Saturday, July 30, 2011


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!

"O may God put me through one furnace after another, that my soul may be transparent; that I may see God as he is. My [friends], we need to be purged; how apt are we to want to go to heaven upon a feather bed, without any cross or trial.

...the King's road to heaven is strewed with crosses and is very pretty talking of being Christians until we are put into one furnace after another. We are not to think it a strange thing when we are tried in the fire.

What must we do?

...God will not put you or me into the fire were it not for some thing that must be purged away from us; you see, the grand thing is to learn to glorify God in the fire."

(From "Daily Readings by George Whitefield" by George Whitefield, c. 1714-1770)

"Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad - for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful JOY of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world." (1 Peter 4:12-13)

(A listing of books and authors, and also dates of individual postings from those books, will be found on my "QUAINT WORDS" page)

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. good message Sharon....have a great weekend.

  2. I've mentioned before that he is a Georgia favorite. I love him.

    I do not love the fire, but I choose to believe God as to its necessity!

  3. Thank you for sharing with us your "Quaint Words!

  4. I've enjoyed this series on Quaint Words. Amazing that something written in the 1700s applies to the 2000s. We still need to glorify God in the fire.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, one and all!

    WELCOME, Virginia - thanks for visiting and hope you come back again sometime soon!

    Yes, the furnace of refining. Oh, it's hot sometimes, isn't it?! I am reminded of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abenego. They were convinced that God would save them from the fire - but even if He didn't, their faith was firm. I think it's because they KNEW that there was a reason for the fire.

    We must always hold on to that truth, too.



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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