January 22, 2018 Genesis 39,40; John 13:1-30

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Eyes on the Potter | Kimi Miller

S~ But the LORD was with Joseph in prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Genesis 39:12 (NLT)

O~ God showed Joseph favor. Not because of anything Joseph did, but because of God’s plan and purpose for his life and the world.

A~ I am reminded of what Paul wrote in Romans 9:21 – Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? The Creator has a plan. As part of that plan, each person has a purpose – whether for special purpose or common use. It doesn’t mean that one is more important than the other; it just means that they are different – made for different uses, but still made to fulfill its purpose.

God used Joseph to fulfill His purpose; again, not because of anything Joseph did, but because of what God wanted to do. Each of us has a purpose that fits perfectly into Your plan. We can’t compare ourselves to others, because our purposes aren’t all the same. Sure, we can help one another out, or work together to fulfill a greater cause, but our role is unique.

I can’t compare myself to anyone else. You made me according to Your will for Your purpose. Uniquely different; beautifully made by Your skillful hands to fulfill my destiny. 

P~ I am in awe of You. Your ways are far greater than mine. Thank You for making me uniquely for Your purpose. I love You. May my eyes remain on You, the Potter, and not the clay. Amen

DO The Things | Kim Chipman

S~ Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:17 (NIV)

O~ Jesus was the perfect example. He didn’t just tell us what we should do, He showed us with His life. Here, He washed the feet of His disciples, then told them they needed to do the same for one another. Serve one another. Jesus showed us all we need to know, but the blessing comes when we DO the things.

A~ Ugh, this has been a struggle for me lately. I don’t know what my problem is. I KNOW all the information I need to know. This thing isn’t that complicated. It’s simple, just not easy. I KNOW I need to be in your Word DAILY. I NEED it. But I haven’t been DOing it.

A couple days ago one of my friends shared a post on Facebook that was an ah-ha for me. It said: “It’s crazy how once you step away from it all (the phone, the textbooks, the chores) & you really take time to sit in God’s presence and to talk to Him you don’t want to stop. You start to notice every intricate detail of your life that is a blessing… when before, you would notice every little thing that was stressing you out that needed to change.” I’ve been irritable. I’ve been stressed out about little things. I haven’t been very nice to my people. I need to step away with You, sit in Your presence…

Recently over coffee my bestie reminded me…

I know what I need to do. I know what You want from me. I KNOW. Now I need to DO.

Kim, now that you know these things you will be blessed IF YOU DO THEM.

P~ I hear You, Jesus. Thank You for this today. I needed it. I love You!

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