…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27(ESV)
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” -Mother Teresa
The story of Jesus and The Woman of Samaria (John 4:1-30) is one that resonates in me so strongly I was stirred a few years back to write this below.
I think the story is one of importance in our everyday lives and perhaps even more so as we approach this new year with plans, hopes, and dreams, as well as concerns, fears, challenges.
We need as many reminders we can get from The Word that The Lord will meet us wherever we are at.
Just as He was for the woman at the well, Jesus is always available to us at any time. And sometimes we need an unexpected visit to stir our inner selves to awaken what this sometmes cold and bitter world tries to make us forget-that we are loved, forgiven, and encouraged to do our best, be our best, and give our best to others. To be a reflection of the Lord.
That is why it is so important to be in The Word and allow it to unexpectidly remind You of this truth, That He is with us to quench all of our thirst-AMEN!
He had to go that way.
He had a mission that no-one else with him could understand.
He just had to go there.
And she came. As she always had, alone, at midday.
She expected the same as she walked into town.
The stares, the judgement. No-one to talk to.
The snares she always seemed to find herself trapped in, just waiting for her to trip and fall into.
But on this day, Jesus waited by the well.
Not to quench his thirst, but to quench hers.
He spoke and she was surprised.
He was there for her.
She could not grasp that.
She could not help but mistrust that.
He spoke of living water and it became apparent the well she needed to draw from
on that day was Jesus himself.
For no-one had ever been there, ever, just for her.
She knew men, but never knew a man who could truly satisfy her from within.
He reached out his hand and touched her cheek and spoke those words she had been longing to hear:
“I who now speak with you am He.”
She was finally set free and began to run to tell whomever would listen. Even those who casted her aside. None of that mattered anymore. The drink she was given was not for her to keep secret but to share.
Which well are you drawing from?
Jesus is waiting for you there, pass it on-
*Key Verses: John 4:1-30(NIV)
Publisher, The Fellowship Page
If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. John 15:10(NIV)
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Look, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
HAPPY VALENTINE”S DAY!!!!!!!
Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less? 2 Corinthians 12: 14-15(NIV)
What was Paul expressing in these verses? The Irony of growing up in your faith is becoming more “childlike” in your life.
As for those who seemed to be important—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance—those men added nothing to my message. On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle to the Gentiles. James,Peter and John, those reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. Galatians 2:6-10(NIV)
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” Mother Teresa
Dear Father God,
Thank You for watching over each and every one of your children here on earth. I come to you in prayer specifically in this moment in time for strength through all challenges we are facing. You are always directing our steps thru difficulties and we must remember to never give up. We are to finish what we started in your name. When evil creeps in telling us to quit and showing us that wide road so many journey on, we must rise each day with confidence, conviction, and purpose. You have made us relentless and righteous and our battle cry is: “I am a child of the most high God, and I will not give up! I will stand, if nothing else, I will stand!”
Father God, I ask You specifically today to watch over your daughter, my mother, Rosa. I take refuge in knowing she is in your embrace,pain free and no longer struggling. I know she is watching over all of us today just as You always do. God Bless You Mom, Peace be with You.
*Original Post: February 4, 2012