This last week has been a trying one. Not that it has been out of kilter with troubles and worries. Just that it has been a busy week and it has been a bit difficult in staying on top of the study. I have not been able to participate as I would love to, but I am able to keep up with my readings and devotions. I have a wonderful supporter who brings beautiful tidbits of the study to me almost every morning through email and text, which gives me a desire to join in again, no matter what is happening around me. 🙂 Thank you again my sweet daughter. I love this devotion you shared with me as well.
First I want to also thank Darlene Sala for sharing in the devotion this morning. I am so thankful for the wisdom that is being shared within this study and pray for the Lords light to shine through it all.
Imagine that…we are works of art. Made by the greatest artist in the universe. I love what Darlene shared: “When it comes to placing a value on a piece of art, that value is derived from three things:”
Who made it?
How many are there like it?
What is someone willing to pay for it?
Even when I look at these questions I am in wonder.
Who made it? Who made this piece of art? This piece of art which is me? The God of the universe…let that sink in…the GOD of the UNIVERSE. There is no other like Him and no other comparison to Him. Just imagine, He made me. Loved the idea of me so much that He had to make sure that I came into being. And only in the perfect way He chose, and with only what He felt I needed in order to be the person He wanted me to be. Amazing…
If you look up the word ‘art’ in Websters Dictionary, you will find the definition to say: art is something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.
Wow, I am so humbled and in awe or our Lord. Not because I think I am an incredible work of art, but that HE thought I was important enough to make me the perfect individual He saw in His imagination, and with His perfect skills, made me the beautiful person I am today. With all my flaws and imperfections that have been acquired during this incredibly difficult walk through this life, He has given me so many blessings that I couldn’t be more grateful for. Because of His love for us all, He has created each one of us and has given us a uniquely incredible identity. Set apart from anyone else, His own flavor stamped on our hearts, made to savor only through His love and expression. There is only one like me, only one who is perfectly me. Me…the one our God of the Universe felt was important enough to send His own son from Heaven, to become the very thing that would ultimately separate me from His loving arms for all eternity…sin. Jesus left his Father, the God of our universe, and the Heaven that He was so secure and safe within, to make sure that we would be a part of that eternity with them. To come to this earth and die a death He did not deserve…for me…for us…that is what our Father was willing to pay for me. Me, a person who is so undeserving of such love, yet in His eyes worthy of love and actually an eternity of that love. “For our sake he made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21, NRSV)
I am humbled Lord, just saying thank you does not express my hearts love for Your graciousness and mercy. I will never understand the importance You have placed on my being, but I pray that my life will somehow honor You as you deserve. Only You can make my life meaningful in the way you saw it would be from the very beginning. I pray that I will walk towards that light and follow without reservation. I pray for the strength to become the person you desire me to be. To be the work of art you imagined me to be.
Thank you Lord for directing me towards this amazing study. Made to Crave has allowed me to open up my life to you again, and to realize the changes that needed to be made in order for me to be able to hear you and to take a direction towards you again. This has been an exciting and undeniable journey you have orchestrated around my life, and have designed for purposes only you can deliver to my heart. Thank you and I praise you Lord for all you are doing within this study for not just me, but the thousands of women and men seeking your guidance. Amen…
I find it rather interesting when I start out ‘gung hoe’ on something but after the first couple of days it becomes a chore. I look at my first blog and it is hard to believe that I have allowed my thoughts to become as far away from that day as they could be. It ‘s amazing as to how easy it is to forget that there is an enemy out there that wants to completely destroy us. Thankfully, I start to become stronger when I do remember that.
I realize that this week has been a real struggle only because I have taken my eyes off the prize. 🙂 My Lord and my relationship with him is where I want my focus to be, even more so than my goal for losing this weight. Although my losing weight started just two and 1/2 weeks ago, my journey away from the Lord’s arms started 8 years ago and with this study He has welcomed me back into His loving arms without reservation. Needless to say this study couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
The Lord has always been there for me, but because of hurt and my own selfishness I did not always acknowledge that fact, or even embrace it for many years. It wasn’t until this study was shared with me by my sweet daughter that my eyes were opened to honestly looking at my life and what my goals in it really were. From doing that this first week, I have found many ‘cravings’ that have taken my eyes off the Lord. Just about everything in my life has been used by the enemy to keep my focus on anything else but the Lord.
Truly it is ‘freeing’ to finally come to a conclusion as to what it is that has come between my relationship with God, and now I can name it in just one word…CRAVINGS. Cravings that have consumed my thoughts and a drive to be better in the realm of work, being a wife, mother, daughter, friend, sister, loosing weight, looking good, and household financial contribution just to name a few. By continually trying to stay so focused on it all I have managed to set God aside while I work it all out myself. Well, what has come from it all is that my life has become a mess of unresolved issues that continue to eat at me on a daily basis until I have no more room for anything else, including the Lord. By becoming involved with this study, I have at least come to the above conclusions and honestly can’t wait to see what more the Lord has to show me.
You see, up until now I wasn’t listening to God. I didn’t have time withing my heart or mind to hear what He was trying to tell me. I didn’t have time with everything else taking up space within my mind. There was absolutely no room to bring in doubt that I might not be going about things in the way the Lord may have wanted me to. But this week, the Lord has literally provided more time in my day and has directed me to the Made To Crave study. He has broken through my barriers with a flood of insight, and has promised to walk me through each ‘craving’ that includes a victorious ending, and today I am so excited to take His hand and let Him lead me. Thank you God!!!
I pray for strength and direction and a hope for solutions of honor for my Lord. AMEN