Jun 23 2017

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Steady me, God, I need you

Potter's Wheel Isaiah 64:8

Life, like a merry-go-round, spins on the outside and inside of my life. When it stops, my head and heart continue to swirl even though my body has stopped moving. How can I stand straight when I can’t see straight? How can I get from the swirling, crazy chaos to a steady, calm me? I want peace in my mind and soul and in my life. But where do I begin?

Have you ever felt like that? Are you there now?

The beginning of the journey from chaos to peace is knowing Who is steady and finding peace in him. God is given many names that describe his character and role in life. Here are two that speak to his steadying in our lives if we choose to go to him. First, he is a rock. A rock is solid and firm. A rock is unmoving and steady. When the world is out of control, we need One who is dependable. And God is our Rock.

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalms 18:2

Then comes the image of Potter. I’ve seen potters work. And they do their molding while clay spins. In our world of spinning, nothing escapes his notice. He is working.

“And yet, O LORD, you are our Father.

We are the clay, and you are the potter.

We all are formed by your hand.”

Isaiah 64:8

Five Minute Friday

I’m joining other writers at Five Minute Friday with the word steady. This month, I’m putting my Friday focus on God’s sovereignty with a verse, a song, and a prayer. Read what I wrote about God’s sovereignty in grief here, and God’s message of worth here. The writing above are my thoughts in five minutes. Read more for a song and a prayer.

Who can steady our hearts but God?

Kari Jobe – Steady My heart

When you find yourself spinning, know the Potter is on the job. He is working and molding—even in the movement. What feels out of control has not escaped his notice.

A Steadying Prayer

Potter of my soul,

I come to you. My world is spinning, and I feel so lost. I don’t know where to begin, and I don’t know if I have the strength. I feel weak and broken and lost, so I’m turning to you. You are my only hope. Right now, I entrust myself into your capable hands. I choose to believe you are working your purposes in me and in the world around me. Help me to be a pliable. Help me to rest in your truth that says you’re at work.

As I feel unsteady, help me to stand firm in you, my Rock. I need you to be my refuge and my shield.

Steady my heart, as I draw near to you.

In Jesus’ Name,


Which name of God is most comforting: Rock or Potter?

The name Potter helps me rest in God’s working in me—unfinished. He’s a master artisan who knows what he’s forming me into. As I cooperate, I’m becoming more and more the me he’s designed me to be from the the beginning of time. I want to already be that finished me. Until then, I entrust myself to the One who will use everything in this life to bring about his perfect plan.

How about you? How do you connect with those names? Or are there other describing names of God that speak peace into your heart?



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  1. Natasha

    So glad to be your FMF neighbor this week. Beautiful words! I also wrote about the Rock. 🙂

    1. Cheryl

      Hebrews 13:8 was another verse I thought of as I considered steady. He is a solid rock that never changes. On him we can depend.

  2. Amy

    lol, this is the song I instantly thought of when I saw the FMF word for the week! 🙂 Liked the reminder of what “rock” means…Psalm 61:2 is one of my go-to verses when life is crazily spinning so it’s neat to take what you shared and apply it to that verse for greater meaning! Thank you!

    1. Cheryl

      I’m so glad you came to visit. “Rock” is a great reminder when life feel unstable.

  3. Betty Draper

    For me the name, Rock is a comfort because it tells me even though my circumstances may change He never does. He is the solid rock in my life. Good post.

    1. Cheryl

      Yes, his is a Rock of comfort. His character, his love, his purposes and plans, they never change. I need to return to that fact whenever my world feels shaky.

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