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Thoughts to Encourage

Another powerful lesson this week!! I pray God is stirring each of your hearts as we seek to know Him through our obedience. I wanted to share some encouragement that I received from some of the ladies within Women in the Word.......

From LouAnn, a Woman on the Wall within Women in the Word:
I have been carrying our lesson for this week around in my heart. God has so richly blessed America and us as individuals when we compare ourselves with the rest of the world. It is so good to be reminded of that fact when the world reminds us every minute that enough is not enough.
Many years ago, I attended a retreat and the title was "Enough for need, but not for greed". We were asked to list such things as how many televisions do you have, radios, sets of dishes, pairs of shoes, watches, on and on and on (you can fill in the blanks) and then were shown a film clip of different parts of the world and the poverty that exists including in the USA. It was very convicting. We are blessed to be a blessing.
May God richly bless your week as he molds us and makes us into the person He wants us to be.

From Tina, a Woman on the Wall within Women in the Word:
Malachi 3:3 "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. 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.

May we allow God's refining fire to transform our hearts. He is wooing us, pursuing us, choosing us. What will you do with this Jesus? Who/what is your Master? What are you running after?
Much love and prayer, Joanne