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Shattered Beyond Repair

October 8, 2018

“Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)

Are there any broken places in your heart and life right now?

I know how hard that can be.

And there’s this wonderful Christian story I could tell you. It’s the one that talks about how we can pick up the broken pieces, glue them back together and then let God’s light shine through our cracks. That’s a beautiful story.

But what about those times when things aren’t just broken but shattered beyond repair? Shattered to the point of dust. At least when things are broken there’s some hope you can glue the pieces back together.

But what if there aren’t even pieces to pick up in front of you?

You can’t glue dust.

It’s hard to hold dust. What was once something so very precious is now reduced to nothing but weightless powder even the slightest wind could carry away. We feel desperately hopeless. Dust begs us to believe the promises of God no longer apply to us. That the reach of God falls just short of where we are. And that the hope of God has been snuffed out by the consuming darkness all around us.

Over the past few years I have been walking through my own season of dust. And if we could sit down over coffee, I imagine you would have some kind of shattered dust story that you could share with me too. We are alike in that way. We’re united with our tears, even if our circumstances are different.

We’re also united in our desire for God to fix it all. Edit this story so it has a different ending. Repair this heartbreaking reality.

But what if fixing, editing, and repairing isn’t at all what God has in mind for us in this shattering?

What if, this time, God desires to make something completely brand-new? Right now. On this side of eternity. No matter how impossible our circumstances may seem.

You see, dust is the exact ingredient God loves to use.

We think the shattering in our lives could not possibly be for any good. But what if shattering is the only way to get dust back to its basic form so that something new can be made? We can see dust as a result of an unfair breaking. Or we can see dust as a crucial ingredient.

Think about a plain piece of ice. If the ice stays in a cube, it will always be just a square of ice. But if the ice melts it can be poured into a beautiful form to reshape it when frozen again. Dust is much the same; it’s the basic ingredient with such great potential for new life.

Of all the things God could have used to make man, He chose to use dust. “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).

Jesus used the dust of the ground to restore a man’s sight. Jesus said, “‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” (John 9:5–6, NIV). And after the man washed in the pool of Siloam, he went home seeing.

And, when mixed with water, dust becomes clay. Clay, when placed in the potter’s hands, can be formed into anything the potter dreams up!

“Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

“‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

Oh, how I love and need the hope God has tucked into these verses.

Dust doesn’t have to signify the end. Dust is often what must be present for the new to begin.

I don’t know what hard realities have left you feeling shattered, friend. But I do know this: We can trust our God. We can trust Him with our dust.

Our greatest disappointments and disillusionments, those things that shake us and break us and make us wonder about everything, they don’t have to mean that all hope is lost. We can place our lives fully in the hands of the Potter. We can dare to believe He is making something glorious out of dust, out of us.


Father, I confess that I don’t like this—I don’t like dust. But I’m reminding my soul that dust is one of Your favorite ingredients to use when making something new. And I’m choosing to believe You are working right now to do this very thing in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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300 Comments
  1. Kristy H

    You are the potter and I am the clay. Sometimes it’s hard to remember I am not in control and He is making me into exactly what I need to be.

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  2. Jody DeFoe

    Is 64:8

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  3. Shella E.

    Isaiah 64:8 came at the perfect time in your devotional today. I’m currently in the mist of a storm and all I’m seeing is dust. Thank you for allowing God to use you to speak to me and remind me that beauty is to come from the dust and turned into clay that will be molded in His perfect way.

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  4. Carla

    Isaiah 64:8
    I’m feeling like dust and so looking forward to what He is shaping me to be.

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  5. Becky Montague

    Jeremiah 18:6. Sometimes the Potter must push down the clay to make a different vessel-better than what was previously shaped. He knows me and he knows my frame is dust. He loves me and I can trust His ❤️ & His hands.
    Thank you for today’s post. Looking forward to seeing you in Athens, GA on Friday.

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  6. Karla Brent

    Genesis 2:7! I’m in a place of God doing something new in me, and I’m still trying to be quiet enough and still enough to hear him!

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  7. Carol

    Need prayer.

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    • Heather Young

      Praying for you Carol❤️

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  8. Angie Dailey

    Isaiah 64:8
    Living in the dust right now. Heartbreaking. Thanks for your words. Please keep weiting them.

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  9. Rosemary

    The Scripture that resonated with me most is Isaiah 64:8. When I am feeling like God doesn’t know what I am going through, I remember that He created me and knows exactly what is happening, and will carry me through. Praise Him!

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  10. Lindsey Underwood

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    This is such a knock-me-to-my-knees verse for me 💡💡 It’s me constant reminder that I am not in control. He is! From a clump of mud to a beautiful work of art, he is my maker and designer!

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  11. Cindy

    Knowing that no matter how bad things can get, I am created by God’s very own hand, comforts my heart and keeps hope going.

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)

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  12. Lyn Foote

    Isaiah 64:8!

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  13. Julie Hoffman

    Wonderful post — thank you! I have been dust … but God is rebuilding … The John scripture spoke to me because I’m believing and hoping for healing for my kids … blessings to you Lisa.

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  14. Carolynn Blair

    I never thought about the difference between broken/shattered and being so busted that it appears there is no way to be repaired. Since God is Creator of new things, the verse from Genesis really hit me. He is able to make something new from my un pleasant experience.

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  15. Darleen Lamm

    I’ve been married for 10 years and every day is a struggle. We have a blended family and when sides are picked it leaves a nasty wound that seems to never heal. I know it’s only because of my commitment to God and the covenant I made with Him that I am still married. I plan to read this book whether I get it free or if I purchase myself!

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  16. Halli Simpson

    Isaiah 64:8
    That is the verse that resonates with me most. I must admit, a lot of times I do not actually read all the content of your emails, but I felt like I was supposed to read this one. And oh…how I needed that. Thank you for your encouragement. ❤️

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  17. Jackie

    I am amazed that I read this today. My marriage I was sure was ending, at my hand. I cannot deal with all of the ‘bad’ stuff that is going on. I started making plans for an exit, even though I still have love for my husband. I felt there was no choice and I felt, as you put it Lysa, like dust. I started praying and reflecting about a week ago. Last night, I broke into tears realizing God would handle things. YES, I KNOW He always does!! In my dark moments, I find it hard to see that He does and will. I knew in that moment of tears God would take care of me and take care of my husband. I was not to leave my marriage. I have peace knowing God will help me through all the tough times to come <3
    Isaiah 64: 8, KJV " But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."
    Amen.

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    • Michelle L Allgood

      Praying for you Jackie. God is the God of restoration. I pray God’s peace and love to fill your home. May he renew your love for Himself and each other. May His forgiveness permeate your lives. Bless you, sweet sister.

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  18. Mandy Stevens

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  19. Teresa Sellers

    Jeremiah 18:6 is my favorite. I have forwarded this to all of my children…it was just too good not to share! Thank you!

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  20. Patty Lohrey

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV) A Powerful Scripture that I have to lean on MANY times in my life…because I’m a “fixer” but in my walk with the Lord, I’ve had to learn that only in God’s timing, can stuff be fixed. I lean into the Lord and try with all I have, to be patient. Your emails are always right on time…. God’s time!!
    Blessing!!

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  21. Janet

    Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 – My husband has been out of work for more than a year. Many disappointments over and over. Depression is present. This morning I was thinking as I prayed I am done trusting God. BUT GOD once again speaks and this time through your devotional. Thank you for opening your heart to God’s leading.

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  22. Jill

    I think the verse that resonates most with me is Genesis 2-7. I really NEED some new life breathed into my nostrils – I feel like an empty shell – a self-imposed walking dead – closing off my heart to keep it from further decay – I need some serious soul re-breath.

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  23. De

    Gen. 2:7
    Thank you for your ministry!

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  24. Cheryl Geddings

    Genesis 2:7 spoke to me the most from this post. I’ve never thought of dust being a “crucial ingredient”, but God did. I mean wow he created man from dust. I’ve always thought of dust negatively, as worse than broken pieces like you said – because what can we do with dust? Nothing but boy God can! Love this post.

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  25. Kathy Rice

    I would love to give this book to my daughter who is going through a divorce. She has been the spiritual leader for her 9 and 11 year old girls. She is trying to move on with her life, but still needs a lot of prayers and encouragement.

    Thank you!

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  26. Patty Lohrey

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV) A powerful Scripture that I find repeating to myself ( prompted by the Holy Spirit ) I’m a “fixer”…..and yet I have found in my walk with the Lord, that there are times that I need to be patient and wait upon God to do the “fixing”. I and so grateful for the perfect timing of your emails…God’s timing.
    blessings

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  27. Sylvia Beres

    The verse in Isaah resonates acutely with surrendering in my life to the “Ultimate, Uber Creator” of artistic wonder and masterpieces, however, small!! sberes

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  28. Michele

    This post was a great way to look at dust and I had never really considered it in the way you just discussed. I think this verse: ‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” (John 9:5–6, NIV) really hit home because he used the dust of the earth to make man and also to restore him (in this case). Definitely makes me want to explore this idea further.

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  29. Cathleen Adolph

    Is. 64:8
    Feeling like dust and struggling to believe
    That dust is the potter’s specialty.
    Cathleen

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  30. Katie Garnes

    Isaiah 64:8
    Thank you for your ministry and your heart Lisa.

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  31. Niki Blake

    Jeremiah! Oh what God will do with His beloved people Israel! He is the potter. Trusting that we are grafted in and he can do the same with us His beloved Gentiles! He is able!!

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  32. Lois

    Isaiah 64:8 was very meaningful in a current family situation. I also loved the analogy of the ice cube, I never thought of the transformation that can result, once the ice is melted and refrozen. Bless you!

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  33. Melissa LEE

    “‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” (John 9:5–6, NIV) And after the man washed in the pool of Siloam, he went home seeing.
    This is the scripture that is speaking to me right now. My life has turned to dust despite me clinging to the word of the Lord. I feel so very defeated right now. This scripture is giving me hop that I will be able to see again.

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  34. Mary Hendrickson

    The verse that touched me most deeply was Jeremiah 18:6. I loved Lysa’s post about the dust left when something is shattered and the connection to the potter and the clay. What occurs to me is this- dust can only be formed into clay with water added. Ah, the dust of our crushed dreams mixed with the Living Water of Christ..now that is an image to encourage me.

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  35. Anne

    “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV)

    We think the shattering in our lives could not possibly be for any good. But what if shattering is the only way to get dust back to its basic form so that something new can be made? We can see dust as a result of an unfair breaking. Or we can see dust as a crucial ingredient.

    What a way to think of those things that feel to us as if our lives are shattered!

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  36. Kim

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    Shattered, yes. Slowly the pot is being reshaped into something new.

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  37. Becky Caughel

    Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  38. Brenda Greig

    When God takes our dust He often creates something we couldn’t possibly imagine could happen. My desire is to trust Him despite all circumstances.

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  39. Mae Lane

    Isaiah 64:8 really resonated with me. It gives me hope that god is shaping me into something new, and that there is a purpose for this pain I am experiencing. I’m struggling to see His purpose, but I trust God to work this into something good. Thank you for this today; I really needed to see it!

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  40. Paulette gulsvig

    I am broken but blessed! (Jeremiah 18:6.

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  41. Michele Girardot

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    I so needed to hear this right now. My son, who is 37, is slowly fading away from reality into mental illness. His history of drug abuse has caught up with him, adding to the deterioration with what must be major brain damage. I am beyond knowing what to do. Your words have brought me some comfort, and maybe even a tiny ray of hope. Thank you.

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  42. Rita

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
    I know that GOD is the potter and I am the clay. HE formed me out of the dust of the earth. Just as I, as a parent, want to do everything I can to take the hurt and pain away from my own children, I know that GOD is even more powerful than I am to do that, and HE wants to heal my broken heart. I fully surrender my will to HIS will, so that HE can mold me into a new vessel that HE can use in HIS Kingdom. Maybe HE could use me to help others who are in a broken relationship and going through a divorce.

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  43. Christel

    Thank you for sharing such wise words.

    Praying this truth for the Buskirk family as they await a heart transplant for their three month old daughter.

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  44. Cindy Parker

    Your email brought me to tears. It has been one month since my husband passed away from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. We had four days from diagnosis until his death. I am dust without him. I take your words to heart, but I am in such pain.
    Thank you for your wisdom and encouragement through Scripture.

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  45. Lourdes Montes

    Isaiah 64:8, NIV This scripture is one that fits in any situation, the reminder of us being the clay and that he’s always there to mold us, lead us and guide us.

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  46. Susan Simon

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)
    I love this verse because through the deaths of two of our five sons, the Lord has mercifully shown me that I am safe in His hand. He has walked me through some dark days using the healing of the anger, bitterness, and cynicism I had toward Him following the death of our infant son to encourage me when our 32 year old died of a heroin/methadone overdose. When our infant son died, I felt that being in God’s hand was unsafe… a place where He was free to act capriciously.When our older son died, my mind had been renewed to the point where I knew there was no safer place to be.

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  47. Pat Provot

    I just found this blog. I love your writing. I’m doing Uninvited for the second time. A new group, a new perspective. the verse that spoke to me today was IS 64:8 “Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay you are the potter. We are all the work of you hand.” why this is speaking to me, I think, is because I have a hard time with my Mom. Our relationship is a hard one. Mom seems to be fine toward me now, but I can’t trust it anymore. the part of the verse that says, “We are ALL the work of your hand.” hit me. I have to remember God made ALL of us and He loves ALL of us. We are all a work in progress, I have to recognize I have caused some of the issues. I just don’t know where to go from here, except stay within the boundaries I have set.

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  48. Sarah R Peppel

    Wow, that powerful. I was in awe of this comment and verse: “And, when mixed with water, dust becomes clay. Clay, when placed in the potter’s hands, can be formed into anything the potter dreams up!”

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    You are truly an inspiration to so many women. God has, is and continues to use you to reach the masses. I am so grateful that your own struggles have never silenced your writing and in fact, made them more relative than ever to women around the world. Praise the Lord.

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  49. Charletta Rupert

    Isaiah 64:8
    I desire to become totally pliable, so the Lord can mold me into whatever He desires. I am going through a tough time, but I do see Him working. It causes me to push on.

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  50. Penny Roberts

    Lysa,

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today! See I am in one of the hardest battles of my life. My husband is struggling with addiction and refuses any form of help or true repentance. The enemy wants me to believe he is in control and I admit at times it appears he is but it is moments like this and many other throughout this journey where the Holy Spirit reminds me my LORD JESUS CHRIST is my redeemer, my ever present help in troubled times and is in full control.

    The scripture that spoke to me was Jeremiah 18:6, I was reminded that God is the potter and I am His clay there is nothing out of His reach! There is nothing He can not do I am in His hands. Thank you for your faithfulness and sharing.

    Penny R.

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  51. Trudy

    Thank you so much for this hope-filled post, Lisa. It means so much more to me than you can imagine. When we can be shattered, not just broken, is familiar to me. I know those times when hope is so out of reach. I love all the verses, but the one that especially speaks to me right now is Isaiah 64:8. My heart is calmed to remember that He is our Potter and He will form me to His glory. You have also given me a greater depth of meaning into Genesis 2:7. It strengthens my heart to remember that He who created us out of dust also has the power to put us together again, no matter how shattered and hopeless we are.

    I’m so grateful you are now free from cancer, and your marriage is being restored. Both must have been so devastating. May God give you strength and peace for whatever lies ahead. Blessings and hugs to you!

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  52. Jill Haase

    Jeremiah 29:11
    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
    Trust in The Lord,

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  53. Jen Wilkens

    Knowing that He is more than able to create something beautiful out of dust is what gives me hope every day! Praying for a friend who has been shattered by the death of her husband to suicide.

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  54. Sandy Meier

    I went to your Word Alive conference a few months back. I am getting ready to teach a grieving class. My oldest son died 8 years ago. I planned for one of the lessons to use dust as from your conference and this post. It was one of the most intense feelings I could relate to. It was the first time since his death that I felt I could physically connect with him by spreading the dust on the page. I cannot wait to read the book as I am sure there will be some amazing insights that I can pass on to people in the grief class. I had such a bad day yesterday and decided there is no way I am capable of teaching such a class. God used your message to remind me that I am not capable but He is capable of using me. My favorite scripture from today’s post is Genesis 2:7

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  55. Amy Queen

    This scripture reasoned with me the most, “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV). I went through a heart wrenching divorce, I along with my two childern were shattered. Not only did my husband walk out on me, but my father was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away in the midst of it all. I had never been so hurt and was at rock bottom. It nearly cost me my life. I felt like i had no hope with the loss of my marriage, my family, and my father, all at the same time. I questioned God and asked why me, why so much at once? I would just pray begging that he would take me home, because I didn’t want to live this life anymore. It shattered me and my two children. God used all this heartache for my good although I couldnt see it at the time and is molding me into a completely different person. I’m still a work in progress, but my Savior has transformed me into a woman with a heart that so purposely beats for him. I have always loved the Lord, but now have relationship with him that I didn’t have before. My life is his now, as he molds me and makes me into the person he desires me to be. All I seek is his will for my life, whatever that may be. My heart is in his hands. I would have never gotten through all of that without him.

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  56. Andrea

    I liked the verse from John where Jesus used dust to heal a man. I’d like to keep that image of Jesus using dust to heal.

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  57. Carol Feddes

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  58. Julie

    Is. 64:8. Placing myself in the Potter’s hands.

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  59. Kristen D

    “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV)

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  60. Sharon

    Isaiah 64:8 gives me hope again. Thank you so much for this post, I went to sleep last night feeling so hopeless, was so blessed to read it this morning.

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  61. Sherry Cowell

    Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    Your message was encouraging to me. I am broken/divorced but God can make new. It’s been 21 years of living alone…and to think that he could take my dust and mold something new is so uplifting…nothing that I didn’t know but why had I forgotten? Thanks Lisa

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  62. Anna Hanks

    Isaiah 64:8 this speaks to me so strongly. I truly believe that God is always remolding me. You have been a great inspiration to me. Your words have helped me many times to refocus from my problems to the peace of God’s love and desire for me. Maybe I will win one of your books. I know it will be a great help to me. Thank you for being such a caring woman. I am praying that you also have an amazing journey being remolded by God.

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  63. Holly

    Reading this has brought me to tears. My family has been shattered and knowing that God still can and will make something new from the dust is so encouraging. Thank you!!!

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  64. Andrea

    Jeremiah 18:6
    As as a designer, I resonate with this verse so much. I love the picture Christ paints of using the personification of a potter as God. He has worked so much in my life, especially in the valleys of not feeling good enough that I’ve been walking through, to mold me (slowly yet surely) into the person He has designed me to be. I’m nowhere near the person he has created me to be yet, but I keep praying to be the clay in my Potter’s hands, and I have faith and hope in His ultimate design for His glory alone.

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  65. Taylor

    Amazing perspective. “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV) Lord work something new out of the dust of of my brokenness. <3

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  66. Darlene Oakley

    Isaiah 64:8

    I love how your devotionals always speaks exactly where I am. Definitely feeling like dust, and while I know and believe God can make amazing things with dust, it’s really hard to see that that’s ever going to happen, especially when any options normally in front of me aren’t, and decisions are being made completely by someone else without prayerful consideration.

    I know it’s a rebuilding, but certainly feel trampled on.

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  67. CJ

    I would love to pick a verse that resonates with me but in all honesty I am having a hard time with all of them. I want to believe there is more & better but I’ve been in this season for so long that I truly have become hopeless. Life shouldn’t be this way & yet it is.

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  68. Sherrie Hale

    Isaiah 64:8 resonates with me the most. I need reminders that He is always in control and I don’t have to be.

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  69. Sara

    Thank you for your words of encouragement today. During this time of dust in my life, I was confident God would answer prayers. He did, just not as I had expected. Genesis 2:7 along with Isaiah 64.8 has been read many times before, but today it came to breathe life into my weary soul that the Lord is reshaping my dust into something new. All Glory and Honor to Him!

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  70. Caitlin

    Genesis 2:7 was the verse that came to mind even before reading it when you started talking about dust. I feel like I have been shattered beyond repair so many times but each time God makes me whole again, it’s a different me. I have a different aspect or story for my testimony. It seems that breaking me to dust is the only way I finally open my eyes and heart again to what He has to say and so and work in my life.

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  71. Phyllis Weter

    “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).

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  72. Michelle Allgood

    The scripture that resonated with me the most was “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV) We, like any work of art, are unique. We can only see the present things happening in our lives, but God knows what we will become. He knows the ending from the beginning because He is the dreamer and sees the finished work. He, like the potter, patiently molds us to create His special one-of-a-kind work of art. We also like the clay must succumb to His leading and allow him to work. We mustn’t allow ourselves to become hard (dried out). We must trust in our Creator.

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  73. Cindy Allen

    The Isaiah 64:8 is the verse that reminded me that I am His and He is my creator.

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  74. Kelly Alm

    Isaiah 64:8 stood out to me. I feel like God is changing and molding me as this year as been a tough one. This book will be a welcome blessing as I am trying to look for His purpose and follow Him wholeheartedly instead of looking at the obstacles! Your books are always so timely and full of God’s direction! Blessings to you!

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  75. Jenni

    I’ll admit, it’s been a few years since I’ve read your blog. I’ve been feeling “dusty” after some major, shattering changes in my life. I’ve been trying to get back to God and this blog always made me feel renewed. I came back today to the perfect post.

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  76. France Day

    Isaiah 64:8. All the scriptures spoke to me because as I stand for my marriage and trust me it is all dust and according to this world’s eyes and often my own eyes, there is no hope. I typed out the scripture today that with man it is impossible but with God nothing is impossible today, I was renewed with hope in this dark time and reminded to praise God for all I have today and the miracle I am praying for. Thank you, this came at the right time for me today!

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  77. Robin

    Isaiah 64:8 speaks to me the most. I know that I am the work of His hands, that He has plans far better than I could ask or imagine and yet, I forget that I am the clay and He is the potter. I need Him to mold me. I’ve been in a season of difficulty and this verse is exactly what I needed right now. Thank you for sharing your heart so willingly with us. God bless!

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  78. Heather Andreasen

    Is. 64:8 Your story alone, speaks volumes to me Lysa. You are a strong woman and God is forming NEW from the dust….beauty from the ashes. He is the ultimate Potter and has a plan in all of this. You are loved and admired!

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  79. Sarah

    I love your idea of dust of my life and what the Potter can do to reform it! My life this year has felt shattered to dust. Marriage strained to breaking point, rebellious teen substances , mental illness. It’s been a spiritual battle as well as a physical one and I’ve felt like all my dreams for my family are crumbling and with them my ability to stand firm in faith. To be the mom and wife I longed to be… To not fear. God is telling me He will put me back together differently than when I started. That the tearing down isn’t in vain. I will be new and different after this firing of my faith. Jeremiah 18:6 …”can I not do what the potter does, declares the Lord. Like clay in the hand of the potter so you are in my hand.” I dare to hope in Faith and rejoice in the promises of my guardian, Father! He will fortify me, make me strong.

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  80. Maggie Warren

    “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).
    I seem to be watching marriages crumble around me of family and very close friends. This is such a great reminder that God made us out of dust, and He can repair these marriages that resemble dust.

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  81. Pam Gunter

    God found me at my darkest moment on my bathroom floor after my first husband walked out. Learning of his infidelity and started his drinking again was more then I could handle. God was in my bathroom one day and that was the first and only time I heard his voice audible as I would hear yours or mine. “it’s not your fault, you did nothing wrong” and at that moment I felt him breathing life back into me and my heart starting to heal. My neighbor came down the next morning and invited my daughter and I to church for the next Sunday and He has been working on me (before then also, I was saved in my teens) and healing my heart ever since. God sent Carol to my house at just the right time. Sometimes we have to hit our lowest before we allow Him to do His beauty in our lives. Genesis 2:7. He breathed life back into me on that bathroom floor.

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  82. Dawn Mooring

    Today hope was found in Genesis 2:7. From the dust God breathed life! My marriage feels like dust. We’ve been in counseling for so long but no life has been breathed in YET! So I pray life and breath into this pile of dust. He can raise death to life, ashes to beauty!!!
    Thank you Lysa!

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  83. Jennifer Brnal-Tamaren

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)
    We are going through some financial hardship due to my husband being out of work. I know that the Lord is shaping us, molding us by allowing us to go through this. He is preparing us for something greater-beyond anything we can imagine by transforming us from the inside out. I have faith that this too shall pass and my family will be used mightily by God!

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  84. Traci

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)
    The Lord reminds us of His absolute power and ability to restore. Even if the dust of our life seems to fall through our hands, it’s never too fine, too broken, or too hard for God to tighten His grip and hold onto it for us. Then he begins to heal and rebuild something beautiful and new.

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  85. Candy

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)
    The past 3 years have been devastating to me. I have been severed by my parents and some of my siblings. My marriage is struggling and almost came to an end. And the worst part is I don’t know what caused any of it. I find myself wonder why am I so unlovable?

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  86. Sarah

    Encouraging reminder that God is in control of our lives. He is working on us all the time…even if the working feels painful at times.
    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  87. Wendy

    Isaiah 64:8. Although somedays, over the past 4 years of brokenness in my life, I don’t want to be clay anymore. I want to say, “Enough!” I am tried and weary. Some days we want to be held more than shaped and it’s a struggle to hold on to this verse.

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  88. L.C.

    It amazes me…The story of the potter in Jeremiah keeps coming up in this current season. My husband spoke on it yet again yesterday during an impromptu youth meeting at a church we may soon be moving (back) to. Then, in the main service, 3 songs were sung about the potter and the clay–letting Jesus shine through these broken vessels and letting Jesus shape us into something new.

    I have all these pieces that feel like dust. “What am I supposed to do with these?”
    I wonder why God didn’t equip me with more. My husband and I wonder why we cannot find a ministry opportunity HERE.

    But I am learning. I am learning that I so often seek my own glory–my own proof of worthiness.

    “It wasn’t supposed to be this way” I often think, reflecting on this time here. I had it made up in my mind how I thought life would be here.

    But God has shaped this time differently.

    And, as we prepare to return home, I am praying that God shines through me, revealing that my time away has shaped me into something more useful for Him.

    I can’t wait to read your new book. It sounds like exactly what this heart of mine needs.

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  89. Cary Burchak

    In walking through broken places, I never considered them “dust”, even though as you explain, things were “shattered to the point of dust”. Because of this, I love both the Genesis and John references to the Lord using our very dust to bring about new life. That’s where I am now. After the loss of my oldest son in a car accident, I have cried out to the Lord so many times that it’s just not supposed to be this way. And yet, as only God can do, He has breathed His breath of life into my shattered heart and propped me up and led me as a middle school Bible teacher to point to the Redeemer God that He is.
    He does not waste one thing. Not our grief. Not our shattered dreams. Not our questions of “why”. Just as Jesus spit in the mud and gave the blind man eyes to see, Jesus has done that for me. He has taken the broken dust woman that I am and given me “eyes to see” that He is the God Who brings beauty from the ashes of our dust.
    Thank you for your ministry, Lysa. Your Words, straight from God, give me much hope!

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  90. Alicia

    Isaiah 64:8 – I can’t make me perfect; only He can shape me, mold me, and make me who He intends for me to be. Still, I find myself in a period of dust – one where things are not how they are supposed to be, and I am clinging – sometimes by my fingernails – to make it through each day.

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  91. Christina D

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)
    Thank you for these words. I find that in the dark times I get down and ‘forget’ who is in charge and working on my behalf. I needed this reminder today!

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  92. Mary Nesvig

    Isaiah 64:8. It’s a reminder to me of God’s sovereignty over my life. He is the molder; the potter. Man makes his plans but God’s purposes prevail. It was a beautiful devotion that I’m sending on to my small group. And thank you for coming to MN to Set Apart this past spring.
    I have two friends going through cancer and I’m thinking this book might be just right for them.

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  93. Kitty Dulgar

    Is wish 64:8
    It is His work in me, not my work in Him! He is the potter!

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  94. Laura Smith

    That’s exactly where I am. Sitting in the dust and the ashes of that used to be myarriage. Actually, I don’t think there ever was a marriage. It was all in my mind. Unbelievable. Two very dysfunctional people probably in lust and so may years of nothing but heartache and sadness. The last 7 years had been particularly difficult because the Lord chose to heal me and open my eyes to the truth of my sin. Im not who I was anymore send He’s given me a brand new life! But He hasn’t fixed my marriage. I’m not sure that’s part of His plan either. I’m waiting. Wating here for Him to move and for Him to show me His plan for my life. Whatever that looks like. No, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. Yet, it is. A very had season indeed and I would
    so appreciate your prayers.
    I’m gonna make it. He already said that I would. I’ll keep on trusting. That He’s working everything for my good. He’s right.bwside me. And heaven is in my view. I’m gonna make it through!
    Bless the Lord O my soul!

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  95. Brandy Foy

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV).
    This verse reminds me he’s still molding me in to the person He wants me to be.

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  96. Diane

    The scripture that resonates with me most is “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV).

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  97. Cary Burchak

    In thinking of my broken places, I had never considered that they are “dust”. And yet, as you say, “shattered to the point of dust”, is absolute truth. For that reason, I love both the scriptures in Genesis and in John. After the loss of my oldest son in a car accident, my life was shattered to the point I wasn’t sure I would survive the pain. Countless times I cried out to the Lord that it’s not supposed to be this way. And yet, as only God can do, He breathed His breath of life into my shattered heart, propped me up, and led me as a middle school Bible teacher to point to the Redeemer God that He is. He does not waste one thing. Not our grief. Not our shattered dreams. Not our questions of “why”. Just as Jesus spit in the dust and gave the blind man eyes to see, Jesus has done that for me. He has taken the broken dust woman that I am and given me “eyes to see” that He is the God Who brings beauty from the ashes of our dust.

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  98. AMT

    For me the one about mixing dust with water. Though in the scriptures it’s Jesus spit—I think of mixing the dust of my heart with my tears and seeing Jesus come and make something of that pain and sorrow. I have been shattered to dust but did not fully realize until I read this. I just thought I was shattered and should be able to fix it—only Jesus can make something good out of the dust of my heart if I open my sadness to him and let him have my tears

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  99. Kristina Sutton

    Isaiah 64:8 spoke to me loudly! My dad was taken from our family in a car accident a week ago Saturday. I have been shattered yet the verse in Isaiah says that God can form us into something of His choosing. We have hope!

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  100. Terry

    Of all the things God could have used to make man, He chose to use dust. “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).

    What comforting words these are. That God took something like dust and breathed life into it. All things are possible with God. Amen

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  101. Carla Consemiu

    Isaiah 64:8 speaks to me that the Lord is and can form me into what He wants me to be. I feel I need a lot of work still and that the Lord is still working on me.

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  102. Marilyn in East Texas

    I like Genesis/ God needs to breathe new life into my weary soul

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  103. Katy Foxwell

    I have ordered all of your books, Lysa, you write so eloquently and from such a relatable human voice. I have always believed in Jesus but you have held my hand to make the introduction to having a personal relationship with our Savior. I find I am craving my morning meditation time with Him largely aided by you and your writings. Bless you as you re-shape your life from the dust, and for rising above the ashes enough to share your experience to help others bravely ask of God, “Please, give me a fresh dream!”

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  104. Suzanne Csipkes

    I love that only God can make all things new. Is. 64:8 is a wonderful verse and very timely in my life. Lord, I am dust and you are the potter, make me new!!

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  105. Sam Salleh

    Very inspirational post you have. God bless you.

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  106. Heather Young

    I like you Lisa have gone through the trenches…but GOD. He faithfully and lovingly restored what was broken. Took that dust and reworked it into clay. Three years later, things aren’t perfect but God has redeemed and reshaped so much. And I have to remember where we have been and who the Potter is and the verse in Jeremiah reminds me that I am NOT the potter. When things aren’t going our way I have to step back and remember this, and remember His faithfulness in all things. I cannot wait to read your book. ❤️

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  107. Sunday Holley

    I would say Isaiah 64:8. What a wonderful reminder that God can turn dust into clay to remold our lives!!!

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  108. Carol

    I guess if I HAD to pick one it would be “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV). But honestly, none of them resonated with me so much as your own words here…. I am definitely feeling like dust right now…. and while Ihavne’t taken a look at your posts recently…probably in about a YEAR…. today I did and I’m intrigued….

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  109. Bonnie

    Isaiah 64:8. My nephew Jordan was killed on his motorcycle cycle yesterday. I’m praying that God will do something new in his dear parents’ lives and his sister Nicole’s.

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  110. KM

    I know you said 1 verse but really I can’t decide between Gen 2:7 and Isaiah 64:8 – both of which are encouraging and challenging. Great perspective that God can take our “dust” and do more than we can imagine, even making something brand new. I so need to know that he can make something glorious out of my dust, even though I want to give up when it is such a hard slog. I share a similar story to Lysa so appreciate your perspective.

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  111. Shelby

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

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  112. Tehia

    Isaiah 64:8, “We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

    This last year has been filled with defining moments of trust, faith, and hope in the Lord. Most recently, the Lord has led me on a journey of renewal. Renewing my mind, my attitude, and my perspective. He is birthing something new in me. I truly feel like I’m in a cocoon; when the time is right, I will emerge as a new being, created by the Creator.

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  113. Katherine Jones

    I like “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV) — because the combined connotation of “Father,” “work,” and “hand” is that what is being rendered is purposeful, productive, specific, and loving.

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  114. Sally

    Your devotion today was such a revelation to me because I am constantly trying to “fix” things that are hurtful in my life. Your illustration/words of wisdom that we are at a place of being dust was something I can truly hold on to and build from…..sometimes we are past just having broken pieces of the vessel or pot to glue back together but I am learning that when God puts us in a place of complete brokenness or dust it is then that He can truly make us and mold us into something new and even better than we once were. Look forward to reading your book and may God bless you for the writing you do sacrificially for others who can find a place of healing and peace as a result of your God inspired words.

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  115. Margaret

    Jeremiah 18:6 Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.
    Such reassurance and what a wonderful encouraging article. Oh yes I feel in the past eighteen months I have been thrown on the potters wheel and am being remoulded through suffering what with the tragic accidental death of my dear brother and then the still born birth of my wee granddaughter. My hope, my joy is in The Potter. Thank You

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  116. Noa

    I love your comparison to a melted ice cube. Thanks for that visual.

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  117. Harriette

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV) is the verse that spoke to me. You can easily replace Israel with your own name. There is no tragedy, hurt or disappointment that cannot be transformed by God into a great masterpiece. For that is what we are to Him.

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  118. Julie Dimock

    I heard Lysa speak in San Antonio this weekend speak at women of Joy.
    I have followed her for a long time. I did not know the pain she had experienced. I have pre ordered this book. i shared with my friends MADE TO CRAVE.

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  119. Christina Steiner

    Jeremiah 18:6
    Just as Israel was in God’s hand, so am I! That gives me so much comfort, knowing in my seasons of dust that God is so faithful. Can’t wait to read this book.

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  120. Ruth Geinert

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  121. Ruth Geinert

    As I think about Is 64:8 and how God works beauty out of dust I have hope. Whether it’s our 17 year old daughter and the challenges we face daily and prayers for her or my brother and his wife as they face marriage struggles or my sister-in-law and her husband, with terminal cancer and raising her 12 year old autistic grandson…God alone can create beauty from dust. In Him is my hope. I am free from fixing and bearing it all, I lay it before Him, for the sake of His glory.

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  122. Kay

    What an amazing piece. Thank you. I didn’t know quite how to express what I have…. but now I do. When broken pieces don’t exist, you have only dust. But, Praise God that He can do exceedingly more than I can imagine with my dust! So, for me it is definitely Gen 2:7 as it is a blessing to remember God did and does with dust.

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  123. Deborah Faulk

    I would love a free copy of your book to share with my daughter after a terrible breakup. She’s already read one of your books and loves the way you make her feel like you’re talking to her.
    My favorite scripture above is
    Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV) He molds us into beautiful creatures by His own hands.

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  124. Tina Nobles

    Isaiah 64:8 I am clay father mold me into what you want me to be❤️ Never realized how much God used dust to make things new ❤️

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  125. Melissa J Eller

    I relate to the passage in Isiah 64. It really resonates with what I am struggling with right now. I am in transition and wanting, this time, to allow the knowledge of God’s will to guide my journey.

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  126. Beverly allan

    Thank you for caring and helping people. You have been a blessing to me during the past year.i try to apply all your scripture lessons to my daily life!

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  127. Michelle

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)
    I’ve always Loved this reminder that God is can make something beautiful out of what I see as a mess , but the word ‘ALL’ jumped at me this time! Sometimes I get so focused on my troubles that I forget He longs to work in ALL lives…even those who I see as a source of my grief!

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    • Kathy

      I am shattered. This hard place in my life is a failed marriage of 38 years… living with my daughter….trying to show my teenage son God’s truths each day and just blowing it as I just exploded with a word that cane out of my mouth that NEVER has before. 4 years plus and I am ground down to a product more miniscule than dust. I cannot see an end to this pain.

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  128. Lois Hazel

    Lysa, Isaiah 64:8 resonated with me as I observe the dusty pile of broken promises at my feet. I await His hand on the potter’s wheel, spinning and turning this mess into something beautiful for His glory.

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  129. Kyla Davis

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’”(Jeremiah 18:6, NIV) I went in to heart failure after having my third baby last Feb (2017). It almost cost me my life. I had to have open heart surgery and have an LVAD (a pump inside my heart doing the job of my heart for me) to keep me alive. I live daily in a new normal with this device while taking care of my 3 kids. It has been the hardest journey my husband and I have faced. This message is so true! We want God to fix the broken. But sometimes it feels beyond just broken but shattered and how can it be made right again? I have clung to God (as best I can) as my hope through this journey believing He will bring good out of it, restore where only he can, bring healing and hope to others through my story of miracles, and I am still believing for healing of my heart that I will not need a transplant or have to remain on LVAD for the rest of my life (believing my heart will recover). This scripture stood out to me as a promise that God is the healer and One who can restore (reshape, remake, redo) whatever He decides to do with my life. And that I am truly in His hands. This journey is His journey and it is up to Him how he finishes my story. BUT I know he is not done with my story, with my journey. I just have to trust Him.

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  130. Ashley

    Genesis 2:7 resonates completely. God doesn’t just use the dust that’s left of our mess to create something new; this is his CHOSEN medium for creating art. Because he allowed the destruction in my life to occur, I was rid of idols, unhealthy relationships, and low self worth. Over the past few months, he is not only restoring me, but renewing me – building NEW structures in my life to replace what was broken with things that will bring abundance.
    Thank you for your words Lysa!
    Ashley

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  131. Amy Jo M.

    As I was reading this article, Genesis 2:7 really jumped out at me. It made me think of how God created us out of dust, and to dust we will return. But one of my favorite verses is Isaiah 54:8, He is the potter, we are His clay! I love that song too! Have Thine Own Way. Lord! I want Him to mold me and make me into what he wants me to be, because my dust is nothing without His living water.

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  132. Jennifer

    Dust. This is right where I have been for longer than I want to admit. God seems so far away.

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  133. Wendy Rietvelt

    “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).

    I lost my mother in July and she was cremated. I picked up my mother’s ashes that were placed in a box. We are formed from the dust of the ground and to think God breathed into life into us blows me away.

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  134. Lorraine

    “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).
    I guess I don’t feel like I have any breath left as I struggle through these days . I need to remember God breathed … it’s not supposed to feel like this.. I pray it doesn’t much longer ..

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  135. Lisa D

    Thank you for this devotion. I’m just so tired…. 26 years of this.. I’m tired….
    Isaiah 64:8 is a beautiful reminder of our Father and who He is. Thank you ☺️

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  136. Peggy

    Like clay in the hand of a potter…
    Jeremiah 18
    I want Him to use the decades of dust, make it into clay for His hands!!♥️♥️

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  137. Stephanie

    Jeremiah 18:6
    I am studying about the long winding road of the Israelites in my bible study, so this verse is meaningful to me. Whether our despair is due to oppression, sin, stubbornness, or ignorance or all of the above…God still has a plan for his followers that is good. God keeps his promises!

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  138. Jenny White

    Just what I needed to read today. I’d given up hope of ever being used by God again. I’ve felt shattered at times, alone and hopeless. It’s good to remember God is the potter and I am the clay even though the circumstance is not changing immediately. Isaiah 64:8

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  139. Jayne Miller

    I have a very special friend who is going thru some very tuff things. She and I friends for over 50 years and she suddenly decided that we could not be friends anymore. We live an 1.5 hours away from each other. There was no fight or argument, She would not answer my calls, texts or email. So after six months I showed up at her door out of concern for her. She was in a very deep depression and told me our relationship needed fixing but she had too much to handle at this time. As hurt as I was, I only want to do what I can to help her. I text her devotions, prayers and would love to send her this book. I do know that she loves Lisa’s books as much as I do. Thank you and God Bless!

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  140. Carey Crossthwaite

    The verse that really resonated with me was Genesis 2:7, it really spoke to my heart that God forms me, breathes His life into me to be able to live my life for His purposes.
    The whole thing really spoke to me at this time thank you God Bless

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  141. Erin K

    Hi Lysa,
    I just enjoy your blogs so much. I really relate well to you & can not wait to read your new book. These verses are great and what a great subject- dust. The verse that touches my heart the most is “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV). It’s a reminder that no matter how tough my circumstances are or will be tomorrow- that I am in His hand. That image of me in His hand is so full of intimacy and His care & comfort for where I am right now. The intimacy with Him is exactly what I need… over & over being in His hand.
    Plus, if He does with us like Israel and molds our dust into clay and truly is my potter in my difficulties… then wouldn’t I trust Him to handle my tomorrow. Thank you for bringing this verse to my attention today & this beautiful blog.

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  142. Rebecca Jenkins

    This was beautiful! I really love Isaiah 64:8, “Yet you, LORD…” No matter our circumstances, “yet you, LORD!!”

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  143. Julie G

    Isaiah 64:8 is meaningful to me. “We are all the work of your hand” really speaks to my heart.

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  144. Lesa D Wilhoit

    The scripture that spoke to me the most Jer 18:16 “Can I not do with you, Israel, as the potter does?’ Declares the Lord. Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand Israel.”
    My life for the last 3 years has fallen apart due to an alcoholic husband of 28 years. My 2 adult children have said if I don’t leave their father I would only see them on Holidays. I filed for divorce July 2017 and still trying to finalize it. God is remolding me day by day! He is So Faithful!!!! LESA

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  145. LuAnn Meyer

    Lysa… Just this morning I sat at the table crying with my husband. I told him I was broken inside and didn’t know if I could be fixed. We are going through a difficult family situation. Today’s devotion spoke the words I needed to hear. Thank you. I have your book Embraced and can’t wait to get your new book.

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  146. Deborah Cuellar

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)
    I feel like dust right now, but I want to be a work of His hand everyday.

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  147. Cary Burchak

    In thinking of my broken places, I had never thought of them as “dust”. And yet, as you shared, being “shattered to the point of dust” is absolutely true. For that reason, I love both the scriptures in Genesis and in John. After the loss of my oldest son in a car accident, my life was shattered to the point I wasn’t sure I would survive the pain. Countless times I cried out to the Lord that “It’s not supposed to be this way!” And yet, as only God can do, He breathed His breath of life into my shattered heart, propped me up, and led me as a middle school Bible teacher to point students to our Redeemer God. He does not waste one thing. Not our grief. Not our shattered dreams. Not our questions of “why?” Just as Jesus spit in the dust and gave the blind man eyes to see, Jesus has done that for me. He has taken the broken dust woman that I am and given me “eyes to see” that He is the God who brings beauty from the ashes of our dust.

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  148. Holly

    Is 64:8 reminder that God is in control. Need to remember that God made everything and can use this dust (me) for His glory and purpose as well.

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  149. Lori

    “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).

    The Lord uses things that seem worthless to us, such as dust, to make something either healing (as in your reference to the man being made able to see ) or lifegiving, as in the verse above.

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  150. Cary Burchak

    In thinking of my broken places, I had never considered that they are “dust”. And yet, as you shared, being “shattered to the point of dust” is absolutely true. For that reason, I love both the scriptures in Genesis and in John. After the loss of my oldest son in a car accident, my life was shattered to the point I wasn’t sure I would survive the pain. Countless times I cried out to the Lord that “It’s not supposed to be this way!” And yet, as only God can do, He breathed His breath of life into my shattered heart, propped me up, and led me as a middle school Bible teacher to point students to our Redeemer God. He does not waste one thing. Not our grief. Not our shattered dreams. Not our questions of “why?” Just as Jesus spit in the dust and gave the blind man eyes to see, Jesus has done the same for me. He has taken the broken dust woman that I am and given me “eyes to see” that He is the God who brings beauty from the ashes of our dust.

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  151. Caitlin

    I could have never been made into clay from the Potter’s hands if I hadn’t first come from dust and water. When God shapes, He takes the most insignificant things like dust and turns them into me–a living, breathing person. Made in the image of God.

    Dust can serve His purposes in ways we never thought it could. So can clay. I know because He made me.

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  152. Rachel

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV

    I can do nothing in my own strength and I am only clay for the Potter to work on. I need His strength every day!

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  153. Norma Cisneros

    Hello Lydia, Isaiah 64:8 sprung out to me as I have felt so defeated. I was divorced in 1999. I have prayed for restoration in our marriage but it didn’t happen. My ex husband remarried and I have prayed for a godly man. And that hasn’t happened either. I have two beautiful daughters and a beautiful granddaughter. I am so lonely as my daughters are grown and one is in the airforce. I know I have distanced myself from church but my love for God and Jesus are very strong. I have seen God restore marriages and or bring people together as they have gotten remarried.
    I also would love to have a companion friend and a loving husband altogether. Sometimes I feel God has forgotten me in those circumstances. I love to read your blog. They are very helpful.
    Sometimes I feel like I have nothing to look forward to.
    Please keep me in your prayers

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  154. Alyssa Melendez

    Wow, this post was really great for me in this season of my life. I definitely feel like dust right now. I love Jeremiah 18:6 because it truly speaks to the power God has to transform us. “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’”

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  155. Julia Waterman

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV) The fact that God is steadfast, that He is unchanging, that He responds the way He does with love….this actually brings me great comfort….even if I don’t like the circumstance that He brings.

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  156. Leticia Aleman

    I have to be reminded that I am still work in progress and that my father God is not done with me: Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
    God is all powerful to make all things new…
    thank you

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  157. bonnie fuhrman

    I love the Old Testament and New Testament references to dust – tying it all together that the Lord uses dust and makes something glorious – if we are willing to trust Him on the journey … I will- to will – Thy will … thank you, Lysa.

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  158. Christina Bartley

    Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” I feel like I am dust now, and this is a great reminder of what God can form out of nothing.

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  159. Teresa Tompkins

    Isaiah 64:8 – reminds me The Father is constantly molding me into the person He wants me to be.

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  160. Leonie

    Isaiah 64 verse 8

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  161. Sue

    Isaiah 64:8 penetrated my heart that He is a good Father and His heart for me is GOOD always.

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    • Suzanne Compton

      Isaiah 64:8 Lord, mold me and make me into a servant for you.

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  162. Liz Williams

    I love love love “you can’t glue dust”!!!
    I am so shattered. My husband left me close to 5 years ago. I still love him and pray for him every day, and I want him to come home – still. My heart is so broken, and I rely on our Lord to help me through this every single day. I love your stories Lysa. thank you.

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  163. Kelly Albers

    Jeremiah 18:6, NIV. I’ve recently been diagnosed with several health issues. Your book title resonates deeply with me as I, at times, struggle with the future God has planned for me now versus the future I thought I would have. Fill me deeply Lord, with the words and wisdom only You can bestow. I am looking forward to the mesages your book will bestow.

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  164. Rhonda Guinn

    This is one of the most, if not the most poignant, inspirational, and soul soothing devotionals I have ever been blessed to read. Thank you so very much. After a heartrending divorce after 44 years of marriage and the devastation and pain that came with it your words spoke to me like no others. I know without a doubt it was God speaking to me through you. Thank you for being obedient to our loving Father and for blessing and sustaining me while doing so.

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  165. Judy

    Dear Lysa,
    As the potter prepares the clay it is cut and divided and thrown and molded and formed into a wonderful piece. It takes precision and strength to form the clay into shape on the potter’s wheel. If we are clay, we must have faith that whatever trials we experience, painful as they may be, we can understand that the Father is forming us to be the most beautiful piece…his creation.

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  166. Rachael

    For me Jeremiah 18:6! Right now I’m in an absolutely shattered to dust stage of life, and being reminded that I’m not only loved by God, but in His hand is such a needed word from Him.

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  167. Chris

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)
    Hi Lysa, I like the above verse because it’s a confession of who God is and a confession of who we are as well as an explanation of our relationship with God.
    Perfect!

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  168. Karen

    Dear Lysa, I am so blessed you have entered my life through your writing. Everything you write resonates with my soul and right now I am in a situation where I feel very overwhelmed, abandoned and lost. As I have been praying I am reminded of my need to trust the Lord, focus on his promises and truths and kept coming to the realization he’s waiting for me to change or see differently. I haven’t been able to make sense of it u til tonight and the passage

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV). I’m in his hand and he’s working his magic. I just have to trust that he knows what’s in my heart and will hear my prayers. And hopefully I will see what he wants from me so that from dust I can be made new again. Thank you for always guiding me closer to Jesus!!!

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  169. Mary Smiljkovich

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    I love how this verse declares YET Our father is the potter who can make us new.
    I have a physical illness that I jokingly say “I really am falling apart” I’ve been having lots of surgeries to put my puzzle back together. It has emotionally been very shattering, too. At first I wanted my life to just be “Back to normal”, then things got worse and l just wanted to be functional, just some kind of normal.
    I agree with you 100% I find hope in the declaring: I have this crazy shattered world YET God is making me new.

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  170. Tammy

    Isa 64:8 is very special to me. God had given me this scripture as I was graduating from college and then someone at church also spoke those words to me. The process of being molded (picking out the glass and rocks) is painful, but worth it all in the end.

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  171. Kim

    John 9:5–6 resonated with me…I am the light of the world. Fighting the darkness.

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  172. Sharon

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    I lived for a long season with “more than I thought I could possibly bear”. But God.

    This piece of clay bears witness to the work of the Potter’s hand who continues to sculpt me into His image!

    It is overwhelming to be reminded, yet again, that we are the work of His hands. Really, what more can we ask for?

    Selah.

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  173. Deana Bache

    Isaiah 64:8 is my favorite verse mentioned in the post. The fact that everything – every little detail – is in God’s hands. He will provide and take care of us. Even in the hardest, most impossible situations. He makes all things possible.

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  174. Tescia

    Isaiah 64:8 – It gives me hope and fills me with anticipation for the future.

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  175. Melinda S

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV) I’ve been dust several times and every time God has made something better of me; more understanding, more compassion, more steadfastness, and more conviction that God is good all the time.

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  176. Stephanie

    Lysa. Please pray. My friend’s husband has filed for divorce. We have been praying for her marriage for years. We have been longtime followers of yours and have seen you speak. Please email me if you can reach out to my friend.

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  177. Melina Lucyk

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)
    This verse resonates deeply with me. It reminds me that clay is pliable, and to be made into something it must yield to the potter. For me the message is that I need to trust God fully and yield to his will for my life and do so with complete willingness.
    This is especially hard to do when you’re hurting and your instinct is to protect yourself from further discomfort. I need to work on this level of faith in my loving God. I am hoping to learn how to accomplish this better in your new book and eagerly anticipate reading it!

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  178. Stephanie

    Thank you. I think of ashes to ashes and dust to dust as the ending and now I realize dust is also the beginning. Another message of hope.

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  179. Donna

    All of the Scriptures apply to me! Our family has experienced great pain. At one point I wanted to divorce most of my immediate family members. God broke me and through the power of His spirit, he formed me into something more beautiful than I could’ve ever imagined Most importantly, I see my loved ones who struggle as God‘s children who need the love and grace I have been shown.

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  180. Filomena Giannico

    ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” – More than anything else, this gives me a very warm feeling, protected, shielded…and sometimes, we just need to feel that in order to take a deep breath.

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  181. Heidi Pearson

    Isaiah 64:8 – he is molding me into a version of myself that I only dreamt was possible!

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  182. Gina Wills

    Genesis 2:7…I love that he uses the dust to form us! This verse also implies how important His Holy Spirit ( the breath ) is to truly being alive! This post broke open my heart…God has spoken loudly that I need to stand up to something that I have not handled well in my marriage for many years…I feel as though I am the clay pot being sanded into clay dust. I have tried to glue this marriage together for too many years on my own, and the pieces are not staying together by my efforts. I am praying that my standing firm with Christ will allow both my husband and I to be refined into dust, and in the process we will be recreated in The Potters hands and His breath will restore us!

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  183. Liz Deleon

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  184. Lisa

    The verse in Jeremiah… but really all of them!!! So thankful for this opportunity… perfect timing to read about this book💕

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  185. Kristine Riggs

    Thank you, Lisa for your Shattered Beyond Repair blog! That is exactly what I needed to hear. I have been juggling so much for the last two years; problems with my health, my adult children going through growing pains and moving, only to turn around 6 months later (or less) and move again. However, the most difficult ways I have been shattered is what we all deal with at some point, which is the loss of a loved one. My Dad passed away last year from lung cancer. We lost my Mom to the same thing 12 years ago. Now it is less than 2 months since my boyfriend passed away. I often think lately that I do not know how much more pain and loss I can endure. I try to remind myself regularly that even these things God can use for His good. The truth of is is I DO feel like dust, so easily tossed about by the wind but then today I am reminded of Jeremiah ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV) Whether I win the new book or not, please know how much your emails mean to me. Thank you and may God continue to bless your ministry.

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  186. Sue

    Isaiah 64:8 I am so grateful that God has molded me in His image, and that He has a plan for my life!

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  187. Miriam Joslin

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV) This is the verse that spoke to me and encouraged me as I remember he is working and molding me continually as I surrender my all to him. I want to be used as his vessel to point others to his mercy and grace.

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  188. Joanne Murphy

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV) Is one of my favorite verses, because it doesn’t end with the work of God, but it can only continue with us, the children of God going boldly and living the life The Lord God Almighty and our Father gave us. Because if we don’t Isaiah 64:8 means nothing. But if we accept this challenge and become Christ followers and live our lives alongside the Holy Spirit whom Jesus Christ left for us; so we would never feel alone, always have an anchor, and in doing so engage more Christ followers and happen to cure AIDS at the same time, I guess it was worth the risk of God getting a little handsy with me.

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  189. Lela Cherry

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  190. Linda Foltz

    You said: Of all the things God could have used to make man, He chose to use dust. “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).

    That’s what struck me. He could have made us out of anything. He could have made us out of something we don’t even know. But He chose dust. Not even dirt, but dust. The most inconsequential thing there is.

    And then He breathed the breath of life into this dust, and it somehow becomes a living, breathing person. He completely transforms the dust and shows off His power and creativity. Wow!

    I am at a very very discouraged place in my life. It’s hard to go on from day to day. But this gives me hope, even as I’m in tears. If God can take dust and make a living human being out if it, can’t He take my impossible circumstances and breathe life into them? I surely hope so.

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  191. Kathy Holmes

    Jeremiah 18:6 resonates with me the most. I’m reminded that God is sovereign, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. His plan is always better than mine even when mine seems like the best option at the time. Shattered seems hopeless with God, He can make things new again. Thank you Lisa for the light of hope that you shed as you shared your vulnerability. God bless you.

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  192. Dusty

    Genesis 2:7 resonates with me because He can give us all new life and restore our hope when we deepen our faith by walking with Him. My nickname and the name most people call me is Dusty. Your glorious teaching provides a new prospective into His grace and steadfastness. I now see my name in a new light…according to the amazing glow he instills in everyone who believes. PS beyond excited to read your latest book, Lysa! 😍

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  193. JOANN GRESH

    FOR 61 YEARS MY LIFE WAS DUST. MY MIND WAS SHATTERED INTO 7 DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES. MY BODY WAS SHATTERED THE PAIN OFBEING RAPED AS A 5 YEAR OLD. THE DUST THAT WAS LEFT BY SOMETHING THAT WASNT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN, THAT I DIDNT REMEMBERUNTIL 30 YEARS LATER. GOD WAS MY ONLY FRIEND. MY LIFE WAS LIKE LISA MCVAY WHO SURVIVED THE KIDNAPPING OF A SERIAL KILLER., THE SAME THING THAT HAPPENED TO JOYCE MEYER WAS MY LIFE, BUT GOD WAS ALWAYS THERE HOLDING ME GUIDING ME TEACHING ME TO BRING ME TO THE PLACE WHERE I AM. ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE WHO I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO HELP HAD THE BREAKING NEVER OCCURRED. HIS LOVE SUSTAINED ME EVEN WHEN I DIDNT KNOW WHERE HE WAS. IM 66 NOW AND THE LIFE THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IS NOT WHAT GOD HAS CREATED BECAUSE OF THE BREAKING. A NEW CREATION, COMMPASSIONATE, LOVING AND BETTER BECAUSE OF THE DUST THAT WAS LEFT BEHIND. ITS THE QUALITY OF LIFE NOT THE QUANTITY. IM CLAIMING ISIAH 58 AND NOW AT RETIREMENT AGE LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE GOD USED IN THE BIBLE, OLD AGE DOES NOT MEAN YOUR LIFE IS OVER, MAY ONLY BEGINNING. A NEW BEGINNING, A NEW LIFE BECAUSE HE IS THE GREAT I AM AND NOTHING SATAN DOES TO DESTROY YOU WILL HAPPEN. GOD IS GREATER THAN ANY DUST THE ENEMY LEFT BEHIND. PRAISE GOD.

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  194. Michelle

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

    God is in the business of using dust for His glory!

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  195. Linda

    Jesus said, “‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” (John 9:5–6, NIV). And after the man washed in the pool of Siloam, he went home seeing.
    I particularly love this because Jesus healed someone who was blind using a way he probably never expected. Being blind in one eye. I long for the day that God heals me in a way I may never expect!!

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  196. Julie

    Jeremiah 18:6 is the verse that speaks loudest at this moment, because I put my name in place of Israel.
    I’m shattered right now. As I write this, I am 2 weeks from the still birth of our son. I don’t want to wallow in grief and self pity and park my mind on what I’ve lost and what should have been. I didn’t even have the words to describe how I feel – but shattered is perfect. And the reminders you gave and verses you pointed out are exactly what I needed to start moving forward.
    Thank you.

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    • Wendy Flory

      Just said a prayer for you Julie!

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  197. Kim Petroski

    ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

    Hope is in these words for me because I see and feel the potter’s hands on me. Reminding me He is working this stubborn piece of clay into His masterpiece. He is bringing beauty from the ashes of my broken marriage and I have learned to yield to Him so the work can be done. It has taken a year but God is faithful and His timing is perfect. Thank you God for holding me in your hands.

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  198. Tina Nolt

    Jeremiah 18:6
    The picture of God reshaping me is beautiful and gives me such hope. I want to be all that He intended for me to be and I want to see myself as God sees me. To abandon myself wholly to God is scary and hard, but it’s everything I want. One day at a time, one obedient moment at a time…

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  199. Judy

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)
    I’m in my 70s and I struggle with regret, hopelessness and defeat. I’m looking forward to this book.

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  200. Julia caudle

    John 9 5-6 This really spoke to my heart. I would love to have a copy of this book I lost my daughter tragically in a car accident, she was 22 years old a little over a year ago ! Your devotion app has helped me so much through all of this!! God continues to speak to me.

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  201. Sundi Jo Graham

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

    I relate to Jeremiah so much. He was a young man who longed to live for the Lord, but often he was afraid to do so. Yet God graciously guided him time and time again. I feel like I live there a lot.

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  202. Jennifer

    John 9:5-6 reminded me to be still and submit to God so that I can be made new. I love the image you gave of being reshaped into something new and beautiful.

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  203. Gwen

    “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

    Reminds me there’s hope – that there’s nothing God can’t do. We are all the like clay in His hand when we allow Him to be the Potter or our shattered lives.

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  204. Angela Newby

    The scripture that resonated most with me is ‘While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” (John 9:5–6, NIV). I am letting my light shine on the people in my life as long as God allows me to be here on Earth.

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  205. Angie

    Isaiah 64:8, I have to remind myself that God can Mold me into what I need to be …if I only let him be the potter in my life.

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  206. Beth

    Isaiah 64:8. I very recently have had many life altering blows. I believed Gods promises despite what everyone said. They were right and my world continues to crumble. I am dust. This season may have broke me. I hope God does keep His promise to create something new.

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  207. vicki meador

    “Broken” describes my life and emotions very well. Gen 2:7 reminds me that God is able to take the dust of my life and make me new for His glory. Thank you for the reminder.

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  208. Tracy

    This was a powerful message….I absolutely love how you perfectly described this analogy. I am currently walking through a dust storm and I have surrendered it all. I’m learning to be still and trusting God to create something new and beautiful from the dust.

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  209. Lindsey

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)

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  210. Alisa

    The truth of every verse resonated with me. Thank you for allowing us to see that scripture proves scripture! He has plans to make something from the dust of this season! I am so thankful for this truth!
    Blessings!

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  211. Lisa Dulara

    Isaiah 64:8 resonates with me as I struggle to give myself daily to God to be molded after what HE desires, not me. 💜

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  212. Alisha

    Genesis 2:7…my life and vitality come from the breath of God, not the dust that seems to compose me. Marriage, family, work, place in the church, friendship, health all create an outline to my being, an outline created by God. Even though the hand of God shaped it, it’s an empty vessel waiting to be filled by His life-giving Spirit. Lord, help me be grateful I’m filled with Life rather than being frustrated/disgusted with the shape of my dusty container. Things may look rough on the outside, but I’m filled with the breath of God.

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  213. sallie sparks

    John 9:5-6 there is healing in the dust and finely shattered particles of our hurts. It doesn’t just get swept away, the dust when mixed with Jesus is used to heal us!

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  214. Tammy J Dyer

    I love being molded by God! So it’s definitly Isaih 64:8… Mold me as you need me Lord…even when there’s missing pieces…fill them with your love ❤Amen

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  215. Sandi

    Jeremiah 18:6 resonates so much with me right now; we are definitely in a season of dust; with everything we thot was secure crumbling down and no peace and no clear answers or directions. Desparately wanting/needing God to step in and start fresh in us. So hard to take hands off and not try to constantly fix, on our own strength, which doesn’t work. Your books have all ministered so much to me and I believe this one is what I need for such a time as this.

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  216. Carolyn

    Just the word I needed this very day! Bless you!

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  217. Gail White

    This devotional reminded me of a figurine I have. It is a small angel with a water jug, tipped to pour out its’ contents. It was purchased when my family was in Sicily and was made from alabaster dust. Someone discovered that cutting alabaster produces dust, similar to sawdust from wood cutting. This dust could be swept out or gathered up, mixed with water and shaped, molded or pressed into figurines. The figurines are sold, thus adding to the income of the mason who cut the alabaster slabs. This, to me, is an example of how even dust can be used in a beautiful and productive way when seen through the eyes of a Master Artisan.

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  218. Brenda

    I love your emails. I love the verse Isaiah 64:8. It’s comforting to know we are in his hands and he is still forming us into something beautiful even though life seems to be falling a part. Thank you Lisa for your words if encouragement.

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  219. Pam Anderson

    Genesis 2:7 gives me such hope. It fits perfectly with your message today. God can make beauty from our dust, just as he made man.
    I plan to cling to this truth.
    thank you.
    Pam

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  220. Samantha Starrett

    Genesis 2.7- I have focused on being in the Potter’s hands these last year. But today Genesis 2.7 spoke to me. If he can make man out of dust before “man” was even a thing- he can make my dust into a new life. Right now I feel like I am dust on the ground, and I can not do anything with dust. But God creates life, beauty and unexpected futures out of dust- and I desperately need to believe this now. “So in our heart we felt the sentence of death, but this would be so we wouldn’t rely on ourselves but God, who raises the dead.” 2 Cor. 1.9

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  221. Ana Pena

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)
    This verse resonates with me the most… he is not done with me, through all the bad and hurt, he is still working on me. 🙂
    Thanks for your encouragement.

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  222. Cary Burchak

    In thinking of my broken places, I had never considered calling them “dust”. And yet, as you shared, being “shattered to the point of dust” is absolutely true. For that reason, I love both the scriptures in Genesis and in John. After the loss of my oldest son in a car accident, my life was shattered to the point I wasn’t sure I would survive the pain. Countless times I cried out to God that “It isn’t supposed to be this way!” And yet, as only God can do, He breathed His breath of life into my shattered heart, propped me up, and led me as a middle school Bible teacher to point students to our Redeemer God. He does not waste one thing. Not our grief. Not our shattered dreams. Not our questions of “why?” Just as Jesus spit in the dust and gave the blind man eyes to see, Jesus has done the same for me. He has taken the broken dust woman that I am and given me “eyes to see” that He is the God who brings beauty from the ashes of our dust stories.

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  223. Larryn Griffith

    Lysa, thank you so much for this post. I was feeling so down, but also feeling selfish for feeling down. So many more people are hurt or broken or ill, much more so than I. I’m dealing with a ‘broken’ knee, it’s failing and arthritic. I’m increasingly having trouble walking and doing things. I have no insurance, but God has blessed me with some financial coverage through a local hospital and a good doctor, but the waiting is hard. And of course, the thought of surgery is unsettling. I’ve had to quit a part-time job, bringing in much needed money, and stop serving at church. It broke my heart. But when you wrote: “What if, this time, God desires to make something completely brand-new? Right now. On this side of eternity. No matter how impossible our circumstances may seem.” all I could focus on were the words ‘something completely brand-new’, and I felt God encouraging me. Maybe I can be patient through the waiting, get my knee replaced, and get back to being as much of an encourager and a blessing to others as I can be, serving at church again, and even being a light of God’s love at my part-time job. I pray that you and everyone dealing with brokenness will know and feel the overwhelming support and love of God. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is faithful. God bless you.

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  224. Heidi Petterson

    The verse in Jeremiah is so comforting. It h helps me to remember that I should and can always relinquish control to my Creator. He is not only my Creator but The Creator of all things!

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  225. Val Dehline

    Isaiah 64:8. Knowing that I am clay in the potter’s Hand. That God can mold and make me into the being he desires me to be. I love that it doesn’t matter how I look at the present time. He still lovingly holds me in his hands. He shapes and guides and directs me.

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  226. Jacqueline Hoge

    He is the potter! We are the clay. Wow! He can use dust!

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  227. Andrea

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  228. Lynn Johnson

    Isiah 64:8

    A reminder that we are not created to be the ruler of our own destiny.

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  229. Stacey

    Genesis 2:7

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  230. Winona

    Lysa
    Thank-you thank-you for your words. You have an honesty about you that helps me to put my own pain into words. Broken! Broken into more than pieces – we’ve been crushed! Your idea of dust resonated deeply with me today.
    What popped for me was John 9:5,6. Jesus could have easily touched the man’s eyes without having to spit into the dust to make mud. Yet, He made something “yucky” to make something beautiful and whole.
    I am waiting for my “yucky” to be turned into beauty ….

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  231. Beloved Star

    Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. – Jeremiah 18:6

    This verse just spoke to me reminding me of being in Israel’s place. Much like the people at that time who were lost, broken, hurting and disappointed. I find this promise so real that I can put my name in this verse and personalize it ….Can I not do with you, “Esther”, as this potter does? Like clay in the hand of the potter, So you are in my hand, “Esther”..
    Such confirmation that even though I feel like dust right now ,struggling in a hurtful and spiritually abused marriage, I can rely on the God of Israel to turn my dust into diamonds for his Glory. Amen.

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  232. Angie

    The scripture that really stood out for me was John 9:5-6…”While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
    This has been a really hard year, beginning with 2017 and Hurricane Harvey hitting our area. So much devastation, so many losing their homes, businesses, vehicles, everything they owned. It affected everyone whether you lost something or not, towns were shut down, stores were shut down; when stores did open, you had to wait in line outside in the heat to be able to go in due to limited supplies and limited employees on hand, you were limited on what you could purchase and were lucky if there was milk, bread, eggs, things we all take for granted. Our church wasn’t touched, but everything around it was. Eighty to ninety percent of our church families were flooded. Yet we all came together to help out the community. Churches and individuals all across the country and the world, sent money, food, home supplies for our church to then give out to the community. It was an amazing thing to be a part of. We were the light to so many and it was a great feeling.
    Then at the beginning of 2018, we lost my mom unexpectedly, one week after losing a brother-in-law. Losing my mom has been one of the worst things I have ever been through, I’m the only girl and I miss her terribly. I really didn’t grieve her due to so much on my to do list concerning her estate and my job, until this summer when we suffered another blow, our nephew was found in his home. In between losing our mom and our nephew, we have lost many others connected to our family (in-laws of my brothers, grandparents of my nieces and nephews on their mom’s side of the family, someone counted and said we have lost 17 just since Jan.).
    I try to post only positive things, there are so many others who have been through the same things, have lost a mom just this year alone. We are all grieving. I try to be that light and have my grieving moments in private. Sometimes I just want to be alone and that’s normal.
    I was also given the privilege to be a part of a group that went on a missions trip to Colombia, South America this past summer. I had never flown before and had never thought I’d ever go to Colombia (my aunt and uncle were missionaries there for years). I am so glad I finally said yes (I was asked a few weeks after my mom died). It was the most amazing trip and the people there are so kind, beautiful and loving everywhere you go. Again, we let our light shine. We are so blessed to live in America, we take so much for granted. There are some there that have nothing, but yet they smile and will give you whatever they have to give. They fed us, gave hugs freely and wanted their photos taken with us everywhere we went. If I could’ve stayed there all summer, I would have. We plan on going back every summer.
    I also work at a middle school, I have a classroom where the kids who break the rules come to do their work. I have to be their light in this cruel world. For some of them, I am the only light they may see that day, some of them have horrible home lives. I pray over my room every morning before school that God will let them see Him through me and that they will feel His presence in my classroom (I can’t mention this to them because it is a school, but no one is in my classroom when I pray).
    Thank you for writing all that you do, I have just recently come across your books through a relative and I love everything I have read so far. Can’t wait to read your newest book.
    God bless you.

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  233. Sherri VanAartsen

    I can relate to the Isaiah 64:8 passage. It gives me hope and confidence that God made me the way I am for His purpose and is always at work in my life molding me even in the yuck and mundane of life everything has a purpose with God.

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  234. Laurie

    Jeremiah 18:6 helped me to remember to trust God and what He is causing or allowing in my life.

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  235. Sherri Longnecker

    I never thought about the fact that maybe God isn’t trying to put us back together but to make something completely brand new. I also never thought about the fact that we were made from dust. And that dust is the main ingredient in clay. I love the two visuals. It makes me feel like there is hope. Thank You Lysa! I can’t wait to read your book. I think it will also help my best friends mother. We lost my best friend at a young age. Leaving behind two children.

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  236. Amy E

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

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  237. Wendy Flory

    Jeremiah 18:6 resonates with me because I too am in a season of dust at the moment. I need God’s reminder that He is using this season to create something new, to make something better of me. In what feels like brokenness, God is creating something that will be used for His glory! (Even though the process sure does hurt right now). What a precious reminder that I needed to read today!

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  238. Elana

    The words you used when saying that sometimes God allows dust to be present in our lives in order to make something new changed my day around. I needed to hear those words right now so much and I am in awe of how God uses people all around us to encourage and uplift each other. This verse will be one I’m holding on to in my tough season . “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)

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  239. Jacoba Leyenhorst

    The one from Isaiah 64 – that God is the potter, we are the clay. Good reminder.

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  240. Keri Weiss

    This scripture really resonated with me. God is working on me molding me and shaping me.
    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  241. Shelly Cox

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

    This one resonates with me the most. I know that the Lord has taken me broken and made me
    new in a different way. A new and improved me!

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  242. ANDREA

    Isaiah 64:8 – I am constantly growing, learning, and changing thanks to God’s grace.

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  243. Kalyn Milton

    “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’ After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes” John 9:5–6
    This verse brings such promise and hope to me. No matter how hopeless or dark the situation that I am in is, it is never to dark for His light to overcome. He is able to do immeasurably more than anything I could even imagine in my life.

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  244. Katie

    Oooo yippie, a giveaway! Thank you Lysa!! I liked John 9:5-6 because one of the Biblical descriptions I most love about Jesus is Light of the World. Also, how He uses spit and dirt to heal someone. Classic!!

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  245. Kara

    Hi Lysa! Isaiah 64:8. My husband struggles with addiction, and I have watched God transform him from dry dust to pliable clay. I’ve experienced my own heart transformation as God has been molding me and shaping me ever since.

    http://www.greyministries.com
    #lovetrumpsaddiction

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  246. Julie

    Isaiah 64:8

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  247. Pam

    Isaiah 64:8 – I’m being painfully shaped into the image of Christ. It doesn’t feel good…at all. But, because of the brokenness, I feel Christ’s presence through the process.

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  248. Becky Young

    ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

    He is God and can do as He pleases. He loves us with an everlasting hope. My unsaved adult children are breaking my heart and make me feel hopeless. I’ve prayed for so long that God reveal Himself and call them to HIM. I KNOW God wants this for my kids. My heart hurts for them. Sometimes I despair. I need to remember these verses. God’s timing, for His glory and good are what is important. I need be faithful. God certainly is. Thanks, Lisa.

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  249. Caitlin

    Lord, take the “dust” of my life and breathe something life-giving and life-changing into it. Take my “dusty” relationships, problems, struggles, and trials and give them life.

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  250. Lily

    I love how God uses something as insignificant and overlooked as dust to perform life-changing miracles. Only God could breathe life into something as tiny and unimportant as dust. I pray that He will do that in my life as well.

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  251. Marinda Patton

    Isaiah 64:8

    One of my favorites:
    “Have Thine own way Lord
    Have Thine own way
    Thou art the potter I am the clay
    Mold me and make me after Thy will
    While I am waiting yielded and still.”

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  252. Monica

    I’d love to win! The verse that resonated most with me was Jeremiah 18:6. Letting go and letting God be in control is something I’m learning to do in so many areas of my life. He is the potter, I am not.

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  253. Patti

    Lysa,
    You are such an inspiration to me and so many other women. I am going through the roughest trial of my life right now and the verse:
    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)
    resonates with me because for years I have substituted my name for “Israel” in scripture. God has given me a verse every day of this journey to assure me that He has got this situation under control, and your devotion and this scripture serves to reinforce his love for me, even when I feel so undeserving.
    God bless you sister.

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  254. Gretchen Scoleri

    That’s really cool, Lisa, how He forms us from dust (Gen. 2:7) and throughout our lives will allow us to be broken back down into that very thing again. Nothing but dust. It feels like nothing, oh so stripped and very empty, sometimes feels defeated to be “back at square one” when you feel you’ve made so much progress (pride)!
    But it’s where He will build a whole new pot of clay out of me. Love this dust analogy to recreate, not just refine. Thank you! That’s where I am!

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  255. Kellie Arroyo

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    To me this is a reminder to always give it ALL to Him. Especially in those moments where it feels like too much to bare. Whenever I have felt lost and alone, I tried to do it all on my own time after time but that never works because that was never His will for any of us.

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  256. Kelley T

    “‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)

    What a PRECIOUS reminder. Thank you.

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  257. Megan G.

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    I think sometimes I forget that I’m not the one who is in control; sometimes I want to force things to go one way even if they’re not meant to. I am constantly being molded and shaped. Oftentimes the dust is misunderstood as being the end, when it is in fact just the beginning.

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  258. Jessica Griffin

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    What a relief it is to know that we are not in control! What a joy to live in the truth that this is not where our story ends!
    When Isaiah compared us to clay, it was not in a derogatory way. It was to present the truth that we are creations of the Creator who still has control in our lives to transform us! It can be so easy to slip into the lie that we are not enough and that our circumstances determine where we will go. God has turned shepherds into kings, closed the mouths of lions, and defeated sin and death. The transformation may come with pain, but it is all worth in when we realize that it is for His kingdom!
    Thank you, Lysa, for reminding us of this truth today! It was greatly needed.

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  259. Jennifer Smith

    Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    As I was reading your blog, I received a text form my 22 year old. He got rejected from a job that he has been pursuing. This is not the first rejection and I really thought he was on the right path. I thought finally he will feel a sense of purpose and hopefulness. I do not claim to understand God’s ways – they are not my ways. I needed the reminder that we are the clay and HE is the potter – not me.

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  260. Calista Baker

    I loved the reminder that mankind was formed of dust and God breathed life into His creation. God can take my dust, reform, and breathe life into it!

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  261. Lisay

    I am a shattered dust bunny ball relying on our Loving Artist to create a beautiful Masterpiece out of my messy life and painful circumstances . My best friend is dying of pancreatic cancer and my husband lost his job along with my health decline after suffering concussion 6 months ago. I am clinging on to Jesus trusting Him as He works with the dust and clay. I love the Isaiah scriptures that speak this truth in our lifes. Thanks for your prayers.
    Love Lisay

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  262. Danielle James

    Hi – The verse that resonated with me was “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV) The reason being in my darkest moments, I feel that God who can do anything, made me the rubbish bin, a place to store all the unwanted, the rubbish that even He does not want. I know this is a lie and that God is good but when things keep going wrong, facing disappointment after disappointment, its hard to hold on and keep believing the truth. I’m worn out. I want to trust Him with dust, with me – I don’t want this scripture to be twisted and fill me with dread. I want to dare to believe He will make something glorious!

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  263. Jennie Boerman

    Oh my heart aches. I have been feeling defeated for way too long. This reading was beautiful. Chills as I write this. When I read Genesis 2:7, I said, “Yes, Lord, Yes.”
    Thank you.

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  264. Jennifer

    Thank you for reminding us that we are all dust and clay in His hands.

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  265. Kristy

    Genesis 2:7
    I’ve always know we were made from dust but putting it in a new light today. God can reform us into something completely new and not just put it back the way it was! What hope!

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  266. Jennie B

    I came back to this today to re-read. Waking up angry and exhausted another day. Talking to my Savior and this post came to mind. Yes, Genesis 2:7! How the dust is essential to our being. Our brokenness is not wasted. There is good to come. Don’t give up.

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  267. pat

    Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.’” (Jeremiah 18:6, NIV)
    Our Lord never gives up on us no matter what we do. I love when he rebuilds us. Maybe not lovin it when it first starts lol but once I understand what is happening.

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  268. Margaret Harms

    Isaiah 64:8 I love how God can remake our dust for his glory. My aunts husband just left her for someone much younger and I’m planning on gifting her this book as soon as it’s out and of course reading it myself! It’s hard to know what to say in those moments but I just try to be there for her as much as I can.

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  269. Judi Rhodes

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    He is our creator from the beginning of time.

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  270. Carrie Greer

    I wept when I read this devotional. If I had to put a single word to how I sometimes feel, when I am not seeking God, it would be DUST. Thank you Lysa for listening to God’s word and what He says about how He uses dust. Sign me up to be His dust and to be used in His way every single time.

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  271. Arlene

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

    I can’t share the reasons publicly, but know that it means much to me, and I’m sending this post to a friend who I’m hoping it will help tremendously.

    Thank you, Lysa!

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  272. Carol Love

    John 9:5-6 where Jesus used clay to cover the eyes of the blind man means so much to me. You see, I have vision problems that could become serious. I love to read and use the computer to communicate with family and friends since we live full time in a motorhome and travel with the seasons. I pray that He will use His clay and spittal to open not only my physical eyes but my spiritual eyes. I am one of those Christians who read and take literally what is presented, often missing nuances and inferences that add color to the picture.

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  273. Rosalyn Flanagan

    This is my favourite scripture from your devotion. Thank you!
    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)

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  274. Rev. ONI Ekogiawe Pascal

    Your reason to say what you have to says must be heaven sent to humanity. Lysa, to say more is adding without permission and to says less is to act without authority. Basing on the authority given to me by the lord your insighful of the Scripture deserves word saying to world publication in a right manner.
    Luke19:28-38 is my favorite quote you use in your illustration. Fly hegher as you does with faith and hope with deeds. For faith without deeds and action is dead. Arise and shine for your light has comes.
    Acts 1:11 a realities now
    Godhead blessed you mummy.

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  275. Sharon

    Thank you Lysa for being so open for us to see your pain, yet also see God strengthening you. This has been huge in my life this past year, the “What if… it doesn’t work out for good, the healing doesn’t come, the list goes on.” What happens if even if I have enough faith, the mountain still doesn’t move.

    So thank you, and God bless you. I ordered the book. can’t wait to get my teeth into it.

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  276. Michelle Nower

    “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7, NIV).

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  277. Jessica M

    I am struggling right now – keeping everything together. I am disappointed in some of my actions and choices of words. The scripture in your post: “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV), spoke to me the most. I have to remember that I am His, that he created me and loves me – I have faults and flaws and word choices I need to change, but I can do all things in Him; I have been created by Jesus, I just need to work on absorbing Him up, so that what comes out is more like Him and who I was designed to be.

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  278. Tracey

    Genesis 2:7
    Reminds me that we are nothing without Him. Just blowing in the wind.

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  279. Juli Peers

    Isaiah 64:8, I love the picture of a Potter working with clay that this brings to my mind. Many years ago I took a few pottery courses and loved it, but realized it was more difficult then it looks. It takes a skilled potter to make flawless piece. I thank God that he is our Potter – how skilled He is to take our flaws and smooth them out and turn us into a brilliant piece of art in this world.
    Thank you Lysa for sharing your amazing gift of words – they always resonate and help renew my mind. Bless you!!

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  280. Maura Jones

    John 9: 5-6 because my husband right now has a vitreious detachment in his right eye and his left eye last year suffered a detached retina and macula so he is basically without sight right now and there is nothing the retina surgeon can do but wait and see if it resolves itself. I have often prayed for God to meet him on his road to Damascus and lead him to Jesus. I was on Tere Elness website and saw that she liked your blog so went here. Reading the post was exactly what I needed to put my heart at ease and continue to give my husband’s sight – both spiritually and physically to God.

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  281. Jenny M

    Isaiah 64:8
    This post is just what I needed in this week. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  282. Maria

    I would love to read this book. My marriage took a turn in a direction I never thought it would go. We have worked things out but sometimes I struggle with trust and I question the Lord as to what he is doing. I try to keep my faith but some days it’s just hard

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  283. Bethany Georgia

    I wanted to comment even though the giveaway is over! I read through this and was reminded of that C.S. Lewis quote about God being like a surgeon, cutting us in order to heal us. Seasons of dust are deeply painful … but they are not wasted. I pray you and your family will continue to see fruit as the season of dust continues.

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  284. Lisa McBroom

    Isaiah 64:8 really tugged at my heart today.

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  285. LisavMcBroom

    Isaiah 64:8 really tugged at my heart ❤️ today.

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  286. Rose Lewis

    Hi, Lyssa!
    I was in Athens with you this weekend, and it was wonderful! I learned so much from God’s Word. Thank you for your insights and for making yourself so vulnerable.
    I enjoyed the crafty lessons, too. They were very meaningful. I want to say thank you to the ones who put those bags together. Having prepared bags for conferences on a much smaller scale, I have an idea just what was involved in putting those together. I sat there and thought, someone actually cut these little squares of scales and wool. I used those two things to share that lesson with my young granddaughter and great granddaughter this evening.
    I just felt the need to say thank you and to say I will be praying for your family and your ministry. God bless you!
    Rose

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  287. Orie

    Thanks soo much. You have been such an encouragement to me.

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  288. Gwen S

    “Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV)
    2017 is the year I learned what obedience to God’s will truly meant.
    The year started with a divorce from my husband of 11 1/2 years and I was miserable in my dead-end job. The divorce itself went remarkably well. It was the next four months that followed that left me in a pile of dust.
    I let my anger get the better of me and found myself spending a night in a jail cell for my outburst.
    This was followed by the purchase of a home and the subsequent move. I was dealing with the stress of the divorce, finding a new home, moving, and my job was not a good fit for me.
    I was shattered, or so I thought.
    I did not know what to ask God for, so my only plea was, “Father, I am clueless, please tell me how to navigate all of this.”
    Nevertheless, before God made it abundantly clear, I found out my ex-husband had been having an affair in the last six months of our marriage. I found through a “friend suggestion” on my Facebook feed. The picture was of my husband, the other woman, and a caption reading, “I Love Us”.
    My circumstances went from horrible to unimaginable. How could he let me find out like this?
    Looking back, I do not know how I was able to face all of this without having a complete mental breakdown. One could argue, I did have the breakdown, I just found ways to keep functioning.
    Then I found out this new woman lived 1,200 miles away but she had moved in with my ex-husband a mere two weeks after I moved out.
    Now, I was shattered.
    God answered my prayer with direction to ask for forgiveness. Ummm, you have got to be kidding me, right? HE had the affair. HE should be asking ME for forgiveness. Nope, it is not happening. Only God was not letting this directive slide. Seeking forgiveness permeated my every thought. Finally, I said okay God, your will be done. I asked for forgiveness for my part in the marriage falling apart. God gave me instant peace.
    From there, God instructed me to meet the other woman. Ugh, I would rather not, but she had begun to develop a relationship with my son. My son was the only reason I could find to be obedient to God’s will but I began to soften even more. You see, the other woman was going through her own divorce, seeking custody of her daughter. My ex-husband asked if I would write a letter to the judge explaining how wonderful the relationship between my son and her was. FORGET IT! Why on earth would I write a favorable letter for a woman that played a part in breaking up my marriage? God still had other plans for me, so I wrote the letter. No one in my support system could understand why I would agree to do such a thing. I did not understand it myself but the pain was easing as I submitted to God’s will.
    At this point, I hit a fork in the road. Do I embrace being single or do I work to reconcile my marriage? That doesn’t even make sense, he has already moved on. That was not even an option so I turned my energy into accepting the single life. However, I did ask God to reveal to me his will, leaving no doubt the path I was supposed to take.
    One conversation between my ex-husband and me changed the entire course of everything happening in my life. My ex asked if reconciliation was an option with my reply being, yes but….
    Actually, I needed a day or two to think and pray about it. Ultimately, my answer was yes.
    The day I said yes, my ex-husband told the other woman, “I love my wife, and we are going to make this work. You have to go back home.” That did not go over so well. It took three more days before she would finally leave. Before, she left she made sure I knew of their involvement two years into my marriage. Really, how much more can one person take?
    There was the lack of fulfillment I felt from my job that I still to contend with. Admittedly, I was not feeling it, so I am sure that was reflective in my work product. How does scheduling a meeting with HR to address my deficiencies sound? That will not add any stress to a divorce, a move, an affair, and an unstable person that won’t leave.
    Okay, maybe this is when I was ultimately shattered.
    This was also when the potter started His masterpiece.
    God stretched me and molded me into a completely different person. My heart softened and I accepted responsibility for everything I had done and was doing wrong. Let me throw in another outlier here. My young adult daughter was engaged in July, with a wedding date set for September
    Fast forward to the end of 2017. In November, I started my dream job and on December 27, I remarried my husband. In February, we moved into our dream home.
    We still have a few things to work out but this time God is at the center of our marriage and we grow closer and more in love each day.
    The biggest lesson I learned is that when I try to control things, nothing goes as I expect it to. When I submit to God’s will, things work out in a way I could have never imagined.

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  289. Claudette

    Lysa….I am so grateful for you….you…you. I have been reading your devotional book “Embraced”. I bought it well over a year ago, but, I have discovered that I can’t read it fast! I have been reading it one devotion at a time. Sometimes I read the same devotion pages over and over and over before moving to the next. I am just so in awe of how much your story is like my own. I am so grateful for you. I am grateful that my story isn’t unique…do you know what I mean? If you can survive and then thrive to the fullest embraced in our wonderful God’s arms…then I can too. I am so grateful for you. I feel a bond to you as if you were my sister; and, well, you are in the Spirit. Thank you for being you.

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  290. Lee Bell

    That we are made out of dust! Amen the full circle, when we are at our weakest He is strong.
    I’ve smashed a vase and tried to put it back together a very therapeutic experience. I love how you have seen the whole picture. Thank you. Lee

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  291. Julie F

    Lately this this verse keeps popping up everywhere and it brings peace to my broken heart and reminds me who’s in control of me.

    Yet You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8, NIV

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  292. Dionne

    As a visual artist I incorporate the Ancient Japanese Art of Kintsugi into my paintings. Kintsugi meaning “the mending of brokenness” with golden joinery. That is how I can portray in the visual on a natural realm level the power of God’s healing, redeeming and Master Potters work. But trusting Him with my dust to create something new is a beautiful visual when we add the water, the Living Water. When I apply the gold to chosen places in my paintings I’m choosing to bring a redeemed and new wholeness to my subjects. The gold always stands for His glory and the refining we cannot do in and of ourselves. This concept in my work has spurred on so many spiritual conversations that has led to Christ. The whole reason I do what I do. This post helps me to visualize even more so the “making new” of my subjects as I paint, inviting Holy Spirit in and trusting Him to do in and through me what He wants to with me and the art. Thank you Lysa for this post.

    Trusting Him with my Dust and inviting The Living Water In!

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  293. Mare

    I wish I could choose from those that you shared, but right now my life IS dust. It feels as if it IS shattered beyond repair. My beloved, godly husband died eight months ago after a brutal battle with cancer. He died in my arms and I did witness the miracle of him going to Heaven. Clearly felt the Lord’s presence as he suffered in dwindled away until my 205 pound muscular husband wait only 100 pounds and thought like a child in my arms is he die. Three weeks ago when father died. Also a believer, and for his sake I am thrilled as he has been ill for sometime now and has wanted to join his family in heaven. I myself am disabled and inviting myself quite a load. The church has not Been here for me. Everyone is so busy with their lives. I live on the outskirts of town and apparently it’s too much of a hassle for someone to commit to getting to me to church on Sunday. All I’m asking for is prayer. My soul is so despondent! I will never waiver in my faith, and I know that God has a plan in all of this it right now I am barely making it through each day. I have two grown since you don’t even speak to me despite numerous pleas On my part. They didn’t even come to my husbands Memorial service. I live in Northern California, and a very heard of Wine country where people are so self absorbed, and God is not a part of the picture. My sons have left her food and have decided to join the “it’s all about me“ movement. All they seek are their own pleasures and wants.

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