Daily Dose of Scripture: Which Water Are You Drinking?

John 4-10

I’ve always loved the story of the Samaritan woman. A story of forgiveness, redemption and a revelation of truth. Although I’ve never had five husbands, I do understand drinking from the well of the world.  The well with its enticing water that quenches your thirst for a moment, an hour, perhaps a day, but leaves you dehydrated and always needing more. The water that is so satisfying for a short time, but never really makes you full, but only empty.

Like the Samaritan woman when I first had a taste of the real living water it was beyond anything I had ever tasted. Finally, I wasn’t thirsty! No, longer was I searching for the elusive well that would fix my permanent thirst. I wasn’t dipping my cup into waters that offered empty promises, my cup was constantly full.

I think about when my lips first tasted this living water, a day that would be etched in my mind. Also, like the Samaritan woman, my shame was washed away. The chains of my past fell off. My identity was no longer defined by my mistakes, but it rested in Christ. The water had given me a new life, one that was a spring bubbling with faith, hope, joy, and contentment. It’s that spring that bubbles to the surface and inspires you to share your testimony so others are encouraged to drink the living water, to be refreshed, redeemed, and to live in the fullness of the Lord’s love. I often think of the Samaritan woman’s story when the world’s wells are calling me back to drink from its water. I remember the thirst and then I pull out the cup the Lord has filled and there is no comparison.

Daily Dose of Scripture: Prayer… A Powerful Weapon

 

Matthew 26-41

 

Temptation is always beckoning to our flesh. Temptation says, “Come try this, cross that line, it’s not that bad.” It’s always whispering in our ear, hoping to weaken our spiritual consciousness, with its ultimate plan which is destruction. It aims to deafen us to the Lord’s word, by contradicting it with fallacies. It fools us into thinking that after a few victories it will disappear quietly into the night, but temptation is always lurking and ready to attack. But, we have a powerful weapon at our disposal if we choose to use it…prayer. Stay on watch, guard your heart and mind and above all pray because the Lord is on your side and his plan for you is

Stay on watch, guard your heart and mind and above all pray because the Lord is on your side and his plan for you is victory! The flesh is mighty but the spirit is mightier!

Stand Firm In Your Faith So You Can Withstand The World

Isaiah 7-9

 

Every day our faith is tested and every day we have to dig in deeper, stand stronger, and turn toward Jesus. The world is always pushing us around trying its best to make us stumble. But, when we are rooted in the word of God and when it is planted in our heart and minds we can stand and withstand the lies of the enemy. When we fall in our faith we’ll fall in the world. Stand strong my sweet sisters!

Daily Dose of Scripture: Psalm 23:1-3 Be Refreshed by Your Shepherd

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There are days when the world’s noise never seems to cease. But, in the midst of all that noise is our Shepherd who quiets our minds and hearts. He leads us in abundant, vibrant pastures near still water offering our weary souls rest. He allows us to drink from the overflowing cup of living water, refreshing our soul and giving us blessed assurance as we walk in this ever-changing world. How blessed are we that we lack absolutely nothing.

What The Cross Meant To Me This Easter…The Ultimate Sacrifice for the Ultimate Freedom

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I messed up. Like really messed up. It’s the type of mess up that makes me ashamed of myself and makes me question who I am as a Christian and if there isn’t some secret fleshy part of me that still is able to dip my toe into the darkness. It’s the kind of screw up that made me feel completely unworthy to partake in communion. It’s in these messy fleshy moments that I’m reminded how desperately I need my Savior because if left to my own devises I surely would fail. Today, Resurrection Day holds even more significance to me as I grapple with my shortcomings. I am so humbled and grateful that Jesus bore my sins on that cross in Golgotha. He loved me and took me as I am…a sinner and wrapped me in his grace, forgiveness, love and led me out of darkness onto a path of light.

Today, as I sat in tears in church he tenderly reminded me that this is why he died for me. He died for my messiness, my mistakes, my sin, my disobedience and he covered me with his blood and his grace. There is no sin big enough that can take his love away for me. I love how God gently teaches us even when we deserve his wrath. My lesson came when the Lord rolled back the curtain. He gave me a glimpse into my past, the pain, the shame and the emptiness of living in a world that I outgrew through the love of Christ and asked, “Do you really want to go back?” The answer in my spirit was a resounding no. Just like a forgiving Father he restored me. He stripped away the guilt and shame and allowed me to rest in him fully and securely. The ultimate sacrifice on cross gave me the ultimate freedom. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus!