Daily Lenten devotional 3.1.16

clay potDay 21, Week 3:  God’s Will (Clay Pot)

Today’s scripture passage:

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.  Proverbs 19:21 NIV

As a young married woman, I carried several dreams in my heart: live in a beautiful country home, be a stay-at-home mom, and work as an artist and writer.  Dreams #1 and #2 have been realized (thank you Lord!), but my creative dreams have yet to be fully realized.  I believe God’s primary purpose for me right now is to be present and involved with my children while they live at home.  God knows my creative dreams – he gave them to me!  I have to trust that his purpose is good for me now, and that my creative plans can rest securely in his perfect timing.

Today’s reflection:  

How can you submit to God’s purposes while making plans for your life?

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?