The Divine Potter

Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:1-10 and 29:11-14, Isaiah 30:21, and Romans 9:21

Have you ever felt like you’ve missed the mark one too many times or missed the path that God has laid out for you to take?

I know I have. I question my decisions all the time and wonder if I made the wrong choice or missed an opportunity God set up for me.

I find myself wondering how God can use me when I keep messing up. How can I be in His perfect will if I cannot figure out what it is? Well, Jeremiah had some words of wisdom for me today. In Jeremiah 18:4, he describes a scene that he witnessed in which a potter is shaping and creating a pot. But, the pot he is making is marred (damaged, flawed, spoiled, blemished). Instead of throwing it out and getting a new piece of unmarred clay, the potter takes the same piece and begins to rework, reshape, and recreate another pot… one that is the best.

 I am that marred clay; blemished, flawed, and spoiled because I’m human. But, God doesn’t throw me out and get someone different to fulfill the plans He has for me. He takes the same ole’ me.

I don’t know about you, but that’s a huge relief. Phew.

Even in my “marred” state, God sees my potential and He sees the “pot” I can be. He continues to use me.

So, when I wonder if I’ve missed hearing His voice, missed an opportunity to witness to someone, missed the path He laid out for me… He doesn’t give up on me. He never leaves me behind, He’s always walking along this journey with me.

I hope this helps someone today that way it helped me. He’ll never give up on you. Let Him reshape, rework, recreate you into the person He’s called you to be. He loves you so much and just wants the very best for you. 

have a wonderful day. xo

Faith is a Choice

Have you ever found yourself doubting what you always thought was true? Have you ever questioned your faith? I have. I heard it once said to “lead through your weaknesses” so that your humanity will show. My weakness is my mind and the thoughts that I let invade. God’s been teaching me through His word about doubt and faith. I grew up going to church, became a Christian at the age of four, attended a Christian school, had a pastor for a dad, a missionary for a grandmother…etc (you get the picture). I was imbedded in my faith. I loved that about my childhood. But, as an adult I’ve found my own relationship with Jesus outside of my family and “upbringing”. I had to discover Him for myself. I did. However, over the course of my adulthood, I’ve had bouts of doubt. Doubt in everything. I would let my mind run away with thoughts about my purpose on the earth and the reality of Jesus. While worshipping and praising Him with song at the begging of a church service my thoughts would shift from Jesus’ face to “wow, I look to ridiculous, raising my hands to an invisible ‘God’.” At that moment, I would stop and repent. Making know to God my doubt, my hesitation, my weaknesses. The funny thing is, no one would’ve ever known this about me. I never talked about it with anyone, never let it show in my actions, never spoke it out loud in a private prayer. It was a hidden hiccup, a hidden doubt. I felt so ashamed. How could I doubt Jesus and His love for me. Then I’m reminded of doubting Thomas in the Bible. Thomas was a disciple who couldn’t just believe that Jesus had risen from the grave, he had to see it for himself. But, that’s not faith. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1I was letting my focus slip away from Jesus and drift towards doubt. I needed a serious intervention from God. So, I dove into His word.  I will be talking more about doubt in upcoming posts. God’s working this out through me and by His grace I’m conquering doubt by building my faith. Faith is an action. Faith is a choice. Act.

I choose to believe in Jesus. I choose to trust in Him. I’m dropping my doubt and picking up my Bible. I’m acting to believe.

Read more about how to lead through your weaknesses here.