Posted by: Anne | June 2, 2018

the tough love of refinement

Did you know that when gold is found in the earth, it doesn’t look anything like the beautiful gold we see in jewelry stores? In fact, gold doesn’t become beautiful until the gold pieces are refined in a hot fire.

This process burns away any impurities, and beauty comes forth.

The same can be true in our lives as well.

Hard times have a way of refining us in ways that fruitful seasons cannot. In difficult seasons, God prunes back the sharp places of our hearts and creates new fertile soil to sow new strength into us. God uses these times of refinement to produce a beautiful relationship that we will treasure in the end.

The refiner’s fire brings forth gold, and gold is a treasure.

~ Proverbs 31 Ministries
https://proverbs31.org/read

Posted by: Anne | May 26, 2018

freedom is not free

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” — Thomas Campbell

SEE ALSO:
https://agmoos.com/2016/05/30/the-patriots-blood-is-the-seed-of-freedoms-tree/

MORE QUOTES:
https://www.babble.com/mom/15-powerful-quotes-of-war-in-honor-of-memorial-day/

Posted by: Anne | May 19, 2018

live it out: waiting well

* Wait quietly — “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” (Psalm 62:5 NLT)

* Wait patiently — “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.” (Psalm 37:7 NLT)

* Wait expectantly — “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised.” (Psalm 105:5 LB)

Read more at the source:
http://pastorrick.com/devotional/english/wait-expectantly-for-god-to-answer

 

Posted by: Anne | May 13, 2018

like a rock

“Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Read more at the source:
https://utmost.org/classic/the-passion-of-patience-classic/

Posted by: Anne | May 5, 2018

don’t the let ingredients obscure the cake

People pray for cake. Then when God gives them batter, eggs, oil, icing, a pan and an oven, they get frustrated and leave the kitchen.

Posted by: Anne | April 28, 2018

mysterious ways, part II

“God will never give you more than you can handle.” I’m rethinking that. I know it’s meant to be a source of encouragement to those facing hardship, but I’m not sure it’s true.

Think: If God didn’t give us MORE than we can handle, how would we ever come to lean on Him? It’s when we are overwhelmed and at a loss of strength that we surrender to Him. I don’t have to surrender much if I can handle it.

Maybe we should pray, “Lord, you have given me more than I can handle… I’m leaning on You… I’m unloading on You…” For when I am weak, I am strong –because of what He can do. “Cast your burdens on Him…” I tend to cast what I can’t handle.

That’s what He wants from me. And you.

God does give us more than we can handle, but never more than “He” can handle. Why? In order that His glory can be displayed and His grace can shine to others through us. More of Him and less of me… It’s the only way to handle life –when He gives you more than you can handle.

BTW, when you give Him what you can’t handle, you will be amazed at the peace He will give you in return.

~ Wilson Adams (January 8th post)
https://www.facebook.com/wilson.adams.39

Posted by: Anne | April 21, 2018

mysterious ways, indeed

…The struggle that’s screaming at you right this very minute.
…Your imperfections that feel like neon signs welcoming others’ judgments.
…The secret sorrows that you haven’t dared whisper to anyone else.

What if the hard realities that make us want to push God away are actually the things that will bring us into a deeper closeness with Him?

~ Lysa TerKeurst
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialLysa/posts/

Posted by: Anne | April 14, 2018

glimpses of God’s heart

“Each human being represents a desire of God’s heart. God never creates accidentally. He made each of us to love Him and, in the process, to love what He loves. We are made that way; we are made to love.” ~ T. W. Hunt

Posted by: Anne | April 7, 2018

a work in progress

 

“Don’t give up in the middle of your story. You never know what beautiful picture of redemption and restoration He is writing for you.”

Read more at the source:
https://hollymarin.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/is-he-good/

SEE ALSO
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-for-faith-in-hard-times/

Posted by: Anne | March 31, 2018

Now *that* is Good News – the Best!

God Has Set Things Right

[21-24] But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

[25-26] God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in Him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness.

~ Romans 3:21-26 (The Message)

Read more:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+3%3A9-31&version=MSG

More about the Christian faith:
https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/july-august-2012/how-to-be-saved/

https://www.moodymedia.org/knowing-jesus/

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