Dear Ones,

Happy weekend to you! Another sunny day and not so hot. The house is full of wonderful aroma as I was busy in the kitchen this morning and then cleaned the apartment. We are packing up to leave tomorrow morning for Mora MN where we will be meeting with our former Board for Canaan’s Rest and having a time of fellowship. We will stay overnight and then Al preaches at True Vine on Sunday. We look forward to seeing friends from our days in Brunswick. 

Devotions from Judy’s heart

Water is needed and so important and we are now reading now about water wars. In the U.S. the southwestern states are especially suffering with a water shortage. Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in our country is only at 40% of its capacity and being part of the Colorado river system, it has ramifications for many states. Farmers will have to cut back and changes will have to be made for many.

My cousin’s daughter and son-in-law are especially aware of the need for water for they are now in the desert as they continue their walk across America. Water was their big concern and much to their wonderful surprise, concerned friends left water and food at certain points along the way for them. What a relief!

We have only to think of our spiritual thirst and how much we need the water of life. Jesus offered the Samaritan woman at the well living water and He said in John 4:13-14 (The Message), “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water that I give him will never thirst—not ever. The water that I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.”  Jesus offers us living water to quench our thirsty souls. So many try to satisfy their spiritual thirst with other means but that will never work.The Lord told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 17 that if we trust in man, we are like a shrub in the desert that dwells in parched places. Such a person is like a tumbleweed, rootless and aimless in the desert. But the Lord says if we trust in Him, we are like a tree planted by water; our leaves remain green even in the heat and we have no cause to fear the drought. Living water is always available to us and we don’t need to become anxious but rather let our roots go down deep into the Lord. Let us receive the living water and drink deeply each day that we may flourish.

Challenge for today: Spend some time in the Word and drink deeply of the living water.

Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy

P.S. Since I wrote this there was rain in the desert for the first time in a year and a half for the walkers across America. PTL!.