Wednesday, January 8, 2020

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you.  Day 2 – 6 of 2020 I spent working through an intestinal virus.  No fun, right?  Thursday was no doubt the worst of it.  Every 15-20 minutes something was coming out.  I remember thinking…”I’ve got to make sure I keep liquids in me so I don’t end up dehydrated and in the hospital.”  So, every time it came out one end, I was pouring more into the other end and ate a saltine cracker.  My body was achy.  I had the worst headache I ever remember experiencing.  I could barely move…until I had to make the mad dash. 

An intestinal virus doesn’t sound like a great way to start a new year, but God was speaking through this and took the time to share with me.  First and very important, stay hydrated!  As work, chores, projects, commitments, family, and friends draw from you and drain your live, you need to keep hydrated.  Every time you turn on the spigot and allow your life to flow, you need to return to Me, The Well of Living Water and be replenished.  I need to preface this next part with…”Hi, my name is Shelly.”  (Hi Shelly)  “If I weren’t married, I would be a workaholic.”  Three of my five sick days, I didn’t think one bit about missing work and how it would be piling up.  Talk about a freeing three days.  My body may have been taking a beating, but God was freeing my mind from worry, stress, and pressures I put upon myself.  I felt so relaxed.  Oh, I can’t forget the weight loss.  Heck with dieting and exercise.  One good intestinal bug every now and then will put you a month ahead of your weight loss plan.  Returning to the office Tuesday, I felt good physically and mentally.  I felt relaxed, refreshed, and refilled.  Who would have thought?

John 4: 1-26 (NIV)  Jesus Talks to a Woman at the Well

The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.  When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.  Now he had to go through Samaria.  So He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.  Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as He was from the journey, sat down by the well.  It was about the sixth hour.

 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.)

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

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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.”  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.”  He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”  “I have no husband,” she replied.  Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 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.”  “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

Jesus declared, “Believe Me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 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.  God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”  Then Jesus declared, “I, who speak to you am He.”

Bless others and be bless.

#CastingCrowns – The Well

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