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We continue to be amazed that as two young elementary teachers, the desire my colleague and I had to write one children’s book eventually led to an opportunity to own our own company, Silver Ink Publishing.  Over the years, many people have asked us to explain the meaning of our company’s name. We chose “Silver Ink” after reading the following devotional.

Malachi 3:3
“He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.  One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at the next Bible Study.

That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work.  She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.  She watched the silversmith carefully. He held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up, and as he did so, he explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot and then she thought again about the verse that says:  "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver."

She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire.  If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?"  He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy – I know when I see my image in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Writing the text to “Into the Tub” had definitely taken much time and many revisions, but trying to find the right format for the reading strategies we wanted to include in the book was turning out to be a much longer, tougher process. We wondered why writing the lines of the story came so easily, yet the parent portion took so long and seemed so challenging. Around that time, we had both individually read and printed the above devotional.  But weeks passed and we never discussed the devotional with each other until one emotionally and physically exhausting day. Before we could rest our heads, we had to decide on the name of our publishing company.  Laura hurriedly dried her little girl’s hair so she could soon tuck her in bed and we could get back to work. While the dryer roared, seemingly in timing with the loud, swirling chaos around us, she asked me if I had received an email from a mutual acquaintance that included a devotional about refining silver. It was all I could do not to  burst out crying. We both finally understood why our efforts of writing and publishing a children’s book seemed so daunting.  We could never have imagined the importance of the parent involvement piece to the book. That aspect of our book would be the key to our entire educational product line and our future business.

But God knew, and He was using that time to refine us as Christian women, mothers and wives.  He knew that we were not ready to fully receive the dreams He had for us. He wanted us to learn to go to Him in the wildness…in the “heat” of the hard times. Only through His guidance during the hard times would we learn to live as Jesus lived and make the right decisions both personally and professionally.

As the years have passed and new products have been created, we continue to find ourselves “in the fire” at times. Despite all the challenges we have faced and through the many successes we have enjoyed, we have never forgotten that God has His eye on us.

To this day, He is refining us each step of the way. We encourage you to never be afraid to take that next step of faith toward your dreams.  

- Jill Nolen