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Do you thirst for God?

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 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.”

15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

17 “I have no husband,” she replied.

Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”   –  John 4:7-26 (NIV)

 

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In the past week I have spoken to many people who do not believe that there is a God of any type. I am not accustomed to speaking with so many unbelievers and nonbelievers. My witness is my faith, my life, and my spiritual wholeness. My witness is about the miracles that have occurred beginning with the ones that brought me into the world, and then the ones that have sustained me thus far AND finally, the miracles that have happened for my children.

 

I believe one must truly accept to believe but people will not allow themselves to accept because they do not want to believe. To know God is to experience God. This is my belief but it is echoed in John 8 beginning with verse 42:

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. 43 Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. 44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” – John 8:42-47 (NIV)

 

This is powerful scripture. It may not make sense the first 10-100 times you read it and only will you understand it when you are ready. God’s wisdom does not come until one is ready—prepared in the heart, mind, and soul.

 

Back to my witness… Not everyone has a multitude of miracles to share. We each have our way of reaching others. Sometimes my witness is not about the miracles but only about the love God has for us. It varies depending on the situation and the person. I am not a pushy witness. I believe in planting seeds and allowing them to find fertile soil in which to grow and germinate. Take care and may you find your way to witness that is pleasing in God’s eyes.

 

 —  garden2day

 

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Is it simply coincidence that things happen in the way that they do? Do they happen truly by chance? I don’t believe so—maybe sometimes but not always. I believe there are times when God speaks to us through these things if nothing else but to let us know He is there and that we need to take notice. For me, it is further proof that I am on the right track.

 

I posted the previous post this past Saturday, “Great Is the Lord” with scripture taken from Psalms 96. My soul needed scripture to study, to dwell in, to quench my thirst. This scripture is what answered my need and I wanted to share it. When searching in the Bible next to the computer, I first started in a passage from Job–chapter 21. Job and I have become so close in “buddyship” that I am ready to leave him (sorry ole pal). I moved on. The next devotional was Psalms 96. Oh, what words! What a beautiful Psalm-such meaning and fervor.

 

Some other things have happened since Thanksgiving that have shown me God’s hand. I am trying to follow His lead as He lifts me up over the briar thickets. As I listened to the scripture being read at Sunday morning worship, what was the passage for the day? Psalms 96! Coincidence? Chance? I don’t believe that for one second! God had a message for me. My message is not the same as for others but we must do our best to discern what God is saying in order to follow HIM. This message was so great that my heart leaped for joy and if anyone knows anything about me, there has been very little joy around for all of the pain that has been caused in my family.

 

I don’t know what lies ahead in my life (or anyone else’s) but I know that without God so many things would have never happened. What does this really mean? To me, this means that God has enveloped me so great as my Protector. Thank you, God! You have given me everything I need. Just as I moved from the passage of Job into a new devotional of Psalms so shall my life imitate the Word. May God continue to be a bigger part of my life each and every day that I walk with Him. Please watch out for those little times in your life where God is speaking. Sometimes is it is through times of coincidence. People refer to these things by different names but I believe they are special. Please take care and love the Lord!

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My roots are buried so deep within the old hymnals and spirituals. My great aunt (who became like my grandmother after my GM died) would whistle them during the day when I was small and sing them in church on Sunday. My whistler is nothing to hers and I can’t sing that great but I enjoy singing. I just hope that God has a muffler for my voice 😀 . I find myself singing many songs written by Fanny Crosby. This is the one on my heart today…  I hope your day is so very blessed!

 

To God Be the Glory

Verse 1
To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.

Refrain
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done.

Verse 2
O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

(Refrain)

Verse 3
Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

(Refrain)

To God Be the Glory is a hymn with text by Fanny Crosby and tune by William Howard Doane. It is believed to date to around 1875.” — [Text and info from wikipedia.]

 

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When I was young, I understood more about the Bible than I do now though I know more scripture today. That may sound strange but there are things I understood but had not had a chance to use in my life and when I had the chance, it seems as though I had forgotten what I knew.

 

God tells us not to worry about tomorrow, that tomorrow will worry about itself.

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Mattew 6:31-34 (NIV)

This is not saying to do nothing. It is better to prepare for tomorrow rather than sitting around worrying about it. Tomorrow will come. Worry, under no circumstance will help us get there. It is what we seek and in the attitude we seek it that is important.

 

My father was such a spiritual man. Some refer to him as a saint because of the selfless love he exhibited. He knew much about the Bible and life, preached on occasion and taught the adult Sunday school class until he passed away. We were having a discussion one day about “tomorrow.” He was always concerned of having ‘enough’ when tomorrow came—it is a Great Depression thing. I said something about I didn’t see where we should be so worried about tomorrow—working to put so much away. I understood the thought but I had not experienced the feeling of risk at the time. Over the years, I have and I have spent too much time worrying. Spending so much time building stockpiles is not good because that takes away from today. Like most things, it has to do with the attitude of our heart.

 

I had to come full circle to completely understand though I understood when I was small but yet did not know fully. Our conversation remained with my dad for years. Sometimes we are reminded where we need to be. It is easy to say to not worry about tomorrow. Rather than worry about tomorrow, do something about it. Tomorrow will come. If we live today like we should, tomorrow will not matter because everything will be taken care of. Sounds simple but it is accurate. God will see to it.

 

May you be blessed this week and may you have a closer walk with God! 😀

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26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

— Matthew 26:26-28 (NIV)

 

Forgiveness—it is a topic I know so much about—from both sides. One can be forgiven without wanting forgiveness but to be complete, one must want and accept forgiveness. We are humbled when we learn to forgive others and when we want to be forgiven… Complete forgiveness comes about when we are truly sorry for what we have done and want to repair things that are broken because of our actions (or inactions). We can’t earn forgiveness just like we can’t earn grace. It’s what is in one’s heart—it is our attitude that counts. From God, forgiveness is a gift. Isn’t it wonderful? As humans, we are to emulate this extraordinary gift as we forgive others whether they want forgiveness or not. It is tough many times but it is worth it.

 

Give thanks and praise His Name 😀

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As humans, we need to be fed from the time we are little babies to the time of old age and all between. What we choose as our nourishment to give us strength must also sustain us.

 

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

— Psalm 42:1-5 (NIV)

 

I understand the term, “Thirsting for God.” There were times in my life that I did not thirst. I thought I was complete but I was so far from it. When we are missing something, many times we cannot see what it is that we do not have. Then, when we find it we wonder how we could have been living without it for so long.

 

Thirsting for God has several facets. One is where I want to be filled, crave to have that satisfied feeling, and cannot get enough no matter how much I take in—I still want more. The other is to give—not just a little here or there but everything. Giving of oneself freely and without reservation… It involves trusting in God and a bountiful supply of love. Where does one get this supply? God, His Word, and being filled with the Holy Spirit. 

 

Do you Thirst for God? It isn’t a feeling of starvation where anything will do to stave off those hunger pangs. It is a feeling that you cannot get enough of that very favorite food that you love and crave…….but multiply that 100s of times over.

 

May your day be abundantly blessed! 😀

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