potter and claySeveral years ago Ray bought me  a beautiful picture that is one of my favorites. It is of a lovely, young Oriental woman on her knees. She is inside a clay pot, and outside are God’s large hands, shaping the vessel on the potter’s wheel, based on Jeremiah 18:1-12 when God told Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house.  As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are we in God’s loving hands.  Sometimes when God is working with this hard, stiff clay, it does not yield easily. God has to wash us more with the watering of His word.  Sometimes, just as a potter must put pressure on the clay to center it and shape it, God must allow pressures and difficulties in our lives to mold us into the image of Jesus, to create us into the beautiful vessels He intends us to be.

Today’s podcast is on the story of the potter and the clay. http://www.bethjones.net/the-potters-wheel-becoming-the-vessel-you-are-meant-to-be/ .

 Be sure to tune in, and be encouraged with God’s word. I was inspired to do the podcast after watching an online,  illustrated sermon by Joshua Ben King at Evangel Temple in Jacksonville, FL. Learn the key to becoming God’s distinctive, beautiful, honorable vessel.

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  1. Beth September 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Linda, I would not mind at all if you used it, but am not the copyright owner and don’t know what the copyrights are in using art for designing cards. I simply posted a picture of the picture, which doesn’t violate copyright laws since I am not selling it.

    My husband bought the picture several years ago at Treasures of the Heart Christian store in Harrisonville, MO, which is now closed down. From the painting, it looks like the artist signed his or her name as “R Dianni,” although I’m not positive that’s what it says. The name of the picture is called “The Clay,” and you could possibly google it to find the artist online. I will look for the artist online, too. It’s such a gorgeous painting. Glad you enjoyed it. The Lord bless you, too!

  2. linda September 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Dear Beth I love the picture of the oriental girl and the potters hand, would you mind if I used the picture to design, encouragement cards etc.

    Bless you
    Linda

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