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Do you recognize the folly of a servant of God attempting to minister without eating of the heavenly manna? Neither is it sufficient to have spiritual nourishment only occasionally. Every day you must receive the “renewal by the Holy Spirit.” You know the difference between your whole being pulsating with the energy and freshness of God’s divine life or feeling worn-out and weary. Quietness and stillness bring the dew  Wait before God until you feel saturated with His presence.  Dew will never appear while there is either heat or wind. The temperature must fall, the wind cease, and the air come to a point of coolness and rest—absolute rest—before the invisible particles of moisture will become dew to dampen any plant or flower. And the grace of God does not come forth to bring rest and renewal to our soul until we completely reach the point of stillness before Him.

From Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (pp. 54-55). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd.  Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have.

From Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 27). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Even the best Christian that ever lived is not acting on his own steam—he is only nourishing or protecting a life he could never have acquired by his own efforts.

From Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 29). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.

From Lewis, C. S. (2009-03-17). A Year with C. S. Lewis (p. 30). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

“He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake” (Acts 9:15–16). God’s plan for Paul, revealed through a vision, involved both testifying before kings and suffering persecution. Paul was to enjoy the thrill of performing miracles, preaching to large crowds, and starting churches. But Paul was also to be stoned, shipwrecked, whipped, mocked, conspired against, and imprisoned (2 Cor. 11:23–28).

From Blackaby, Richard (2006-12-01). Experiencing God Day By Day (p. 30). B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

When children are old enough to begin grasping the concepts of faith, they should make a habit of bringing home verses of Scripture from church. They should recite these verses to their parents at mealtime. Then they should write the verses down and put them in little pouches or pockets.

From Luther, Martin; Galvin, James C. (2009-05-19). Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional (p. 30). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

As it is now, people go to hear a sermon and leave again unchanged. They act like a sermon is only worth the time it takes to hear it. No one thinks about learning anything from it or remembering it. Some people listen to sermons for three or four years and still don’t learn enough to respond to a single question about faith. More than enough has been written in books, but not nearly enough has been driven into our hearts.

From Luther, Martin; Galvin, James C. (2009-05-19). Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional (p. 30). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god.

From Young, Sarah (2004-10-12). Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace in His Presence (p. 31). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance.

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest : Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, 1993).

God never gives us a call without its being a privilege, and He never gives us the privilege to come up higher without stretching out to us His hand to lift us up.

Samuel G. Hardman and Dwight Lyman Moody, Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1998).


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