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Transformation vs. Conformation – Resurrection of Dead Dreams – July 14 Devotions

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Our Tuesday morning in Maine is starting off cooler, only 57 degrees at the moment, and the weather forecast says sunny with temps in the 60s to 70s. So hopefully that will mean less humidity! I don’t mind bright, sunny, warm days…but I can do without the hot and humid weather!

 

 

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Here are your Tuesday devotions — have a nice day and be blessed! 🙂

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“God’s will for you is transformation, which takes place from the inside out…not conformation, which is someone’s external, superficial idea of what you should be; nor your own efforts to conform to their ideas, expectations, and demands.

 

Most people think you should do what they are doing–that you should be a part of their plans. This is wonderful if God agrees, but when God says no, we must say no also.

 

In this quiet moment, determine that you will not be conformed to the wishes of your friends and relatives, but that you will be transformed and led by the Spirit of God.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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“Isn’t it interesting that sometimes when you ask God for something, He lets it go so long, the only thing that can possibly produce what you asked for, is a miracle?

 

Why does God do that? Because He likes to ‘show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are blameless  toward Him’ (2 Chronicles 16:9).

 

If something is dead–a dream, a desire, a want, a need–it doesn’t matter to God how dead it is. God can still bring it back to life in His timing because our God is an awesome God. Nothing is too hard for Him.

 

That is why He is never in a hurry and why it seems as if He often waits until nothing will work but a miracle.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

-1- This is such an important differentiation. Allow God to change us from the inside, rather than cave in and make changes because of pressure from other people–or even from our own self-imposed pressure of what we THINK we’re supposed to do or be, based on wanting to please other people.

-2- Obviously this is where patience and trust enter the picture. The more time that goes by, the easier it is to get discouraged and feel hopeless about ever achieving certain goals or seeing dreams fulfilled. I know there have been times when I thought the little flicker of hope was about to go out, and suddenly, out of the blue, the miracle happened!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

-1- Have you experienced pressure to conform to the wishes of other people? Do you like the idea of transformation instead?

-2- Have you given up on any special dreams? Is there still a flicker of hope left to trust God for a miracle? I’ll agree with you in prayer!

21 Comments

  1. Susan Friesen

    I think it’s pretty tough not to conform to society’s pressures at some level but I’m happy to say I’ve always done my own thing, even if it meant having to “convince” other people in my life this is what I was meant to do!
    Very nice devotions to start the day with, thanks!

    14 . Jul . 2015
  2. Jerusha (TheDisneyChef.com)

    It has been cooler in NH too. Will it ever be summer? Thank you for this beautiful post and these wonderful reminders of faith and what all it does for us to be faithful. – Jerusha, TheDisneyChef.com

    14 . Jul . 2015
  3. Jessica

    So inspirational. I love this!

    14 . Jul . 2015
  4. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    It’s human nature to want to fit in and follow the pack, but change can only come through going against the grain.

    I liked the original quote too.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  5. Anmol Rawat

    Beautiful post with inspiring quotes.

    Can you please change the font. It’s not easily readable.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  6. Abbie from Lovin' Our Chaos

    I try hard to get away from societal pressures, but they are everywhere!! I feel pressure to live up to ‘expectations’ in my career and in general. I often need the reminder to be true to myself.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  7. Jenn Alex

    I’ve been a transformational person my whole life. But, in the last 10 years I’ve had to learn on my own about so many things that it has caused me to transform even when it wasn’t my intent.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  8. Francene Stanley

    When you’ve experienced a miracle yourself, you trust completely in God. Everything must be working out the way it should, even if we don’t know it.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  9. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I am not a huge fan of change. I know it’s gonna happen whether I like it or not, though.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  10. Joan Harrington

    Thank you so much for today’s inspiration, K Lee 🙂 Not giving up is the sure way to reach our goals and dreams!! It is sad that so many do before they reach them..

    14 . Jul . 2015
  11. Amy Bovaird

    Your first reflection today really mirrors my own and today’s blog message. When our challenges overwhelm and frighten us, God has to change us from the inside so that we can view things from His perspective.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  12. Alana

    Have I given up on dreams? Right now, my dreams are on hold. Eventually, I will be able to return to them. For now, for me, this is a season for serving others.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  13. Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy

    Interesting post! I could certainly use a miracle right now in regard to my living arrangements. Hopefully something good is on the horizon.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  14. Leslie

    I love these! I could’ve used them this morning but what an even better time to reflect on them before bedtime.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  15. Shann Eva

    I feel like I have given up on some of my dreams, but I always have faith something will still come from them.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  16. Curtis Joseph

    Dreams are special, I don’t think anyone truly gives up on them; we just end up regretting we did.

    14 . Jul . 2015
  17. Elizabeth O.

    I like the idea of transformation, but it’s not always easy to do, especially when you live in a society where there are a lot of pressures. I always try to be myself.

    15 . Jul . 2015
  18. Ourfamilyworld

    I’ve never given up on my dream. It is still with me and I’m hoping that I’ll get it one day.

    15 . Jul . 2015
  19. Victoria

    Thanks for these uplifting thoughts. They can definitely help you get through the week.

    15 . Jul . 2015
  20. Liz Mays

    I think we’re faced with those pressures on a regular basis. It’s part of our journey and growth as to how we deal with them.

    15 . Jul . 2015
  21. Misty Spears

    I think we all want to please others, so in some form, even if just a little we do tend to conform to others wishes. I like to say I’m my own person and I march to my own beat, but I can definitely admit wanting to make others happy.

    15 . Jul . 2015

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