God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.
The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him.
Faith enables persons to be persons because it lets God be God.
I believe in the sun even if it isn't shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent.
For the rest of my life I'm going to trust that God is always at work in all things, and give him thanks long before my simplest prayers are answered.
At times all of us experience fear. But don't allow fear to keep you from being used by God. He has kept you thus far; trust Him for the rest of the way.
If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped.
Here lies the tremendous mystery - that God should be all-powerful, yet refuse to coerce. He summons us to cooperation.
We are honored in being given the opportunity to participate in his good deeds. Remember how He asked for help in performing his miracles:
Fill the waterpots, stretch out your hand, distribute the loaves.
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.
Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's holiness and sovereignty...acknowledging our
own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours.
The longer you delay, the more your sin gets strength and rooting. If you cannot bend a twig, how will you be able to bend it when it is a tree?
Whence comes this idea that if what we are doing is fun, it can't be God's will? The God who made giraffes,
a baby's fingernails, a puppy's tail, a crooknecked squash, the bobwhite's call, and a young girl's giggle,
has a sense of humor. Make no mistake about that.
Experience makes us see an enormous difference between piety and goodness.
The glory of God is a living man; and the life of man consists in beholding God.
'Twas an unhappy Division that has been made between Faith and Works; though in my Intellect
I may divide them, just as in the Candle I know there is both Light and Heat. But yet, put out the Candle, and they are both gone.
Oh God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds.
He spoke a Book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power
of them to persist across the years.
Pardon comes not to the soul alone; or rather, Christ comes not to the soul with pardon only!
It is that which He opens the door and enters by, but He comes with a Spirit of life and power.
Sometimes God has to put us flat on our back before we are looking up to Him.
I do not know anyone who goes through life without some wounding of the heart.
Sometimes we take a little shower at Calvary rather than let God deeply cut and wash away the
hurts with His atoning blood.
It is comforting to know that the God who guides us sees tomorrow more clearly than we see yesterday.
I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill all His promises . . .
leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.
If I didn't have spiritual faith, I would be a pessimist. But I'm an optimist. I've read the last page in the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.
An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.
Satan watches for those vessels that sail without convoy.
I only know this, that if He had not sought me out, I would never have come to Him.The church exists by mission, as fire exists by burning.
The vine dresser is never nearer the vine than when He is pruning it.
Jesus, like any good fisherman, first catches the fish; then He cleans them.
It's a good thing to have all the props pulled out from under us occasionally. It gives us some sense of what is rock under our feet, and what is sand.
The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him never to lead us astray.
Christ is with those of humble mind, not with those who exalt themselves over his flock.
Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer.