Monday, September 1, 2014

What Is He Calling You to Do?

"No devotion to Christ is ever wasted. No lover of Christ is ultimately rejected. Everybody's redemption begins in somebody else. What is he calling you to do?" ~ Dennis Kinlaw

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Prayer...

"Prayer opens the heart to God, and it is the means by which the soul, though empty, is filled by God." ~ John Buchan (Scottish novelist and historian)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

...Playground...Battleground...

“The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground, and we must be on our guard at all times.” ~ Warren Wiersbe (The Bumps Are What You Climb On)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chorus of Praise and Prayer

"The Psalms offer us a way of joining in a chorus of praise and prayer that has been going on for millennia and across all cultures. " ~ N.T. Wright (The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Believing Prayer

"Every single believing prayer has its influence. It is stored up toward an answer which comes in due time to whomever perseveres to the end. " ~ Andrew Murray (South African pastor and author)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Good Can Be an Obstacle to Better

"Even when a need exists and we are well qualified to meet it, we are not necessarily called to respond to it. Something may seem logical for us to do, but that does not mean that God calls us to do it…Similarly, simply because a task or undertaking is good to do does not mean that we are called to do it or that we should continue doing it. To be doing what is good can be the greatest obstacle to doing something even better." ~ Suzanne Farnham et al (Listening Hearts)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Listening, Responding, Acting...

"God is not only a listening God but a responding God who acts." ~ Robert McAfee Brown

Monday, August 25, 2014

Real Hospitality

"A good host not only has to be poor in mind but also poor in heart. When our heart is filled with prejudices, worries, jealousies, there is little room for a stranger. In a fearful environment it is not easy to keep our hearts open to the wide range of human experiences. Real hospitality, however, is not exclusive but inclusive and creates space for a large variety of human experiences." ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Don't Keep a Chip on Your Shoulder

"In the pure, strong hours of the morning, when the soul of day is at its best, lean upon the windowsill of the Lord and look into His face, and get orders for the day. Then go out into the world with a sense of a Hand upon your shoulder and not a chip." ~ E. Stanley Jones

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Your Thoughts

"The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly." ~ Charles Reznikoff

Friday, August 22, 2014

Possibilities & Challenges

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope." ~ Thomas Merton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

To Love Means...

"To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless." ~ G. K. Chesterton       

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Giving Up

"It must be an act of grace, or of something beyond the individual will, which enables certain people to give up at certain times. Whether the giving up occurs gradually or swiftly, with great fanfare or absolute stillness, giving up is not something that can willfully be done. It can be allowed or it can be resisted, but it cannot be done. And that is where hope lies. Not hope in continuing effort, but hope for some kind of mercy. Hope that today or next month, or five years from now there will come a time when the struggle will be sacrificed." ~ Gerald May (Simply Sane)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Worship Is...

"Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have, Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship." ~  Oswald Chambers