Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thou "ART" the Potter

Erika and Marissa mastering the clay.

Marissa and Marissa finding center.

Ciara and Charles sanding away any imperfections.

Angela opening her clay.

These photos are not new, but they are some of my favorite, and, as promised, WILL show up on their Senior video, and they definitely show what I am up against!!!

There are those days when I have to ask....what in the world am I doing, teaching high school?
What am I doing, covered with dirt, and clay, and paint, and graphite, and my clothes are dirty and I am dirty and so tired? What do you want from me? I am here Lord. Make me a vessel for You. Make me into what You want me to be....oh, and give me joy as I work with these kids. I know somewhere there has to be someone who would appreciate my gifts and talents, but these kids need forming, just like that lump of clay. They need refining and shaping and smoothing loving and nurturing just like the clay. I know they appreciate me (sometimes). How lucky am I? I get to have a small part in their journey. They really are pretty cool and some days....they even like me.
"Thou art the potter. I am the clay".

Lord Make Me A Vessel

Use me Lord to do Your will,
I want to be used in Your perfect plan.
I want You to use my tongue
to spread Your word to everyone I can.
Use my mind so I can think right,
please use my heart so I can love everybody;
I want to be a vessel for You.
Just give me strength to hold on Lord,
to witness to a dying world. You make me strong.
I surrender my life totally to Thee,
So mold me and make me whatever You’d have me to be.
Take me Lord, lead me and guide
my footsteps every step of the way;
I’m asking You, Lord, please make me a vessel,
I want to be a vessel for You.
Use my mind so I can think right,
Use my heart so I can love everybody;
Oh Lord, make me a vessel for You.
Take me Lord, You lead the way
every step I take;
Oh Lord, make me a vessel.... for You......
Grace Johnson spoke at a breakfast I attended, giving a demonstration
comparing us to clay...We start out as a lump! God wants to mold us and
form us and love us and care for us. He loves us so much and makes 
each of us so special.  He says,
"I love you, I love you, I love you, and there is none like you". 


Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

We can rest in His potter hands, although sometimes it can be scary! The pictures are great!

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. You have a neat blog. It looks like the Master is shaping you and using you to shape others through your art/teaching!

Jennifer Dukes Lee said...

Carol! I love the post. I was meditating this morning on the potter, and the fact that we are all a bunch of "cracked pots." And then -- funny story -- I went over to check out Stonefox for the first time today, and found you had commented there. And then I come here, and find her here. They say it's a small world; well, it's a small blogosphere, too. Love ya, Carol!

Susan S. said...

White water rafting! COOL! I REALLY enjoyed Honduras and it was a wonderful experience. Years ago I didn't think I'd still be doing fun stuff at 50 but...actually 50 ain't so bad is it!?!?!!?

I'm enjoying your blog!