Those who keep speaking about the sun while walking under a cloudy sky are messengers of hope, the true saints of our day.
Henri J. Nouwen
If we only saw the whole, we should see that the Father is doing little else in the world but training his vines.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne
My chronological age is of no importance to me whatsoever. I am a child of God, therefore I am eternally new. I am as young as time, I am as old as eternity. I have no age. I am as spontaneous as this moment. I live in the here and the now. I live each moment as it appears so I am always as young as the present. I cannot age because I am constantly in depth, not in time. No one has ever lived this life before. I do my best to make it a masterpiece. I am a child of the Infinite. I am eternally new.
Donald C. Curtis
Oh! for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!
Since He looked upon me, my heart is not my own. He hath run away to heaven with it.
Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it is rained down from Heaven, at our very doors.
God wants the whole person and He will not rest till He gets us in entirety. No part of the man will do.
A. W. Tozer
God has a bigger plan for me, than I have for myself.
Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.
C. H. Spurgeon
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
Make the least of all that goes and the most of all that comes. Don’t regret what is past. Cherish what you have. Look forward to all that is to come. And most important of all, rely moment by moment on Jesus Christ.
Gigi Graham Tchividjian
Thank God- every morning when you get up- that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
Never be afraid of giving up your best, and God will give you His better.
In the name of Jesus Christ who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all eternity before us, make us take time to live- time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessing, and time to know each other.
The effective Christians of history have been men and women of great personal discipline- mental discipline, discipline of the body, discipline of the tongue, and discipline of the emotion.
If you want to be a teacher, remember that you’re just as likely to teach who you are as you are to teach what you know.
Marie T. Freeman
War with your Vices,
at Peace with your Neighbours,
and let New Year find you a better Man.
When I was a little boy on the sun-bathed prairies of southern Illinois, a year seemed interminable- it moved forward on leaden feet. Now the years pass like the flash of sunlit bubbles on wind-tossed waves, as though they must hasten and lose themselves in that eternity when time shall be no more. And yet what an unspeakable gift of God is a year! Who can compute its value or estimate its worth? We give and receive our little gifts and rejoice, but how paltry they are compared to God’s gift of a year of days!
Samuel Logan Brengle
The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.
G. K. Chesterton
Still upward be thine onward course;
For this I pray today;
Still upward as the years go by
And seasons pass away.
Still upward in this coming year,
Thy path is all untried
Still upward may’st thou journey on,
Close by Thy Savior’s side.
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.
Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address
If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles- safe on her own nose all the time.
Understand that your words weigh 1,000 pounds. Choose them carefully!
Go an entire day without saying one negative comment about anything or anyone! To really test your resolve, pick a day when you’re going to be talking to a lot of people- at a party, for example.
Holiness consists of doing the will of God with a smile.
I say, if everybody in this house lives where it is God first, friends and family second and you third, we won’t ever have an argument.
Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.
John Paul II
Heroes are not the ones that never fail, but the ones who never give up.
You must learn, you must let God teach you, that the only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.
Our problem is that we come to a point in our Christian life where we become comfortable and we stop surrendering all things to Christ. Surrender means that I have given God permission to change, mold or to rid my life of anything that hinders me from becoming all that He wants me to be. We need to surrender to God and allow Him to change us.