"All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82), US philosopher and poet - This quote was found in A Common Life, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon
"And as yet my love is weak and my virtue imperfect and I have great need of your strength and comfort." Thomas à Kempis c. 1380 – 25 July 1471) was a German/Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period
" . . . apart from God's grace, one can do nothing worthwhile." Eric Metaxas, (born 1963) is an American author, speaker, and radio host
"At even and at morn God will befriend us, and oh, most surely on each newborn day!" Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.
"At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God's hand until we learn to hear Him. "What I tell you in darkness" – watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet. If you open your mouth in the dark, you will talk in the wrong mood: darkness is the time to listen. Don't talk to other people about it; don't read books to find out the reason of the darkness, but listen and heed. If you talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light." Oswald Chambers (24 July 1874 – 15 November 1917) was an early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
"Be careful not to forget the things you have seen God do for you. Keep reminding yourself and tell your children and grandchildren, too." Deuteronomy 4:9
"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23 New International Version (NIV)
"But what I learned was that when Lincoln became president and the country was coming apart at the seams and he was trying so hard to hold it together, he almost became so absorbed in the work and the mission and the suffering of others that it lifted the burden off of him." William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001.
"Danger is an ever-present reality, but fear is a choice! Jesus never promised us safety for following Him; He promised us fruit, fruit like love for the unloved or even our enemies, true joy even with little to nothing, and peace in the midst of insurmountable odds or extreme suffering. God is good and there is no doubt about it! We need to get uncomfortable in our faith, step out of our comfort zones, depend on God, and lean into the arms of our Dad." Justin Wren, author of Fight for the Forgotten
"Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: 'The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me and I in Him." Francis de Sales, 21 August 1567 – 28 December 1622) was a Bishop of Geneva and is honored as a saint in the Catholic Church.
"Do you think, Madame, that in heaven we will really get to see God face-to-face?"
"What if you’re blind?"
"I’d expect that if God wants us to see something, we’ll see it." Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
"Even if you were to knock my head off, God would still exist." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.
"Folks like to think sin is what everybody else is doing, but the mighty book of Romans lays it out plain and simple - 'For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.' " Absalom Greer, a character in These High Green Hills, a book in The Mitford Series by Jan Karon
"God always required something deeper than religious legalism." Eric Metaxas, author
"God - the pathways of his purpose
Are hard to find.
And yet it shines out through the gloom,
In the dark chance of human life.
Effortless and calm
He works his perfect will." Aeschylus - (c. 525–c. 456 bc), Greek playwright. He is best known for his trilogy the Oresteia (458 bc), consisting of the tragedies Agamemnon, Choephoroe, and Eumenides. (Shared by Goody Harding)
"I believe in God and in his wisdom and benevolence and I cannot conceive that such a Being could make such a species as the human merely to live and die on this earth. If I did not believe in a future state, I should believe in no God. This universe, this all, this totality would appear with all its swelling pomp, a boyish firework."John Adams, (1735–1826), 2nd president of the US 1797–1801
"I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for good and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
"I know there is a God - and I see a storm coming. If He has a place for me, I believe I am ready." Abraham Lincoln February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.This was a note written by John F. Kennedy that quoted Lincoln. It was picked up off of the floor of the airplane after meeting with Khrushchev in 1961.
"If I don't feel like having faith, my feelings will not negate God's will." Nathan Jones and Steve Howell in 12 Faith Journeys of the Minor Prophets
"Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever." John Adams, (1735–1826), 2nd president of the US 1797–1801
"Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best. God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best and man will not take it." George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll.
"Rest. Rest. Rest in God's love. The only work you are required now to do is to give your most intense attention to His still, small voice within." Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Motte-Guyon (commonly known as Madame Guyon (13 April 1648 – 9 June 1717) was a French mystic and was accused of advocating Quietism, although she never called herself a Quietist. Quietism was considered heretical by the Roman Catholic Church, and she was imprisoned from 1695 to 1703 after publishing the book A Short and Very Easy Method of Prayer.
"Sleep in peace, God is awake." Victor Marie Hugo (26 February 1802 – 22 May 1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement.
"The cross pointed us to our heavenly Father and at the same time reached out its arms to include us all in an expression of the Love that will never let go." Ernest Gordon in the book he wrote, Through the Valley of the Kwai
"The world is emblazoned with such 'clues,' none of which individually proves anything, but which taken together give a cumulative case for believing in God. These 'clues' are the threads that make up the great pattern of the universe." C.S. Lewis, (1898–1963), British novelist, religious writer, and literary scholar; full name Clive Staples Lewis. He broadcast and wrote on religious and moral issues and created the imaginary land of Narnia for a series of children's books.
"There are three stages in the work of God: impossible, difficult, done." James Hudson Taylor (21 May 1832 – 3 June 1905) was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM, now OMF International). Taylor spent 51 years in China.
"Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me." Micah 7:7
"To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you." C.S. Lewis, (1898–1963), British novelist, religious writer, and literary scholar; full name Clive Staples Lewis. He broadcast and wrote on religious and moral issues and created the imaginary land of Narnia for a series of children's books.
"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be." C.S. Lewis, (1898–1963), British novelist, religious writer, and literary scholar; full name Clive Staples Lewis. He broadcast and wrote on religious and moral issues and created the imaginary land of Narnia for a series of children's books
"We can all start, join or fuel a movement. We are capable of tapping into an immensse love that most of us can’t even fathom, and distributing it. It’s possible for us to love the hell out of this world in our own unique way. Pause, take a look, and assess who God created us to be. We have to push ourselves out of the deep ruts that we find ourselves in! God doesn’t see us for who we are right now; He sees us as who we could be. I need to keep my mind from focusing on my failures, short-comings, and everything I can’t do. I need to drift over to and focus on what I can do, and one of those is loving my family with everything I’ve got." Justin Wren, author of Fight for the Forgotten
"We look for visions of heaven and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us." Oswald Chambers (24 July 1874 – 15 November 1917) was an early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher, best known for the devotional My Utmost for His Highest.
"We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church.
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