“We hunger for more, longing to be seen. Feeling invisible and empty. We fill the hunger, fill our empty selves with more.”

Tammy L Mashburn

“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?”

Wendell Berry

Happy Friday Dear Readers!

We are in the thick of “Nanna Camp” this week. More joy, more wonder, and more memories are being tucked away. Just the other side of this wall, there are giggles, bed heads, and donut crumbs. Chocolate milk mustaches and rumpled pajamas.

My Sweet Man will be home soon. Also known as Papa, The Beloved Cookie Giver! Oh yes!  (smile) We’ll load up and trek to the main library, play in the park, and stop for ice cream.

In the meantime, I’m joining Kate Motaung and others for Five Minute Friday.

Today’s word: MORE 

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I’m drawn to the words I wrote a few weeks ago:

“We hunger for more, longing to be seen. Feeling invisible and empty. We fill the hunger, fill our empty selves with more.”

 More begs the question, longs for the answer,

I confess to be the guiltiest of all. Without my man or a friend to drive me, I’m homebound. The lure of one push of the button brings all the pretty things directly into my hands. It’s easy to escape the hard edges of pain by delving deep into this world of more.

And that’s just the things.

What of my soul? What of yours?

How far will we go for more? To the edge of our own selves, and there we are lost in the excess, more empty than ever before.

What, how much, are we willing to loose before we go to the only place to be filled?

The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:11-15 (ESV)

We’re in the middle of reading Ecclesiastes, where over and over we are warned:

He might live a thousand years twice over but still not find contentment. Ecclesiastes 6:6a (NLT)

We will never find contentment, be content, as long as we are chasing the wind. Chasing more.

Contentment is only found in the face of Jesus, The Living Water. Fill yourself with Him and you’ll need no more.

Gifts of Grace

PS: Did you see the one radical change I made to simplify my life? If not, you can read about it here

PSS: I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you my own daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. Sharing the realness of life. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.

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