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The instant he walked through the door, I knew we were in trouble.  My seventeen-year-old-boy-man cradled his arm protectively, carefully adjusting his movements to avoid bumping into anything or anyone.

“I think I broke my hand,” he said.

“Oh, honey…

The stream of sympathetic words ended abruptly when I noticed the fresh t-shirt and Axe cologne resting in Ben’s non-compromised hand.

“What are you doing?”  I asked suspiciously.

“I have a date.”

“Are you serious?”  The situation was laughable.  My invincible son willingly ignored the discomfort of his fractured hand for love.  (He sure wouldn’t have done THAt for a family dinner!)

At times, I take the same approach to hidden sin in my life.  Those unspoken words?  Nobobdy knows my inner dialogue failed to match a thoughtful demeanor.  An embarrassing display of temper?  Only my family witnessed such poor self-control.

Quiet, below-the-surface, private sins can be easily overlooked.  At times, I only turn to Him for forgiveness and renewal when I finally admit the level of discomfort, pain, or dissatisfaction tucked beneath the exterior.

Friend, I encourage you to examine those sequestered, protected areas of your life today.  Are there places in your heart and mind that ache for the touch of Jehovah Jirah–the God Who Heals?

He is waiting to heal the hurts–both inflicted and endured–like any caring parent waiting to be called upon.  Heal our hurts, Lord Jesus.  Amen.


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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.

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The four men encouraged their friend, “We’ve heard of his miracles—healing you will be a simple task.”  Resolute, they hoisted their companion and his bedroll on their shoulders.  Navigating the crowded streets of Judea without dropping the bundle became increasingly difficult as they neared the house.  Men, women, and children; rich and poor; religious leaders and rebels pushed and prodded to gain access to the one called Rabbi.  There was no more room and no way to get any nearer.

Unless….well, it was a longshot.  Without hesitation, the men gathered the mat and its contents; maneuvered up the stairs to the roof; and with bare hands ripped each tile from its place.  Finally, they glimpsed him below—there, in the midst of the crowd, preaching.  Would he resent their boldness?  Grow angry at the desperate need of their friend?  Glancing nervously at one another, they slowly lowered the bedroll and the man lying upon it at Jesus’ feet.

Undisturbed by the interruption, Jesus glanced upward and then at the weeping, paralyzed man.    “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

Like the paralyzed man and his friends, Jesus calls us to live a life of faith.  We can go boldly before Him, lay our “mat” at his feet, and rest in the knowledge He will meet our needs.  Put aside your burden today, dear friend.  Trust in Him for restoration.

Scripture for Reflection-“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home. He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.”   Mark 2:11-12

Action Step Make a list of five areas, concerns, or struggles you are managing today.  Pray about them and give them to God–all day long.

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