Joy and sorrow

 

Sorrow is one of the things that are lent, not given. Joy is given; sorrow is only lent. Sorrow is lent to us for just a little while that we might use if for eternal purposes. Then it will be taken away and everlasting joy will be our Father’s gift to us. So let us use this lent thing to draw us nearer to Christ; and let us use it to make us more tender to others.

–Amy Carmichael

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Published in: on 10/12/2011 at 9:12  Leave a Comment  

Daring to trust and wait

Let us be so assured of the inexhaustible tenacity of His love as to dare to trust Him, though He slay us. And let us look forward to that august moment when He will give us a reason to all life’s discipline, with a smile that shall thrill our souls with ecstasy, and constrain sorrow and sighing to flee away forever.

–F.B. Meyer

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Worth waiting for

God’s “afters” are worth waiting for. However dark the “now” is, there will be light enough in God’s “after” to explain the darkness. The very genius of Christianity consists in living in the dark “now,” with the hope of the “after” upon it.

–Campbell Morgan

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Times of Upheaval

In times of upheaval, a voice from heaven says,
“Be still and know that I am God.”
It doesn’t say, “Be still and know why.”
In a distant day the gradual sacrament
of understanding may be offered to us.

–Ken Gire

Hardships

I know God will not give me
anything I can’t handle.
I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.

–Teresa of Calcutta

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The luxury of tight places

I love to find myself in a tight corner
to have the luxury of seeing
how God will get me out of it.

      –C.T. Studd

Published in: on 10/05/2011 at 12:13  Leave a Comment  

Storms will come

The maxim of illusory religion runs thus: “Fear not; trust in God and he will see that none of the things you fear will happen to you;” that of real religion, on the contrary, is: “Fear not; the things you are afraid of are quite likely to happen to you, but they are nothing to be afraid of.”

Jesus doesn’t offer us perfect health and massive wealth. What he does offer us is eternal life and a relationship with Himself, in which nothing can separate us from God’s love.

–John MacMurray

Published in: on 10/04/2011 at 17:44  Leave a Comment  

Satan opposes love

They that know anything in this world
know that, as the first great opposition of hell,
the world, and corrupt nature, is against
faith to God by Christ, so the next
great opposition made against us,
is against our love.

—John Owen
(1616 – 1683)

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He gets the last word

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.

–1 Peter 5:8-11 (The Message)

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