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Romans 9:20-21

Monday, May 23, 2011

But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

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Ever have those days where you keep getting hit over the head? That's where I'm at about Africa. (See my blog "Really, God?") Yesterday I'm seeing the continent outline through shapes of a sea on a bible map and being further nudged with a sermon about what it means to be a sheep. "Baaaa!" I'm a sheep! So today my devotion is based on a verse that in another translation reads: "Who are you -- anyone who talks back to God?" Well, yeah! I have been whiney about this Africa thing! I have been saying, "You know this is not MY dream." "Why me, God?" "Are you sure about this God?" "I'm not adequate." I've been dragging my feet by not talking with the hubby about it seriously until yesterday. I've had the passport applications in my "to do" pile since we got back from Florida in November.

Over and over again, God sets out in His Word that He is in control. He desires to change us from the inside out--renewing our minds, starving our self-destructive tendencies, and teaching us to form new habits by respecting His authority. (Beth Moore)

Today I must continue praying because I keep being pushed with thoughts, etc. about this and yet I'm really not fearful. That's been a big thing for me...I'm really not afraid of going. I am more unsure because of outside things. How many shots? Ugh! Needing different clothing to follow the cultural dress code. Wanting to be thinner before I would go. How will our son handle this with his autistic behaviors. It's all exterior human stuff. I need to be praying for God's spiritual will to be accomplished instead. I must pray for these human roadblocks to be seen as a checklist instead of room for Satan to move in and bother me.

After all...this is what it is all about.
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TWNOMWE 5/25/2011 9:48AM

    Where in Africa are you going to?
Trust and faith is all we need most of the time when it comes to God's will to be done through us.
So trust that he will look after all your needs. emoticon

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TINATC26 5/24/2011 9:27AM

    Wow Janet, Africa.. I am sure there is much trepidation, but think of the opportunity for you and your family! It is not a bad thing to use as motivation, either! Go for it!!


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BLESSED2BEME 5/23/2011 11:58PM

    So I can't talk back to God anymore? Cuz I do! I have arguements with him but he always wins. This could be the best experience ever for Issac. Trust God!

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GRANNYS5 5/23/2011 9:29PM

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NELLIEC 5/23/2011 7:08PM

    Well, as for your son, I am wondering if this might be something from God to challenge him to concentrate on what God wants him to do. I don't know, but I do know that God has amazing ways of working in a person's life -- even when we don't see it at the time!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/23/2011 4:43PM

    If you feel that He is leading you down this path, then you should follow it. Good luck with your decision!

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 5/23/2011 3:44PM

    Our path is simple but never (rarely?) easy. And yet there is such joy . . .

Continue writing your feelings, that's very helpful. He remembers we are made from the dust.

Thanks for that scripture, WHACK upside my head, thanks I needed that.
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LALASLAND 5/23/2011 3:08PM

    I didn't know what to say, and then I read what DIVINEPRINCESS and I believe she said it BEST! emoticon

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DIVINEPRINCESS 5/23/2011 2:51PM

    So you've been asking "Why you?" Well, I suppose the real question is "Why NOT you?" If He's called you to go to Africa for two months, there must be somebody there you need to interact with (either for their sake or for yours but definitely for His glory)...and if He's called you there, He's already prepared the way before you. You don't have to agree; you don't even have to understand; you just have to obey.

Simple, right? Just obey.
I know. I know. So easy for me to say. That's why I said it. emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 5/23/2011 2:32PM

    Do you need more information on the location, the cause, the weather??? So much of what we fear, is just a lack of information. Except I know you said you aren't afraid. I think you just need to make a list (shots, dress codes, resources inAfrica for autism, and a million other things that will need taking care of before you can feel more comfortable about leaving).

Peace to you, my friend. Go with God. He has a plan for you.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/23/2011 2:32PM

    Do you need more information on the location, the cause, the weather??? So much of what we fear, is just a lack of information. Except I know you said you aren't afraid. I think you just need to make a list (shots, dress codes, resources inAfrica for autism, and a million other things that will need taking care of before you can feel more comfortable about leaving).

Peace to you, my friend. Go with God. He has a plan for you.

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