"So thankful for our partnership with On River Time as Wendy Garner and her assistant, Beth, traveled with us to Leeds yesterday to Earthborn Pottery. I'm thankful for the opportunity our Ascendants had to not only participate in "throwing" something on the potter's wheel, but also for the wisdom that Tena, owner and creator of Earthborn Pottery shared with them. As they began creating and molding their hands to the clay, lots of words and phrases were thrown around like, "I cannot do this" and "this is not working for me". She told them to stop with the negative self-talk - she encouraged them, "if you're willing to do something and you put your mind to it, you CAN do it."
This day was so encouraging for Jai'Shawn. He has been questioning his career path lately, with no other reason than it's just getting a little difficult. As he sat down at the potter's wheel yesterday, you would've assumed this was not his first time. By using his hands, he crafted two of the most beautiful clay pots that I've seen. He completed two pieces, cleaned his station, and was talking to the owner before anyone else had finished their first piece. I know God used yesterday to provide confirmation for him. I was so encouraged by how uplifted and driven he seemed afterwards.
His words: "I made this today. Turns out, my hands are what's going to get me where I"m going."
-Kelli Croyle, Director of Ascend - Big Oak Ranch
"The shaping process is hard and long. Trials come to shape us. Our faith is stretched and tested. But in all the stretching, pulling and shaping, His one design is to make us into a vessel He can use for His glory.” - Jeff Syverson