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Monday, October 28, 2013

Legend has it that a man was lost in the desert,

dying for a drink of water. He stumbled upon an old shack- a ramshackle, windowless, roofless, weather-beaten old shack.

He looked about this place and found a little shade from the heat of the desert sun. As he glanced around, he saw an old, rusty water pump about 15 feet away.

He stumbled over to it, grabbed the handled and began to pump up and down, up and down, nothings came out.
Disappointed, he staggered back. He noticed off the side an old jug.

He looked at it, wiped away the dirt and dust and read the message written on it: “you have to prime the pump with all the water in this jug, my friend. P.S. Be sure you fill the jug again before you leave”
He popped the cork out

from the jug and sure enough there was water. It was almost full of water! Suddenly, he was faced with a decision.

If he drank the water, he could live. Ah, but if he poured all he water in the old rusty pump, maybe it would yield fresh, cool water from deep down in the well- all the water he wanted.
He studied both options. What should he do-pour it into the old pump and take a chance on fresh, cool water or drink what was in the jug and ignore its message? Should he waste all the water on the hope of those flimsy instructions written not telling how long ago?

Reluctantly he poured all the water into the pump. Then he grabbed the handle and began to pump. Squeak, squeak, squeak. Still, nothing came out! Squeak, squeak, squeak. A little began to dribble out, then a small stream flowed, and finally it gushed! To his relief fresh, cool water poured out of the rusty pump. Eagerly, he filled the jug and drank its refreshing contents.
Then he filled the jug for the next traveler. He filled it to the top, popped the cork back on

and added these words to the little note: “Believe me, it really works. You have to give it all away before you can get anything back.
People who risk living like that really soar.

When we trust God and take the chance of relying on Him, He will bless us beyond what we can see with our human perspective. Faith can move mountains.

(no matter problems, we may be facing, God is great! He cares and he provides.)

I realize as I am writing this that there is something that brought me anxiety. I am ready to give it to Him. Why? because He has been there for me many times in the past. God is faithful)

I received permission to share from Intense Illustrations by Jim Burns and Mike Devries"
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEALHAWK 10/29/2013 10:15PM

  Awesome story

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FLYER99 10/29/2013 8:43AM

    What an awesome story.

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ANHELIC 10/28/2013 10:03PM

    Awesome story and illustrations. Thanks for sharing.

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KELLYD2112 10/28/2013 7:54PM

    Beautiful truth. Thanks you so much for sharing.

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AVANELL 10/28/2013 7:20PM

    Loved it, Lois! emoticon

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KAB7801 10/28/2013 6:39PM


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WARRIORGIRL121 10/28/2013 5:33PM

    Fantastic! Thank you, Lois! emoticon

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GODSCHILDAMYB 10/28/2013 5:09PM

    I get that message!!!

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SEVERINA418 10/28/2013 4:57PM

    I love this! What a wonderful blog!

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GABY1948 10/28/2013 4:16PM

    emoticon and emoticon This was WONDERFUL. Thanks for sharing!

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SANDRALEET 10/28/2013 3:43PM

    Being saved is the start doing Good giving back is love Always remember when we do for the lest of us we do it for Jesus Be not be the one Jesus said you feed me not gave me a drink or helped me not. I now you not.

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BAMAJAM 10/28/2013 3:05PM

  Thank you so much for this blog--- Faith can indeed move mountains!

In an old movie, Song of Bernadette, there was a great quote:
To those of faith--- no explanation is necessary--
To those without faith-- no explanation is possible.

Again, thank you, Lois!

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ANGELBELIEVER 10/28/2013 2:20PM

    What a wonderful blog and the illustrations were awesome. I am grateful you were allowed to use them.

It reminds me of the sermon our Pastor gave yesterday. It was titled "Find Us faithful." Before he gave the sermon a beautiful video was played. The song was "Find Us Faithful" by Steve Green. The pictures were awesome too. I love that song. It is so beautiful. emoticon "

Comment edited on: 10/28/2013 2:20:53 PM

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A_SIZE6 10/28/2013 1:59PM

    that was along the lines of my friend's first sermon message a month ago. He said too we need to put all our faith, hope, trust in God not in men. very good blog

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IGNITEME101 10/28/2013 1:56PM

    Awesome writing that Jim Burns did! Anxiety isn't necessary. God is with us in the endeavor and WE ARE ALL HERE WITH YOU TO FULFILL HIS SPARK VISION for our group!

Roll it over and keep giving it away!

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