to include love & joy in the obtaining, but realized that love & joy can only be known fully through a missing link.  This link makes it pure and complete. 

No carrot dangling here!  No state of uncertainty with this promise, but a sure thing.  Here is a promise of love & joy perfected.

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love…these things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.  John 15:10-11

This is not a fleeting love or joy but one that is a continual discovery.  A love & joy that can be known through the one who IS love & joy in totality.  

The link to this promise is found through Jesus who paid the ultimate price of death on the cross, to pay the penalty for the sin of humanity.  

If you do not know Him yet, repent (choose to turn from your sin) and ask Him to come into your heart and be your everything.  To lose your life is to gain it!  The promise of His joy & peace is for those who believe in Him. 

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God... John 17:3 


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Don't be like them!

Wisdom?  



Mom has given me a few one-liners of wisdom that have stuck with me & helped in many circumstances of life. Hope it will be helpful to you too :)

Some years ago while I was in bible school, I was sharing an apartment with a friend.  I wanted to show her my gratitude by words and my actions, always looking for the opportunity to help her in whatever she needed. 

This particular day, I was stuck at the mall and called my friend for a simple ride from the mall to our home.  Her behavior proved to be quite odd as she rudely rejected me for thinking I would ask such a thing of her.  Stunned by her attitude, I chose not to retaliate.

I eventually made it home and immediately called my Mom because I wanted to express my hurt from what seemed like harsh words spoken to the innocent (me!).  It was as though my mother did not even hear my complaint and said to me, "Don't YOU be like them."  Imagine! "Don't YOU be like them" is what I got.  She didn't try to make me feel better, but instead was telling me that I was going to have to choose the...well you know, the 'high road' (the hard road).  YES! The hard road, which is difficult but leads to LIFE.

Just recently, while reading a scrippy, I found the very words she spoke to me and did a little inside dance over it, knowing it to be true!

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.  Matt. 6:8 NIV

If He is telling us to not be like 'them', then 'who' is He telling us to be like?  Imitators of HIM!

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do.  Ephesians 5:1 NLT

For those who have decided to follow Jesus, we are to be imitators of Him and not those who choose to follow their own ways of decisions.  They only have the dim light of their nature to guide them.  It would be shameful for us to do as they do when we have a divine revelation for direction from above.