Devotional: Pottery-Not Designed To Leak Complaints, But Pour Out Praise To The Potter

Philippians 2:14-16
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the Word of Life; that I may rejoice in the Day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Well, here is one evidence to me that the Lord took me to this passage.
I was looking up Scripture about smiling and use an example from swimming class today but I was directed elsewhere.

I found the above verses and my first thought was “Really, God?”.
I have dishwasher that needs to be unloaded and re-loaded, clothes to wash and put away and groceries to buy! Wow, even in listing my “to do’s”, it sounded like grumbling!

Someone told me years ago, when washing dishes, don’t fuss about the task, be thankful for the food that went on or in them, the water and soap to rinse them and the health to clean.

A month ago, my friend asked me if I wanted a job. It wasn’t going to be much, just helping with swim lessons a few times a week Of course that sounded fantastic! The situation couldn’t be more ideal because when the weather is bad, I don’t work since it is in the water!

Last night I was up late watching the weather This morning, I was so hoping it would thunder so I could just roll back over and go to sleep I woke up in the middle of the night and it was pretty stormy, so I thought certainly there was enough residual storminess that I wouldn’t have to go.

After turning off about 4 snoozes, I finally came to the conclusion that I was going to have to get up and go to work! One whole hour (not even a full hour), I would be working with these little children, yet my attitude could not have been any worse. I was grumpy because the weather I thought I could count on to get me out of it, didn’t!

I don’t sound very thankful for my job, do I? I know! The very blessing God gave me to work a few hours, get a little income and doing something I enjoy, now I am hoping for an opportunity to escape those responsibilities just for today when I have only done this for two weeks!

Since Little Anna Ruth did not want to get her hair wet this morning, she was clingy and teary-eyed. After she and I went around the pool a bit, holding two her two hands, next hanging on to just one of my fingers, then letting go, just like the squeeling boy the other day. By the end of the class, the sweetie was smiling at me! Boy what I would have missed if I had not been there! God is so awesome!

PRAYER

Father God
Thank You for this beautiful day
In sunshine or storms
You are there with us

Please keep us safe if we must travel
Or at home as we go about our tasks

We ask for balance, God
We don’t want to be complacent
But content

Please forgive us our ornery attitudes, soured by impatience or cynicism
Please replace it with grace for our fellow man, with willing obedience

If our hearts obey, Father
Our labor is not in vain

In the Name of Jesus,
AMEN

Songs
“God Is So Good”

“Nothing Is Impossible”

“What A Mighty God We Serve”

“He Has Made Me Glad”

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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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