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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Trust in the Lord

I have taken a side line from writing about my pottery.

This week I was reading the Cast Team Blog ( and it was about trusting God. 

Do I trust God in all ways? Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  This is not easy to do when the world screams 'do it your way', 'figure it out on your own' 'be independent' 'fix your problem and if not worry about it'. So how are these thoughts working out for you? I know they are causing me undo stress and worry.

How do I trust God and not take matters into my own hand, especially when a person hurts me?  What did King David do when he had a chance to kill Saul? In 1 Samuel 24 Saul was going to the bathroom right in front of him. What an opportunity to catch him with his pants down, as we say. Even David's men said 'kill him'.  They were tired of running from him too.  David did cut off a piece of his robe to prove to Saul he was there, but this even bothered him. vs 5.  King David didn't take revenge on Saul, he let God do that, but he did have to wait for God.

David didn't listen to public opinion either. James 2:1 My dear friends don't let public opinion influence how you live out your glorious life.

I know that God has called me to make pottery. My problem is - should I make what is in my heart or what sells? When I struggle with this thought I think about the movie "Field of Dreams", build it and they will come. Many great people have built and done what was in their heart and the people have come. My great great grandfather carved these monuments and many more.  Did he worry about what he should do or did he make what was on his heart? He did take commission jobs like this coal miner, but he used his son as the model, not a coal miner.

My functional pottery is selling but not the creative pottery. A few months ago I was struggling if I should just make functional pottery. I do enjoy making functional pottery, but I need to create. God gave me an encouragement. I made this vase put it in one show and it sold.

Yes I need to make what is in my heart and trust God that I am being whom he created. Some days I want to turn on the wheel, other days create. If I listen to other opinions of what I should make I am being them and I am not happy.

Another stress factor I have is how much pottery should I make?  Luke 12 is all about DO NOT WORRY.
Verse 22-28 for this reason I say to you, do not worry about you life as to what you will eat nor for your body as to what you will put on, for life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Then Jesus goes on to say that God takes care of the birds and the flowers and aren't we worth more than that. 

 I like to take pictures, but I don't carry my camera every where and I don't go looking for animals. I did want to get pictures of owls, dear, moose, palliated woodpecker and other animals. Each of the these pictures I just happened to have my camera when they appeared. If God can put wild life in my path why don't I trust him to lead me in other ways?

The Message Bible sums it up best in Luke 12:29 What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving.  Do like these wild life do, relax. They don't look stressed out. 

I need to enjoying making pottery, taking photos or living my life. Now to get this into my life so each day I can be who I am, that's the tricky part. I am working on it. 
Be Happy Don't Worry

Rest in the Lord and he will provide my hearts desires.


MYSAVIOR said...

Joyce - this is one of the hardest things to do. I am 65 and have only just begun to trust completely. God gave us our free will as a test of our obedience, at least that is what I think. If you allow God to lead you, you will end up in the right place.


Rose said...

GREAT post! I completely agree that if your direction is taken from God that we will always succeed.

Proverbs 3:5,6 is the Scripture that I try to live by as God is always placing it in front of me in the times that I need to hear it the most.

God bless you!
Rose :)

pfd said...

Joyce - when it came to Etsy I worried I was not doing enough or right. I totally relate to your post. I have just turned it over to Him and what happens happens!

myeuropeantouch said...

Such a struggle I go tru too....very well described and thanks for sharing. I am trying who God wants me to be and what God wants me to do and then nothing sells....(smile) Wait patient for the Lord...

Anonymous said...

Wow, Alex says if what we see in your blog is what is in your heart, than please continue to create from your heart. It's wonderful.

thank you for the inspiring words and thoughts. We all need this!

Angels and Everlastings said...

Very interesting post--Sometimes I think -- I could probably sell a hundred of these -- but then have to think but I wouldn't enjoy making them. I've found that you need to do what you enjoy or you will burn out.

Donna (Twinmountainpottery) said...

Joyce what a beautiful and true post. I have been dealing with many obstacles in my pottery but decided to just Trust and if I am meant to sell fine, if not, I'd just enjoy. Right now I am trying to go whatever direction God is pointing me and that is all about "trust"!!! If I never sell anything on ETSY that's ok because I have found such great fellowship with others that serve the Lord and that is helping me to grow. Thanks everyone!

Sherri Ward said...

Thanks for sharing - I too go through these kinds of thoughts, and keep praying for willingness to let God be fully in control - even if it means not always getting everything I think I want or need - like a ton of sales in my etsy shop!