Thursday, November 1, 2007

Favorite Quotes

I love quotes and verses and inspiring words. This is where I share some of those inspiring thoughts.

Enjoy!










Fix our minds . . . .

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things.






Philippians 4:8

C.S. Lewis

"Lucy, he said, "we must not lie here for long. You have work in hand, and much time has been lost today."







"Yes, wasn't it a shame?" said Lucy. "I saw you all right. They wouldn't believe me. They're all so --"


From some where deep inside Aslan's body there came the faintest suggestion of a growl.



"I'm sorry," said Lucy, who understood some of his moods. "I didn't mean to start slanging the others. But it wasn't my fault anyway, was it?"


The Lion looked straight into her eyes.


"Oh, Aslan," said Lucy. "You don't mean it was? How could I -- I couldn't have left the others and come up to you alone, how could I?" Don't look at me like that . . . . oh well, I suppose I could. Yes, and it wouldn't have been alone, I know, not if I was with you. But what would have been the good?"


"You mean," said Lucy rather faintly, "that it would have turned out all right -- somehow? But how? Please Aslan! Am I not to know?"


"To know what would have happened child?" said Aslan. "No. Nobody is ever told that."
C.S. Lewis


Prince Caspian -- The Chronicles of Narnia

It is a serious thing to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship or else a horror and a corruption such as you meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long, we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of those overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealing with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people.
C.S. Lewis

Christianity does not want us to reduce by one atom the hatred we feel for cruelty and treachery. We ought to hate them. Not one word of what we have said about them needs to be unsaid. But it does want us to hate them in the same way in which we hate things in ourselves: being sorry the man should have done such things, and hoping, if it is anyway possible, that somehow, sometime, somewhere, he can be cured and made human again.
C.S. Lewis

The good news of the Gospel is that God draws straigt lines with crooked sticks.




C.S. Lewis




If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and help others do the same.



C.S. Lewis



Mere Christianity


It would be nice and fairly true, to say that "from that time forth Eustace was a different boy." To be strictly accurate, he began to be a different boy. He had relapses. There were still many days when he could be very tiresome. But most of those I shall not notice. The cure had begun.

C.S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

C.S. Lewis
The Weight of Glory


Thoughts on our journey . . . .

It is never as important to God where you are on the journey, as it is that you are indeed on the journey. Where you are going is what matters to God, not where you happen to be at the moment. You may start with God no matter what mess your life may be at the present time.
Ben Patterson
Waiting

Friendship

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


J.I. Packer

What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it -- the fact that He knows me. I am graven on the palms of His hands. I am never out of His mind . . . . He knows me as a friend, one who loves me; and there is no moment when His eye is off me, or His attention distracted from me, no moment, therefore, when His care falters.







. . . There is tremendous relief in knowing that His to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on a prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench His determination to bless me.








God's Presence

My servant, I have come into the house --
I, who know pains extremity so well.
That there can never be the need to tell
His power to make the flesh and spirit quail.
Have I not felt the scourge, the thorn, the nail?
And I, his Conqueror, am in the house.
Let not your heart be troubled, do not fear.
Why shouldst thou, child of Mine, if I am here?
My touch will heal thy songbird's broken wing
And he shall have a braver song to sing.
Amy Carmichael

Max Lucado

Hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed; no it is far greater than that. It is a zany, unpredictable dependence on a God who loves to surprise us out of our socks and be there in the flesh to see our reaction.
Max Lucado
God Came Near

Such moments are necessary because they remind us that everything is okay. The King is still on the throne and life is still worth living. Eternal instants remind us that love is still the greatest possession and the future is nothing to fear.
Max Lucado
God Came Near

Hope

How bizarre that we, the first to hope in Christ Jesus, should so quickly forget the majesty and power of the One we love.
Julie Ann Barnhill
Exquisite Hope




Hope is an amazing thing. It is not only something to aspire to attain, it is also something to aspire to give. Hope becomes a two-edged sword within us. Like a pendulum, it cuts in equal swaths in both directions. One swing cuts a path toward freedom and release, the other toward fulfillment, grattitude and joy. Either way . . . hope gives life.




Kim Meeder
Bridge Called Hope




Every closet, cupboard, and cranny . . . all lay bare before hope's cleansing brilliance. Its heat within our heart expands, stretching our thoughts, ideas, dreams, and beliefs beyond any boundary previously known.




Hope makes us bigger.




In every honest, balanced, and meaningful way . . . hope stretches us to a new capacity . . . a previously unkown capacity to change.




Kim Meeder
Bridge Called Hope


To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.

Erich Fromm



When I was a child, I was disappointed to discover that the moon was just a giant rock that didn't even have it's own light. It seemed so large in the dark sky that there had to be more to it than that. It dawned on me tonight that there really might be more to it than that. The moon reflects the sun's light. Perhaps God placed it there in it's reflective capacity to remind us that even in the dark of night the sun is still shining.

Amy L Brooke

God's Work In Progress, 6/2/2008

Hope is hearing the music of the future before it's played. Faith is the courage to dance to it today.

Mary Felhake "Old Quarry Road"

I still believe in Hope -- mostly because there's no such place as Fingers Crossed, Arkansas.

Moly Ivins

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. and so today I still have a dream.

Martin Luther King, Jr
The Trumpet of Conscience

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.

Pearl S Buck

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let's live with hope.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.

Lin Yutang









Grief & Suffering

God may not have intervened, may not have stepped in to undo what broke our hearts . . . . We may not understand why God intervened for Peter and not for James. Why some and not all? Why then and not now? All that disciples know is a point in history that gives us hope in tragedy, a point of divine intervention that spans all time: God raised Jesus from the dead.
Robbie Castleman, et al
Faith on the Edge: Daring to Follow Jesus





If they had to die, I would have loved to have known in advace, so that I could take each second spent with them and know to hold on to it, instead of assuming there would be a million more. If they had to die, I would have loved to have been there to be the last face they saw, instead of his.





June




Jodi Picoult in Change of Heart





Life has a way of pointing out, with great sweeping signs, that you are looking at the wrong things, doesn't it? It was when I started to admit to myself that I'd rather be dead that I was given a child who had to fight to stay alive.





June




Jodi Picoult in Change of Heart


"Family's not a thing, it's a place," Shay said softly. "It's where all the memories get kept."




Jodi Picoult in Change of Heart





Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love?





Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?
June
Jodi Picoult in Change of Heart

Good and Evil

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke





Lysa Terkeurst

Nothing in life is certain. Circumstances roll in and out like the ocean's tied. The unknown can sometimes seem so frightening as we ponder all the tragic possibilities that we know can and do happen to people. We catch ourselves wondering what the next page of life might hold. We can't stop or control the things that roll our way any more than we can stop the water's edge. But we can make the minute by minute choice to let our souls rest in God.

What Happens When Women Say Yes To God

I stopped thinking about the what-if's and let my soul simply say, "Okay God in this minute I choose to rest with you. I will not let my mind go to the minutes that are coming. I will simply be in this moment and face it with peace."

What Happens When Wome Say Yes To God


Choice

One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
Tis the set of the sails
and not the gales,
That tells the way we go.
Like the winds of the sea
Are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


The single clenched fist lifted and ready,
Or the open hand held out and waiting.
Choose:
For we meet by one or the other.

Carl Sandburg



Gary Haugen
Just Courage

And how far do I go? To be brutally honest, as far as I am safe. As far as I am in control. as far as the risks feel manageable. As far as my sphere of certain competence will take me.

And consequently in my secret most honest moments, I sense it doesn't take me very far at all. (p. 13)

One of the local staff members pegged the odds at about 3 percent -- and then added, "but with God, 3 percent can become a majority." (p. 21)

We must seek to rescue our neighbors with dedication and urgency with which we would go about trying to rescue our own family or even ourself. In a world of injustice, loving intervention on behalf of the oppressed is simple obedience to Jesus' must fundamental command to love our neighbor. (p. 75)

. . . . I'd like to be brave, but I'd also like to be safe. My heavenly Father, however, loves me deeply enough to tell me the truth. He says I can't be both brave and safe. He wants me to be clear that I have to decide -- and he wants me to choose to be brave, which means choosing not to be safe. (p. 114)

Clearly , some suffering is part of God's will. It isn't necessarily the suffering itself that is God's will, but rather following the will of God in a fallen world will generate suffering in our lives. There are two things that are always the will of God and almost always dangerous: telling the truth and loving needy people. (p. 115)

I am much more interested in telling Jesus and others what I believe, but Jesus (and the watching world) knows that what I truly believe will be maifested in what I choose to do. (p. 125)

And in presenting before us the struggle for justice, our Maker asks: Do you want to be brave, or do you want to be safe? Jesus wants us to realize that its a choice, and he wants to help us make the joyful choice. Most importantly, Jesus wants us to know that he takes care of us so well that it is actually safe to be brave. (p. 109)




1 comment:

Wendy Targos said...

Amy- thank you for creating this blog. It has really encouraged me and strengthened me with God.
WT