Flowing and Full

One of the things I really enjoy doing, on a short distance basis, is running. For those of you who are avid runners what I do you might categorize as a fast walk – nevertheless, I break a sweat, breath hard and come out the other side feeling thoroughly exercised.

On one of those running/walking adventures, David and I decided to make our little lake the place of choice. Me, because I like the scenery; David, because he wants to check out the fish situation.

Home Lake

As the sweat was pouring off my head, David asked if I wanted to stop and get a drink from the beautiful “stagnate” – I’m sure of it – lake. My quick and witty response “NO!” was followed by my infamous “you’ve got to be crazy” look.

(no picture available – darn)

He chuckled knowing I wouldn’t be so brave and trotted on.

Later on that day, after I had cooled down and caught my breath, I began thinking about our brief conversation.

I can’t think when I’m hot and tired.

My mind was captivated by the beauty and peace found by the small circumference of water, but it was troubled by the fact you only wanted to look at it and not partake of any of it’s other benefits.

When I laid everything out on the table of discovery I began to see a picture of more than just a pretty lake. I began seeing those same things – pretty to look at, but stagnate on the inside – sometimes rendered a picture of me.

Then other pictures began emerging…churches, houses, (you fill in the blank)!

As people who fill those churches and houses, and whatever pictures you developed, we need to keep our river flowing. We need to fill ourselves up with the overflowing love of Christ so we don’t become stagnate and loose our ability to bring flavor and refreshment to a world so thirsty they’ll drink almost anything.

Christ said, “Whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.” and “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, from his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”

Thunderbird Falls

I am overtaken by the imagery of these scriptures (John 4:14 & John 7:38 AMP). In Christ we are not a stagnate pool, but we have the capability to be a continuously, bubbling, and flowing river of living water. A spring full and overflowing.

 

Finding Balance in the Spin

I find myself at a loss of words. The world around me seems to be spinning faster and faster. At an alarming rate with which I can not control.

I can not “contain“…

No, let’s try…”find my balance”.

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#rediscover

Over the past several weeks – that have turned into months – I have found myself struggling to find the right words to share.

My senses and emotions are on overload! Things around me are starting to bring a pain into my heart like I have never felt before.

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The Re’s of Life

I am in the process of re-inventing relationship with my dad. Since the onset of his dementia I am walking through a season of re-growth with him. (Read more about that here.)

Boots

We are having to re-create and re-define how we interact with one another. Although he still knows I am his daughter, my name isn’t so easily re-called.

His past memories seem to be occupying more of his mind lately, so we stroll down memory lane a lot. I have learned to find the joy in that because he seems to recollect memories that bring a smile to his face and twinkle to his eye.

I also have learned to embrace those moments when his mind allows me a faint glimpse of the man I know and remember.

Those times engulf me like a big hug.

One such hug was a day I found my dad sitting at a table with a group of people playing dominoes.

When he saw me walk in he said “hi” with a big smile and introduced me to the group. “This is my daughter, Stacy. Do you mind if she joins us?”

I sat down next to him and he proceeded to kick all our butts…in dominoes!

And he knew it!

I have never been so happy to lose.

This day was such a reminder to me on how important it is to feel remembered, known, and cherished.

It was such a beautiful picture of how Jesus greets us every time we come to the table to sit with Him.

The only difference…

He re-positions us to win every time. (1 Cor. 15:57, 1 John 5:4)

RE is defined…again, or again, and again. Which indicates to me it is an active and continual process.

EVEN WHEN WE MISS A FEW VISITS!