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"If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water ... whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:10, 13b

Pictured above, on the left, is a glorious elixir that quenched every bit of my thirst. The name was a bit shaming to order, "Hangover Rx," but the refreshing taste made it worth it. So much so, I sought it out across the country a couple of weeks later, except the second time, I had no shame or hesitation.

Sometimes, I hesitate to ask for or do the very thing that will quench my thirst. [I've transitioned to the context of a spiritual thirst now.]

I find it easy to get caught up in the daily grind, and it's easy to feel mundane there. Wake up, go to work, workout, eat, socialize, etc. We find ourselves going through the motions with days and weeks flying by faster than we would like. Suddenly, it's summer time and the dreams and aspirations we have for this season hang in mid air hoping we will have adventure, but also get things done, and maybe even encounter something glorious (fingers crossed!).

There are beautiful moments when I feel the rush of believing in those aspirations without a shred of doubt. However, more often, I am a little fearful of the pace that days flash by without experiencing all that I hope for. The daily grind holds me hostage. I start to forget that there's a perspective outside of "in the thick of it."

Maybe you can relate. I recently felt compelled to write a sister in Christ a little note reminding her that Jesus sees her and he is so dang proud of the life she is living. The Holy Spirit nudged me to articulate how beautiful her story is, even if the day to day feels challenging, monotonous, or even wonderful. If you're like me, when you write notes like this, you start to realize that as you're speaking to a sister, the Holy Spirit is using the very same words to speak to you. (Funny how he works like that...)

It's so easy for us to encourage one another, offer counsel, and love ferociously when it comes to our dearest ones, but what about your soul, sweet girl? When was the last time you listened to those words tumbling out of your mouth or the sentences you so thoughtfully strung together on a little card for a friend in need of some love?

It's humbling and it's hard. To take our own advice that is.

Jesus wants you to see the broad brush strokes perspective of your life. It's freaking beautiful. It's a masterpiece. He's proud of your perseverance and your faith. He adores your little quirks. The things you're trying to change, or desire to, about your family, your job, your relationships, and/or yourself, he is cheering you on. He wants you to know that from his perspective you're making progress, even if it feels like you took a few steps back today.

Your story is sacred. Your life is unique. Your dreams are precious.

Jesus is holding each part of you with the utmost care. He's in the details of your life, your day to day. Phone calls, laundry, meetings, crying children, meal prepping, travel and all. He's in the thick of it with you, but today, I believe he wants you to take a step back and see it from his perspective.

Stop analyzing with a microscope what Jesus views through a look of love. 

Who you are today is enough. Your past, present, and future are in your Creator's hands, the very hands that formed you.

You're going to be okay. Your life will turn out beautiful.

"Jesus turned to her and saw her, 'Take heart, daughter,' he said, 'your faith has healed you.'"Matthew 9:22