Christian Quotes: Phillips Brooks

The Apostle Paul wrote and spoke about renewal a lot. I believe that’s because he had experienced such a remarkable turnaround in his own life. Paul could have tried to hide his past of hunting down Christians, but he knew that God wanted that fact to actually be a part of his testimony.

It’s tempting to try keeping our past sitting on a shelf where, hopefully, no one else will see it. But God may want to use those moments/choices/actions we’re not so proud of. It sounds strange or even scary, but in God’s hands (in His timing and with His leading) our stories can bring hope and even healing to others.

Blessings, Heather

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“The only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.”

Phillips Brooks

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

Christian Quotes: Chuck Swindoll

Everyone is trying to make sense of this past year, and I think most of us reach to God for answers. He is pleased when we turn to Him, even bringing our doubts and questions with us. The key, though, is to be willing to receive His answer, including times when all we hear is quiet. That may be the hardest thing for me, impulsive and impatient as I often am.

I have to remember that silence from God doesn’t mean He isn’t working. It’s an opportunity to choose to trust in what the Lord is doing. If I pick wisely, I’ll find peace. If not, I’ll start leaning on my own understanding, which never satisfies my soul.

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“When you accept the fact that sometimes seasons are dry and times are hard and that God is in control of both, you will discover a sense of divine refuge, because the hope then is in God and not in yourself.”

Chuck Swindoll

“By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.”

Psalm 42:8,11

Christian Quotes: Alan Redpath

When circumstances confuse, shock or scare us, it can be hard to believe everything will work out alright. Honestly, I’ve been challenged by these past few months to find a bright side. With every piece of bad news, my first instinct has been to mutter, “Here we go again. What is it now?!” All that does is feed my anxiety and anger.

But God has been so gently teaching me His instinct, that is, to trust Him and His Ways, which are higher than mine. Not an easy lesson these days, but more important than ever. Our Heavenly Father is always with us and for us, even if what’s going on seems to contradict that truth at any given time. Meditating on God instead of the chaos can change my perspective. I pray for His strength to do just that!

Blessings, Heather

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“There is nothing–no circumstance, no trouble, no testing–that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no circumstance will cause me to fret, for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is–that is the rest of victory!”

Alan Redpath

“God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Psalm 46:1-3

Christian Quotes: Jim Elliot

Are you making any resolutions or setting any goals this new year? In the past I’ve gotten a bit carried away with them, but I’m trying to simplify. First on my list is to seek God’s Will more, and to be ready to let go of my own. I want to know what moves His heart and how He wants me to join Him in the work He’s doing. Then the other items on my list will either fall into place, or just fall away!

Blessings, Heather

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“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

Jim Elliot

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.“

Colossians 3:23-24

Christian Quotes: Elisabeth Elliot

I’ve heard so many people say “good riddance” to 2020, and with good reason. All of us hope the New year will take us in a better direction. But before we rush ahead, let’s take a moment to ponder: did all we went through these last 12 months draw us closer to God? My honest answer is “ultimately yes.” I certainly expressed fear and upset to Him along the way, but I always found myself reaching for Him. How about you?
The thing is, God was with us, no matter how scary or upsetting or even horrifying our experiences were. If we know that in the worst of times He was near, we can have confidence in His presence with us in the future, too. And, we can trust that He knows and will show us the best way to navigate the days to come.

Blessings, Heather

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“New Year’s Day is a good time to fix one’s eyes on the only One who knows what the year is to hold.”

Elisabeth Elliot

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdomand his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:31-33

Christian Quotes: Norman Vincent Peale

The message of Christmas isn’t meant to be put away with the decorations. It’s a truth that is meant to be shared every chance we get. In fact, the amazing gift of love God gave us works best when we pass it forward!

Blessings, Heather

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“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.”

Norman Vincent Peale

“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

1 John 3:23-24

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

1 John 4:11

Christian Quotes: Peter Marshall

It’s easy to let a post-Christmas lull take over. Resting after the flurry of the holiday definitely feels good, and helps us recharge. But we have much more to do in the new year! So let’s take time to savor the joy and hope of the holiday – they will “fuel” our hearts to press on in God’s work.

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“May we not ‘spend’ Christmas or ‘observe’ Christmas, but rather ‘keep’ it.”

Peter Marshall

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirshaving the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”

Titus 3:4-8

Christmas Gift #3

This song has a special place in my heart. Graham Kendrick wrote a moving song showing us Jesus’ mother Mary’s point of view of the Nativity story and beyond. It speaks to both my heart as a mother, and to my spirit as a believer.

Okay, one more musical moment to share. It’s also by Graham Kendrick, and invites us to join in sharing the Good News of our Savior’s birth:

I pray you find moments of reflection and celebration this Christmas – God loves you so much!
Blessings, Heather

Christmas Gift #1

Hello to all! One of the ways I communicate is through music. I love finding just the right song or piece to go with a celebration. So, this week, I want to share some of my favorite Christmas songs with you. I pray they will bless your heart.

This first song is called “Born in Bethlehem,” a little gem given to us by the group Third Day.

Blessings, Heather 🎁