"Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up unto everlasting life.""
His name was Big Blue. Don't think that I have lost my mind but yes, I am going to tell you about a large thermal blue tumbler that housed a lid and was held by a handle that I carried with me everywhere I went. You would find cold, fresh, ice water in it at all times. No other drink could be placed in this cup because it just didn't taste right.
I had been carrying Blue with me for quite some time and the boys knew what was always to be found in him. Every afternoon I picked them up from school the boys would race to the car to see who could get to him first and take a long, thirst quenching drink. They would be red-faced and glistening with sweat as they bolted inside to grab the beloved cup.
You see, right before leaving work I would be sure and refill Blue with fresh ice water because I knew my boys would be thirsty and I wanted them reaching for my cup to satisfy and refresh themselves after a long day of school, I loved to watch their expression as they got their fill.
Just like water refreshing them Dana and I wanted them to be filled and refreshed with the Word of God in our home. I would read to them in our morning devotional time before school. We had that special time everyday year after year. I spent time during my own quiet time praying that the Word was getting into them. That they would become familiar with scripture and how to use it in their daily lives (at times I wondered if that time was making a difference at all). The Lord would remind me over and over to keep being consistent and to trust in Him.
We must be faithful to show our children God's way and teach them His life-sustaining Word. Take time to sit in your home and read the Bible to them. Don't underestimate a child hearing you read from God's Word. He will allow your children to hear and know the importance of what they are hearing..."and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6)
"That the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments." (Ps. 78:6-7)
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, thank You for Your Word that refreshes and confirms our faith. Help me to continue to give that life-giving water to my children and their children. I pray that through our family, with each generation, Your Water will sustain our thirsty souls with Your goodness. In Jesus' name. Amen.