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"Anxiety weighs a heart down, but a cheerful word lifts it up." Proverbs 12:25

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy 2015!

I decided to start out the year with a fun little
I hope you enjoy how quick and easy
this fun little card is.
And just imagine... adding a little package of seeds
to this super fun little greeting card!


On a more personal note...
(should you wish to pray for my family, read on)
Although my New Year's celebration was
a fantastic one, shared with great friends, food,
party horns, and watching the ball drop,
many of my family members didn't quite have
that same sort of celebration...
which means our year is beginning
on somewhat of a sad note.

One of my younger cousins sent his precious
little girl back to our Heavenly Father
to live joyfully forever in the arms of Jesus.
On December 30, our sweetest Madison
ceased her time with us here on earth.
She was 21 months old and a twin.
My cousin is a single father of three
(an amazing single father)
-Madison, her twin brother, and older sis.
There are many other details I could share
but these are the facts that help you
understand the feature.

Today is her funeral and the Lord drew my heart
to this particular Scripture found in

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying,
 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house,
and there I will announce My words to you.”
Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was,
making something on the wheel.
But the vessel that he was making of clay
was spoiled in the hand of the potter;
so he remade it into another vessel,
as it pleased the potter to make.
Then the word of the Lord came to me saying,
“Can I not, O house of Israel,
deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord.
“Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand,
so are you in My hand, O house of Israel."

After reading this Scripture
(and still having my poor cousin on my heart),
I began to consider the process of throwing clay.

Many of you know my daughter is an artist
and I have watched her and her teacher throw clay often.
My daughter will continue with a piece...
no matter what.
Her teacher, on the other hand, will literally
THROW a piece AWAY in an instance
if it is not complying to her desire for its best result.
I can't help but cringe a little when I watch
this particular part of the process
because to MY unskilled eye,
the piece she chose to throw away looked really good.
I actually feel a little sad for the thrown away piece,
(silly, I know)

There is no mistaking which bowls are the teachers.
When she is finished, they are (IMHO) perfect.

I can see my cousin being taken through
this shaping process with our Heavenly Father;
molding him to become an even greater
earthly father,
breaking him to understand the pain
endured by God having to give up His own Son.

The heaping pile of "thrown away scraps"
are like a gold mine to my daughter's teachers.
She's funny when she addresses her little pile.
She tells everyone "hands off! these are my treasures."
Why does she see the scraps as treasures?
Because she knows they will adorn
her potter's wheel another day
and become a treasured (perfect) work of art.

It's interesting how my creative offering of a
Flower Pot Card
ties into my heart's lesson today.
I hope you've been inspired.
And if you are "broken" or are being "molded,"
I pray that you have been encouraged
to know that YOU are being made perfect, dear one.
Please feel free to ask for pray
in the comments below.
It would be my privilege to lift you to
the our God of Comfort. 

Thank you for visiting and
for reading this through to the end.
And thank you from the depths of my heart
should you choose to pray for
my cousin and his precious ones.

Blessings always,


Laura said...

I am very sorry for yor loss. I will pray for you and your family.

kellyjean said...

Thank you so much, Laura! That means so much to me :) Bless you!