“As women it is our nature to care, to feel empathy with, to nurture and have compassion. Multi tasking is second nature to us in today’s world and as wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and employees or employers we are constantly giving of ourselves. However, all too often the one person that we neglect in all this ‘busyness’ is ourselves - neither allowing time to replenish our reserves of energy nor even taking some time out to sit quietly and just ‘be’. But it is a fact that to be able to continue to effectively be the woman that the world needs and expects you need some downtime, time to pause and ponder, to actually stop and be still."
"This need is what led us to bring Springs of Living Water into being – to offer women a place of peace, reflection and support - somewhere to just ‘be’; to meet and make friends and to refresh their spirit.
We have taken water from the well, as the Samaritan woman did who met Jesus, we have woven a tapestry of coloured ribbon to symbolise our coming together each of us a part of a beautiful whole; and we have washed our hands and breathed the perfume as Mary did when she anointed Jesus feet.
Guests have received love and encouragement from quiet reflection at one of our prayer stations. And I know from feedback and comments that many guests have been deeply touched and encouraged by our speakers’ words.
Each evening begins with time to meet and chat over a drink and some light food. We lead into some worship with our band during which time guests are free to sit, stand sing or not. After our speaker there is always a quiet time - when guests are able to receive prayer ministry in confidence, to visit one of our prayer stations to sit and enjoy personal reflection or simply to sit and listen to the gentle music and song from our talented musicians."
Jacki Rodikis, Founder
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’. (His disciples had gone to the town to buy food.) 'What!' said the Samaritan woman, ‘You, a Jew, asking for a drink from me, a woman, and a Samaritan at that?’ (Jews, you see, don't have any dealings with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, ‘If only you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, “Give me a drink”, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.’
The woman said to him, ‘But Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’
Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, but anyone who drinks the water I will give them will never ever be thirsty again. It's true: the water I will give them will become in them a spring of water gushing up into never-ending life.’
‘Sir', the woman said, 'give me this water!'
Why "Springs of Living Water"?
As you weave your ribbon into the tapestry, Take time to consider that each of us is unique and wonderfully made; when we are woven into the world as an integral part of God’s creation we form a beautiful “whole”.
“Mary wiped His feet with her hair and anointed them with oil and the room was filled with the scent of the oil”