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“Rivers of living water will flow
from the heart of anyone
who believes in me.”
Jesus
 
 
Recently, one of my close friends had an experience that I found inspiring.  I asked her to write about it so that I could share her story with you;  I pray that it challenges you like it has challenged me.
 
 My Friend’s Story 
 
After a long day at a home with my children, my husband gave me a much-needed break.  I went to a restaurant with my Bible and journal in hopes of being rejuvenated.  When I got there, I saw a nice booth by the window in the bar section.  I decided to do my reading and journaling there, though it seemed funny to me to have my “quiet time” in a bar.  While I was there, I ordered something to eat.  When the bartender delivered my food, I struck up a conversation with her.  After chatting for a few minutes, I asked her if there were anything I could pray for her about.  She looked somewhat surprised and sat down across from me.  Then she said, “No one has ever asked me that before.”  She seemed genuinely touched.  She then proceeded to tell me about some financial struggles she and her husband were having.  I asked, “Would it be OK if I prayed for you right now?”  “Sure” she replied, so I prayed specifically about the things she had mentioned.  
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In the months that followed, I continued to think about the bartender.  Gradually, I started to feel that the Lord was leading me to give her one thousand dollars, money that I had been saving (for a long) time in my benevolence fund.  I decided I would visit her at the bar and give her the money.  It had been eight months since our first encounter, so I wondered if she would remember me.  I decided to enclose the cash inside a card so I could write her a note.  In the card, I told her what my life was like because I knew the Lord.  I also enclosed a short essay that I had written, explaining how much God loves us, along with my phone number.  I wrote that I would be happy to answer any questions she might have, but that there was no pressure to contact me.

I was very nervous about going to see her, but I went anyway.  When I arrived, I sat down and waited while she was with other customers.  When she got to me, I asked, “Do you remember me?  I was here several months ago.”  At first she gave me a blank look, but then she said, “Oh yes, you were my angel who prayed for me.”  I was really surprised by this, but I was pleased that she remembered me.  I gave her the card and asked her to open it on her way home.

I left the bar feeling exhilarated.  It was so wonderful to follow through on what I felt the Lord was asking me to do.  I never did hear from my bartender friend, but I know that her life (and mine) is different because of how the Lord used me.
 
Good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.  1 Timothy 5:25  

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every tear

 

For the Lamb …will lead them
To springs of water.
And God will wipe away
Every tear from their eyes.
Revelation 7:17

 

My Dad

I grew up hearing his stories
but not this story
of being forgotten
 
his mother left him many times
before the final leaving
she took her children to the movie theatre
(age seven, five and four)
leaving them there alone
choosing wine and party
 
they waited hours after the movie
for her to remember and return
a kind man had compassion
and waited with them
 
my heart travels to the past
and breaks
for the loneliness,
the pain,
the future abandonment
waiting around the corner
 
looking at them
I can see their future
I know the amazing things
they will accomplish
because they will be captured
by One who rescues hearts
 
 
For my parents:
Happy forty-fourth wedding anniversary!
God has used your marriage to flow
“springs of living water” into my life. 
With love, Sara

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I also told them about
 The gracious hand of
My God upon me.
 
Nehemiah 2:18  
 
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Since September, I have been studying the Life of Moses with a lovely group of women.  Last Wednesday was our last day to be together, so we had a time of sharing.  It was a rich morning of feasting on the stories God has been writing in our lives.  Two women shared what they want the Lord to say to them when it comes time to be “gathered to their people”  (based on Deuteronomy 32:50).  Judy said she wants the Lord to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Pat said she wants to hear, “She did as the Lord commanded.”
 
Both women talked about the legacy they want to leave behind.  We are all leaving a legacy, and as we live our story, we get to choose what that legacy will be…
 
I am reading the book To Be Told, by Dan Allender, Ph.D., and he highlights the importance of telling each other our stories.  The book jacket says, “By reading To Be Told, you will gain a clear sense of how God has written your life so far, and how God is leading you into the rest of your story.  God wants you to read your story from its beginning — every chapter, both the hope and the heartache.  He helps you understand the brokenness as well as the joy.”
 
 
My Dad has recently started a blog: Your Story Matters

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