Unknown — As the minister stepped up to the pulpit…

As the minister stepped up to the pulpit he discovered to his chagrin that he had forgotten his sermon notes. As it was too late to send someone for them, he turned to the congregation and said, by way of apology, that this morning he should have to depend upon the Lord for what he might say, but that for the evening service, he would be better prepared.

Unknown

F. B. Meyer — It may be that for a long time…

It may be that for a long time you have had upon your mind some strong impression of duty; but you have held back, because you could not see what the next step would be. Hesitate no longer. Step out upon what seems to be the impalpable mist: you will find a solid rock beneath your feet; and every time you put your foot forward, you will find that God has prepared a stepping-stone, and the next, and the next- each as you come to it. The bread is by the day. The manna is new every morning. He does not give us all the directions at once lest we should get confused.
F. B. Meyer

Amy Grant — I remember a friend of mine…

I remember a friend of mine telling a story about one of his first paying jobs. When he was in seminary, he and his wife pastored a small church in a rough part of Houston. They lived in the parsonage and received a salary of one hundred dollars a week. One day a college friend of his passed through town and stopped by for a visit. The friend’s career was in sales, and at the time, 1972, he was doing quite well, with a six-figure salary. He said to the young pastor, “You were pretty sharp in school. You know, you could be doing a lot better financially if you had chosen a different profession. For instance, if you were with my company, you could be making a hundred thousand dollars a year.” My friend eyed his buddy and said, “ Well, I don’t know if I could live on that.” “What do you mean, you don’t know if you could live on that? You don’t look like you’re making half that much now.” My friend said, “Well, I don’t right now, but I work for someone who promised to pay me whatever I need. This last year I didn’t need much, but what if next year I needed more? I sure would be in a mess if all I had was a hundred thousand dollars.”
Amy Grant

Thomas Merton — My Lord God…

My Lord, God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please you. And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing. And I know that if I do this, You will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for You are ever with me and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Thomas Merton

Grace Noll Crowell — A Prayer Upon A Threshold…

A Prayer Upon A Threshold

Here on my threshold, eager to start
Out through a New Year, Lord, I stand,
Waiting a moment, a prayer in my heart:
Go with me, Lord, and hold my hand.

There are such beautiful days ahead,
Blinding my eyes, Lord, may there be
Springs by the wayside, manna for bread,
And You, a companion, to walk with me.

Through any dark day, talk with me,
I am a small child, often afraid,
Lead through the darkness, let me see
Light ahead that Your lamp has made.

Here on the threshold, ready to start
Out through a year, untrod, unknown-
Now with a small child’s trusting heart
I go, but I do not go alone.

Grace Noll Crowell

Norman Vincent Peale — One of the most powerful concepts…

One of the most powerful concepts, one which is a sure cure for lack of confidence, is the thought that God is with you and helping you.  This is one of the simplest teachings in religion, namely, that Almighty God will be your companion, will stand by you, help you, and see you through.  No other idea is so powerful in developing self-confidence as this simple belief when practiced.  To practice it simply affirm “God is with me; God is helping me; God is guiding me.”  Spend several minutes each day visualizing his presence.  Then practice believing that affirmation.
Norman Vincent Peale