Like Clay

Clay in the Hand of the Master Potter

Jeremiah 18:5-6

“Then the word of the LORD came to me, ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you what the potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like the clay in the hand of the potter, so you are in My hand, O house of Israel.”

Last time, we talked about verses 3 and 4 of this chapter. Today, we will continue in that vein of thought through verses 5 and 6, putting ourselves in the place of the clay knowing that God is the ultimate potter. Continue reading “Like Clay”

My Will or God’s Will?

My Will or God’s Will?

Who is in charge, do you stop and think about that? Living today in our world, it is very easy to lose sight of the fact that, as Christians, we do not call the shots. Our decisions are to be based solely on God’s will and that alone. So, is it my will or God’s will? How do we know what God’s will is?

His Will

Most of the time we can find out in His Word. Other times we can ask ourselves, “Is this going to bring me and others closer to God?” If you have been walking with God very long, and have grown in your relationship with Him, you know His character well enough to know when something is not in keeping with His character and therefore, His glory. Continue reading “My Will or God’s Will?”

Psalm 119:17-24

Psalm 119:17-24 ESV

“Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word.

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.

I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not Your commandments from me!

My soul is consumed with longing for Your rules at all times.

You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from Your commandments.

Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept Your testimonies.

Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.

Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.”

Lord, may we fall in love with Your Word and may we desire it and You above all else.

Go Deeper Today:

Matthew 2:13-15

Eyes Fixed on Jesus

Joy?

How could there be joy set before Him, as Jesus faced His own crucifixion? Today, we are going to be talking about just that! We will be in Hebrews 12:1-3, but we will really concentrate on verse 2. We will be using the NIV and the Amplified Version to give a more thorough picture of this verse.

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Interwoven Lives

Interwoven Lives – Interwoven Tapestries

I was texting with a new but great friend of mine this past week. In the conversation, we happened upon yet another thing we have in common. I commented on it because it has really been uncanny. She said, “I love it!!! God is SO cool! Part of our tapestry is interweaving…” She has been reading the Tapestry blogs – or that reference would just be crazy weird! I will just say that it is very obvious that He has brought us together. God has blessed me with so many wonderful Christian friends here in Maine!

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Where is God?

Where is God?

Do you ever feel like your life is spinning out of control? Does it scare you? Do you wonder, “Where is God?” when these things are happening around you and even to you?

Just because things seem out of control, does not mean they are out of God’s control. Often, He uses tough incidents and events to make us more like Jesus, doesn’t He? What does Psalm 139:1-6 say about where He is? Continue reading “Where is God?”

Known and Loved

How Well Does God Know Me?

Is that something you have wondered about? It is easy to feel like one of the masses in this busy life, isn’t it? Remember the song from the ’80s – “I Feel Like a Number.” How well does God know us? Do we just blend in with the whole? Does He look on us and see a mass of people all at once? Or does He see each of us individually?

Last time, I simply quoted Psalm 139:1-12 and God’s Word definitely speaks for itself. Today, I want to begin thinking through Verses 1-4 and I invite you to come along with me! Continue reading “Known and Loved”

You Have Searched Me

Psalm 139:1-12 ESV

1O LORD, You have searched me and known me!

2You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from afar.

3You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.

4Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.

5You hem me in, behind and before, and lay Your hand upon me.

6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

 

7Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence?

8If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there!

9If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.

11If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light about me be night,’

12even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You.”

 

Thank You so much, Lord, for Your Beautiful Word!

 

Go Deeper Today:

John 21:15-19

Too Close to the Edge

To Close to the Edge

Let’s say that there is a little boy who loves to play in a sandy spot that is too close to the edge of the road. His mom has talked to him and disciplined him repeatedly, but he ignores her words and actions. He doesn’t see the real danger, and to him, it is just the best place to play.

One day when he is, once again, playing dangerously close to the edge, a car comes speeding down the road and before the little boy can react the car is off the edge of the road and headed right for him. He freezes in fear. Miraculously, the car speeds past him and actually hits a tree in the yard. His mom has seen all this and is running out the door toward him. The driver of the car is fine and so is the little boy. Whew!!

 

That night and for weeks to come the little guy has night terrors about being hit by a car in his yard. If he had been obedient to his mom he would have been able to avoid all these terrible dreams and would have had sweet sleep.

How in the world can this relate to our devotional for today?? Continue reading “Too Close to the Edge”

A Huge Project

A Huge Project

Today is December 3 and I have a huge project that I am working on for Christmas. As I look at it, I wonder if I will get it finished. I am not panicking yet. But I feel that panic is waiting for me around that next corner. I know that I cannot look at the whole thing at this point. If I do, I will definitely be overwhelmed and fall headlong into panic mode. I have a plan and I must just keep my head down, hold my focus and follow my plan – just like “eating an elephant”, right? One bite at a time.

Another Huge Project

Speaking of huge projects, I have been thinking about the work God has done on/in me at this point, the work I know of that He still has to do, and the work He needs to do that I do not even know about yet. I am sure you are familiar with the word for His working on us to make us like Jesus – sanctification. I am so thankful that He does this work step by step because this project is so much bigger and exponentially more important than my Christmas project. Continue reading “A Huge Project”