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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Weary (05/03/12)

TITLE: Drink of Life & Vitality
By C D Swanson


He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 (NKJV)

The rivers flow endlessly, the ocean moves mysteriously,the lakes abound in beauty, and the water slakes our thirst forever more. We are refreshed daily in Your boundless depths of infinite love. Never more weary...complete and filled with Your essence of life and love.

The tranquil waters whisper Your name as we gaze and marvel at Your handiwork. Your Hands paint the magnificent landscape of our souls. Your touch releases love and hope.

We walk in Faith, not by sight and yet we see all that You have created. The mountains that brush the majestic heavens. The vibrant flowers,the colors of the sky. The rain that crashes down hard... yet gentle enough so that it doesn't harm the flowers or petals.

The snow that cascades while dancing to the ground, each snowflake unique…as it blankets the earth in exquisite beauty. The baby deer struggling to stand as its mother licks it clean. The cuddly kitten that mews softly, the puppy opening its eyes as he looks for his mommy. The newborn baby that wails as he takes his first breath outside his mother's womb. Life...breath vibrance.

All things were created by You. We belong to You. With each step we take we want to become more Christ-like in our characters. We want to reveal our true spiritual selves…The one that will please You my Lord. We are the fruit of the Spirit, so therefore Christ lives in those who believe and accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

Being for Christ, and of Christ opens up a whole new dimension in us. The Lord wants to watch us grow. The living water abounds…the tranquil waters call and speak Your name ever so softly Lord. They know who is Lord and Master. As we know You Lord…We have You dwelling within us. We have You with us always. So, therefore we are filled with light and energy...Your presence lights from within and weariness cannot abide, it's pushed aside. Vitality everlasting strength and love envelop our souls replete with Your Sovereign splendor.

Christ is the true church and the One who will always be there. He promises us peace. He promises us eternal life. He is our redeemer. He is our King of Kings. He is our friend. He is our everything. He is the victorious conqueror of death. He is our salvation and our shade when we are scorched in the sun. He is beyond all measure and scope of understanding for our mortal minds to comprehend. But, we do know He is special, He is the truth, He is our hope, our reality, and HE is LOVE.

So, the next time we walk by a lake, a river,or an ocean, listen intently to the sound of the Living Waters. We will hear them whisper Christ's name. For He is the true Living waters, and the One that will refresh our souls...thirst be gone, weary no more.

Be Loyal to The Faith "Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.”
2 Timothy 1:13-14 (NKJV)



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Leola Ogle 05/10/12
So beautifully written. All creation speaks of our Father's majesty. I especially like the reference to natural, earthly waters as a reminder that Christ if the Living Water. Good job! God bless!
Dannie Hawley 05/11/12
You have beautifully described your thoughts about our precious Lord in this colorfully illustrated devotional piece. Thanks for putting in words my own feelings.
Theresa Santy 05/11/12
So beautiful, like a poem, but not. Filled with a deep sense of glory, so quenching and pure.
Marina Rojas05/13/12
Quite a lovely tribute to the living waters that is Jesus. Good imagery.
Edmond Ng 05/14/12
Well done on a nicely written uplifting piece!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/15/12
This is so beautiful. I could picture the scenes you painted so vividly. It may be a tad weak on topic even though you mentioned it in the end. However that doesn't lessen the impact your words will have on everyone who reads them.
Hiram Claudio05/16/12
Brilliant! Totally wonderful and loaded with images there were vivid and soothing at the same time. What an awesome piece truly worthy of the title ... devotion ... for a loving devotional heart sprang from this. Such a blessing to read. Thank you!
Linda Goergen05/16/12
My thoughts echoed Hiram as I read this…such a blessing to read! This is so beautiful and it brings peace to a weary heart in the reading of it. It is like a prayer of devotion to our Lord, who is the giver of strength and life. Absolutely amazing and awesome piece! Applause!
Janice Quimby05/17/12
You did a good job of describing God's witness to all of us through nature. It reminds me of the passage in Rom that makes it clear that men are without excuse because of the revelation in nature. Thanks for a beautiful entry.