Pain is inevitable. But did you know there is a divine purpose for suffering? The Furnace of Affliction will help those who are struggling with the “why” of pain find hope. This book will encourage readers to look to God, who is greater and higher than any affliction. Horace Williams, Jr., a stroke survivor, well-acquainted with pain, The Furnace of Affliction, blends real stories, practical advice, and biblical truth. Together these elements create a salve that intends to change how you view pain and re-evaluate your response to it.
Christian who loves Jesus Christ. Award-winning Author, Stroke Survivor,.Blogger at pleasingtothepotter.com. Sharing my faith to help,encourage,and inspire others to serve Him Giving God all the glory!
Many people do not experience joy at Christmas. My intent is not to minimize the hurt some face come holiday time.
Personally, despite having several painful holiday moments, I still remember some of the joys of Christmas fondly.
At thirteen, I desperately wanted a ten-speed Schwinn bicycle for Christmas.
That was all I wanted and hoped for that year. We didn't have a lot of money at the time, so I kept my expectations low.
Tip-toeing out of my room on Christmas Eve after everyone had gone to sleep. Quietly making my way into the living room, I headed to where our Christmas tree stood.
There it was! Leaning against the wall next to the tree was a baby blue ten-speed bike! The lights on the tree were reflecting off the bike.
Quickly retreating to my room, I wanted to scream with joy as I laid back down. I don't know how I ever drifted off to sleep?
Seven years later, I surprised my girlfriend of two years with an engagement ring. The look on her face was priceless, and she said, "yes!"
These experiences were the result of something joyful happening.
However, nothing compares to the joy of understanding God's purpose for your life.
I will share with you what real joy is in this inspirational book.
The Furnace of Affliction
When I first read this verse, I was like, joy? Really, God? How can I have joy in the midst of my painful trials? But God is not asking us as Christians to joke and laugh during our tests. He is asking us to have joy, knowing that the purpose of our trials is to draw us into a deeper relationship and commitment to Christ.