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Barbara Cole

Barbara Cole

Retired! Living and praying each day for God's grace over my life. Enjoying the experience through the world of pinning!

tin can craft ideas by sts0010 on

Generosity makes us richer in character and love. Stinginess makes us small, poor, and selfish. ~ Click image and when it enlarges click again to read this 1-minute devotion.

Brian Atwood. Love!

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When Christ saved us, we were dead men walking, lost, depraved, slaves to sin. And we Christians still have some of that dead man in us (Ephesians 4:22-24). But we can do something about it. Double click image to read 1-minute devotion.

Rubrik, a jewel glass waterjet mosaic shown in Pearl, Schist, and Lavastone, is part of the Parquet Line by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna Mosaics.

Psalm 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;...

1 John 4:17 "BY THIS, LOVE IS PERFECTED WITH US, SO THAT WE MAY HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT; BECAUSE AS HE IS, SO ALSO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD" - How can God use an imperfect person like me? In John 14:12, Jesus made this amazing statement: "He who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do." Astounding isn't it!? We as believers will do works greater than he-the Savior of the world-has done. If it is a difficult thing for you to believe, you are not alone. This truth seems impossible when we consider it in the light of our faults, sins, and weaknesses. Maybe you have been sitting on the sidelines because you have yielded to sin and shame has completely discouraged you. You feel as though God cannot use you because of mistakes you've made our wrongs you've committed. Perhaps you feel so broken in spirit that you don't believe you will ever be useful to him again. This is absolutely not true! When we confess our sins, God forgives and restores us. The problem isn't your inadequacy or that you are imperfect, it is that you have allowed your feelings to overshadow the truth of God's word. The Lord is able to use you to show his love to others. Once you have confessed and turn from your sins, you were cleansed - permanently! The question is not, "do I deserve to serve him?". Rather, the question is: "Will I obey God and trust him to show his love to others through me". As you are reading this devotional, understand that it is God who writes these. I am merely a vessel in which he works through, equipping me to bless others with his truth and love through me. Our Lord and Savior empowers us to do everything he asks of us, making the possibilities for service limitless. So when Jesus said we would do greater things than he has done, it is because he would be working through us in a powerful manner - enabling us to be mighty witnesses for his name. He is our adequacy. And he works through us to show others his love. We don't serve the Lord because we are perfect, we do it because we are thankful for what he has done for us. And the work we do is greater because every time we show his everlasting love to another person, it multiplies and grows. So do not worry about your weaknesses, imperfections, faults, or inadequacies. The Lord will work through them. Share his saving love with others and embrace the great things he wants to do through you. - JBA 1/23/14