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Chocolate

My husband usually wakes me with a cup of coffee and a kiss, but his blue and gold office tie lay in the chair next to the bed.   Yesterday, Dave caught the next flight to California where he’s donned the alter-ego of Commander Kennington.

As I usually do when he’s away, I awakened every hour last night–somehow afraid I’d miss the belching bar, bar, bar of the alarm clock.  I shouldn’t have been concerned.  My daughter lay next to me–a “sleep over” we had called it.  Her tiny leg stretched across mine and I marveled that my presence could give her such reassurance.  Little does she know that I’m afraid of the dark and the boys left the back door unlocked last night when they put the dog out.

The sounds of morning are beginning to stir outside the front window and in the fading dark I hear the occasional crunch of wheels as someone begins the trek to work.  I breathe in the peacefulness of quiet–it’s unusual for a house bursting with children and sports toys.  I’ve reveled in a three-day weekend; a break from the constant whir of demands and responsibilities of a mid-life mommy.  No sporting events.  No time cards.  No rush, rush, rush.

But today, I start again.  What is my attitude?  Do I seek respite with the intent of filling up on Jesus in order to serve others willingly?  If I’m honest, I’d rather stay in the warmth and safety of our little house baking chocolate chip cookies.  But, God has a design for this day that doesn’t include melting chocolate.  So today…chocolate or not…I’ll do what I can with what I have–just in case it matters.

Recommended Reading

http://www.amazon.com/She-Did-What-Could-SDWSC/dp/1414333781/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358860997&sr=8-1&keywords=she+did+what+she+could  She Did What She Could by Elisa Morgan

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“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says.”  (John 7:38 MSG)

The demands, doubts, and disturbances continued to punctuate my day and I’m exhausted.  Weary.  Worn down like a rock immersed in a stream for too long.  Have you been there, dear friend?  Are you the go-to-girl at home, work, or with your friends?  Do you desperately need refreshment?

Then drink deeply from the Living Water.  Unlike either of us, Christ is an unlimited resource.  He’s available when you’ve been up until 3 a.m. with a feverish child or consoled a friend grieving a dream unrealized.  He’ll parch your thirsty soul when others have taken everything from your reserves.

Filled to overflowing by His inexhaustible promises, you’ll be prepared to pour your life into others once again.

This Week’s Challenge  Take a walk to the Water’s edge.  Spend 15 minutes each morning with Him praying and reading Scripture.  Never read the Bible?  A great place to start is the Gospel of John.

Suggested Books/Authors

Life Lessons:  Gospel of John by Max Lucado

And He Dwelt Among Us by A.W. Tozer

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