Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Treasures in my hands

In every room of our home someone has a book going Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott in the bathroom,
Bible wherever I last read it, night stand, kitchen table, on the couch, in my bag
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry on the night stand along with those books that want to be read.
The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges read and waiting to be blogged about
Note to Self by Joe Thorn on the Kindle
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs keeping company with my Bible
A Harmony of the Gospels
To be edited at a later date. Just wanted to post on Leap Day.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Drafts

(this post is from emails never sent sitting in the drafts with some decent quotes)

This was just fun and hopefully encouraging to those of you who read my blog regularly. Who knows maybe people will comment? In all seriousness I welcome conversation here. The two most popular ways that I know that I actually have readers, is 1 I have a counter on the blog and 2 people tell me in person. It would be fun to hear from some of you via the comment section.
Have a wonderful day! And thanks for reading.

"What we must do is to stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life, the real life that God sends us day by day. What we call our real life is but a phantom of our imagination." C.S. Lewis

If you debate for a second when God has spoken, it is all up. Never begin to say - "Well, I wonder if He did speak?" Be reckless immediately, fling it all out on Him. You do not know when His voice will come, but whenever the realization of God comes in the faintest way imaginable, recklessly abandon. It is only by abandon that you recognize Him You will only realize His voice more clearly by recklessness. Oswald Chambers

Dan just said to Katie, "I question whether Mr and Mrs Mort are really human, I think they are angels."

"There are people in AA that are not professing Christians that are more dependent on God's grace, more surrendered to God in a general sense, believe more in letting God be God in all circumstances, more grateful to be alive than a lot of Christians that I have met." CM

The Love of Christ

In my good New England second language (sarcasm) I want to start by saying, "Well, if you are a Baptist....."
I think the most important think to remember is to stay calm. Don't freak out. (no idea what I was responding to here. More than likely, addressing mothers unwilling to face the messiness of their adult children finding there way in this world.)

"A new government that tries to erase history so that they can capitalize on their power." source unknown (to me)

"Anyone God uses significantly is always deeply wounded . . . Jesus will look us over not for medals, diplomas, or honors, but for scars." Again unknown by me (feel free to fill us in and leave a comment)

"When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I do not think the young convert is at first aware of this. I can recall the very day and hour when first I received those truths in my own soul - when they were as John Bunyan says, burnt into my heart as with a hot iron; and I can recollect how I felt that I had grown all of a sudden from a babe into a man - that I had made progress in scriptural knowledge, through having found, once for all, the clue to the truth of God ... I saw that God was at the bottom of it all, and that He was the Author of my faith, and so the whole doctrine of grace opened up to me, and from that doctrine I have not departed to this day, and I desire to make this my constant confession, I ascribe my change wholly to God." (Autobiography: 1, The Early Years, Banner of Truth, p. 164-165) Spurgeon

"Almost every natural man that hears of hell, flatters himself that he shall escape it; he depends upon himself for his own security; he flatters himself in what he has done, in what he is now doing, or what he intends to do. Every one lays out matters in his own mind how he shall avoid damnation, and flatters himself that he contrives well for himself, and that his schemes will not fail. They hear indeed that there are but few saved, and that the greater part of men that have died heretofore are gone to hell; but each one imagines that he lays out matters better for his own escape than others have done. He does not intend to come to that place of torment; he says within himself, that he intends to take effectual care, and to order matters so for himself as not to fail." Jonathan Edwards

From the Gospel Coalition
Counting Sheep?

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Time to be still

What does it mean to wait? To find quite in the midst of life's storms? To take refuge in the One you can not see, feel or touch? To know that the Unseen Hand is holding you in the very palm of His Hand? To trust that you are never alone?