Welcome to "Quaint Words!”
These posts will contain thoughts, poems, and prayers from old books that I have found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales (with an occasional treasure from a bookstore).
I love the rhythm and sound of the older English language, and am blessed by other believers who have gone before me!
"How shall we know whether our faith is good or not? We often pray, 'Lord, give us Abraham's faith,' but never pray, 'give us Abraham's trial' at the same time.
I was once in Scotland, at a great man's house, where...I was desired by the noblemen to pray; and I remember, I prayed that the Lord would give us great faith and patience - 'O,' said Satan, as strong as if he had spoken to me, 'do not pray for that, for you shall have great trials.'
'O,' said I, 'if that is the case, I will turn the devil's prayer against himself;' and so I prayed, 'O Lord, give us great grace, and never mind what trials.'
...fire, my brethren, not only burns and purges, but you know it separates one thing from another...What could we do without fire? It tries metal, to purge it.
God knows that we are often purged more in one hour by a good sound trial than by a thousand manifestations of his love. It is a fine thing to come purified, to come pardoned, out of the furnace of affliction..."
(From "Daily Readings By George Whitefield" by George Whitefield, c. 1714-1770)
(A listing of books and authors, and also dates of individual postings from those books, will be found on my "QUAINT WORDS" page)
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