The Yellow Gold (#jammed daily devo, day 356)

December #jammed: Grace, gifted.

Day 356: True Colors.

“I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me.” Psalm 57:2

The light caught my wedding bands and exposed the yellow gold purging through as theDECJAM22 white gold finish began to wear off again. The wear reflects the reality of life that has settled in long after the magical carriage ride and pretty white dress.

There are days that the light exposes more of ourselves than we want to see. Ten years can pass without a long glance in the mirror, and suddenly we don’t recognize the reflection anymore when we linger a little longer. Time has a way of wearing on the human soul in two directions at once. As the fleeting memory reel runs in the back, the hope of the future runs ahead. Life rarely goes as we plan, but God is never surprised.

Christmas is proof of that.

Christmas was always the plan.

Jesus was born at the time, place, and in the care of the people God planned. God is a planner. God is prepared. Today’s verse allows us the freedom to cry out to Him when we are lost. When we don’t recognize who we are anymore, in the mirror’s reflection or inside of our own minds.

“God who fulfills His purpose for me.”

He will fulfill His purpose for us.

When we can feel it happening, we cry out in praise and celebration. When we’re at a frustrating crossroad or in a pit of suffering, we cry out in need of our Healer to pull us through.

Just as sure as that baby boy breathed His first earthly breath right on time in that manger, our lives will fulfill the purpose He places us here for.

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Father, Praise You for lifting us up over and over again. Thank You for brushing off our shiny surfaces and loving us for who we are, all dulled and worn out underneath. Forgive us for wallowing or becoming discouraged as we get older. Bless our hearts to feel Your comfort and Your encouragement. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

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Happy Re-coating,

Megs

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The Planner (#jammed daily devo, day 255)

September #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 255: Wait on grace.

“When these events were completed, Jesus led His followers to Jerusalem where they would celebrate a Jewish feast together.” John 5:1

This verse in John 5 sparks a string of miracles and hallmark statements in Jesus’ time on255 earth. Every step he took was purposeful. Each conversation rich with godly wisdom. All miracles with a lesson of God’s compassionate love.

“When these events were completed…” What seems unnoteworthy reminds us of God’s omnipotent hand on our hearts. The earth moves in tune with God’s timing, and no event we undertake is removed from His love.

“Jesus led…” Those that followed Him didn’t always realize what they were about to witness. Scenes like the feeding of five thousand with fish and loaves and the woman who was healed by a touch of Jesus’ robe. Unpredictable events to passers by and followers were anticipated touches of love from above.

“where they would celebrate…” To follow Jesus in God’s timing always yields celebration. We may not always understand it. It’s guaranteed to sting at times along the way. And the harder we follow the more the enemy will come after us. But the celebration… the hugs in heaven when we’re finally home.

Jesus’ died on the cross anticipating the celebration of all who follow Him. All who believe. He prayed for us and prays for us. He’s our friend and teacher …our accessible Savior, cheering us down the home stretch.  There’s no greater love that the cross. No greater love that God’s for each of us.

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Father, Praise You for celebration. Thank You for giving us hope and life. We confess, that our focus is not often on the celebration, but more focused on the struggle and hard walk of life. Help us to breathe in the life of Your Word each day, and bless us to show the same compassion to others as You show to us each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Celebrating,

Megs

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