Refiner’s Fire

Refiner’s Fire

Some time ago my family decided to take some craft classes at the Ozark Folk Center about fifty miles from our home. My oldest son took bladesmithing classes (making knives), my youngest son took a painting class, and my oldest daughter took a herbal gardening class.

I was, at the time, writing my first book (Patchwork Dreams) where the hero, Jacob went to Seymour, Missouri, and helped out in a blacksmith shop.

I knew nothing about blacksmithing. Nothing.

I noticed one of the classes they offered that year was blacksmithing. So I asked the instructor if I could audit the class.

He agreed.


So the lone female in a class of ten men, I hung out in the blacksmith shop every day for a week. Inhaling the smoke. Listening to the clang, clang, clang. And keeping the fire hot. It had to be kept at a certain temperature for the metal to become pliable.


Fast forward several years.

My work in progress (planned release Fall 2016) has a character referring to the Refiner’s Fire and applying it to real life. My heroine had some terrible things happen to her and she questions why… why… why?

Don’t we all?

There are several reasons why God allows bad things to happen to us. I’m not going to venture to guess why in your case or your friend’s case. But, let me tell you about a couple of mine.

I miscarried three babies. I was told that when you have a large family, it is normal and no big deal. Wrong. It was a big deal. I wanted that baby. Those babies.

Around that time God kept putting women in my path who miscarried. And I was able to witness to them. Let them grieve. Reach out to them with God’s love.

Later, I went through cancer. God used that time to refine me further. I learned the importance of putting God first every day. Every hour. Every minute.  Not only that, but God also has women approaching me and telling me they have cancer. And I am able to pray with them and for them.

The refiner’s fire.

We have to be pliable for God to be able to mold us into something He can use.

Going through the fire isn’t pleasant.

As many of you know, I’m going through another sort of fire right now. Spiritual warfare over my oldest son. It isn’t pleasant. I don’t know why yet. But God has a reason for this. For the continuous prayer. But even though I don’t know why – He does. He’s teaching me how to fight on my knees.


Are you going  through a trial by fire? Maybe He’s refining you for a certain purpose. He has your best interest in mind. He knows the why. And He loves you.

Thank you, God, for choosing me to be use by you. Help me to be pliable and easily molded to what You want me to be. Amen.

Can you use prayer over anything in your life? Feel free to post a brief note in the comments. No need to go into details. I don’t need to know why to be able to pray for you.

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Laura Hilton About Laura Hilton

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer. Find Laura online at: her blog or Facebook page.


  1. Great thoughts, Laura. Thank you for sharing this reminder. I’m going through some fire right now.


  2. praying for you, Penny.


  3. Tina Dorward says:

    Praying for you Laura, your son and your family. Thank you for sharing.


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