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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Spiritual Sundays

" But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." ~ Job 23:10

Tea time is a wonderful time to regroup, rethink, and refresh. It comes at the end of the day when we are a bit frayed from the day's activities, but the activities are not yet at an end. Unfortunately, not all of us can stop for a real tea break, but without this break, the remaining tasks may threaten to take us "under."

As the shadows of the day grow longer, our tempers can grow short. Drawing on the refreshing power of the Holy Spirit, however, will get us to the end of a stressful day. We can gain renewed patience, a fresh sense of humor, and a new surge of creativity and insight by enlisting the aid of the Spirit's ministry within us. Frequently it's during those late afternoon hours when we most need His extra help.

Jewelers claim one of the surest tests for diamonds is the underwater test. "An imitation diamond is never so brilliant as a genuine stone. If your eye is not experienced to detect the difference, a simple test is to place the stone under water. The imitation diamond is practically extinguished, while a genuine diamond sparkles even under water and is distinctly visible. If a genuine stone is placed beside an imitation one under water, the contrast will be apparent to the least experienced eye."

That is how it should be with the Christian when his head is "under water" at the end of the day. The power of the Holy Spirit can so sparkle within him, refreshing and renewing him in spite of the day's harassments, that it is easy for the average person to tell there is something genuinely different about his life.

Ask the Holy Spirit to impart His power and presence to you today, in this very hour. Pray for Him to help you in the ways you need Him most- to shine like a diamond under water! ~ Excerpt from "Tea Time with God"

Please join Charlotte and Ginger -
and all their participants for an uplifting and inspirational post this weekend. The Lord bless you and may we all become diamonds for His glory!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


NanaNor's said...

HI Sandi, What a refreshing, lovely post-just what I needed this morning. I am always blessed when I visit.
Hugs to you and blessings on your weekend.

That shabby Pink Girl said...

A Beautiful Post, thank you for sharing, have a wonderful wkend, and a Pretty Pink Saturday.

marian elizabeth

Mildred said...

Such a beautiful analogy Sandi. Thank you for sharing this message today.

Denise said...

Hello Sandy, May the Lord Bless you ,I know He will,For following and posting His wispered word to you.Thank you for the uplift.

Tammy said...

Ohhh I love the diamond analogy! How true for the spirit as well. I catch myself not bowing my head when I should the most. Sometimes the when I'm in the moment, I forget my sensibilities. When I look to HIM first, everything falls into place as it should. Maybe not always the way I expect or anticipate, but in place non the less. Hugs. Tammy

I am having a GIVEAWAY starting tonight I you would like to enter.

Renee said...

What a great analogy...I never knew that about diamonds.....God bless you and yours this day.

Virginia said...

Our God is awesome!!!
Thanks for sharing a very refreshing post.
Much Blessings,

Sharing Shadymont said...

Thank you for visiting Shadymont and becoming my newest follower. I really appreciate your visit and love your blog!

Saleslady371 said...

I loved reading this, Sandi. Tea time and the Holy kind of topic. Not to mention!

Audrey said...

What powerful illustrations! May we all shine brilliantly as the genuine diamond does, especially when we feel like we're "under water".

sarah said...

HI Sandie...great words to remember...thanks for this.

sissie said...

Thank you Sandi for such beautiful and inspirational words of truth.

Thanks for the blessing.


Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Thanks for the encouragement :) :) :) Thinks are difficult at work, and it really takes God's strength to keep my head above water and get me through the day. Who wrote the "Tea Time with God" book? I love what you included on your post today :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Annesphamily said...

What a delightful post. I am so glad I came over. You are awesome and I am so happy that I know you. Anne

Anita Johnson said...

Love the diamond under the water analogy!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love the analogy. It is so difficult to shine "under water."
I needed this reminder.
Blessings, Annette

Charlotte said...

This is so interesting, Sandi. I had never heard of the diamond test. Tea time is a good thing. The only time I really observed tea time was the three weeks we spent in India at the Kid's Home mission there. Reading this post brought back those memories. Thank you for sharing these thoughts with us.

Cathy said...

That is just beautiful, Sandi. I loved it.

Donnie said...

This was a lovely post. Your words were so meaningful. Have a blessed day.

Joan said...

Lovely post, Sandi. I love the analogy of the diamond.


Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Hello Sandi.
I could not find where to write you to tell you I will not be attending the Tea Party tomorrow. I have so many projects going I simply have to get caught up first!

I will be in touch when I can do the regularly!!!

Betty said...

Hi Sandi
I love Spiritual Sundays they help keep me spiritually fit all week long. I would love to join your tea party on 11-2-10

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