Saturday, October 25, 2014

What Drives You Closer?


"If the foundation of your happiness is your vocation, your relationships, or your money, then suffering takes your source of joy away from you. But if your ultimate value in life is God, then suffering drives you closer to your source of joy—God." ~ Tullian Tchividjian

Friday, October 24, 2014

Participate in God's Healing Work

“The Spirit of God is present in our tears to break our hearts with the things that break the heart of God, to show us the ways in which we contribute to the pain of the world, to form us more fully into the likeness of Christ, and to enable us to participate in God’s healing work in this world.” ~ Harnish

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Faith Is Not...

“Faith is not for overcoming obstacles; it is for experiencing them-all the way through!” ~ Richard Rohr

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What Is Your Business?

"As is the business of tailors to make clothes and cobblers to make shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray." ~ Martin Luther

The Power of Modeling

“Positive modeling pricks and sharpens and perfects the one [child] who is watching.” ~ Jorie Kincaid (The Power of Modeling)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wholesome Self-Image

“If my child learns to obey and to do what is right, and I continue to show him appreciation and encouragement, he will be more likely to have a wholesome self-image than he will if I allow him to do whatever he feels like doing.” ~ William and Candace Backus (Empowering Parents)

Our Faith Requires...

"I am a shepherd who, with his people, has begun to learn a beautiful and difficult truth: our Christian faith requires that we submerge ourselves in this world. The world that the church must serve is the world of the poor, and the poor are the ones who decide what it means for the church to really live in the world." ~ Archbishop Oscar Romero 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Modeling

“Modeling shifts my primary focus as a parent from doing to being. If my children watch me, they will probably become very much like me. This means that my identity is very important.” ~ Jorie Kincaid (The Power of Modeling)

Mystery of Grace

“I do not understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ~ Anne Lamott

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