The Ordinary

September 23, 2014
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2 Corinthians 3:18 – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)

Every day possible, I walk in the woods with my dogs, and on sunny days, I am always amazed how the ordinary and even unsightly things are transformed into the beautiful by those warm and vibrant rays. An ordinary piece of moss glows with an almost fluorescent scope of greens and yellows, a long-dead aspen is robed in silver, or a plain rock suddenly displays the loveliest shades of red and brown.

So it is with those of us who know the Lord. In Him, we are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory. That which is ordinary about us, that which is unlovely, is all in the midst of the beauty of His transformation within us that we might be more and more like Him. What an absolutely amazing and wondrous truth is this!

So let us cast aside those negative thoughts about ourselves. Let us cast aside false guilt and discouragement when we feel that we haven't measured up, and let us rise on the wings of His Spirit to praise and glorify His name with bright and cheerful hearts full of the sunshine and beauty of the Son's transformation.

Prayer: Father God, thank You so much that we do reflect the Lord's glory and are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory which comes from Him, Who is the Spirit. Bless us with continued faith to believe and embrace this amazing truth as we walk forth in the light of Your Son this day. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.

    Another good thought Lynne.

    Thanks so much for this today. Blessings.

    Beautifully written Lynne. Thanks for encouraging us.

    Ah, thank you, Lynne. Such blessed assurance.
    A very welcome message on a new day.

    Just Lovely!!
    God bless.

    A big Amen! Beautiful!
    Keep writing.

    Thank you for your wonderful words this morning. Here in Ontario, the sun is shining brightly casting a glow on the trees, rocks and water; your devotional is very appropriate and really brings to light what you say.

    Lynne: If we could only reach those lofty standards of behaviour and belief what a difference it would make for each of us. Yours was a well worth reading to begin today and all those days that will follow.
    Thank you for your time and sharing your insight.

    Dearest Lynne!
    Lyrical. Poetic. Thanks for writing this beautiful devotional about The Presence of The LORD in our midst, the Joy of seeking it and the wonderful result.
    Be encouraged in your well – doing.

    Dear Lynne,
    Suitably published when we are surrounded with fall colors!
    Your devotional reminds me of words of the hymn: We are:
    … changed from glory into glory till in heaven we take our place, lost in wonder, love, and grace… .
    Thank you.
    Keep writing.

    Beautiful. It always surprises me that I need to be reminded of these truths, and encouraged over and over again. Thanks be to God, there are people who are gifted with repeating word of encouragement in ever changing and new arrays of understanding of our human weaknesses. Blessings on you and your writing, dear Lynne.

    So true Lynne. Thanks for the beautiful encouragement.
    God bless you.

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