I am a Crackpot

You may be asking yourself if I completely have lost my mind with this title so let me be more clear. I am a cracked clay pot. In the Bible, it talks about God being the potter and we are the clay. Sometimes, in life our clay pots get cracked and chipped and even broken. This brokenness can be a result of someone hurting us, or our own sin in our life, or even circumstances beyond our control as we like in a broken world. Recently, I have a friend who just shared with me after years of infertility that they were finally able to get pregnant with their second child, but sadly, she miscarried the baby.   She is feeling broken. I have another friend whose father passed away recently and she is feeling broken. Perhaps you are struggling with a broken relationship or depression or the loss of a loved one … many things cause cracks in our pots.

I just recently started this new book called the Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places by Suzanne Eller. She talks about a friend of hers that was hurting over a broken relationship and it says, her friend “stills sees herself as broken but no longer feels like her life has been shattered. Rather, she is like a mosaic with a Light shining from the inside out. In fact, when she shares her testimony, she holds up a clay pot, broken and glued back together, for the audience to see. It’s not perfect- or even beautiful by most human standards- but the Light filtering through the cracks is.”

Well I just loved this illustration in the book; this visual of brokenness and the fact that God’s light shines brightest through our cracks and broken places. I started thinking more about it and realized that if a pot has no cracks, chips, or broken places then the light cannot shine through it. However, if a pot has many cracks and broken places but still shines bright for Jesus despite those circumstances, then that is a beautiful thing.

So, I decided that I was going to make my own cracked pot as a daily reminder that God can use my brokenness! I also wanted a visual reminder that God shines brightest through my hurts and pain if I let Him.

OK Ladies, let me be completely honest, this was so therapeutic. I learned so much through it but let me share with you my top 2 insights.

1) As I gathered up all the pieces to glue back the pot back together, I noticed that there were small pieces and even some dust that came off with the cracks that I could not restore.   This is so true in real life too- we will never be completely the same again. I use to think that this was a bad thing but now I have a different perspective. I know that God’s light can shine the brightest through our cracks. If we were completely whole, then His light could not shine through.

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2) It is beautiful to see His Light shine through the cracks and hard times of our life. It does not take away the pain or hurt but it does give them an even greater purpose. We can show God’s faithfulness and love in such a profound way!   This makes me thing of the story of Joseph when says to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Gen 50:20. I truly believe that Satan intended to break you, to shatter you and harm you so you would think you are useless for God. However, God wants to use it for good, to make you stronger, and grow your faith like you have never experienced before so you shine brighter than you ever did before!

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I love this verse; I am going to print it out and put it on my computer as a reminder to me!

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NLT)

I hope this encourages you as much as it did me! Again, I am proud to be a crackpot! 🙂

Love, Jodi

One Word Challenge 2015

I don’t know if you have heard about the one word challenge. It is basically choosing one word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live the following year. I was introduced to this last year with Debbie Eaton at one of the women’s bible studies and I just loved it. I don’t know about you but it is truly so easy to make resolutions and then forget them by the end of January. So, when I heard about this last year, I was very intrigued.

Well, I was reading the InCourage devotional last week and it was talking about the one word challenge so I decided to do it again this year. I wanted to share with you my two words (I know you are only supposed to pick one but two really stood out to me this year J )

My two words for 2015 are:

Intentional and Soar

The word intentional has come up in my mind over and over the last 2-3 months. I love how God gave me this word way before I knew I was going to do this challenge again. I want to be intentional about the time I spend with my boys, the time I spend with God and the time I spend with friends and family. Intentionality is so important to me in my new phase of life.

I love the Isaiah 40 verse, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” In college at APU, they had a song at APU on Isaiah 40 and it was my favorite song. I want to soar to new places this year in my new phase of life. I want to soar higher with God than ever before in my faith; I want God to take me to new heights!

Ladies, I so encourage you to do the one word challenge!! There are so many good choices (here are some examples from the website): Grateful, Joy, Faith, Trust, Grace, Peace, Love, Hope, Courageous, Deeper, Self-Control, Perspective, Serve, Stillness, Family, Persevere, Purposeful, Consistent, Laughter… The list goes on and on.

Pray and Ask God to help reveal what word he wants you to focus on this year and share it with a friend! Accountability is key to having success. I would love to hear your word too; please email me and let me know if you do the challenge!!

Love, Jodi

If you want more info on the word challenge- see website: http://oneword365.com/   Below is a little blurb from the website.

#OneWord365

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway.

Choose just one word.

One word you can focus on every day, all year long… One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 365 days. A changed life.