Change Your Perspective and Change Your Life

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Take My Life

**Taken from a page in my daily devotional book-with modifications of my own**

It’s the kind of unrehearsed comment you’d expect to hear on Bill Cosby’s Kids Say The Darndest Things. The interviewer was asking children about their career aspirations. When a certain little girl was asked what she wanted to do “when she got big like her mommy,” she replied, “Go on a diet!”

Sometimes the thoughts we have about our future goals are different from what God has in mind. He isn’t all that concerned about our career or geographic plans or our retirement dreams. His desires for our tomorrows have more to do with the kinds of people we are becoming inside. The color of the collar we wear to work isn’t nearly as important to Him as the content of our character.

As we stand with our backs to His spiritual growth chart, He measures the degree to which our hearts need to be formed, our minds need to be transformed, and our wills need to be conformed. It’s a measuring process that occurs every day for the rest of our lives.

The key, of course, is to let God do His work, to say to Him daily, “Take my life…all of it!”

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

I encourage each of you to review the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). Ask God to evaluate each quality while you quietly listen in His presence for His response.

Prayer (modified): Dear Lord, we place our lives completely in your hands. We trust your molding and shaping, which allow us to become who you want us to be in You. We thank you for your grace and mercy, that covers us when we don’t want to be malleable to your perfect will for us. Thank you for being patient with us. Lord, we pray that you will strengthen each woman to say yes to you, in word and deed. We also pray for the power to walk into the destiny you have designed for us. We thank you for hearing and answering prayer. In Jesus name, Amen.

Allow God to change how you look at his plans for your life. He will never LEAD you somewhere and LEAVE you stranded. He is always there…even when you cannot feel Him. Remember, no matter what happens, all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).

Change your perspective and change your life.

-Jenn

The Potter’s Hand

**Taken from a page in my daily devotional book**

The story is told of a master pottery maker in Peru. Having heard of the distinct quality of his work, people from all over the world traveled to the outskirts of Lima in search of his unpretentious shop. It was an uncovered, uncluttered workspace exposed to the intense rays of the South American sun. As a result of forty years of continuous labor, the potter’s sun-baked skin resembled the dark reddish-brown clay he shaped into beautiful pots and bowls.

What distinguished this artisan’s pottery was a small indentation that every piece boasted. The notch-like feature at first glance might be considered a flaw. But it was not. It was the result of a claw-like digit on the potter’s right hand. He was born with it instead of a thumb. The shriveled stub and its permanent sharp fingernail imprinted the clay as it was fashioned in its final form. What had been a source of endless humiliation as a child had become the signature of success.

Although our Creator’s fashioning hands are not deformed, as He shapes us into His image, the evidence of His fingerprints in our lives render us valuable and priceless in His eyes. Celebrate the worth He sees as He looks at you today.

But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. Isaiah 64:8

Prayer (modified): Dear Lord, we thank you for shaping and molding us into your glorious image. We pray that you will help us increase in faith, and have a change in perspective about the molding and shaping process. Help us to always be malleable in your hands, so that your will is accomplished in our lives. In Jesus name we pray and give thanks. Amen.

-Jenn

God’s Will

I John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

In gaining clarity about who God is, His love for us, and His plans for our lives, we begin to pray that His will be done. When walking with God, and desiring the things He desires, we tend to pray for the things He wants us to have.

As women of God we must desire more of God. More than just enough to escape a fiery hell; to be saved from God’s wrath; to call ourselves Christians; to manage our guilt; to get a ticket to heaven; to squeak through heaven’s gate. There should be a longing for more than the bare minimum God has to offer. More than what people often settle for. To long for everything God wants to give us. To long for more than enough to bend our will to His; to awaken our consciences; to transform our mind; to conform us into His glorious image; to give us an abundant entrance into heaven.

In growing to this point in our walk with God, we can move from selfishly asking God for what we want. We begin to ask for what He wants. I had to get to a point in which I wasn’t afraid to say, “Lord, your will be done.” I was afraid of receiving a no for the things I desired most. God will give us our desires when we delight ourselves in Him, but He will do it in His own way and timing. Perspective Change: It took me understanding that He knows what’s best for me; knows me better than I know me; loves and cares for me like no other. Since then, things have been going better for me. I had to change my perspective of God and know that He has better plans for me than I do.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

I encourage each of you to begin to open up and allow God to work in your lives the way He wants to. When we allow God to conform our will to His, our desires are His and our prayers are answered. The scripture says that He hears us when we pray according to His will. Knowing that fact….we are able to obtain what we’re praying for. God loves each and every one of you and has good gifts to bestow in the lives of this children.

My prayer for you all is that you will move from a place of pain to power, from worry to worship, and from tears to a testimony. How do you get there? Change your perspective about God and His will for your life.

Change your perspective and change your life.

-Jenn