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The Teacup Story

Enjoy this encouraging teacup parable called The Teacup Story. This story will give you a sense of your real value and worth, despite any flaws. Receive the teacup story printable below to print for your personal use.

The author is unknown and the bible verse that correlates with this story is Jeremiah 18:6b  “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” If you want other ideas for tea parties, visit my Afternoon teatime page.


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The Teacup Story

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When I owned Teacups of Kindness (a teahouse), this wonderful Teacup story was posted on my website and we gave it to guests that came for tea. I have always loved this parable and wanted to share it again.

Encouraging Teacup Devotional

There was a couple that used to go to England to shop in beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery, especially teacups. This was their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. One day in a beautiful shop they saw an exquisite teacup. They asked the clerk, “May we see that? we’ve never seen one quite so lovely.”

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke. “you don’t understand,” it said. “I haven’t always been a teacup. There was a time when I was red, and I was clay. My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over, and I yelled out, ‘let me alone,’ but, he only smiled and said, ‘Not yet.’ Then I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly spun around, and around, and around. Stop it! I’m getting dizzy!’ I screamed.

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The Master Is At Work In You

“But the master only nodded and said, ‘Not yet’. then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I wondered why he wanted to burn me, and I yelled and knocked on the door. I could see him through the opening, and I could read his lips, as he shook his head, “Not yet.”

“Finally the door opened, he put me on a shelf, and I began to cool. ‘There that’s better’, I said. And he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. ‘Stop it, stop it!’ I cried. He only nodded, ‘Not yet.’ Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot, and I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded.

I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening nodding his head saying, ‘Not yet.’

“Then I knew there wasn’t any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened, and he took me out and placed me on a shelf. One hour later he handed me a mirror and said, ‘Look at yourself.’ And I did. I said, ‘That’s not me, that couldn’t be me. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful.’

“I want you to remember, then’ he said, ‘I know it hurts to be rolled and patted, but if I had left you alone, you’d have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I knew it hurt and was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn’t put you there, you would have cracked.

“I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn’t done that, you never would have hardened; you would not have held. Now you are a finished product. You are what I had in mind when I first began with you.'”

Teacup Prayer

MORAL: God knows what He is doing for all of us. He is the Potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us, so that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

The Teacup Story a red and white teacup and saucer

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The next time you have a tea party, you could read the potter and the clay story and it would be a great ending to your event.

Jeremiah 18:1-6 Verse

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I shall announce My words to you.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel.

But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NASB)

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51 Comments

      1. Hi can do, I know this is 2019, but tomorrow our ladies ministry is having a “Tea With The King” is our theme, and I will be reading the Tea Cup Story, when I found this on Pinterest, it spoke loudly and clear to me as I was struggling with a situation, thank you for sharing. May God bless you.

      1. Oh my Heavens what an awesome story! This touched my heart so much. Sometimes we feel just like this teacup and it’s all for making us strong to hold! I love this so much! Thank You

  1. This is such a fantastic story. All tea cups have stories – don't they? I actually tell family story and history stories and encourage the women I have tea with to celebrate traditions about tea. So lovely!

  2. Thank you for sharing this story. As a believer in the Lord and retired minister I am clay being processed into His woman! On Nov 7, my church women’s group will hear this story while we are enjoying fellowship over a cup of tea.
    God bless you

  3. I’ve registered and I have not been successful in finding the printable version of the Tea Cup Story. I’m hosting a Tea Event tomorrow and would love to have a printable copy to share with the ladies group. I found the story to be very inspirational

    1. Were you able to get the printable? It should have been a download right after you clicked the button. If not I can resend.

      1. I signed up for the newsletter but didn’t get the printable. Can you send me info on how to print?

  4. I can’t find the printable story ? So enjoyed it but can’t copy it ??? Left my info ,disappointed………..

  5. I love that story. Having difficulty find the link to print. Maybe it’s my phone. Could you please email it to me?

  6. I was unable to find a link to print out the tea party story, even after signing up for your newsletter. Is there some way it could be sent to me? As a potter, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

    1. Hi Janet, It is an automatic download, look in your taskbar or your download file. I hope you enjoy it.

  7. That is a beautiful story. I just know my Red Hat sisters will love to hear it next Wednesday at our monthly meeting. Thank you.

  8. I belong to a group of Brits & we meet for tea once a month& have done so since 1972. We add members & have those who leave us but we keep on keeping on. We have four members who are in their 90s God Bless from the Teasippers in the Blue Ridge Mtns of Va

  9. Being from England and a believer in Jesus and His redemptive love for me, your story of the Teacup touched me. I have had epilepsy since I was 14; and God in His perfect love has been molding me for many years! I am now 67! Puts the words to Amazing Grace in a whole new light.
    A beautiful depiction of hiw much He loves us.

    1. I am sorry you are having trouble. I did not see that you signed up to receive the printable story. I tried to reply to the email you listed, but it came back as nonexistent You can try again with another email.

  10. As a lover of tea, tea cups and tea pots, and God’s word, this story blessed my heart and was a wonderful reminder that I am not my own; I belong to the Father who fashioned me for His purpose. Thank you for sharing Candi.

  11. I have applied twice for the printable download It is not on my taskbar or in my downloads
    What do I need to do. I need it by Wednesday

  12. I like other before me are not able to download the teacup story as we were told. I am disappointed to say the least

  13. I signed up for your website and the only thing to download was the menu. Not the tea story. Could you please tell me how to get it. Thanks Judy

  14. i bought the story and tried to download couldn’t neither could i print it. sharon pullum please help send me a copy to my email maybe i can print it that way. i need it for my mother’s day tea party at my women’s ministry on the 20th of may please ASP. [email protected] i joined yours. please please help it so beautiful.

  15. Thank you *so* much for telling this parable. I’m 78, & have been in the Lord’s keeping all these years. This reminds me of a song we used to sing in Sunday school. I’m not positive of all the words, but it still “sings” in my head. I think it goes like so……“Have thine own way, Lord, have thine own way….thou art the potter, I am the clay. Make me and mold me, to thine own will, I’m waiting and willing, kneeling and still.” I haven’t seriously thought about the words in a long time! When I’ve had the “worst” happen in life, and can hardly even find words to pray, I’ve always sang this. Thank you for identifying what scripture it came from. Blessings!!!

  16. Hi Candi , I know this is 2019, but tomorrow our ladies ministry is having a “Tea With The King” is our theme, and I will be reading the Tea Cup Story, when I found this on Pinterest, it spoke loudly and clear to me as I was struggling with a situation, thank you for sharing. May God bless you.

  17. Thank you for this post. Sorry I cannot afford to buy the frameable story during this sheltering time at home. It is a blessing to read, though. Again, thank you.

  18. Have you ever read the teacup story with music in the background? If so what music did you use? I thought it would be dramatic to use different music that went with story in the different paragraphs. Thank you.

  19. What a lovely story! And that gorgeous teacup…do you know the maker? I would love to drink my tea from such a cup!

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