Water… I Need Water

The other day, I must have been dehydrated. Knowing me, I probably drank way too much coffee, and ignored my water intake. Can you relate? By the end of the day, after working all day, chugging as much coffee as I could into my body, and then working out at the gym after work. I. was. Parched.

As I left the gym, I stood at the drinking fountain slurping as much water as I could, and when I got home, I guzzled more.

I was thirsty.

When you get to a point of being dehydrated, the urge to quench that thirst is overwhelming isn’t it? When we get dehydrated our thoughts gets fuzzy, our organs don’t work properly, our skin and hair get dry, our joints get achy because they need lubrication to move properly, and the list goes on.

We. Need. Water!

God created us to be thirsty – for Him. Have you ever experienced “spiritual dehydration?” I sure have. It’s not pretty. So, what are the signs of spiritual dehydration?

  • A short temper.
  • Worry and fear.
  • Guilt and shame.
  • Hopelessness.
  • Resentment and anger.
  • Insecurity.

Anyone? Anyone? My hand is up high! And I have to ask myself: why do I let myself become so spiritually dehydrated? It happens far too often I’m afraid.

John 7:37-38 says: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to ME and drink. He who believes in ME, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Are you thirsty for Jesus? Are you looking to Him to quench that thirst for your souls first? OR, are you looking to other people and things in this world to quench that thirst?

I think it can be so easy to look to our spouse, a friend, or a material possession to fill the empty spaces in our lives. Yes, God has placed special people in our lives who encourage, and build us up. But, the issue with seeking out our earthly support system before God, is that we are human. We are not perfect. We will fail each other, and disappoint each other. We may even give poor advice or direction out of our own humanness.

When my husband and I were in Canada a couple weeks ago, we got to see some beautiful, amazing waterfalls. The water and energy flowing down the mountains was truly awesome. When thousands of gallons of water are rushing down from the top of a mountain – nothing and no one is going to stop it going to where it wants to go! Yes?!

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Just like that rushing water, the Spirit of God within us is unstoppable.

But there is something that must be in place for that to happen.

To allow His Spirit to move in and through us, we must give it permission to move. We must give His Spirit access to our hearts, souls and minds. One word that comes to mind when I think of that is: SURRENDER. We need to be willing to surrender our will to Him with both hands up in the air saying, “I can’t do this in my own strength. I need you, Jesus.”

Being willing to surrender our own will, to the will of the Father means setting aside our wants and desires.

Easier said than done, right? I’m selfish! I want to hang on to my ‘stuff’ (my material possessions, my people, my money, my time). It’s hard to completely surrender to God every part of me. It can make us feel vulnerable, or exposed. Yet; we also believe that our security is found only in Him. But as human beings, that is such a hard concept to LIVE day to day!

Picture the ‘flow of living water’ in the verses above. When we are filled with the living water of Christ, it spreads out. Water goes where it wants to go. It seeps into the crevices, and if there’s no space, it’ll find a new route and space to fill.

So it is with Christ in us – through His spirit He has no boundaries.

The question is: will we let Him?

If you feel spiritually dehydrated, if your soul is crying out and parched. Only Jesus can fill that void, and quench your thirst. His living water will satisfy in a way our world and the people in our lives cannot.

Seek living water today, friends! We CAN do it!!! God bless you!

~Allison 

The one that Jesus Loves

John 1:12 – Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

In the chapter I’m reading from Philip Yancey’s “What’s So Amazing About Grace” This particular quote stood out to me.


“If I came to the place where I saw my primary identity in life as ‘the one Jesus loves’ how differently would I view myself at the end of the day?”

(The ‘one Jesus loves’ refers to John).


Good question, huh? Do you see yourself as the ONE Jesus loves? Truly?

My first instinct is to say, “Well of course I do! I know Jesus loves me! It’s the very first song I learned as a young child! Jesus loves me this I know.” But as I read this in the context of grace I had to really pause for a moment and think about it.

Do I really know it? Do I really see myself loved in perfect grace?

His love and grace for us means there is absolutely nothing we can do to make God love us more… or less.

So, why in the past, did I feel so un-derserving of His grace and love? Because I didn’t truly see myself as ONE JESUS LOVES. Sadly, I didn’t take Him at His word, and most of all, I didn’t fully understand His grace. The question is: will I ever truly understand His grace?

Thankfully, I’m much closer than I was. Hard times in life have such a way of teaching us lessons don’t they?

Have you heard of the “Looking Glass Theory?” It’s where we become what the most important person (our mom or dad, our spouse etc) thinks we are. In the spiritual realm it’s where we become become who God thinks we are.

If God is the most important person in our lives, we are to become who He thinks we are!

So, who are we?

John 1 says we are children of God.  We just celebrated Mothers Day,  I can relate to loving our children or being loved by our parents.

But sadly, there are some who have not experienced love from a parent or parents… for you, grasping the love of God our Father may be a little harder. But it’s not impossible!! I was rejected by my birth mother, and although I’ve struggled at times in my life, I have accepted and am learning about God’s love for me. Trusting more and more that He really does love me, sins and all. And being assured that He will never leave or fail me! Or reject me!

I am a child of God. You are a child of God.

Chosen and loved. That is our identity.

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Through His death on the cross, He chose us to be in His family for eternity. His grace for us is a free gift. It’s free because The Giver of that grace gave His life for you, and for me.

God loves us not because of who we are, but who He is. Will we see ourselves as loved by Him today? We can’t earn it. He’s already given it.

God loves us as much as an infinite God can. It’s really hard to grasp that through our human intellect! Right? That’s what’s so amazing about grace!! It’s so hard for me to get this concept… but I’m learning! And I hope you are too!

So, today my friends, do YOU see yourself as one that Jesus loves? How does your life reflect that? Knowing this truth, does your life look differently than before? Are you working on seeing yourself as loved by Him in perfect grace like me? Or do you feel like you’ve got a good grasp on it? We’re all at different places in our journey with Him, and I love that! We can be such an encouragement to each other! Lifting you up in prayer today!

God bless you!!! Thanks for your presence here! You challenge and motivate me!

Daily His,

Ally