First15 Devotional
First15 Devotional
Nov 26, 2020
Being a Person of Vision
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We serve a God of boundaries. In his limitless capacity, endless creativity, and boundless existence he still chose to create boundaries. He still had vision for what was good, right, pleasing, and perfect. And as children made in his image, we are to live, think, and create as he does. In a world marked by busyness from seemingly infinite opportunities, it’s important now more than ever for us to create boundaries. May you find freedom and joy this week as you receive vision and set boundaries under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Our Scripture for today comes from Proverbs 29:18, and today's worship is Be Thou My Vision by Audrey Assad.

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