For the next two days I will be helping a friend out with her four children while she is away on a girls trip. Remember, I have two kids of my own so you do the math! Needless to say, I thought it would be best for me to post John 4 tonight. I will still be getting up early tomorrow but it will be spent in prayer over me spending two days with six kids! Ha! Before you post for John 4, please make sure you read Re-focus. The Bible study format has changed a little.
A couple of weeks ago my little brother was in town from Seattle. He had never seen our new house so when he walked in, he looked around and told me how much he liked our house. As he sat at my kitchen table looking out at the living room, he said "You need a picture on that wall. The couch looks too alone." Annoyed by his comment that I knew to be true, I quickly said "Yeah I know. We have been in this house for eight months and I still don't have anything for that wall. Do you want to buy something for me?" I could tell by the look on my husband's face that he hated the fact that my brother brought it up. It's all I have talked about since we've lived here. "Babe, I want to buy some stuff for our house. When are we ever going to have the money to buy stuff? I want to decorate!" After my brother's comment, the wall really began to bother me. I began to brainstorm and try to figure out how on earth I could get something for that wall. A trip to Kirklands or Hobby Lobby could solve it! But quickly I remind myself that any extra money we have needs to go towards something else. So the other day while I was folding clothes on the couch, I looked at the wall and felt bothered once again by it's bareness. In a spirit of hope I prayed to myself, "Lord, when you are ready for something to be on that wall, you will provide." And at that moment, I released the wall. I can't wait to see what ends up there, I know it will be something significant for sure. The empty space is going to have to be filled with something that will make my living room all come together.
As I read John 4, I am reminded of how much God has filled the empty space in my life. I have been saved for a long time but it wasn't until about eight months ago that I really began to make God's Word a DAILY priority. Before that I wasn't consistent or I was too busy filling it with other things. So many things God has given me spiritual eyes to see and supernatural strength to change. I have had a hard time trying to fathom how much God loves me. It was hard for me to accept the living water. My hunger and thirst for Him is strong. I crave Him to show me truth. When I praise Him in song, I can tell that the words are truly coming from within, they are no longer just words. I long for my nourishment to come from the Lord and doing His will.His Word has taught me that He can heal. His Word has taught me that He can restore, protect, provide, and save. Reading His Word has truly changed my entire life. It has filled the empty spaces with the most beautiful things. Instead of being empty, I am full. Full of peace, full of grace, full of forgiveness. It's not easy all the time but the more time I spend in the Word, the more I learn to quickly run to Him. For I can ALWAYS find refuge in Him.
Thank you Jesus for your Word! May I worship you in spirit and in truth!