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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A New Year's Resolution

A New Year’s Resolution

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Isaiah 64:8

The young woman’s body shook and her tears flowed. Kathy* had just moved into the homeless shelter and she was in the early stages of drug and alcohol withdrawal. When Kathy learned we were having Bible study, she ran from the room, came right back, Bible in hand and tears still flowing.

Having just celebrated the New Year, we talked about resolutions and how a resolution is a change we want to make in our lives. We talked about the Potter and the clay, and how our Father is in the continual process of molding and changing our lives to shape us into the beautiful vessels that He wants us to become.

We talked about how we, as the clay, must be pliable and willing and trust the Potter. How we must make sure our clay stays soft and doesn’t dry out. How we must be willing to place our clay in the Potter’s hand. How we must get to know our Father and let Him prove Himself trustworthy and how we do this by reading His Word - and learning how much He truly loves each one of us.
We then made a list of our resolutions for the New Year and Kathy shared that she had already made hers. She had been saved through faith in Christ just a month earlier. Ever since that time, she had planned for the next day to be her last day to drink and get high. Kathy had some serious pain in her life and she was afraid of being sober. But she had truly encountered Christ and during the past month, through studying God’s word and praying to Him, He had given her the power to finally say “no more.”

So on this night, as Kathy suffered through the early stages of withdrawal, her determination was evident. Even as her body shook and her tears flowed, she held tightly to her Bible. As we talked about the Potter and the clay, and God molding us and changing us, this young woman seemed to cling to every word that was spoken.

As we were finishing up, something truly divine began to happen. Another resident began to encourage Kathy as she shared how God had helped her survive a similar experience. She was so very kind and loving and supportive. An older resident then spoke up and said she had been there too. She assured Kathy that she would make it through this time - and they would all be there to help her. Then the older resident closed her eyes and lifted her face toward heaven and sang “What a Day That Will Be.” As she sang to her Lord, all of her worries and concerns seemed to just melt from her face.
*name changed

These women laid aside their own problems to minister to Kathy.

Are we able to put aside our problems and minister to others in need?

Do we truly encounter our Father when we close our eyes
and lift our faces toward heaven?
We will if only we have faith as great as this precious homeless woman.

Father, we ask that you give us the power to trust you and leave our burdens at the cross. We ask that you give us a heart that always allows us to minister to others. And we pray that in the midst of our problems we would be able to close our eyes and lift our faces toward heaven and sing praises to you. In the precious name of Jesus.

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Blogger Denise said...


January 27, 2009 at 5:07 AM  
Anonymous sheila said...

how powerful the Lord's strength is when we drop all of our trust at His feet. "Be of good cheer" I heard someone say recently, "when you face trials of many kinds" (James 1)....because God has overcome them all!!! Thank you so much for reminding me that God is sometimes most powerful in our darkest moments.

January 27, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Shannon Jacobyansky said...

Lovely post! A truly touching story! I lift mine eyes towards the hills from whence cometh my help cometh from the Lord! Amen!

January 27, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Christa said...

Thank you and
God Bless

January 27, 2009 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

This is so true when I read this it reminded me of one of my favorite praise and worship songs by Tammy Trent "At The Foot of The Cross"

January 27, 2009 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

What a powerful and wonderful devotion! And how convicting... we definitely need to lay our stuff aside and minister to those God puts in our paths...

Thanks for sharing!


January 27, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Devita said...

Oh what a touched story of her. I am praying for her. She deserves that change. Thank you for sharing.

January 27, 2009 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Porchgal said...

Thank you for sharing this story. I am always amazed how God can change a life. A life that was totally headed in the wrong direction. But God...

January 28, 2009 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Beautiful, powerful.

January 28, 2009 at 9:48 AM  

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