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12 Days of Christmas ~ Unwrapping the Gift of You! Day 10

December 21, 2011 by  
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Give Yourself the Gift of Freedom!

12 Days of Unwrapping the Gift of You

Day 10: Ribbons and Bows

Looking at my most recent lumpy attempt at wrapping a package reminds me of why I prefer pre-decorated boxes. There is definitely an art to skillfully wrapping a gift. Despite my inability to correctly judge how to fold and manipulate the wrapping paper, I have learned every gift looks better with ribbons and bows. It doesn’t matter how badly I mess up the gift-wrapping process, a bow makes all the difference. It covers, it hides, it obscures, and it distracts. And when I do it just right, I can make any gift almost look perfect.

As pretty as the outer décor may be, what is of utmost importance is not what’s on the outside but what’s on the inside. I can spend great care in making the external surface impeccable, but if inside the gift has become broken and shattered it will be all for nothing. What use is a pretty package that’s lost its internal value? It would be better to remove all pretense of perfection and mend what’s been wounded inside. Then the gift can be restored to its prior state and is ready to be shared with another.

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. – Jeremiah 18:3-4 NKJV

Life can leave you feeling broken. The tendency is to continue saying “I’m fine” when in reality you may not be. In an attempt to decorate the pain with ribbons of fake smiles and bows of feigned joy, our hearts can become weary of the process. Being bruised is not a disqualification but an invitation. We all have weaknesses and areas that God is still working on. In the middle of our broken state He offers us an invitation to be made into a new vessel; not one of perfection, but one that can be used for His purposes.

Today’s Activity: Let’s revisit an old childhood activity and spend a few minutes drawing. Find a sheet of paper and pencil/pen/crayons/paints or whatever you have available to draw a picture of yourself. In the border write characteristics about yourself: pros on the right, and the ones you see as cons on the left side of the page. Once done, go back and ask God to show you how both the pros and the cons can be used for His glory.

Once you identify those areas of weakness within your life, you allow God the opening through which He can begin to infuse the power of His Word. You cannot change what you will not confront. You must address weaknesses, but they need not become a source of self-condemnation. They are areas of limitations that are awaiting a divine release. God is willing and able to breathe strength into the weak areas of your life. The power within your weaknesses has an unlimited potential as your weaknesses become God’s personal projects. He assumes all rights to them and will use them for His glory. When you see your weaknesses growing in strength and power, you become fully aware of God’s energy alive and flowing through those areas. Weaknesses are a wonderful asset. From glory to glory, watch as God uses your weaknesses to reveal His power.  ~Excerpt from Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves © Revell

Daily Prayer: Lord, at times I feel broken and unworthy to be a vessel of use for you. Forgive me for forgetting that you make all things new. Help me to invite you into my weaknesses daily. Meet me where I’m at each step of the way. Reveal to me the reality of your call upon my life. Today I receive the truth; I am redeemed, forgiven and free to walk into all you have for me.

Today’s Worship Song: Mandisa – The Truth About Me

 

 

Saundra Dalton-Smith is a physician, teacher, wife, and mother who is passionate about helping women overcome the mental barriers that prevent them from living free in Christ. She combines the knowledge and compassion of her medical training with biblical principles to offer those bound by insecurity, anxiety, fear, and doubt her prescription for living free. To learn more about Saundra visit www.setfreetolivefreebook.com

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