Thursday, July 31, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me~




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 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.




'Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once.'

Today is my birthday woohoo lol. I am truly Blessed!

11 comments:

Nonna said...

Happy Birthday Lisa!!! I know your husband and girls will treat you royally today! You will have to tell us all about your special day!!

Hugs,
Patti

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

A very Happy Birthday to you Lisa!
Great post--"He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

CNA Momma said...

Happy Birthday Lisa! I really enjoyed your post. It is so good to know that God cares so carefully for us.

Mississippi Songbird said...

Happy Birthday, Lisa!

I hopeyou had a wonderful day and that you get to celebrate thru the weekend!..lol
Bunches of hugs.....Steph

A Note From Theresa said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Shelly said...

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HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT ONE!

Lisa said...

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes. I had a great day shopping with my girl's mostly for them :) but that's ok. Then my family took me out for a nice dinner and then home for some R&R. My kind of day.
Thank you for stopping by.
Hugs, Lisa

Mimi said...

I really liked this illustration of God's refining us as Christians...
thanks for the post...

And a great big
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!

Kristi said...

Happy birthday, Lisa! Great post. It was so good to see y'all tonight!

~Kristi

Jennifer said...

Happy late birthday:)
Jennifer

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I am so sorry that I am late wishing you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I hope it was a great one. connie from Texas