Pottery, Clay and Vessel

Isaiah   64 : 8

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we are all the work of thy hand.

I have made a lot of different pottery pieces in the past. I start out with a formless ball of clay and I start forming it into a shape on the potters wheel. One sign of an experienced potter is a thin vase or cup, etc. A potter without a lot of experience will have thick pottery pieces until he masters the clay and manages to pull it up into a thin shape successfully. It takes awhile to master the skill of pulling the clay into shape without it toppling over and you starting over again.

God has a lot of patience with us as he shapes us. We start out as a ball of clay and God leads us along to form the perfect shape for our lives . On the potters wheel the potter makes useful vessels that he can use to drink out of, eat off of, display flowers in and much more. Pottery is very useful and always serves a purpose. God forms us to serve a special purpose on earth.

We have many purposes on earth : mother, father, caregiver, comforter, teacher, lawyer, farmer, librarian, minister, builder, doctor and so many more necessary professions that enrich and add to other peoples enjoyment on earth. Let God make you the vessel that you are supposed to be on earth. You want to be a vessel that will enrich other peoples lives. Always be a good steward so people can see Gods light shining through you and all that you do. Do what you excel in doing and always learn from you mistakes. No one is perfect but strive for the best that you can be and spread Gods good works and you will be a perfect vessel on earth.

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In Honor Of My Loving Parents

One of the Ten Commandments : Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

My parents were remarkable and outstanding parents. I have been very blessed to have the most wonderful and perfect parents in my life. They helped shaped me into the person I am today and so much more. My parents are an inspiration to me everyday in my life to succeed and move forward in life to achieve everything humanly possible while I am on earth. My parents were compassionate and understanding and considerate to my needs. Everyday that I am alive I strive to make my parents proud of me.

When I was about eight years old my Father made a seat for his tractor for me to sit on while he planted corn,etc. My Father always wanted to keep me safe and out of harms way.  My Father thought me how to deal with contractors and business men. My Father told me to get several bids on a project so I could get a good deal on a project without being taken advantage of. I followed my Father around as much as I could and I learned how to make a lot of different repairs on all different kinds of items by watching him over the years. My father was kind and compassionate and always willing to help someone in need. I am posting a picture of my Father showing me my very first cat Flossie. Flossie walked out to the field where my Father was to die. She wanted to be next to him when she passed on.

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My Mother would read a book to me at night until I feel to sleep. My Mother was kind, gentle, compassionate and very caring. My Mother would pick me up from school when I was sick and take me home and I would get better quickly with her loving care. When I was very sick as a young child my parents slept on the floor next to me in my hospital room until they knew I would finally get better.

My Mother was a librarian for over thirty years. She checked out a lot books from the library for me to read. My Mother read a lot and now I love to read a lot. Knowledge is learned through books and from your parents, God and friends.

I  was very blessed to have the most perfect parents possible in my life. My parents had good Christian values. Some of their values were treat people like you would want to be treated, help people in need, if you cannot say anything good then do not say anything at all and the spoken word is like a sped arrow lost in the night.  My Mother wrote down the following to me in a autograph book that I had people right down sayings in. My mother wrote : As down the river of life you glide I wish you a long and beautiful ride.

My Father and I took care of my Mother at home until the last three days of her life. My Mother died in our local hospital. I went to visit my Father everyday in the Rest Home for three years and three months. My Father died in the Rest Home. God Bless my parents for enriching my life in so many wonderful and awesome ways.

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Illness & Direction

Hebrews 2 : 10  11 : 8

For it became him whom are all things, and by whom all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed ; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

When we have an illness or have to deal with pain and suffering  in our life day after day sometimes it is necessary to find a new direction in our lives. It can be scary to redefine yourself but you will feel a stronger connection to God in the process.

A woman on TV the other day said that her daughter turned an ugly illness into a beautiful thing. Her daughter started visiting young people in the hospital that had illnesses and  she was comforting them and supporting them in their greatest hour of need. Just one positive word can give a person the will to battle through most anything in life.

My illness has made a very strong connection to God in my life. I became a Lay Minister to help strengthen my visits with people in rest homes and to spread Gods good works. The blogging group I belong to has encouraged me to be more vocal and outgoing in life.  Our blogging group are wonderful cheerleaders for each other through thick and thin.

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Do not let an illness encompass you. You live life on your terms and do not let an illness define you in life. Use your illness to help others find new directions and positive things in their life. Everyday is a gift from God so use all of your days wisely and do Gods will in all ways that are possible for you to complete. Life has many ups and downs. Do not let the downs keep you down rise up above them with God by your side.

Make time in each day to let others know that you cherish and love them. Spread Gods good works whenever and however you can. God be with you today and always through your many journeys in life.

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A Rats Tail In My Hair A Dream With A Strange Analogy

I dreamed about a rats tail in my hair one evening. I could always see its tail hanging down and it was freaking me out. I asked my friends if they could see the rats tail in my hair and all of my friends said no. I figured they said that because they were afraid to remove the rat from my hair.

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I kept dreaming about that rats tail hanging down out of my hair most of the night. Once I came to terms with accepting having a rat in my hair the rat left never to be seen again.

Once we come to terms accepting a situation that we cannot change we have no fear of the situation anymore. Some people are like a rat in your hair such as bullies. If we let the bully bother us day after day he has all the power and we have none. Do not let someone intimidate you day after day seize the moment on your terms and your conditions and do not bow down to a bully.

Anyone that antagonizes you or upsets you  holds all the cards not you. Be your own cheerleader and take control in your life. A rat will get out of your hair when he cannot pull your chain any longer.

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Do not let fear take moments of your life away because that dirty old rat will never get out of your hair. When you are in control of your life you can accomplish many great things that you didn’t even think were possible to achieve. Keep on target to set and achieve new goals each and every day of your life. Life is a gift from God and not a given so use your life to help spread Gods good works and make the World a better place and never let the rats get the best of you.

 

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Memorial Day And What It Means To Me

Memorial Day is a day for us to remember our loved ones that have passed on. We are here today because of our ancestors and their great accomplishments through the years. They have braved great tragedies and have triumphed over many adversities to come to a new country full of unknowns to make a great life for their family and future generations to come.

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We have our Founding Fathers, Surveyors, Lawyers, Tradesmen, Farmers, Veterans, and many more people to be remembered for what they have done to make America a land of great opportunity and freedom for all.

What our ancestors have done throughout the years has helped us get to our position in life. We have learned a great deal from them throughout history. Some of our ancestors have discovered cures for serious diseases that we would have died from years ago. Our ancestors carried their old traditions to the new country and we have built on these traditions over the years. We still love ethnic foods from the old country and have kept many of their ideals and values in place.

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I have traveled to the countries that my ancestors came from. I have walked down the same streets that they walked down in the 1600’s. I saw the farm that my Great Grandfather farmed and learned the history behind why he came to America. When we learn more about our ancestors we also learn much more about ourselves and why we have certain likes and dislikes. We are very similar to our ancestors and we strive for a lot of the same things without even knowing it at the time. People always told my Father he looked like his Grandfather. We have a lot of the same mannerisms as our ancestors had.

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Memorial Day reminds me of all of my wonderful ancestors that have went on before me and helped shaped me into the person I am today. I am glad for all of their sacrifices and triumphs as without them I would not be here today. Thank you God for all of the wonderful people that have enriched the World with your good works. We greatly miss our relatives that have gone on before us and one of our ways of honoring them and remembering them is with Memorial Day.

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Amazing Grace and What Grace Means

Acts 14:22

Thus he builds our character, strengthens our faith, and prepares us to help others.

Timothy 6 : 11 – 21

Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness, – fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life I give thee charge in the sight of God keep the commandments – be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate. Grace be with thee.

Ephesians 2 : 1 – 10

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ [ by grace we are saved; ] For by grace are ye saved through faith : and not of ourselves : it is the gift of God,  For we are his workmanship created in Jesus Christ unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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John Newton wrote the song Amazing Grace and he became a converted slave trader and set all of his slaves free. Some highlights from the song Amazing Grace – how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved the hour I first believed. I was blind but now I see.  Grace has bought me safe – Grace will lead me home.

 

Gods Grace is universal and available to all persons. Living in accordance with Grace orients life around God’s gift of salvation. Grace is one as the tribune God is one.

Grace in the Methodist tradition is is manifested in three actions:

Prevenient Grace – means divine love that surrounds all humanity and Gods presence and power reside throughout all creation.

Justifying Grace –  is another word for pardon. It is the forgiveness of all of our sins and our acceptance with God.

Glorifying Grace – The gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social, no holiness, but social holiness Gods Glorifying Grace will bring to completion God’s final reign of righteousness which is Gods power over evil and death.

Grace leads us to do amazing and awesome things in our life with God helping us along. Grace means helping people in need and doing good works and having patience, faith and being genuine and kind to others. Show your love to others and let them know how much you appreciate them being a part of your life. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. May the Grace of God be with you today and everyday of your life.

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Little Red Riding Hood Sculpture In Honor Of My Mother Mrs. Elmer Weers

I went to Artist Reception & Exhibit Opening at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, Iowa for the river city sculptures on parade. For more info on the Art Museum go to: macniderart.org.20170508_170330  I interviewed an artist from Bad River Artworks located in South Dakota. I interviewed Mr. Lee Leuning. He made the baseball player and the girl on the scooter reading a book with her cat looking up at her. I asked him what his inspiration was for his sculptures and his reply was Americana, Nostalgia, and Norman Rockwell. Mr. Leuning said he paid attention to detail and depicted his sculptures as they would  look like if they were alive. I am very impressed with his great attention to detail in all of his sculptures.To learn more about them go to : badriverart.com.

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I noticed another sculpture that I liked of a wise old owl sitting on a pile of books by the library. The owls details and appearance were perfect in every way.

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I saw the sculpture that I purchased to honor my Mother on the River City Sculptures on Parade route which is a 1.7 mile walk designed to lead participants on a looping route to the Cultural Crescent and back to the central core of Mason City, Iowa. For more Info. go to: sculpturesonparade.com. New sculptures decorate downtown mason City area. The Mason City Chamber of Commerce helped me with buying the sculpture to honor my Mother.

There are new sculptures that have been placed in Mason City, Iowa that are available to be purchased.The Mason City Iowa Chamber of Commerce at masoncityia.com will help you through the purchase of your sculpture. Sculptures are a good way to honor or remember a loved one or to support a cause. The sculptures beautify Mason City, Iowa.

Del and Martha Pettigrew made the Little Red Riding Hood sculpture that I purchased to honor my Mother. They live in central Nebraska. Part of what drives their careers are the desire to capture the beauty of the twitch of a lean wolf alert for prey. From their small studio come works of great size, strength,dignity, and serenity. I loved the great attention they took in the making of the sculpture Little Red Riding Hood that I purchased. To learn more about them go to : westernartandarchitecture.com.

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My Mother was a Young Adult Librarian at the Mason City Public Library located in Mason City, Iowa for many years. I purchased a sculpture called Little Red Riding Hood to honor my Mother. My Mother loved to read books and valued education. The sculpture is placed on the library grounds to honor my Mother. My Mother worked at a college library and then she was an English teacher for one year until she met my Father and they got married. She worked at the Mason City Public Library after she was married. She loved helping people at the library. A sculpture is a great way to honor a loved one that has passed away. The sculpture will be a memorial to them for many many years to come. The Mason City Public Library will have a dedication of the Little Red Riding Hood sculpture in July. For more info on the Mason City Public Library go to: mcpl.org. The Little Red Riding Hood Sculpture will keep my Mother’s vision of learning and knowledge through books alive for many years to come.

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Legacy

Ecclesiastes 2 : 21

For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Joel 1 : 1 – 3

The word of the Lord came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers ?

Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

What will be your Legacy of how people remember you after you are gone. Give some of your time to help others that are in need. You can help people by listening to them, visiting with them, comforting them and taking them to appointments and by just being a genuine good and caring steward.

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What is your Legacy that you have done on earth to strengthen your spiritual Legacy with God. Have you been the best steward that you possibly can be while you are hear on Earth ? Have you spread Gods good works wherever you go ?  Always remember the Lord came to serve and not to be served. Remember The Golden Rule : Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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Will you leave a Legacy that you will be proud of for future generations to come ? Have you made your parents proud of you while you have lived on Earth ?  I always strive to do things that will honor the values and teachings that I have learned from my parents and from God.

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Your Legacy is not about wealth or money it is all about making the World a better place with the time that God gave to you on Earth. Make other peoples lives easier for them while you are on Earth and you will have left an everlasting Legacy that would make your children, parents and God proud of you. God Bless all of you today and always !

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Motivation

What motivates you in life ?  I like to plan out my days or go with things on the spur of the moment. If I have a task that I want to finish I will stick with it until I have my task completed. I never want to start a job and then quit halfway through the job.  I like to stain decks and paint buildings as it gives me a great sense of accomplishment to see the finished project.

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I have always enjoyed writing. Writing motivates me everyday as I can share my knowledge and experiences with others. I love to read history books and I try to read 30 to 100 pages a day in my book. I am motivated to learn something new everyday of my life. I enjoy life long learning classes as we are never to old to learn new and interesting subject matter.

I enjoy being a Lay Minister with my local church. I have learned a lot about spreading Gods good works. I enjoy visiting with people and trying to make their day brighter and better in any way that I can with Gods help. I am very motivated and rejuvenated when I am spreading Gods good works.

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My cats are my feline friends that I love to take care of and nurture everyday. My cats are always there for me also. They will lay by my side when I don’t feel well. My cats purr away contentedly when I pat them on the head or scratch them under their chin. Life would not be the same without wonderful pets in the world.

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Good friends motivate me to do great things in life. A good friend can always make the dark days bright and wonderful again. Friends are the greatest gift in all that they do to help us when we are in dire need. Without friends a person would be truly lost in life’s journey. God bless all of our wonderful and outstanding friends. A friend always gets you and knows where you are coming from and where you want to go.

Travelling motivates me to discover new places and new beauty around the world. Wherever we are from in the world we all strive for the same things in life. I loved visiting the countries that my ancestors came from and the fact that I was able to walk on the same paths that they had in their lifetime.

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Mowing lawn and gardening motivate me as I love the great outdoors and all that nature has to offer. Stay motivated in your life and always make time for friends and God.

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Easter

Zechariah   11 : 12 – 13

And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

And the Lord said unto me, cast it unto the potter : a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and cast them to the potter in the house of the lord.

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And I will pour upon the house of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications : and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

Acts 12 : 3

And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. [ Then were the days of unleavened bread.]

As we have learned from the teachings of the Bible God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten son so that who ever believeth in him shall not perish but shall everlasting life and dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Jesus suffered terribly on the Cross for all of our sins. Jesus sacrificed himself to save all of us from death. All that believe in the Lord shall not perish but have eternal life. There are many rooms in heaven and all of us that believe in the Lord shall live with the Lord in one of the many rooms that he has prepared for us.

Easter is about sacrifice and love that is so great and overpowering that we can hardly imagine giving one of our beloved children to save the lives of everyone in the World that believes in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Gods love of man transcends down through the ages.

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We often think of a sacrifice that we have made in our life but all of our sacrifices fall way short of the sacrifice God made to save us from death and give us life everlasting. Jesus said forgive them they know not what they do when he was being put on the cross. How many of us would forgive our executioner.

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On the third day Jesus rose from the grave. He has risen He has risen indeed. We will have eternal life in the house of the Lord because Jesus died for our many sins. On Easter Sunday I go to church and think of the sacrifice God made to save all of us who believe in him. I hope all of you will go to church on Easter Sunday and reflect on the the sacrifice that was made to save us from all of our sins that we may dwell in the house of the lord forever. Christ has risen. Christ has risen indeed. Grace, Love, Peace, Faith, Joy and Hope be with you today and always. Have a happy and blessed Easter Sunday. Remember God loves all of us.

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