Successful Saturday – On Disappointment and Design – April 25 Devotions
I’ve been offline all day – but it was a successful Saturday BECAUSE…I finally finished and delivered a quilt (and a bonus bag) for a friend who has been patiently waiting for it. This is a flannel and imprinted photo queen-size quilt. I used some left over strips to create a “jelly roll” bag with an imprinted photo on the pocket. I’m planning to add these designs to my K-Lee’s Kreations sites.
So here are Saturday’s devotions. Remember you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
“You may have developed negativity because of various disappointing events in your life, but you were never created by God to be negative, fearful, and doubtful. Praying and being negative won’t bring an answer. Praying and living in fear won’t either.
Pray: Lord, I recognize that the areas of my life where I am fearful and negative are not a part of Your design for my life. I ask You to lift me up and bring Your healing touch. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“Lord, I praise You that You are greater than any or all of my failures…as my Potter, You are able to mold and remold me, as I submit to Your wisdom and skill.
As my Master Artist, You are able to take the dark threads of my life–my wounds, my scars, my blotches, the messes I make, and even my sins–and blend them into a beautiful design to the praise of the glory of Your grace.”
–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”
-1- Negativity definitely breeds disappointment, but it’s a good reminder that disappointment, fear, and negativity aren’t part of God’s design for our lives.
-2- This is one of my favorite devotional thoughts in this particular book–especially as a quilter–I like the idea that even those dark threads can be woven into the overall design for our lives, as God heals and renews those areas.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Have you often experienced that procession (regression?) from a negative experience into a disappointment?
Have you ever thought about the analogies of the potter and clay, or an artist and thread, and how it takes all kinds of experiences to be part of the design for your life?