Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, January 13, 2020

I enjoy making soap because you can get very creative in color, shape, type, ingredients, and fragrance. I also like the fact that you end up with something useful in the finished product.

The photo is of some of the molds I use after deciding what shape I want for my finished soap. Do I want bars or circles, ovals or squares or flower or insect shapes? Whichever mold I decide to use, that will be the shape of the finished product.

I love the old hymn “Have Thine Own Way, Lord,” written in 1907 by Adelaide A Pollard. The lyrics are about the Master Potter molding us as clay into something useful.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.

Soap making makes me wonder what sort of mold God had in mind for me.

Jeremiah said that God told him:
“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations— that’s what I had in mind for you.”
Jeremiah 1:5 (The Message)