And since it is my blog I get to type about whatever I want on my birthday, right? RIGHT!
Christmas: God Changes Us
by Rick Warren
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? Romans 7:24 (MSG)
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Have you figured out yet that a lot of times you are your own worst enemy? It’s your own reactions, your own fears, your own inadequacies that cause you to act in foolish ways. I know that’s true for me.
I need to be saved from myself because there are things I don’t like about me – things I wish I had done differently, things I’d like to change. But I can’t change them, not on my own power. I need an outside power source.
You may be saying, “I can change.” I hate to say this, but you can’t. In January, you’re going to make a list of New Year’s resolutions. And, by the end of January, that list will be in the dumpster. Why? Because you can’t change on your own; you need God’s power. You need a Savior, someone who can make the changes you can’t make yourself.
Let me make an important point here: God never wastes energy. He doesn’t waste effort on things that are unnecessary. In other words, if you didn’t need a Savior, he wouldn’t have sent one. The very fact that God sent a Savior means you need one.
The truth is, if you are honest about it, sometimes you feel like your life is out of control. That’s a pretty common feeling. Welcome to the human race!
The apostle Paul felt that way 2,000 years ago. Paul says this in the Bible: “I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does” (Romans 7:24-25 MSG). That’s the answer!
Let me be honest with you. You may be looking for salvation in the wrong places, that’s why you’re frustrated. You’re looking for that one thing that’s going to give you fulfillment and meaning and peace in life.
Some of us think that if we could just get married, or if we could just get a certain job, or a promotion, or attain a certain level of wealth, or have a baby – or if our babies would grow up and graduate! – things would be great.
You’re looking in the wrong places.
A lot of people are looking for salvation in a self-help book. Or they’re looking for it in therapy or in a fad or diet. Or they’re looking for it in a vacation, “If I could just escape to
The answer is not in a place. It’s not in a program or a pill. The answer is a person: Jesus Christ. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life is never going to make sense.
Wasn't that a great devotional and doesn't it just give you a great outlook on your life and it's future? It does for me. I pray and ask God every day to change me. I ask him often, that he probably wants to say back to me "okay, okay, I heard you the zillionth time, you want me to make you more like Me." Yes, I do! I ask God to make me be more Christ like every day, to help me to be the parent to my children as he is to His, and the wife to my husband as he is to the church. When someone hurts me or rubs me wrong, I ask to be reminded to love that unlovable person even more. I ask that God help me with my words and my responses in my reactions to things I may not like. I can't do it myself. I have a mouth on me and I can tend to be hurtful with my mouth, if I feel hurt first. As most humans do and would. I need Gods help to either keep my mouth closed, or help change my thoughts so that my words then follow. It all starts with Him and your heart. I ask God to show me how to love how he loves. So this devotion reminded me, that I am still being worked on, that I still can and am changing, because I am the clay and his is the potterer. LOVE THAT!
I am so thankful!
I am done with my Christmas shopping (other than a couple of things I need to go pick up for hubby). That will be done today as soon as I get off of here, and get baby girl and myself ready to go.
I have to go buy a new vacuum today too, for mine said "all done." But that is not what I am thankful for. That was just one of those "multi-tasking" thoughts running through my head, reminding myself as I sit here and type to not forget to get a vacuum today.
I am thankful because I woke up to house full of my favorite people and things. I woke up to my husband, the most handsome man I know. I am thankful that he is here with me to celebrate this day with me together. That we are here as a family. I am thankful for my two beautiful and healthy children. That I am blessed with my one girl and my one boy. I am thankful for my kitties, that I have been with me for 13 years. They have been through it all with me and have traveled the world with me. That move "Marley and Me" that is coming out, I bet I cry the entire movie because I will totally relate to the story of it through my years with my kitties, except of course the bad animal behavior part. They are great, kind, gentle, loving, affectionate and beautiful cats. They are healthy and have been my snuggle buddies for 13 years.
I am thankful for my own health. I am thankful for my home, my career and for all my loving, supportive friends and family. I am a very blessed
Thank you for all that have sent me birthday e-cards, wishes and blessings. Thank you for caring enough to read my blog, to learn a little about my family and our lives as the chapters unfold by one amazing author, GOD!
Happy Birthday To Me! Cha-Cha-Cha!
PS: As part of my birthday, hubby is treating me to a spa day with my friend Noelle. Her birthday is tomorrow! Yummy!!!!
Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.