Friday, January 22, 2010

A few morsels...

Here's some tidbits from my reading & life as of late...stuff that's encouraged my heart, deepened my faith or brought a smile to my face:

-"Self-humiliation for Simeon consisted not of belittling the gifts that God had given him or pretending that he was a man of no account, or exaggerating the sins of which he was very conscious.  He went about it by consciously bringing himself into the presence of God, dwelling thoughtfully on his majesty & glory, magnifying the mercy of his forgiveness and the wonder of his love.  These were the things that humbled him--not so much his own sinfulness but God's incredible love."  
spoken of Charles Simeon in the The Roots of Endurance, John Piper, pg. 112

-"But when the goodness & loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."   
Titus 3:4-7 (ESV)

-“Unbelief says: S0me other time, but not now; some other place, but not here; some other people, but not us.  Faith says: Anything He did anywhere else He will do here; anything He did any other time He is willing to do now; anything He ever did for other people He is willing to do for us!  With our feet on the ground, and our head cool, but with our heart ablaze with the love of God, we walk out in this fullness of the Spirit, if we will yield and obey.  God wants to work through you!”
A.W. Tozer, The Counselor (excerpt from Ray Ortland's post)

-"My mommy is soooooo beautiful."  
spoken by Ella Mae McPherson the other day, as she sat daydreaming.  (Thanks for sharing that made this mommy smile.)

-"Thou Great Being who made and rules the world, put Your Spirit in my husband with perfect power and bear His fruits from his life. 
May he be a loving man; a joyful, peaceful man; a patient, kind, good husband. Make his soul and actions abound with faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control, for against such things there is no law. By Christ Jesus crucify his flesh with its passions and desires.
Let him not grow weary in doing good, for in due season he will reap if he does not give up. And may he never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the
world has been crucified to him, and he to the world (Galatians
5 & 6)."  
from Prayers of an Excellent Wife, by Andrew Case (this is what I have been using as a guideline, while I work at praying intentionally for my it free and enjoy.)

-"Wisdom without power would be pathetic, a broken reed; power without wisdom would be merely frightening; but in God boundless wisdom and endless power are united, and the makes him utterly worthy of our fullest trust."
J.I. Packer, Knowing God, pg. 91 

Be encouraged today.
Grow in faith.
Be in awe of Him.
And thank him for his grace.

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