Memberships matter. Who we connect up with tells a lot about who we are, what we value, and what others can expect from us.
The call to discipleship is pretty simple: Join Jesus!
The call is there for you right now. These next moments could reveal a lot about who you are, because of who you choose to be related to.next >
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them — they are more than the sand; I come to the end — I am still with you.
Psalm 139:13-18next >
Have you ever seen a potter creating a pot or another object? The potter’s wheel can be messy, with the shape of the clay constantly changing as the potter molds it into different shapes. The potter knows what he or she wants to make, and carefully guides the clay until it is transformed into something new and beautiful that people can use and admire. Although potters can choose to make identical pots, they often have a wide variety of art work in their shops.
God made each one of us too, created uniquely with our own distinct qualities, gifts and talents. Amazingly, God did not make any of us exactly alike, but with our own personalities. Today's scripture talks about how God crafted each one of us. Even when brothers and sisters have the same parents and grow up in the same family, look how different they can be! We can be thankful that God creates each one of us with love, and that God wants to walk with us every day.
Stephanie Ezellnext >
Dear God, thank you for creating me with love, and for staying with me through every joy and struggle. Help me to feel your presence again today. Amen.next >
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21
Stephanie Ezell teaches first- and second-grade reading at Plainview Primary School in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She also writes a variety of curricula for children and adults. She lives with her husband Leonard, pastor of Northwest Baptist Church, and their son, Jack. They will welcome a new baby into their family this spring.
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