Living in this broken temple can sometimes feel like prison….

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….but they serve the best bread and water here!

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. (John 4:14)  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

I heard from a fellow blogger the other day, with words that were precious to my ears.  She said “your blog is very positive”.  If you read “Positivity” a few days back, you will have some idea that being positive does not come easy for me, under the circumstances, but I am consciously trying because whenever something doesn’t come easy, I generally tend to try hard to rise to the challenge.

Yesterday was one of the hardest days out of a very long string of hard days.  About 90 of them, to be exact.

Today I am missing the wedding of a very special couple, on bed rest due to severe exhaustion after several weeks of recurrent flu-like symptoms, and stress of medical testing, in a futile attempt to find the underlying reason for more new and troubling symptoms.  I need to see yet another specialist, but am going to have to rest up before round 2.

I have learned, though, that without fail, if I ask Him to, the Lord gives me consolation and helps me get perspective and enter back into His peace.    He reminds me that He has given me the manna (bread) of His Word, and springs of living water to sustain me.  But it is so easy to underestimate just how often we must partake of them in order to keep our strength up.   A 5 minute “devotion” and a brief prayer flare shot heavenward to mark our location, really doesn’t suffice.  Be still and know that I am God- Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints-Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus

God is not limited by prison bars.  Sometimes He opens them and sets us free, and other times He means to use us within the confinement.

Just look at how God used Paul when he was in prison!  Colossians, Philemon,  Ephesians and Philippians were all written by Paul while he was under house arrest in Rome.  ( see Colossians 4:18, Philemon 9, Eph. 3:1).   Philippians 1:12-14 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;  So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;  And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

There definitely is something about the confinement of a body which has turned against itself,  which cultivates a straightforward boldness in the afflicted.  I  have learned over time that 1) it saves a lot of energy to just speak the unvarnished truth, and 2) those who can handle truth are not self-deceived and will probably be open to the Gospel Truth 3) Living with a constant reminder of  my own mortality makes me all that much more aware that any life can “turn on a dime”, which is why the Bible says Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

I did not always know these things.  But I’ve learned them “in prison”, and  I just wanted to share my bread and water with you!

For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. (Jn 6:33)

Just before the chief priests and Pharisees came and took Jesus, in the last day, the day of the great feast (of Tabernacles) Jesus stood and cried saying: “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  He that believeth on me, as the scripture said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water”.  (Jn 7:37)

We are living in troubled and troubling times.   Come, drink from the well, take nourishment and find peace in Jesus.