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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

"At present it is January with me, both within and without. The outward sun shines and looks pleasant; but his beams are faint, and too feeble to dissolve the frost. So it is in my heart; I have many bright and pleasant beams of truth in my view, but cold predominates in my frost-bound spirit, and they have but little power to warm me. I could tell a stranger something about Jesus that would perhaps astonish him: such a glorious person! Such wonderful love! Such humiliation! Such a death! And then what He is now in Himself, and what He is to His people! What a sun! What a Shield! What a Root! What a Life! What a Friend! My tongue can run upon these subjects sometimes; and could my heart keep pace with it, I should be the happiest fellow in the country. Stupid creature! to know these things so well, and yet be no more affected with them! Indeed I have reason to be upon ill terms with myself! It is strange that pride would ever find anything in my experience to feed upon; but this completes my character for folly, vileness, and inconsistence, that I am not only poor, but proud; and though I am convinced I am a very wretch, and nothing before the Lord, I am prone to go forth among my fellow creatures as though I were wise and good...Pray for me, that the Lord may teach me to serve Him better."
               - John Newton

Monday, October 16, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

"A cup was placed into His hand on our account, and His love engaged Him to drink it for us. The wrath which it contained He drank wholly Himself; but He left a little affliction to taste, that we might pledge Him and remember how He loved us, and how much more He endured for us than He will ever call us to endure for Him. Again, how could we without sufferings manifest the nature and truth of gospel grace? What place should we then have for patience, submission, meekness, forbearance, and a readiness to forgive, if we had nothing to try us either from the hand of the Lord or from the hand of men? A Christian without trials would be like a mill without wind or water...Nor would our graces grow, unless they were called out to exercise: the difficulties we meet with not only prove but strengthen the graces of the Spirit."
                    - John Newton

Friday, October 13, 2017

Quote of the Day

"What if God desires to be present and faithful on your detour? What if He chooses to make His presence powerfully available when you are in the space you least desire to be - ...We can protest, 'But I don't want to experience the blessing of God here! I want to experience the blessing of God over there!' ...Our longing, however deep, may not change the reality. Sometimes we don't get to choose. But will we open our hearts to God? Will we open our lives to His work and His blessing while we are not where we want to be?"
            - Jeff Manion in The Land Between

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Shortness of Life

 Life. Is. Too. Short. 
Too short to not live loved. Too short not to say the things that mean the most. Too short to waste chasing after stuff that only leaves us empty and unfulfilled. As I watch hurricanes sweep away lives and property, as I hear about the California fires destroying countless hopes, dreams, and reminds me that the things that matter the most aren't things - they're the intangibles: Faith, family, memories made, people we made them with, risks we were willing to take, hard choices we were courageous enough to act upon...these are the things that build a life and a legacy. Even if there is no longer "stuff" to your name. Life is too short to get caught up in pointless arguments and meaningless goals. These won't be what we wish for in our worst moments - love, laughter, life, belief, and strength will be. And in God (our most unchangeable person in this ever-changing world) we find all of these.
So hug your dear ones tighter. Tell those you love most how much they mean to you. Invest in what is timeless...because in hard moments, that's the investment we will pull from the most.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Check These Guys Out!

If you all haven't heard of this amazing musical group, you need to check them out! I just downloaded their latest album, "Hymns" and have been loving it SO much! This arrangement of theirs is probably my favorite track on there so far. The group is called Anthem Lights, and they've got a lot of great music out there. Take a listen...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Quote of the Day

"All our supplies come from God; therefore, our dependence should be on Him, and our expectations from Him. Creatures act towards us in kindness and sympathy, according to His direction. The eyes of all creation are upon the Lord, and all the tribes of His creatures are fed by His hand. How much more, then, should His children look to Him, seek from Him, and expect to be supplied by Him! 
Whatever God does, He does wisely and seasonably; and whatever He gives, is in season. When our needs are felt, and our cry is heard, then our supply is certain. It is but for God to open His hand, and all that we need drops from His palm! When God's hand opens, our desires will soon be satisfied. Every temporal mercy, every spiritual gift, and all the supplies needed by our souls lie in the hand of God for us. He loves for us to fix our eyes on Him, to lift up our voice to Him, and seek every blessing from Him."
                 - James Smith