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Drink From the Living Well

 John Piper Quote

I stood at the YMCA vending machine digging through my change. I had just slipped my dollar into the machine and it spit it back out at me. Again I tried with the same result. So now I stood there digging through my change for quarters – crossing my fingers that I could come up with 5 of them. I really wanted that Diet Coke. So digging digging digging I went, until finally I came up with enough nickles, dimes and quarters to make $1.25! In they went, and out through the change holder they came. ARGH! I could feel the frustration growing inside of me.  ”Are you kidding me?” This has to be a joke! In went the change, out it came in the return.  Oh dear! This is not even funny!

Finally, on my third try – {sweet victory} the Diet Coke bottle moved forward and down it dropped to my delight. Then I twisted the cap and EXPLOSION! From the long drop – the carbonation had been jostled and an embarrassing mess surrounded me!

Water – I know, I know – I should be drinking water right?  But for some reason, I am continually drawn to Diet Coke.  Water has been proven to improve energy, performance, remove toxins, keep our skin healthy, aid in digestion and in losing weight.

Soda has the opposite effect – it dehydrates and does other harmful things to my body. And though I’ve heard all these facts many times – I just keep on drinking my Diet Cokes! So what’s my problem?

The simple answer is – I like it! But I know water is better for my well being.

Jesus compared his word to water – here’s what he had to say in John 4:13-14, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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.”

Jesus calls us to drink from His living water – we know all the benefits and how he can change our lives and yet we STILL continue to fill up on other earthly stuff to fill our void and Jesus says – as long as you fill up on this temporary stuff – you will continue to thirst.

You see, without Christ we will always long for more – more food, more clothes, more friends, more fun experiences, more vacations – more, more, more. But Christ says – come to me, I will fill you up and you will never thirst!

The Bible is revolutionary, life-changing, extraordinary, eye opening, jaw-dropping, and downright amazing.  It is filled with romance, tragedy, heroes, good and evil.  There is suspense, drama, wisdom, and comfort.  As you read, you will weep and you will jump for joy.  Yet we women are too often drawn away by novels, self-help books, cookbooks, magazines, and social media.  These are a poor substitute for the Bible and a relationship with God.

There is no other place in this world where we can get a direct message from God, so why do we neglect reading Scripture?  Don’t we want to hear God’s voice?

The Word of God is full of living water.  We need to drink deeply from this living well so we can be women living well.

~excerpt from the book, Women Living Well

The Bible has been read out loud and recorded.  It takes a total of 70 hours and 40 minutes to listen to the entire Bible.  If you do the math and divide that number by 365 days you get 12 minutes a day.  12 minutes a day!  That’s it.  In just 12 minutes a day, we could read or listen to the entire Bible cover to cover -

every.
single.
year.

Doesn’t that seem doable?

It really is, yet we simply don’t make it a priority to drink God’s living water.

So the question is not Diet Coke or water? But will we reach for Jesus or stuff –to satisfy our souls?

Voices The Great I AM

Have you felt discouraged in your walk with God?

Have you felt like God is working too slow in your life?

Or like God doesn’t see you in your home?

Or  like you don’t even know where to start in your quiet time?

Or like you are in a season of dryness?

Many of you joined us this fall for the WLW Webcast featuring the Good Morning Girls – but some of you might have missed it.  Angela’s keynote wow’d me and the chat with Whitney and Jen on the couch was so inspirational.  I know we usually only post videos on Monday’s (and this one is a bit long), but just think of this as an added bonus for those who need extra encouragement ;)  Grab a couple loads of laundry to fold and enjoy this 45 minute webcast made just for you.

(if you cannot see this video – click here)

Walk with the King,

,WomenLivingWell.org

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Comments

  1. I was really getting frustrated yesterday, everything was all crashing down at once… finally in desperation I remember our focus for the week… I looked up and said, “okay, here it is… you handle it!” and He did. Although I broke my toe in the process of finishing my duties for the day, somehow I felt a peace come over me and say… “it’s going to be okay, you can do this… I’ll help you.”
    You all are a blessing to me and I am so thankful that I decided to do this study. It has been blessing my life in ways I never imagined.

    • Wonderful Tracie for giving it to Him to handle it. Sorry about your toe but yet glad you felt peace. Thank you for sharing! {Leadership Encourager}

  2. I know I say this every time, but I’m loving this study! I missed not seeing a post yesterday. :) I’m excited this is 8 wks long…plenty of time to create the habit I’ve been needing to… quite time. I look SO forward to it! God is certainly moving in my life and home. Thank you!

    • Janice – I’m loving this study so far too! YES, plenty of time to create a habit. This study will me while giving up something for Lent. ♥
      {Leadership Encourager}

  3. Jana Baker says:

    I also love my Diet Coke…even though my sister and youngest daughter – very healthy, organic women – constantly tell me that I’m pouring cancer inside myself!
    But I would choose His Life Giving Water over that Diet Coke!
    I just need to remember to Choose God and Choose Everlasting Life!
    This is impossible if I’m not in His Word EVERY DAY!
    Thank you for the life you gals pour into GMG. It is making the difference in many lives – including MINE!

  4. Love this Courtney – thank you! I often grab other things to try and fill my soul but I know I need to be digging deep in His word. I’m excited about the weekly Scripture memory verses, as this is a new thing for me and I know of it’s importance. :)

  5. Dawn EmMa says:

    I was sent the link to GMG from a friend at church and though I did not make it into the study because you are all full, I am gleaning what I can from the website. I am older then most of you….58. I raised two wonderful children a daughter who now 34 and is a loving mom of two boys and a girl (recently adopted from Malawi) she is a loving Godly wife to her husband. I have a wonderful son who used to walk with the Lord but no longer does and I pray for him daily.
    This study has sparked a flame in me that needed to be ignited again. Though I have been a Christian for 38 years, my divorce after 35 years of marriage has really shaken me to the core. No woman at 58 wants to hear that her husband of 35 years has been in an affair with a woman in her 30′s…but it happened. Then being on my own again with the loss of my home, my job, my marriage I felt so alone and helpless and angry with God….I was at the mercy of my 89 year old aunt who took her home off the market so that I could stay there until I could get myself together. During this time, I felt so far from God. I ended up on a dating service where I met my “Christian” husband, so I thought…we dated for a year and he was my knight in shining armor (said and did all the right things) until the day we said I DO and then the armor came off and I was now caught in this man’s web of lies…he was broke, owed taxes from 2003 to present, was into porn of every kind….I was shattered beyond shattered. I then began to seek God, knowing that I had made such a mess of my life with the poor decisions I have made…..God began to show me that I was greatly responsible for my first marriage breaking up…I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, but Lord! I am the one who stayed faithful…..but then God showed me how my RIGID Christian ways has kept my first husband from coming to God….my first husband was a good worker, always provided for us, gave us a beautiful home, I lacked for nothing, yet because he was not a believer and he drank a few beers after work at home and used foul language from time to time, I treated him with disrespect and moved into my daughter’s bedroom after she moved away (there I stayed for 13 years)….I pushed my husband into the arms of another woman by not showing him the Love of God, by not showing him grace and now here I am in a run down trailer in a park in a home that looked like it was a store-all. I ran to God and I cried, I am not a woman that goes from marriage to marriage and I need help…I knew that my ex- and I never had the friendship or connection that my new husband and I had…my new husband was lost, but I knew that there was something about him that was different and good. In order not to write a book here…just know that GOD in his mercies has restored what the enemy has taken…my new husband is the most wonderful man in my life other then God and my son and grandsons….God has gotten a hold of his heart and the changes here are nothing short of a miracle. His daughter came to visit this past weekend and she could not believe what she was seeing in her Dad for the first time….she didn’t want to leave….I wrote my ex a letter asking his forgiveness for not being a more loving wife and for not appreciating his hard work and for disrespecting him…..I also forgave him for the affair…though I never heard back from him, I feel a load lifted off my shoulders and I am so excited about what God is doing in our lives….your study and guidance is something I look forward to every morning. I am so thankful for all the tips and advice that I find here. I may be older, but I am still a Mom and a grandmother and in need of this fellowship. God Bless

  6. I love having the precious opportunity to focus on one passage together, and really, as you say, squeeze every drop of nourishment out of it to get my day going with God. The online study is working for me because my hours changed at work and I could no longer be a leader in a Bible study for children, and my husband doesn’t feel like I’m taking too much time away from home this way.
    Valerie

  7. I am really enjoying being intentional on my quiet time with God. I turned off the t.v. and sat by the window. There is snow on the ground, but, the sun is shining. What a glorious sight outside and warmth inside! God is so good.

  8. Spending time with God really is a vital part of our daily lives. It is in Christ that we are truly complete! (Colossians 2:10)

  9. I just picked up your book at the library yesterday, not looking for it, but surely God led me to pick it up with a desire to have me read it. I am blessed to have come by and read words from your book today. I also know the feelings expressed. I, too, KNOW what is good for me, but I continue to drink from the waters that will keep me thirsting for more. Thanks for this reminder.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  10. I saw your picture of John 4:13 earlier and I was awed because in my first journey through the bible, I read this verse last night in the middle of a long tear filled night. I have a hard time understanding some things in the bile as it is all new to me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to , in everyday life examples, the meaning. So happy to have found you.

  11. janiice smith says:

    I love to read the word. Sometimes have a hard time understanding it. Then the next time I read the same verse, it pops out at me.
    I look up words I dont understand, then im like ohhhhh. I love the water. Thank you for giving me my first breath. It all comes from u and I give thanks.

  12. I am so so SO enjoying the studying. 12 minutes a day is that all?

  13. I’m wowed by the minutes/day breakdown you exampled in today’s blog. 12 minutes a day seems like nothing…but you’re highlighting this 12 minutes as simply reading the Bible. What happened to interacting and understanding the Word? For the Bible to truly mean something, we must come to understand what the Lord wants us to know and how he wants us to live. Aside from years spent in a Parochial School and Catechism class, this obviously isn’t the first time I’ve read the Bible. However, it is the first Bible study I’ve participated in and I can say this is the only time I’ve found the Scriptures to be interesting. I am understanding the words more and how they are relevant to my life and how I can make God more present. So let’s not simply drink the living water, but let’s savor it as well.

  14. Ladies,
    I just have to share how god is moving in this study right now. I started this study and then paused for a few days. God opened the door for me to invite some other women in and starting next week, 5 women and 2 of their families will be beginning this study with me. I am just so excited how god opened these doors. We are very excited to restart the study next week and get Intentionally Focused with you.
    Thank u for listening to what god has for u and being this light for us and all the women in the GMG community.

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