Sitting at the kitchen table drinking my first
pot cup of coffee of the day I clicked on the message notification icon and was met with another message from a woman pouring her heart out to me. The past few weeks I have felt a strong pull to share more about struggles I wrestle with. In doing so I have received many messages, in solidarity, from women in all different walks of life. The common theme to every conversation was this: in the midst of darkness and shame these women, like me, questioned their worth and existence. I would be lying if I said I never had those thoughts, in fact they have taken up residency in my mind for so long time I should have started charging rent. The truth is those words are all lies from the enemy meant to keep us from experiencing all of the greatness God has in store for us.
My family and I have been taking advantage of the down time that has come with the quarantine and started taking art lessons online. One particular day my son was in the middle of a pastel creation when his pastel crayon broke. I could see the frustration blanket his face as he got up from his chair, crayon in hand, and walked over to the trash can. “What are you doing?” I asked. He held up the two peices of crayon in his hand without saying a word.“You know broken crayons still color, right?” I responded.
If broken crayons can still be used to make art then God can use us and all of our brokenness for beautiful and big things!Christina Zambrano The Joyful Ginger Blogs
By now most of us have heard the Bible story of the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4). It is a story that brings me hope so I wanted to share. The Samaritan woman left her home during the day when it was hot to gather water. Typically this would be collected in the evening as temperatures dropped, but she didn’t want to run into anyone.
Shame will do that to us, it will make us hide in solitude. Luckily we can’t hide from a Father who will meet us in the mess! Jesus was at that well waiting for her and asks her for a drink. Because of her sin and shame she quickly gets defensive. (Raise your hand if you can relate to that 👋)
“The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”” John 4:9-10 NLT.
The Samaritan woman continues to question Jesus and He responds with a truth bomb (✋ 🎤).
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”
He then reveals who He is to the woman, despite her history! She was so full of joy she left her jug of water at the well to spread the good news. He chose a repeat sinner to lead a community to Him with her testimony.
We have all heard the term “thirsty“ used in today’s culture. It means trying too hard, usually to describe a man trying to get attention from a woman. The thing is we all can be “thirsty” at times. When we put our validation and self worth in things of the world (social media likes, money, attention from the opposite sex) we will remain thirsty. Nothing in this world can quench the thirst our soul craves, only The Living Water can do that! Nothing that you could have done will make you unworthy of His greatness and Love. He is ready to fill you up!