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Imperfections

We both just stood looking at it.

My husband had tried to explain over the phone, but finally said, “Sweetheart, you’re just going to have to see it.”

My first thought upon hearing those words was: wasted money.

But he must have understood my concern and assured me it was worth the money we paid.

So, I just had to wait and see it myself.

After getting it setup, we stepped back and looked at it.

For a while we were both silent.

Then we talked it over and ended up with:

“Let’s keep it.”

It has issues.

It’s been abused and mistreated.

It will never be perfect.

But the craftsmanship which went into it’s original creation are so obvious.

From the dowel drawers to the carved details to the original hardware, all the work speak of the craftsman.

I have no doubt that in the beginning it was very good.

After many years of living in this world, it’s damaged.

But my husband and I love it.

For me personally, it’s a beautiful reminder of how God sees me.

I’m imperfect.

Parts of me simply don’t work like they were designed to.

But my life was loving created by the Master Craftsman and He looks past the imperfections and loves me still.

Indeed, He uses those things.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV — And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for creating me. Thank You for using the things in life to show me Your love, faithfulness, mercy, and grace. Lord, You alone know the story behind each scar upon the hearts of people. Please help each of us to realize how much You love us, scars and all. But not that we might continue to live in ways which damage us and others, but instead to come to You, that we might be healed and live in the fullness of Your grace. Thank You for this little dresser and the daily reminder. I love You. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.

Maker of them all

The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all.
Proverbs 22:2 NKJV
https://bible.com/bible/114/pro.22.2.NKJV

One short sentence.

Yet, the truth it holds is life changing.

No matter our place in this World each of us were made.

Which means you have a Maker. I have a Maker.

No matter how one feels about another human, the truth is they were made.

Uniquely individual, every single person was crafted by God.

Do we see every other person as valuable as ourselves? We should.

Since each of us is created by God, we hold equal value to Him.

One class or group of people were never meant to abuse another.

No one should use another.

Instead, our lives should be to serve God and one another.

Just imagine our World without sin.

A place where each one uses their gifts and talents to worship God and help their fellow man.

Strife, contentions, and abuse non-existent.

Sounds like a paradise.

It’s what God created originally in the Garden. Unfortunately, sin entered. The affects have marred and stained.

Praise God, He made a way!

Through Jesus, we have hope.

To be free from sin and death.

While waiting for the return of Jesus, let each one live with the truth of this verse.

Everyone has a Maker, and each person is valuable in His eyes.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for showing me the truth. You love and value everyone, please help me to do the same. Sometimes I forget how to think of others first, sometimes I’m just plain sinful. I’m sorry. Please erase the messes I’ve made and restore those I’ve hurt. Thank You for Your beautiful plan for every life. Please help me to fulfill Your plan for mine today.

What is courage?

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This giant leaf fort was compiled completely by the 3 sitting in it.

Their instructions had been to clean up the leaves and deposit them in the compost.

Yet as I watched the pile turn into a creation I allowed the kids to adjust the instructions and enjoy their project.

Yes they will still have to obey and place the leaves in the compost but it was a stretch to think outside the to do list and let them be kids.

However courage is something more.

Courage in the Bible is being focused on following through with the instructions God gave all the way till the end.

God tells Joshua,

“Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you;  do not turn from it to the right or to the left,  so that you may have success wherever you go. ” Joshua 1:6-7

The first section of be strong and courageous was to follow through with the instructions God had given for leading the people into the Promised Land.

The second strong and courageous had to do with the law, they were to read and follow God’s Word.

We are equally challenged.

Each of us were created with a specific and special place to fill, people to love,  and tasks to complete.

None are the same,  because God doesn’t make copies,  each person is an individual masterpiece.

I know the tasks God has given me,  and they frequently change and move because God is always at work showing me times and seasons.

I know God has given me the Bible to read,  study, and apply for it takes the Word to hone my character, to supply wisdom for each day, and to sharpen my perspective.

How about you?

Do you know the people God has called you to love?

Do you know the tasks He has created you for?

Do you see the need for courage and strength in your everyday?

Grab your sword (the Word of God: Eph. 6:17) and
be strong and very courageous!

God wants to be with you through all He has called and created you to do.

So for you
what is courage?