Lord, I Never Asked to Be a Cracked Cup

Written by Pam Wickenhauser

Lord I never asked to be a cracked cup.

We have all admired teacups,repparttar fine china luster,repparttar 127058 artistry, and

their intricate designs. Have you

ever thought about what happens torepparttar 127059 one's that are

not quite so perfect?

I know a favorite of mine has a crack onrepparttar 127060 inside corner. Most the

crack is hidden fromrepparttar 127061 eyes, unless

someone was looking for it. It's rose design, a little

faded fromrepparttar 127062 years of service. If it were to be bought or sold for

antique value, it wouldn't bringmuch because of its imperfection. Yet,

the memories of secrets shared over tea with this cup are priceless.

This simple cup, flawed as it may be, has a message

uniquely its own. Beauty is not dependent on what the

eye can see; it's a matter ofrepparttar 127063 heart. What is

stored in a treasure inrepparttar 127064 cupboard ofrepparttar 127065 heart can never be bought or

sold for any price.

I went to a doctor one time that told me I was not whole. Infact, I was

broken. I had to learn to live with missing parts that could never be

added. When God created me, he left outrepparttar 127066 most important part of my

reproductive system, my ovaries. I remember how I felt

that day. Is there no hope for a normal life I would

ask myself? I would cry. No one will ever understand

my pain. My cracks were secret, hidden deep inside,

except forrepparttar 127067 keloid scar on my neck. A cracked

teacup that best describes what I am.

I began to rememberrepparttar 127068 lesson ofrepparttar 127069 teacup. God I said, "I never asked

to be a cracked cup. Please tell me why?" I never thought that taking

care of a diseased thyroid would result in such an ugly scar. Even after

three plastic surgeries. I wondered would

any man ever love me,repparttar 127070 imperfect vessel that I am?

"Ok God, I am a cracked cup now what?"

The Joy of the Lord

Written by Valerie Garner


The word means different things to different people.

Is it simply an emotion or feeling? Do we only feel

joy when life seems to be going good, when our

circumstances are favorable? Or is there something

more? I'd like to explore whatrepparttar Word of God says

about this topic.

Psalm 16:11 says "Thou will show merepparttar 127057 path of life,

in Thy presence is fullness of joy, at Thy right hand

there are pleasures for evermore."

Psalm 43:4 says "Then will I go torepparttar 127058 altar of God,

unto God my exceeding joy...."

Nehemiah 8:10 says ...."the joy ofrepparttar 127059 Lord is my


What these scriptures say is that God Himself is the

source of our joy. And that joy gives us strength.

Have you ever noticed when you're feeling blue, that

you tend to feel weak and tired too?

Here are some promises God offers us concerning joy:

Psalm 30:5...."weeping may endure for a night, but joy

comes inrepparttar 127060 morning."

Isaiah 35:10 "Andrepparttar 127061 ransomed ofrepparttar 127062 Lord (His children)

shall return and come to Zion with songs and everlasting

joy upon their heads, they shall obtain joy and gladness,

and sorrow and sighing shall flee away."

Isaiah 61:3 says "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,

to give unto them beauty for ashes,repparttar 127063 oil of joy for

mourning,repparttar 127064 garment of praise forrepparttar 127065 spirit of

heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness,

the planting ofrepparttar 127066 Lord, that He might be glorified."

Joy is also one ofrepparttar 127067 fruits ofrepparttar 127068 Spirit.

He WANTS to give us joy! Sometimes we think of God as

heavy handed wanting to give us a hard time anytime we

mess up, but that's not His heart at all, He wants to give

us joy. But will we receive Him in order to receive the

joy He offers us?

Isaiah 12:3 says "therefore with joy shall ye draw water

out ofrepparttar 127069 wells of salvation."

Psalm 51:12: "Restore unto me,repparttar 127070 joy of thy salvation,

and uphold me with thy free spirit."

In salvation (the term used when we ask Jesus to be our

God, our savior) there is joy. I found this true as well.

As soon as I prayed and gave my life to Him, I felt real

joy forrepparttar 127071 first time in my life. It was like coming home.

It is beyond description!

Hebrews 12:2 says "Looking unto Jesus,repparttar 127072 author and

finisher of our faith, who forrepparttar 127073 joy that was set

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