Living Water

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Hello! I know I am almost a week late in this post- which was supposed to go up Saturday- I apologize and ask for MORE grace and thank you for it! But, today I offer you a poem. Not just any poem, but a story I have rewritten so many times now, I am surprised I can still breathe new life into it…ah, but then again, why SHOULD that surprise me? The Author of this story ultimately IS Spirit...and able to breathe new life to old things, even bring dead things to life! It is but a small miracle, but a miracle no less that this story continues to be told ANEW- many years after it became my own.

I have taken John Chapter 4 and from an original devotional piece I wrote, which has been told and shared in different ways over the years (by me) transformed it into a poem. Since it’s National Poetry Month – HOORAY! – and I have wanted to change it into poem form for awhile, well it’s perfect timing – even though 5 days late for our journey!

 

Also I would love to know how you are doing with Journaling with John – I will be back Saturday but let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoy this poem as we Revisit the Samaritan Woman…

If you have any thoughts, suggestions on the form or content, or feedback I am open to it!

 

 

 

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The Problem with Theology

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“…Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”    John 3:7-8

 

I have a personal connection to Nicodemus and his story as told by John. As a matter of fact over time I have found I have a connection to many of the individuals who live in this great holy story told in Scripture. Do you realize as Believers we are all part of the testimony of grace started at the foundation of the world? Who can comprehend it?

Nicodemus was part of the spiritual elite of his day…

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The Danger of Should: Why Positive Thinking May Not be the Answer

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A preliminary scrolling of Instagram started my day, between the morning meandering that makes up the daily routine of my life and sitting down for my first cup of coffee, I find myself under assault.

The word, should, catches my attention.

I haven’t opened my Bible yet, but fortunately I must have slept in my spiritual armor. Or maybe after years of wearing it, it finally has become my permanent garb. Or maybe it’s just that I open my Bible enough so when I am confronted with philosophies disguised as wisdom in the form of memes, posts, advertising and free offers, I recognize the not so subtle brain washing of an unseen enemy who plays for keeps.

Have I gotten your attention yet?

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Where is Your Wine for Water Need?

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Well, we’ve made it through another week of Journaling through the Book of John: A Journey for Lent and Beyond . We are not sprinting through, but instead we are lingering long, digging deep and reflecting on scripture- at this pace if you are just jumping in now, it would be easy to modify and “catch up”. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

This week we’ve seen Jesus’ first miracle, stuff that makes God REALLY angry, and a Temple confrontation that leads to a bit of foreshadowing.

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Grace Upon Grace (2019)

 

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“No one has the time to listen, let alone love.

Is God now pro-exhaustion?

Doesn’t He lead people beside the still waters anymore?

-Richard A. Swenson

 

I am sharing a poem I wrote in 2015 during Lent as we conclude our first week of Journaling through the Book of John. I grabbed the quotes above from my journal archives, as I re-read a few of my entries in a 5-Year Journal of Lent and Advent I kept between 2005-2010.

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