Keep on Keeping on. Do you realize that the closer you are to God the harder the evil one works to upset that? Now into week four my guess is that he has probably stepped up his efforts in your life. Does your time seem less available; has your desire waned; or has crisis of life diverted your attention? Don’t fall for it! It’s his favorite ploy. If he can’t get you to question God, he’ll work hard to keep you busy and away from His presence.
It is humbling to hear from many of you and how the Lord is using these devotionals in your life. I am humbled to be His scribe. Please have courage to publicly comment if you would. Reporting what the Lord is doing in you and for you and through you not only encourages us all, but it also brings Glory and Honor to Him.
Below are each of the devotionals from this past week.
For His Glory, Debbie Hucke
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)
You know what? YOU, are a piece of work! So am I. God’s work! The ESV translation says we are His workmanship. Other translations say we are His masterpiece. Think of it. God, the all powerful, all knowing, all loving creator of the universe thinks of you as His masterpiece.
Do you feel ordinary? As you go about your day doing your normal activities, do they seem important, significant, eternal even?
I believe there are two kinds of people. People who have a sense of purpose and people who do not. Let me caution you, purpose has NOTHING to do with your physical abilities, your education or even your age. Purpose has to do with standing on the promise of Ephesians 2:10. You can’t outlive your purpose!
Consider this… Nothing you do today is unimportant. God is keenly interested in the smallest detail.
If that doesn’t put a spring in your step, it should! Choose to believe what God says about you. You are His masterpiece, created to do good things.
For this lenten prayer challenge, my son Ian has been my circle. Today, I pray for Ian to believe Ephesians 2:10. I pray for Ian to believe he is extraordinary. I pray for Ian to believe he has great purpose. I pray for Ian, the artist, to believe that he is God’s masterpiece. May the truth of this promise motivate my handsome ginger.
For further illustration of this passage, read my article Something Big!
P.S. The May 2019 Art exhibit that seemed so far off when I wrote the Something Big article quickly approaches. Everyone is welcome!
Artist Talk: Friday, May 3 at 5:30pm, Opening Reception: Friday, May 3, 6 – 8pExhibition Dates: May 3 – 23, 2019.
Anne Kole says
I am eager each morning to turn on my phone and find your scripture for the day! I have been journaling about scripture for years but am refreshed by your insights.
Thank you! And God is showing me more authentic ways to pray for my circle.
I love that He is blessing your obedience with fresh insight! Thank you Anne.
Judy Tull says
I love starting the day with your scripture choices. Many resonate a long time…esp. the thorn and my weakness. I’m not sure I chose the perfect circle object…no direct results…but I also think it’s possible what I AM seeing is God’s subtle way of changing my perspective, because I detect His sweetness in dealing with me. This is a good thing we are all doing! Thank you, Deb.
It is a good thing. I think He does honor our efforts no matter how feeble they may seem. Thanks Judy!
Mary Reith says
I am sad to report I fell for it! Time to get back on track. Thankful for a loving father who does not give up on me!
Mary, indeed. He is gracious. You benefit when you invest the time. Praying you kick that enemy to the curb. Thanks for sharing.
Sharon Powell says
This past week in the prayer challenge, Day 20 was special to me because my circle includes my grandson. Luke is nine now, has serious heart issues from a birth defect and faces many challenges due to complications from the countless surgeries and procedures endured. Thank you Debbie for bringing back into focus for me Psalm 139:13, 14 and for sharing Ian’s journey. Our Creator is amazing beyond words!! The works God has blessed Luke, his parents Rachael and David, and his little brother Sam with are WONDERFUL and they never stop!!!
Thanks Sharon. I like to imagine throwing a pebble into a massive body of still water. Luke is like that pebble creating a ripple effect. Just by being in this world he causes those who love him to depend on God!
Yes to all those questions except the obligation. Life gets in the way, Once in awhile I need to catch up from day before. I look forward to it daily and am much more disciplined than before. I find myself referring back to my journal in daily life situations. Keep em coming…..
I love that your journal has become a reference. It has been such a huge help to me when I “forget” yet again His faithfulness.
Berta Pitzer says
I find that as I continue circling my prayer concern, that God continues to speak to me. I appreciate the daily reminder to keep me focused. And speaking of focus, God called me into a 3 day fast this past week! I completed it and I was able to think, see and hear more clearly. I had the time to truly focus on His Word and on my prayer focus and on trusting Him with it and to quit striving to understand Him and what he’s doing!! It’s been a good week.
Wow. That is exciting Berta. I can relate “striving to understand Him” I’ve been studying Habakkuk and keep saying to myself… YES, I rejoice in the Lord.
Joan Schrock says
I also fell for Satan’s tricks! Time to get back on track! On a plus side, my circle has expanded!!! I have been praying for God to open my son’s eyes to his truth. He was brought up in the church and faithfully went until . . . he went off to college. Now he is questioning everything. All I can do is love him and pray for him, but God has sent to me in my circle a 24 year old male who just happen to ask a couple of questions today and we had such a wonderful conversation. He was brought up Catholic but no longer believes. Could God have sent him to me? Maybe. I told him I would pray for him and was always here if he wants to talk further. 🙂 No such response from my son, but God’s got This!
It worked this time Joan! Thank you. How exciting for you to follow His nudge. Amen!
Kathy A. Day says
Hi Debbie: God bless you. I am praying for your stamina. Love, Kathy
Thank you Kathy Day! I welcome that.
I was traveling to Illinois the plane didn’t arrive missed the connecting flight and stayed in Charlotte over night. God provided for all my needs etc . Am having a great time with family.
God is good all the time.