Getting Started

So this is my very-first-ever blog.  Please excuse any novice errors or random indications that I have no idea what I’m doing, because, frankly, I don’t have any idea what I’m doing except making a decision to express myself publicly.  I’m not going to make any promises about how often I will blog, or how brilliant and inspiring I hope my posts will be…I have simply decided that I want to document this little spot in my life-line, and this is how I decided to do it.  If you decide to join me on this adventure, I both apologize and thank you.  Apology because it probably will not be anything amazing, and gratitude because you’re willing to give me a few minutes of your attention.

First, a couple of definitions.  The term “clay pot” is taken from my most beloved book, the Bible.  Scripture explains that a Christian holds an amazing “treasure” (a right-standing before God by grace through faith in Christ), in “earthen vessels,” or clay pots (our lives).  My Scripture-reading friends will understand when I say that I have often wished to be the Proverbs 31 woman, or even the Titus 2 woman – both, very worthy models to follow.  However, when I look at my heart and soul in the mirror, I definitely see a clay pot…a cracked one at that.  And do you know what?  I’m good with that.  Cracks leak, and if I’m filled with the Spirit of my Lord, then I’ll be leaking Christ.  Maybe a crude way to express it, but true, none the less.

Secondly…”hand-me-downs”, those things that have been use and passed on for further use.  I’ve always loved hand-me-downs.  I remember receiving big boxes of my cousin’s hand-me-down clothes in the mail.  Going through those boxes was like opening Christmas presents.  The clothing may have been previously used, but to me, it was brand new, something exciting to add to my wardrobe.  As an adult, some of my most favorite outfits came from Goodwill.  And now, I create brand new things using material from hand-me-down clothing.

And that brings me to the whole point of starting this blog.  This past summer God started me on an adventure involving some old jeans and my sewing machine, an adventure that I’ve named Hand-Me-Down Designs.  I want to share that journey with you, but even more than that, I want to remember, every day, that this journey is God’s journey and for His purposes.  I don’t ever want to forget that I’ve committed the efforts and outcomes of this journey to His glory.  I want this blog to be my place to stop and give Him praise and thanks, to share what He’s doing, how He’s growing me, and what He’s teaching me along the way.  In other words, this clay pot wants to give you the hand-me-down blessings and insights that come my way.  I’m sorry if they get to you a little tattered, worn, or stretched out of shape, but I hope to use them well before passing them on.

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6 thoughts on “Getting Started

  1. Sweet beginning! Looking forward to more from you.

  2. Oh dear, I have been a cracked pot all my life and I feel fabulous…

    Totally agree with your sentiments, lovely beginnings, thansk for sharing.
    Monika

  3. I love you clay pot and hand me down analogies. Great post. I love that you are being ‘real’. WE are ALL clay pots, but with different cracks.

    God bless and best to you.
    Roxanne

  4. Kimberly Worster

    Awesome! 🙂 Keep sewing and sharing!

  5. handmedowndesigns

    Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

  6. You are really an inspiration! You have a wonderful way with words, I wish we lived closer it would be fun to meet you 🙂 Love your story of laying in the driveway! Those are the little moments that bring us down to earth and help us settle.
    Keep up the good work and thank you for the blessing you gave to us this Christmas! You touched my heart so much with the Grammy and special items you make with your hands and from your heart!
    May God Bless you!
    Melanie

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