Daily Lenten devotional 2.29.16

clay potDay 20, Week 3:  God’s Will (Clay Pot)

Today’s scripture passage:

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV

Today’s verse shows us the ultimate purpose of God’s will – that we might glorify him.  God receives glory when I follow him in ways that make no sense to the world, or even to people I love.  God receives glory when I discipline my children rather than letting things slide, because his will is for my children to be respectful and productive.  God receives glory when I keep writing in addition to working full-time, because I use the talents he’s given me.  As long as I conform my life to his purposes, I bring him glory.

Today’s reflection:  

How can you give God glory by conforming to his purposes?

Daily Lenten devotional 2.28.16

clay potDay 19, Week 3:  God’s Will (Clay Pot)

Today’s scripture passage:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28 NIV

This verse has given great definition to my life, particularly to times of suffering.  In those times, I could not always see God’s purpose.  For example, as a child of divorce, I often felt lonely, sad, and afraid, not knowing how to process my feelings in healthy ways.  I see now that God has used those particular sufferings to help me become a godly wife and mother, and to help me show compassion for others suffering in the same way.  God is so amazing – he transforms bad into good!

Today’s reflection:  

How is your life called according to God’s purposes?  How has God worked all things together for your good?

Daily Lenten devotional 2.27.16

clay potDay 18, Week 3:  God’s Will (Clay Pot)

Today’s scripture passage:

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.  Proverbs 16:9 NIV

When I graduated from high school, I chose a college close to home.  I enjoyed a full-ride scholarship and also received money from my state for high test scores, on track to graduate debt-free.  But in my second year of college, I felt God leading me to a Christian college six hours from home.  It didn’t make sense at the time, at least from a practical perspective.  I would be far away from family and friends, lose my free ride, and face significant debt.  Now I can see that God’s plans were best.  He used my years at the Christian college to open my eyes to dysfunctional relationships and teach me about money management, both in ways I wouldn’t have learned in the original situation.  I made the plans for my schooling, but God directed my steps to conform to his will.

Today’s reflection:  

How has God rerouted your course, and what have you learned from it?