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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Happiness and Joy: Are They Identical?

 

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Happiness is not the same as joy.

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Happiness depends on circumstances. Joy is above circumstances.

Happiness is like a roller-coaster going up and down, even by the moment.  Joy is like a deep well that never runs dry.

Happiness is external. Joy is internal.

Happiness comes from what happens to me. Joy comes from Yeshua the Messiah Who lives in me. 

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

         ` ~ Habakkuk 3:17-18

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The Bean of Life

No Substitute for the Water of Life

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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My husband calls the coffee bean “the bean of life.” Every morning, he sees to it that I have a cup of that bean in liquid form. As I take the first sip, I have to agree with my husband’s assessment. 

That first sip of morning coffee rings, sings, and zings. 🙂  As it rushes through my veins, the residue of sleep fog in my brain suddenly vanishes, and I am imbued with physical and mental energy. I am ready to face the day.

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While the coffee bean may ignite “life” in the physical body, there is another beverage that will ignite life in the spirit. This spiritual beverage is called “Living Water.” It comes from the Well of the Holy Spirit that is found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

One day, Jesus stopped at a well in Samaria. Jews were forbidden to interact with Samaritans, but, as usual, Jesus superseded man-made laws with a higher law, the Law of Love. 

A woman came to the well, and Jesus engaged her.  Here is their conversation found in John 4: 4-15:

“Now he [Jesus] had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 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.”

A spring of water welling up to eternal life! What wonderful news!  Jesus wants to give you living water that will awaken your spirit!

The Living Water of Christ is available to all who are thirsty for it. And, once they drink of it, they will never thirst again!

Are you thirsty today? Do you need a drink of the Living Water of Christ? If so, it is yours for the asking. Just go to Jesus and tell Him you are thirsty for His Living Water. Then drink deeply, until you are satisfied. And go back for more when you are thirsty again. The Living Well will never run dry.

And now, in honor of my husband, I will close with a humorous poem he wrote about my morning cup of the liquid “Bean of Life”:

The Bean of Life
by Dominic Diorio

I’ve been beckoned by the Bean of Life.
I feel compelled to go.
For I must fetch for my Beloved,
Her morning Cup of Joe! 

Who knows? My knight in shining armor of 45 years may be the next poet laureate! 🙂

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