“Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into “the shadow of His hand” until we learn to hear Him.”
Prayer is powerful.
God has done so much in my heart these past few weeks. So much of it I can directly attribute to prayer.
My heart is full as I think about all the circumstances God worked together so that I would finally submit and pursue a relationship with Him through intentional, consistent, lengthy prayer.
There is room at the cross for me, even me.
There is room at the cross for such as I.
“Whenever you are willing to obey me, Much-Afraid, and to follow the path of my choice, you will always be able to hear and recognize my voice, and when you hear it you must always obey. Remember also that it is always safe to obey my voice, even if it seems to call you to paths which look impossible or even crazy.”
― Hannah Hurnard
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven..”
― John Milton
Emotions. Pesky, powerful… How to deal with them?
“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” ― C.S. Lewis
Last year I wrestled with fearful anticipation of the day Jamie would leave. In November, I asked myself, “How do I trust God in something like this?” Read More
“We must carefully examine ourselves to see which virtues we are in most need of and which we find the hardest to acquire. We should also take note of the sins that we most frequently fall into and what occasions contribute to our fall. In our times of struggle with these areas, we can go before God with entire confidence and remain in the presence of His divine majesty. In humble adoration, we must confess our sins and weaknesses to Him, lovingly asking for the help of His grace in our time of need. Then, we will find that we can partake of all the virtues found in Him, even though we do not possess any of our own.”
― Brother Lawrence
Why is forgiveness so hard for me? Why do I struggle so? Why do I fail repeatedly to truly forgive?
I thought I was making progress – I thought I was on the road to true forgiveness. Then my eyes were opened and I realized I didn’t really even understand what forgiveness is – but I have learned what forgiveness is not. Forgiveness is not avoiding the ones who wounded you. Read More
“All along, let us remember we are not asked to understand, but simply to obey…”
― Amy Carmichael
Today I cleaned out a cabinet that was in a sad state of disarray. I didn’t have large chunks of time to work on my project, though, so I organized it sporadically throughout the day – which meant that all day long I kept finding knick-knacks my niece had left on the shelves. Read More
“Some knowledge is too heavy…you cannot bear it…your Father will carry it until you are able.”
― Corrie ten Boom
Tonight I read a passage in the Bible I honestly have no memory of ever reading before. The concept itself was not a new one – it is the logical conclusion of and is hinted at in other passages. But this passage much more clearly says exactly what I half-heartedly tell myself sometimes. Read More
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
I blew it a lot this past week. A sin I thought I’d conquered came back to life and defeated me.
And I let it.
I despair, I forget, I doubt.
I falter, I stumble, I fall.