The little Clay Pot

Lots of things can go in a little Clay Pot

A little bit more about the path. February 6, 2012

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I got to spend a lovely day at the Calvary Chapel of the Finger lakes at a day retreat.  I always try to go when they are hosted because there is just something very special about women studying the Bible together.  Normally these days are just for me.  The lessons I learn are hand crafted just for what God intends for me to hear just at that specific time in my life.  And so normally, I would not put that hand crafted message out there for the whole world to see…but seeing as how last week I was so excited about the “Holy Highway” …well I knew that I just couldn’t keep this little treasure all to myself either.

He has shown you, O man, what is good and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

This is the cover to the little schedule/notebook that was handed out.

Do you see what the picture is?  Do you see the light coming through the trees to shine on the narrow path?  Ok, well lets be honest that is just cool.  I can even look at the picture and see myself looking off to the left and the right…trying to see if there is anything I should check out off in between any of those nicely planted trees.  (please note my sense of self-depreciating sarcasm in light of last weeks blog about my inability to STAY ON THE PATH!~)

 A little bit more about “The Path.”

First:

Right there on the cover–“You have shown us…”  Last week I wrote about choosing to go off the path that I believe God has set for me.  But right here in Micah 6:8 the Bible reminds me that God has shown me the path that He has laid out for me.   It is not a clairvoyant, magic 8 ball sort of thing, But a “I know the thoughts that I think think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) kind of thing.  It’s a God shows us the path if we are willing to keep our eyes and hearts open so that we can see it~ kind of thing.

Second:

“Those thoughts of peace…and a hope”–they are GOOD things!  The Bible is full (literally) of verses that indicate the goodness of God.  I must confess that on some of those wayside paths I have followed I have doubted Gods goodness.  But here is the thing…God has shown me what is GOOD.  I can Testify that HE is GOOD.   Ask me about it.  I’ll tell you.

Third:

What does God require of me on this path that he has laid out for me?  To be perfect?  No.  But to do these 3 things: 

 

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  • To do Justly–It doesn’t matter if I am staying at home with my children or working in a hospital, or out buying groceries–In whatever I am doing I am to strive to do the right thing with integrity and to always remember that I am a person in need of a Savior…no better than anyone else and that I deserve no better than anyone else.
  • To Love Mercy–I love my husband.  I love my kids.  God wants me to also love mercy.  This is not always an easy thing, to show compassion to an offender or to someone in distress.  But we love to be on the receiving end of Mercy don’t we?  I will choose to show compassion this week on my path.  Will you?
  • To Walk Humbly with my God–Jesus was humble.  (Philippians2:5-11)  Humility is the opposite of pride.  And here is the point that I will close on.

Pride is what leads us off Gods path.  Pride is the voice that tells me “I know, I want, I think, I will do it my way.”  If I am in the opposite of Pride…if I am humble… I will say to God

“God you are good.  You have a good path laid out before me.  You are Just and Merciful and you sent your Humble Servant Jesus to cover my Sins. You have shown me the good path.  Help me to stay on it today–to be just, and merciful and humble…because I cannot do it alone.  It is only in your strength that I can stay on the path today.”

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the Little Clay Pot discovers a new purpose February 1, 2012

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When I started this blog, its primary use was to post menus that documented my journey through feeding my family reasonably local, reasonably organic foods on a frugal budget–mixed with a certain amount of random thoughts because, hey…that just how I roll.

In 2011: I started a full-time nursing position working 12 hr nights in a state hospital, graduated with a BS-N, moved to the “city” house, rented out the “country” house, started attending a new fellowship, and still helped maintain our home and homeschooling ways…oh and almost totally fell off the “local/organic bandwagon.”

Now hopefully you see why there wasn’t much activity here in the Little Clay Pot.

I still hope to post menus here…if for no one else than my husband who found it helpful. And we are starting to get back on that bandwagon!

But with all those changes I think this girl is seeing a new dimension taking place as the Potter continues to “complete the good work” that He has started by forming this Little Clay Pot.

If you have ever had a slightly spiritual discussion with me about my testimony you might have heard me use an analogy about God having a plan for my life and it being laid out on a road.  Only…in my “aimless conduct” I often take detours, only to be guided back to the path that is ordained for me by my Gentle Creator.  I will say “If I only would listen and seek the LORD I would be so much further along the path, but I make slow progress because I am always getting of the main road to visit tourist traps.”  Something like this:

My Path. Talk about wandering in the wilderness!

Now don’t misunderstand me, God has used each little detour to show me truths about His Faith, Glory and Love.  Sometimes I just think it would be nice to stay on His path and quit trying to make my own!

So I was so blessed today to find a beautiful truth about Gods kingdom in Isaiah 35:8

A highway shall be there, and a road,And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.

The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others.

Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. [emphasis mine]

What?!  One of God’s promises is that there will be a road even I can not veer off of?!  A High way of Holiness that even in my foolish ways I can not stray from?!  To date I think this is one of my favorite aspects of Gods Truth.  And I hope to apply the concept of maintaining a righteous (not perfect) and Holy (not holier than thou) walk on the road that God has laid before me on His Highway of Holiness.