His Own Creation

Genesis 2:7  Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

I had to put something together today. It was a little bookshelf  for my room at school and there wasn’t a handy person anywhere in sight to help me. I needed someone who didn’t break out in a sweat at the thought of using tools. Someone who was capable of reading directions and not putting things on upside down.

But it was just me so I got to it. I  laid out the directions, read them carefully, and set out on putting this thing together. I even used the right kind of wrenches!

When I was finished, I sat back, sighed with relief when the entire shelf didn’t collapse, and simply admired my work.

Can you imagine how God feels when He looks at His own creations? His own children, modeled after His own image? Does he sit back, sigh with pride, and admire us too?

Too many times we complain about how God created us. As humans we forget how He has taken the time to design each and every one of us to His own liking.  Those freckles we hate? They were painted on one by one. That curly hair we despise? He placed it on our heads, piece by piece.

God takes pride in His masterpieces. And we should take on the same pride. Not in a spirit of vanity, but with an attitude of gratefulness.

More simply put?

We should all be awestruck.

Wow, God made me. Me? Sometimes I can’t believe it, but He did. Flaws and all. They are all a part of His work.

He designed me and He created me.

And what did He do when He was done?

He sighed with pride and sat back with a smile.

Admiring His very own creation.

 

 

 

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Waiting

Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.

A dear friend told me today how much a blog post I had written earlier this summer meant to her. She was going through an incredibly hard time and, in a low moment, clicked on the blog and found comfort in the words.

I pray every time I hit submit the words will provide someone, somewhere, with a sense of recognition. A sense of knowing they are not alone.  My friend’s story helped assure me today to keep on typing (even when I sometimes want to throw my computer across the room.)

But that’s not even the best part of the story.

Today, my precious Sister in Christ taught me that even when she was in her lowest moment, when she was tired and sad and scared, she took the time to read a devotion. She sought out help. She sought out comfort. She was active, even when she was full of grief.

And then she took the time to pray.

My friend sought out our Lord. She relied on His strength when she could no longer use her own.

The Bible continuously instructs us to seek out the Lord. To look for His presence. To search for Him with all of our hearts and souls.

I need to be more active in this seeking when I am feeling lost. Not just sitting around waiting for something to happen.

I also need to refrain from looking to this world for answers and for help. This world will never give me the comfort that I need.

I need to surround myself with Him. I need to read His word. I need to speak to Him. I need to praise Him.

You see God is waiting for us. It’s not the other way around.

Waiting for us to seek Him. Waiting for us to call on Him.  Waiting for us to speak with Him.

God is simply waiting to be found.

 

Smallest Blessings

John 13:34  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

A sweet text message. A door held open.  A heart felt thank you. A compliment.  A big smile.  A nodding head. An arm around the shoulder. A belly deep laugh. A “me too!” 

These are the blessings that get me through my days. These are the whisperings reminding me that I am not alone.

Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for the bigger blessings. We think it’s the enormous things that will make us happy and content in these upside down lives we all lead. We forget to pause and reflect on how it’s really the smallest gestures of love that truly fuel us. The kisses from God that help keep our fires burning.

Jesus calls on us to love each other as He loved us. Jesus made others feel safe. He made people feel secure. He made the unwanted feel wanted.

Look for the smallest blessings throughout your day.   Keep showing His love wherever and whenever it is possible.

Savor the precious and tiniest of moments knowing, in your heart of hearts, that Jesus has truly shown up.

 

Strongest

1 Corinthians 1:25 
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

 

Eli wants nothing more than to be the strongest and fastest kid around. In fact, he bases a lot of who he is on these two things.   He doesn’t want anyone to be faster. He doesn’t  want anyone to be stronger. Eli has to be the best.

To him, these are the things that matter most. Worldly things like winning the most races and having the most muscles (and making the most people laugh) are important to him. He has yet to learn the only thing that really matters in this ever changing world is his identity in Christ alone.

As he grows older I pray he learns to put JC as his number one. No matter who might be the fastest, the strongest, or the funniest. I pray Eli will take comfort in knowing that as long as he is living in Christ,  nothing else really matters.

I pray this for myself as well.  I  base my identity on worldly things. I can get caught up in labels and appearances just as much as my 9 year old son does.

But, at the end of the day, my center needs to be with Jesus.

I was reminded of this as I read Corinthians this morning. Reminded that the weakness of God is stronger than any human strength.

No matter how insecure I might be feeling. I can still count on His power to lift me up to the highest ground.

Because even at my weakest,  I am still the strongest.

And my strength can only be found in Jesus Christ.

 

Blank Screen

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Philemon 1:25

Confession? Sometimes it’s really hard to sit down and write a devotion.

Sometimes, I stare at a blank screen for what seems like hours.

Sometimes, I type and backspace over and over again.

Sometimes, I close my laptop, frustrated because I don’t have anything to say.

I feel lately that my mood has become sort of a blank screen as well.   I am staring at a blank screen.   I am backspacing.  I am frustrated.

Monotony, disappointment, and conflict seem to have all moved in and made me feel just sort of well…blank.

I am so thankful to be a child of Christ in seasons like this. Jesus knows my heart and He knows my troubles. He draws me to the Word for encouragement. He points me to Sisters in Christ for support.  He reminds me that I am not alone and I never will be.

Jesus is always there for me. Walking beside me daily, even on those days when I am discouraged and down.When everything just seems empty and dark, He helps to turn on the switch.

Filling the blankness with His light.

 

 

 

Brighter 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore,if anyone is made new to Christ, He is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold, the new has come.

Do you ever want something new just because it’s new? Whether it’s a new car, a new outfit, or a new gadget, you believe that owning it will somehow make your life just a little bit better?
Even my cat gets in on this craze.  If there is an unopened bag sitting next to a closed one she will cry and whine to have the newest bag opened for her. She will drive me completely insane trying to get into that bag. Her old bag no longer does it for her.  The shine is now gone.

Thankfully, we aren’t cats and the shininess and luster of material things should begin to fade when we devote our lives to Christ.   After all, we have become brand new ourselves. We are no longer chained to this world.  We have gained a whole new status and a whole new purpose.
And it has nothing to do with where we live or what we wear.

Sure, we might still be distracted and tempted by the sparkle and the shine. I know I still falter. But, thankfully, we have the guidance of The Holy Spirit to keep us focused and centered.  He is here to point your head in another direction.

But you still might want to grab some sunglasses.

Because He is brighter than anything you could have ever imagined.

Thunder

Mark 4:39 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.

Eli starts to shake the moment he hears a clap of thunder. My big nine year old suddenly becomes a little boy again. I can see the fear in his face as he makes his way to his “safe spot” (otherwise known as Mom and Dad’s bed) and hides his tiny face beneath the covers, hoping and praying that God will keep him safe.

And he’s not just worrying during the storm. It’s started to take over the other parts of his day. In this last stormy month, he has started to constantly check the weather on my phone, while also asking me throughout the day when the next storm is coming. Maybe he thinks he will feel better if he knows. That he can now somehow be prepared and stomp out the fear because he knows when it will arrive.

Yet, when those storms come, he’s still the same little kid. Buried under the blankets until it passes by.

Sometimes we  try and prepare for the  upcoming storms in our lives. Thinking that being ready will help us cope with them better. We work through every scenario and every twist and turn.We plan and we plan and we plan some more.

We think we can control the outcome. We think we can change the direction.

Yet, when the storm comes, we still end up beneath the covers.

Praying to Jesus to make it stop.

There is only one person who can calm the storms in our lives no matter how  prepared we think we are. No matter how much we think we can control the outcome. Jesus is the only one that can cause the rain to cease. The only one who can cause the wind to be still.

But what is also so magnificent about Jesus is that He’s not just for when we find ourselves underneath the blankets; scared and afraid. He’s there for us even before that.  Before the very first rain drop begins to fall.  Before the first flash of lightening lights up the sky.

Waiting and ready.

Giving it all to Him, before the first sound of thunder, is what He yearns for us to do.