Monday, July 13, 2009

Living Water

You must agree as we continue through these hot summer days, water is not only refreshing but it is life-giving. Dehydration is a real threat to those who work outside or spend a lot of time in the heat. Spiritually speaking, when we face the heat of difficult circumstances or perhaps annoying people, we need the refreshment of God’s living water to replenish our thirsty souls.

In John 4 we read the story of Jesus encountering the woman at the well. She was drawing water in the heat of the day most likely because she had should we say a sordid past and was not accepted by the rest of the women of her city. Jesus crossed cultural and societal barriers to reach out and accept this woman and bring her the Good News that God loves her.

He offered her “living water.” Later in John 7 we see Jesus talks about living water referring to God’s Spirit which is given to everyone who believes in Him. God’s spirit quenches the thirst we have our in souls for God. He comforts us, convicts us and helps us in our daily struggles. My friend, as you experience a physical thirst during the summer heat, remember that just as water refreshes your body, so God’s Spirit refreshes the soul. Let us find our strength and hope in Him.

As we continue with “theme week” ideas for the kids, this would be the perfect time to declare Water Week. Your devotionals can center around the reverences in the Bible about living water (John 4:10, John 7:38, Psalm 42:1, Psalm 36:9, Jeremiah 17:13). Water activities can range from playing in the sprinklers to visiting a water park. Water gun fights, spray bottles filled with water or water balloons can also be a fun extra. Crafts can include water color paintings or drawing pictures of the ocean, decorating water bottles or painting water glasses for each of the members of the family.

Hope you have a swimmingly great week. Be sure to watch my web TV show. I have a special guest on the program, my friend Jane Jarrell who talks about quick easy ways to refresh the look of your home each day.

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