Thankful Thursday! April 21, 2016

Thank you, Lord, for: 

An unexpected rainstorm

Friendships and the wisdom of friends

Sunshine on the mountain tops

New class! Yoga Therapy -- great group of ladies, ready to learn (and work:-))

Memorizing scripture with friends! 

My sweet sons; my heart! :) 

 

“Followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the

promises (Heb. 6:12).

 

They (heroes of faith) are calling to us from the heights that they have won, and telling us that what man once did man can do again. Not only do they remind us of the necessity of faith, but also of that patience by which faith has its perfect work. Let us fear to take ourselves out of the hands of our heavenly Guide or to miss a single lesson of His loving discipline by discouragement or doubt.

 

“There is only one thing,” said a village “blacksmith, “that I fear, and that is to be thrown on the scrap heap.

 

“When I am tempering a piece of steel, I first heat it, hammer it, and then suddenly plunge it into the bucket of cold water. I very soon find whether it will take temper or go to pieces in the process. When I discover after one or two tests that it is not going to allow itself to be tempered, I throw it on the scrap heap and sell it for a cent a pound when the junkman comes around.

 

“So I find the Lord tests me, too, by fire and water and heavy blows of His heavy hammer, and if I am willing to stand the test, or am not going to prove a fit subject for His tempering process, I am afraid He may throw me on the scrap heap.”

 

When the fire is hottest, hold still, for there will be a blessed “afterward”; and with Job we may be able to say, “When he hath tried me I shall come forth as gold.” SELECTED

 

Sainthood springs out of suffering. It takes eleven tons of pressure on a piano to tune it. God “will tune you to harmonize with heaven’s keynote if you can stand the strain.

 

Things that hurt and things that mar

Shape the man for perfect praise;

Shock and strain and ruin are

Friendlier than the smiling days.”

 

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