Thankful Thursday! July 30, 2015

 "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. "

1Corinthians 16:13

 

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I will give thanks for the great and the small!    

I am thankful for: 

  • God's Word to read and find life and truth!!  
  • Ren coming over to watch the Dodger game. 
  • Long drive with Whitty -- talking and laughing
  • Photo opp at Target!😜
  • The boys sleeping in my hotel room -- listening to them breath, watching them sleep!
  • Seeing my Gil after being away from each other for a few days!
  • Recording Zumba with my ladies!

 

“He hath . . . made me a polished shaft (Isa. 49:2).

There is a very famous “Pebble Beach” at Pescadero, on the California coast. The lone line of white surf comes up with its everlasting roar, and rattles and thunders among the stones on the shore. They are caught in the arms of the pitiless waves, and tossed and rolled, and rubbed together, and ground against the sharp-grained cliffs. Day and night forever the ceaseless attrition goes on—never any rest. And the result?

Tourists from all the world flock thither to gather the round and beautiful stones. They are laid up in cabinets; they ornament the parlor mantels. But go yonder, around the point of the cliff that breaks off the face of the sea; and up in that quiet cove, sheltered from the storms, and lying ever in the sun, you shall find abundance of pebbles that have never been chosen by the traveler.

Why are these left all the years through unsought? For the simple reason that they have escaped all the turmoil and attrition of the waves, and the quiet and peace have left them as they found them, rough and angular and devoid of beauty. Polish comes through trouble.

Since God knows what niche we are to fill, let us trust Him to shape us to it. Since He knows what work we are to do, let us trust Him to drill us to the proper preparation.

O blows that smite! O hurts that pierce 

This shrinking heart of mine!

What are ye but the Master’s tools 

Forming a work Divine?

Nearly all God’s jewels are crystallized tears.”

Excerpt From: L. B. E. Cowman. “Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert.” ZONDERVAN. iBooks.