Monday, September 30, 2019
Friday, September 27, 2019
Friday Tale - Serve Now Please
I hoped that with the brave and strong
my portioned task might lie;
to toil among the busy throng
with purpose pure and high;
but God has fixed another part,
and He has fixed it well:
I said so with my breaking heart
when first this trouble fell.
These weary hours will not be lost
these days of misery,
these nights of darkness, tempest-tost,
can I but turn to Thee;
with secret labor to sustain
in patience every blow,
to gather fortitude from pain,
and holiness from woe.
If Thou would be with me through the night,
humbler I should be,
wiser, more strengthened for the fight,
more apt to lean on Thee.
Should death be standing at the gate,
I’ll not fear, I’ll keep my vow.
But Lord! Whatever be my fate,
Oh, let me serve Thee now.
~ Anne Bronte (modified)
The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and
saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the
afflictions of the righteous, BUT
the Lord delivers him out of them all.
~ Psalm 34:18-19
Thursday, September 26, 2019
If you are irritated by every rub,
how will your mirror be polished?
~ C. S. Lewis
So we do not lose heart. Though our
outer self is wasting away, our inner
self is being renewed day by day. For
this light momentary affliction is
preparing for us an eternal weight
of glory beyond all comparison.~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Getting over a painful experience is
much like crossing monkey bars.
You have to let go at some point
in order to move forward.
~ C. S. Lewis
Look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before him, endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is seated at the right
hand of the throne of God.
~ Hebrews 12:2
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Correction does much, BUT
encouragement does more.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him
as you would a father, younger men as brothers,
older women as mothers,
younger women as sisters, in all purity.
~ 1 Timothy 5:1-2
Friday, September 20, 2019
What draws people to be friends
is that they see the same Truth.
They share it.
~ C. S. Lewis
For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers
came and testified to your Truth,
as indeed you are walking in The Truth.
I have no greater joy than to hear that
my children are walking in The Truth.
~ 2 Timothy 2:24
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Raise your word, not voice.
It is rain that grows flowers,
Make your ear attentive to wisdom
and incline your heart to understanding,
call out for insight, and
raise your voice for understanding....
~ Proverbs 2:2-3
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The Truth is humbling, terrifying, and
often exhilarating. It blows the
doors off the hinges and
fills the world with fresh air.
~ Augusten Burroughs
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him,
"If you abide in my word,
you are truly my disciples,
and you will know the Truth and
the Truth will set you free."~ John 8:31-32
Monday, September 16, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019
Friday Tale: Find Happiness
A group of 50 delegates were attending a seminar on personal development when the speaker said it was time to do a group activity.
He started by giving each of the delegates a white balloon and everyone was asked to write his or her name on it using a black marking pen.
Then all the balloons were collected and put in another room.
The 50 delegates were let into that room and asked to find the balloon which had their name written within 3 minutes. Everyone was frantically searching for their name, colliding with each other, pushing around others and there was utter chaos.
At the end of 3 minutes no one could find their own balloon.
THEN each one was asked to randomly collect a balloon and give it to the person whose name was written on it. Within minutes everyone had their own balloon.
The speaker then spoke with the 50 delegates . . . 'The exact same thing is happening in our lives. Everyone is frantically looking for happiness all around, not knowing where it is. Our happiness lies in the happiness of other people. Give them their happiness; you will get your own happiness.
~ From "The Daily Grind"
Give and it will be given to you.
Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
running over, will be put into your lap.
For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.~ Luke 6:38
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Monday, September 09, 2019
Happiness is a perfume you cannot
pour on others without getting
some on yourself.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
But may all who seek You rejoice and
be glad in You; may those who love
Your salvation say continually,
"Great is the Lord!".~ Psalm 40:16
Friday, September 06, 2019
Friday Tale - the Tongue
"The boneless tongue so small and weak
can crush and kill," declared the Greek.
"The tongue destroys a greater horde,"
The Turk asserts, "than does the sword."
The Persian proverb wisely saith
"A lengthy tongue, an early death."
Or sometimes takes this form instead,
"Don't let your tongue cut off your head."
"The tongue can speak a word, whose speed,"
Says the Chinese, "Outstrips the steed."
While Arab sages this impart,
"The tongue's great storehouse is the heart."
From the Hebrew with the maxim sprung,
"Though feet should slip, ne'er let the tongue."
The sacred writer crowns the whole,
"Who keeps his tongue, doth keep his soul."Prov.22:5
~ From: Gems of Truth in Simple Settings
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the tongues of the fools pour out folly.
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.~ Proverbs 15:2, 28
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