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Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                              April 13 2021

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

Breaths of Life

“Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.”

(Genesis 2:7)

“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you.’ Then he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.”

(John 20:21-22)

Of course, everyone knows that air is essential to life. My first real-life, practical experience with that fact stems from a traumatic incident which happened during my twelfth summer, as I cared for my younger sister and brother. My brother was a toddler. My sister must have been seven. The coal mine had closed for five years. My dad was forced to accept a job as a trash collector and my mom became a waitress. My older brother had a summer job in construction. That meant that for most of the day, I was in charge. I had many responsibilities. I saw to it that the house got cleaned, everyone ate and everyone stayed safe until one of my parents got home. Fortunately, I had extended family, ‘next door’, on whom I could call in the event of an emergency.

My sister could occupy herself with her toys, for the most part, but, occupying and entertaining my toddler brother was a constant challenge, especially as I tried to complete daily chores. Using our Electrolux Canister vacuum (which looked like a huge link sausage) was one of the biggest challenges for my brother and me.

Simply put, I tried to vacuum while he tried to play. One afternoon, as he attempted to hurdle over the vacuum cleaner, he tripped and fell directly onto it. Then he fell off the vac and onto the floor where he lay motionless. I thought he was dead! I tried to get my little sister to get my uncle from the house next door, but she was frozen in fear. I ordered her not to move, ran out of the house, jumped the shrubs and fence, screaming for my uncle the entire time. By the time my sleeping uncle and I made it to his side, my little brother was moving and trying to sit up.  “He just had the wind knocked out of him”, said my relieved uncle.  “Is

he okay, will he be okay?” I asked. “Sure”, said my uncle, “it happens to people all the time.”     It does! As a high school cheerleader, I witnessed it on the football field several times!

Physical ‘second winds’ provide restoration, renewal, and life to one’s lungs and body. They are mostly infrequent occurrences. Thankfully, they present as one of God’s natural life-giving remedies, often during emergencies.

There is another type of second wind, not designed for the physical body.

These are ‘spiritual second winds’. Of God, they are pure and holy. Innate to the Holy Spirit, they can be found within Christians. As John 20:21-22 describes, after Jesus was miraculously resurrected into Divine New Life, He breathed the Holy Spirit onto the Disciples.

Christians who live faithfully and expectantly in God’s will, seeking restoration, renewal, and abundant life, while allowing space for movement and growth, will not be disappointed. They will, instead, be blessed with spiritual second winds, many times throughout each and every day of their lives. These gifts bring divine first aid to our ‘spiritual cores’. They are like puffs of fresh air that can heal, redirect, comfort, cleanse, renew and inspire our spirits.                                                            They are life-saving and life sustaining, when they are invited in to our hearts, souls, and minds and ‘tapped into’ with reverent anticipation and grateful acceptance. They restore hope.

These last few weeks, I found myself feeling tired and stuck. World issues, health issues and family issues were drowning me in worry and anxiety. Whenever I fully faced God, I wrestled with him, rather than listened to Him. After much struggling, and finally giving it all to Him, He restored and renewed me with a divine second wind. He has redirected my steps and inspired my soul. He renewed my hope! Thank you, Jesus!

Just before Easter, my husband, your pastor, found himself weary and seeking direction from God. One night, just before we fell asleep, he shared this with me; “The world, especially with this pandemic, continues to sew division and cause discord everywhere. And, sadly, our churches aren’t exceptions. I just wish I could do something to bring our members together at Living Water Church. I need to make sure that everyone gets spiritually fed.” He went to sleep. I prayed and went to sleep. About an hour later, James woke me up, saying, “I think God just told me what to do! What do you think about this? What if I got the church

council’s permission to preach at 2:00 on Sundays up at the pavilion?” My response, of course, was, “I think that’s a great idea!” We both fell back to sleep almost immediately. When James woke the next morning, it was obvious by his demeanor, that he had received a second wind, fresh and holy, courtesy of our Heavenly Father!

This world is always a treacherous place. This past year has been a nightmare. But here is the Good News!

The Breath of Life is coming again, soon. He is the Author and Perfector of all second winds! We do not know the day or the hour, but we know that He will sweep us up, away, and into His perfect eternal realm. And, He will recognize His servants by the amount of second breaths of life which He bestowed upon each of us in our lifetimes! Amen!




Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                              Feruary 19, 2021

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

Divine Perfectionism

Written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                     inspired by Bod

“Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God. Whoever preaches must preach God’s messages, whoever serves must serve with the strength that God gives him, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 4:10-11)

My parents were very hard workers. Diligently, in word and by example, they instilled in our family that honest, hard work was honorable. We were told that it didn’t matter what kind of work you were doing. You could be washing dishes, mowing the lawn, working in a coal mine, or working toward a ‘Camp Fire Girl’ merit bead. By their deeds and by their instruction, we learned that what matters is that you are doing your personal best, alone or as a member of any ‘team’. We were told that we owed it to ourselves and to God.

We were encouraged to work constantly to improve ourselves. Compete with yourself. Always remember to measure against your own self, not others. Respect the fact that Jesus loves us all the same, so never believe you are better than anyone else. Never give up. Never ‘sell out’, alone or as part of your team. God wants us all to strive to be the best we can be.

Usually, with great effort, I strived to be ‘the best’ at what I did. Most times, my reward was the satisfaction of completion and the positive verbal reinforcement I received from family and friends in a job ‘well done’. Still, today, I often try to

‘help others along the way’ and ‘go the extra mile’ because I believe it is a right thing to do. I learned many years ago, in Sunday School, and from my parents, that you may never know, until you get to heaven that when you did something for someone, who, perhaps, was one of the ‘least of these’, you were actually doing it for Jesus. I think that was the ‘hook’ for me. It was incredibly edifying and validating to believe that I could please Jesus as I pleased others.

But, speaking honestly, there were times in my life when I shied from such behavior, because I felt ashamed. The majority of these times occurred after high school. I have often been ‘accused’ of perfectionism. I say ‘accused’ because, on

many occasions, I was not being complimented. I was belittled for wasting time, ‘trying to pretend to be something I’m not’, showing off, competing, or being ‘a Miss Goodie Two Shoes’.

But, over the years, as I’ve matured in my faith and understanding of my life journey, I’ve come to the understanding that my parents were ‘spot on’. They, of

course, were helping God to lay a foundation within me from which, with the help of God, I would continue to grow and mature. With my ‘eyes fixed on Jesus’, (Hebrews 12:2), I realized the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’, could be realized by striving toward my best life in Christ’s Divine Perfectionism. (I don’t recall exactly when my parents got so smart, but I’m so thankful and so very blessed that they did! Surely, they are together in heaven, looking down and smiling at me, at this very moment.)

This past Christmas, I was given a ‘perfect’ gift. It is a Bible, specifically designed to be read in one year. One of the things on my ‘bucket list’ was exactly that! So, January first, I started toward my goal. After approximately three weeks, my husband joined me. Now, every day, after taking the kids to school, we share a Bible reading time, together. After nearly two months, it has become one of the highlights of our days!

As we read Genesis, we marveled at the perfectness in the completion of God’s amazing creation of earth, man, bird and animal. In Exodus, there was provision for every need in every aspect of His divinely perfect plan! Nothing was too much to ask! God made the skies rain down food. He made winds which tamed river

currents and became walls to allow only God’s people safe passage. God made rocks which spewed water and clothes and shoes that would last an entire forty years!

Then, while reading Leviticus, we discussed the time, detail, and perfectness of His law!

We were amazed! God wanted things done in His way, to perfection. In this way, God could test the obedience and sincerity of the Israelites desire for Him. Over and over again, God gave precise instruction for the construction of “tabernacle furnishings”. Curtain fabrics, precious metals, specific woods and precise measurements were specified exactly. In addition, every law, every offering, every possible crime, every consequence and every sacrifice was included. No detail was too small. No detail was overlooked. Even the gender of animal sacrifices and clothing worn during sacrificial ceremonies, all the way down to under garments, was specified! Nothing was compromised. Nothing was too precious.

Everything was perfect. The stage was being set for His Son, Divine Perfectionism in the Flesh. God’s perfect will would be done, even if the cost was the perfect sacrifice of His Perfect Son!

And, it was! Hebrews 9: 13-14, says, “The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a burnt calf are sprinkled on the people who are ritually unclean, and this purifies them by taking away their ritual impurity. Since this is true, how much more is accomplished by the blood of Christ! Through the eternal Spirit, he offered

himself as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will purify our consciences from

useless rituals, so that we may serve the living God.”

Clearly, God is a divine perfectionist, as is His Only Son, Jesus Christ, and the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, with whom Christ left us! So, everything we are and everything we have, are gifts from God. James 1:17 tells us they are good and perfect gifts.

God chose to be a perfectionist as He created a perfect place for us, a perfect Savior and perfection within the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. Just like my parents, God wants nothing but the best for His Children! God gave us the perfect gift of life because He loves us. Imagine! Divine Perfection is in each and every one of us! Invite God to work in you and continue to perfect all of us.

In Philippians 4:13, we are told that we can do all things if we seek Him and depend on Him for direction and strength. Always remember, ‘our life is a gift from God and what we choose to do with it is our gift to God’. The late Rush Limbaugh aptly labeled it, “talent returned to God”.

Then, don’t be afraid to share the story of Your Creator, Your Savior and your Comforter! While it is true that Christians and conservatives are under attack in the world, today, always remember that you are ‘a work in progress’. You have a personal relationship with the Creator, Perfector, and Comforter and you have 24/7 access to their Divine Perfectionism. So, stand up! Remember Hebrews 12:2!

Stand up and ‘keep your eyes fixed on Jesus’!

I once heard it said…..if you fail to bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will destroy you. But if you bring forth what is in you, what is in you will save you. Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed. Embrace your perfect gifts. Know you are worthy. Pour forth all that is within you! Use your perfect gifts to help others come to know the Divine Perfector. Go forward on the established foundation toward perfectionism.

“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God’ (Hebrews 6:1).

Just remember all glory and praise belong to God!

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your mercy, grace, and steadfast love. Thank You for all of Your perfect gifts. You are the Author of Life. Help us to remember to depend on You and turn to You as we maneuver our way through this twisted, troubled world.

Remind us of Your round the clock presence and provision. Keep us focused on Your Son. Strengthen us to wisely use Your perfect gifts to freely share with others, especially, ‘the least of these’, in the furtherance of Your Kingdom and for Your Glory! Amen.





Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                    Febuary 13, 2021

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

Valentine Cocoons

Written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                     inspired by God

“As Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him in private. ‘Tell us when all this will be,’ they asked, ‘and what will happen to show that it is the time for your coming and the end of the age.’ Jesus answered, ‘Watch out, and do not let anyone fool you.

Many men, claiming to speak for me, will come and say,’ ‘I am the

Messiah!’ and they will fool many people. You are going to hear the noise of battles close by and the news of battles far away; but do not be troubled.

Such things must happen, but they do not mean the end has come. Countries will fight each other; kingdoms will attack one another.

There will be famines and earthquakes everywhere. All these are like the first pains of childbirth. Then you will be arrested and handed over to be punished and be put to death. All mankind will hate you because of me.

Many will give up their faith at that time; they will betray one another and hate one another.

Then many false prophets will appear and fool many people. Such will be the spread of evil that many people’s love will grow cold. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved. And this Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all mankind; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:3-14)

Sunday is Valentine’s Day and I wanted to write an inspirational with an uplifting ‘love’ theme. I read the Bible and I read devotions written by a few others. Then, I reflected on the children’s sermon for this week. Christ’s love poured out for us, through his life, death and resurrection, is most certainly the greatest true love story ever told!

As I pondered Christ’s life-saving act of love, I remembered having taught the story of the resurrection to three, four, and five year olds, at a Christian preschool, a few years ago. In an effort to help young children

understand the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we used the illustration of the three-stage life cycle of a butterfly; caterpillar, chrysalis/cocoon, and butterfly.   We likened the lowly, crawling caterpillar to Jesus’ humble life, as He walked about the earth. The ugly dark cocoon where the caterpillar underwent life changes was likened to the dark time Jesus’ spent in transformation within His tomb. And, finally, we likened the beautiful butterfly which emerged from the cocoon having a ‘new kind of life’ to the ‘new kind of life’ Jesus experienced in His beautiful resurrection. Without doubt, we rejoiced in the resulting, ‘new life’ for butterflies and for our Savior! We called them miracles, Gods handiwork!

As I remembered, the final image was, of course, still beautiful, yet, I

couldn’t seem to get the image of the cocoon out of my mind. I thought

about how rough a year it’s been, thanks to the ravaging effects of the Covid pandemic, political upheaval, social chaos, unleashed evil, and, consequently, the degradation and eradication of many cherished religious and moral values. From being required to wear a mask, warnings against social gatherings, home schooling, working from home, shopping from home, to closed restaurants, closed theatres, missing ‘old folks’ benches, closed parks, and, especially, imitations on our churches and their related services and activities, it seems as if the ‘walls’ of the entire planet are closing in, confining each of us to the darkness.

Down-hearted, I selfishly wondered if the terrible conditions of this year would somehow affect ‘love’, the spirit of Valentine’s Day, to be diminished or completely spoiled. That may seem trite, but honestly, I’d lately even wondered, ‘Is this the beginning of the end?’ It feels as if we are a bunch of individual tiny cocoons all living in one huge dark and dingy cocoon.

Like the caterpillar inside the cocoon, we are truly struggling, today, dealing with an unprecedented number of negative changes. Cocoons and caterpillars undergo ‘natural’ changes. But, as humans our ‘changes’ are, of course, much more complicated. We are overwhelmed by the evils of the world. Before we are able to hear and digest a fraction of the news of the day, more news is upon us, waiting for us to sort it out and deal with it.

As Christians, we understand free will in its purest sense because it’s been given to us by our God. Our job, is to choose to accept or choose to reject the ways of the world.                   Very often, it’s all so very confusing. And, the stakes couldn’t be higher. As Christians, our ‘metamorphous’ will determine how we will spend eternity.

And, we know that even if we feel like we’re individual cocoons stuck in the mire of a huge cocoon, it is not an excuse to quit. Because we are Christians, there is much to be done. This is not the time to whine, moan and groan like the Israelites in the desert. We know, that even in our misery, we should be counting our blessings, praising our God, and moving forward!

So, we must remain alert. Discern truth. Hate evil, not the evil doers. Stand firm. Kneel to no one, but Jesus. Share. Prepare to hold out to the end.  Choose love.  And, ‘reach out’ during the struggle.                                                                   Although it’s dark in here, this isn’t the time for hating each other. Never is it time for hating each other. It’s time to do as Christ has instructed, “Jesus answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’” (Matthew 22: 37-39)

And, as we near the end of this earthly journey and focus forward toward ‘a new kind of life’, as the hardship and strife and the testing and reproofing, become but distant memories, we will gladden.  We will begin to glimmer like the morning sun, coming into the presence of The Son. Finally, then, as we are completely birthed from these dark earthly cocoons, into a heavenly realm, in unspeakable joy, we will accept our eternal reward.

Thank you, Jesus! Because of You, deep in my heart within my own, personal Valentine Cocoon, I know that tomorrow will be the best Valentine’s Day, ever!

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your steadfast love and unending grace. Thank you, especially for sending Your Son, in love, to show us love! Forgive our moaning and groaning. Forgive our weakness in temptation and evil-doing. Dear God, continue to protect us, strengthen us, and keep us focused on sharing the Good News as we journey through the dark, miry clay of this world to the freedom and light of Your Kingdom. And, help us to love one another, no matter what, through to the very end!

In Jesus’ name, Amen.




Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                    Febuary 4, 2021

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

The Christian Nitty Gritty

Written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                     Inspired by God



“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

If, during and after our mistakes, misfortune and misery, we look deeply enough, we sometimes see that the very things meant to ‘undo’ us are many times filled with ‘God-sends’. The Bible is filled with such examples. In Genesis, Chapter 50, it is obvious that Joseph had received from God, the gifts of forgiveness and understanding. Joseph told his betraying brothers, as they sought his forgiveness for trying to kill him and cover-up his death, “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in

order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.”                                                                       Such is still the case in today’s world. During and after disaster, we might be blessed with new awareness, new understanding, new perspective, constructive criticism, a helpful suggestion or even, a warning, all of which God intends for our good.

But, we have to be looking deeply enough. Halfway isn’t far enough!

With eyes open wide and attentive ears, serious Christians ‘fear not’ and willingly work hard, to get ‘all the way down to the real nitty gritty’ in search of Christ’s face! Psalm 27:8 says, “When You said, 'Seek My face,' my heart said to You, 'O Lord, I will seek Your face. '” Yes, God wants us to seek His face. And, we tell God, “We will seek His face!” The question is, ‘Will we?’ The verse is clear and simple. Christ waits for us at the ‘bottom line’. Christ IS the bottom Line! The difficulty begins in the application and execution of God’s direction. What happens? Fear gets in the way!

The Israelites are perfect examples of those afraid to seek His face and be in the presence of God. We know they believed in God because they delighted in God’s mercy, in His desire to bring them out of Egypt. It was


evident that they trusted God, speaking through Moses, because they obeyed when Moses gave them God’s instruction. And, the Israelites accepted and depended upon all of God’s provision plus all of Moses’

intercession on their behalf. All of this, yet, the Israelites still begged Moses to continue his intercession for them, saying, “if God speaks to us, we will die.” Their situation was life and death! Without God, they were ‘flat-lining’! All of this was ‘bottom line’! They were down to the ‘nitty gritty’! Still, fear got in the way!

What is it that the Israelites were afraid of? What is it that we are afraid of? Maybe we’re afraid of being vulnerable. After all, we live in a world currently drowning in superficiality and abounding in opportunistic evil. The pandemic has definitely been a health crisis, but it continues to be a

‘springboard’ for additional crises which touch nearly all other aspects of our lives. It would not be advisable to ‘wear our hearts on our sleeves’ in the midst of unprecedented political and social chaos. Supposedly, masks are being worn to help reduce the spread of germs, but they are being used as an ever-present reminder to ‘sit-down and shut up’. So, even if we desire to share, through our masks, our nitty gritty, be it Christian or otherwise, it can be uncomfortable or difficult.        And, basic communication, exchanging thoughts and ideas, casually or with specific reason, remotely or in person is discouraged and may cause you to be censored or cancelled. It’s dehumanizing, hurtful, dangerous and wrong.

And, while we’re being honest, let’s remember that we live in a world of superficiality.   Modern technology allows for us to pretend to be whatever we wish. The options are unlimited.  The possibilities are endless. Nitty gritty Christian life, be damned! If our fingers can type it or photograph it, we’re in business! We can choose to tell the truth or touch it all up with cosmetics. When assessing ourselves and comparing our lives to the lives of others, we want to, at least, ‘measure-up’. And, sadly, many of us do not stop there.

After all, opening ourselves up to expose all of our short-comings is embarrassing. We don’t want others to know our sins and misdeeds and, perhaps, think less of us. We don’t want unhealthy habits to be scrutinized and judged by others. We don’t want our ‘little ways’, our idiosyncrasies, to define who we are. We don’t want our deepest secrets and desires exposed on Facebook and shared with the entire world. And, we don’t want to have our kindness and gentleness make us appear ‘weak targets’ to the evil in the world. Whether it’s sparkling clean, like filthy rags, or somewhere in


between, our nitty gritty is ours. It belongs to us, alone. It’s serious. It’s

personal. We believe that it’s no one else’s business, but ours.

But we’re wrong. Even though our nitty gritty is ours, it is not ours alone. We are but one of four to whom our Christian nitty gritty belongs.

If we are a Christian, we know that we were created by our Heavenly Father. We belong to Him. We are His children. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us God chose each of us before He gave us life in the wombs of our mothers and Luke 12:7 tells us that He is aware of our needs just as He is aware of the number of hairs on our heads and will always make provision for us. So we have no need to be fearful, coming naturally before Him. We are His. He loves us and He already knows our sin. That’s why He sent Jesus, His Only Son. Jesus knows our nitty gritty, too. He is our Savior.  He is no stranger to the sins of mankind. He is no stranger to your sins or mine. With his own flesh and blood, He paid for those sins. We need be fearful of nothing as we prayerfully seek him.

Having walked this earth as Emmanuel, Christ knows the evil and temptation of the world first hand. That’s why He left us with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells with us. When without fear, we wholly and seriously and naturally open ourselves and commit to the presence of the

Holy Spirit, the certainty and confidence in experiencing God, in all that He is and all God has to offer can transport us to a place of perfect companionship with God! Imagine! It is heaven on earth!

The best news is this! We are more fortunate than the Israelites. They had God, the Father. They feared Him even knowing they were His chosen people. We have God, our Heavenly Father, Christ, God’s only Son, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit inviting us into a relationship of love, peace, joy and hope. Abandon all fear. You won’t be exploited, censored, silenced, ridiculed, disenfranchised or cancelled. Seriously seek His face! Being in His presence is one of the few places worth being in today’s world. All that we need to do is to be willing to invest our time sharing our Christian nitty gritty with them!

Author of Life!

Thank you for life and for Your provision in our every need! Help us to remain always alert, eagerly looking for bits of time in which to break away from the insanity of this world to Seek Your face and bask in Your love and grace! Keep us unafraid and confident in Your presence, as we bare our souls and pursue Your righteousness to the very depths of our being! In Jesus’ name, Amen.





    Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                    January 23, 2021

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)


Stand Up for Righteousness!


Written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                     Inspired by God

“Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that your fellow believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 8-9)

The days continue to darken at speeds that can ‘make you head spin’! The devil has stepped up his game! A new, radical administration cries “unity” as it seeks to impeach the out-going president and punish his administration and its’ supporters, in addition to undoing many of the late administrations accomplishments. Citing unity as ‘our hope’ for the nation, the in-coming president has made it clear that it is not within his job description to ‘put America and Americans, first’. Further, the new plan seeks to ‘deprogram’ and/or

‘reprogram’ us, insisting conservatives are cultists under the leadership of the out-going administration.

Our individual freedoms are under attack. Free speech is facing extinction. Propaganda is replacing a great majority of the news. Our educational systems are quickly becoming places to indoctrinate our children in immoral ways and places which squelch children’s dreams and aspirations by teaching them that their self-worth is determined by the color of their skin. Big Tech’s appetite to control and discriminately disenfranchise is insatiable.

Worst of all, our freedom to worship our God is hanging in the balance. Perhaps you think that I’m over-reacting. Just take a moment and think back over this past year. At best, America is up-side-down!

How did this happen? Although activists of Marxism move quickly, there have been warnings. Yet, sadly, many of our conservative leaders ignored, turned a blind eye toward, or ‘caved’ in to the push toward extremist agendas. Our right-wing leaders are obviously not blameless.  But, neither are we!  On several occasions, out-going Vice President, Mike Pence, stated, “Weakness arouses evil.” In that regard, we are partially responsible for our current plight. Need an example? Maybe we didn’t push Him out, but few stood in the doorway, blocking the crowd from kicking God out of our schools.  Yes, Christian Friends, our ‘kindness is being seen as weakness’, by the enemy. Our weakness is an invitation to that roaring lion who seeks to destroy us.

Label it as you choose, Marxism, communism, or socialism is becoming reality. It’s evil!

It’s the same evil as that which was in the Garden. First on the Devil’s ‘to do’ list is to eradicate God. Erase God from all memory, systematically discourage, destroy and redefine “family”, and take away capitalism so that promotion and wealth have no basis in merit or deed. Instead, seize all capital and redistribute on the basis of skin color and ‘equity’, not

‘equality’. With Big Tech sharing control, free speech will be policed and a mandate for masks will likely never end. The ‘old folks’ benches’ in Walmart and shopping malls will likely never return. Like communism, we’ll all have a share in ‘little of nothing’, no individualism in thought, art, or creativity, and no God with whom to seek divine relationship. Think about that! The doors of our precious little miracle church will close forever. There will be no person or God upon which we will be permitted to depend. We will be totally dependent upon ‘the state’.

Such evil antics aren’t anything new. Think about the temptation of Jesus! The Devil waited for Jesus to be in a difficult moment. Jesus had not eaten for forty days. The Devil offered Jesus power over his entire earthly domain, and all Jesus had to do was agree to worship the Devil, instead of His Heavenly Father! The Devil wanted Jesus to forfeit His very soul. Later, ‘Innocent Jesus’ was crucified. Eventually, there was the persecution of Jesus’ followers. Unleashed evil was the reason.

This is not how we wish to live. This is not how God wishes for us to live. We must stand up for righteousness.

The Bible asks in Mark 8:36-38, “Does a person gain anything if he wins the whole world but loses his life? Of course not! There is nothing he can give to regain his life. If a person is ashamed of me and of my teaching in this godless and wicked day, then the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

So what do we do? The first thing we do is to ‘Fear not!’ That phrase or phrases similar to it appear hundreds of times in the Bible. Don’t pretend evil doesn’t really exist, whether it appears in a stranger or your best friend. Identify it! Don’t be afraid!  Ask God to help you resist it!

We must stand up for righteousness. We bow or kneel to no one but our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Proverbs 1:7)

It is God, Our Creator, Who is in control, not mere mortals. Put all trust in God. (Psalms 56:3-4)

Read God’s Word.   Pray, asking God for guidance and wisdom. (James 1:5) Ask Him for alertness and strength to stay focused. (Psalm 19:7)

Don’t just stop at reading the Bible. Be diligent. We must learn to ‘live out’ our faith in

our day to day lives. We must ‘walk our talk.’ (2 Timothy 3:15-16)

Every day, without fail, let’s prepare ourselves for battle against evil.

“Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.” (Ephesians 6:10-12) Let’s commit to preparing for encounters with the enemy by wearing the gospel armor of God, as directed in Ephesians 6:14-18a.

No matter what, remain faithful. In faith, call out to the Lord! And when He saves you, praise Him. Hebrews 11:1 says, “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” Further, Matthew 13:58 says, “Because they did not have faith, he did not perform many miracles there.”

Finally, on a practical note, we must set priorities. We cannot allow it to consume our lives. We have to put the Covid19 situation in perspective. Yes, waiting in lines is annoying. But, while we are waiting in our vehicles in long lines, let’s praise God for ‘Operation Warp Speed’ and the resulting vaccines, instead of grumbling about ‘wasting

time’. Actually, the time could be used to pray for all of the other’s in line, and in the world, who share our situation.

What about masks? Yes, the masks are annoying and their effectiveness is questionable. But, the inconveniences of wearing masks are small. We may not be concerned about contracting the virus, personally, but, masks may prevent weeks of suffering and illness in someone else.

In addition, let’s ask ourselves if refusing to wear a mask is worth risking permanently closed church doors? Christian voices are important to our children, our families, our communities and the world. Christian voices must not be silenced. We must learn to deal with the small aggravating inconveniences because as Christians, we have bigger fish to fry.

“We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Remember, our new leaders are poised to ‘make nice’ with evil governments who wish to use us and destroy us. This president is totally ‘for sale’. Just like those with whom he is aligned, he will eventually, publically embrace socialism, not just ‘in the dark’ but when the lights are on! Don’t follow his example! Stand up for righteousness! God will save us!

“Then God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Listen, then, if you have ears!” (Matthew 13:43)

Heavenly Father,

We, Your children, love You! You are Creator of all that is good and worthy! Strengthen us and help us to remain alert and diligent as we continue to uphold Your righteousness.

Please continue to light the way, as we work to remain faithful, studying Your Word and following the safety and security of Your pathway through the treachery and landmines of this evil world. We know that no one or no thing compares to You! Remind us that You are the Only One upon whom we can depend. Remind us to always seek You, first. And, help us, Dear God, to never forget to show compassion to all, friend or foe, alike. In Jesus’ name, Amen.





       Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                    January 14, 2021

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

Belief Beyond Science

Written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                     Inspired by God

“If I were you, I would turn to God and present my case to him. We cannot understand the

great things he does, and to his miracles there is no end.” (Job 5:8-9)

More and more, as this world continues to spin, often ‘crazily out of control’, when controversy after controversy seem to arise, the popular secular recommendation is to ‘trust the experts’ or ‘follow the science and technology’. The Cambridge Dictionary defines science as, “knowledge from the careful study of the structure and behavior of the physical world, especially by watching, measuring, and doing experiments, and the development of theories to describe the results of these activities. Technology is defined as, (the study and knowledge of) the practical, especially industrial, use of scientific discoveries”.

On the basis of technology and science, our behavior is becoming increasingly

‘conditioned’ by the world through our leadership, educational systems, and, especially, our media. How many of us can honestly say that when we need answers to questions and problems in our lives, that our first inclination is to consult the Bible? You know what we do! When in doubt, we ‘Google’ it. We consult Big Tech. The not-so-subtle message is, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple have all the necessary answers and tools to access an infinite supply of all necessary learning and knowledge.

Consider me, for example. Since I began writing this devotion, I have used my Bible, my computer, an ‘on-line’ version of The Cambridge Dictionary and, of course, Google. We have become extremely dependent upon these electronic communications. We rely on technology! Computers and phones are our best friends! They are our information sources.

Social media provides us a feeling of identity. To be brutally honest, we live in a world consisting of many “electronic identities”. When we are ‘electronically connected’ to our phones or computers, we can ‘be anything we wish to be’ as long as we can access the correct app. And, we can appear to be most intelligent and knowledgeable because we have access to what seems to be unlimited information. That’s why many of us panic when we misplace our phones. And, that’s why we become frustrated and angered by electronic glitches which waste our time and cause us confusion. We feel that our senses of self and our public images are being challenged.

It is our dependency upon the scientific and technological advancements of the secular world which have brought us to the unsecure brink of secular disaster, upon which we stand today! Don’t get me wrong.  Technology is extremely important to life, as we know it, today.  Science was, is, and will continue to be, a gift from God.                                                                                       One very recent example

is the way science developed several vaccines for COVID-19 at unprecedented speed. All of

that, was based upon impersonal, empirical data, so ‘kudos’ to science and technology! But, we should stand, always first, on the foundation provided by our Creator, not on the foundation of a world wrought with evil and ill-intent. After all, God created us. That may mean that He knows what’s best for us!

We have to remember, science isn’t here for its own sake. Science is here because God provided it. It’s God’s provision to mankind’s need.  It’s here to help us cope with the secular world. God didn’t make science and technology ‘mankind’s final frontier.’ And, He didn’t make science and technology ‘a bottom line or ultimate outcome. Most of all, God did not make science and technology the creators of our identities, human or electronic. The identity of a Christian is to be totally ‘wrapped up in’ and ‘dependent upon’ his or her

‘namesake’, Jesus Christ. We’ve been ‘signed, sealed and delivered’ by our Creator. It’s

what we believe, as Christians!

The Cambridge Dictionary defines belief as, “the feeling of being certain that something exists or is true.” And, miracles are defined as “an unusual and mysterious event that is thought to have been caused by a god because it does not follow the usual laws of nature.” God’s bottom line is belief. He wishes us a belief which transcends all scientific theory.

Science cannot explain The Trinity, The Immaculate Conception, and The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. These are mysteries and miracles of our faith. You can’t ‘kind believe’ them and you can’t believe ‘just some of them!’ It’s all or nothing!

In the children’s Christmas movie, Prancer, 8 year old Jessica Riggs, believed in many things. She believed in Santa Claus and Santa’s reindeer, Prancer. She believed in love, loyalty, and kindness. Most importantly, Jessica believed so completely, in the fact that her mom was living with God in heaven, that when her best friend inadvertently suggested that ‘there is no God’, Jessica immediately ended their friendship. Jessica understood that “if there is no God, there is no heaven” and that was where she knew her mother was.

As Christians, our belief and hope must be innocent, complete, and far beyond this world, just like that of Little Jessica Riggs. Christ prays for us to put our faith, hope and trust with Him in the realm of His heavenly kingdom. The proved theorems and tested formulas in our modern-day world of science and technological sorely pale in comparison to the divine and intricately fabricated ‘mysteries” found only within the world of belief beyond science.  Within this Godly world, exists all that completes our identities, dominates our very souls, and promises eternal life. God wants us to love our fellow-man, but He does not want us to look to man for answers which only God knows. In Him is where we must put our hope for our final ‘miracle’, living in heaven with Him, eternally.

Heavenly Father,

You are Author of All. You have given us all that we have. You have made us all who we are. Help us to recognize that Your Divine Hands once held the clay from which you formed us and You hold all keys, all start-up manuals, all directions, all warranties and all futures. When You see us, in desperation and confusion, attempting to put our belief and faith in mere mortals, no matter their seemingly expert qualifications, remind us, instead, to present our case to You. We may not understand Your reasons, Your mysteries and Your

miracles, but we have witnessed Your provision and we believe in Your promises. In Jesus’

name, Amen.





Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                    January 1, 2021

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

Immanuel, Our Omnipresent God

Written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                     Inspired by God

“’She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus—because he will save his people from their sins’. Now, all this happened in order to make true what the Lord had said through the prophet, ‘A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel’ (which means, ‘God is with us’).” (Matthew 1:21-23)

“The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only Son.” (John 1:14)

Finally, Christmas is here! Once again, this year, expectant hope, heavenly peace, unspeakable joy and perfect love have joined together, culminating in the celebration of the birth of the tiny Babe, born King of All Kings, Lord of Lords, Word in the Flesh, Immanuel!

I think about how Joseph and Mary were able to comprehend the entire scenario, before, during and after the birth of Jesus! Both were humble and righteous, of course.  Both proved to be of great faith. But, imagine being told by God’s angelic messengers, that you were to raise, protect and nurture a tiny babe, God’s Only Son, whose purpose it would be, to save all believers!

Certainly, Mary and Joseph were all of the things most of us aspire to be! But, imagine knowing that the child you would parent was the fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy! Surely, the Spirit of Immanuel dwelt within them even before Jesus was born! Just imagine! Your baby would be God in the Flesh! He was coming into the world where He would live in the hearts and souls of all believers…..forever!

It’s a hard enough task for most of us believers just to wrap our minds around the fact that our God doesn’t just seek to have a relationship with us, He wishes to dwell within us because He loves us that much! How much more personal can a relationship be? He

came to be our friend and to show us how to live. And, when we ‘mess up,’ He comes to be our God of ten thousand chances! He doesn’t condemn us! He forgives us over and over and over again. His mission is to prove to us that death and sin don’t always have to be the winners. And, He tenderly came into our hearts as a tiny, innocent baby to assure us that we are never alone!

There is a beautiful song, sung by Mr. Mister, called ‘Kyrie Eleison’. The chorus, Kyrie Eleison is an invocation sometimes used in Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox or Anglican Churches.

The words are; Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison, Kyrie Eleison.

Translated, the words are;    Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.

I believe that the lyrics in this song, Kyrie Eleison, are a testament to the loneliness and confusion we sometimes feel as we make our way through the treacherous pathways that

are before us in today’s world;

The wind blows hard against this mountainside Across the sea into my soul

It reaches into where I cannot hide Setting my feet upon the road

My heart is old, it holds my memories My body burns a gem-like flame

Somewhere between the soul and soft machine Is where I find myself again

Kyrie Eleison down the road that I must travel Kyrie Eleison through the darkness of the night Kyrie Eleison where I’m going, will you follow?

Kyrie Eleison on a highway in the night When I was young, I thought of growing old Of what my life would mean to me

Would I have followed down my chosen road Or only wished that I could be?

I also believe that within the lyrics of this song is a soul’s yearning to believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there is no one, no thing, and no place that can ever separate us from Immanuel. We are uncertain as evil influences and negative forces in the world seem to overtake us and seek to undo us. We wonder if we will be strong enough. We wonder if we will live out our faith. And, we pray for Immanuel to fulfill the promise of His name.

He will. Our God is Omnipresent. The Bible promises exactly that.

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:7-10)

And in Jeremiah 23:23-24, God said, “‘Am I only a God nearby,’ declares the Lord, ‘and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.”

The world becomes more engulfed in chaos and confusion every day. Stay focused on the One within you, the one you invited into your heart, again, this Christmas Season. I promise that you will not be cancelled. He’s always there. It is His pleasure to protect, comfort, love, and guide you. He is always present, always prepared, and He is as close as your next thought. He is Immanuel.

Heavenly Father, You are our All in All! Thank you for loving us so much, despite our excessive imperfections, that You choose, always, to willingly shower us with Your grace and mercy. Thank you, especially, for sending Immanuel, to live as Your Word in the Flesh, among us. Help us to flourish in His presence deep within us! And, as this up-side-down world continues to press in upon each one of us, help us to remember to live our lives from the in-side-out, seeking counsel, strength, fellowship and comfort, not from the outside world, but from the One Who dwells within us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.





   Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                    December 22, 2020

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

Yes, Jesus Loves Me!

Written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                     Inspired by God

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that

everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

It’s the last week of advent! Love is soon to be born anew, as a tiny innocent babe! Certainly, love is in the air! And, this love, according to John 3:16 is promised to all believers!

But, have you ever heard of this scenario? Someone with more than one child, takes each child aside, separately, and tells them this: ‘Don’t tell your brothers and sisters, but of all my kids, you are my favorite!’

I must admit that, at first thought, this action has serious overtones of prejudice and fraud, not to mention scandal, especially when handled indiscreetly!    Parents who openly favor one child over all of their other children, often cause serious discord within the dynamics of their entire families. Think, for example, of the complications in the story of Joseph’s coat of many colors. Although we often joke about it, sibling rivalry was and, still is, no laughing matter!

But, the Bible tells us that on many occasions, God told many of His people that they were favored by Him. God actually spoke to Moses and Noah, telling them of His favor. Add Abraham and David. Actually the list is quite long. And, of course, included in the list are Mary, Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth and John the Baptist. God sent messages to them through angels such as Gabriel, telling them to not be afraid, they had been chosen and favored by God. Because of that favor, God had instilled special purposes within each of them. When His purposes had been accomplished, God’s kingdom would be expanded and God would be honored and glorified.

Imagine the favor and love God bestowed upon His Only Son, Jesus! God had a divine purpose for Jesus. Jesus was to serve as the conduit for God’s love! Just think of it! In all of the kazillions of gifts of God’s creation,

Jesus was the ultimate Love of God sent to earth to be born in human form and to live and die to save us, God’s people, from our sins! Jesus was The Love of God sent to this dark world for all who believe! And, the Love of God and the love of Jesus, will favor all of God’s children, today, tomorrow, and throughout eternity. Jesus truly loves us!

As many of you know, I am the ‘cleaning lady’ at Living Water Church. Usually, I come alone on Mondays to clean and sanitize the church. I come in through the fellowship hall where I stop by the janitor’s closet to pick up my bucketful of cleaning supplies and trash bags.

Somehow, I manage to open the door and turn on the staircase light. With my usual ‘to do’ list for the day racing around in my head, my supply bucket in one hand, and my vacuum cleaner in the other hand, I slowly and carefully watch my feet as I trudge up the steps.

Because I’m alone and I’m not particularly fond of dusting, vacuuming and, most especially, cleaning toilets, I’m not bubbling over with unspeakable joy. I’m not in an ‘ill’ mood, I just have a ‘mission with just one purpose‘, let’s get this done and head home’ kind of attitude.

But when my feet get to the last two steps at the top, and I look up, I see that beautiful radiant smile on Jesus’ face, coming from the picture on the wall! What happens to me is amazing! I’m so lifted up! The supplies in my arm seem to lighten! I pause for a moment and say “Good Morning, Lord”, sometimes out loud. And, I think to myself, ‘he’s watched me plod up these steps, acting as if I have the weight of the world on my shoulders. At the age of 68, I should be praising Him for the ability of being able to physically serve in my church!

Thank you, Jesus! Forgive me, once again for my ungrateful attitude. Thank you for all of your continued blessings and favor. And, thank you for loving me no matter what.”

As I walk away, I picture Him, smiling still, and shaking His head, at my foolishness for talking to a picture, when we both know that His favor, grace and presence are with me always! I believe I am your favorite!

Yes, Jesus loves me! Amen!





                Living WaterChurch                                                                                                                                                    December 21, 2020

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

Joy, On Purpose!

Written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                   Inspired by God

“Mary said, ‘My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Savior, for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me.’” (Luke 1:46-49a)

In an article about ‘joy’ by Nivine Richie, writer for, Nivine explains something many of us ‘know’, intellectually, but rarely ‘act like we know’ in living out our day-to-day lives. Joy and happiness are not the same. Joy is having that special characteristic of ‘lasting through’ hardship rather than ‘fleeing from’ hardship.

Happiness is temporary and fleeting. Joy lasts. Unlike happiness, joy is satisfying because it is complete within its self. It doesn’t yearn for bigger or better. Joy is an ‘always present’ and supernatural gift of the Spirit. It is a divine presence within each of us which sometimes needs a deep new breath to freshen it. Sacrificial joy is found in understanding that one is doing God’s work for the furtherance of His Kingdom. Joy isn’t found in the promotion of oneself. Joy is a deliberate act of obedience and thanksgiving in response to all that God has done. Joy is characteristic of God’s people. Joy comes in knowing,

understanding and living out one’s Godly purpose.

That is exactly what Elizabeth and Mary knew! Mary’s youth and inexperience were not barriers to her joy.    Elizabeth’s adult life spent unsuccessfully trying to conceive, followed by her pregnancy, even though she was very old, did not stand in the way of her joy, either! Mary and Elizabeth knew their purpose in God and they believed that there was absolutely nothing that He could not do. Every day of their lives was a testament to that knowledge! No matter the oppression of the Roman Emperor Augustus or the insane kingly rule of Herod, or the uncertainty of the unfolding ‘scandal’ of Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth, Mary, and even their unborn children, Jesus and John the Baptist, experienced unspeakable joy!

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said in a loud voice, ‘You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear! Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me? For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness. How happy you are to believe that the Lord’s message to you will

come true!’” (Luke 1:41-45)

Imagine! The joy of purpose in God was so strong that it couldn’t be contained! Even their unborn babies perceived that supernatural joy! While still deep within the wombs of their mothers, Baby Jesus and Baby John the Baptist overflowed with divine joy!

Initially, Joseph was greatly saddened and disappointed upon learning that the young woman to whom he’d been engaged, was pregnant. Joseph felt betrayed by Mary and was shunned by his friends. But once the angel of God spoke, and Joseph became ‘fully committed’, he, too, knew joy…. sacrificial joy!

“So when Joseph woke up, he married Mary, as the angel of the Lord had told him to.

But, he had no sexual relations with her before she gave birth to her son. And, Joseph

named him Jesus.” (Luke 1:24-25)

It was the same with Zechariah. He had been literally rendered ‘speechless’. When he finally realized and accepted his purpose in Lord and what the Lord had done for him and his wife, Elizabeth, Zechariah rejoiced. Surely, he felt great joy to receive the blessing of a newborn child at his late stage in life. Like Joseph, Zechariah was gifted with naming the child according to the will of God!

“Zechariah asked for a writing pad and wrote, His name is John. How surprised they all were! At that moment, Zechariah was able to speak again and he started praising God.” (Luke 1:63-64)

In the end, Zechariah had been obedient and deliberate in his joy!

Joy is most certainly characteristic of God’s people. Everyone in this story, knew to Whom praise and thanksgiving are due. And, they all knew to continue to be obedient to the Source of their joy, despite all hardship, past, present or to come! They were all

committed to ‘joy on purpose’!

Today, we find ourselves ‘smack dab’ in the middle of a most joyous Christmas season!

The human birth of our God is upon us! Our Lord and Savior is soon to be received and

celebrated! But, are we most joyous? Do we know our ‘personal purpose in Christ’? Do we fully comprehend and accept all that He has freely done for us?

Admittedly, at this very moment in time, it’s hard to be joyous! But, perfect examples of unspeakable joy were set before us in the lives of Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and Zechariah, and even in the ‘yet to be born’ in a very imperfect world over 2,000 years ago! So, we, too, have to fully commit ourselves to joy, on purpose! It’s what we, as Christians, are called to do!

This pandemic won’t last forever. Neither will corruption, hunger, death, national security breaching cyber attacks, or this fraudulent election. We have to take our focus off of the temporary! We will not live forever in our ‘temporary conditions’ positioned upon this very tainted, often evil, world. We must never cease in thanking God for that!

God has promised us so much! As His children, we can live, now and through eternity, understanding that our purpose is defined in Him! Our ‘Big Brother’, has already prepared a place for us in the kingdom of our Heavenly Father! His love and His kingdom will last forever! No death! No sickness! No strife! We know in Whom we have reason for joy!

What better reason for joy could there be? We have so much to look forward to! Make

joy….on purpose, your choice!

Heavenly Father,

You are our all powerful, all knowing and all loving God! We know that in our heads, but

sometimes we don’t allow that understanding to reach to the depths of our hearts and souls. Like Your servants of long ago, help us to receive and accept your will for each of us so that we, too, now and forever, will live in joy, on purpose! In Jesus’ name, Amen.









Living Water Church                                                                              May 19, 2022

Water from the Well

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

(Isaiah 12:3)

Today, More Than Ever, It’s Time, So Do Something

written by Joanne Boyette                                                                                                                      inspired by God

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

“Do Something” by Matthew West

I woke up this morning

Saw a world full of trouble now Thought, how'd we ever get so far down How's it ever gonna turn around

So I turned my eyes to heaven

I thought, God, why don't You do something? Well, I just couldn't bear the thought of

People living in poverty, Children sold into slavery The thought disgusted me, So, I shot my fist at heaven, Said, God, why don't You do something? He said, I did, I created you

Now listen

If not us, then who, If not me and you Right now, It's time for us to do something If not now, then when, Will we see an end

To all this pain, Oh, it's not enough to do nothing It's time for us to do something

Na-na, na Na-na, na Na-na, na Na-na, na I'm so tired of talking

About how we are God's hands and feet But it's easier to say than to be


Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves It's alright, somebody else will do something Well, I don't know about you

But I'm sick and tired of life with no desire I don't want a flame, I want a fire

I wanna be the one who stands up and says I'm gonna do something, If not us, then who If not me and you

Right now, It's time for us to do something Yes, it is, c'mon, If not now, then when Will we see an end To all this pain

It's not enough to do nothing It's time for us to do something We are the salt of the earth We are a city on a hill

We're never gonna change the world By standing still, No we won't stand still

No we won't stand still, No we won't stand still If not us, then who If not me and you

Right now It's time for us to do something If not now, then when

Will we see an end To all this pain It's not enough to do nothing

It's time for us to do something (na-na, na) It's time for us to do something

It's time for us to do something (na-na, na

One morning, as I listened to this song from 2012, “Do Something”, by Matthew West, I really concentrated on the lyrics. As I listened, I was inspired anew! I was strengthened! I was encouraged! And, I was motivated to write this devotion.

So, I researched the song. I found out that Matthew wrote “Do Something” because he was inspired by the story of a young lady, named Andrea. Songfactsreported the following conversation in which Matthew West explained his inspiration this way; "I will never forget meeting Andrea. If I were judging a book by its cover, I'd say she looked like a college girl, maybe in a sorority or something, lots of friends, bound to be successful someday. And in a way, that would be a correct assessment. But that is not the whole story. Andrea, a former University of Colorado student had chosen to spend a semester abroad learning micro-financing in Uganda. While there, she happened upon an orphanage in critical condition. The children were being badly neglected and even abused. Her heart broke for these orphans who had no advocate. That's when this college student decided to do something. She called her parents and said, 'I'm not coming home.' She refused to leave these children until something was done to improve the conditions."

"By sheer determination and refusal to give up, Andrea and her sister convinced the Ugandan government to close down that orphanage, which left about forty children with no place to go. The government handed the children to her," West continued. "Andrea brought this need back to the States with a new vision and desire to create a safe place for these children to grow and learn. Today, Musana (which means 'sunshine') is a thriving orphanage in Iganga, Uganda, housing over one hundred children! Andrea prefers spending most of her time in Uganda, not the US. She's a long way from a sorority house or a college campus. She's reaching the world, and bringing hope to people, one helpless child at a time. When asked what it was that made her fight for these children she simply said, "I just kept thinking, 'if I don't do something, who will?'"

"Andrea's story floored me," West concluded. "Today, so many of us Christians talk so much about being the hands and feet of Christ, but never really displaying what that looks like. Andrea has gone to the extremes to show us all what wild abandon to the cause of Christ looks like. It's not about talking. It's about doing!!! It's time for us to do something!"

It’s been ten years since this song was recorded. It’s been nearly 2000 years since The Holy Bible scriptures were completed. Although much has changed from a secular standpoint, little has changed spiritually. We, Christians, still embrace the full benefits of Our Heavenly Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and the divine attributes of each. We enjoy the promises of God’s provision and faithfulness, the salvation of Jesus and promise of life eternal, and the leading and comfort of The Holy Spirit. From a Christian perspective, it’s nearly the same world now as it has been since God’s Infallible Word began to be ‘lived out”. We experience good and evil. We still have free will to choose between the two.

It is up to us, as Christians, to accept and embrace the movement of the Holy Spirit within us to carry on God’s work because, “He created mankind in His image.” Andrea was receptive and allowed the movement of The Holy Spirit to inspire her and convict her heart to be an advocate for forty orphans in Uganda, while she was not much more than a child herself and while she was pursuing her college dream. She put everything on hold to follow the Holy Spirit. Andrea had to do something!

Also, Matthew West was receptive to the movement of the Holy Spirit. He used his gifts and talents to put Andrea’s story into a beautiful song to inspire all who listen to Christian music. Matthew had to do something.

Matthew 5:16 says, “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

And, Matthew 28:16-20 says, ” You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.”

Whether it’s a ‘big thing’ or a ‘small thing’, all of us can “do something”, just like Andrea and Matthew. Yes, the world can be a treacherous place. But, it’s always been a treacherous place. The Bible tells true stories about people being stoned, beheaded, imprisoned and crucified for the sake of the Gospel. The very least that we can do is to be discerning in all we do. We can be ready to embrace the often- subtle movements of the Holy Spirit in our lives and use them in the furtherance of God’s Kingdom and for His Glory! I promise you, that your anxiety, depression, and feelings of inadequacy will dwindle and even disappear with your personal acts of volunteering, stewardship and discipleship within our church, our communities, and our world.

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some

doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:16-20


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