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a woman reading in costume

“…but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.” John 4:14

My husband’s parents own a home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They have generously shared this place with us and our family for many years. We love the wonderful memories of times spent with grandparents, cousins, and friends. This place fills me with a peace, contentment and joy like no other.  The power of the water delights all of my senses and I adore every moment I spend there.  When I am tired, cold, down, overwhelmed or uninspired, I sometimes close my eyes, and mindfully put myself on that beach next to the water. I feel the coolness of the water invigorate my  body and the rays of the sunshine, warm me to the core; I see the intense rays of the breaking dawn over the horizon, which renews my spirit; I hear the waves lull a sense of calmness over me; I taste the salt permeating the air, reminding me of the spice of life and inspiring me to grasp all that the day has to offer. I smell the scent of the ocean and know that all is well with my soul. Most importantly, I feel the presence and fulfillment of the Holy Spirit of which Jesus speaks to the Woman at the well, whom I am depicting in this picture.  My prayer this Lenten season is that you open your heart to the Holy Spirit and that he gushes in you, bringing you peace, contentment and joy that is known only through his love.

Teresa Given