More wisdom from my daily devotion book.
Salvation is not a self-help program.
What you worship is what you become
We are often so caught up in our activities that we tend to worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Satan never fears the Christian whose Bible is covered with dust.
Religion is man searching for God; Christianity is God reaching down to man.
The greatest treasure a person can leave her children is an intimate knowledge of God.
Many people pray as if God were a big aspirin pill. They only come when they hurt.
Ministry is our love for Christ dressed in working clothes.
Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them.
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Hope you enjoy these. All from my daily devotion book.
Some people are so indecisive, their favorite color is plaid.
Before passing judgment on a sermon, be sure to try it out in practice.
Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Lord, make my words kind, because tomorrow I may have to eat them.
Those who deserve love the least are the ones who need it the most.
The brook would lose its song if the rocks were removed.
Love is not just sentiment; it is service.
When you pray, make sure your will is in neutral so God can shift it.
Service is a gift of love to people given in gratitude for God’s gift of love for you.
Man sees your actions, but God sees your motives.
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Robert Frost is one of my favorite poets.
One that I really love is “The Road Not Taken.” I feel the last
part of that poem in many ways sums up my life. Many times, I think I have taken the “one less traveled by.”
Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference
Do I regret it? Never. It has made life interesting.
So here are a few of his quotes. Hope you enjoy them. If you have never read his poetry, I encourage you to do so. I think you will enjoy them.
Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
Before I built a wall, I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.
If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.In three words I can summed everything I have learned about life…”It goes on.”
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
The best way out is always through.
The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I’m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.
The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
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More gems from my devotion book.
How rare it is to find a person quiet enough to hear God speak God will only answer when you come close enough to hear. The other person’s sins, like the other car’s headlights, always seem more glaring than our own. As the leadership of a nation goes, so goes the nation. A lot of kneeling keeps you in good standing with God. People who admit they’re wrong usually go farther in life than people who try to prove they’re right. The real value of a thing is the price it will bring in eternity. Busyness in the King’s business if no excuse for neglecting the King. The only part of the Bible you truly believe is the part you obey. The Gospel is neither a discussion nor a debate; it is an announcement.
Some time ago I wrote about change – and how it is something many people do not like – and yet it is something we cannot avoid.
For today’s list I found some interesting comments on change. Hope you enjoy them.
Wandering keeps me interested – and hopefully interesting. “Not all who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien “Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.” “A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for.” – John A Shedd “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference ” – Robert Frost “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” -Albert Einstein “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” -Leo Tolstoy “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
But I am thankful that one thing does not change.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Since we just saw England celebrate the 70 years of the reign by Queen Elizabeth II, I thought I would share her comments for my Friday list of laughter and wisdom (even though i am a day late.)
Grief is the price we pay for love. None of us can slow the passage of time; and while we often focus on all that has changed in the intervening years, much remains unchanged, including the Gospel of Christ and his teachings. When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future. If I wore beige, nobody would know who I am. It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the harsh progress of mankind. Children teach us all a lesson – just as the Christmas story does – that in the birth of a child, there is a new dawn with endless potential. We all need to get the balance right between action and reflection. With so many distractions, it is easy to forget to pause and take stock. Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us have a monopoly on wisdom. Memories are our second chance at happiness. The world is not the most pleasant place. Eventually your parents leave you and nobody is going to go out of their way to protect you unconditionally. You need to learn to stand up for yourself and what you believe and sometimes, pardon my language, kick some ass.
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Recently I posted about my visit to the Wesley Garden on St. Simon’s Island.
Looking at that visit, I was reminded of the list John Wesley created for the group of people who were gathering each week to pray and encourage one another in their walk with God.
He had a list of questions they would use in their gatherings to help them in their Christian commitment. These are good questions for us to also consider today.
Questions to Ask:
Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate? Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence? Can I be trusted? Did any of my words or actions this week cause someone harm? Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits? Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying? Did the Bible live in me today? Do I give it time t o speak to me every day? Am I enjoying prayer? When did I last speak to someone else about my faith? Do I pray about the money I spend? Do I get to bed on time and get up on time? Do I disobey God in anything? Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy? Am I defeated in any part of my life? Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful? How do I spend my spare time? Am I proud? Do I thank God that I am not as other people, like the Pharisees who despised the publican? Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it? Do I grumble or complain constantly? Is Christ real to me?
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Well I appear to be on a row. Love sharing quotes I see and hear and Friday seems to be the day to do that. Hope you laugh or have a moment to reflect on a statement.
The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. Swallowing of pride seldom leads to indigestion. A pessimist is a person who is seasick during the entire voyage of life. A person becomes wise by watching what happens to him when he is not. You are only young once, but immaturity can last a lifetime. Do not have your concert first and tune your instruments afterward. Begin the day with God. Man sees your actions, God sees your motives. Isn’t it interesting how people are not too busy to stop and tell you how busy they are? Criticism from a wise person is more to be desired than the approval of a fool. Love is the forgetting of one’s self in the service of others.
Continuing with my Friday’s list of quotes to bring wisdom or laughter (this one I confess will be more laughter than wisdom), here is a list of things you will NEVER hear in church.
Hey! It’s MY turn to sit on the front pew! I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went over time 25 minutes. Personally, I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf. I’ve decided to give our church the $500.00 a month I used to send to TV evangelists. I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class. Forget the denominational minimum salary: let’s pay our pastor so he can live like we do. I love it when we sing songs I’ve never heard before! Since we’re all here, let’s start the worship service early! Pastor, we’d like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas. Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign.
If you like the laughter, check out my other lists.