Awaken by Lawrence Tribble

Awaken

One man awake,

Awakens another.

The second awakens

His next door brother.

The three awake can rouse

A town

By turning the whole place

Upside down.

The many awake

Can cause such a fuss

It finally awakens the

Rest of us.

One man up,

With dawn in his eyes

Surely then

Multiplies.

This poem was written prior to the American Revolution in the late 1700’s.

“The Great Awakening touched every section of the colonial domains of England in the New World–from northernmost New England to southernmost Georgia. And its impact was enormous. Interestingly, this cultural and spiritual phenomenon was entirely grassroots evangelism and community cooperation, as this famous verse illustrates.” George Grant, The American Patriot’s Handbook.

Pray for the church in America to awaken.

Ocean’s Deep

The Alecton attempts to capture a giant squid ...

The Alecton attempts to capture a giant squid off Tenerife in 1861. Illustration from Harper Lee’s Sea Monsters Unmasked, London, 1884. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The luminous ball floated in the depths of the ocean surrounded by the darkness of the deep while the scientists sat in suspense in the comfortably lit room of the boat floating above the surface under the sunshine sky. They were glued to the computer monitor that received the pictures from the camera that floated just a few feet from the luminous ball. As they sat anticipating the visit of the deep sea creature every marine biologist has waited to see for ages, all of a sudden appeared some tentacles that wrapped around the ball. The scientists, three men and a woman, all gasped in surprise and joy. Could this be the one they’ve been waiting for?

The tentacles slowly uncurled its grasped and disappeared.

Disappointment hardly had time to settle in when to the left corner of the monitor an object appeared and increased in size the closer it got to the screen. Speeding forth almost like a torpedo, the tip burst open to show the suction cups on the tentacles. This was confirmation of all the scientists hopes! It was the elusive giant squid, and they captured it live on camera in its natural habitat for the first time EVER.

This massive creature once had only been seen dead washed ashore in pieces or a full size carcass until about 2004 when the first pictures were taken of the creature alive. Legend of the kraken as been around for centuries wherein tales have been told of the monster sinking ships and devouring islands. The giant squid, says the legend, can grow to be as big as a two story house with eyes as big as plates. That might be a little exaggerated.

This story came out earlier this year and I was captivated by it. I sat and watched the video and felt the same excitement and anticipation the scientists felt on that day, but probably not on the same scale as they did. How remarkable to see this giant creature for the first time!

But something the lady scientist said really intrigued me as she was being interviewed after their great expedition. Edith Widder said we have only explored about 5% of the ocean’s deep. Only 5%! Talk about only scratching the surface! Wow!!!!

How deep is the ocean? How wide??

Here’s another question: How deep is God? How much of Him have we discovered and explored?

My estimation, only 2%.

Once we get saved many of us are content to stay around close to the shore line and splash in the water. We take little notice of the vastness of the ocean.

Some of us may wade in a little deeper up to our knees or even to our chests but we don’t go further because it would require more of us. Not only that, but it would mean we would no longer have the comfort of the ground beneath us. Being out in the middle of the ocean without the security and comfort of the ground is scary. Gives one a sense of loss of control. At least it does me. Being out in the middle of the ocean with no life preserver or floatation device is one of my nightmares. A feeling of total helplessness overcomes me.

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ocean (Photo credit: Stephen Edgar – Netweb)

But we miss out on an adventure of diving deep into the very being of God!

Did you know you are as close to God as you want to be?

Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you. James 4:8

It is your choice. You can stay on the shore line or close to it if you want, or you can swim deeper and discover more of God than you ever imagined.

How do you go deeper? How do you swim out into the ocean’s deep and experience the depths of God?

I’ve been rereading Rick Warren‘s book The Purpose Driven Life for Sunday School, and in chapter 12, he talks about developing your friendship with God and I think in it we can see the way. He describes some of the ways in which we dive deeper in our relationship with God by saying, “If you want a deeper, more intimate connection with God you must honestly share your feelings with him, trust him when he asks you to do something, learn to care about what he cares about, and desire his friendship more than anything else.”

We can stay safe by the shore or we can go deeper. It is our choice. God’s desire is for us to go to deeper. He knows the joy we will find in this expedition when we discover more of His depths. Hear Him calling out your name, inviting you to explore Him,

“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.” Song of Solomon 2:13b

The Christian group Audio Adrenaline’s new song, Believer has been in my head when I wake up in the mornings. The beginning verse says, “I wanna live this life unsafe, unsure, but not afraid/ What I want is to give all I got somehow/ Giving up letting go of control right now/…Take me to the ocean/ I wanna go deeper/ I’m not afraid, no, I’m a believer.”

You can be content with where you are with God now and not go any further. You can be content with how close you are now, but there is more. So much more! We’ve only scratched the surface of His ocean.

May God awaken in our hearts a desire to explore more of Him. Ask Him to show you more. Ask Him to take you deeper into His ocean and allow His Spirit to lead you.

“Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3

The Father is calling you deeper.

Sunshine Award

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It is a huge honor to receive this award from http://drawingfromthewell.wordpress.com/.  I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get this up after receiving it. I’ve worked on it and then had to put it aside and then I forgot about it. Out of sight, out of mind! The reason for writing In The Potter’s Hands is to share God’s process of molding me with others. That molding is a painful process but needful and I hope that this will be a place for others to share their own molding process. Now it is my honor to pass this award on to other bloggers whose writings have been a such a blessing to me. You may have gotten this award already so don’t feel bad if you don’t accept it from me. Just know how much I think of your work in the blogosphere. You guys are awesome! I am thankful for the wonderful WordPress family! Blessings!! ❤
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The Sunshine Award recognizes bloggers whose writings “light up the dark corners of our minds” The rules are simple and provided below:

(1) Thank the person who gave you the award in your blog post.

(2) Do the Q&A below.

(3) Pass on the award to 10 – 12 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.
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The Questions:

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite animal? Dogs – their loyalty is unmatched

Favorite number? 7 – what’s in a number? I hate math.

Favorite nonalcoholic drink? Tea. And when I’m not drinking tea, water.

Favorite alcoholic drink? Normally, don’t drink alcohol. Hate it unless it is masked with other non alcoholic beverages. On very rare occasions would I drink a Margarita or a pina colada. I don’t drink carbonated drinks either. Hate them. It’s the bubbly I hate. I hate the bubbles.

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook – never got the point of Twitter. Although FB is now a bit–eh. I only keep it to keep up with close family and friends.

My Passions? God, family, church, friends, arts and crafts, teaching.

Giving or Receiving Gifts? Giving – I love the look of joy on their faces!
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My Nominations:

http://drawingfromthewell.wordpress.com/

http://kingintraining.wordpress.com/

http://graceismessy.com/

http://thesanctuaryofmyheart.com/?wref=bif

http://sindyleeho.wordpress.com/?wref=bif
http://karinasussanto.wordpress.com/

http://espie321.wordpress.com/

http://greatjourneyofjoy.com/

http://lorilara.com/

http://steverebus.com/

http://perezmemoir.wordpress.com/

http://ohthethingsweshallsee.com/

http://natashlim73.wordpress.com/

Things I Wish My Mama Had Told Me – 20 Helpful Household Tips

Great tips for the home. Everyone could use this! 🙂

Lynn Dove's Journey Thoughts

household-tips-600x420I have never claimed to be a “Martha Stewart” type, in fact, as many of you know, I have always said I am the “anti-Martha Stewart”.  However, now that I’m an empty nester, I have been coming across some things that I WISH I had known long before I got married and long before I had children.  It certainly would have made my life just a little bit easier.  So I thought I’d share some of this newfound knowledge with you, my readers,  You can thank me later 🙂

1. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

2. Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not get moldy!

3. Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps…

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I’m Still Here: Confessions of an Extremely Busy and Tired Single Person

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning (Photo credit: jspaw)

What day is this? Monday??

Yes, that’s it. It’s Monday. Wait! What happened to Sunday?

I was going to write a blog on Sunday. I was going to do a great many things online yesterday, but something happened between my good intentions and reality. I just started taking a course on Life Coaching. Literally just started TODAY. Yesterday I planned on going through the orientation for the online course and all of a sudden…the Internet connection was lost. I checked the wireless router and modem and no lights. Grrr…of all the days for the Internet to go down it had to happen yesterday. My anxiety went up. Stressed? As in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “Oh I’m stressed!” LOL

So I called the Internet service provider and they told me the modem was out and we needed a new one. Great!! My mother, whom I live with, talked to them and got them to send us a free one, otherwise it would cost 75 big ones. Then I had to think of a plan because the new modem wouldn’t get here til Tuesday and I need the Internet to begin my course today. I figured I could go to the library. Not really where I would want to go. I’d be too distracted with all the books, the book lover that I am.

The question that was in the back of my mind was this: What are you doing to me, God? You know I’m already stressed out and nervous about starting a class. But I gave the stress to God and thanked Him for the new modem and the idea to go to the library.

Here’s the irony of the story: I woke up this morning to find that all lights were working on the modem which means the Internet was up and running. Praise the Lord!!

And here I am writing to you out there in world of WordPress, letting you know I’m still here. Extremely busy and at times tired and stressed out, but I’m still here.

I’ve had the honor of teaching two Sunday School classes, the last which was a week ago this past Sunday, and then took over the Wednesday night Bible Study for my pastor for the first time EVER. God has been moving and I give Him all the praise because I am just a vessel, a cracked pot with holes in it.

I’ve been so busy the past few weeks I haven’t found the time to post much. Now with the new class starting my weekly routine is changing, but I promise to still try to post at least one thing a week. And of course, I love reading ya’lls posts. I will definitely be keeping up with your journeys and insights! “Ya’lls” plural for “you all” in the southern dialect. 🙂

Love and prayers to you all!