Awesome Takes Practice

Be awesome

You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.  For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,  encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

1 Thessalonians  2:10-12

If you walk around town with a hundred bill in your pocket and never use it for what it was intended for, than all you have is a piece of paper.  A very valuable piece of paper, but never the less just a piece of paper until its used, only then does it utilize its purchasing power.

We as Christians also have a value consigned to us by God.  But until we live our lives for the purposes God intended our existence is meaningless, valuable yes, but not useful.  A Christian life not used for its purposes is a life not well spent.

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We Are His Workmanship

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photo courtesy of Tony Evans

My intent was to write about scripture every Sunday, but that didn’t happen last Sunday.  I felt awful about it, it was getting late and I was gonna sit down and rush through it to keep my plan, and then I stopped…..I was trying to keep my plan, not God’s plan.  I sat back down in the recliner and reflected on the day.  My wife was up north with her mom who is going through treatment for her cancer, my daughter had to work all day, and I was blessed with spending a full day by myself with my energetic, full of life, adventure seeking, always happy and always filled with love grandson Lincoln James….and I smiled.  God’s plan was so much better.

This Sunday I went with the flow and God’s plan had time for me to read, reflect and write.  Last Sunday is gone by the lesson remains, God’s plan is the only plan and I received the blessings of letting my plans go and following God’s.  I had time today for more than one scripture so here’s the first.

Yet you,  Lord , are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64:8

In this verse the Lord says He wants us to be as clay in His hands. If you stop top think about it, a potter will take the clay in his hands, work it, roll it, and shape it according to any design he wants. The Lord doesn’t ask us how He should bring us to the condition He desires. Each person has their own character, demeanor, and traits; the Lord deals with each person accordingly, as an individual.  We must become as clay in the hand of the Potter, making no resistance to whatever the Lord will make of us. When we unconditionally surrender ourselves to whatever the Lord will make of us, we find peace.

Remember this; a long time ago the great painter Michelangelo came across a very large block of marble.  It was beautiful.  He looked at the block of marble and said he saw an angel inside just waiting for the chance to get out.  He picked up a chisel and hammer and began the chiseling process.

In very much the same way we God is always at work on us.  We are his workmanship

We all have great potential inside of us, trust in the Lord to show you yours.

Lincoln & Puppa

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Dear Lincoln,

An acorn is a tiny little thing, its a nut to be more precise.  Now the little acorn goes and gets planted under the ground.  Its hard to believe that the little acorn will one day be an oak tree.  That’s right Lincoln, inside that little acorn is a mighty oak tree just waiting to come out.  Again it’s a hard thing to believe, but residing in that little nut is growth potential that’s phenomenal.

“A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it.    Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.    Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants.    Still other seed fell on fertile soil…

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See yourself as God sees you, You are Valuable.

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3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:3-7

The story of the lost sheep shows God’s grace to those which have strayed and his great joy in finding them.  Even though our past may be tarnished, we are very valuable in God’s eyes.  This value is shown in the symbolism of the sheep.  That the owner would drop everything, leave the rest of his flock to go look for one that is lost shows even more how valuable we are to the one who owns us.

In the past I got into relationships and situations where someone tried to lessen my value, but it’s a device used by Satan to try to get me to deny my real value. I am a child of the Most High; I can’t get any more valuable than that! So today I am not telling myself that I am valuable because I say so, I’m telling myself, I am VALUABLE BECAUSE GOD SAY’S SO!

See yourself as God sees you, You are Valuable.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for seeing me as Valuable, Worthy, Precious in Your sight. I will no longer look for love in all the wrong places, but I already have all the love and attention I need from You. Thank you Lord, for Jesus Your son who died for me, I see my value Lord. Help me to show others through You, how valuable they are too. Thank you Lord, In Jesus Name Amen.

I Know The Plans I Have For You

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

This verse offers me so much comfort.  In my moments of despair I remember that God has a plan for me, one that is filled with blessings.  My spiritual growth is a very important part of God’s will for me.  Knowing this gives me hope for the future.

Lord God, you are my strength.
Hold my hand in my weakness
and teach my heart to fly.
With you, there’s nothing to fear,
nothing to worry about.
Hold me tight in your embrace,
so that I can be stronger than
the challenges in my life.
Amen