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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Is There A Hole In Your Bucket?

It’s the hottest part of the day – not a cloud in the sky.  She waits until the others head back to their homes before wandering outside. With a large water pot on her head, she quickly makes her way down the dusty road as it winds through the maze of shops and residences to the outskirts of town.

Jacob’s Well was in the vicinity of Sychar, and had an elaborate stone-face wall encircling it. Many generations of shepherds, travelers and townspeople had frequented this famous landmark for its life-giving commodity. Innumerable herds of sheep, goats and camels drank from its life-giving spring generation after generation.

Jesus of Nazareth was traveling back to Galilee, but He had reason to go through Samaria. The Apostle John in chapter 4 of his gospel tells us that He was weary from His journey, and sat down by the well. When a local woman began to draw out water, Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” The woman reacted in a rather predictable manner as she stated, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” John tells us that Jews did not have dealings or conversations with Samaritans, especially women.

It is Jesus’ answer that still speaks to our hearts today: “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” That “gift” is still available to all who ask. Nothing has changed in over 2000 years. His gift of forgiveness of sins, redemption, reconciliation, and eternal life is what He offered to the Samaritan woman then, and He offers the same to each of us today: a thirst quenching drink for a lost parched soul.

His reply to her rather condescending remarks about Him not having a bucket or pot to draw from makes it clear that she had no clue who was talking with her. This was Jehovah God, the One who made a Holy Covenant with Abram, Isaac and Jacob. Here in front of her stood the Creator of the heavens and earth – the very One who gathered together the waters and formed the seas. Jesus said to those who followed him, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38.

The woman looked at Him, and looked deep within herself. She said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”  You see, her bucket had holes in it. She couldn’t bear the thought of returning to that well over and over again without the hope of discovering something new. She was weary of the same old lies and disappointment. She was desperate for a real change in her life. She was sick and tired of dragging around a leaky old bucket.

Don’t we often do the same thing?  We go down to the same old well when no one is watching. We venture out while the “heat” of disappointment and disillusionment is beating down on us.  We avoid pain and confrontation. No one really understands our plight. We’re living a lie, and have gotten really good at covering up the truth. Things have to change one of these days, doesn’t it? 

All the while, what we’re really looking for is something refreshing and thirst-quenching. Jesus is waiting there for us. He meets us at the Well of Life and offers us a fountain of Living Water, drawn from the depths of His Spirit.

This is the first stanza of the hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing  (Robert Robinson)

Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise:
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount – O fix me on it,
Mount of God’s unchanging love.










Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.

http://www.Godmissionpossible.com 







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6 comments:

  1. Great post, Deborah! I especially loved this one. Oh, to have that Fountain bubble over constantly! Blessings to you!

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  2. Beautiful post Deborah. Thank you.

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  3. Thanks for posting Deborah! I'm definitely passing this on :) Blessings and thanks again for visiting my blog as well. Appreciated your encouraging words :)

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  4. Lynn - you bless me with your kind words!
    Dee - thanks for your encouragement sister!
    Amanda - you are a blessing to many!

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  5. Love this! Deborah, such a powerful post. Thank you!

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  6. Thank you so much Dineen. Glad you liked it! God bless...

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