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