I received this story in my email box from a friend. It struck a chord with me and I wanted to share. May it bless you today! Malachi 3:3 says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
If you are visiting my blog, but you haven’t visited Scribbit, I would like to encourage to go visit. She has a lot of great posts, recipes and crafts and she shares about Alaska. But perhaps, one of her neatest features is the Write Away contest she has each month. And this month’s winner was a winner in more ways than one.
The theme was about love and her story “The Lime Popsicle” is guaranteed to warm your heart and dampen your eyes.
I received this prayer in my email box today and I found it to be a great reminder. I hope you will too.
Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in
traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day
and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the
laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young
man who can’t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college
student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of
not getting his student loans for next semester.
Laura at Laura Williams’ Musings tagged me for this Carded Meme. I am always looking for fun blogging material and with the extra twist on this, I couldn’t resist. I strongly believe in the power of prayer and I think this is a wonderful way we can support one another.
Ronie Kendig altered this CARDED meme to include a Spiritual Wish list so we can know how to pray for each other, both spiritually and physically. Isnâ€™t that a great idea?
1. Each player starts with 5 gifts that they would want for Christmas.
2. People who are “CARDED” need to write their own Blog about their 5 things & post these rules.
3. At the end of your Blog, you need to choose 5 people to get “CARDED” and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a COMMENT telling them they’re “CARDED”, and to read your Blog.
My Materialistic Gift/Wish List:
1. A new used car to replace mine since it has 180,000 miles and it needs a new engine.
2. Carpet for my den/dining room/living room area
3. New windows that insulate better (we live in a doublewide…bad windows)
4. An exercise bike so I can exercise without hurting my knee
5. To pay off our mortgage
My Spiritual Gift/Wish List:
1. Discipline to maintain a prayer journal and Bible reading time.
2. To stop worrying so much and trust God more.
3. To put God first and seek his will for my life
4. To show my love for my family and friends better and not get so wrapped up in my own problems.
5. More “bravery” to testify about what God had done for me. I get nervous.
I am supposed to tag five others, but most of my bloggy friends are taking off for the holidays and I don’t want to add a burden. So if you have read this and feel like sharing your wish lists, please let me know. I will pray that God will work in your life and I appreciate your prayers on my behalf.
Do you start your day out in The Word of God? Praising Him? Asking Him to help you through your day? Or, like me, do you get wrapped up in trying to run your busy life and forget to rely on God who can lift you up and sustain you during difficult times? I tend to rely on myself when times are tough. I spend more and more time trying to fix the situation and I end up tired, angry, disappointed, and still not on top of things. Anna at Homeschooling in Illinois had a great post for this today that you will want to take a few moments to read.
The next post I read as I continued through my RSS feeds was from my friend Jaminacema who reminds me that I have nothing to feel guilty about, I am not alone and I am enough! If you struggle with feeling overwhelmed and feeling guilty that you are home all day long, but still not everything gets done (i.e. you are caught up with housework, but schooling is behind or vice versa), then you will want to read this post.
Cindy at Our Family Adventures shares her family’s last day together before her husband Brian’s long term deployment. I am grateful that I found Cindy who puts a very human face on our soldiers and their families. I pray that God will keep Brian safe and hold this family in the palm of His hand while Brian is away.
And lastly, Scribbit shares a post that I can so relate to. This post is not inspiring like the other three, but one that left me nodding my head in agreement. If taking your husband to the store with you is worse than having your kids along…then you will want to read her post!
Now that I have shared my early morning reads with you, I am going to go spend some time with God and make sure my day is started off the right way! God bless!
This week has been a week of cool kid moments for my daughter.
On Sunday when we were in church, she made up a questionnaire for her friend. All of the questions were to do with Jesus and how he was our Savior and was sent to protect us and save us. I was so touched. I meant to keep it so I could share it, but I can’t find it.
Then, when she found out about Jonathan being in the hospital, she wrote out a lovely prayer to God on Jonathan’s behalf. Here is what she wrote (phonetic spellings included): Dear Lord. thank you for today. i pray for jonhathin gets heald soon. i pray that they pray for him. I pray for magy and Fido (past pets). I pray for Jack, Mommy, Daddy and me. I pray for Jonhthen so bad.
My daughters’ prayers mean so very much to me. I am so very blessed to have such a loving young girl.
Then tonight, she finished a jug of milk. She wanted to crush it like I do, but she was leaning on it and nothing was happening. She told me I must be strong. I told her she needed to take the lid off. I asked her if she knew why she had to take the lid off. Without batting an eye, she said because the lid trapped the air inside and so it couldn’t be pushed out. Hey…she’s only 7…how did she know that? Did I teach her that? I love moments like that! Now she is putting it on the floor and flopping down on the milk jug to make the air rush out and the top pop off. Ahh…the simple joys of the young!
This is a beautiful song and the video is beautiful too. For more information about the song and the video, go visit Rocks in My Dryer which is where I ran across this gem. The music and the video exhibit the contest of peace which is what the song is all about.
Inspired by the weekly contests at The Average Girl’s Guide to Being A Princess, I have decided to begin a regular post entitled Monday’s Act of Random Kindness. In it I will tell whatever random acts of kindness I manage to do, observe or receive during the week. I am hoping this will help me to be more aware of opportunities that I have to be kind to others. I also thought it would be a great way to start my week, and hopefully yours!
I would love to hear about your Random Acts of Kindess. Feel free to use Mr. Linky and share your own acts of Random Kindness that you have witnessed or instigated by posting on your blog, then putting your link below. Then I can come read your Acts of Random Kindness!