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Humble Today

Today, humble Today, presents itself to us with all the ceremony and bling of a glittering diamond ring: Wear me, it says. Wear me out. Love me, dive into me, discover me, it pleads with us.
~ Shauna Niequist ~

He is Building a Palace

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
~ C.S. Lewis ~

Equipped to Know Him

Don’t be content with the Christian desk calendar approach to Christianity. Don’t be satisfied with a daily practical saying or some three-step process for being a good wife or a better friend. God has both called you and equipped you to know him. We have no excuse to remain ignorant of his character. Seek God’s face. Understand his character. Pursue knowledge of him , for apart from ‘fear of the Lord’ and ‘the knowledge of the Holy One’ (Proverbs 9:10) we have no hope for being a wise mother, sister, wife or friend.
~ Wendy Alsup ~

All Things For Good

"Afflictions work for good, as they are the means of loosening our hearts from the world.  When you dig away the earth from the root of a tree, it is to loosen the tree from the earth; so God digs away our earthly comforts to loosen our hearts from earth."
~ Thomas Watson ~

Give It Up

Never disregard a conviction that the Holy Spirit brings to you. If it is important enough for the Spirit of God to bring it to your mind, it is the very thing He is detecting in you. You were looking for some big thing to give up, while God is telling you of some tiny thing that must go. But behind that tiny thing lies the stronghold of obstinacy, and you say, “I will not give up my right to myself”— the very thing that God intends you to give up if you are to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
~ Oswald Chambers ~

Wear Out Your Shoes

Work is always healthier for us than idleness; it is always better to wear out shoes than sheets.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Art Begins In a Wound

Art begins in a wound, an imperfection, and is an attempt either to learn to live with the wound or to heal it.
~ John Gardner ~

Impressions

You cannot impress people with yourself and impress them with the Lord Jesus simultaneously.
~ Alistair Begg ~

The Grace of Doing Nothing

The command is 'Do not work.' Just make space.  Attend to what is around you. Learn that you don't have to DO to BE.  Accept the grace of doing nothing.  Stay with it until you stop jerking and squirming."
~ Dallas Willard ~



We Still Look to Idols

"While most of us are no longer drawn to the Baals and Ashtaroths of the past, we still look to idols - that which is not God - for our security, happiness and comfort.  Is it not true that when many of us feel anxious or depressed, we seek relief by purchasing things:  we head to the contemporary temples of self-indulgence in the malls across the country or on the Internet, where the shopping experience is meant to calm our souls?  Similarly, the emphasis in American culture on comfort, which exalts the consumer over the community, skews how we view ourselves, others and creation.  We lose sight of our relational nature, embracing instead the myth of individuality and autonomy.  One of the greatest theological challenges of our times it to move our worship beyond self-absorption."
~ Kelly Kapic ~

Divine Utterance

"Out of the great ocean of eternity, out of the great depths of the infinite, mysteriously comes the divine message.  Love brooded over the depths, and mercy and justice found new relationship in atoning favor.  On the wings of love and power, the redeeming forces were born to the altitudes of Calvary, where they were compressed by dying agony, and the Holy Ghost came to scatter, like showers, love and mercy and power upon the hearts of men.  And these showers and tempests of love and slavation, these irrigating streams from the mountains of His holiness, find their way as a divine utterance to human hearts."

"There is, to me, in this, one marvelous - almost awful thought. Back of the rain and snow, the gentle showers and storms and water brooks, are all the forces of the infinite God.  God does not fail.  The rain and the snow come, and the earth is made fertile and productive, and no man can stop Him in His work.  A man might undertake to thwart God's purposes.  He might, by incessant labor, succeed in keeping some little spot from producing, and yet, a few feet away, the grass would spring up to mock him.  Every shower that falls, every murmuring stream, every blade of grass, every flower, every head of grain and waving harvest, laughs him to scorn; vegetation still goes on; rain and snow come, and the earth buds.  God is not dead.  A man may not work with Him, and thus starve himself, but the great purpose of God goes on.  So it is with His utterance to men.  Out of the depths of the heart of God, by infinite power and love, it comes, borne on the wings of the Holy Ghost, to human hearts" 
~ Phineas F. Bresee ~

Leave No Stone Unturned

"If you leave no stone unturned in your preparation and still don't succeed, at least you can say, 'You know what? I couldn't do any more.' That's the most gratifying thing in the world regardless of win, lose or draw. "
~ Apolo Ohno ~

Perfection

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ~

The Necessary

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~ St. Francis of Assisi ~

Overcoming

God does not give us overcoming life; he gives us life as we overcome.
~ Oswald Chambers ~

I Know How To Be Abased

Suppose God wants to teach you to say, "I know how to be abased." - Are you ready to be offered up like that? Are you ready to be not so much as a drop in the bucket - to be so hopelessly insignificant that you are never thought of again in connection with the life you served?  Are you willing to spend and be spent, not seeking to be ministered unto, but to minister?  Some saints cannot do menial work and remain saints because it is beneath their dignity. 
~ Oswald Chambers ~

Losing Someone You Love

When you wake to losing someone, you win love.  When you realize that what you have, you will lose - you win grateful joy . . . It's only when you realize everyone you love will one day leave you that you really begin to love."
~ Ann Voskamp ~

What Pleases God?

There is not a spot in our entire lives over which he does not wish to reign, how in the very least things his disciples must only seek to please him.
~ Andrew Murray ~

Being Clay

It is not a noble task being clay.  There is no glamour to it, nothing boast worthy, except that it is exactly what almighty God is looking for, compliant moldable, yielded clay.
~ Henry Blackaby~

Your Breaking Point

Your Savior knows your breaking point.  The bruising and crushing and melting process is designed to reshape you, not ruin you.  Your value is increasing the longer He lingers over you.
 ~ Charles Swindoll ~

My Goal

My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace, nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.
~ Oswald Chambers ~

If I Can Stop

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain. 

~ Emily Dickinson ~