Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Come Drink Freely

The woman had came to the well, little did she know who she would meet that day. Her need or want at that moment was to simply fill her water pot and be about her business.  Anyway, why would this Jewish man ask her for a drink?  Then even stranger, say if she had known who he was she would have asked him for a drink. If she had asked (would ask) he would have given her living water...  (John 4:7-10)

As a counselor, I offer hear people say "if only God would speak to me".  So often I have prayed that people would hear the Holy Spirit speaking into their lives. He speaks through His Word, through others, through our circumstances, through our heart's yearning and so many other ways. 

I am reminded today that the Holy Spirit does come to us, wooing and courting us.  In a sense, God makes us yearn for a better way, a better life. 

Let me leave us with two things I believe that God has given me.

"If we are Christ followers, then He is in every part (every place, every step) of our lives. We must simply learn to acknowledge His presence."

And as I said earlier - the Holy Spirit does come to us, wooing and courting us but... He will not force Himself upon us.  Jesus waited to be asked by the woman at the well. Only if we ask Him can we be given the living water. 

An Old saying that we might apply here: 

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

We must choose to both ask and drink what He so freely offers us.

Going to get myself a drink of that Living Water,

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Quiet You

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
       Zephaniah 3:17

Ever had those days when your emotions just seem to run wild?  You know what I mean, for no apparent reason you wake feeling sad or empty.  The more you try to figure out "what in the world is going on", the sadder or emptier you feel.

Feeling this way isn't necessarily wrong but there is a better way!  Trust in The Lord, take Him at His word.  His word says that He will quiet you with His love.  Don't know about you but that sounds like an extremely good promise to grab onto...

Picture with me for a moment or two, the love between a mom and her baby. The house would be quiet, so early in the morning, except for the uncontrollable crying of her baby. She has tried everything; changing the diaper, a warm bottle of milk, a favorite rattle but all to no avail.  The rocking chair in the corner looks inviting as she picks up the crying child and begins to gently rock to and fro.  Soon the baby is snuggling silently against her chest and all seems well once again!  Her love has quieted the cries.

I leave you now with that mental picture as I see the rocker and my Heavenly Father calling me to snuggle against Him as He quiets me with His love.