October 04, 2004

Alabaster Box

Today I wanted to share my daily devotional. It is about one of my favorite stories in the Bible....Mary and her alabaster box. It doesn't matter how many times I hear this story or hear the song, it makes me cry. She realized she had encountered the Lord and worshipped him with everything she had. She didn't care who was looking at her or what they were saying about her. She didn't worry about what it might look like to those that didn't understand. She knew and the Lord knew and that was all that mattered. THAT is all that matters. If your heart is right with God and you have that personal relationship with Him, then don't worry if people talk about how you worship or what kind of church you attend, just keep doing what you are doing to keep that personal closeness with the Lord always. What is right for you may not be right for others and what is right for others may not be right for you. It is up to each of us to work out our own salvation.

Also, if any of you are into buying music downloads for your computer, then be sure that you purchase 'Alabaster Box' by Cece Winans. It is awesome and I guarantee that it will touch you if you enjoy the story.

I Will Not Offer Him a Sacrifice That
That Does Not Cost Me Personal Sacrifice

Mary sacrificed her future for His present presence. What would you give to be saturated in His presence for just thirty seconds? It's time to break your alabaster box.

When Mary went home the night after she broke her alabaster box of brokenness over Jesus, she still smelled like Him. When she lay down to sleep, she still smelled like Him. When she got up the next morning, she still smelled like Him.

Mary invested all that she had for one encounter with Jesus. She embodies the passion that drives God Chasers around the world. We all want to see Him, to sense His presence and draw near in worship and adoration. The more of Him we get, the more of Him we must have. We find ourselves unable to find satisfaction in passionless church protocols-there is a fire in our bones that launches us in a desperate search for His manifest presence.

Are you desperate for the kind of God encounter that goes with you? This is the key: You must break your own alabaster box.

Will you be a Mary, a passionate box-breaker bearing the fragrance of brokenness? First, you must abandon the crowd of voices trying to steal or withhold worship from God in the name of preserving man's program. … The Father is bending over the ramparts of heaven. He hears the irresistible crackle and the tinkle of breaking alabaster boxes… Is that the sound of your heart breaking? An incredible fragrance is filling the atmosphere, and I hear the rumors of His sudden approach.

Posted by Barbara at October 4, 2004 06:52 AM

I assume your surgery was a success?

Posted by: Buck at October 5, 2004 01:23 AM

Not exactly. They were following the wrong trail. However, they found the direction in which to head, so I am seeing another specialist today. Right now I'm praying for no cancer and no lengthy surgeries that will result in me having to leave the nursing program. So far I have been able to control the pain enough to attend class and clinicals and squeeze by.One step at a time? :o) Thanks for asking though.

Posted by: Barbara at October 5, 2004 10:02 AM