Be Thou the calling

When I no more can stir my soul to move,
And life is but the ashes of a fire;
When I can but remember that my heart
Once used to live and love, long and aspire –
Oh, be thou then the first, the one thou art;
Be Thou the calling, before all answering love,
And in me wake hope, fear, boundless desire

 

~George MacDonald

Repentance

“The weapon of repentance, through rejection of false beliefs and affirmation of godly truth, has changed thousands of lives. Repentance can liberate the mind and destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God (2 Cor. 10:5) And it can help us discover the wondrous significance we have in Jesus Christ: We are deeply loved, completely forgiven, fully pleasing, totally acceptable, and complete in Him. Our journey is a joyous and challenging adventure with Christ.”

~ Robert McGee, The Search For Significance

Heartache

Heartache forces us to embrace God out of desperate, urgent need. God is never closer than when your heart is aching.”

~ Joni Eareckson Tada

Grace is the opposite of merit

“Grace is the very opposite of merit. Grace is not only undeserved favor, but it is favor, shown to the one who has deserved the very opposite.”

~Harry Ironside

Whatever controls us

“Whatever controls us is our lord. The person who seeks power is controlled by power. The person who seeks acceptance is controlled by acceptance. We do not control ourselves. We are controlled by the lord of our lives.”

~Rebecca Manley Pippert