It was a great weekend, wasn't it? God blessed us with with gorgeous weather all weekend, and I officially have fall fever. I love this time of year~when the dog days of summer slowly give way to the upcoming cooler temperatures. I love cool mornings and evenings. So do the kids because they can actually play outside without even breaking a sweat. Same goes for my hubby when he cuts the grass~I love respites from all the heat we've had.
I love fresh starts, too. So I guess that means that I kinda like Mondays. It's a new week, and the possibilities are endless.
The reason I love all of this "freshness" so much is because it reminds me of God's love. We are not a perfect people~no matter how much we love the Lord. Adam and Eve are the ones that caused sin to happen, and even by breathing, we are all sinners. I confess that I am nowhere near perfect~ask my husband, ask my kids, and I'm sure they'd be quick to point out my faults. The point is, though, that in spite of that~Jesus loves me just as I am.
I love the book of John~in it we learn that in order for Christ to grow in us, we must become less and less. We have to allow Him that room to grow abundantly in us, and if our "selves" are in the way~then that will stunt His growth. MercyMe sings a great song about this~it's called So Long Self. I'm sure you can find it on YouTube.
I also love the story of the Samaritan woman~the woman that had been so shunned in her hometown that she had to get water in the hottest part of the day instead of the mornings or evenings like all the other women. They forced her to do this because they didn't want to be seen with her. But Jesus sat with her. He asked for a drink of her water, and when she refused to give it to Him, choosing instead to question Him, He told her all about the Living Water~the kind that when consumed, would quench all her thirsts.
John 4:14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.
Do you think she turned that Water away? Of course not! "Please, sir" the woman said, "give me this water! Then I'll never be thirsty again, and I won't have to come here to get water." John 4:15 states.
Just as she was~Jesus loved her enough to offer her eternal life in Him. What is He offering you today? Don't turn Him away. Just trust in Him~in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.
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