A quote from Jill Briscoe: “Years ago, I stopped looking to anyone but God to satisfy me. There was no man who could love me enough…no child who could need me enough…no job that could pay me enough…no experience that could satisfy me enough….” Only Jesus!
Faith, Hope, Love “Faith is made perfect by its works; hope purifies by its vision; and love not only keeps the commandments but sets them to music.” –Samuel Chadwick, Humanity and God, p. 200
Launch Out: “Fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” – Vincent Van Gogh
The Great Redemption “The believer is one who bases all on Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, and is so identified with him that he is made broken bread and poured-out wine in the hands of his Lord.” ~ Oswald Chambers
“I am a writer. I am endeavoring to present the Good News through the words I write. Making it happen involves more than desiring to see it happen. It takes realistic and planned action. I am matching my prayers with hard work.” ~ Marlene Bagnull, Write His Answer
“He has kept us hitherto. He will take care of us tomorrow. Either He will shield us from suffering or He will give us unfailing strength to bear it.” ~ St. Francis de Sales ~on a card given to me by Kelli Cheever
“There is a point where you can see the good in the bad, a time when you can look at what you went through and see there were positive things. But none of them will ever justify the loss you have experienced. . . . The presence of suffering doesn’t mean the absence of God. Happiness was not Jesus’ ministry — salvation was. His promise is the presence of God during trials.” ~ Scott Douglas #OrganicJesus, p. 140
“Idolatry is at the core of disobedience.” See Joshua, chapter 23
“I love how God’s love is a consistent comfort. It’s like a clock that never runs down. It is like the sun set in its continual path. It is constant within me. It moves within me. It never leaves me. I am privy to His love even when I say no. I gain constantly for He is here, never leaving — loving me through my failures, self-pity, denial, wants, and schemes. I am so thankful.” ~ W.B. Coker, Sr.
“The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.’” ~ Peter Larson
“Can you say yes or no in less than 24 words?” ~ Mr. Lockhorn to his wife ~ John used this quote on me when we were packing to move from Terre Haute to Indianapolis.
“Although my memory is fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” –John Newton (quoted in Today’s Christian Living, Sept. 2017, p. 33)
“Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ, we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ.” –Blaise Pascal (quoted in Today’s Christian Living, Sept. 2017, p. 33)
Found on each side of a bookmark: “Friends are the flowers of the garden of life.” and “Take time to smell the flowers.” When I put these two sayings together I obey the injunction to take time with my friends — to enjoy their gifts and nurture their growth.
Courageous Realism: “If you are not willing to risk, you will never thrive.” –John Brantley
“Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.” ~ Thor Heyerdahl
“Worry is wasting today’s time, cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s problems.” (unknown)
“Work as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on God.” — Ignatius Loyola
“One cannot violate the promptings of one’s nature without having
that nature recoil upon itself.” ~ Jack London, author (1876-1916)
“Each book has the unique quality of each author. The message and messenger intertwine into one whole.” ~ Pastor Rob Hock said this about the Bible, but it could be about any book and author.
“Never accept as unchangeable that which is contrary to God’s will. “Your hands made me and formed me” (Psalm 119:73). “I will not die, but I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done” (Psalm 118:17). Form these verses in a prayer for unborn babies: They shall NOT die, but shall LIVE and declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord!
“Our society’s respect for life determines its destiny; consequently no other question deserves or demands more attention, from every quarter. We must therefore passionately and relentlessly press the issue, dismantling the wicked and faulty grounds upon which this tragic ritual has been built.” ~Peter Heck, A Time for Choosing (pp. 23-24)
Prayer for 2019:
My God, grant that I may love Thee, and let the only reward of my love be to love Thee more and more. Thanks to Tamela