Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Cracked Vessel: A Self-Portrait


LORD, You are faithful to fill me.
YOUR living water is continually offered.
I long to receive it, to allow it to course
through every inch of my being.

And yet, I am just a cracked vessel
and I CANNOT seem to contain all I
need.  As much as I try, my
IMPERFECTIONS, my fallibility, my
blemishes allow You to leak out of me.

Make ME NEW.

CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, O GOD.   Psalm 51: 10

I'm linking up with Michelle at Graceful for Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday. Come see how others are applying God's teachings.


I'm linking up with Jennifer at Studio JRU.  Come see what others are doing in their studios.

23 comments :

  1. LOVE your drawing! I was happy when it opened and there it was:) I love the word create in this verse. He creates...seems to be a progressive word...not one quick swoop and yes a clean heart..me too.
    grateful for living water with you
    xo:)

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  2. I love your drawing. It's such a great visualization - it made me stop and read and soak it in. I don't know if you realize (may be part of the artistic part) that the word "imperfections" you can slightly see erased. Love it! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  3. "...I cannot seem to contain all I need..." Good stuff. Will rheuminate on this. Love you.

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  4. Jen....you are sooooooo talented, in so many ways. You certainly have a BEAUTIFUL heart.

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  5. oh jen...you sketched our imperfection perfectly...and He makes ALL things new...He is mindful that we are all cracked vessels

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  6. Great illustration. Although our cracks make it hard for us to hold onto God it aslo the same cracks that let others see God in us.

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  7. I love this, Jen -- what a cool interpretation of the Word...and a very cool way to "Hear It, Use It." Really love that Psalm, too -- I need to pray it every day. Thanks for linking up, friend.

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  8. That is beautiful. The drawing is an incredible visual.

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  9. Yes...and in the leaking you just may pour a little God into another cracked vessel that just can't seem to contain all she needs.

    Thank you, Jen! Beautiful illustration.

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  10. Love this image. and thanks for visiting my blog today too. Yes we both are reflecting similar things.

    I often think I come to God with a tiny medicine cup. If I only realized how immense his love really is I would bring buckets and buckets - even if they were cracked.

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  11. Such a lovely post - drawing and words. Thank you!

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  12. What a beautiful self portrait, Jen!
    I do love this and need this image as a reminder.
    Blessings!

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  13. wow. your drawing and words have illustrated what God has been gently trying to teach me about my failings, my imperfections, my weaknesses, it is through these things that He can be seen more clearly. Your visualization has helped clarify for me today. Thank you.

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  14. And, maybe those cracks, those imperfections where the living water seeps out--maybe those are what God uses to continue to draw us back to the fount of Living Water. I tend to think I can fill up for a while and then I'm in good shape for a long time. We always need to return to the source to be filled though, yes?

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  15. It was kind of cool to see your drawing because I have thought about myself in the same way: a cracked vessel. But in the picture in my mind, like some people have already said, I see the light of God spilling out through the cracks. It's like He pours his light into me and it is through the cracks that it is seen by others. Cool post!

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  16. Definitely a prayer I pray...and I love your illustration to point out the various aspects of our humanity. He is the Potter, we are the clay! God bless!

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  17. I like getting "peeks" into other people's journals and thoughts. This is a beautiful prayer and illustration to go with it. Thanks for sharing...

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  18. Lovely drawing,Jen. Made me want to pull out my charcoal pencils. . .

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  19. Beautiful Jen. I love the words, "create in me a clean heart o God". Thank you so much for sharing your self portrait.

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  20. Stopping by from Studio JRU... what a lovely illustration with some powerful words. Thanks for sharing!

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