Sunday, December 21, 2008

the shack

Just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn’t mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don't ever assume that my using something means I cause it or I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.

-- God, pg 185 of The Shack

Thursday, November 13, 2008

redeeming love

He was a quiet man, but there wasn't anything soft about him. There was something in his look that made men treat him with respect. It wasn't just his height or the strength of his body, which were both impressive enough. It was the clear steadiness of his gaze. He knew what he was about even if the rest of the world didn't.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

listening

There is a grace of kind listening, as well as a grace of kind speaking. Some men listen with an abstracted air, which shows that their thoughts are elsewhere. Or they seem to listen, but by wide answers and irrelevant questions show that they have been occupied with their own thoughts, as being more interesting, at least in their own estimation, than what you have been saying. Some interrupt, and will not hear you to the end. Some hear you to the end, and then forthwith begin to talk to you about a similar experience which has befallen themselves, making your case only an illustration of their own. Some, meaning to be kind, listen with such a determined, lively, violent attention, that you are at once made uncomfortable, and the charm of conversation is at an end. Many persons, whose manners will stand the test of speaking, break down under the trial of listening.

--Frederick WM. Faber

Thursday, October 9, 2008

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mere christianity

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

--Clive

(yes, we are on a first name basis)

Monday, October 6, 2008

captivated

when I look into the mountains, I see Your fame,
when I look into the night sky, it sparkles Your name

the wind in the clouds and the blue in the sky,
the sun and the moon and the stars so high
that's what draws me to You

I am, I'm captivated by You
(You know that You do)
I am, I'm captivated

when I wake unto the morning, it gives me Your sights,
when I look across the ocean, it echoes Your mights

the sand on the shore and the waves in the sea,
the air in my lungs and the way You made me
that's what draws me to You

the wind in the clouds and the blue in the sky,
the sun and the moon and the stars so high,
the sand on the shore and the waves in the sea,
the air in my lungs and the way You made me,

the blood in my veins and my heart You invade,
the plants how they grow and the trees in the shade,
the way that I feel and the love in my soul,
I thank You my God for letting me know...

I am, I'm captivated by You
(You know that You do)
I am, I'm captivated

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

i think of heaven

All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, September 22, 2008

2 days

We ought to be worried about only 2 days; today and that day (Jesus return).

--Old guy at 707

Thursday, September 18, 2008

an oldie but a goodie

Don’t call yourself a friend if you’re not concerned about their soul.

--Jeff Schofield, back when he was a youth pastor

ferocious love

Pure, spiritual, intellectual love shot from their faces like barbed lightning. It was so unlike the love we experience that its expression could easily be mistaken for ferocity.

--C.S. Lewis, Perelandra

Mary Boyeln's Husband

Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.

-William Carey

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

jane austen

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.


Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her.

-Pride and Prejudice

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

when you have to try

Begin with thanking Him for some little thing, and then go on, day by day, adding to your subjects of praise; thus you will find their numbers grow wonderfully; and, in the same proportion, will your subjects of murmuring and complaining diminish, until you see in everything some cause for thanksgiving. 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. It is certain that the more you try to praise, the more you will see how your path and your lying down are beset with mercies, and that the God of love is ever watching to do you good.

-Priscilla Maurice

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

707 quote

I am tremendously weak. I need Jesus more and more each day.

--Some guy with a funny voice

P.S. I'm eating turkey and american cheese on white bread and drinking grape koolaid and it brings me back to Mexico.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

captivating

But most especially, he hates Eve.

Because she is captivating, uniquely glorious, and he cannot be. She is the incarnation of the Beauty of God. More than anything else in all creation, she embodies the glory of God. She allures the world to God. And there is more. The Evil One also hates Eve because she gives life...Women nourish life. And they also bring life into the world soulfully, relationaly, spiritually -in everything they touch. ...

And thus Eve is his greatest human threat...

Put those two things together -that Eve incarnates Beauty of God and she gives life to the world. Satan's bitter heart cannot bear it. He assults her with a special hatred.

--John and Staci Eldredge

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

turtle joke

Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground. The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate. "Dear," she chirped, "I think it's time to tell him he's adopted."

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

the only one to depend on

Too many people are not faithful in little things. They are not to be absolutely depended upon. They do not always keep their promises. They break engagements. They fail to pay their debts promptly. They come behind time to appointments. They are neglectful and careless in little things. In general they are good people, but their life is honeycombed with small failures. One who can be positively depended upon, who is faithful in the least things as well as in the greatest, whose life and character are true through and through, gives out a light in this world which honors Christ and blesses others.

-J. R. Miller

Saturday, August 16, 2008

devotion

Never shrink from deep devotion, because you fear its trials or its sacrifices. Paul, in martyrdom, was unspeakably happier than God's half-hearted servants.

-William R. Huntington

Thursday, August 7, 2008

to find happiness

I never knew her to fail to find happiness wherever she was placed, and good in whomever she came across. Whatever her circumstances might be, they always yielded to her causes for thankfulness, and work to be done with a ready and hopeful heart.

-Hortia K.F. Eden

Saturday, July 19, 2008

my thoughts on love

You know that DC Talk song, Love is Verb!

Love is a verb, its an action, it is intentional. It’s not passive, it’s not a feeling, and it’s not a state of being. It’s not something you fall into. It’s not a wall you hit.

Love is a conscious effort to put someone else before you. It is wanting the very best for that other person even it that means its not you.

The determination and the dedication you have with each other will keep you together but make it about something bigger than that. Its is not just about two people in their own little world, It is about two people whose love for each other is a glimpse of the shadow of God’s love for you. Having someone who loves you, who picked you specifically, and you loving them back is a that same glimpse for the world around you to see an example of the love God has for them. Your love for each other should be a testimony of God’s love for human kind.

Love is always connected with what you do.

The greatest demonstration is the story of God sending His only Son, and Jesus giving His life for our salvation.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

when the saints

Lord it's all that I can't carry and cannot leave behind
it often overwhelms me
but when I think of all who've gone before and lived the faithful life
their courage compells me

and when i'm weary and overwrought
with so many battles left unfought

i think of paul and silas in the prison yard
i hear their song of freedom rising to the stars
i see the shepherd moses in the pharaohs court
ihear his call for freedom for the people of the Lord

and when the saints
go marching in
i want to be one of them

i see the long quiet walk along the underground railroad
i see the slave awakening to the value of her soul
i see the young missionary and the angry spear
i see his family returning with no trace of fear
i see the long hard shadows of calcutta nights
i see the sister standing by the dying man’s side
i see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor
i see the man with a passion come kicking down that door
i see the man of sorrow and his long troubled road

i see the world on his shoulders and my easy load

and when the saints
go marching in
i want to be one of them

--When the Saints, Sara Groves

Monday, March 10, 2008

Am I A Polar Bear?

One day, up in the frozen north a polar bear and his son were out for a stroll. Daddy bear sat on a lump of ice to admire the view and sent his son off to play. Two minutes later Junior came back to dad and says, "Can I ask you a question dad?"

"Sure, son what is it?"
"Am I a real polar bear, Dad?" asks Junior.
Dad smiles and says, "Of course you are, son. Now go and play."


So off Junior goes again throws some snowballs at the seals but soon he's back."Hey Dad, are you sure I am a real polar bear? Is there not a wee bit of brown bear or black bear in me?"

Dad smiles again and says, "Look son you've got big hairy black feet, a white coat, and a black shiny nose...of course you're a polar bear....now go back and play."

Once again Junior runs off, slides down the ice, chases a couple of seagulls, after ten minutes of fun he returns with a puzzled look on his face.

"Daaaad....are you absolutely sure I'm a polar bear?"
"Look son...I'm a polar bear, your mums a polar bear, your granny and grandpa were polar bears...why are you asking all these questions?"

Junior looks up and says... "Cause I'm freaking freezing!"

Saturday, February 23, 2008

kevin's verse

But he's already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It's quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don't take yourself too seriously — take God seriously.


But me, I'm not giving up. I'm sticking around to see what God will do.I'm waiting for God to make things right. I'm counting on God to listen to me. Don't, enemy, crow over me. I'm down, but I'm not out. I'm sitting in the dark right now, but God is my light. He's on my side and is going to get me out of this. He'll turn on the lights and show me his ways. I'll see the whole picture and how right he is.

-- Micah 6:8 and 7:7-9

Sunday, February 17, 2008

going there and everywhere

Go there with an open, joyful heart as often as possible; if not always joyful, at least go with a brave and faithful heart.

--ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

Friday, February 15, 2008

the pursuit of God

To have found God and still pursue him is the soul's paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too easily satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart.

I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made thirsty still.

--A.W. Tozer

Thursday, February 14, 2008

to remind me how to live

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails... Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, and love extravagantly.

--God, 1 Cor. 13:4-8, 13 NIV/Message

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

if you haven't read it by now, you should

Mrs. Whatsit explaining to Calvin why the fortune teller couldn't see the future. A little predestination and free will.


“If we knew ahead of time what was going to happen we’d be-- we’d be like the people on Camazotz, with no lives of our own, with everything all planned and done for us. How can I explain it to you? Oh, I know. In your language you have a form of poetry called the sonnet… It is a very strict form of poetry, is it not?”

“Yes.”

“There are fourteen lines, I believe, all in iambic pentameter. That’s a very strict rhythm or meter, yes?”

“Yes.” Calvin nodded.

“And each line has to end with a rigid rhyme pattern. And if the poet does not do it exactly this way, it is not a sonnet, is it?”

“No.”

“But within this strict form the poet has complete freedom to say whatever he wants, doesn’t he?”

“Yes.” Calvin nodded again.

“So,” Mrs. Whatsit said…

“You mean you’re comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom with in?”

“Yes.” Mrs. Whatsit said. “You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”


--Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle In Time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

i love being a girl.

I take comfort in the fact that God commands my Christian brothers to treat me differently. God's balance, of course, is perfect. He commands that I be respected, but also that I respect. He commands that I be honored, but also that I honor. He commands that I submit to authority, but also commands that authority to submit to Him. He understands my heart.

--Heather Koerner

Friday, February 8, 2008

emerson

All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

to the glory of God

The work of a Beethoven and the work of a charwoman become spiritual on precisely the same condition, that of being offered to God, of being done humbly 'as to the Lord'. This does not, of course, mean that it is for anyone a mere toss-up whether he should sweep rooms or compose symphonies. A mole must dig to the glory of God and a cock must crow.

-C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Monday, February 4, 2008

sound familiar?

The path of our feet should never contradict the conviction of our heart.

-Jeff

Friday, February 1, 2008

consistently inconsistent

I found my Deviate notebook tonight. :)

I want my heart to be so buried in the depths of God, that a man would have to search the heart of God to find it.