Thursday, April 19, 2012

Bible Verse Thursday Challenge #25 ~Thirst

Welcome to the 25th Bible Verse Thursday Challenge!  It feels like I just started hosting this challenge yesterday, where did the time go?  I have been so blessed by this challenge - each week having another opportunity to study and share His Word with all of you!  This week I've selected one of my favorite verses:

“As a deer thirsts for streams of water, so my soul thirsts for you, O God.”  Psalm 42:1

How much do we love God?  All too often we serve God when it becomes convenient to us.  IF we take the convenience out of it, we would never go to church the way we should and never read our Bible the way we should.

David says, "My soul thirsts for God."  In other words he is saying, "My relationship with God is the most important thing in my life."  Can we say that?  If we were to be honest, I wonder just how much we would willingly say that we thirst for God.  The problem is that people are not willing to go out for God.  We just want to know we are saved, that our sins are forgiven and that we will just limp through life.  That is not the relationship God desires with His children.  Jesus said, "Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled."  If you are hungry and thirsty enough, you will not let anything stop you from being filled.  Are we so thirsty for God that we would do whatever it takes to serve Him, even if it costs us our lives?  Honestly, I am not sure I can raise my hand and say that I would.  

The point I am trying to make is that if you do not have a thirst for God, you will not be filled to the overflow for God, no matter what your circumstances may be.  If we are so content in serving Him when it is convenient to us, rather than serving Him when it is the most important thing in our lives, our priorities are all wrong.  Some of us want God close enough that we have Him to call on when we need Him, but far enough away that we don't have to put up with Him.  Sadly, that is the attitude of the average believer.  We want Him to stay far enough away that we don't have Him looking over our shoulder.  We can’t have it both ways!  Luckily our merciful God knows our hearts and that we are weak and He continually calls us back to a full relationship with Him.  

Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse that talks about thirst for the Lord.  When uploading your projects to the web, please use keyword ODBDBVT25 and then join us at Our Daily Bread Designs Forum to share your creation! 

Cardstock:  Bazzill – Coconut Swirl, Jet Black
Decorative Paper:  K & Company scrap from stash
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Quiet Waters
Inks, Stains and Paints:  Versafine – Onyx Black; Memento – Rich Cocoa 
Prismacolor Pencils:   Cloud Blue, Sky Blue Light, Light Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine, Light Aqua; Chartreuse, Lime Peel, Apple Green, Grass Green, Dark Green, Beige, Light Brown, Terra Cotta, Dark Brown, 70% French Gray, Lilac, Violet
Dies, Punches & Embossing Folders:  Spellbinders – Petite Scalloped Ovals;  McGill Paper Flower Punches – Birch Leaf, Designer Pine
Accessories & Other Stuff:   Prima Pearls & Flower

Have a  blessed day!

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