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“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Isaiah 64:8 Writing these articles each month, I usually come to the last one and look at a lot of ideas before I can choose the one I want.  For some reason, today, I remembered this poem that I had written a few years ago. I watch the potter as he works With a lump of ordinary clay, Guiding it, shaping it, molding it Until the vessel goes his way. Aiming for perfection…

“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.” Exodus 3:1 The backside of the desert can seem like a place of barrenness. When your journey takes you on a path you are not prepared for, such as disapproval, criticism, health problems, or relationship woes, your relationship with God may be challenged. Natural gifts and abilities no longer seem strong enough to keep you going and the emptiness you have witnessed in the eyes…

Proverbs 13:12. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Every single person reading this has felt disappointment in their lives. Disappointment is no respecter of persons, age, or personality. Children, teens, and adults fall victim to this unique facet of heartache. Maybe you feel disappointed right now.   Disappointment means unfulfilled expectation. I can think of so many times in my life when my goals, opportunities, or my future did not happen the way I expected. Disappointment floods a persons heart with grief and many times evokes tears. In The Message, the…