My Morning TEA

 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up. Psalm 5:3 (NKJV)

My favorite time for TEA with Jesus is first thing in the morning. Before the concerns of a new day hit, we need to sit down with Jesus, letting Him fill our CUPPS with His Word.  So today’s verses all have a morning theme.  When we pray at the dawn of the day, we follow in the steps of Jesus:

Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. Mark 1:35 (NKJV)

T for Thanksgiving:

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)

E for Exalting:

Therefore glorify the Lord in the dawning light,
The name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea. Isaiah 24:15 (NKJV)

But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble. Psalm 59:16 (NKJV)

For behold,
He who forms mountains,
And creates the wind,
Who declares to man what his thought is,
And makes the morning darkness,
Who treads the high places of the earth—
The Lord God of hosts is His name. Amos 4:13 (NKJV)

A for Admitting:

Lord, be gracious to us;
    we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
    our salvation in time of distress. Isaiah 33:2 (NIV)

 C for Calling:

To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night.  Psalm 92:2 (NKJV)

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk,
For I lift up my soul to You. Psalm 143:8 (NKJV)

If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:10 (NKJV)

 U is for Understanding our story:

I rise before the dawning of the morning,
And cry for help;
I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:47 (NKJV)

My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning—
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning. Psalm 130:6 (NKJV)

He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned. Isaiah 50:4 (NKJV)

P is for Promises:

For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)

If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:9-10 (NKJV)

Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Isaiah 58:8 (NKJV)

P is for Petitioning:

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
    that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14 (NIV)

But to You I have cried out, O Lord,
And in the morning my prayer comes before You.  Psalm 88:13 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  The old song, “In the Morning When I Rise, Give me Jesus” fills my head as I pray these morning verses.  May you be blessed, My TEA CUPP friend, as you spend time with Jesus this morning and every morning.

Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.  Psalm 55:7 (NKJV)

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16 (NKJV)

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TEA with 2 Thessalonians

Good morning, TEA CUPP Friends!

This CUPP of TEA you can sip in one hour, and then savor the rest of the day.  First read the book of 2 Thessalonians from the New Testament in your Bible.  2 Thessalonians is only three chapters and won’t take long to read. The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Thessalonians, a group of early Christians.  Use your pen to underline your favorite verses.  Now with your verses begin a conversation with Jesus, praying and talking with Him. Below I have listed the verses that jumped out at me and how I might use them in prayer…

T for Thanksgiving:

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other.  2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NKJV)

Dear Jesus, thank You for these special people in my life…

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.  2 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)

Dear Jesus, thank You for saving…

E for Exalting:

That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:12 (NKJV)

O Jesus, O Father, be glorified in my life and in the lives of…

A for Admitting:

For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 2 Thessalonians 3:11 (NKJV)

O Lord, forgive me for being a busybody…

 C for Calling:

Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NKJV)

 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NKJV)

Dear Jesus, please help me stand fast and not grow weary while doing good…

U is for Understanding our story:

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NKJV)

O Jesus, You have given me everlasting consulation and good hope by grace…

P is for Promises:

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NKJV)

Lord, I claim Your promise to guard me from the evil one…

P is for Petitioning:

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV)

O Lord, give peace to all on my prayer list as I lift up each name to You…

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Extra petitions for my missionary son and for you to pray for the missionaries on your prayer list…Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power… 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NKJV)

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you,  and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (NKJV)

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My TEA CUPP Prayers: The Book

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Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 (NKJV)

My TEA CUPP Prayers: The Book!

Dear TEA CUPP Friends,

I’m so happy to announce My TEA CUPP Prayers Book is finally here!  So many years and so many prayers went into this book. All praise and glory to Jesus!

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Psalm 103:1 (NKJV)

 My TEA CUPP Prayers is available in print from the publisher Xulon and from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You may view your ebook right now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Apple users may find it on iBooks. Thank you for all who are interested!  I’ve listed a few more ways to get my book at the end of this article, including how to recieve an autographed copy :-).

These 77 Devotions were compiled over the past 15 years as I prayed and raised my children.  The book invites you to a daily TEA time with Jesus.  Each week I share with you a different part of the TEA CUPP acronym, helping you pray by using God’s Word. Every message includes a “Today’s TEA CUPP,” encouraging you in your prayer life.  I pray this book brings you closer to Jesus as you meet with Him each day for TEA.

A peek at the back of the book jacket:

Who: You
When: Today
What:  TEA with Jesus
Where:  Your house
Why:  Because Jesus longs to hear from you
How:  Just open your BIBLE and your heart

Dear Friend, 
YOU are invited to TEA with Jesus TODAY!!!  “Come to Me,” Jesus calls in Matthew 11:28.  Please accept!  Allow God to draw you into a daily TEA time with Jesus through this 77-day devotional.

My TEA CUPP Prayers is an invitation to women everywhere to sit down daily with Jesus for a cup of tea.  The TEA CUPP acronym provides the parts of prayers, as we use the BIBLE to talk with our Lord.  Here new Christians discover a way to draw nearer to Jesus and old Christians taste a new flavor for their prayers. Women will dig deeper into God’s Word, come closer to Jesus by meeting with Him each day, and unleash the power of the Holy Spirit through their prayers.

T = Thanksgiving
E = Exalting His Name
A = Admitting my sins
C = Calling for my life
U = Understanding my story
P = Promises (Claiming God’s)
P = Petitions (Pouring out my heart)

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

What’s next? Now I am compiling Mom’s TEA CUPP Prayers as a second devotional book, with more recent writings. I also have dreams of other projects as God allows. I’m available to come speak to your ladies’ group and invite them to TEA with the King of kings. Thank you for praying for me!

Today’s TEA CUPP: Remember, if you feel unworthy of an invitation to TEA with our Lord, Jesus shared water with a scandalous Samaritan woman when Jews did not associate with Samaritans, and men did not speak to the women.  Jesus certainly is ready to meet with you.  Behold, He stands at the door and knocks.  My friend, please say, “Come in, Lord Jesus, come in.”

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)

p.s.  A few more ways to get a copy of my book:  In Big Timber, Montana, it is available at The Coffee Stop and The Fort or from me for $15.  If you’d like me to mail you a copy, I can do that for $20 (because of shipping) and it will include a bookmark and autograph. Please send a check for $20 to my address on the contact page and I will mail you one.  May God bless you!

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Promises Outside My Window

My Tea Cupp PrayersFor since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.  Romans 1:20 (NKJV)

I am spoiled.  I live in South Central Montana where the scenery never ceases to be beautiful, where God’s creation forever proclaims His glory.  And I get to see it all outside my morning window.

As I sit on the sofa for TEA with Jesus each morning, I read my Bible, glancing out the window as I ponder His Word.  There in the early morning light are God’s promises, echoing what I’ve read in His Word.

The last star of the night is still shining above our old barn.  God declares:

  I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star. Revelation 22:16 (NKJV)

Two deer wander through the late-winter field, looking for some early spring plants to nibble.  I tell God:

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
 Psalm 42:1 (NKJV)

The mountains on the horizon beyond the fields catch the first rays of dawn.  And I lift up my eyes and pray:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

Patches of snow still frame our yard, having drifted under the eaves of the barn.  God promises:

Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
  Isaiah 1:18 (NKJV)

Brave lily plants already poke through the bare ground, promising spring is on the way.  And God says:

While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease. G
enesis 8:22 (NKJV)

The big blue morning sky stretches from East to West, as far as I can see.  And I rejoice as God proclaims:

As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
 Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Head outside for a nature walk today, looking for glimpses of God and praying as you walk. Oh, Jesus, You gave us this beautiful world to enjoy and to teach us about You.  Thank You for Your wonderful promises in Your creation and in Your Word.  I love You, Jesus!

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Mark up your Bible with Psalm 103

Psalm 103Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.
Psalm 103:4 (NKJV)

Dear Friends,

Today I want to encourage you to mark up your Bible!  I know, it’s hard to write in books if you’ve been taught all your life not to.  Ever get in trouble for coloring in a library book with a crayon?  Well, this isn’t a library book, it’s YOUR Bible!  It’s God’s Word to teach and instruct you (2 Timothy 3:16).  And, if you took classes in college, you likely marked up your textbook with a highlighter.

Sometimes I’ll write in my Bible when a pastor is giving a sermon.  I’ll underline key verses and write notes in the margin, reminding me of the message.  Other times I’ll underline verses during my TEA time with Jesus, those that really speak to me that day.  I’ve been reading the same Bible for years, and there are still new verses that jump out at me for underlining almost every day.

When I underline verses, I like to code them with the letters of My TEA CUPP Prayers acronym, so I can use them in prayer later.  I’ll label them T for Thanks, E for Exalt, A for Admit, C for Call, U for Understand, P for Promises, and Pet for Petitions.  Often there will be several verses all on the same page.  Psalm 103 is one of those places where I found my whole TEA CUPP.  I’d like to share it with you today:

T is for Thanksgiving
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits.
Psalm 103:2 (NKJV)


E is for Exalting
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Psalm 103:22 (NKJV)

A is for Admitting
 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases.
Psalm 103:3 (NKJV)

As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 (NKJV)

C is for Call
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Psalm 103:1 (NKJV)

U is for Understanding
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children.
Psalm 103:17 (NKJV)

P is for Promises
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:5 (NKJV)

P is for Petitions
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Psalm 103:20 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Pick a Psalm today, perhaps Psalm 103.  With pen in hand, underline your favorite verses.  Label the verses how you might use them in prayer with Jesus.  Then, pray your underlined verses as conversation starters when you meet with the Lord.

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God With Us

easter_cross_light_2012_c1God with Us

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”  Matthew 1:23 (NKJV)

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)

The book of Matthew begins and ends sharing the message “God with Us.”

My TEA CUPP Prayers are all about getting to know our wonderful Lord, sitting down daily with Him for TEA.  He promises He will be with us!

Why not in preparation for Easter, read the book of Matthew?  You can divide the 28 chapters into 7 daily readings:

Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter):  Matthew 1-4
Monday:  Matthew 5-8
Tuesday:  Matthew 9-12
Wednesday:  Matthew 13-16
Thursday:  Matthew 17-20
Good Friday:  Matthew 21-24
Saturday:  Matthew 25-28

Happy Blessed Easter Sunday, celebrating our risen Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus!

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A Spacious Place

  I will be glad and rejoice in Your love,
    for You saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.  Psalm 31:7-8  (NIV)

Are you going through a hard time? An illness?  Family troubles?  Job difficulties?  You need a spacious place, the prescription that will heal your aching heart.  The psalmist shared this cure when he wrote of his affliction and the anguish of his soul.  Then he rejoiced that God put his feet in a spacious place.

Anguish and affliction describe when we left our camping ministry.  It was a rough time, and I was worried where we would live.  I shouldn’t have worried, of course, for God prepared for us this spacious place to rent. Our yard has lush green grass, even here in the brown state of Montana.  Huge old willow and cottonwood trees shade the south side of our house and protect us from winter winds.  A lovely English garden is nestled in front of an old dairy barn, surrounded by hay fields and mountains in the distance.  Yes, Jesus knew just the place I needed to heal my anguish.

Jesus also promises to prepare a place for us in heaven.  His promise of a heavenly home keeps me going even on the toughest days. He is arranging for me a glorious, spacious place.  God has a spacious place for you, too, my TEA CUPP friend. Its is better than anything we can ask or imagine, a balm to heal our hurting hearts. For today, may that spacious place be at the foot of the Cross.

Thank You, dearest Jesus, for a spacious place to heal all our afflictions.

Today’s TEA CUPP:  I pray God’s spacious place for all on my prayer list. 

In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  John 14:2 (NKJV)

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Joel and Moses at 3 Months

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.   Hebrews 11:23 (NKJV)

At three months old, our baby Joel is the joy of our family.  In the evening he lies in his crib, falling asleep while gazing at his mobile.  He wakes in the night for just one snack from his mommy now.  In the morning Joel opens his eyes, smiling to greet a new day.  Joel loves his diaper change table where he lies on his back, receiving full attention from Mommy or Daddy.  He enjoys lying on his back so much, we often lay him on the kitchen table while we are eating.  Another favorite spot is his playpen; there he holds and tastes his toys and blankets.  Joel loves it when a family member peeks into his playpen to say hello.  He will smile and laugh like there is a joke. Sometimes Joel fusses when we strap him in his car seat, but he makes the best of it and takes a nap. Joel brings so much joy to our family.

At three months old baby Moses must also have brought joy to his family.  We read his story in the Bible book of Exodus.  As I read I wonder…Did Moses sleep at night?  Did he enjoy snacks from his mommy?  Did Moses have diapers to change? Did he like to be carried or lie on his back?  What kind of toys did Moses play with?  Did his older sister Miriam or older brother Aaron try to make him laugh and smile?  How did they feel when their mother put Moses in a basket in the Nile River? Miriam must have worried as she watched nearby.  Aaron was only three, so perhaps he didn’t  understand.  Jochebed, Moses’ mommy, was heartbroken to send off Moses.  But what joy was hers when Pharaoh’s daughter asked her to nurse her very own baby.  No longer did she have to hide her beautiful boy.

As I hold my own dear baby and reflect on baby Moses, I see how God’s timing is perfect.  At three months old, babies are often over their newborn colic, so Moses didn’t fuss in the basket.  They aren’t rolling over yet, so Moses wouldn’t tip his basket in the Nile River.  A three-month old baby isn’t babbling too much, so he wouldn’t attract attention, except from the person God intended to adopt him — Pharaoh’s daughter.  Three month old babies have cute round faces, big eyes, and smiles to charm the heart of Pharaoh’s daughter.  And, they aren’t eating solid food yet, so Moses’ own mother was called to nurse her baby.  God’s timing was perfect to protect His servant Moses, who would lead His people to freedom.

God’s timing is also perfect for our baby.  I wanted baby Joel to come nine years ago, six years ago, and three years ago.  But God had a different plan.  He sent him now.  God knew this is the time we needed baby Joel.  I can’t imagine what God has planned for him, just as Jochebed did not know the plans God had for Moses.   God’s timing is always right.  Such lessons the Lord teaches me through our three month old baby.  Thank you, Jesus.

Today’s TEA CUPP:   What is Jesus doing in your life at just the right time?  Reflect on this verse: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Romans 5:6 (NIV)

Moses Is Born

And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him.

Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river. And her maidens walked along the riverside; and when she saw the ark among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it. And when she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion on him, and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”

Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?”

And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the maiden went and called the child’s mother. Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses,saying, “Because I drew him out of the water.”  Exodus 2:1-10  (NKJV)

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TEA CUPP with a New Baby

Pray without ceasing1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)

Little sleep at night, constant feedings and diaper changes during the day, a sweet new baby to rock and hold…how is there time for a TEA CUPP with Jesus?

The past few months I’ve been working on keeping MY TEA CUPP Prayers a part of my daily routine, even with the blessing of a brand new baby.  Perhaps this is why the Lord waited 11 years to send us this sweet boy, because He knew a baby would take my time away from Him.

Here are some tips God has given me  for having my quiet TEA time with Jesus AND our new baby:

*  Read my Bible during baby’s first feeding of the day and let Jesus talk to me.

*  Instead of  “drinking”  the whole TEA CUPP in one day, I pray one part each day… T for Thanks on Sunday, E for Exalt on Monday, A for Admit on Tuesday, C for Call on Wednesday, U for Understand on Thursday, P for Promises on Friday, and P for Petitions on Saturday.

*  I keep My TEA CUPP book mark handy with prayer needs, so I can pray for other prayer requests during later baby feeding times each day.  I don’t try to journal all my prayers right now, since it is hard to write while nursing.

*  I pray hymns to Jesus while singing to my baby.

T – I Will Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving in My Heart (Gwen R. Shaw)
E – We Exalt Thee (based on Psalm 97:9) (Pete Sanchez)
A – Create in me a Clean Heart, O God
C – Make me a Servant
U –  I Love to Tell the Story (by Katherine Hankey)
P – Standing on the Promises (by R. Kelso Carter)
P – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (by Robert Robinson)

*  During diaper changes and when my baby sees me reading my Bible,  I sing to him The B-I-B-L-E, Jesus Loves Me, and Jesus Loves the Little Children.  It’s never too early to plant God’s Word in the hearts of our children.

*  Following this routine truly keeps me praying without ceasing.   Sometimes I finally finish my prayer list at night, only to begin it again the next morning.  I am sipping TEA with Jesus all day long

Today’s TEA CUPP:  How can you fit a quiet prayer time with Jesus into your day?  Make plans now for having TEA with Jesus, even if you are a busy mom.  You will be blessed!

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I Thirst

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”  John 19:28 NKJV

Up again in the night for another feeding, I sat in bed nursing our new baby.  Though I had just sipped some water, my throat was still dry, since nursing requires a great deal of fluids.

“I thirst,” I mused.  And then I thought of Jesus and His words from the cross.  “I thirst,” He whispered weakly. The people heard and offered Him vinegar on a sponge.  Then Jesus died for our sins.

This is Jesus who proclaimed “I am the Living Water.” Yet on the cross He thirsted.  When Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” perhaps at that moment He was alone, a perfect Man, the spotless Lamb, not God the Living Water. For at that moment God had left Him so He could die for our sins. Thus Jesus thirsted.

This is what our Jesus did for us. Thank You, dear Jesus.  May I remember what You did for me on the cross every time I thirst.  Amen.

Today’s  TEA CUPP:  Read Matthew 27:45-54.  Thank Jesus for His gift of life.  Remember Jesus every time you thirst.

 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”  John 4:14 NKJV

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