Friday, September 1, 2017

The presence of our past

"The realities of how our past affects our present"

fashion, girl, person
Philippians 3:13 - 
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before"
I'm sure many of you, like me, have heard the popular phrase, "Your past doesn't define you." or "Your past is in the past." But the truth is, that up to this point in your life, it does define you. All your past feelings, emotions, successes, failures, and choices have made you who you are today. Your decisions yesterday pushed you towards where you are today. Now obviously, I believe we need to move on from our past and embrace the future. I'm going to talk about that, but we can also look at our past as defining moments of our history that God has allowed to create an incredible future for us...if we let Him. Many Christians today like to make excuses for people's past. We live in a culture that's all about "second chances" and "creating the new you." The problem is that we have two extremes when it comes to our past - either we choose to completely ignore it and hide it or we constantly rehash on it and blame our current status on what "used to be." I know I've been on both ends of the spectrum. The truth is that we should look at our whole life - past, present, and future as a gift from God. Something we can use to further glorify Him. But unfortunately, many of us do not. 
There are two main thoughts I want to communicate with you today. First is this-
Are you allowing your past successes to excuse your present shortcomings?
Are you allowing your past failures to affect your present faithfulness?

The things that hold us in the past are not usually positive things. The top feelings and emotions that chain us back from fully living our life today are:
  1. Guilt
- often we can't get past a wrong we've done in the past. This is often because we have failed to get things right or because we are not claiming the grace and forgiveness found in Christ. (Jeremiah 33:8-And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.)

  2. Regret
- Many have long been chained to the overwhelming feeling of regret. They constantly relive their mistakes over and over in their mind, never truly moving on. We must learn to accept the things that we can not change and realize that God can still use us, no matter what regrets we may have. We serve a Saviour who can transform impossible circumstances into unfathomable blessings. (Romans 8:28-  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

  3. Bitterness
-I know personally that this is one that can literally eat us alive. Holding grudges against those who have hurt us can take over every single day of our life. Until we learn to let go of past hurts, we will never be able to move on. Bitterness is a disease that will destroy all of our future, if we refuse to give it over to the Lord. Just because your bitterness is understandable does not make it acceptable. We must learn to love and forgive people - even when they have done us wrong. God cannot fix our broken relationships, if we are unwilling to give them to Him! When we are bitter towards another, we are literally sinning against God. (Ephesians 4:31 - Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:)

  4. Discontentment/Not wanting to accept things 
- It is so easy to constantly ask ourselves the question - "What if?" We can always find ways that we feel like we could have done a better job, made better decisions, or said something differently. Instead of asking ourselves the question, "what if?" we should be asking ourselves, "what now?" God wants to use you RIGHT NOW. Don't get caught up wishing things were different. (Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.)

5. Loss
- one of the hardest things in life is loosing someone you truly love.  Many of us have had to go through some very trying experiences and losses. Some of us have lost those we love by death, and others by the end of a relationship.We must learn to grow through what we go through. Healing can only be found in the Lord, and if we keep resurfacing old wounds we will never heal. Loosing someone is a pain that you will always carry with you, but God says that He will carry our burdens for us. And when we learn to find comfort in His presence, we will learn to be content and happy in the present state of our lives. Don't dwell on your past losses, but on your present blessings! (Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.)

If you are struggling with any of the things I mentioned above, you must come to realize that these past mistakes and faulty mindsets are hindering you from fully serving the Lord today!

 Now that we've talked about past mistakes I just want to write a little bit about past successes. In the Bible we read about king David-he was a man who was known throughout the nations as a true man of God. He was greatly favored and had lived a life well-pleasing unto the Lord. But eventually his clear and perfect record was destroyed. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, and to make it even worse, successfully plotted the death of a man. David allowed his past successes to build a wall of pride in his life, and because of this, he allowed himself to slip up. Don't ever get to a place where you feel like you're "good enough." David had found too much security in his well-doing. 
  As you continue reading David's story, you will see that David had to relive his past, but in the context of this story it wasn't wrong. David needed to revisit his past to get right with the Lord in the present! Nathan brought up David's past to him-not to judge him or to ridicule him, but to make him aware of his wrong doing. David had to make things right. Although David repented and made things right with the Lord, he still had consequences for his wrong doing! 

Here are just a few things we can learn from this story pertaining to our past:

1. We MUST make things right in our past to move on to the future. IGNORING our past is NOT the answer- although that may seem to be the new popular belief.
2. When David tried to continue on in his life, without repenting of his sins, he was miserable
3. David allowed his past successes to cloud his present judgement
4. God judges David for his wrong-doing. We will not get away with past sins, BUT God has promised to forgive us of those sins, if we go before him with a spirit of repentance.
5. God used David AFTER he confessed his wrong doing to do amazing things for Him. David was now more cautious of his wicked human heart and learned to fully depend on God.

How is your past defining your present? Don't let your past steal your present! You cannot erase your past, but your future is a clean slate. Your past will always be a part of who you are, but God can use it in amazing ways. Give him your past, your present, and your future, and you will see how God can make your life truly beautiful.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Burned yet not Consumed

Lessons from the burning bush

burning, fire, flame 
Exodus 3:1-4 -Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

   I think that it can be safe to say that almost every Christian has heard or read the story of the "burning bush."  That bush was the beginning of Moses' journey to free His people and change their lives forever. When we talk about this story we usually focus on Moses. We talk about his response- we talk about what amazing things he did. But it all started with the burning bush. God used the bush to change Moses' life forever. And God can use you to change other people's lives forever. 
    Now, I want you to picture yourself as that bush. The bush, in and of itself, was nothing important or different. It was what was in it that made it special. It was on fire-yet it was not destroyed. As a Christian we have the opportunity to be a light for the Lord. We have the ability to be used of God.

1. It was just a bush
    We need to be humble tools in the hands of our master. We're like that lonely bush on the mountain-alone, small, and worthless. But when God sets us on fire-when he dwells within us-we become something of value. A bush didn't change Moses' life-the fire within it did.  As a Christian we should be different from the world. We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. That sets us apart. Romans 12:2- And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. God was able to use Moses in amazing ways, but first he had to grab his attention. God wants to use you to reach others. He wants you to have contagious faith. Something that spreads from yourself to another. Be willing to stand out for the cause of Christ. God can't use you if you blend in with everyone else. Be willing to stand alone for Him. There wasn't really any thing significant or important about the bush, and there isn't of us either. It's when we let God use us that makes the difference. 
2. It was burning 
     The Christian life is not an easy life. It has its challenges. Many of them. God didn't promise us an easy life- he just promised to help us through life. Often, God sends fire our way. He sends us tribulations and sometimes suffering. But He doesn't send it to consume us, but to grow us. In order for us to shine we have to take the flame. 
Pain is inevitable-growth is optional. 
    In order for us to be used of God we must be willing to be "used up." It's not easy, sometimes it's painful. But if it brings glory to God in the end it's all worth it. The burning bush was on fire-it was under the heat-but it was not consumed. God protects His people. If we willingly pour out our lives for Him he will always provide safety.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 - We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
    The only way that we can succeed in the Christian life is to be willing to sacrifice all for the cause of Christ. Would you be willing to give up your earthly riches? Would you be willing to give up your freedom in this great country to reach a lost people group? In order for us to fully please the Lord we must sacrifice things for Him. True love is sacrificial love. Be willing to be used up by God. It might hurt sometimes but God will always bring us through the fire.

3. It was not consumed
   The markings of a great Christian is an individual who overcame great obstacles in their life by having consistent faith in the Lord.
become consumed with God instead of the cares of this world
 God gives us the strength to overcome the trials in our life. Instead of being knocked over by the flames of difficulty in your life get on fire for God. Instead of being consumed by fear and anxiety be consumed with the Saviour who delivers you from all suffering. Be like the burning bush. Be an example for other's to follow. The only way you can rise above your suffering is to be consumed with the creator of all things. Be willing to be used up  for the Lord. Be consumed with Him. Trials will come. The flames will come. But God is near. And if we turn to Him in our times of need he will make sure we are not consumed.

Get on fire for God and He will consume your life. He'll quench the flames and use your trials to influence others for His glory. Be a burning bush. Shine God's light.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Overthrow to Overcome

"Giving God the Throne to our life"
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Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

     Each and everyone of us have a driving force in our life-something that motivates us to live our life to its fullest. Usually, our greatest motivation is our own pride. We want to succeed, we want to be noticed. We need to feel satisfaction from overcoming difficulties in our lives. But yet so often we don't seem to be able to overcome anything. We mess up and we fail. Instead of overcoming our struggles it seems as if our struggles are overcoming us. Unfortunately, we can't overcome the circumstances in our lives alone. Although our pride tells us we have to take control and that we must be the problem solver we still fall short. The problem is simple-in order for us to overcome the world we must overthrow our own will.

     Our way, our will, and our pride must be overthrown for us to be able to overcome. God must be on the throne in our lives. When we are motivated to succeed by self-satisfaction and self-worth we will always be overcome instead of overcoming. As humans we always want to control the things going on around us. We feel like the only way to solve problems is by taking control ourselves. But this is not the case. In the Bible we learn about King Saul.  He was a smart man, a good man, and a seemingly godly man but he made a tragic mistake that ruined his rule forever. He placed himself on the throne of his life instead of God. He was overcome by the world because he let pride rule his life.

     To overcome we must overthrow. We must take ourselves off the throne seat and give God the lead. He's the only one worthy to lead our lives- and His way is always better than our ways. Isaiah 55:9-"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."  So often we say to others, "Don't worry, God's in control." But have we ever turned to ourselves and truly asked "Is God in control of my life?"
We seem to think that we have faith because we believe God is in control of the circumstances around us. But true faith is giving God control of our very being. 
    Who is on the throne of your life? Are you willing to overthrow your will for God's? The only way to overcome is to sacrifice our ways for God's ways. He deserves the throne! And he is much better acquitted to be on the throne. Although giving God the throne over our lives is hard it is the wisest decision we'll ever make. "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the World." With God on the throne in our life we can overcome anything! Give God the throne. Overthrow your Will.

"God doesn't want something from us. He simply wants us."
-C.S. Lewis

Thursday, August 25, 2016

College, here I come

life would be easier w arrows, but instead its a series of red lights and green ones without yellow warnings:  

Psalm 37:23 -The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and He delighted in His way. 

 Some of you may already know this but I thought I'd tell all of you the exciting yet scary news. I leave for college this Monday! Only four more days till I leave. I can't believe how fast the summer has gone by! I will be attending Baptist College of Ministry in Menominee Falls, WI. I'll be starting this new college life 8 1/2 hours away from my dear Kentucky home. I will miss it here so much.

  I decided to go for an Associates degree in Elementary Education. I'm so excited to see how the Lord will use me and direct me this Fall. I'd really appreciate if you all kept me in your prayers. This will be a HUGE adjustment for me. Hopefully I'll have some time to update you all and post here on the blog.

  The Lord has blessed me so much these last few months. It's amazing how he's provided for me. He gave me an awesome job as a Vet Tech at a Vet Clinic close to where I live, and He has performed countless miracles that have made it possible for me to attend BCM. I've never felt so sure that I was doing God's Will in all my life. I encourage you all to keep following the Lord's path for your life! He will lead you and guide you to a wonderful future.

 Point your arrow to God and don't ever turn back

  Keep shining bright
~Brittney Johnson

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Little Eyes

1 Timothy 4:12 - Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

When I was younger I remember always looking up to the older teenage girl. I remember thinking to myself, “I wonder if I’ll be like her when I’m older.” or “I hope I become as pretty as she is.” or the one that I often thought the most, “I wish she didn’t ignore me. I wish she’d talk to me. I wish she’d be my friend.” Kids and young teens are looking for role models. They’re looking for encouragement - they’re looking for someone who they can follow. You see, we all have people watching us. Every new generation is a direct product of the generation before them. We affect those younger than us. You have the chance to change a young person’s life- for the good or the bad. Or you can be like most young people of today - you won’t impact them at all.

 So many of us older teens and young adults get so caught up investing in our own lives that we forget to invest in other people’s lives as well. We need to strive to be prime examples for those following behind us. We need to reach out to those younger than us. Don’t overlook them, don’t push them aside. Those kids are our next teachers, preachers, doctors, or missionaries. They all have an incredible future ahead of them - and we have the opportunity to be a part of that future. Remember when you were young. How you just wanted someone to talk to you- to make you feel special. Be the girl who makes everyone feel welcome and loved - be the girl who encourages the younger to follow God and give their lives to Him. Be an example.

Here are 5 things kids notice about us that we may often forget.

  1. The way we dress
Younger girls are always looking at how the older girls dress. A few weeks ago I was wearing a dress on my bus that was lower cut - so I wore a cami underneath to provide extra coverage. One of the girls (she’s 10 years old) looked at me and said, “I know why you wore that under your dress. You did it so you could be modest, right?” That comment touched my heart. That little girl noticed something that I would have never thought anyone would have even taken the time to realize. Now, can you imagine if it went the other way around- if I didn’t cover my body? I would have lost an incredible opportunity to encourage younger girls to be modest.
Dress modestly! You have girls watching you and following in your footsteps.

2. The way we treat authority
Our Country is breeding a generation of ungrateful and unrespectful kids. No longer do you hear kids say “Please” or “thank you.” No longer do you see kids honoring and respecting their parents. We need to be examples to those younger than us by respecting authority. If we talk back to those in charge of us in front of a younger kids it encourages them to do the same. Respect authority, and teach those younger than you to do the same!

3. If we listen to them
Kids know when you really care about them. They know when you’re really listening to them. Talk to those girls that are younger than you. Ask them about their life and listen to them. Tell them that Christ loves them and listens to their prayers. Show them you care!

4. How we act around our friends
If you ignore a child and then get excited when you see your friends it hurts them. They feel neglected and overshadowed. Treat those younger than you like you would your best friend. Get excited when you see them, give them a hug. Reach out! And when you start to act interested in their lives don’t leave them! This will cause them to feel insecure, unwanted, and untrusting.

5. Who you truly love - God or the world
 The most important thing you can do for those younger than you is to stay faithful to God. Walk close to Him. Kids watch you. Their eyes are on you. Are you being a Godly example? Are you impacting their lives? You have the opportunity to change little lives. You have the chance to impact a life forever.

Reach out and be an example for Christ!

This will be featured in PURSUE magazine this month. Go check out the website and subscribe!

Keep shining bright

Friday, May 20, 2016

What's in your book?


As a writer and a book lover I have always had a love for stories. I just love words! My love for writing, words, and creativity have led me to look at life in a more personal way. I like to look at my life as if it’s my story to the world - my book.  Stories that have not yet been unfolded. No one knows what the ending holds or what the next chapter will bring forth. This also led me to another thought. I started to think about people as pens. The ink that makes our stories flow out on the page.  We all have a message to bear- we all have the power to write out our life stories. BUT the most important aspect of any book, of any story, is not the paper...or the pen. But who holds the pen. The one who writes the story. Who is writing your life story today? Who is holding the pen?

In my life right now  I feel like I am embarking on a new chapter of my life. I’ve  graduating this year and soon I’ll be off to college. It’s scary. It frightens me and I often worry what the future holds...what will happen in this next chapter in my life? What joys will I experience and what sorrows will I endure? But when I do this. When I worry and fret what the next chapter holds I get in the way of the One who is supposed to be writing my story for me. So often we try to control the pen. We try to direct our own lives. But may I just say that the moment we try to take control- the moment that we try to write our own lives out is the moment we destroy them. Our life - our future- all depends on who is directing it. What is your life writing out today? Each one of our lives affects someone else's. We are all sharing a message to the world. What message are you carrying? What story are you telling? There is a song that I have on my phone that I love the words to it. It goes, “If my life's an open book, for everyone to read,each page another day, to show along the way,all You've done for me;Fill each chapter with Your love,and guide me from up above;If my life's an open book, Lord when they take a look,I hope it's you they see.”
We need to be faithfully penning out God’s love to those around us. We need to give God control of our lives- to let Him write out our life stories. We need to be willing to be a tool in the hands of the Master. God is far more equipped to write out our lives than we are. We need to learn to put our unknown future in the hands of an all-knowing God. He is far more capable to make our life turn out to be a beautiful story than we are. In our own hands it would be a tragic disaster. What’s in your book? How is your life story going? If it’s a tragic disaster it’s probably because you’re trying to be the writer….you’re trying to lead the pen. We must learn that we are just the pen. God can’t write our story without us...but we can’t write it without Him. Our future needs to lie in His hands. Have you given Him control? Is He the one writing your book?

My deepest desire is to be just a pen writing out my unknown future in the hands of an all knowing God

Psalm 100:3 - Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

~ Brittney Johnson
Keep Shining Bright 

* This is a article that I also wrote for PURSUE magazine. Please go substribe to this awesome, new magazine!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

When the struggle is real

*This is a article I wrote for the PURSUE magazine. If you share this please also include a link to the magazine as well -

I hope that this will be a blessing to you!


I’m sure many, if not all, of you have heard the familiar phrase, “The struggle is real.” Many of us say this almost in a joking manner while texting our friends about a small struggle we are facing. In reality, though, many of us our facing real-life, serious struggles. Many of us have something in our lives that we are having trouble overcoming. Many of us are suffering from broken hearts, bitterness, anxiety,  or maybe some of us are just struggling to keep up with the flow of life. Many of us are hurting, and most of us are dealing with “real” struggles.

    In a world struggling for success, love, support, and wealth there is still something that is much bigger than all our hurts, troubles, and struggles. Your struggle may be real...but so is God. He alone is able to conquer all of our struggles in life. 1 John 4:4- Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. We need to give our struggles to God because He alone is the One who can deliver us. Don’t tell God how big your struggles are, but tell your struggles how big your God is. Once we look at all our struggles as something God can control they don’t seem as big as they once were. In the Bible, we read about people who faced struggles much bigger than you and I. People of God, such as Paul and John, were tormented and beaten and eventually killed for the cause of Christ. Mary and Martha’s brother died. Job lost all his children. Sarah prayed for a child for over 40 years before having one. Joseph was sold as a slave. You see, many people in the past have had struggles just like you. They were real. They were big. But all of their struggles were overcome because they put their faith in God and they gave their struggles to God instead of trying to handle it themselves.

    There are other people in the Bible who had big struggles too. Samson lost his strength, Solomon lost his wisdom, Cain hated his brother, Lot’s wife had to move from her city. Pharaoh's land was full of plagues and his firstborn son was killed. These people had struggles, too. But they never overcame their struggles. Instead, their struggles overcame them. Why? You might wonder why all of these people and their struggles were never resolved like the ones I had mentioned before. It’s because they handled their struggles the wrong way. We all have struggles, but how we choose to handle our struggles makes all the difference. Real struggles placed in the hands of a real God bring forth real solutions.

God is the only one who can overcome your struggles. Even when we are weak and discouraged by the world around us God is still strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Are your struggles in life overwhelming you? God can overcome these struggles through you. It’s all about how you respond. If you turn to God and have faith in Him then you’ll be triumphant like Job. But if you rely on your own strength and you don’t put your confidence in God you will be like Samson or Lot’s wife. You’ll let those struggles overcome you and eventually destroy you. Put your struggles into God’s hands! He is strong enough to overcome them.  

Keep shining bright

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I'm writing for a new magazine


It seems like it has been so long since I have posted on here...and that's because it has been. I really miss blogging. Life has just been so busy for me lately. I am glad to say that I have still been writing though! In fact, I have some exciting news. I got accepted to write for a newly launched magazine for young ladies! I encourage you to go check out 

Below is also a link to the article that I wrote for the magazine

I really hope that some of you will like the magazine on social media, share the news about it to others, and comment on my article if it was a blessing to you. I hope that you all are having a wonderful week. I have some other exciting news to share with you later. I've decided where I'm going to college! Yippee! But I'll tell you all about that in another post. 

Keep shining bright

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Vessel of Honor

The beasts are controlled by children. I just look at the sad children and walk past. I wish I could tell them to stop. I wish.:
2Timothy 2:20-21 -  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
 We are all vessels. Just as earthen vessels serve different purposes, we are all people carrying various things - burdens, joys, talents, and sorrows. Some vessels are tall and beautiful while others are short and round. Some are beautiful and ornate while some are plain. Some vessels sit on a shelf and never are used. And yet some vessels are broken and unused. The truth is we are all different; we are all unique. But we share one thing in common - we were created by the same master. Our Lord expertly designed us to be vessels created for his pleasure. But yet some of us do not fulfill our purpose. We are not vessels of honor. The truth is you might feel like a broken vessel- someone without true value or worth.

  I want to talk about three stages to becoming a vessel of honor. I hope that this devotional will be a help to you. These thoughts have been a huge help to me.

Isaiah 64:8 - But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. 

1) The Clay 

 Romans 9:21 - Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 

When you look at a beautiful vessel, you don't think of the clay that made it do you? No, because that's not what you see when you look at it. You see something beautiful and complete. But yet before that vessel was beautiful it was just a lump of clay. It had no form, it had no beauty, and it seemed to have no purpose. And on its own that clay would never have become something beautiful.  
The thing that makes a vessel beautiful is not the clay from which it is made but the hand that forms it. 
If you are anything like me, at times, you probably feel like you have no use. That you cannot do anything remarkable or noteworthy. You feel hurt and alone....maybe you even feel incomplete. The truth is - sometimes that is where God wants us to be. God can use a a lump of clay even more than he can use a completed vessel. You might think that sounds ridiculous, but does it really? Think about it. A potter takes something that seems useless. Just a lump of clay. But once he gets a hold of that clay he molds and makes it into something beautiful - something honorable. You can't make something that's already been made. It's nearly impossible for God to use someone who thinks he's good enough on his own and doesn't need any help. Potters don't just add to something that is already done. They remake and they remold. We need to get to the place in our lives where we are willing to say, "Here I am Lord. I'm broken and useless and I can do nothing on my own. But I know that you can make me into something more. I know that you can make me a vessel of honor." On our own we really are nothing but a lump of clay, but when we put our lives in God's hands then he can make us something more.

2) The molding 

When a potter forms his clay into a beautiful piece of pottery it is a very long and difficult process. The potter shapes the clay by evenly distributing water throughout the surface of the clay. Often, it is hard to do this because of air bubbles. The potter must get rid of the air bubbles on the clay's surface before he can form it the way he pleases. 
  I think this is an incredible illustration. The Bible says that God is the potter and we are the clay. So, this means that God must mold us to become His vessel.  He must apply water (His Word) to us to mold us as he pleases. But so often we get distracted by this world and we start to fill our lives up with other things (TV, music, celebrities, money, etc.) and this forms "air bubbles". It comes between us and God. It keeps Him from molding us as He wants.  For us to become a vessel of honour we must get rid of the distractions in our lives. The Bible says that we can be either a vessel of honour or dishonour. When we allow things of this world to create "air bubbles" in our lives we become unfit for the master's use. The Lord can't use us without us surrounding ourselves with his Word and giving Him full control. We must get rid of the sin in our lives to let God form us into His vessel of honour.

3) The Fire

The third phase is the hardest, but yet the most vital. Once the potter has molded his creation, it is still not completed. Why? Well because the clay is still very sensitive to it's surroundings. If it were to be touched it would be bent, and if it were to be dropped it would break. It is still too pliable. So, it must be sealed. Potters finish their creation by putting it in the fire. This finishes the pottery and allows them to glaze it with a design. The very same thing must be true for us.
 Molding us into a vessel is not enough. It's maintaining the vessel that's the most important.
  You may let the Lord mold you the way he wants, but then how easy is it for us to break out of that mold? How often do we decide we want to have our own way? God not only wants to mold us into a vessel of honor but he wants us to continually be a vessel of honor. He sends trials our way. Sometimes he just has to send the fire. Not for us to be hurt but to heal us. 
Not to mold us but to make us.

 Are you a vessel of honour? Have you let the Lord mold you? Many times we break away from God when he sends the fire. We loose faith in Him and start heading down our own path.  We must realize that without the molding, and without the fire, we would still be just a lump of clay. Are you willing to let God be your master? Are you willing to let him take you through the fire? Because that is the only way to become a 

Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way
Thou art the potter, I am the clay
Mold me and make me after Thy will
While I am waiting, yielded and still 

Keep shining bright

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Senior Pictures

Oh my goodness guys! I can't believe how long it's been since I did a blog post! This year has been so busy and has gone by so fast it's crazy. I can't believe that I'm almost half way done with my senior year. I got my pictures taken by a friend of mine and I thought I'd share some of them with you all.









Me from my K-5 Graduation to my high school graduation!



I hope that you all are having a wonderful November! What are your all's Thanksgiving plans? We are having it at our house for the first time this year and having family come in! I am so excited about black Friday shopping too. Do any of you all shop on Black Friday? Once again I'm so sorry for not keeping up with blogging like I used to...I really miss it. Hopefully I'll get around to posting a devotional sometime soon!

Keep shining bright