Malachi 3:3 says: “He will sit 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.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot then she thought again about the verse that says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”
She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.
The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?” He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s
easy – when I see my image in it.”
If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.
A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage, the lçittle things are the big things … It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say, “I love you”, at least once every day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is in giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding room for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is BEING the right partner.
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields;
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand
For attractive lips:
Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes:
Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure:
Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair:
Let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
Walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anybody. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love is. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
What do angels look like?
Like the little old lady who returned your wallet yesterday.
Like the taxi driver who told you that your eyes light up the world, when you smile.
Like the small child who showed you the wonder in simple things.
Like the poor man who offered to share his lunch with you.
Like the rich man who showed you that it really is possible, if you only believe.
Like the stranger who just happened to come along, when you have lost your way.
Like the friend who touched your heart, when you didn’t think you had one.
Angels come in all sizes and shapes, all ages ans skin types. Some with freckles, some
with dimples, some with wrinkles some without. They come disguised as friends,
enemies, teachers, students, lovers and fools.
They don’t take life too seriously, they travel light.
They leave no forwarding address, they ask nothing in return.
They wear sneakers with gossamer wings, they get a deal on dry cleaning.
They are hard to find when your eyes are closed, but they are everywhere you look, when you choose to see.
(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in “you”
(C)alls you just to say “Hi”
(D)oesn’t give up on you
(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(I)nvites you over
(J)ust “be” with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference in your life
(P)icks you up
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirit
(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it
(W)alks besides you
(X)-plains things you don’t understand
(Y)ells when you won’t listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality
For today and everyday
May today there be peace within you.
May you trust your highest power that you are
Exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
May you let the presence of God settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing,
dance, and to bask in the sun since it is there for each and every one of you
Enthusiasm is the greatest business asset in the world. It beats money and power and influence. Single-handed the entusiast convinces and dominates where a small army of workers would scarcely raise a tremor or interest. Enthusiasm tramples over prejudice and opposition, spurns inaction, storms the citadel of its object, and like an avalanche overwhelms and engulfs all obstacles. Enthusiasm is faith in action; and faith and initiative rightly combined remove mountainous barriers and achieve the unheard of and miraculous. Set the germ of enthusiasm afloat in your business; carry it in your attitude and manner; it spreads like a contagion and influences every fiber of your industry; it begets and inspires effects you did not dream of; it means increase in production and decrease in costs; it means life real and virile; it means spontaneous bedrock results – the vital things that pay dividends.
A man lived by the side of the road and sold hot dogs.
He was hard of hearing so he had no radio.
He had trouble with his eyes so he read no newspapers.
But he sold good hot dogs.
He put up a sign on the highway telling how good they were.
He stood by the side of the road and cried “Buy a hot dog, Mister.”
And people bought.
He increased his meat and bun orders.
He bought a bigger stove to take care of his trade.
He got his son home from college to help him.
But then something happened …
His son said, “Father haven’t you been listening to the radio? There’s a big depression on. The European situation is terrible. The domestic situation is worse.”
Whereupon the father thought, “Well my son has been to college. He reads the papers and he listens to the radio, and he ought to know.”
So the father cut down on his meat and bun orders,
Took down his advertising signs,
And no longer bothered to stand on the highway to sell hot dogs.
And his hot dog sales fell almost overnight.
“You’re right, son”, the father said to the boy.
“We are certainly in the middle of a great depression.”