I usually find myself saying that with age comes wisdom. It makes perfect sense when you consider all of the life experiences we have to learn from. Well, that saying was just blown away by a five-year-old!
Robert and I took a road trip to meet the gentleman that has helped me with all of my websites and technical knowledge. It was a real joy to meet him and his wife in person. I had been working with him for three years through e-mails and phone conversations. As part of our trip, we visited Robert’s son and two grandchildren.
Our visit was filled with fun activities like a trip to the zoo, botanical garden, history Museum, playing on playgrounds and coloring in coloring books.
Helen is five years old and was my coloring partner.
We usually think of July 4th as Independence Day. But as Christians, every day is Independence Day because, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
When we learn to trust God and the Spirit dwells within us, we are free. Free from fear, anxiety, addictions, doubt and limitations. We are released from anything that will restrain us. Because of this freedom, we can attract what we want into our lives and be the best that God intended us to be. In the words of Jesus, Mark 10:27, “And Jesus looking upon them said, with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
Being our best and trusting in God means ultimately letting go and letting God lead us and guide us. Self help books, courses, seminars and reading inspiring material (I do my best to inspire and encourage!) are all good in feeding our soul, but our freedom comes when we cast our burdens on the One who came to save us. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
As Americans, we are blessed to live in a country where we can enjoy our freedom. We are free to work, worship, learn and live. Let us be mindful of our spiritual independence and freedom. May we live in the spirit to make each moment count and bask in our unbridled freedom to be all that God intended us to be.
Being thirsty is an awful feeling. What a relief to drink a wonderful glass of cold water when you feel parched. It may come as a surprise that water is referenced 482 times in the Bible. Without water we couldn’t live. Without living water, our soul can’t thrive.
“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
I equate being thirsty to searching and not being satisfied. So many people are searching for love, happiness, fulfillment, success, security, and peace. The process is exhausting. The problem is searching for other things to satisfy that thirst. The results may work, but only temporarily. Ultimately, our souls cry out. Jesus said, “Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.” Through Him, we never need to thirst again.
If your soul is parched and you need the healing power and satisfaction of living water, renew your commitment to draw closer to your Creator. Take time to be still and allow Christ’s peace and presence to refresh your dried up places. Enjoy the peace and satisfaction that only God’s love can bring.
Inspirational Bible Verses to Refresh your Soul
1) “But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
– John 4:14
2) Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
– Proverbs 19:20