You are not an accident YouVersion Devotional

You Are No Accident
God the Creator and Ruler of all that is, God the Almighty, all-powerful God, the Self-existent One who is perfect in power, goodness, and wisdom, this amazing, loving, just, Omniscient, Omnipotent God created you!

God created you!

God actually formed and created you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:14). He fearfully and wonderfully made you. He intended to make you, you were no accident. The way you look, the color of your eyes, hair are actually designed by this awesome God!

God created you for a purpose!

Have you ever wondered why you have been brought into this world, what you are created for? The Bible says God created you and me for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11) You and I were created by Him and for Him (Col 1:16). This is not in any way to suggest that God created us for His entertainment, to be some puppet, that dances to His tunes.

Far from that. He created us with a will, with an ability to choose. He created us to love Him, know Him, to experience Him each day, fellowship with Him, to worship Him and serve Him! But the beauty is that He has left the choice to you and me.

This amazing, loving, just, Omniscient, Omnipotent God gave His only begotten Son so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life (John 3:16). His salvation is for all mankind, for He has promised that He will draw all men to Him (John 12:32). In choosing Him is choosing life and life in all its abundance (John 10:10) 

As a reasonable response to Him for this amazing gift of love, we are called to love, worship and serve Him in the unique ways He has purposed for each of us. To love Him and so love those around us, in real and practical ways. To serve and to give of ourselves, our talents, our time to bless others. God calls you and me to point to Him, the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). 

Have you chosen this Jesus as your Savior and is your life pointing to Him today?

Lord help me remember each day, that You have created me and for a purpose. Help me live my life in humble obedience, fulfilling Your purpose for me, I pray

Praying For A Job

BY FAITH GATEWAY

by Jodie Berndt, from Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you. — Psalm 32:8
I can’t tell you how many parents, when they heard I was working on this book, let me know they had a story to share. I was excited to interview them, but I had to laugh when I realized that at least two-thirds of the stories were variations on the same theme: praying for your child to get a job. Everyone who has ever had an adult child has, apparently, been down this sometimes long and winding road.

One mom told me how frustrated she had become after her son batted away one job lead after another, since they just didn’t seem to fit his “work/life balance.” (I thought she was kidding, but then I found out it’s a real thing, that today’s graduates really are looking for jobs that come complete with a gym membership, Friday happy hours, and even — since I guess they are waiting longer to have children — things like health insurance for their pets. Seriously.)

Another said her daughter didn’t want to work “in a cubicle, like Dad.”

And a third shared her son’s Goldilocks-style journey through everything from starting a business to playing in a rock band, until (and I think this is a brilliant idea) her husband invited a group of older men to serve as an advisory board in the young man’s life — a move that ultimately opened the door to a “just right” career in television.

I’d go on, but you get the idea. Plenty of kids need to figure out what to do with their lives, and plenty of parents are praying. And I’ll admit it. I didn’t expect to have to pray so hard about my own kids’ jobs — and I said as much to author Paula Rinehart when the two of us had lunch together one day. I’d just finished reading her Strong Women, Soft Hearts, and I’d loved what she’d said about trust. “Trust,” Paula had written, “hangs somewhere between knowing what your heart longs for and trying to dictate the shape or timing or outcome of your heart’s desire. It lies in the willingness to accept the particulars of how and when and where God chooses to intervene. It waits in the cool shade of surrender.”1

The cool shade of surrender. I liked that image, but I was nowhere near to experiencing it. Instead, I was working up a sweat over things like timing and outcomes in Hillary’s life.

“Hillary doesn’t have a job,” I confided over lunch. “She is back home and living in her bedroom — she’s one of those boomerang kids — and she seems content.”

“She only graduated three months ago,” Paula countered. “Trust me; she is probably not content. She’s an engineer — they think in linear terms. She is pursuing a job; she’s just not doing it the way you would.”

Well, she had that one right. Hillary was definitely not looking for a job the way I would have. I would have loaded my résumé into the barrel of a shotgun and pulled the trigger, splattering my education and experience all over any company that was hiring. But Hillary was a little more particular. She graduated with a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and she wanted to be an astronaut. It was a dream she had since the fifth grade, and if she couldn’t actually wear a space suit, she at least wanted to do something with rockets.

At first, I shared Hillary’s enthusiasm. “Provide the job you have ordained for her,” I wrote in my prayer journal. “Fill her life so full of blessing that she will not be able to contain it! Let her joy be complete.”2

That’s a good, biblically based prayer for any new graduate. And I wish I could say that my positive attitude continued, and that I had the faith to believe that God puts desires in our hearts that He wants to fulfill. (He does. Psalm 37:4. I’m just saying I wish I would have had the faith to truly believe that.)

I wish I could say I had taken Paula’s words to heart and waited in “the cool shade of surrender.”

And I wish I could tell you I stood by my daughter, loving her and supporting her and letting her live at home with us, rent-free, as spring rolled into summer, and summer turned to fall, never once resenting the fact that she had polished off the last of the Starbucks K-Cups.

But I didn’t. I didn’t do any of the good-mother things I should have.

Prayer Principle

If we want to pray with faith, we must anchor our requests in God’s promises.

Instead, I spent the better part of a year grappling with fear, frustration, and even anger. And if that’s where you are in your own child’s job-hunting season, can I just say this one thing? Don’t beat yourself up. Give your worries to God, and remember that His grace is sufficient to cover all your mistakes, and His power is made perfect in your weakness.3 Hold on to that promise — and to others — because when discouragement and fear try to creep in and cripple our confidence, the Bible is the anchor for our hope. I like how author and prayer expert R. A. Torrey put it: “If I am to have faith when I pray, I must find some promise in the Word of God on which to rest my faith.”4

I hesitate to tell this story (it does not make me look good), but since we’re all in this parenting thing together, I’ll go ahead. Maybe you’ll find some helpful prayer prompts. Or maybe you’ll just read it and be glad you’re not me. Either way, here goes!

I was really proud of Hillary for academic accomplishments (she had gotten an A+ in Spacecraft Design), and I looked forward to seeing how God would use her education in the real world. But then, as one after another of her peers landed jobs with important-sounding companies, I felt the first crack in my confidence. Had she missed the hiring window? Were there no space-ish jobs to be had? Or maybe it was the reverse. Hillary would be the first to admit that decision making is not her strong suit, and I began to fear that she hadn’t gotten a job because maybe there were just too many interesting choices. The ink on her diploma was still wet, and I was already starting to panic. “Don’t You realize how late it is?” I cried out to God. “Don’t You think it’s time to step in and do something?”

I knew I was being a little dramatic, but I was also conscious of a nagging fear that I had somehow failed as a mother. Had I done something to create a lack of urgency in Hillary? Had I made her tentative or insecure? Or at the other extreme, was I being too pushy? Would it all backfire?

In the midst of my emotional hurricane, I sensed God’s rebuke. “Quiet!” He said. “Be still!”5 It was the same thing He said to the disciples in the boat one stormy night, and I felt my own winds of fear subside. I began to pray that Hillary would also be attentive to His voice.

“Be Hillary’s shepherd,” I asked, borrowing from John 10:2–4. “May she hear Your voice as You call her by name. Lead her into the grown-up world, and may she follow You.”

A month went by, during which friends offered suggestions about jobs that Hillary might want to do or cities where she might want to live. “May Hillary be willing to listen to advice and be humble, so that You will guide her and teach her,” I prayed.6 And even though I knew this was a promise given to the Israelites (and that contemporary Christians who claimed it did so knowing that it pertained more to spiritual and eternal blessings than to things like good health, good wealth, and good jobs), I pulled out Jeremiah 29:11. “I know You have plans to prosper Hillary, to give her hope and a future,” I prayed, “and I am so grateful for that. But I would also love it if part of Your long-term plans for blessing my girl could include a here-and-now job.”

July rolled around. Hillary kept researching space companies and looking at job postings, but it didn’t seem (to me, anyway) like she was making much progress. I searched the Scriptures for something — anything — that would help me cope with the chasm between my plan (“Just get a job!”) and Hillary’s (“I want to be an astronaut!”), and I came upon Proverbs 16:9 (NLT):

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

I realized that it didn’t matter whose plan we were following; the outcome was up to the Lord. My job was to get out of His way.

Prayer Principle

We can make all the plans we want — and so can our kids — but God is the one who directs our path.

That acknowledgment was my first step toward the cool shade of surrender. And the next thing I knew, Hillary had taken a job.

As a surf instructor.

…to read the rest of today’s devotion, visit our blog.
Excerpted with permission from Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children by Jodie Berndt, copyright Jodie Berndt.

 

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Your Turn

If you’re in a season of launching your child into adult life maybe you’re experiencing the frustration of waiting for your child to find a job, too. Why not spend that time in prayer, specific prayer and surrender? We would love to hear who you’re praying for and what you’re praying. Come share with us on our blog! We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

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DEVOTIONAL

WasAnchorh Me

This devotional content is drawn from: Psalm 51

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

The first time I saw freshly fallen snow, I was amazed at how everything changed. The world, once marked by litter and dirty cars, had been transformed into shimmering white. But within a few hours, the beauty disappeared. In fact, everything looked worse than before. As the snow melted, the filth that remained under the snow reappeared and was mixed into a wet, slushy grime.

Think about this when you sin. David doesn’t say, “Hide my sin, and I will be whiter than snow,” but “Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” To be truly purified, your sin must be expunged, not just covered over. The filth of sin in us is so deep and so widespread that we need a complete cleansing of body and soul.

But we can’t achieve that ourselves. If we try, we just spread the dirt. Purification and forgiveness must come from God: a baptism of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. That’s why David says to God, “Wash me.” And when God washes us, we are cleansed even whiter than the newly fallen snow! Repent and believe in Him today.

INSIGHT:
“It would be better to be defiled with unclean mud than with sins. A person who is defiled with mud can wash it off.” (Chrysostom)

4 Medieval Landmarks You Didn’t Know Were Ancient

BY TRAVEL TRIVIA

Though many of us don’t realize it, we’re surrounded by medieval architecture. Well, some of us are. Medieval is a term used to describe anything from the Middle Ages (roughly 5th to 15th century CE), and if you’re living in countries with rich histories like England, Italy, or Belgium, many of the buildings you see around you may have existed for hundreds of years. Others (like ours in America), not as much.

Let’s look at a few of the biggest medieval landmarks that visitors can still see today.

The White Tower

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Location: London, England

Nestled in the heart of the Tower of London, there’s the ancient White Tower. Well, “tower” is a bit of a misnomer. The White Tower is actually more of a keep, a fortified mini-castle acting as the strongest and most defensible military point of the Tower of London complex.

The landmark was built by William the Conqueror around 1070 CE, intended to be an impregnable fortress that would terrify England’s enemies (and citizens) into subservience. Over the years, future monarchs would build on the initial design, adding more walls and fortifications to supplement the fort’s already impressive features.

Due to how secure the White Tower was (and still is), it held many important functions in Medieval English society:

  • Defensive keep for royalty and military use
  • Location of the Tower Mint and treasury
  • Home of the Yeomen Warders’ elite guard
  • Political prison and torture complex
  • Storage place of national treasures, such as the English Crown Jewels

Today, the White Tower is open to any tourists interested in a taste of English history.

Westminster Abbey

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Location: London, England

Officially titled the “Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster,” Westminster Abbey is one of the most iconic landmarks in England. We all know that Westminster Abbey is an old building, but few of us outside of historians realize just how old it is. The earliest records of the Abbey date back to the 950s, when King Edgar the Peaceful integrated a community of Benedictine monks at the site.

But it wasn’t until King Edward the Confessor’s reign that the Abbey would be built into the royal church building that we know today. The building’s renovations were completed around 1060 CE, and over the next 1,000-odd years, its role would change from monastic church to cathedral to political site. Today, Westminster Abbey is a church whose administrators report directly to England’s reigning sovereign, acting as the premier site for coronations, royal weddings, and burials of prominent figures.

Bruges Canals

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Location: Bruges, Belgium

Venice isn’t the only city with canals. Those familiar with Belgian geography will know that Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is a city rich with medieval architecture, labyrinthine canals, and ancient infrastructure.

But the extensive canal system you’ll see in modern Bruges wasn’t a natural occurrence. The city’s earliest settlements were built on the banks of the Reie River, with makeshift cobblestone paths and stone bridges connecting buildings across the water. This system continued to build on itself over the years, expanding the canal system and increasing the complexity of the region.

A watershed moment for Bruges occurred in 1127, when Flemish Count Charles the Good was murdered in Saint Donatian’s Church. When this happened, the citizens of Bruges constructed a protective series of walls and ramparts, further developing the region. The canals continued to expand and get reshaped by commerce and disastrous storms over the years and evolved into the “Venice of the North” that we know today.

Norwich Guildhall

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Location: Norwich, England

Right on the edge of what we’d consider Medieval, we have the Norwich Guildhall. Built in 1407 as a supplement to the region’s municipal buildings, the Norwich Guildhall’s original layout included plenty of space for administrative functions:

  • Council chambers
  • Tax collection and finance halls
  • Sheriff’s court / law enforcement chambers
  • Religious chapel
  • Small gaol for temporary prisoner holding
  • Weapons room

Naturally, the Guildhall was further utilized and expanded upon over the years, and many changes occurred to the building’s exterior, windows, and general aesthetics. However, the underlying framework of stone and flint remains the core of the Guildhall, as strong now as it was hundreds of years ago.

Today, the Norwich Guildhall holds an interesting distinction: It’s the oldest medieval building in England still used for modern civic functions (not counting London, of course). Tours of the interior are open to the public, although visitors needn’t schedule a tour to see this building for themselves—the bottom floor is leased to businesses that welcome tourists, and anybody is welcome to visit.

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