Psalm 119:7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I have had lots of fun making my crocheted unicorns, giving them away, and learning so much about God’s love for us and me. It is amazing how God using small things to teach us grand life lessons. It has taken some time to learn to listen for His voice, to see His hand in my life, to learn what He wants me to learn in a specific area of my life.
Watching out for the lessons He wants to teach me has helped me to know myself more and to know my fellow man. And, of course, to learn more about God. He is such a beautiful, wonderful, benevolent, loving, and merciful God that it is hard to see Him as wrathful, but there is a part of Him that is being stored up for the day of Judgement.
I am thankful that I will be among those sheep who will be shown into His kingdom. If you are reading these daily devotionals and have not given your life over to Him, do it now. There is no time to waste. Your only regret will be not having done it sooner!
Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Every time I finish putting together a crocheted unicorn, I sit at my desk, take the unicorn's face in my hands and tell it how beautiful it is and how much I love it. And I do love each and every one of the unicorns I have made. I hate giving them away or selling them but it would be crazy for me to try to hold onto all of them that I have made. I wouldn't have any room in my house for my family.
If I love my little inanimate unicorns that much, how much more must God love us? We are breathing, intelligent, feeling human beings made in His image. How can we think He loves us any less than with all His heart?
He must have with each and every one of us, taken our faces in His hands and told us how much He loves us before sending us down to earth.
1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
One of my friends asked for a crocheted unicorn for her friend that was getting married. She sent me her wedding colors and I made the unicorn to match those colors. I added a special touch to it with a flower just between the ear and horn of the unicorn because her friend had a flower in her hair in the engagement pictures. My friend loved it.
God gives us special people in our lives. To love. To cherish. That compliment us and complete us. We must remember that every person that crosses our path was not an accident or coincidence. They were put there for a reason and we must be thankful no matter how difficult or challenging that person can be.
If we pay attention and look closely, we will find that each person we encounter changes our lives. It is up to us to decide whether that change is for the good or bad.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
One of the crocheted unicorns I made was given away to the daughter of a dear friend. I made it special for her in her favorite colors. She has loved the unicorn as much as I did and sleeps with it every night. She calls him Uni. It warms my heart to see her hold it so dear.
What must God think about us? When He looks down at us and we are treating the special people in our lives like dirt? When He gives us little children to care for and we abuse them and hurt them. Damage them for the rest of their lives? How our actions must break His heart. He sent His Son to show us how we should be treating one another. As much as He loves us, is how we should be loving on others.
We were made special and we are priceless. Why do we treat each other like we are worthless when our Creator gave up all of Himself for us?
Song of Solomon 1:5 I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon.
I have recently been crocheting many different colored stuffed unicorns. I have been having such a great time finding different colors and putting them together to make them unique and beautiful.
That is exactly what God did with us. He wove us together in our mother's womb and make each one of us different and unique. We all have different skin color, hair color, eye color. Our eyes, mouths, ears, noses, are all shaped differently. And we all beautiful in the eyes of our Creator.
Why can't we see each other just as beautiful? Why can't we appreciate each other for our individuality and diversity? The really amazing thing is that we were all created in the image of God. Makes you kind of wonder what God really looks like!
Romans 12:12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
Last night I had a horrible dream that left me crying this morning. After sitting at my desk and allowing myself to cry over the sadness I experienced, I felt better and was able to get on with my day. Dreams should be taken seriously. God gave us dreams to help our mind work through what we have experienced in the waking world. Sometimes He uses dreams to speak to us just like He did to the people in the OT and some in the NT.
Dreaming is also a way for God to test us. Dreams allow us to work out the problems we may encounter without the real danger. You could call dreams the proving ground for life. They should not be flippantly dismissed but studied and analysed so we can better understand ourselves.
Most days I am very thankful my dreams are only dreams. But there are some days when I wish my dreams were reality.
1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Have you ever heard the phrase, "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions"? This has two meanings. It can mean that sometimes our actions meant for good actually resulted in bad consequences. It can also mean that good intentions mean nothing unless followed through. I have heard lots of people say, "I meant to do that." Which doesn't mean anything because the action was never done.
The truth of the matter is that some things may be harmless, "I meant to pick up my socks", "I meant to take out the garbage." Or the actions we intended to take could result in eternal consequences when we put God and His will on the back burner. When we live each day for our own pleasure and fulfillment, we could find ourselves in a place we never meant to be. Satan doesn't have to make us do bad things, he just has to tempt us to do nothing.
Inaction is just as much of a decision as acting is.
Exodus 23:13 Now concerning everything which I have said to you, be on your guard; and do not mention the name of other gods, nor let them be heard from your mouth.
One of my favorite shows of all time is Stargate: SG1. It is about a group of military and scientific people who band together to fight alien beings who have set themselves up as false gods. They enslave people and make the people worship them while they rule with power and technology they have gained from other species through theft. There is one false god named Apophus with whom they just cannot get rid of. No matter how many times they think they get rid of him, he shows back up.
False gods still play a part in our lives today. We expend valuable time and money on things that will eventually burn when the earth has been destroyed. We sacrifice our pride, our children, our marriage, our friendships on the alter before our own wants and desires. It is a sad thing that we are so short sighted that we cannot see idols we have set up in our lives, in our homes, in our hearts.
We have to be very careful to guard ourselves against the wiles of the devil. No matter how much we think we have gotten rid of him - he keeps showing back up when we least expect it.
Psalm 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
One of my friends posted on his FB page that a father was being judged by the courts for continuing to refer to his daughter as a girl when she asked to be referred to as a boy. My friend sited scripture to support the father. But my question is...Does he continue to refer to her as a girl to shame her? Is he trying to change her through fear and embarrassment?
Being a parent is a tough job. We are called to raise our children in the Lord and then give them wings to fly from the nest hoping we have done an adequate job. Sometimes the children stray and sometimes they come back to God. We are called to give our children a firm foundation. The firm foundation of Jesus. Raising a child in today's society may be challenging but it is no more challenging that what it was 50 years ago. The challenges are just different.
Everyone wants to be loved and accepted. If you show your children love and acceptance no matter what, that is the first step in showing them Jesus.
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
Scripture tells us that God hears our prayers. It is very comforting knowing that the Creator of the universe takes time out to hear what I have to say. Some days I wonder if He hears me but then one of my prayers is answered and I am floored because I never think I am worthy enough for Him to answer my prayers. But God's love for us is not based on what we have done, but on what He has done.
Sometimes the clouds hide the sun. Sometimes the rain doesn't seem to want to stop. Sometimes the dark cloud follows you around everywhere you go. Despite all the bad in the world, God is still good and God still listens to us and cares about what we have to tell Him.
Take some time out today and pray. And if you are asking for answers, be ready for anything.