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Shauna Letellier is the author of Remarkable Hope: When Jesus Revived Hope in Disappointed People. With her husband Kurt, she has the wild and hilarious privilege of raising three boys along the banks of the Missouri River where they fish swim and rush off to ballgames.

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  1. Shauna, You are definitely a very “useful” and “influential” cracked pot whom God has blessed with a wonderful gift of insight and writing. Keep up the good work!

  2. Shauna, this is beautiful! Cracked pot. How sweet. Just sweetness. As much as I often wish I didn’t have the cracks, I wouldn’t be who I am today and God wouldn’t be using me in the way … I just love this visualization. Mostly because we grew up using that in such a negative way … 🙂

    Blessed by you today!

    • I agree, Shelli. If I had turned out to be the perfect woman/wife/mom I had planned to be 🙂 I don’t think I’d have many friends. I also wouldn’t know my desperate need for Jesus.

  3. I have found that each time I share what I have learned from the experiences that made me crack, those sharp, painful cracked edges become a little smoother. God heals my hurt when I comfort others. I don’t know how he does it, but I know it works. Soon those cracked places will be smooth portals for his light to shine through, and the pain will be a memory.

    • “Smooth portals of light…” Good stuff! Not only can He shine through, He can smooth out the jagged edges. Thanks for that reminder, Penny.

  4. I have a children’s story where a cracked pot becomes transformed into a beautiful piñata, broken in joy on Christmas Eve!

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I had not thought about the “corrosive” aspects of my pride and self sufficiency, but can definitely see them as that. Thank you for yet another reason to drain this pot of me so I can be filled with Him.

  6. Such a good reminder! God’s light shines right out through our cracked places to others!
    Let your light shine – and we will light up this whole dark world!
    Merry Christmas!

    • I appreciate your honesty, Kelly. I saw it best in myself after a long period of “trying really hard to perfectly please God” and really messing it up. The gospel became extremely good news when I discovered Jesus has not merely forgiven my mess-ups, He’s also given me his perfect record, and therefore I am pleasing to God. That relief and approval propels me toward Him out of love for Him.

  7. This describes my life so perfectly, especially after my meltdown I had today. What an encouragement this has been. Thank you!

  8. Love this! Especially the idea of God’s light shining onto and through our cracked places that others might be encouraged.

  9. Let’s go further in understanding. I was a cracked pot that needed to be saved. The Holy Ghost saw my broken Spirit and contrite heart and came and filled me when I called on Jesus. “Jesus save me!”
    His light poured in and filled the cracks in me. He made me a New Creature ! Old things passed away and all things became new and all things are of God! 2 Co 5:17.
    But I still live in flesh. My flesh was made holy at salvation but it is still frail flesh subject to sickness and aging.
    When Apostle Paul said he takes pleasure in his infirmities he means that his soul rejoices no matter what God allows him to suffer!
    My whole vessel belongs to God!
    It’s not cracked in Gods eyes!
    I’m a perfect pot, holy, filled with light and radiating the light to a dark and dying world!
    My soul rejoices in the God of my salvation!

  10. Shauna,

    I’m eternally grateful that God uses cracked pots. I know I’m not perfect by any means and have been cracked by the mere living on this broken Earth! God can take this cracked pot and make it something beautiful to let His perfect light shine through for all the world to see!

    Your writing is absolutely beautiful and I am thankful that you follow God’s leading to write for us!

    Blessings and Merry Christmas!

  11. IVe been a Christian a long time but this last year God is breaking me in so many ways. I know I’m filled with cracks but my struggle is that I don’t feel God shining through at all. I just feel pain and despair. My prayer is that at some point I will be able to see God’s light shining through me to bless someone else. But right now I only feel the despair over all the breaking that’s happening in my life. It’s so overwhelming. Has anyone felt like this? Mary

    • I certainly have, Mary. To be honest, I didn’t feel His light shining through during those rugged seasons either. It is overwhelming. And painful. Jesus sees, He knows, He cares and He is always at work (John 5:17) even when we cannot see or understand His ways. He does not waste your pain. I have no doubt He will use your pain to bless someone else. Praying for you today, Friend.