As I reflect over the past few months, it’s become apparent that receiving blessings from God as well as blessing others in the name of Christ has been at the forefront of our ministry; ranging from service projects (“blessing bags” for the homeless) to launching new Bible Studies and MOMs programs designed to encourage women in their walks with the Lord, blessings abound.

 

As we enter into this time of praise and thanksgiving, let’s lift our gaze heavenward as we count our many blessings. Truly, every blessing is from God’s hand.

 

During our recent “Day of Blessing”, as we watched and listened to our speaker while she was creating on her pottery wheel, we were reminded of Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You are our potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” What an amazing picture this creates. Every one of us, in a unique and beautiful fashion, has been created by our Master’s hands.

 

As a potter works at his or her wheel, only the potter sees the inside of the vessel that’s being created… those of us watching simply see the outside. As God is our potter, this was a beautiful reminder of how God looks deeply and intensely into our hearts… He knows our motivations, our thoughts, our desires, our pain, our internal wounds, our failures, our dreams, the talents and gifts He has given us, the purpose He has designed us to be used for in His Kingdom, and much more. He knows us intimately, and He calls us His own. He has given us our being, He has created us, He has shaped us as He pleases… by His very hands. Wow, what a thought to ponder, and what a blessing to be grateful for each and every day.

 

God, the Creator of heaven and earth, has created you as His own. He simply calls each of us to trust and follow Him. It was such a humbling privilege to watch God’s hand at work throughout the entire “Day of Blessing” event, especially as several women accepted Jesus as their Savior that day. This was truly the work of the Holy Spirit alone.

 

As the Master looks at the deepest depths of each of our hearts, most often we simply view the outside of other vessels (people He has created). We may view other people – with our human eyes –as imperfect or flawed on the outside, or deeply gouged on the inside. From a personal vantage point, we may view others and think about how they look different than we do, have a different style than we do, have a different perspective than we do, or maybe we view others and recognize that they are from a different generation and don’t share our same perspective. Or perhaps they have different God-given abilities than we do. We would be wise to embrace the reality that each person is uniquely His. It’s all about God and who He has created each of us to be… and, He desires for each of us to choose to have a relationship with Him and with one another in His kingdom.

 

Is it always easy to come alongside others who are different than we are, or different than we think we are? Even in the church? Honestly, I think the answer is “no.” It’s not always easy for many of us. Yet, this is what He has called us to do. He clearly reminds us in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Beloved, don’t let the world define you or your perspective of others. Christ calls us to be transformed in such a way that He makes our whole life new; our motives, our perspectives, our everything. The world would impress upon our hearts to not reach out to others in love, to judge others, to be centered on one’s self and so on. But we can be transformed, and through the eyes of Christ, view those around us as the extra-special handiwork of God. After all – it’s not about us, it’s all about Him!

 

God is the author of every blessing and He has equipped each of us to bless others in His name. On a daily basis, we need to yield to Him and seek Him as we fulfill the unique purpose He has for each of our lives. With clean hearts and our gaze set on Him, we can serve in His name, pray in His name, encourage one another in His name, and reach across generational and cultural boundaries in His name… all for His glory alone. Remember, His Word is clear that we need to build one another up as we journey through this life. So as we meet and fellowship with one another throughout this season of thanksgiving, remember we are each designed by the Master’s very own hand. Let’s embrace and celebrate one another so that when the world looks at us, they clearly see something different – a love and appreciation for one another that only comes from God. As Isaiah 43 reminds us, He has created us, He has formed us, He loves us, He has redeemed us, He calls us by name…. We are unique and we are His. Praise Him and bless His holy name!

We are looking forward to our upcoming Women’s Christmas event which will be held on Friday, December 7 from 6:30–9:00PM. Cornerstone will welcome Mary James, an inspirational country artist and speaker, for the evening’s event. Dessert will be served; ticket sales will conclude Sunday, December 2. This promises to be a special blessing this Christmas season!

Please visit our Women’s Ministry table for more information. We look forward to fellowshipping with you soon!

 

"As we enter into this time of praise and thanksgiving, let’s lift our gaze heavenward as we count our many blessings. Truly, every blessing is from God’s hand."

"Beloved, don’t let the world define you or your perspective of others. Christ calls us to be transformed in such a way that He makes our whole life new; our motives, our perspectives, our everything."

"With clean hearts and our gaze set on Him, we can serve in His name, pray in His name, encourage one another in His name, and reach across generational and cultural boundaries in His name… all for His glory alone."

"Let’s embrace and celebrate one another so that when the world looks at us, they clearly see something different – a love and appreciation for one another that only comes from God."

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