....Trust in the Lord - Psalm 4:5

In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
Psalm 56:11


When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal.
I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering.
I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat. She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "My son, you go about your playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side."

I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my View. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother's voice say, "Son, come and sit on my knee." This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy.
Then Mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing."

Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said, "Father, what are You doing?" He has answered, "I am embroidering your life." I say, "But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark." The Father seems to tell me, "'My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side.
--Author: Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, now St Padre Pio.

"For I know the plans I have for you",declares the Lord
"plans for good and not for evil,
plans to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

Heat of the Fire

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi.
As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.
One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study.
That week this woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver 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 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 even 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.
--Author UnKnown

"The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
and His ears are open to their cry."
Psalm 34:15


  • The will of God will never take you,
  • Where the grace of God cannot keep you,
  • Where the arms of God cannot support you,
  • Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
  • Where the power of God cannot endow you.
  • The will of God will never take you,
  • Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you,
  • Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
  • Where the army of God cannot protect you,
  • Where the hands of God cannot mold you.
  • The will of God will never take you,
  • Where the love of God cannot enfold you,
  • Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you,
  • Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears,
  • Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.
  • The will of God will never take you,
  • Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears,
  • Where the Word of God cannot feed you,
  • Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you,
  • Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.
  • Everything happens for a purpose.
    We may not see the wisdom of it all now, but trust and believe in the Lord that everything is for the best.
    "Trust in the Lord and do good"Psalm 37:3
    --Author unknown.
  • "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven---"
    Ecclesiastes 3:1


Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.
They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.
I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship.
I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."
Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest.
People will see me on top of the hill nd look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching.
I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.
When one came to the first tree he said,"This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter" ... and he began cutting it down.
The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree a woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard."
The second tree was happy. because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.
One of the woodsmen said, "I don't need anything special from my tree so I'll just take this one," and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed-box for animals.
He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat.
His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end.

The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree.
The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do.
The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree.
One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe.
The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "Peace" and the storm stopped.
At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree.
It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it.
When they came to stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill.
When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you.
If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts.
Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.
We don't always know what God's plans are for us.
We just know that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.
--Author UnKnown
"And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:28

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.Proverbs 3:5


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