As we get closer to Easter, I hope you find these photos and thoughts as an opportunity for reflection and inspiration.
THIRST: Have you ever chugged glass after glass of water after a long time out in the sun or a tough workout, but felt that your thirst just wasn’t being quenched? I know that I often go looking to “quench my thirst” in life through my own accomplishments. Although they can be exciting for a bit, they always fall short in the long run. It’s through our faith that this need is fulfilled. For the Bible says, “If anyone is thirsty let him come to Me and drink.” John 7:37-38
BLESS: A song I like, “Bless the Lord, o my soul. O my soul. Worship His holy name. Sing like never before. O my soul. I worship your Holy name.” (10,000 Reasons by Matthew Redman) I went to St. Patrick’s church during lunch on Monday and felt blessings pour over me with a deeper sense of what Lent is about.
NO: I’m convinced that when things in life are hard and we begin to focus on how we, and we alone, can improve them they only tend to get worse. I learned about the effects of spiritual warfare during my weeks leading up to my first mission trip last summer. Life seemed stressful and overwhelming. When you feel like things in your life just can’t be done, take a step back and shut down the Devil’s work in making you think, “no, I can’t do this.” Through faith anything is possible to overcome–it’s time to start saying YES!
FIND: We are all trying to find our way in the world, even the daffodils that bloom in the spring (or a little earlier like this bunch in early March). As I’ve grown in my faith journey, I have realized that I don’t have to keep looking for God. He finds us and we are to be faithful. He expects us to bloom where we are planted.
FAITHFUL: St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC. I stopped there during lunch one day and through those church doors could feel the faithful presence of fellow Christians in prayer and quiet time.
ATE: As someone who has been active all my life, I know that what I eat makes a huge difference in how I feel. I love fruits and veggies and eating healthy, but I also have a sweet tooth. It’s my weakness. Yes, I admit, I have justified eating a cookie (or two) knowing that I am going for a run later. When I set goals for a race and am consistent with a training plan, I don’t crave what’s bad for me nearly as much. I think the same is true of feeding our lives on Christ. The more we feast on the word, the less likely we are to want to keep the junk in our lives.
HAPPY: In my family, we call our favorite beach town in New Jersey our “happy place” because of all the fun-filled summer adventures we’ve had over the years. You hear all kinds of other phrases out there like “happy is where the home is” and “don’t worry, be happy.” As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned that you can’t rely on other people to make you happy, it has to come from within and within, for me, means relying on the wisdom and love that God brings to our lives. Being happy is something that we are all capable of, just don’t be afraid to ask for God’s encouragement along the way.