Expecting the Unexpected

“I was expecting this to happen but I never expected this to happen.”
Six years ago I was expecting. At twenty-one weeks we went to the doctor for our ultrasound.  I was expecting everything to be great. We would see pictures of the baby, everyone would smile and we would go on our way. What I wasn’t expecting was twins. And to add even more to the situation, I wasn’t expecting the ultrasound tech to tell me she couldn’t find either of their heartbeats.

Eleven years ago my grandpa was having trouble swallowing. He went in for surgery and when the surgeon came to talk to us we were expecting him to say that everything went well.  What we were not expecting was for him to tell us that he had cancer, they could do treatments, but the cancer was not curable.
We have a lot of expectations in life. Sometimes good expectations that turn out seemingly bad and bad expectations that turn out better than we could have imagined.  

Although in these stories we were expecting the best and they seemed to not turn out so great let me explain them more closely for you.  

God desires a relationship with us and uses things in our lives to draw us closer to Him. We have two choices we can draw near to Him or turn away from Him.

In the first story, when I was actually expecting, God used that experience to completely turn my life around. You can read more of the story in He Can Move Mountains.
You see until that moment I was living the “good girl” Christian life meaning I was playing it safe. I was going to church on Sunday and I could talk a good game but I was really living life for myself and the way I wanted to live.

God used this experience completely for my benefit. Through His Word so many realities sank straight into my heart. Here are just a few.  
Jeremiah 10:23 reminds us: I know, LORD, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. I was planning how many kids I wanted. How far apart I wanted them. How everything was going to go according to my plan. As a Christ follower I wasn’t doing much following. I was not consulting God in my life and He knew He needed to redirect my course.

I praise God for drawing me closer to Him and producing a more steadfast faith. James 1:2-3 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
My faith was shaky and wavering at best.  This trial brought me to my knees. It brought me to my face. It brought me to the point of surrender that Christ knew I needed in order for Him to use me.

I know it is often difficult to count your blessings when you are in the midst of trials but James tells us to count it ALL joy because the result is a firm, determined faith.  The kind of faith that requires submission to a God who is Greater than all our trials.
In all my shock I kept saying why did this happen, I don’t understand. I thought with all of the modern technology, why couldn’t anything have been detected before this point.   James 4:14 reminds us: Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Some lives end sooner than we expect or than we want. Our days are numbered and not by our own calendar. We are but a breath, but a vapor, but a mist, and then our life is over. The choice then lies with what we are going to do with this time.

In those moments I realized all God has given me. So I give it all back to him in every way I can.

My grandpa was amazing man. You can read more in a tribute I wrote for Father’s Day in A Life Like His.
My grandpa was a WWII veteran. He was stationed on the aircraft carrier the USS Lexington. The Lexington was stationed in Pearl Harbor. Two days before Pearl Harbor was attacked they went out to sea to do practice exercises and the Lexington missed all the attacks on that dreadful day.

Lexi, however, didn’t escape the war unscathed. She was later attacked, was sunk, and the men had to abandon ship. My grandfather told how he floated in open water for hours before being rescued by another ship.

At the time my grandfather was not a believer but God had plans for him that he could not have seen. My grandfather came home from the war, later met my grandma, and they both became saved. My grandpa spent his life serving the Lord even to the end.

Four weeks after my grandfather passed away, my soon-to-be husband accepted Christ. He saw the life my grandpa had lived but more importantly he saw how my grandpa died with an overwhelming peace and the security that he would soon be home in the loving arms of his Father.

My husband wanted that kind of peace. While my grandpa would be dearly missed, God changed the course for my life with my husband. I wasn’t expecting out of his passing my husband would gain life.   

This has made all the difference in our marriage. We expected on our wedding day to vow to each other through it all. Beyond our expectations, our marriage covenant with God has become the glue that binds us together.

Life doesn’t always go the way we expect. Not many people need to be told that.
With Christ we can expect the unexpected because he can do far more than we ask or can imagine.  

The real question is, what are you going to do in life’s unexpected moments?
Please encourage others in the comments below with your unexpected moments.
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The Carpenter's Daughter

For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:5

 As long as I can remember, my father has been the hardest working man I have known.
My father has been a self-employed carpenter for 42 years. Although there have been times he had other people working with him, he has often worked alone.

I know every time I have “helped him” I am amazed at how hard the work is that he does.  Last summer my husband and I had our garage reroofed and my husband took a few days off of work to help him. My husband, who also works very hard, said, “I cannot believe how hard your dad works and he is twenty years older.”
I remember when I was in school and was in algebra and geometry class I would always think my dad could do all the equations. I would show him my work and he would kind of laugh at it. He had no idea how to do equations in a math book.

However, my dad could build an entire house from the ground up, regularly doing equations in his head. Measurements, fractions, shapes, angles, and more, he could do in his sleep. He could take a blank piece of paper and draw a diagram with everything perfectly in place for building anything. It absolutely amazed me that he was that brilliant. For us it was the book work we could do and to him it was real life and he could duplicate it with actual results.
My dad has always been there for our family. He has always put our family first and loved us endlessly.

Most people would say dads of the seventies were different than dads today. My mom likes to tell people they had four kids and my dad changed four diapers. Maybe not so hands on in the diaper changing area but my parents rarely left us and had babysitters watch us.  I remember very few occasions that we were not with them.
Family was very important. We went everywhere together. We sat down every night for dinner together and to this day we go to my parents and sit down for meals together.  

As my dad was growing up, his parents took them on family vacations and that was very important to my dad. There is maybe one year growing up that I can remember not going a family vacation. Those are very sweet memories I have of my parents and my siblings.
We still travel together, now it is just a larger group since all my siblings and I are married and have kids. There have been years that friends and extended family have even vacationed with us and we have had fantastic groups of 21 people. It has been so much fun.

When my husband talked to my dad about marrying me, some of his fatherly advice was to make sure to take your family on vacation. There is nothing like escaping your daily life and just having a great time together as a family. It is time well treasured.
Four weeks before I got married my father had a tear in his intestines and became toxic. He was very ill and spent a lot of time in the hospital. While in the hospital he got blood clots and his life was threatened again.

Every time I would visit him in the hospital he would be working so hard walking up and down the halls because he wanted to come home and he wanted to be able to walk me down the aisle. I remember visiting him and he said I am trying to get strong so I can be strong for your wedding.

My father is strong, genuine, honest, self-sacrificing, generous, hard-working, supportive, funny, caring, and passionate about life. We have never left his house without him walking us out and waving good-bye.

The greatest gift my father’s love has given me is helping me know the love my Heavenly Father. Because of my father I can understand my Heavenly Father’s unconditional love. I can understand my Heavenly Father’s sacrificial love. I can understand my Heavenly Father’s unending love.

When I sit down and read my Bible and read the life of Christ, I can believe Christ would do what it takes to keep a relationship with me. I can believe God left his heavenly splendor to sacrifice His life so that I could gain mine.
Christ is real to me because the love I experienced in my own father.  1 John 4:19 says: We love because He first loved us. God chooses to love us. It is not anything that we did or could do.

Growing up, I was always proud to be a part of my family. Most people didn’t know my name but they knew whose kid I was. They knew what family I belonged to because of the love of a mother and the love of a father.

As much as my parents have lavished love upon us there is no greater love than that of our Heavenly Father. I have been fortunate to have a little taste of heaven because I have amazing parents.

1 John 3:1 says, See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 John 3:1 tells us the kind of love our Father has lavished on us is one of honor. It is beyond a love that we have ever known. Nothing could be greater than being called children of God.

I am honored to be the daughter of a carpenter and I am eternally grateful to be The Carpenter’s daughter.
 Please SHARE in comments below about your father. I can't wait to hear your stories.                                           
If you missed the posts for Father's Day read more at A Life Like His and Men Like Him

I'll Give Him All of Me!

He answered, "'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, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Luke 10:27

Is this you or is this something that you struggle with?

We devote ourselves endlessly to our children’s activities. We will pay whatever it takes to get them to be the best or one of the best.

We will give all our time, days, nights, weekends… whatever it takes.

We will be their biggest agent and promoter.   

Maybe it is not your children’s activities, maybe it is your significant other or your family. Maybe it is yourself, maybe it is your hobby, your job, your extra-curricular activities. 

We so often are willing to give our heart, soul, mind, and strength to many things or many people.

In Luke 10, Jesus is answering an expert of the law. He wants to know what he must do to inherit eternal life. He next wants to know what is written in the law and how does the law read according to Jesus. They were trying to catch Jesus not answering according to the law.

To them their life was the law and it was based on their beliefs. They wanted to follow the law with their actions but not with their hearts. They were the first to point out others failing, but couldn’t see the failures in their own lives.

Jesus defined the law. Jesus came to not give more laws but to fulfill the law in giving his life as a sacrifice for us.

Jesus quickly answered this lawyer saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.” Not just with your empty words or your actions, but with your being.  

How many times do we devote ourselves to all the other things this world offers and we are quickly let down. We are quickly disappointed. Like these men we are seeking more.

As Jesus answers us here in Luke our heart, soul, mind and strength are being put in the wrong place and in the wrong person.

 I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be let down. I don’t want to be disappointed.

So instead of relying on the things of this world to build me up. Instead of depending on the people of this word to not let me down, I can do one thing. I can change my focus. I can change the direction at which I seek my strength.

You may be thinking right now that I am crazy. You have families that need your strength. You have spouses that need your heart. You have jobs that need your mind. You have everyday life that needs your soul. You are so divided. How can you give any more?

Where do you fit God into all that giving? What is left for The One you are to be devoted to?

The LORD is my strength and my shield. I trust Him with all my heart.  He helps me and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7

I love the promises that we are given through God’s Word.

So, how can we give the Lord ALL our heart; why would we give Him all our heart when we feel like we have so little left to give?

I am not suggesting giving Him the pieces that you have left. I am not suggesting that you give him the parts of you that you can free today.  I am not suggesting that you fit Him in for your five minute pick me up. Neither is HE.

Think about your heart, soul, strength, and mind. That is ALL of you. This is a sacrifice. This is a surrender. This is putting yourself aside, to gain life.

What is His promise? HE promises to be your strength. He promises to be your shield. He helps your heart be filled with joy. So much joy that you are bursting out with songs.

Anyone in need  of a little joy? Anyone seeking out joy or happiness in things and people, just to be left seeking more.

Daily, Seek Him first. Daily, Seek Him with all that you have in you. Intentionally, seek Him with all of your might.

Here are a couple of ways to give your heart.  

If you have children, Deuteronomy 6:7 tells us: Repeat them (the Lord’s commands) again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

At your job, Colossians 3:23 says: Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

With Christ, you have hope. You can have hope in the present. You can have hope for the future. You can rest you soul in the moments and trials of this life.

I am a constant work of God but I can be assured with giving him my heart that He will be my strength. He will be my shield. He will be my fortress and I can find refuge in Him. He will never leave me nor forsake me.

Are you ready to give your heart, soul, mind, and strength? Who will you choose to give it to?
Please encourage us with comments 
and SHARING below on ways that you give your heart to Christ in your everyday life.                                                                       

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Men Like Him

For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:5

In preparation for writing this, I thought about the stories I could tell and what I would say to honor a man that not only fought for our country and our freedom but survived so many things to live, in my eyes, a successful life.  
Often times, when I think about either of my grandpa’s, both WWII veterans, I think about such a rich historical perspective they had. I think about our Sovereign God who has the big picture on life and how he delivered both of them out of the trenches of war to continue their legacies through their families. God is so good.

If you had a family member or friend who served our country in a war make sure to thank them today if you can. Because of what they did we can continue to enjoy the freedom that we have. Make sure to thank God for his hand on their safety and leading them home to carry on your family tree.  

My grandparents had six children and seventeen grandchildren. Our holidays were very fun. We spent birthdays and holidays together and they were such a happy tradition for me growing up. I can’t imagine them any other way. Our holidays actually got so large because some of those seventeen grandchildren began having children and holidays grew to epic proportions.

My grandpa, my paternal grandpa, was 93 when he passed away 4 years ago. He was an amazing grandpa who stood about five feet tall but was never short on telling us how much he loved us.
In fact, one day I walked into his house and I said, “Hi grandpa” and he looked at me and said, “I love you and don’t you let anyone tell you anything different.” We were surely loved and he wanted us to know.

He was the sort of grandpa who always smiled when you walked in the door. He always called us kids “peach” and he always needed a hug. When the great-grandchildren would come over he would say, “You watch out boy, you get any closer and I’ll squeeze your gizzard out.”
To my grandpa family was everything and you could not spend time with my grandpa without laughing.

My grandpa told such fantastic stories and when I would go to visit I hoped he would tell my favorite story again. Although there were so many.

My grandpa served in the Army. He was stationed in Australia, where he met and married my grandma. He fought in many battles, including the Battle of Buna along the Kokoda Trail.

I heard many war stories and now wish that I would have had it recorded or written down. I think it was just a part of his coping but you never left his house without hearing a story or ten.
I cannot imagine what it be like to be in a war or what it would be like walking through the jungle just trying to fight so you could survive. I am so grateful for his service. I cannot imagine having to live a life after having seen the images of war up close.

The most precious story that I have of my grandpa is from June 1, 2007. The tornado sirens went off. I was teaching and remember my students asking me if this was a real tornado and I said, “It could be but as long as I have lived here I have never seen a tornado.”
Moments later, I got a phone call from my sister saying a tornado had hit my parents’ house, my grandparents’ house and my aunts’ houses. (They all live on the same block.)

Leaving school I tried rushing home to my then 5-month-old because I was told the tornado hit close to my house. Every attempt to get home was blocked by trees and debris. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Anyone who has seen the damage of a tornado knows it is like a war zone. Everything in its path destroyed.

I finally made it home and eventually to my parents’ house and could not believe my eyes. The trees were all down. A limb stuck through their roof, windows were broken out, their garages were in ruins.
I looked over at my grandpa’s house next door and his barn that had been there since my dad was a kid was off its foundation. My grandpa’s yard was covered in trees, he had a few broken things on his house and there he sat on his front porch solemnly looking at all the damage.

I went over to check on him and he just stared at the damage and said, “I have never seen anything like this in my life.” I asked him if he needed me to get him anything. He just looked out at his yard as if all else faded away and said, “Honey, can you go and pick up my flag.” I couldn’t believe my ears. Everything that was going on around him and he couldn’t stand to see his flag lying in the dirt, lying in the debris.

I immediately went out and picked it up, shook it off and handed it to him. He said, “Oh thanks so much, honey.”

When my grandpa passed away. He had a military funeral. You can imagine how precious and honoring it was the moment the military men removed the flag from my grandpa’s casket,  gently folded it, placed it into the hands of my father, and stood to salute the life of a fellow soldier.
The flag meant so much to him. It symbolized a country he fought for. It symbolized thoughts and memories he never seemed to be able to escape. It symbolized a freedom he fought for. It was something he honored and was proud to fly.

My grandpa was a great man. He was a great American. Men like him are the amazing heritage that is our countries history and backbone. As I think of my grandpa, the tears run down my face. He is truly missed. I am honored to be his granddaughter. I am honored in all that he did for me, our family, and our country.
When you fly your flag remember the men and women that have fought for you to fly that flag and to fly it freely.

In the words of my grandpa, take your time going but hurry back.
Please share stories in the comments of your grandpa. I look forward to reading them.
To Read Last week's blog from my Father's Day tribute Read A Life Like His
I hope you stop back next week as I conclude with my story about my father called,  A Carpenter’s Daughter.                        

Who Is? I AM!

I can’t do this.

There must be someone better than I suited for this job.

I am not tall enough…pretty enough…skilled enough…experienced enough…worthy enough… the list goes on.

Does anyone relate to those statements?

You want to take a new step in your life but you feel (fill in the blank) holding you back. Maybe one of the above statements fill in your blank.

Often times we try and build ourselves up. Maybe we talk ourselves into being better. Maybe we look ourselves in the mirror. Like the SNL sketch: I am smart enough. I am good enough and people like me.

I love the story of Moses because I am assured of God's greatness not my own.

Many of you may know the story of Moses from the popular movie The Ten Commandments.

Moses was a Hebrew baby boy and in his time the Pharaoh commanded all baby boys to be killed. His mother, however, saw that he was special and hid him for three months. When she could no longer keep him hidden she put him in the reeds along the bank of the Nile River.

Along came the Pharaoh’s daughter, she found him, took him into the palace and eventually adopted him as her own.

Moses was raised with all the advantages. He was wealthy. A trained warrior. He was educated. He had all the benefits a man could have.

At this time the Hebrews were slaves to the Egyptians. Moses was out among the people and noticed an Egyptian beating a Hebrew man. Moses stood up for the Hebrew and killed the Egyptian and thinking no one was looking buried Him in the sand.

The next day Moses saw two Hebrew men fighting and tried stepping in but one of the men asked Moses if he was going to kill them like he killed the Egyptian. The pharaoh found out what had happened, tried killing Moses, so Moses fled to the wilderness.

If you are wondering if God can use you at this point in your life consider Moses’s training. Moses spent the next forty years in the wilderness before God would appear to him in a burning bush. Forty years.

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush He told Moses he had seen the oppression of His people and He wanted Moses to go to Egypt and lead His people to their own fertile and spacious land. The land “flowing with milk and honey”.

10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” 13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” 14 God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh. The God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.

This is my eternal name,
my name to remember for all generations. -Exodus 3:10-15 (NLT)

In verse 11 Moses protests with God. Who Am I? I am not… and he immediately tries disqualifying himself as a candidate to do God’s work.

Wonder what Moses was thinking. Well, I know I was a prince and have had training, but you know God I killed a man and then they tried killing me… and… well uh… Who am I?

Can you see Moses trying to talk God out of this task? (Even if he didn’t say it out loud) Sound familiar to anyone?

God doesn’t try to give him a pep talk here. He doesn’t try telling him all the ways he is qualified for the job and how amazing he will be at it. Look back at verse 12 God answers, “I will be with you.”
Again Moses protests to God. He tries again. Well uh… if I say this then they will say, who is it that is sending you?

First of all, Moses sees a burning bush and it is not being consumed by the fire. Secondly, the VOICE OF THE LORD is coming from this bush. I don’t know about you but I tend to think I am going to act on that command from the Lord.

But would I? Do I tend to um well um… around the things God asks me to do, big or small?

Do I start to list all my shortcomings and my inadequacies? Do I start to tell God all the things that make me not worthy to do His work?

God answers him in the most amazing way. Tell them I AM WHO I AM.

He is telling Moses I have always been, I will always be.

What I don’t see is how I am able or worthy to do God’s work. Honestly, I am not.

God is not asking me to go do his work alone. He is not asking me to come with all my super talents and try to impress the world with all I can do.

God answers Moses and He tells us simply, saying I AM.

God wants us to come with a willing obedient heart. Not the best resume.

He will use us for His will and for His purposes and He will equip us to do the work that He asks us to do.

When I come to Him saying I am not… GOD reminds me it's okay because… I AM.

A Life Like His

Stop by the next couple of weeks for contributions to honor my father and my grandfathers, and to my Heavenly Father. I hope you enjoy this little journey with me leading up to Father’s Day.
For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:5
Growing up, my family and I lived upstairs from my grandparents. We lived in a duplex house and had the amazing opportunity to see our grandparents’ every day. Growing up, I always wanted my kids to know these two extraordinary people.
My grandma would be there to give a firm hand when we needed and claims I am the only one she ever needed to spank. However, when I was sick, I would go to grandma to be nursed and spoiled with all her attention. Fortunately, we are blessed to still have her, vibrant and sassy, in our lives and in the lives of my kids.
My grandpa was the most faithful man I ever knew. I remember him sitting up early every morning, coffee in hand, and reading his Bible and praying.
My grandparents always served in the church and I can remember Grandpa singing in the choir and like me he loved to sing loudly and it was always a joyful noise.
They both served in the AWANA program. They went to Sunday school and to church Sunday nights. Church was not something they just did out of habit it was one way they served and worshipped their Lord.
In fact, my grandfather was often times the only one, along with the pastor, who would show up every Wednesday morning for prayer meeting. What an example of devotion to God and the opportunity for prayer.  
Grandpa would take us to Sunday school every Sunday and if we were not in the car the moment he wanted to leave he sat in the car honking his horn until we arrived.  We always thought it was funny.
We would rush to the car and as we got in he would tell us not to slam the doors. Then he would zip through town in his little car barely stopping at each light and sign. Apparently, when my grandpa learned to drive, stopping was more of an option and not necessarily a rule of the road.  
My grandma and grandpa were not always believers and didn’t come to the Lord until they were in their twenties. They became two clear examples of people who knew what they were redeemed from and were grateful for God’s redeeming grace.
I still have the awesome opportunity to worship with my grandma and we are going to be in a Bible study together this summer. My grandma has been one of my best friends and we have had many times together sharing our faith. Grandma stories I have to save for another day.
My grandpa was fun, loving, honorable, and faithful. He was devoted endlessly to his family, had a great sense of humor, and a love for Jesus that was undeniable. He spent his life giving back all God had given to him.
My grandpa passed away six weeks before I got married. We were all at the hospital his final week of life. No one wanted to leave him for a moment because we wanted to absorb every second of life that we had left with him.
My grandpa was at such a deep peace. He seemed to be the only one ready to let go. He would call people to his bedside to take the opportunity to witness to them or give them some final life advice.
He would sit and talk to my grandma and hold onto her for every moment he had left to comfort her. If he had one concern it was that she would be okay even though he knew God would take care of her like He always had.
He would call my mom and aunt to his side to sing an old hymn or to sing Jesus Loves Me. He would tell us confidently that he was ready to go home to see his Lord. He was playing cards and loving each and every one of us until the moment he closed His eyes and left this world.
Even though our hearts were broken they were filled with peace because we knew he was no longer hurting, he could no longer be sick, and he was in the most awesome place you could ever imagine being, in the presence of his Loving Father.
Instead of filling the funeral home with tears and sadness, it was a time to celebrate a life well lived. It was a time to celebrate the promises of God. It was a time to remember this world is not our home and someday we will be able to rejoice, like grandpa, in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
My grandpa is missed so very much by the people who were blessed enough to know him. He was a loving example of a Christ-filled life that we had the incredible opportunity to be a part of.
My grandma told me that grandpa’s favorite verse (although he loved them all) was John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
His life was a legacy of a faithful man. One I can look at long after he is gone and know the reality of the promises of God and the blessings of a life surrendered. He loved John 3:16 and his life showed that he loved Jesus for choosing to take our place in a death that we deserved. He lived life based on the promise of an eternal life. And he lived knowing and showing that it is an eternal life that starts here. What a blessing!
I thank the Lord for the people that He gives us and hope that we too can be that someone to the people that we are given to love.

We used to drive to Florida (24 hours) and listen to this song over and over and sing it to Grandpa. Takes me back.
Please SHARE a story about your grandfather in the comments below. I am already excited to read them.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Thirst No More

When something happens in the day my first instinct is to run to the phone and call my best friend, my husband.

If I am struggling with the kids or if one of them is being especially trying today… off I run.

Something really funny happens… off I run.

I am not able to talk to my husband about every situation because he is at work. As soon as I start this relay back to the phone, I realize, I have to wait for him to be available.

Often times, that need leaves me feeling alone and secluded. Even though I have other people around me (my kids) I begin to sometimes feel isolated.

This would probably explain my talks-a-lot syndrome. Anyone else have this? I get around other moms or really anyone who will listen and I begin talking their ears off. My off button seems to be malfunctioning, and I just cannot shut my mouth.

The great news is there is nothing really wrong with me. We were made to be social with one another. We were not made to be isolated and secluded.

I am left with this question. As much as I seek out relationships with others, my husband, my family, my friends, am I seeking that kind of relationship with my creator? The One who seeks our relationship as much as we seek it with others?

After this giant workout of running to talk to this person or that person, the bottom line is, I am thirsting for something more. As much as I love my family and friends not one of them can quench my thirst like my Heavenly Father.

I am reminded of the women at the well. You can read the full version in John 4:1-42. I love this story for many reasons so I want to explore it a little bit with you.

In the first part of this chapter Jesus and the disciples are going from Judea to Galilee. Verse 4 says: And He had to pass through Samaria.

The word had I find very interesting. You see as Jewish people traveled in this region they did not go through Samaria. In fact, even though it was the shorter route, they would go out of their way to travel around it.

In John, we are told that Jesus had to go this way. The word here means it was necessary. It was necessary for Jesus to go this way. Why? What did He have in mind?

I am not going to begin to pretend I know the mind of Christ but let’s look at what He did while He was there and maybe we can see why he had to go this way.  

Verse 6: Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 9 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.”
The woman continues her line of questioning and asks Jesus if He is greater than Jacob.
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”15The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.”

Sir give me this water so I will be thirsty no more.  I love her immediate desire. Read on and you will see why her life has left her with this desire.
16 He said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.”
Look at her desire for relationship. She has not only had one husband but had five husbands. Now the man she was living with wasn’t even her husband.
Jesus doesn’t rebuke this woman here. What He tells her is very simple yet it went to her core.

Why did Jesus have to go this route? Why does He seek us out on the route we are traveling on?
He wants us to know this.
I know you. I know all that you have done. I know all your past mistakes. I know who you are today and I know the choices that you will make tomorrow.  
So He came with this important message.
I have what you need. I am not just interested in your current position in life. I have the living water you need to satisfy your soul, not just to quench a thirsty mouth.
He comes to the well to offer eternal life.  No matter your past. No matter your current situation, that you may see no way out of. His message is the same.
Verse 25 says: The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
WOW! Were you ready for that? Here Christ declares for the first time, to a woman, to a Samaritan Women, this amazing statement. I AM HE! I AM HE! No more questions could be asked. She knew and His offer to her is the same He offers you today.

Are you thirsty for this water? The water that satisfies your soul. The type of water that requires only one drink and you will never thirst again.

I don’t know about you but as great as my relationships are, I always need a little more.

So instead of running to my phone, I can run to Christ. He has the water I need to thirst no more.

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

I hope that you, too, know the saving grace of an amazing God.
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