Daily Quiet Time

I will instruct thee, and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go;  I will guide thee with mine eye.
~ Ps 32:8

When God does the directing, our life is useful and full of promise, whatever it is doing; and discipline has its perfecting work.

~ H. E. Cobb

Daily Quiet Time

This beginning of miracles did Jesus. 
~ John 2:11

It was out of the common thing that the precious thing was brought; and it is out of the common things of daily life, presented obediently to Jesus and laid at His feet, that He brings His own glorious gifts, so that our whole lives become one great sacrament. 

~ W. Hay Aitken

Daily Quiet Time

He asked life of Thee, and Thou gavest it him, even length of days or ever and ever. 
~ Ps 21:4

When poor men make requests of us we usually answer them as the echo does the voice the answer cuts off half the petition. We shall seldom find among men Jael’s courtesy, giving milk to those that ask water, except it be as this was, an entangling benefit, the better to introduce a mischief. There are not many Naamans among us, that, when you beg of them one talent, will force you to take two; but God’s answer to our prayers is like a multiplying glass, which renders the request much greater in the answer than it was in the prayer.

~ Bishop Reynolds

Daily Quiet Time

We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
~ Eph 2:10

No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him. There is always work, and tools to work withal, for those who will.

~ J. B. Lowell

Daily Quiet Time

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
~ 1 Cor 11:1

When in the Mexican war the troops were wavering, a general rose in his stirrups and dashed into the enemy’s line, shouting, “Men, follow!” They, seeing his courage and disposition, dashed on after him, and gained the victory.

What men want to rally them for God is an example to lead them. All your commands to others to advance amount to nothing so long as you stay behind. To effect them aright, you need to start for heaven yourself, looking back only to give the stirring cry of “Men, follow!”

~ T. DeWitt Talmage

Daily Quiet Time

The mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.
~ John 2:3-5

In asking for temporal blessings, true wisdom lies in putting the matter into the Lord’s hand, and leaving it there. He knows our sorrows, and, if He sees it is good for us that the water should be turned into wine, He will do it. It is not for us to dictate: He sees what is best for us. When we ask for prosperity, perhaps the thing which we should have is trial. When we want to be relieved of a “thorn in the flesh,” He knows what we should have is an apprehension of the fact that His grace is sufficient for us. So we are put into His school, and have to learn the lessons He has to teach us.

~  W. Hay Aitken

Daily Quiet Time

As thy days, so shall thy strength be.
~ Deut 33:25

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

~ Phil 4:13

He will not impose upon you one needless burden. He will not exact more than He knows your strength will bear. He will ask no Peter to come to Him on the water, unless He impart at the same time strength and support on the unstable waves. He will not ask you to draw water if the well is too deep, or to withdraw the stone if too heavy. But neither at the same time will He admit as an impossibility that which, as a free and responsible agent, it is in your power to avert. He will not regard as your misfortune what is your crime.

~ Macduff

Daily Quiet Time

What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.
~ John 13:7

God keeps a school for His children here on earth and one of His best teachers is Disappointment. My friend, when you and I reach our Father’s house, we shall look back and see that the sharp voiced, rough; visaged teacher, Disappointment, was one of the best guides to train us for it. He gave us hard lessons; he often used the rod; he often led us into thorny paths; he sometimes stripped off a load of luxuries; but that only made us travel the freer and the faster on our heavenward way. He sometimes led us down into the valley of the death shadow; but never did the promises read so sweetly as when spelled out by the eye of faith in that very valley. Nowhere did he lead us so often, or teach us such sacred lessons, as at the cross of Christ. Dear, old, rough handed teacher! We will build a monument to thee yet, and crown it with garlands, and inscribe on it: Blessed be the memory of Disappointment!

~ Theodore Cuyler