Tuesday, November 26, 2013

As Silver Refined by Kay Arthur

It's a quiet Saturday here at By Quiet Waters and I'm enjoying having a stuffed turkey in the oven, kids quietly puttering and the opportunity to clear off some of my to-dos.  As I was doing some online decluttering I found a review that I neglected to post.

As Silver Refined (Answers to Life's Disappointments) by Kay Arthur

Maybe the reason this post was "shelved" for a while is because I struggled greatly to get through this book.  Not at all becuase it is poorly written or irrelevant.  But because when life is busy or I am deeply focused on a particular thing other things just do not "stick".

The analogy to the refiner's work on silver is a beautiful one and I do hope to approach this book again in the future, to soak up the word pictures and spend time reflecting on the Refiner, His fire and the outcome of the Refiner's Fire.

This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books (WaterBrook Press, Multnomah Books and Shaw Books) in exchange for my thoughts and opinions.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Domestic Violence

As a woman, a mother, a daughter, and an adult survivor of horrific childhood abuse I so appreciate others who have the courage and ability to communicate well and share their story.

Shine the light in the dark places.  Speak life.  These words are taking on a deeper meaning today.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Give Them Grace

There are scores of parenting books available, and I've read more than a handful of them.  Often looking for that "formula" that will enable me to raise daughters who won't make the mistakes that I've made, and maybe even, won't make mistakes.

But if I've found any formulas in the pages of those books, not much has really stuck in my mind.  And while I do have some very amazing wonderful daughters...there is one big thing they inherited from their Momma.  We are selfish, broken sinners. 

Last spring I read Because He Loves Me with GraceLaced and Grace Full Momma and gleaned so much from the book.  Some of what I read in that book has even changed the way I mark up my Bible.  But most of all, a deeper understanding of who I am because Jesus loves me has changed the way I think and live.  Elyse Fitzpatrick wrote in such a way that I am sure the book was written specifically for me.
Looking for a book to read this fall, I decided to see what our library had of Elyse Fitzpatrick's books.  There were two, and the one that really caught my eye was this Give Them Grace, dazzling your kids with the love of Jesus.

Oh the load that has slipped off my shoulders.  It isn't for me to find a formula to ensure that my daughters follow Jesus and live a life of sweet joy, peace and love.  It is for me to show them the grace that has been showered upon me, upon each one of us, and to continually point to Jesus.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Maker of the Starry Sky

Have just a few minutes?  Head over to Shaun Groves blog and listen to this.

Maker of the starry sky
When all is bleak and broken
With your pow’r through us make bright