Wednesday Whisper ~ The Potter’s Clay

IMG_5320 (2)This morning I was washing one of my favorite bowls, a work of art gifted by a potter, Ms. Dalton, a parent of one of my kindergarten students years ago. Imagining the time and effort it took to form the clay, add intricate details, fire and paint it, and whatever other steps required that I know little of, made me appreciate its beauty even more.

It reminded me that we are but clay in our Creator Father’s hands. Some days, we may be tempted to jump off the potter’s wheel because being transformed can be a painful and lengthy process. But we can be reassured God has a plan and purpose in mind for each of us crazy lumps of clay. He can shape us and mold us into amazing works of art, treasures of His design, when we surrender to His will and allow Him to do His work in our lives.

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” ~ Ephesians 1:11-12 (The Message)

May we be pliable clay in the Potter’s hands.

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Wednesday Whisper ~ The Path of Life

Among my treasured memories is a grass-covered path my husband and I took through a thickly-wooded area in Yosemite. (I was so relieved it did not include a bear!) Another favorite is an impromptu hike we took in the mountains of Colorado that surprisingly included a quaint bridge over a stream. Here in the desert, our footpaths are dryer and less colorful but still lead us up and around the mountain peaks surrounding the Phoenix area.

A path allows us to get somewhere easier than if we had to cut a trail ourselves. Others have been this way before us and most likely have forged the easier route. The point of being on a path is to move forward, except for an occasional rest,  and the goal is to reach our destination.

On the path of life, we do not know what we will encounter, how long the steep, difficult sections may be, the magnificent views we will savor, or what adventures will challenge and change us, but we can know there is One who desires to walk with us and who promises never to leave us. His name is Jesus and He knows the way. He is the most dependable trail guide of all. We can follow Him for direction and lean on Him when we are weak and weary. Through treacherous passages, He may even carry us. Be assured that whatever our course, He is always by our side. Psalm 23:3b says, “He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”

May you be on the right path today, walking with Him!

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Wednesday Whisper ~ Incomparable Love

According to Webster, love is a “strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.” Each of us longs to experience this kind of ongoing relationship.

People, however, can be fickle, moody, rude, ignorant, self-centered, and extremely cruel. Sometime without warning, words like flaming arrows pierce our tender hearts leaving us feeling broken, defeated, and perhaps, in a puddle of tears.

Who, then, is the one most capable of healing brokenness? Who loves more than anyone in the whole world? Who is always listening, always near, and always faithful? Whether you call Him Heavenly Father, Almighty God, Jesus, or Daddy, He is always ready to wrap you in His arms of compassion and proclaim His never-ending, incomparable love for you!

If you are hurting right now, may this verse and chorus from “My Daddy” touch your wounded heart.

Last night I went runnin’ home
Cryin’ from the pain
Hurtful words still stinging
Echoing again
And when I reached my Daddy
Suddenly I knew
His cheeks were streaked with tears
Because He’d heard them too!

Chorus
I know my ‘Daddy’ loves me
I know my ‘Daddy’ cares
I know He sees my joy and pain
He listens to my prayers
He waits for me with open arms
And knows just where to start
He touches me so tenderly
And heals my broken heart.

Psalm 34:18 assures us that, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” May you encounter His love beyond compare.

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Wednesday Whisper ~ Prayer & Petition

Philippians 4:6a “Do not be anxious about anything …”

Uuh, my “Wednesday Whisper” is due to be published in a few hours, Lord, and I have no ideas.

Philippians 4:6b “… but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving …”

Thank You, Lord, for the opportunities You have provided to touch lives with words of encouragement.

Philippians 4:6c “… present your requests to God.”

Lord, I pray that You would make clear the message You want me to share this week. Open my eyes and ears. Help me to be sensitive to the leading of Your Holy Spirit.

Philippians 4:6c “… present your requests to God.”

The world is hurting, Lord. I ask that You would do a mighty work, that You would move in such a way as to inspire a great awakening, that Your power would be released, and that miracles would take place displaying evidence of Your great love for all You created.

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I pray the world would know and experience Your peace, Lord, that we would understand You are not the enemy, but that surrendering to You is an alignment with our greatest ally, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.

Thank You for a peace I don’t understand that guards the hearts and minds of those who choose to live for You. Thank You for always listening and caring about our needs and for providing another “Wednesday Whisper”.

Now, it’s your turn … He’s waiting to hear your prayers and petitions.

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Wednesday Whisper ~ What a Day!

We wake each morning, most likely with some kind of plan, but never fully knowing what the day will bring. Birth, death, blessings, struggles, heartache, joy, or a mixture thereof.

Next week, my family will have a memorial service for my step-dad. While simply trying to stand, he lost his balance, fell, and underwent surgery for a fractured femur. Three days later, at age 92, Dad experienced a cardiac event. As he died, we knew he was going home to the Lord because Dad believed Jesus is the Son of God.

We who believe likewise will join him in heaven one day. The comforting words from the hymn, “What a Day That Will Be”, echo in my mind.

“What a day that will be
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be!”

I pray that you believe or will choose to believe and accept God’s gift of salvation from the eternal consequences of our disobedience. That one decision determines our eternal destiny. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” ~ John 3:16-17

May we be ready for our ‘day’.

 

 

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Wednesday Whisper ~ Press Pause

1446 B.C. ~ The nation of Israel is sandwiched between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army. Their response? Terror, panic, and anger. Clearly, they were doomed … until God intervened and split the sea, allowing them to escape across dry ground! Three days later they faced what they viewed as a drinking water crisis and the following month, a food crisis. Israel’s reaction to each challenge was panic. If God had given Israel the Red Sea test again, they probably would have fared better.

Typically, the tests of faith we experience vary, but sometimes, we face the same challenge repeatedly until we pass the test. We haughtily view Israel’s lack of faith, but most likely follow a similar pattern. Increasing stress builds until at the panic point, we implode or explode without a thought given to the One who could intervene for us.

James 1:3 says “…the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” As believers, we will be tested. When we find ourselves at the panic point, when we see no way out and no sensible answer, may we remember that we have a God who is working on our behalf, who has good plans for us, and who can make a way. Instead of panicking in the face of difficulty, let’s ‘press pause’, pray for His peace, and persevere.

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Wednesday Whisper ~ His Name

All of us have a first and last name and most have a middle name, although I acquired mine as an adult. My illustrator, originally from Brazil, has five last names. I hope she doesn’t have to write that signature often!

When we think about our Creator God, our Heavenly Father, the One True God, clearly many names come to mind. Depending on their experiences with God, characters in the Bible referred to Him differently. The same thing happens to us. Some are comfortable with calling Him ‘Daddy’ or ‘Abba’, others know Him better as their Provider, Helper, Healer, or Defender. When meditating on His character, other names come to mind:  Lover of My Soul, Almighty One, God of Mercy and Grace, Faithful and True. The list lengthens with the additional names for Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Be challenged this year to consider God’s names in striving to know Him better. Whether you are spending time in worship, taking a walk, driving, or sitting in a waiting room, meditate on the names of God that touch your heart. If you wish, go through the alphabet and see how many different names you can think of and then identify your favorites.

“Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory.” (Psalm 115:1a)

To view my list that blossomed into a song, go to my website, http://pointingtheway.live, and find “Sing Out Your Name” under the ‘Song Lyrics’ tab.

 

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