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