Cracked Pot…Restored…

Do you ever feel like a cracked pot?

Leaking from various cracks and crevices?…

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You may not even be aware of it until you find yourself exhausted mentally, physically, spiritually…

your joy long misplaced.

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In answer to our pleading prayer, the Heavenly Father adds water of grace….kneads us back to mold-able…pushing and  pulling the grace into the hardened areas…into the air pockets of our self made plans and mind, body, spirit disarray…

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remolding us…refashioning us…into our unique, one of a kind shape.

He throws us up on the pottery wheel…

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Spinning us over and over again until dizzy with the motion…

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The wheel stops and we are thrown into the kiln.  Fire baking us, setting us, strengthening us to be that vessel which once again may hold the grace given..the love poured in…in order to be poured out.

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Surrendering into the Potter’s hands we are molded into the masterpiece of who we are.

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Giving Him permission to shape us into glory.

“Yet, O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter; we are all the work of your hands.” Is 64:7

Prayer For A Tired Branch…

“Jesus,

I am one worn out tired branch…

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And I need the newness of the vine of you to start the hope-life running through the streams of me again.

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Lord, be my vine and I’ll be your branch…

But free me please from this withered cut off feeling…

And deliver others from the pain I carve into their branches.

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Let your life-giving sap of grace flow into me constantly

That I become unable to survive without it.”

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(poem by Macrina Wiedrekehr and adapted by Tiny McPhillips)

“Remain in me, as I remain in you.  Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.  I am  the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5

“Open Up…This Isn’t Gonna Hurt a Bit”….

Just like a loose tooth that dangles from a thread of a root…

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Memories of past mistakes, failures, broken dreams and promises, a wayward life

hang on to a part of our thoughts that taunt and bully us…

“you are not good enough”, “you are a mess up”, “you are bad”

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Shame be gone!…

“For the scripture says, No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” (Rom10:11)

“You shall be called a new name pronounced by the mouth of the Lord, a royal diadem held by your God.” Is 62:2-3

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Falling and Getting Back Up…

Is “Wholeness” perfection?

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Or rather in this life is “wholeness” realizing we are sinners doing the best we can,

falling and getting back up as we journey through the chaos of the world?

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Always, however, embraced in His love and mercy.

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“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else,

means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight;

and never stop fighting.” (E.E. Cummings)

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“Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on me.  In you I seek shelter.  In the shadows of  your wings I seek shelter till harm pass by.” Ps 57:2

Temporary Insanity?….

When one learns the truth…hears the truth…is convicted by the truth…

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Isn’t it “temporary insanity” to believe the deceits that violate the truth?

The core of us is not death and decay…

The core of us is LIFE…God Himself present within!

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We must hold captive thoses thoughts that speak deceit …

and turn them over to Jesus…to the foot of the cross!

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“And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Outside In…Inside Out…

Outside in …the world shouts in a cacaphony of voices…

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Inside out…the small still voice within steers our steps.

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Outside in…relentless forces push and pull in confusion and deceit…

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Inside out…flows forth the waters of grace that transform our senses to taste and see how good the Lord is.

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Outside in…the spirit of the world.

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Inside out…the Divine Indwelling

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How will you choose to walk this day?

“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.” 1 Co 2:12

Wholeness Lived…

We have been gifted with WHOLENESS…RESTORATION…PEACE  through the Wounds of Christ.

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WHOLENESS given is now WHOLENESS lived out in our earthly life.

Sometimes there seems so much messy brokenness in the WHOLENESS…

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Let not doubt have a room under your roof!

Glory is your foundation…Built sturdy to withstand the messiness!

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The power of LOVE is the mortar that builds the temple of God who you are…

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yes, WHOLENESS given is WHOLENESSs to be lived…

in the here and now….step by step by step,

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HOME.

“Rise up in splendor! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; But upon you theLlord shines, and over you appears his glory.” Is 60:1-2

Beyond the Dot to Dots…

Man between the lines…

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We are mind, body, soul and spirit…not just the sum of what is seen exteriorly.

But when sin entered the world man was fractured into parts no longer whole.

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The world continues to promote the broken man…

“Live for yorself”…”discover the fountain of youth so you can always look young”…”if it feels good do it”.

And in our relationships we often relate to others in this broken way.

But Jesus came to put all the pieces back together.

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Sparks fly when we relate to to others as the whole person they are before us.

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We are seeing them as God sees them and speaking to them in their wholeness even in their brokenness.

The transfiguration is a reality to us.

We are men and women beyond the lines….beyond the dot to dots.

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Lord may I be given the grace to see the dignity of the whole person in myself and before me.  Let my eyes not remain fixed on the broken pieces but on the Glory of the Divine Image before me.”