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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Where Is Your Security?

"Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security." ~ Elisabeth Eliott

Sunday, August 17, 2014

An Hour to Prepare for Eternity

"...we have such a short time to prepare for such a long time. By that I mean we have now to prepare for then. We have an hour to prepare for eternity. To fail to prepare is an act of moral folly. For anyone to have a day given to prepare, it is an act of inexcusable folly to let anything hinder that preparation. If we find ourselves in a spiritual rut, nothing in the world should hinder us. Nothing in this world is worth it. If we believe in eternity, if we believe in God, if we believe in the eternal existence of the soul, then there is nothing important enough to cause us to commit such an act of moral folly." ~ A.W. Tozer

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It Is Time to Stop!

"Sabbath is not dependent upon our readiness to stop. We do not stop when we are finished. We do not stop when we complete our phone calls, finish our project, get through this stack of messages, or get out this report. We stop because it is time to stop. Sabbath requires surrender. If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop—because our work is never completely done." ~ Wayne Muller