Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Don't Drink the Water: Lori Wildenberg

I'm very excited to have Lori Wildenberg here today to share! I encourage you to visit her websites. Thanks so much for being here today, Lori! Take it away... don't have to tell me twice. Actually you don't have to tell me once. Seriously, who would drink toilet water? Okay... besides Murphy (my dog).

Like a splash in the face, it hit me. I do. I drink toilet water. I pour all kinds of tainted things into my heart and mind. My thoughts, the things I view, or what I listen to can be poisonous.

Why do I do this?

I am a sinner.

But...I am a saved sinner. There is hope for me. God has given me the power to turn from sin, to run from it. I just need to tap into His Holy Spirit power, drink it in, and let it flow through my veins.

 On my own, I'm parched, dying but His Spirit is the life-giving, pure water-waiting to be consumed.

I pray my children will drink living water.

The college years are filled with toilet water, beckoning the kids to take a sip, next a gulp, then consume a gallon, finally it is their beverage of choice. They can't even taste the poison. (This can make a parent sick, heart-sick.)

If you find yourself in this position of hurting due to your young adults choice of beverage,

My prayer for my kids is any activity that does not honor the Lord leaves them thirsty. I pray they desire clean water. I pray that only Jesus can can quench that thirst.

The enemy may have won the battle but he hasn't won the war.

Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
John 4:14

When was the last time you were actually parched for God's Word? So thirsty you thought you might die if you didn't get to it right then? If you've never been that thirsty, why do you think that is? (question by me--Jess)

Lori Wildenberg, co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, loves speaking and writing about raising kids. She’s a licensed parent-family educator and certified teacher, passionate about mentoring parents. Since Lori, her husband, and four kids are perfectly imperfect, her approach to family life is real, honest, and warm-hearted. This style makes her a favorite speaker at women’s and parent events. In her seminars, she offers practical and easily applicable techniques based on living out 1 Corinthians 13 love. Lori is co-author of EMPOWERED PARENTS: Putting Faith First, a contributor to many other Christian books, a radio station guest, a member of The M.O.M. Initiative team, a curriculum writer for teacher development at the Professional Learning Board, and is co-columnist of Parenting Prose seen in Marriage Magazine. For more information go to or

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  1. Love that analogy:) And that's my prayer for my children too, that and I also tell them I always pray that if they're doing something they're not supposed to be doing, God will tell me. He's the eyes in the back of my head:) And God's been so faithful to honor that prayer!

  2. Me too, love the analogy! I once heard a preacher state the biblical definition of the word "blessed"---"finding the right path among many false paths." It stuck ever since. It's my prayer for my children and our family's life.

  3. Wow, this has me thinking...garbage in, garbage out. Great analogy.

  4. Lori, I loved your thoughts today! (The picture was a perfect choice, too.) As a mom, it's a constant prayer I keep on my tongue--that my children would continue to grow, honor, love, and serve Him.

    Jess, God's word gives me comfort, and I find if I don't stay in it, it's easy to let the world chip away at my resolve. Also, I always learn something "new" from scriptures I might have studied a hundred times. I do thirst for Him! :)

  5. Hi Jess! Hi Lori! Loved this post, Lori.

    Something stuck with me that I needed to hear today. Thank you, and thank God for speaking through you.


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