Sunday, October 19, 2014

Your Child's World

“Take an interest in your child’s world and they may take an interest in yours.” ~ Steve Miller (quoted in Daddy, I Blew Up the Shed by Phil Callaway)

Verbs...

“We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual, even on the religious plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest, forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in the fundamental verb, to Be, and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of the spiritual life.” ~ Evelyn Underhill

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wait for the Spirit's Power

“Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.” ~ J. Hudson Taylor

Friday, October 17, 2014

Expect the Unexpected

“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God; not only by unbelief, but by thinking that you know what he can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.’” ~ Andrew Murray

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Learn to Disagree...

“We’re never going to agree with everyone we come in contact with, but we must learn how to disagree in a way that honors Christ and his body.” ~ Braun

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Addiction

"As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their "right" place.” ~ Henri Nouwen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Low Point Lessons

God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” ~ C. S. Lewis

Monday, October 13, 2014

Prayer Is Not...

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” ~ Mother Teresa

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Story of Love

When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves—that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.” ~ N. T. Wright

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Get Your Rest

“Once people feel nourished and refreshed, they cannot help but be kind; just so, the world aches for the generosity of a well-rested people.” ~ Wayne Muller

Friday, October 10, 2014

An Easy Substitute

“Power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love. It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life.” ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Forgiveness...

“Forgiveness, the act of loving my enemy, like forgiveness of self, is not a sudden event, a rapid change of heart. Most of the time it is a long process that begins with the desire to be free, to accept ourselves as we are, and to grow in the love of those who are different and those who have hurt us or appear as rivals. It is the process of getting out of the prison of our likes and dislikes, our hatreds and fears, and walking to freedom and compassion.” ~ Jean Vanier

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Solitary Conceit...

“When I first became a Christian, about fourteen years ago, I thought that I could do it on my own, by retiring to my rooms and reading theology, and wouldn’t go to the churches and Gospel Halls; I disliked very much their hymns which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth-rate music. But as I went on I saw the merit of it. I came up against different people of quite different outlooks and different education, and then gradually my conceit just began peeling off. I realized that the hymns (which were just sixth-rate music) were, nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic-side boots in the opposite pew, and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean those boots. It gets you out of your solitary conceit.” ~ C. S. Lewis

A Danger

“Jesus wasn’t just odd. He was literally a danger to the established order. If their goal was to preserve life as they knew it, the Pharisees were right to oppose him at every turn. Jesus was a savior to the lost, not a cheerleader for the found. He came to redeem sinners, not to entertain or soothe the prickly.” ~ Tom Ehrich