Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Love is Patient

I recently finished reading The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick. I wanted to record a couple of quotes that stood out to me.

"As sure as a lack of patience will turn your home into a war zone, the practice of patience will foster peace and quiet."
(page 2, Kindle Edition)

"Patience avoids a problem; kindness creates a blessing. One is preventive, the other proactive."
(page 6, Kindle Edition)

"Love thinks. It’s not a mindless feeling that rides on waves of emotion and falls asleep mentally. It keeps busy in thought, knowing that loving thoughts precede loving actions."
(page 16, Kindle Edition)

"Love thinks before speaking. It filters words through a grid of truth and kindness."
(page 18, Kindle Edition)

"Love chooses to believe the best about people. It gives them the benefit of the doubt. It refuses to fill in the unknowns with negative assumptions."
(page 33, Kindle Edition)

"Instead of treating your wife or husband like an enemy or someone to be guarded against, start by treating them as your closest, most honored friend. Give their words full weight."
(page 58, Kindle Edition)

"To accept this person— quirks and all— and to welcome him or her back into your heart."
(page 67, Kindle Edition)

"Love treats its beloved as special and sacred even when an ungrateful attitude is all it gets in return."
(page 73, Kindle Edition)

"Begin praying today for your spouse’s heart."
(page 79, Kindle Edition)

"The reality of intimacy always takes time to develop, especially after being compromised. But it is worth the endless treasures found beneath its guarded lock. Your loving commitment to reestablishing it may be the key to opening it— for anyone willing to take the dare."
(page 83, Kindle Edition)

"He 'is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us' (Ephesians 3: 20)."
(page 93, Kindle Edition)

"You can love even when you’re not loved in return. You can see all their flaws and imperfections and still choose to love."
(page 98, Kindle Edition)

"You know it when the thought of their name or the sight of their face, rather than causing your blood to boil, causes you to feel sorry for them instead, to genuinely hope they get this turned around."
(page 123, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spurgeon on Glorifying God

Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying him now?
The apostle’s words are, “To him be glory both now and for ever.”
Will you not this day make it your prayer?
“Lord, help me to glorify thee; I am poor, help me to glorify thee by contentment; I am sick, help me to give thee honour by patience; I have talents, help me to extol thee by spending them for thee; I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve thee; I have a heart to feel, Lord, let that heart feel no love but thine, and glow with no flame but affection for thee; I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of thee and for thee; thou hast put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose: I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into thy treasury; I am all thine; take me, and enable me to glorify thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.

- Charles Spurgeon, from Morning by Morning, February 15

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Grace - The Incredible Gift

Condemned we stood, not unjustly so, for our Judge is completely just.

Condemned -- and no way to coming close to being able to pay the price without forfeiting all. The price itself: death, eternal death. Pay it, we could, but then there would be nothing left to redeem.

Condemned -- and each day only adding to the offense and the debt.

Condemned -- all hope seemed lost.

But God.

What hope those words bring.

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:4-5, ESV)

Made alive -- through grace.

Raised up and seated in the heavenly places -- through grace.

Experiencing God's mercy and kindness -- through grace.

No longer condemned. No longer living under just judgment. No longer without hope. No longer. Because God in His grace paid the ultimate price and redeemed us. What grace! What love!

Amen and amen.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Power of the Cross

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.

Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev'ry bitter thought,
Ev'ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.

Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
"Finished!" the vict'ry cry.

Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.

The Power of the Cross, words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jesus, the Preeminent One

In Colossians 1 Paul thanks God for the believers in Colossae. He is thankful for the evidence of spiritual fruit in their lives: for their faith, their love, and the hope that is before them.

Paul also prays that they will be filled with the knowledge of God's will. That they would walk worthy of the Lord. That they would increase in the knowledge of God. That they would be strengthened with might. The only means that makes any of these things possible is the completed redemption through Christ's blood.

Jesus is the very image of God. He is the Creator of the universe. He is the Sustainer of life. He is the Head of the church. He is the Preeminent One. There is no one before Him.

In this is the Christian life grounded. Only by placing Christ in first place in our lives can we live lives pleasing to God.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Favorite Things About a Rainy Day

What I love about a rainy day:
- the smell of rain
- the sound of raindrops hitting the windows
- the cozy feeling of being warm and dry indoors
- drinking a cup of tea with honey
- reading a good book
- curling up on the couch
- working on a sewing project
- watching the water splatter

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