picture of ingot from www.silver.com (polished on top of dull)
REFINED AS SLIVER By: Frances M. McCrory-Meservy 1977
After 15 years of allowing me to drift, Jesus put me in the oven and refined me as a refiner refines silver.
When a refiner puts silver in the oven, he watches it closely so it will not be over refined and ruined. As the impurities come to the top of the silver, he removes it. He knows the silver is ready when he sees a reflection of himself in the silver.
In February, 1977 the tenants in our house (1,000 miles away) had to be evicted because they had not paid their rent in three months. We had to hire a lawyer and take them to court to get them out. They did extensive damage and we had to get it repaired before the house could be rented again: very expensive.
In May, 1977 I had 10 days of migraine headaches; my Grandma died; Stephi
fell out of a tree and there were race riots at our apartment complex.
I was the Avon Lady for the apartment complex. This one particular day when I went into a white customer's home, they would tell me I should get a gun and sleep with it beside my bed because the blacks were going to riot. When I went into a black customer's home, they would tell me I should get a gun and sleep with it beside my bed because the whites were going to riot. I told all of them that I would not get a gun because God would protect me no matter what happened.
The next morning I woke up and every apartment had at least one window broken and some had heavy damage. The kids and I had slept through all the violence and we didn't have any damage to our apartment at all. God reminded me he was still with me
In August, 1977 the windshield in our car broke for no apparent reason and had to be replaced. All the above happened while Al was out to sea.
Believe me, I was inquiring at the different churches trying to figure out how to get my life strait and how to get my husband saved. I was told the same things I had already tried and knew it did not work.
Since the churches didn't seem to know how to reach Al (I had tried everything they suggested to no avail), I began searching the scriptures for an answer to my dilemma.
God kept me in Corinthians most of the time. Later I realized that Corinthians is to the messed up church. God was working on me: not Al. When we pray for God to change someone else, He starts my changing the one who is praying. I began to change. I no longer criticized Al because I found myself lacking in so many areas.
Isa 52:12 For you shall not go out with haste, Nor go by flight; For the LORD will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Mat 7:7-8"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
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