Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Mary: A Vessel Chosen // 12DOC day 4

Mary held the light of the world in her hands; He was her baby, but at the same time, her King.
It was hard to accept sometimes, but she knew that Jesus wasn't hers—He was there to save the world...she was just the chosen vessel. The servant on whom God had shown favor.

Mary was chosen by the hand of God.
The Potter had chosen His clay.

From the moment she was born, God started preparing her for this purpose.
The Potter makes His vessels, even if the clay doesn't understand.

Mary was not perfect, but she fit into God's plan far better than she would ever realize.
"For we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28

But even if the vessels don't consent to the Potter's hand, His ways are perfect, and He will win out in the end. The vessels can't help but fit into the plan of the Potter, even if they themselves are full of air pockets.
(Air pockets show up in clay when it is cut in half. They can be produced when pieces of clay are put together. If they remain in the clay, they can mess the vessel up.)
Even if people don't follow God, He can use them in His plan.

So there she was—a vessel chosen to carry the King of Kings.
And she did so with courage.
Let's follow Mary's example and say yes to God's calling, carrying it out with courage.

Each of us are called to carry the fruits of the Holy Spirit to people (love, joy, peace, etc.), and each of us are called for a different reason; but sadly, not all follow His will.
"For many are called, but few are chosen."
-Matthew 22:14

Each story—each vessel—is beautifully different.
The Potter calls. Will you respond to Him and be one of the Chosen?

Blessings and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Quoting the Quoted

Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale
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His thoughts are higher than our thoughts(see Isaiah 55:8-9).
Once you are thinking right, you can act right.
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. - Aristotle
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We need to give our focus to God—to seeking Him & His will in your life and in every moment—for that is when things can change.
PRAISE & WORSHIP Him in your dark moments. It works.

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell
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Be blessed and remember that God has your life in His hands, and He is the best caretaker. His plans are better than yours. Surrendering your life continually to God is like saying, "Here, God. I want to live for you the best life I can." It is an act of trust. And that is what we need—trust in God. 
Don't worry, nothing and no one can take God away from you.

Have a great day, and may God bless you all out of His great goodness and loving kindness.
Let Him lead you in the way everlasting(see Psalm 139:24).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thanks be to God for Friends. ☺

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live."
John 11:25

Some good things in my life:
I got to get together with two friends recently whom I hadn't seen for a while, and also, one of my dear friends is moving closer to me. Yay!

I am glad that God gave us friends. I think that He knows we need them sometimes—especially when they build us up. ☺

Have a great day!