Embrace Grace class - bought pink clay from Hobby Lobby. It was so hard... put in small bags and gave to each girl along with red clay that was very soft. Gave them heart cutter's to cut out heart from red clay. (i love using visuals at class!- God always gives the best ideas!!)
And the words of the LORD are flawless,
like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times. Psalm 12:6
You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,
"He did not make me"?
Can the pot say of the potter,
"He knows nothing"? Isaiah 29:16
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Corinthians 4:1
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7
Our hearts, like this pink clay, can become hardened towards our parents, siblings, boyfriends, or even God. These hurts may be recent, or you may have carried them around for a really long time. We start to put up walls around our hearts to prevent us from getting hurt or feeling the pain or stings again. It begins with a little brick, then another because those words really hurt, and before you know it there is this huge wall that you can not see over, crawl over, or even get through. There is this space between you and this person or God that prevents you from really connecting. Embracing the truth, admitting that the offense may have been wrong on either party, and then releasing them may seem impossible to do right now. With God's help and reading His truth (the word), in time, the bricks and hardness will begin to crumble and soften. Sometimes it takes squeezing, pressing, rolling, holding and molding to soften the clay, the same is true with our hearts.
My prayer is that your heart will be softened and refined. God is shaping, molding, and refining us to become the mother that He wants us to be for our babies. The love and tenderness that comes when our hearts are softened is so precious. I pray that you do not lose heart during this process. Ask for His guidance and to lead you through this softening and forming, He is waiting to help you. Your heart will be your treasure!
After class, I came home and tucked the boys in bed, they were all 3 fast asleep on the couch when I walked in- so sweet and peaceful. Then a thought came in my head- look at destiny in bloom.com. So I went the the site- which is my favorite by the way!! There is always an encouraing and uplifting story to relate to. It was as if my Daddy had written these words at the exact moment- confirming what He had already shown me. It was all about "Heart Confidence" and had just posted a few hours before. The scriptures were amazing and just what I needed. I am quoting them each day now! When you have a chance- please go to www.destinyinbloom.com and check it out! Another amazing story I loved recently and enjoyed every minute was Holy Spirit Spa. Be encouraged... you will love it! Thanks to Marrissa Star and all the lovely ladies that share their hearts on this blooming blog!