I can't believe a week from today I will be *ahem* 35. That's half way to 40! I sure don't feel like I'm going to be 35. I have had a lot of people tell me they thought I was in my 20's. ;) How sweet. :) Honestly, every new birthday is a blessing. :)
In my birthday post next week, I will share with you what I have learned in those 35 yrs. :)
I am reading "Streams in the Desert" right now and wanted to share with you today's devotional. This book has really been a blessing to me...Thanks Pastor Cliff. :)
"I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument." Isaiah 41:15
A bar of steel worth five dollars, when wrought into horseshoes, is worth ten dollars. If made into needles, it is worth three hundred and fifty dollars; if into penknife blades, it is worth thirty-two thousand dollars; if into springs for watches it is worth two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. What a drilling the poor bar must undergo to be worth this! But the more it is mainuplated, the more it is hammered, and passed through the fire, and beaten and pounded and polished, the greater the value.
May this parable help us to be silent, still, and longsuffering. Those who suffer most are capable of yielding most; and it is through pain that God is getting the most out of us, for His glory and the blessing of others.
Oh, give Thy servant patience to be still,
And bear They will;
Courage to venture wholly on the arm
That will not harm;
The wisdom that will never let me stray
Out of my way;
The love that, now afflicting, knoweth best
When I should rest.