Friday, March 27, 2015

The KNOW IT ALL! A Guest Post by Sydney Weaver

A know-it-all is one who claims to know everything; one who disdains advice  Merriam-Webster

A know-it-all is as a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited Wikipedia

I got a bit stirred up by a question posted on my Linkedin group that asked, "What makes you confident?"

In an almost immediate response I typed out what makes me confident is...."
Hiding behind someone who knows it all!"  

I'll say it!  I want to have a know-it-all appearance, but I can't pull this off!  Can we admit the truth and say we DO want to feel popular amongst our peers?

I believe, ultimately, that confidence comes from knowing who you are because of whose you are. To be in relationship with Jesus is to rely on and trust in the One who knows all about us.  We can be hidden in, or behind Him.  

For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.  Colossians 3:3 AMP

I was brought back about 20 years ago when I pulled up alongside a pretty girl in a very nice car at a traffic light.  At my first glance, she seemed to have it all - the looks and the car!  Almost immediately, I heard the Lord tell me that is how I saw it in my own eyes.  But the truth was, I had a very real confidence because I looked good 'hidden in Him!'  With Jesus being at the forefront, I had everything!

The Lord will be your confidence.  Proverbs 3:26 NKJV

No one can be the best YOU.  You are the original, and God intended for you to live your life in full expression, because that gives Him the glory.

Are you a know it all?  Well, you CAN know-it-all based on a relationship with Christ. Today can be your day of salvation.  Today can be the day you give your life completely to Him, by asking Him to forgive your sins and surrendering your life to Him.  Allow Him to give you the best life you could have on earth, and eternity.  Don't miss it. 

Listen to his voice today.  If you hear it, don’t be stubborn Hebrews 4:7 NIRV

When I was 24, I asked, 'If You're real, I want to know You.’  That night, alone in my room at midnight April 1991, Jesus changed my life forever!  My heart was opened to the truth that night, the truth of who He really is.  He came in like a flood and radically started to change my life from the inside out - and continues!  This particular night…it all began when I was set ablaze with a desire to give hope and encouragement to others as I now knew!  

The next morning, I told my roommate what happened in my room the night before.  Though she was quite stunned to hear of my encounter, over the next few days, she couldn’t deny the big change that happened to her best friend. Almost immediately (it seems) I could not keep my mouth shut to tell others about Life in Him.  Within months, I moved from my hometown of MA to attend bible school in FL and then onto CA.  Before graduation, I was offered an opportunity to live in Thailand and India for a year to teach in schools and villages (was I ever nervous!!) and everything in between.  Through it all, my best experiences were simple times like visiting ‘Jane’ who worked in an Indian telephone booth….going by each day and laughing and talking together (through an interpreter)…or walking down my street and having ladies invite me into their home to have coffee together. 

I am grateful for all the amazing people who have made me who I am today.  I am thrilled to be a cheerleader for others with words of truth! 

I cannot miss the opportunity to mention that I am married to the best man for me - he truly is amazing and amazes me daily.  Our life is full because God is at the forefront of all we hope to do.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Formed in His Hands, Part 2 by @emilylaney

“Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker-- An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth! Will the clay say to the potter, 'What are you doing?' Or the thing you are making say, 'He has no hands'?” Isaiah 45:9

This is the pot I told you about in my last post. I formed this little guy on the wheel, and I am so proud of this little 4 inch tall creation.
A couple weeks ago I told you all about the pottery class I took. I shared about how each piece had to be centered perfectly and grounded in the foundation of the wheel. I reflected on how each piece had to be the right width and how even when a piece was marred or collapsed, I, as the potter, was able to mold it into something new again. There were multiple times I was reminded about God as the master potter in my own life as I took this journey with my own little pots. I’d like to continue that conversation today with another lesson I learned in my pottery class.


Oh yes, that dreaded word. I learned a good bit about patience as I worked on my little pots. First of all, when I got in a hurry on the wheel, it was more likely that my pot would get too thin or off centered. I had to be patient to slowly shape and mold the clay, step by step. It reminded me of how during the molding and shaping process of my own life, things may seem slow, but God has a purpose in each period of waiting, and in each season where things just don’t seem to be moving along. The potter has to shape the clay slowly. I mentioned that I am by no means a master potter, or even all that good on the wheel. But there were other artists in the studio who were incredible potters. One day, I watched a woman painstakingly work on one single, beautiful pot for an hour. I thought for sure that she was already done when she started, but there were many small details she wanted to add that I couldn’t even see. So she slowly and patiently worked on this gorgeous piece of pottery. Each movement, each turn of the wheel was purposeful and intentional. And each moment in our lives that seems slow or unsure is God continuing to mold us. His process is perfect, and he is forming us.

Another component of the pottery process that took a lot of patience was the finishing and firing period. After completing the first step of creating my pots, I had to wait until they were almost dry and then I ‘finished’ them on the bottom to smooth the rough spots and edges. Then, I had to wait for them to dry completely before they went into the kiln to be refined. The pots have to be fired twice in order to be complete. And if the pot is not completely ready for the kiln and is completely dry, it’ll explode in the kiln and will be ruined (and it may take some other pots out with it!). As I waited for days for my pots to dry, I remembered how God knows when we are ready, both in the grand journey of life, but also in the small seasons of waiting. I found myself appreciating the seasons of refining in my life.

The picture attached to this blog post is of the little pot from my first post. But now this little pot is finished. It’s been through the kiln once, then glazed, then fired again. I cherish this little pot. It may not seem like much to others, but I created it, and I’m so proud of it. And like I cherish my little creation, God cherishes us a million times more. He wants what’s best for us, and he is patiently molding us into his image. I pray that I can allow God, the master potter, to mold me into a woman after His own heart. I pray that I’ll allow Him to mold me and that I won’t question His plan and His purpose in this process. And I’m praying that for you too my sisters. We are beautiful creations of our Maker, formed in His hands, created to do amazing works for His glory. 

This is my little pot all finished, just out of the kiln for the last time. I love this finished product, it's more beautiful than I thought it would be. It's not perfect, even the glaze is a little faded at the top, but I love it.

Emily Laney is a social worker, educator, and justice seeker. She has worked with vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad and loves to help startup nonprofits reach their goals.  She is a Passion City Church door holder and leads a team of abolitionists at Not for Sale Georgia. She loves her husband Brent and their rescue pup Biscuit. Sunsets and Sushi make her happy.

You can connect with Emily on twitter @emilylaney or on her blog