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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, September 23, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
God’s, His character goes into the creation of every person. When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself, remember that God’s Spirit is ready and willing to work within you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us. (NLT)
Psalm 139:13-18 – You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!
The Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” –2 Corinthians 12:9 (NRSV)
Ramona Furst (Ontario, Canada) titled her story “WONDERFULLY MADE;” here is Ramona’s story:
“Although I’ve never been formally diagnosed, I look back over my childhood and recognize the symptoms of a learning disability now called dyslexia. A good memory helped me in school; but insecurity, doubt, and low self-esteem made me question my value. As I struggled to overcome obstacles, hurts, and disappointments, my perception of God became distorted. I began to question God’s love for me. What people thought about me mattered more than God’s opinion. I set unrealistic goals for myself and often thought, If other people can do this, why am I having such a hard time?
When I became a wife and mother, I admitted that if I couldn’t accept myself the way I had been created, I wasn’t trusting God. In the beginning, getting rid of negative thinking and replacing it with the word of God was a slow, daily, and sometimes painful process. Then I began to believe that God took great delight in me and that I played a necessary and significant role in God’s work on earth. Now my goal is to please God, reminding myself that I have been promised, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can find my value in the loving grace of God.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for never giving up on us. Help us remember that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE STRUGGLING WITH LEARNING DISORDERS
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