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Running Water, Watching Over Me and Lemonade

waterJanuary 6, 2018 – Running Water

Camping has long been a vacation pass time for many families. There are many people, young and old that love to be out in the wild, to experience what it feels like to get away from our fast and social, technical world.

Most vacation camping spots that rent cabins have some of the modern conveniences such as running water, electricity and plumbing. In fact, there probably are not that many that do not. Owners had to update everything to keep up with the changing wants of their customers.

When I was younger, I got to go camping a couple times with the last foster home I was in. We really did rough it for a weekend. We camped near a stream one time, slept in tents and the back seat of our cars. We cooked over an open fire and went potty out in the woods, and we hauled water by the bucket loads up to our camp site.

The second time we went, we rented a cabin. It had running water, plumbing and electricity. In fact it even had a refrigerator, stove and cable TV. To some that is really roughing it, but for the true to heart, avid camper it is still too much modernization.

Today we have people who have moved out to the wilderness and have learned how to live off the land. They have learned to live without electricity, plumbing, running water, electronics and all the technology that is rampant in today’s society. I think they are called “preppers”.https://www.prepperwebsite.com/

There are still isolated areas in the world where plumbing, running water, electricity and all forms of technology do not exist. Sadly, in these areas, usually small villages, a ditch runs through the middle of their huts that serves as the bathroom and as their drinking water. It is not unusual for disease and illness to run rampant in these places.

As for myself? I think camping again would be fun, maybe sometime, but today I am thankful for running water but I’m even more thankful for the running water supplied from God.

Isaiah 44:3for I will pour out water on the thirsty land and the streams on dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring and My blessing on your descendants.

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Christ of the Ozarks

Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

January 7, 2018 – Watching Over Me

All of my life I have had a feeling that someone was watching. As a child I was certain that parents were around every corner, watching to make sure I was behaving. I had a feeling that no matter what I did, they would know about it without anyone telling them.

As I got older, I still had that feeling that I was being watched, even though there would be no one around, I felt like someone was there. Many of friends would laugh if I talked about, telling me I was paranoid or that I must have a ghost following me around.

As I grew in my walk with the Lord, I begin to realize that all those time I felt like I was being watched, I was. He was watching over me. No matter what I was going through, good or bad, he was there with me, waiting and watching. Waiting for me to accept him and watching to make sure I made it through all the valleys I wandered in. Today I am so thankful to know that he is still watching over me.

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good

Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

lemonsJanuary 8, 2018 – Lemonade

There is a saying that I have heard off and on all my life. “When life gives lemons, make lemonade”. For the most part I just ignored it assuming it was some kind of joke and not advice from caring people. It took many years before I realized what they were saying to me. It goes along with the sayings like “behind every cloud is a silver lining” and “there is a blessing hiding in everything.

While I could rant and rave about all the bad things that have happened to me over the years, I can clearly see that in each circumstance, something eventually good came out of it. It wasn’t always something good for me, but someone, somewhere along the way benefited from my trial and I, myself learned many valuable lessons.

So, when life started throwing those lemons at me or when I see that heavy cloud rolling in, I start planning my recipes for lemonade and I start watching for that silver lining. Today I am thankful that the lord has been teaching me to make lemonade.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days So that we won’t take anything for granted.

John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

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