The Potter and the Clay

The story is told of a couple who went to England to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and shopped at a beautiful antique store. They both liked antiques and pottery, and espaecially tea-cups, and so spotting an excetpional cup, they asked May we see that? We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful. As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the tea-cup spoke… You don’t understand. It said, I have not always been a tea-cup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, Don’t do that. I don’t like it! Let me alone, but he only smiled, and gently said; Not yet! Then WHAM! I was placed on a spinnning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around, Stop it! I’m getting so dizzy! I’m going to be sick! I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, quietly; Not yet. He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit himself and then…he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. Help! Get me out of here! Not yet, When I thought I couldn’t bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that felt so good! Ah, this is much better, I thought. But, after I cooled he picked me up and he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible.. Oh, please, Stop it! Stop it! I cried. He only shook his head and said. Not yet… Then suddenly he put me back into the oven. Only it was not like the first time. This time it was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged… I pleaded… I screamed… I cried… I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up and just then the door opened and he took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited and waited, wondering What’s he going to do me next? An hour later he handed me a mirror and said Look at yourself. And I did…. I said, That’s not me that couldn’t be me. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful! Quitetly he spoke: I want you to remember, then, he said, I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you’d have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, You would not have had any color in your life. And if I hadn’t put you back in that second oven, you wouldn’t have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.
by Unknown

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Wishing you Good Health, Life & Strength
Robin

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Someone once Said

God provides for me at all times. Through daily prayer. I rekindle my faith and develop a positive attitude. I communicate with God. I release any concern and become attuned to the direction of Spirit. As I open myself to God in the silence of prayer: I am confident, knowing that God guides my every step. I am calm. I feel God’s soothing presence of peace within me. I am prosperous. I know God’s bounty is always available to me. I am wise. I am inspired by divine ideas. I use good judgment in handing my life. As I do, I see my good multiply to bless me and those around me. As I reflect on my many blessings I give thanks. I maintaintinually flow into my life.
I am open to the blessings of God today and every day! Thank You, God!

This is from Living in the Kingdom Spiritual Preparation for Easter 2009
Wishing you Good Health, Life & Strength
Robin

In the Prsence of God

Today I live quietly No hurry, no bustle, No freating, no worry. But calmly, peacefully, I walk in the presence of God. Today I live quietly No heartaches, no confusions, No doubts, no fears. But calmly, serenely, I walk in the presence of God. Today I live quietly No hatred, no malice, No frustrations, no weakenings. But calmly, triumphantly, I walk in the preasence of God.
by Anna Toohey

This is from Living in the Kingdom Spiritual Preparation for Easter 2009
Wishing you Good Health, Life & Strength
Robin

Carrots, Eggs or Coffee

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted give up. She was tried of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one would pop up. Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire, and soon the pots came to boil. In the first pot she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, Tell me what you see. Carrots, eggs and coffee she replied. Her grandmother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The grandmother then asked the granddaughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling of the shell, she observed the hand boiled egg. Finally, the grandmother asked the granddaughter to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled as she tasted its aroma then asked, What does it mean, grandmother? Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjeted to the boiling water, it softened and becaome weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. Which are you? she asked her granddaughter.
by Unknown

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Wishing you Good Health, Life & Strength
Robin

He Calls His Sheep by Name

Let me set this before you as plainly as I can. If a person climbs over or through the fence of a sheep pen instead of going through the gate, you know he’s up to no good-a sheep rustler! The shepherd walks right up to the gate. The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice. They won’t follow a stranger’s voice but will scatter because they aren’t used to the sound of it. Jesus told this story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good-sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for-will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life then they ever dreamed of. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf. He’s only in it for the money. The sheep don’t matter to him. I am the Good Shpherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep knows me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary. You need to know that I have other sheep in addition to those in this pen. I need to gather and bring them, too. They’ll also recognize my voice. Then it will be one flock, one Shepherd. This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down, I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father.
John 10:1-18

Wishing you Good Health, Life & Strength
Robin

Jesus Talks with a Samaritan Woman

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, Will you give me drink? (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink? (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) Jesus answerd her, If you knew the gift of God who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. Sir, the woman said, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep, Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds? Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will be come in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water. He told her, Go call your husband and come back. I have no husband, she replied. Jesus said to her, You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true. Sir, the woman said, I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem. Woman, Jesus replied, believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerualem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has how come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. The woman said, I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us. Then Jesus declared, I, the one speaking to you-I am he. Just then his disciples returned and were surpised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, What do you want? or Why are you talking with her? Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did Could this be the Messiah? They came out of the town and made their way toward him.
John 4:7-30

Wishing you Good Health, Life & Strength
Robin

A Scripture From Jeremiah 18:1-6

GOD told Jeremiah, Up on your feet! Go to the potter’s house. When you get there, I’ll tell you what I have to say. So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot. Then GOD’s Message came to me: Can’t I do just as this potter does, people of Israel? GOD’s Decree! Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you, people of Israel.

Wishing you Good Healh, Life & Strength
Robin