Adam’s Devotional – August 13-19, 2020

From Adam…

Ever seen a potter throw a bowl? For those of us not up on our pottery lingo, that’s when a potter shapes a spinning piece of wet clay into a bowl.  This art form has been around for thousands and thousands of years. It’s so old that the prophet Jeremiah writes about it. “So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord.”
It might be easy to look over the last five months of this pandemic and see many things that have “spoiled”. Things have not gone according to our plans or expectations. If we are like clay in God’s potter hands, then what has been spoiled can be reshaped into something new, good, and unexpected. What if we offered our lives to God as willing clay? The best clay remains still in the center of the wheel for the potter to shape as it spins. This season may feel like everything’s spinning out of control. The strong pull of anxiety and fear can move us off the still center of the potter’s wheel. God can transform our fear and anxiety into a call to prayer. What if this week, every time you felt out of control, every time you found yourself reflecting on what has spoiled, and every time you worry . . . what if you slow down, turn those fears in prayers, and be still for at least one minute or two in the presence of the God who shapes you into something new?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

God’s up to something . . . be a part of it. 

Gray’s Devo – 7/31/20

Adam’s Devotional – July 30 – August 5, 2020

From Adam…

Hope you found the miss you M&Ms at your house. It’s true– we miss you. And we really do pray that even in the midst of this pandemic, “that your love would overflow with knowledge and full insight. . .” Yes, overflow, not just be filled to the top– but filled to overflowing.  How does a cup overflow? How does it get filled for that matter? You put it under the faucet, right? Then comes the most important part– you hold it there. You keep it still until you cup is full. When the psalmist wrote, “be still and know that I am God,” maybe it’s so we could be filled with knowledge and full insight. How much time are you slowing down, being still in God’s presence, and allowing yourself to be open to the Holy Spirit filling your life? Which have you done more of: complaining about what you can’t do during the pandemic or holding still in God’s presence? Which comes easier? What would it look like if you filled some of the space in your life with stillness to be filled to overflowing? Try it this week.  Every time your frustration, anger and sadness overflows about this pandemic, slow down, share those feelings to God, hold still, and breathe for one minute. Do that daily, and the Holy Spirit may surprise you with overflowing.  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

God’s up to something . . . be a part of it. 

Garage Talk – 7/30/20

Mary Caroline’s Devo – 7/29/20

Gracie’s Devo – 7/27/20

Gray’s Devotional – 7/24/20

Adam’s Devotional July 23-29, 2020

From Adam…

“Sorry I can’t come; I’ve got practice.” Football practice, tennis practice, soccer practice, robotics practice, debate team practice, violin practice, play practice, harp practice, even shotgun practice. That’s the most typical excuse for why people can’t participate in church activities. It makes sense, though. If you don’t practice, you can’t play. Literally! If you never step foot on the basketball court or even hold a basketball, you’re not going to be able to play basketball. Maybe that’s part of what Jesus was getting at when he said this to his disciples in John’s gospel. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them, bear much fruit because apart from me you can do nothing. How many of us sit at a distance? We look at the crosses on top of steeples, we look at the Bible on the shelf, and then we’re surprised when we don’t know how to play. The fruit that the Holy Spirit bears in our lives– love in the midst of hate,  joy in the midst of sadness, peace in the midst of pandemic, patience in the midst of suffering, kindness in the midst of cruelty, gentleness in the midst of pugilism (look that one up!).  As all do, this analogy breaks down. Our faith is not about a set of skills to be learned but about Person to be known. If we never practice listening to God’s voice in prayer and scripture, then we won’t be able to discern God’s voice when we least expect it. How are you practicing your faith right now? Some people put a basketball goal in at their house so they can practice at home.  How do you practice your faith at home? When’s the last time you went on a walk with God around your neighborhood? When’s the last time you opened your Bible? When’s the last time you memorized a passage of scripture that encouraged you? What about prayer? When’s the last time you asked your friends how you could pray for them? When’s the last time you talked and listened to Christ Jesus like you would a close friend? Remember, the most important part of being a branch is staying attached to the vine. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it. 

God’s up to something . . . be a part of it. 

Mary Caroline’s Devotional – 7/22/20

Gracie’s Devotional – 7/21/20

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