Twas the Week of Christmas, and all through the house,
there was chaos, malarky, and a screaming spouse.
But even through all of that, a blog post was coming,
as a challenge, a promise, keyboard keys drumming.
Hosted by a fellow Peony Kimberly,
Emma stretched her fingers quite nimberly.
Regular posting was not a strength,
But we’re on the same wavelength.
The Best Gift I’ve ever received
“…How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel
of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15
This devotion can be used as an object lesson. Place all the items into a basket or on a table. Remove the appropriate item, and give the application.
The Items Needed are the Following:
Butterfly (craft butterfly or picture of one)
Bird (craft bird or picture of one)
Clouds (construction paper cut-outs)
Bug Hut/Butterfly Net (can usually find in dollar stores or toy departments)
Read: John 15: 1-8
We have been grafted into the vine (Christ) by our faith in Him. We need to continue to be ‘in Christ’ to be productive for Him.
If a branch is cut off from the tree and tossed to one side, it can no longer produce. It doesn’t have the life of the tree in it. It is no longer connected to the source of life. This is how it is in the spiritual realm. Being cut off from union with Christ – we no longer are connected to our source of power. The power to live the Christian life, and to overcome the enemy; to know the joy of the Lord despite our circumstances, and to have intimate fellowship with God and hope for eternity. We need to stay vitally united to the vine (Christ) to tap into the resources that are ours through Christ.
Lord, I’m sorry for being lukewarm,
Please revive me once again,
So I can burn with holy zeal
Like I had way back then.
Read: Revelation 3: 14-22
“…Be ye holy; for I am holy” 1 Peter 1:16
I think everyone disagrees on what makes a good cup of coffee. With today’s hot coffee trend, we try all kinds of flavorings and different ways of experiencing coffee. It used to be basically served black or with cream and sugar. There wasn’t much variety.
Nowadays, people like coffee served and brewed a lot of different ways. We tend to disagree on what’s good. What we usually agree on is the basics on what makes a bad cup of coffee. It can be weak, bitter, stale, cold, or soured by something we put in it and we’d probably all agree that it tastes bad. Face it. No one likes to drink a bad cup of coffee.
Read: Psalm 37: 1-20
“Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).” (V: 1).
We may look around and see the wicked prospering and wonder ‘Why’? The many that go against God’s standards may mock and ridicule you (V: 12). They may have everything in the material and look down on you (V: 16). But they will meet their fate in the end. The Lord laughs at their wickedness – because He knows the day will come when they will be cast down – and the righteous will live forever.
What the Lord tells us to do is to trust in Him; delight ourselves in Him; commit our way to Him. He will then bring it to pass and give us the desires of our hearts. God doesn’t want us to focus on what the wicked are doing, or what they may have. But rather to focus on Him, and what He will do in our lives. We need to lean on Him, rely on Him and to commit everything to Him. He will make us as light shining forth (V: 16). As verses 7-8 say, “Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself – it tends only to evildoing.”
Let our hope be in the Lord. He will vindicate us in the end. If you are having a hard time right now, give it over to the Lord. Continually come to Him and delight yourself in Him. Don’t let anger get a hold – for the wicked ‘know not what they’re doing’. Trust in God – He won’t let you down. He knows what’s going on, and He will have the last word!
© By M.S.Lowndes
Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) delivers from death. ~ Proverbs 10: 2 (AMP).
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life ? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his life [in the kingdom of God]? ~ Matthew 16: 26 (AMP)
What you’ve purposed in my heart,
Lord, give me strength to do
That I may carry out your work
Bringing glory unto you.
Read: Ephesians 1: 1-14
We read here how we all were, “…foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will.” (V: 11)
God had planned and designed our lives before we were even born. He has given us a purpose, plan and destiny to fulfil. He has picked us out and made us His own. He has set us apart to carry out His will. We are women with purpose. Have you found what God’s purpose is for you? Do you believe He has an awesome plan for your life? Jeremiah 29: 11 says, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
God has a wonderful plan for our lives to bring about good. We need to realize that plan. If you don’t yet know what God has for you to do – ask Him to reveal it to you. Ask Him for a ‘vision’ for your life. He will make known His will and His purpose for your life (V: 9). For each one of us is unique and has a unique plan that only we can fulfil. And we are well able to do it. God will equip us to carry it out as Hebrews 13: 21 says, “Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).”
Don’t be afraid to rise up in what God has laid upon your heart to do. You will not regret it. It will give new meaning and purpose for your life.
© By M.S.Lowndes
For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand]. He also destined from the beginning to be moulded into the image of His son , that He might become the firstborn among many brethren. And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified .
~ Romans 8:29-30 (AMP)