THE POTTER: REFLECTIONS OF A MASTER ARTISAN – Day of Discovery

Words of Life

This is a wonderful video…

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From his studio nestled along the Arkansas River in Colorado, potter Dave Blakeslee says, “One of the things I love about God is that He is a creative God.” Watch and listen as he shapes, glazes, and fires ceramic works of art and describes how the Master Potter forms and transforms lives. Discover how God can mold you into a beautiful vessel uniquely designed for His glory in the Day of Discovery video presentation “The Potter.”

You can watch it at this link…

THE POTTER: REFLECTIONS OF A MASTER ARTISAN – Day of Discovery.

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Book Giveaway ~ Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children

It has been awhile, but I did a post that included an excerpt from  this book a couple of years ago… If you would like to read the post click  here…Peace That Passeth All Understanding.

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Here is an interview with Allison Bottke, author of Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children

I just happen to have an extra copy of this book that I would like to give away. So, if you would like to win it do this…

1. LIKE this post.

2. FOLLOW this blog.

3. Write a COMMENT.

Please do all three to enter. I will choose randomly a winner  on April 18th 2013.

Sowing in Tears by Anabel Gillham

The pain was almost more than he could bear. He had never realized that a broken heart could hurt so terribly, but he couldn’t just sit down and cry. It was planting season. So he took his bag of seed and went to the field.

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But there was no joy in his work. He didn’t hear the clear call of the meadowlark. He didn’t see the fields of yellow and lavender on the horizon. The smell of the fresh-turned earth escaped his nostrils. The bite of the pure spring air didn’t cause him to lift his head and take in great gulps, for even as he broadcast the tiny seed his eyes were blurred and his hands were damp with tears wiped from his weathered cheeks.

Then, when he could bear it no longer, he fell on his knees and his head touched the broken soil. His tears fell into the furrows, wetting the tiny ovule nestled in the pocket of earth. No one heard. No one saw. There was no one to touch, to care, to say, “I understand.”

To know such suffering…and still to sow.

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Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.  Psalm 126:5,6

Yes, you are hurting. But you cant just sit down and cry. The seed would not be planted and growth would never come. There would be no fruit to harvest. No, you must sow. And chances are, there will be no one who really understands . . . no one to touch you or hold you . . . no one to care. To know such suffering…and still to sow.

Gods promise is to you: Can you believe that one day you will actually SHOUT with sheer joy?

Grace for Life

Encouragement Through Suffering

There was an accident two years ago on Highway 66. Two young women hit by a truck swerving into their lane. The two died instantly, the truck driver lived, but has never apologized to the grieving families. I pray for him that God would give him grace, and touch his heart that he would come to know Jesus and find peace.

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I met the mother of one of these young women just the other day. She is a vibrant Christian. Her daughter was her only child…

With tears in her eyes she told me her story, and she told me of Christ’s Victory and even through her grief, she accepts what happened. She knows that for whatever reason it was God’s perfect timing in taking her daughter home. Her daughter had an intimate relationship with Jesus.

To read the rest of this post click  HERE

God Loves the Broken Hearted by Cathey Stott

It seems timely to reblog this post…

This is an excerpt from a series of articles by Cathey Stott. I thought it was exceptionally helpful to those that are grieving…

The early days of grieving can be very foggy. Life seems unreal and many people report having trouble concentrating or difficulty with their memory. Some feel as if they are losing their mind. Be assured that all such feelings are normal. After all, your entire life has been turned upside down and your brain will need some time to catch up to reality. And then there is the matter of your heart. Your heart is broken so badly and into so many pieces that is seems there is no way you can ever heal.

Just remember what Psalm 34:18 says:
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
(NIV) Read more here

I Know Your Pain

I am going to start a series of reblogs, because there are some really helpful and encouraging posts that were written years ago and the messages in them are timeless…so here goes…

To all you mothers and fathers and siblings of prodigals…I know your pain is excruciating. Likened to the death of a child, but almost worse because of the hurt of his or her rejection of you and of his or her rebellion to God. You know that you are not perfect, that you have made mistakes, but you feel like an utter failure and that God has deserted you. Read more here...

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Photo from Understanding Brokenheartedness

31 Days ~ Quiet you with His Love

Day 28 ~ Quiet you with His Love

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

He will quiet you with His love
…I don’t think I have ever read this before…He will quiet you with His love…I think it’s because my version says it differently…”The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest (be quiet) in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” KJV

What a beautiful thought…He will quiet you with His love

 
 
 
 
Remember the story about Elijah…how he ran in fear of his life from Jezebel and then he eventually hides in a cave and there is a great wind, but God is not in the wind…and earthquake, but God is not in the earthquake…a fire, but God is not in the fire… and then a still small voice …Then Elijah heard…in the stillness…in the quiet…
 
From Prayers for Prodigals ~

The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”What beautiful thoughts, Lord.You are all of those things!You are “with me.”You are “mighty to save.”The thought of you taking delight in me and comforting me with our love gives my soul hope that this world cannot take away.When I imagine you rejoicing over me with singing, I’m reminded that you are my Father, and I am your child (1 John 5:19)”How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)…In the “quietness and confidence” that comes from you alone (Isaiah 32:17), I will wait and watch and pray.” ~ James Banks

Praying that you will hear the Father’s voice in quiet and stillness…that He will quiet you with His love…that he will give you grace and peace to wait on Him.

And praying that our prodigals, no matter where their journey takes them…whether it be through blinding storms or shaking earthquakes, or raging fires… will come to know the stillness of God and His all-encompassing love for them.

 
Elijah in the Wilderness ~ Washington Allston
 

31 Days ~ New Mercy!

Day 19 ~ New Mercy!

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3: 22-23
“Something good is coming and I thank you for it, even though I don’t know what it is yet!
But I know You, and Your kindness is “new every morning“.
Whom have I in heaven but You?” Psalms 73:25
I will not give in to fear, and doubt and worry because You are with me.” Psalms 118:6
Because of your kindness I will renew my hope in You today.” ~ James Banks
Would you join me here today in praise to our Heavenly Father and thank Him for His mercies. I know that every day, even in the midst of our deepest trials, we can lift our hands in praise.
Praying that God will bless your day with a newness of hope and a refreshing of living waters to nourish and satisfy your every need.

31 Days ~ Another Chance

Day 7 ~ Another Chance

What prodigals do not only hurts the parents, but the siblings as well. One of my daughters wrote a song about her brother called Another Chance

It was early in the morning when I walked into the vineyard,
The sun was just coming over the hill.
Tears filled my eyes as I took in the sight of the drooping vines
They wouldn’t respond to my gentle hands and care.

No fruit again…No reason to keep this branch.
No fruit again…I’ve worked so hard, but it just won’t begin…to grow.

I pulled out my shears and picked the branch up from the ground
When I felt someone standing by my side
He took the vine in his nail scarred hands and held it up
With tears he quietly looked into my eyes.

Just one more chance… Please don’t give up so soon
Just one last chance… I want this vine to give me precious fruit… again.

Several years later after many a pruning and cutting
That branch flourished again in the sun
It was covered with fruit of the sweetest sort and stood so strong
A sign of submission in the Master’s hands.

Here’s fruit for you…Only by your grace and mercy
Take all I have… What you have given me, I give back… to you

There’s fruit again… Reason to keep this branch
There’s fruit again…I’ve worked so hard and it just began…to grow.

 
“I love what you did for Peter, Lord.

After he had denied you three times (Matthew 26: 34), you still forgave him and gave him another chance.

Thank you for your mercy, Lord!

Not only did you give Peter another chance, but you also gave one to me.

And you continue to give me chances. You forgive me again and again…

I pray for a second chance for our sons and daughters, just like you gave Peter.

I ask You, “Lord of the harvest” to send workers into the “harvest field” (Matthew 9:38) that is our prodigal’s lives.

Let our sons and daughters encounter your people wherever they go and let your people share Your love with them in ways they cannot miss.

Let their hearts be “burning within“(Luke 24:32) “~ James Banks

“God sees not only our pain but He sees his plan and when He sees his plan He knows that His plan includes your pain that will bring you to your purpose…”

The Butterfly and The Stone ~ Dan Mayhew

Hope is a butterfly
Fear is a stone
As the father waits
for his son to come home.
For anyone who has loved a prodigal child, here is a voice in the night that says you are not alone. ‘The Butterfly and the Stone’ is a story of fear and hope on a journey that leads from the safety of home to Iraq, and home again to face a fiercer enemy: post-traumatic stress and addiction. Along the way is God’s love…found in a most unexpected place…
This book is an incredibly deep and heart felt portrayal of a father’s love for his prodigal son.
Quoting Dan Mayhew from the preface as he describes his book, “It is a journey ongoing, to a destination uncertain. It is a narrative of waywardness and the lessons that come from it. Moreover, it is not a devotional, nor a book of advise on parenting. It is a book of questions that hunger for answers; or perhaps, of encouragement – the hopeful sound of a distant voice in the darkest night that says you are not alone. At the heart, it is the story of God and me – and all His rebellious sons; of the Father and His prodigal race, as seen in the dark mirror of earthly fatherhood.”
Dan’s description practically takes my breath away. As you can see he is  a very gifted writer. As I read his book,  I found myself underlining sentence after sentence, because  what he was saying was what I  felt, and I was  astounded that he could so eloquently express what so many parents of prodigals feel in the midst of their heart-wrenching pain.
Dan describes so many lessons he learns traveling this prodigal journey. He comes to the point at the end of the book where he realizes  he has been enabling… Speaking about the scripture found in Matthew 17 : 14-15, Dan writes, “The father knew he could not help his son so he had stopped trying. He had reached the limits of his own love, so he gave his son to Jesus whose love had no limits. I had to do the same…”
The story doesn’t  end with a prodigal home-coming, but I hope that there is a future sequel…a rest of the story. Thank you, Dan, for writing your story. For reaching out to hurting parents, letting them know they are not alone. For giving comfort and wisdom and hope found through what you have suffered.
I would highly recommend parents read this book, especially if their prodigals are suffering from addictions.
Dan’s website… Stone Butterfly Woodcarving
The Butterfly and The Stone can be purchased at Amazon