God: The Great Pottery Maker

    Jeremiah 18: 4  ” And when the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hands of the potter,  he made it again another vessel as seemed good to the potter to make it.”   Most clay was dug from fields, then trampled by foot by workers to make it more flexible. When the substance was the right consistency to be used by the potter, he used a disc of stone or wood, which rested on a larger disc below. Then the clay was placed on the disc and rapidly whirled around as the potter shaped the vessel with his hands. A …

Potter’s Vessel Becomes Marred

    “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3: 23   I was born first of ten children to my parents over one hundred years ago, and though I was a wanted child, and loved very much by my family, soon my young life became tainted by sin and I would not live an easy life. When about eighteen months of age, a sister was born to my parents and they must divide their time of caring for me with a second child. Then almost two years later, a third little girl was added to our family; so our parents were responsible for the …

Reshaping A Marred Vessel

  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3: 16   Though I am not familiar with pottery making, after doing research and writing a book titled God is not Finished with Me, I became more aware of how pottery is made, and during past months of my life truly I have experienced some ways a vessel becomes marred. In fact, my life became …

Achievements of Other Potters

    Ephesians 2: 8-10 “For by grace have you been saved through faith, and this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest no one will boast. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”   Though God is the Great Potter, He blesses His children by allowing them to share in His work. As early as the time He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, he gave him work to perform. His first job was naming the animals, and one of man’s …

No Two Vessels Identical

  Psalm 139: 13-16 a  “For You formed my inward parts: You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, and intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance in every one of them written in Your book…”   Perhaps you have heard it said after God made her, He threw the mold away. That statement is intended to be derogatory, but is true: for no two individuals are identical. No …

Least Vessel of the Potter

    1 Corinthians 15: 8-10a  Paul wrote: “Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle: because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain… ”   I can relate to those last words of Paul saying because of God’s grace, ‘I am what I am’. That is not true only in Paul’s life and mine but in every believer’s life. For I shudder to think what my life at one hundred …

God Can Have It All

      God Can Have It All   Well you’ve been watching a lot of sci- fi movies these days. My husband loves sci-fi. I told him when he was in the hospital that he could watch all the sci-fi he wanted and that I would watch them with him without complaint. He has taken me at my word. Lol When we are in a place of insecurity, pain or trouble it’s a good time to tell God He can have it all. Oh beloved. God sees you. He is with you. He honors your life as you give …