Finding water “under the sun”

I have just begun reading the Book of Ecclesiastes along with the “Good Morning Girls” blog.

Before I started, I had no idea what this book of the bible was about. And although I am committed to reading the bible, I must admit that I get intimidated by the Old Testament. And heck…I was even intimidated spelling Ecclesiastes!

But I know that God will you use the bible to teach me. Even through unfamiliar things.

Last week, my friend Beth Reed talked about rest. I thought I would be totally good with this topic because I love to rest!!  NAPS are one of my specialties!!  But I got a new perspective on REST and what these verses mean….

““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.””

Matthew 11:28-30


God wants us to come to Him by reading His Word, the Bible, and he will refresh us with the Living Water.

He will carry our burden.

We may not get physical rest in that moment (or that season) but we can rest our minds and souls !!!

So back to the Old Testament I go…to be refreshed

Another friend of mine, Amy Hale, posted this to Facebook:

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Now I was totally “IN” and getting excited because the current state of our world seems truly confusing and frustrating.

This week we started in the first chapter {you may be thinking: duh!  but last week we did a bit of history digging into the author, Solomon}  Here is a recap that I LOVE from doodlethroughthebible.com  (You can even color the page yourself 🙂

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This was the discussion question I was left to ponder as closed my bible this morning.

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I spent the day with a “Moms of Teens” and fellow Navy Wife friend, Jennifer. This funny, humble, brave woman is currently going through chemo for breast cancer.  We went to the West clinic today to get her some IV fluids because of her low BP.

I believe we both had a good perspective. In this environment, where so many people are faced with a potentially deadly disease, and are enduring painful and tedious treatments, it seems imperative to have hope of the things “above the sun”.

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Jennifer and I discussed her current medical updates (like a shrinking tumor) and her treatment side effects (you can’t miss her newly bald head). We also chatted about our families. It wasn’t a talk about heavenly things but with a confidence in our heavenly Father and our minds aware of Him.

{ #aimup and arrow symbols are reminders to me of where to set my mind. It was a theme from a retreat several years ago and themes, symbols, artwork, even jewelry and clothes, etc.  help my brain to be saturated … this one is now ingrained in me!  } 

We waited much longer than last time for her to be called back to the nurses area. We considered coloring, (I brought my pencils and sheets) but it wasn’t sounding good to Jen today.   My sweet, brave friend was tired. But at the same time radiating a peace and a sense of gratitude. I have been recording video blogs and pasting them in our Facebook group this year. {my teen daughter informed me that that is called Vlogging. And honestly, it is easier for me to talk than to type!!} And we talked about recording a Vlog for Jennifer to share her thanks to the Moms of Teens group for their support, prayers and meals. She truly has a heart of gratitude.
We took a walk out on the garden terrace for a change of scenery  {Jen brought her pager with her… they have really cool pagers that light up and tell you where to go when they are ready for you.}  It was a HOT, sunny day and the terrace was deserted except for the wilted flowers. Jennifer recognized their weary state and said they needed water. I looked around behind the planters and found a hose. Jen was tired but perked up when I handed her the nozzle.

She watered the parched land.

And we recorded her gratitude Vlog.


It reminded me:

We have access to the Living Water.

He will quench our thirst in the dry and hot land of temporary things under the sun.

 

 

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DAD’S DAY

Meredith, This brought tears to my eyes. This is so well written and amazing insight into how how God used this situation. And what a lesson on forgiveness. As a friend and prayer partner of your Mom’s, I have prayed for you and your brother since middle school. During your parents divorce, I was quite angry with your Dad. One day at Houston HS I was talking to your Mom in the auditorium. Your Dad had shown up too and your Mom needed to discuss something with him. She asked me and another friend to stand near by as she was nervous. We stood there and prayed behind them. I could sense evil all around him. That sounds weird and I don’t know that I have felt that so acutely before. I just knew there was a spiritual battle going on. And honestly, I confessed to another friend that I had a desire to punch him. Don’t think I have ever punched anyone but I wanted to. My own parents divorced when I was in elementary school and perhaps old wounds were being rubbed. But truly I sensed evil.
Fast forward to a year or so later (I think). I knew y’all had moved and I hadn’t seen your Mom much. I was walking into Costco and I saw you Mom walking in with a man. I sensed love and peace in their body language. I assumed she had a boyfriend and I felt joy in my heart. And then the cart turned and I saw the “boyfriend”. It was your Dad!! I was surprised (and I had zero desire to punch him.:-) ) In fact, I was overwhelmed with the presence of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know any details. We exchanged quick pleasantries. And I walked with lightness through the store knowing that I had a little glimpse into the spiritual battle that is going on all around us.
Thanks for sharing your part of the story.
xo,
Melissa Fagan

Meredith Druelinger

Oh dads! The joy of endless dad jokes and the slight annoyance when they choose to drag them out forever. Classic.

Well I want to take a second and talk about my dad. For those of you who don’t know him-he is the most genuine, down-to-earth, hard-working guy EVER. End of story. He is the greatest Christian influence in my life and let me tell you why…

My sophomore year, my parents went through a horrible divorce. My dad moved out and I almost went a year without speaking to him. I know what you’re thinking… “WOOAAAHHH Meredith, you went from greatest Christian influence to going through tragic divorce.”  You didn’t let me finish. The important details come after the story.

God gave me these circumstances. I begged to not feel pain or even go through this at all. But instead of changing my circumstances, He used them. It turns…

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