Sunday, November 4, 2007

that's all there is

Whether I'm certain or very confused, I still know God is good.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

invincible patience

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
-Psalms 37:5

Plan not, nor scheme,--but calmly wait; His choice is best. While blind and erring is thy sight, His wisdom sees and judges right, So trust and rest.
-Adelaide A. Procter

Thursday, November 1, 2007

my prayer

"She always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and always says it kindly...Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God."
Proverbs 31

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

the trial of faith

God wants you to understand that it is a life of faith, not a life of emotional enjoyment of his blessings. Never confuse the trial of of faith with ordinary discipline of life, because a great deal of what we call the trial of faith is the inevitable result of being alive. "I will remain true to God's character whatever He may do." The highest and the greatest expression of faith in the whole Bible is -"Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15).
-Oswald Chambers, October 31

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

what is secular?

Let us trust Him with the hallowing of our ordinary, "secular" interests, let us try to shape each day's life so as best to please Him. "Would our Lord like me to say this or to read that? Would He sanction this train of thought or of fancy? When I go with that companion, can I imagine His drawing near and walking beside us?"
-William Bright

Monday, October 29, 2007

here is our king

And what was said to the rose to make it unfold
was said to me here in my heart
So be quiet now.
-David Crowder Band

Sunday, October 28, 2007

no matter the circumstances

If I believe in God, in a Being who made me, and fashioned me, and knows my wants and capacities and necessities, because He gave them to me, and who is perfectly good and loving, righteous, and perfectly wise and powerful,--whatever my circumstances inward or outward may be, however thick the darkness which encompasses me, I yet can trust, yea, be assured, that all will be well, that He can draw light out of darkness, and make crooked things straight.
-Thomas Erskine

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

preeminent love

Those who truly love God love all good wherever they find it. They seek all good to all men. They commend all good, they always acknowledge and defend all good. They have no quarrels. They bear no envy. O Lord, give me more and more of this blessed love!
-St. Teresa

Saturday, October 13, 2007

a prayer

God is not found in multiplicity, but in simplicity of thoughts and words. If one word suffice for your prayer, keep to that word, and to whatever short sentence will unite your heart with God.
-Margaret Mary Hallahan

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

oldie but a goodie

Some days, doing "the best we can" may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn't perfect- on any front- and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
- Mr. Rogers

Thursday, October 4, 2007

everyday tasks

There is no other way in which one's life will be so surely, so quickly transfigured, as in the faithful, happy, cheerful doing of every-day tasks. We need to remember that this world is not so much a place for doing things as for making character. Right in the midst of what some people call drudgery is the very best place to get the transformed, transfigured life. The doing of common tasks patiently, promptly, faithfully, cheerfully, makes the character beautiful and bright.
-J. R. Miller

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

faith

Gaze intently with the eye of faith at the infinite wisdom and omnipotence of God, to whom nothing is impossible or difficult, and consider that His goodness is unbounded, and unspeakable His willingness to give, hour by hour, and moment by moment, all things needful for the spiritual life, and for complete victory over self, if we will throw ourselves with confidence into His arms.
-Lorenzo Scupoli

Saturday, September 29, 2007

just think of how annoying we are to God

We never can long continue to dislike people for whom we pray.
-H. L. Sidney Lear

Friday, September 28, 2007

seeking solitude

In solitude, we learn what Blaise Pascal meant: "The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his own room."

Thursday, September 27, 2007

i am wholly yours

Be constant and courageous, and rejoice that He has given you the will to be wholly His.
-St. Francis De Sales

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

a little busy

Kissing is the most fun, dancing is the second.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

bathroom book (because no time should be wasted)

The undiminished radiance, which is the result of abundant joy, is not built on anything passing, but on the love of God that nothing can change.
-Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

Monday, September 17, 2007

a little humor

If you cannot begin with anything positive, begin with something negative. If your whole lot seems only filled with causes for discontent, at any rate there is some trial that has not been appointed you; and you may thank God for its being withheld from you.
-PRISCILLA MAURICE

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Wake Up!!

"The first step in life, people, is you got to wake up!"
-Dr. Kious, VP, Huron Hospital

Thursday, September 13, 2007

feeling yucky

When you feel ill and indisposed, and when in this condition your prayer is cold, heavy, filled with despondency, and even despair, do not be disheartened or despairing, for the Lord knows your sick and painful condition. Struggle against your infirmity, pray as much as you have strength to, and the Lord will not despise the infirmity of your flesh and spirit.
-Father John

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

loving others

Do you feel yourself alone and empty-hearted? Then you have necessity indeed for fortitude and brave endurance, but above all and before all you must get out of your solitude. You cannot command for yourself the love you would gladly receive; it is not in our power to do that; but that noble love which is not asking but giving,--that you can always have. Wherever your life touches another life, there you have opportunity. To mix with men and women in the ordinary forms of social intercourse becomes a sacred function when one carries into it the true spirit. To give a close, sympathetic attention to every human being we touch; to try to get some sense of how he feels, what he is, what he needs; to make in some degree his interest our own,--that disposition and habit would deliver any one of us from isolation or emptiness.
-George S. Merriam

Monday, September 10, 2007

love

Love me always, boy, whatever I do or leave undone. And--God help me--whatever you do or leave undone, I'll love you. There shall never be a cloud between us for a day; no, sir, not for an hour. We're imperfect enough, all of us, we needn't be so bitter; and life is uncertain enough at its safest, we needn't waste its opportunities.
-Juliana Horatia Ewing

Saturday, September 8, 2007

a thunderbolt

You will not select the most agreeable task, but His task, whatever it may be; for the current of His will, to be swept away and be forgotten, if it pleases Him, or to be caught up by His mighty hand and transformed thereby into a thunderbolt.
-Elizabeth Prentiss

Thursday, September 6, 2007

A Sale! 2 for 1

Cheerfulness in the service of Christ is one of the first requisites to make that service Christian.
-Frederick Temple

We never can long continue to dislike people for whom we pray.
-H. L. Sidney Lear

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

melancholy and the path to holiness

Never suffer yourself to be subdued by melancholy; it is amongst the things that will most injure you. It is impossible to persevere in the path of holiness, if we give not ourselves to it with joy. The love of God should impart peace to the soul.
-Madame De Guyon

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

my all and best

To all that she was called to be and to do, to bear all that might in the future be required of her, as a constant witness of the mind that ought to animate and pervade the whole action of the soul. Life should be always the offering up of what we are, to do our best for Him who has called us. The responsibilities, the ventures, the conscious obligations which press on the soul, with all their conditions and unknown possibilities, supply the question that is to be solved; but the true response is the result of a habit formed through countless, nameless acts of conscientious obedience, which by use have become the bright and cheerful exercise of the one purpose of giving its best and purest to One most fully loved.
-T.T. Carter

Monday, September 3, 2007

believe, wait, and follow

I will charge my soul to believe and wait for Him, and will follow His providence, and not go before it, nor stay behind it.
-Samuel Rutherford

Friday, August 31, 2007

From Papa

Whatever your cross, whatever your pain, there will always be sunshine, after the rain.
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall, But God's always ready, To answer your call.
He knows every heartache, sees every tear, A word from His lips, can calm every fear.
Your sorrows may linger, throughout the night, But suddenly vanish, in dawn's early light.
The Savior is waiting, somewhere above, To give you His grace, and send you His love.
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain, God always sends rainbows, after the rain.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Attitude That Matters

I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we meet them....that determines everything.

-Elizabeth King

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Being Patient

Be patient till your wings are grown. I fear very much that you are too vehement and headlong in your wishes and attempts to fly. You rush forward, but in vain, for your Master has chained you to your perch, or else it is that your wings are not grown; and this constant excitement exhausts your strength. You must indeed strive to fly, but gently, without growing eager or restless. You resign yourself but, it is always with a BUT; you want this and that, and you struggle to get it. Do you know what you must do? You must be willing not to fly, since your wings are not yet grown. Do not be so eager with your vain desires, do not even be eager in avoiding eagerness; go on quietly in your path--it is a good path.

-St. Francis de Sales

Monday, August 27, 2007

Mercy Me - Bring the Rain

I can count a million times people asking me how I can praise You with all that I've gone through. The question just amazes me; can circumstances possibly change who I forever am in You.

Coming Up To Breathe
"Bring the Rain"
-Mercy Me