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