A drink worth the refreshing



Let my heart speak and my mind listen.  I try not to force my mind to think something but instead let my heart and mind speak for themselves.  There are times when indecision would like to complicate good and joyful choices, and sometimes it is our past that makes us sink into not making a choice that is available and there for the rightful taking.

I have been examining what this whole thought of JOY really is as I have been reading Choose Joy because Happiness Isn’t Enough by Kay Warren.  Truthfully, this author is believable because of her experiences.  She is co-founder with the pastor and her husband Rick Warren of, Saddleback church, an evangelical megachurch of several thousand members.  One key thought I take designed on my own from her book is about the heart.  The heart is mechanical in that it does it’s daily routine to pump the blood to all areas of the body; however the heart is also permeable in that it influences the thoughts of the mind and takes in a wealth of emotions like love.  When the heart wants to think the mind needs to answer and vice versa.

Sometimes we are not sure which part of our being is truly telling the truth, so we need an answer to our questions in our heart.  Kay  Warren describes in her book that this was also the life of the tribes and people of the Bible.  Take for instance the  Israelites centuries ago when they forgot the power source of God in their hearts and minds.  She explains at this time they had been freed from slavery which would have been very freeing to the heart and mind, but their heart and mind was very soon tricked to follow after other gods and make idols for themselves.  The Israelites centuries ago, may have had questions in their mind like “What is next, we’ve been fed manna from heaven daily and had a cloud to follow with us, but where are you now God?” Maybe they instead said, I am not hungry but fed, and I am just bored what can I do with myself maybe this idol will be entertaining to make, to talk to, to believe in and that will show my success?  Kay describes the human attempt to not choose God as the source of joy as Jeremiah describes relying on a “cistern for water” instead of a “living spring.”  “Cisterns, unlike living springs, Warren explains were large pits dug into rocks that were used to collect rainwater.  Not only was the water in cisterns dirty, but it could also easily run out if the rains were light that year.”

Jesus said,

“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 NIV

God offers all a true source of living water and that is Jesus.  Allowing the mind and heart to listen to his truth is cleansing and brings JOY.  What might one become by accepting his living water?





An Angel’s words fulfilled



Having faith is less about my understanding of all of the reasons why something happens.  Generally, it is during a difficult time that we notice where our faith lies or how great our faith is to get us somewhere.  It is helpful to have a journal nearby to walk with you as you go through your “faith growing pains.”

Take the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, for instance,  Joseph and Mary’s beginning was a marriage begun in uncertainty with an unexpected pregnancy, a surprising celestial angel visit to each of them with a promise that He, Jesus would be conceived by the Spirit of God.  The angel answered, in Mary’s response of her conception even as a virgin, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 NIV

It is by the act of God and obedience in faith by Joseph and Mary their marriage became a covenant relationship and the start to the raising of the Messiah.  Sure, we could ask all kinds of questions about the two of them, but this was what God wanted.  These were the words of God sent from his messengers.  This was Mary and Joseph acting in faith and assurance that what God had said would come to pass.  Mary was convinced that all would happen just as the angel had said.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered.  May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke :1:38 (NIV)

Deeply desiring to take God’s words for certain, do you need to meditate on His truths even more as I, believing that what is written there is not only full of spiritual nourishment but of truth?  What an example, don’t you agree, by Joseph and Mary of faith?