Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.
God does not call men to futility. Those who follow him are part of a master plan. But some tasks take more than one generation to accomplish....I know that he will give me the grace to see this through. My faith is in the One who calls and my confidence is doing what He lays before me to do. The results must be in His hands, for this task is beyond my strength.
Contentment is a choice. True joy is not the result of having everything I want, but of gratefully receiving exactly what God has given me....If we’re not content with what we have, we will never be content with what we think we want....The deepest needs and longings of our hearts cannot be filled by any human being, but only by God Himself....The key to joyous living is to embrace the will of God and to receive with gratitude whatever He has given us.
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Yes, the work was very hard, possibly the hardest that human muscles are ever called on to perform in this toiling world; but again we say that David Trevarrow did not think so, for he had been born to the work and bred to it, and was blissfully ignorant of work of a lighter kind, so that, although his brows frowned at the obstinate rock, his compressed lips smiled, and his thoughts were pleasant and far away.
-R.M. Ballantyne, "Deep Down"
Every sinner has a future; every saint has a past.
Of the lesser of two evils, choose neither.
O that writer and reader may be fully assured of God’s promises and embrace them: living on them, walking by faith in them, rejoicing over them, for He is faithful who has promised. Heaven and earth shall pass away before one word of His shall fail.
-A.W. Pink, "Elijah"
Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will.
If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.
Lord, whatever you want, wherever you want it, and whenever you want it, that’s what I want.
To him that obeys well, the truth comes easy; to him who does not obey, it comes not at all, or comes in forms of fear and dismay. The true, that is the obedient man, cannot help seeing the truth, for it is the very business of his being—the natural concern of his soul.
-George MacDonald, "The Laird's Inheritance"
He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.
-Augustine of Hippo