December 10, 2016

Embrace and Celebrate

Written by Boyd Bailey

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Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 10, 2016

   Esteem her [wisdom], and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.   Proverbs 4:8-9

Embrace and celebrate with the Lord. Discover where the Lord has passion, and join Him. Learn what He likes and dislikes. His wisdom is supreme. Embracing God’s wisdom and celebrating with obedient living gives Him glory and honor. You become a trophy of God’s grace when you embrace and celebrate His character. It takes a lifetime of learning from the Lord; so don’t be overwhelmed. Embrace and celebrate His forgiveness, and you will find yourself forgiving; Embrace and celebrate His peace, and you will discover you are peaceful; Embrace and celebrate His patience, and you will become patient. God is worth the energy to engage around His eternal agenda and wisdom. Moreover, make this a mantra in marriage and relationships as well.

Embrace and celebrate your spouse’s interests. If sports are one of his passions, then embrace and celebrate. Instead of quietly complaining because of competition from an afternoon of football, make some nachos and have a supreme pizza delivered. His passion for you increases when you embrace areas in which his energies engage. If shopping for special occasions is one of her passions, then embrace and celebrate. Let it sink in that she wants to look nice, especially for you. Be patient while she picks out an outfit, and then help her buy some shoes that match. When you finish shopping, go for coffee and talk.

You have just embraced and celebrated. You discovered where someone else’s passions lie, and joined them in celebration. Don’t see someone’s interests as competition. See their hobbies or activities of enjoyment as opportunities to join them, honor them, and get to know them better. Wisdom embraces and celebrates.

Lastly, you may not understand the next steps for your life, but the Lord does. Latch on to His train of trust, and ride with Him to your next destination. But make sure to celebrate along the way. Embrace your current situation as God’s will, and do your very best to execute with excellence. Celebrate along the way so you can enjoy the fruit from your heavenly Father. God is working, so take the time to celebrate His goodness, mercy, and grace. Lives are being transformed as people are meeting Jesus face to face for the first time. The salvation of souls is at an all-time high in heaven’s stock market index. The opportunity for the globalization of the gospel is unprecedented; so slow down to celebrate. Embrace your uncertain future and celebrate the current outstanding outcomes. Embrace and celebrate, and your relationships will flourish instead of frustrate.

Above all else, embrace God’s eternal wisdom, and celebrate the honor and grace He gives back.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, by faith I embrace and celebrate my relationship with You and with those different from me—use diversity to deepen my walk with You.

Application

What uncomfortable circumstance or person do I need to embrace and celebrate for God’s greater good?

Related Reading

Today’s reading is taken from Boyd’s most popular book: Seeking Daily the Heart of God, a 365 day devotional.

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Comments

  1. mollie says:

    your “passions” you list are stereotypical. My husband doesn’t care for football and I HATE shopping! Widen your scope please!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Mollie,
      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us after reading the devotional “Embrace and Celebrate”. We always love hearing from our Wisdom Hunter’s family!
      We appreciate your feedback and suggestions. However, please know that the main focus of this devotional really had nothing to do with football or shopping; those were examples of two of many areas where a spouse can possibly support the other. There are so many other areas, too. It is all about embracing and celebrating God with obedience and honoring your marriage in the same way (but not with just football or shopping…in anything your spouse enjoys).
      Boyd’s statements: “But make sure to celebrate along the way. Embrace your current situations God’s will, and do your very best to execute with excellence” highlighted a “call to action” for us as a believer and as a person in our earthly relationships.
      Mollie, I am not a football fan either, so I understand what you are talking about. However, I am a totally “God fan” and love how our lives are made richer and more joyful when we embrace and celebrate!
      We are grateful for you, Mollie, and look forward to hearing from you again sometime.
      In this season of celebrating our Savior’s birth, I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!
      Believing and trusting~
      Gwynne
      “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you great news of great joy that will be for all people’.”
      Luke 2: 8-10


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