WHEN YOUR WELL RUNS DRY

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
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Have you been feeling weary lately? Overwhelmed? Wishing you could get off the treadmill of life?

Well, you can! 

All it takes is a decision. But not the decision you may think.

For instance, you don’t necessarily have to quit your job or stop going to school. You don’t necessarily have to give up volunteering at your favorite charity or playing on your favorite sports team. In fact, you don’t necessarily have to stop any activity you are currently engaged in.

But, you may have to learn to turn inward to Jesus in you to fill up your well.

I lead a busy life. I spend several hours a day writing books and marketing them. I write two weekly blogs, and I prepare for and teach a weekly Bible study. I also tutor a student in French. In addition, I spend several hours a week enjoying my children and grandchildren. Like you, I am tempted to feel overwhelmed. But I’ve discovered a secret that keeps me going all day long.

My secret is my Inner Well.

I like to call it my Oasis–the place deep inside me where I continually commune with Jesus. The place deep inside me where I go whenever I need to be refreshed or whenever I simply want to hear my Lord’s sweet voice.

And I go there several times a day.

When I am the busiest on the outside, you will find me at my Inner Well. When life’s pressures bombard me, you will find me at my Inner Well. 

When I am spending time with my family, you will find me at my Inner Well.

You see, I spend a lot of time at my Inner Well. He is the Life-Giving Water from which I continually drink. My own little well can’t hold much water. And the little water that it does hold gets used up fast. So, I need to go back to my Inner Well continually. 

Interestingly, Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at a well. He knew that her inner well was dry because she was looking in the wrong place to fill it. She was looking to the world–to relationships with men–to obtain what only Jesus could give her. 

We do the same thing whenever we look to something other than God to meet our needs. To fill our well. That “something” may be drugs, alcohol, nicotine, sex, food, work, sports, social media, hobbies, our spouse, our children—the list could go on and on.

But when we look in the wrong places to fill our well, our well will eventually run dry. Why? Because earthly water is not enough to satisfy the soul’s thirst. The soul requires heavenly water to quench its thirst.

What about you? Has your well run dry? Perhaps you’re drinking from the wrong well. 

There is only one Well that will satisfy your soul. That Well is Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? If not, I urge you to meet Him today. I’ll introduce you to Him. He already knows you. Just click here to start drinking from the only Well that will end your soul thirst forever.

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Healing Your Hurting Heart

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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beauty girl cryDoes your heart hurt? I don’t mean your physical heart. I mean your emotional heart. Does it hurt?  If so, read on.

Every one of us has experienced hurt in our lives. For some, that hurt may have been very deep; for others, not so much. Also, the depth to which we feel a hurt has a lot to do with our personalities, our life circumstances, and our perceptions. But all of us have been hurt.

God never intended for our hearts to be hurt. He intended for them to be whole and at peace. But when we look at our lives, we may be tempted to think that with all the problems we face, with all the stress that assails us, and with all of the horrors in the world, how can anyone ever be at peace?

The truth is that no matter what is going on around us, we can be at peace. Peace is an inside job.

Okay, you may be thinking. That’s easier said than done. You don’t know what my life is like.  You’re right. I don’t. But if it’s anything like mine, it brings new trials every single day, trials that only make the baggage we are already carrying that much heavier.

So what’s a person to do?

Here are some things that have helped me to live in peace on the inside:

1) Make sure you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. We can never know true peace unless we know Jesus. If you don’t yet have a relationship with him, click here.

2) Take mini-breaks with Jesus throughout the day.  I picture my soul as a refreshing oasis where I go to meet Jesus several times a day. When the pressure is on from the outside, I stop what I’m doing and turn inward. I picture myself sitting next to Jesus by a beautiful stream. I talk with Him and listen to what He wants to say to me at that moment. Spending time with Jesus in this way always relieves the stress and fills me with the joy and strength I need to go back to my work in peace.

Brother Lawrence, a 17th-century lay brother in the Carmelite order, wrote a short book on this practice that has become a Christian classic called The Practice of the Presence of God. I highly recommend you read it.

3) Ask Jesus to restore your soul. That’s one of His jobs, you know.  The Bible says this in Psalm 23: 3: “He restores my soul.”  To restore means to bring back to its original, intended condition. As we said earlier, God’s original intention for your soul was wholeness and peace. When you trust God to restore your soul, He will.

Years ago, I was driving down a country road feeling very happy on my way to visit a friend.  Suddenly, I began to sob uncontrollably, so much so that I had to pull over to the side of the road. The whole situation was really strange, but I knew God was doing something inside of me.  When I asked the Lord what was happening, He spoke these words that I will never forget. He said, “My precious daughter, your life was built on a foundation of lies, but I am tearing down that false foundation of lies and rebuilding your life on the Truth.” 

As I heard the Lord’s words deep within my spirit, I began to rejoice and to worship Him right there in my car. This event happened many years ago, and I can say that God has indeed torn down the false foundation of lies and continues to rebuild my soul on the truth of His Word.

If your heart is hurting, there is hope for you. Turn to Jesus Christ, the only One Who can truly heal your hurting heart. He healed mine, and He will do the same for you.

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