“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.
Matt 7:7 NET
Be useful where thou livest, that they may
Both want and wish thy pleasing presence still;
Kindness, good parts, great places are the way
To compass this. Find out men’s wants and will,
And meet them there. All worldly joys go less
To the one joy of doing kindnesses.
Thrice happy he, who by some shady grove,
Far from the clamorous world, doth live his own;
Though solitary, who is not alone,
But doth converse with that eternal love
Help me to draw from the wisdom of life, that my soul may grow in knowledge and power. May I have the quiet confidence that comes in trusting thee. May I help others to think on the uplifting things of life.
I always take far too much ownership and responsibility for my life. Jesus owns my life. My life belongs to him. He’ll do everything.
I criticize myself for not doing enough, but truthfully I could never do enough for God. I criticize myself for not being completely pure of heart, and not caring enough about something, but my heart could never be pure enough for God.
God is in control of where I go, what I do, how I feel, what happens to me. If I worked very hard and did a million things right, it would be nothing without Jesus. It’s because Jesus stands before me, that God can accept me. What Jesus does with my life is what will bring me closer to God. It’s not me alone — it does not rest on my shoulders. God cares that I try, but if I don’t try hard enough I won’t be breaking a rule and letting God down.
It’s not on my shoulders. My path, my journey, my direction, is out of my hands. It’s not about meeting a perfect standard, or being “good” enough. I’ll never be good enough. Jesus is doing everything — he’s controlling my pain, my struggles, my situation. It’s he who takes me where I need to be. It’s him. I’ll never be good enough. I’m loved, and cared for. Jesus owns my life. My life belongs to him.
~ Mona Hanna ~
“Ah Lord God, behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”
At the very time when the Chaldeans surrounded Jerusalem, and when the sword, famine and pestilence had desolated the land, Jeremiah was commanded by God to purchase a field, and have the deed of transfer legally sealed and witnessed. This was a strange purchase for a rational man to make. Prudence could not justify it, for it was buying with scarcely a probability that the person purchasing could ever enjoy the possession. But it was enough for Jeremiah that his God had bidden him, for well he knew that God will be justified of all his children. He reasoned thus: “Ah, Lord God! thou canst make this plot of ground of use to me; thou canst rid this land of these oppressors; thou canst make me yet sit under my vine and my fig-tree in the heritage which I have bought; for thou didst make the heavens and the earth, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” This gave a majesty to the early saints, that they dared to do at God’s command things which carnal reason would condemn. Whether it be a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land, an Abraham who is to offer up his only son, or a Moses who is to despise the treasures of Egypt, or a Joshua who is to besiege Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams’ horns, they all act upon God’s command, contrary to the dictates of carnal reason; and the Lord gives them a rich reward as the result of their obedient faith. Would to God we had in the religion of these modern times a more potent infusion of this heroic faith in God. If we would venture more upon the naked promise of God, we should enter a world of wonders to which as yet we are strangers. Let Jeremiah’s place of confidence be ours-nothing is too hard for the God that created the heavens and the earth.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~
God is in heaven and you are on earth! Therefore, let your words be few.
Eccl 5:2 NET
“When you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
They invoked the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “Baal, answer us.”
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ’God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers – or even like this tax collector…. The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ’God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!’ I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee.”
“Lord, teach us to pray.”
Matt 6:7-8, 1 Kgs 18:26, Luke 18:10-11, Luke 18:13-14, Luke 11:1