I don't know why it's so hard to admit that a batch of soap is "doo doo"? Maybe it's the way we, in my family, were raised..."Use it up, wear it out, make it 'do', or do without." (My parents were raised during the Great Depression -BELIEVE ME: "Re-Use and Recycle" are NOT new ideas!) At any rate, I think that's why I find it almost impossible to throw any handmade soap out.
Case in point: The Christmas Tree debacle of 2010 -quite possibly my biggest "flop" of the year (debatable, though) Here's the deal, I over stirred (soap is too light and "whippy") which, I think, has caused it to remain "soft" (ick!) The color is just "o.k.", without the red dots the whole project seems anemic to me....blech! Just take a look and see for yourself:
So there you have it -a picture paints a thousand words, they say.... Thoughts of faith are interrupting my rambling today...I'm getting something here, I think. You know, I'm like that broken, cracked-from-the-fall soap. We all are, according to Rom. 3:23. I'm not perfect, I've made bad choices, I haven't turned out as I had planned, (in truth, I'm broken) but here's the deal: I want to be useful anyway...I want God to use me anyway...I know He can....I know he used/uses we broken ones all the time to tell of Christ's love and redemption. He came for me, for you, for "broken ones", you know, because I can no more make myself right than my pitiful green soap can fix itself. But God, through Jesus, is the Great Re-Batcher! I've read about it. And I've seen it. And I love it -it gives me hope! Melt me down, Lord, and make me new!
Does my soap have to be perfect in order to be used? Naaaah. I'll be showering with this ugly green soap 'til July! LOL! Must we be perfect to be used? Nahhhh. The Lord will be re-batchin' this ol' soap-maker 'til the day she dies! (Thank You, Jesus!)
Happy Soapin' folks!