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lampI received this gorgeous lamp, but somehow I could not get it to come on. It was plugged in, and the light bulb worked; I knew, because I tried it on another lamp. But it simply wouldn’t work; it must be broken. It was beautiful though. And I certainly didn’t want to throw that stupid pretty lamp in the garbage. I just left it there as a decoration.

Until one day, I noticed that the on/off switch wasn’t pushed in all the way in the “on” position–the lamp wasn’t stupid, the lamp wasn’t broken, and it did not need to be thrown out. I just did not know how to use it.

Like if I put the battery backwards in a flashlight. Or if I don’t change the filter in the furnace. Or if I don’t put gas in my car…. In life, things work a certain way. And when they don’t work, it doesn’t automatically mean that they are broken. Maybe we just didn’t use them the way they are supposed to be used.

Like God’s promises.

I have often thought that God’s promises were just broken. At times, they just don’t seem to work at all. And I I have been tempted every so often to throw them out. Or sometimes, I just rearranged them in my little arsenal of God-stuff, so they still looked pretty. Pretty but useless; I just pretended to enjoy them–nobody has to know, right?

Wrong. Because God always does.

Because He is absolutely linked to His promises. And these promises, they only work when we invite the Promisor in. The One who made them, He’s the One who validates them. He’s the One who knows how to make them work. Actually, He is the One who works them.

And God, He is never ever broken.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

one-thousand7#901 My new Light alarm clock that wakes me up gently!

#902 Smiles from my Emmaline

#904 Welcoming two new babies in our church family

#905 Time to visit a friend in the hospital

Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 HomeSDG, Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing HomePlay Dates with GodMonday Musings, Hear it on Sunday,Inspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s StoryInto the WordIn and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday,Titus2Tuesdays, ExtraordinayLessons from IvyDenise in BloomSweet BlessingsFaith Filled Friday, Finding JoyWholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word, Testimony Tuesday

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