Thursday, August 31, 2006

A beautiful scripture explanation from Robin Groff's website today...

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 silver was being refined. 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.
The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.

-- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart....

...and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths.....
Leslie and her friend Trisha at the Open House of the new Sacramento Temple yesterday....

Friday, August 25, 2006

The Big Day Arrives!!! (This past Monday)

6 years ago I was sent another little angel to love and care for...he has blessed my life more than any words I could ever write would express adequately. Still a "baby" to me, but looking much older each moment...he was anxious to get going that day and begin his new life as a Kindergarten Student. Posted by Picasa

Sean (middle) right before he began to sob....

Poor little guy. He just started realizing what this whole school thing entailed I suppose - you know, leaving mom for half a day...EVERY day....and though I was a tad bit irritated, I was also happy to know that at least one of my children still feels like crying at the idea of being separated from me......sweet little boy! Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 14, 2006

Character cannot be developed
in ease and quiet. Only through experience of
trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.

-Helen Keller

Sunday, August 13, 2006