God has recently been telling me, “Give it away” and that is just what I am doing! I’ve invited some beautiful souls from my favorite Facebook community for women in the 50+ season of life, The Consilium: a Gathering of Wisdom and Grace . Enjoy the words from their hearts and, if you don’t mind, would you leave a comment to encourage them? Feel free to join us over at The Consilium  – we would love to see you there!


Today I would like for you to meet Rhonda Quaney:



Water rushes from the fountain and cascades into a clear pool. Lounging on the sandy shores are attractive people surrounding one woman. She holds a mirror, gazing at her flawless skin and charming face framed with wispy curls of blonde hair. The photo is part of an advertisement claiming their product reverses aging effects and helps customers, “grow younger and live stronger.” Reputable companies and respected doctors have mantras such as: “Turn back the clock!” “Drop a decade off your face!” “Cheat the years!” Shelves are lined with products and promises to reverse the aging process using miraculous serums with new and improved ingredients. And sometimes, this Jesus-loving woman, and her Jesus-loving friends buy into the hype of the world with its answers for our insatiable quest for beauty, youth and the things that come with it.

Eternal youth may be sought, but the deeper-than-skin problem is in our souls.

The woman at the well, the one who had five husbands, the one who was living with her current man?

Yes, that timeless soul.

I love that Jesus chose her.

When she arrived with her empty water pot, the stage was set for her to play the starring role in an ageless account of a life-changing encounter. The place was an ancient well and the topic was an eternal problem.

She had a pot that was empty.

She had a thirst that could not be satisfied.

She met a Man who claimed to have a remedy.

In His gentle way, Jesus initiated a conversation and made a bold claim. He offered her living water.

If that woman was anything like me, she had probably tried to quench her soul-thirst with people, possessions, and experiences, plus a few other things, that can be administered to numb a wounded heart.

But Jesus… He offers his daughter water that cannot be contained in a hand-dug well.

There are some things I think this woman at the well is teaching me today.

She is changed so dramatically by the encounter that she is compelled to run off and tell people. There was something so different about her that those people — who knew her stuff — they had a mind to receive her message.

She took Jesus at His word. And when I believe what the Word of God has to say, I begin to be changed from the inside out. It affects my story, my life and therefor my countenance.

If there were a spiritual serum, a few of the age defying ingredients would include: acts of kindness, faith lived out, forgiveness, deep hope, and effervescent joy. Reading the lines in the Word of God will soften the lines on our faces almost instantly.

That would be a facelift worth having.

Sweet sisters, what if we each were to be so filled with the Living Water that our focus would shift from our own reflection to just reflecting Him?

Yes, we take care of the one body we are given to travel this earth in, but no matter what age or stage or loss or gain we are currently experiencing, we live as an outpouring of His spirit in us.

We all thirst for water that will truly satisfy and refresh us, so we need to go to the Source. Then we too should be filled with the same kind of enthusiasm the woman at the well possessed. Maybe we ask Him not only for water that quenches our thirst forever, but also the boldness to share how this Living Water is changing our story and shifting our focus.


604052_10202616751754404_577435685_n       Rhonda is inspired by everyday glimpses of glory. She is an incurable lover of bicycles, clouds, and star-gazing. She chases light with her camera lens and often writes out of the painful, beautiful parts of her story,  such as being a prodigal, young widow, single mom, and breast cancer survivor. Those are a few reasons, her  passion runs deep for women in all seasons of life and faith.  She is crazy in love with her husband Jim, mom to  three grown children, and grandma to seven. She wants to leave a legacy of love, lived with complete abandon  for Jesus.


Website: http://www.rhondaquaney.com

Photo Credit: Creative Commons 

Link: http://bit.ly/1qUSF4o

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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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