Monthly Archives: June 2007

The Silversmith

Malachi 3:3 says:

“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.images-1.jpeg

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 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.


(Author Unknown)

Hat-tip: Kelly



Friday Feast


Well folks school’s out here and so we’re celebrating – I haven’t much inspiration for blogging as it’s been all go here with play-group sports day and school out early. Busy mummy time….

I have been watching this Friday’s Feast meme for a few weeks and decided I would wait till I liked the sound of the questions before I joined in 😀

The idea is you answer the questions to let your readers know more about you … well you’ll get the idea……


How many pieces of jewellery do you wear most days?

3 rings and a watch – with the odd necklace thrown in!


What is your favourite instrumental song?

At the moment – Hubert Parry’s JERUSALEM


Who has a last name that you like?

Hubby!! (If you had a maiden name like mine you would be quite happy with a semi-normal surname!!) – sorry dad!

Main course

Name a popular movie you’ve never seen.

Amazing Grace – It may not be that popular but I really do want to see it.


Fill in the blank: Nothing makes me ……………. like ……………….

Nothing makes me smile like my kids can!

And so ends my first meal….. We’re eating at a friends to-night and it’s great not having to think about what to cook, but I really enjoyed my first blog meal!!


If you love apples and cinnamon…..

School’s almost out here and right now I’m baking some cakes as a thank-you to the teachers in the Pre-School and the Primary School where JDmac (6) and Princessmac (4) attend.

This recipe is a family favourite so I thought I would share it with you.

A Honeyed Sultana-topped Apple Sauce Cake.


1 Bramley apple

1dssp water

1/2oz sugar

1/4tsp cinnamon powder

4oz butter

6oz caster sugar

2oz sultanas

2 small eggs lightly beaten

6oz self-raising flour


2oz sultanas

1/2tsp cinnamon powder

2dssp honey


Peel, core and slice the apple, then poach in the water, sugar and cinnamon powder for 3-4 minutes until cooked and soft. Leave to cool. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the cold, pureed apples, sultanas and lightly beaten eggs. Mix well together, then add the sieved flour in 2-3 additions. Mix well, then transfer to an oiled and lined loose bottom tin. Cook at 180C/375F/gas mark 5 for 30 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. Unmould. Bubble together the sultanas, cinnamon and honey and pour over the top of the cake when still warm.

Hat-tip: Jenny Bristow


Just sitting on the shelf….

images4.jpgThe ladies at our church have been trying out a reading schedule this year. We call it the reading roundabout and the idea came from a Godly Pastor’s wife of a sister congregation in USA.

The idea is we have 13 ladies, 13 books and 13 months in which to read them. We each have 1 book for 1 month and swap at the end of each month.We started this at the beginning of September and will be finished our first year at the end of September this year. We hope to get together to discuss the books at some stage. I can hardly believe we have completed so many books already.

I have found the reading schedule has helped me to stick to a reading list as I just slot the reading roundabout books into my own reading list. When I get my new book I read it first as there is always the time pressure as at the end of the month someone will be waiting on it.

Anyway – Why am I telling you all this? Enough of the ladies in our church have told me this has been an encouragement to them as they wouldn’t consider themselves readers. This is a great way to get people to read books they would never normally lift off the shelves. The book I have this month is one my husband has had on his shelf for years and I just “never have got round to reading it” I mean books look nice on shelves but isn’t it so much nicer when we can say “Yea I’ve read it”!


Two book reviews….

These books are both prizes the kiddymacs received during our recent prize night at church. evergreen-wood_100_129.jpgThe first is called The Evergreen Wood and is an adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progress for younger children. The story follows Christopher Mouse on his way to The Evergreen Wood. He has to draw on reserves of courage he didn’t know he had and meets unexpected friends, whose advice, generosity, and sacrifice help him on his way. This book is a great tool for the parents who are keen to introduce their children to The Pilgrim’s Progress.

The second book is called Tell me the Promises by Joni Eareckson Tada and Ron51hzhrp1wgl_aa240_.jpg DiCianni. This book encourages parents to make promises to their children like, promises to always love, protect and pray for them. It also impresses upon them the value of a covenant. This is one of those books that is kept for posterity on the top shelf to keep in the best condition for use with future generations. Well that’s the intention 🙂

Ideal gifts.


A trifle tasty…


I grew up thinking this was the only way to make trifle – then I realised that most people have a very time-consuming way of getting a similar result. This way worked for my mum call it a family tradition – but we love it too ….

1 tin of fruit cocktail drained

a swiss roll tesco_raspberry_swiss_roll.jpg ( this is the type I mean)

1 raspberry jelly images.jpeg

1 carton whipping cream whipped

1 portion of custard (this is the easy way)

chocolate flake or toasted almonds to decorate.

Melt the Jelly according to the packet instructions (usually makes up to 1 pint). Cut up the sponge and place in serving bowl along with the drained fruit and the jelly now in liquid form. Allow to set in the fridge. Add the custard to the whipped cream and top the jelly with it. Decorate as required.


Recipe Round up

recipe-round-upjpg.jpgThe Recipe Round up is over at Karen’s this month and the theme is Desserts.

One of my favourite recipes is for Choc-Chip Pudding. It comes under my easy-to-throw-together-on-a-Saturday-night-for-Sunday-lunch category.

You will need: 2 packets of choc-chip cookies, 2 tins of pears, 1 large carton of whipping cream whipped, a dash of sherry or port and chocolate chips to decorate.

Method:Strain the tinned pears into a bowl and add a dash of sherry or port. Soak the choc-chip cookies in this liquid then line a dessert bowl with half of them. Slice the pears and cover the biscuits with half the pears then half the cream and repeat the process again finishing with cream. Decorate with choc chips and refrigerate until needed. Easy. For more ideas on desserts head over to Karen’s.


Little house…..

Princessmac is four and a half. She’s cool. She loves organising the boys and being involved in everything. She goes to “big” school in September and is looking forward to that BIG TIME.

She can’t read yet though she is doing well with her letter recognition and phonics. She is longing to be a reader like her big brother.

She will sit and listen to almost anything being read but like every other princess she has her favourites. Snow White, Cinderella etc. We love them all. Keeping the balance she tends towards the more feminine Bible stories than her brothers so we go with Esther, Lydia, Mary and Martha. You know the score.

But there comes a stage in every little girls life when there is one particular set of books that must be introduced and sure enough having seen the DVD and been given a first book from the series she’s hooked. We have only read it about 1487 times (I try not to exagerate) and the other day she said it herself “Mummy, I do love this Little House on the Play-Area” !!


Delegate …

Shannon over at Rocks in my dryer hosts good old Works-for-me-Wednesday, now if you need a few tips that’s the place to go. This week it’s special tips she’s looking for, for the “Mom I’m bored” edition (in light of the school holidays!).

My tip this week is a book called The Dangerous book for Boys. Daddymac bought this book a few months ago as he needed to use up a voucher. (It was half price in Waterstones for all you UK bargain seekers). Now I have actually come across quite a few posts about this book on blogs recently and as I am hoping this book will work for me this summer I reckoned it warranted a Works-for-me-Wednesday post.

This book contains everything for a boy to be a boy and for a daddy to teach him to be a man. The men in your house will love it. (My guys want to take the wheels off the pram to make the go-cart as listed on page 91!!) My son doesn’t allow me to look at it, “It’s a boy book mummy”!! So I hope this works for you, get daddy involved this summer! Head on over to Shannon’s for more tips.