Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Quotes that uplift me...

As I do my daily morning Quiet Time (or Coffee with God), sometimes certain phrases or passages speak to me. Here is a collection of recent ones:

When we truly worship God, we're transformed into His likeness and become people who reach out to others and serve them. - Turning Points 11/4/2013 devotional

God is more interested in "heart" than "art" in your singing -- or in whatever ministry you possess. He gives us talents to showcase His grace, not our glory. Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord and for His honor alone. - Turning Points 11/11/2013 devotional (This is one I need to remember to take the fear out of signing solos in church!)

...humbly pray and ask the Lord to reveal any hidden areas of pride in your life... D.L. Moody once observed, "God sends no one away empty except thos we are full of themselves." - In Touch 11/1/2013 devotional (Makes you stop and think, doesn't it???)

How many times have you been reading a Scripture passage when suddenly a light seemed to flip on in your mind? ...All we have to do is say, "Lord, I need you at this moment." And He is there -- always. - In Touch 11/4/2013 devotional (I wish the light would flip on more often!!!)

Too many Christians are content merely to dip their toes into faith because they fear life might not turn out according to their plan. But how much greater their loss will be if life doesn't turn out according to God's plan. He can do much more with a surrendered existence than a sheltered one. - In Touch 11/11/2013 devotional (Sometimes we just need to get out of our own ways and follow God's ways!)

...when you really want to do the Lord's will, He will move heaven and earth to show you the way. - In Touch 11/14/2013 devotional (I just have to recognize it when He does!)

Repentance means that we commit to make an about face and head in the opposite direction from our sins. - In Touch 12/4/2013 

We'll...need to realize our family of origin does not define our true identity. Once we become daughters of the King, we have a royal inheritance that determines who we are. - A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, pg. 90 (It's good to be the princess!!!)

In the same way a radio has AM and FM frequencies, so do our thoughts. They are either AM (Against Me) or FM (For Me) thoughts. - A Confident Heart by Renee Swope pg. 111. (I choose FM!!!)

In his book, Victory Over Darkness, Dr. Neil T. Anderson says, "the more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity!" - A Confident Heart by Renee Swope, pg. 107

God will never abandon you. He will disperse your enemies before your eyes, bringing you through the difficult time to victory. - First Place 4 Health Making Wise Choices, pg. 18 (My enemies are procrastination and gluttony.)

A person's love ought to reach in three directions -- upward to God, outward to others, and inward to self. - Dr. Charles F. Stanley, In Touch, Jan. 2014, pg. 8 (That about covers it, doesn't it?)

We worry and wring our hands when it would be far better to lace our fingers together in prayer and surrender ourselves to God. - Jamie A. Hughes, Compass the City, In Touch, Jan. 2014, pg. 11 (I like the image of changing our hand positions -- simple but effective!)

Just a few thoughts to ponder and interpret for yourselves. Happy New Year!!!

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