Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou guest.

~ Gen 28:15

Be quiet, soul:

Why shouldst thou care and sadness borrow,

Why sit in nameless fear and sorrow,

The livelong day?

God will mark out thy path to-morrow

In His best way.

~ ANON

I had hoped, Madame, to find you here, and was rejoicing in that hope; but God has sent you elsewhere. The best place is wherever He puts us, and any other would be undesirable, all the worse because it would please our fancy, and would be of our own choice. Do not think about distant events. This uneasiness about the future is unwholesome for you. We must leave to God all that depends on Him, and think only of being faithful in all that depends upon ourselves. When God takes away that which He has given you, He knows well how to replace it, either through other means or by Himself.

~ FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

~ John 9:4

Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task?

~ Exod 5:14

He who intermits

The appointed task and duties of the day

Untunes full oft the pleasures of the day;

Checking the finer spirits that refuse

To flow, when purposes are lightly changed.

~ W. WORDSWORTH

By putting off things beyond their proper times, one duty treads upon the heels of another, and all duties are felt as irksome obligations,—a yoke beneath which we fret and lose our peace. In most cases the consequence of this is, that we have no time to do the work as it ought to be done. It is therefore done precipitately, with eagerness, with a greater desire simply to get it done, than to do it well, and with very little thought of God throughout.

~ F. W. FABER

Sufficient for each day is the good thereof, equally as the evil. We must do at once, and with our might, the merciful deed that our hand findeth to do,—else it will never be done, for the hand will find other tasks, and the arrears fall through. And every unconsummated good feeling, every unfulfilled purpose that His spirit has prompted, shall one day charge us as faithless and recreant before God.

~ J. H. THOM

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means.

~ 2 Thess 3:16

The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

~ Ps 29:11

In the heart’s depths a peace serene and holy

Abides, and when pain seems to have its will,

Or we despair,—oh, may that peace rise slowly,

Stronger than agony, and we be still.

~ S. JOHNSON

But if a man ought and is willing to lie still under God’s hand, he must and ought also to lie still under all things, whether they come from God, himself, or the creatures, nothing excepted. And he who would be obedient, resigned, and submissive to God, must and ought to be also resigned, obedient, and submissive to all things, in a spirit of yielding, and not of resistance; and take them in silence, resting on the hidden foundations of his soul, and having a secret inward patience, that enableth him to take all chances or crosses willingly; and, whatever befalleth, neither to call for nor desire any redress, or deliverance, or resistance, or revenge, but always in a loving, sincere humility to cry, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!”

~ THEOLOGIA GERMANICA

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

Am I my brother’s keeper?

~ Gen 4:9

Because I held upon my selfish, road,

And left my brother wounded by the way,

And called ambition duty, and pressed on—

O Lord, I do repent.

—SARAH WILLIAMS.

How many are the sufferers who have fallen amongst misfortunes along the wayside of life! “By chance” we come that way; chance, accident, Providence, has thrown them in our way; we see them from a distance, like the Priest, or we come upon them suddenly, like the Levite; our business, our pleasure, is interrupted by the sight, is troubled by the delay; what are our feelings, what our actions towards them? “Who is thy neighbor?” It is the sufferer, wherever, whoever, whatsoever he be. Wherever thou hearest the cry of distress, wherever thou seest any one brought across thy path by the chances and changes of life (that is, by the Providence of God), whom it is in thy power to help,—he, stranger or enemy though he be,—he is thy neighbor.

—A. P. STANLEY.

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it.

~ Phil 1:6

He that endureth to the end shall be saved.

~ Matt 10:22

Fill with inviolable peace;

Stablish and keep my settled heart;

In Thee may all my wanderings cease,

From Thee no more may I depart:

Thy utmost goodness called to prove,

Loved with an everlasting love!

~ C. WESLEY

If any sincere Christian cast himself with his whole will upon the Divine Presence which dwells within him, he shall be kept safe unto the end. What is it that makes us unable to persevere? Is it want of strength? By no means. We have with us the strength of the Holy Spirit. When did we ever set ourselves sincerely to any work according to the will of God, and fail for want of strength? It was not that strength failed the will, but that the will failed first. If we could but embrace the Divine will with the whole love of ours; cleaving to it, and holding fast by it, we should be borne along as upon “the river of the water of life.” We open only certain chambers of our will to the influence of the Divine will. We are afraid of being wholly absorbed into it. And yet, if we would have peace, we must be altogether united to Him.

~ H. E. MANNING

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

~ Ps 121:1

My grace is sufficient for thee.

~ Cor 12:9

I look to Thee in every need,

And never look in vain;

I feel Thy touch, Eternal Love,

And all is well again:

The thought of Thee is mightier far

Than sin and pain and sorrow are.

~ S. LONGFELLOW

How can you live sweetly amid the vexatious things, the irritating things, the multitude of little worries and frets, which lie all along your way, and which you cannot evade? You cannot at present change your surroundings. Whatever kind of life you are to live, must be lived amid precisely the experiences in which you are now moving. Here you must win your victories or suffer your defeats. No restlessness or discontent can change your lot. Others may have other circumstances surrounding them, but here are yours. You had better make up your mind to accept what you cannot alter. You can live a beautiful life in the midst of your present circumstances.

~ J. R. MILLER

Strive to realize a state of inward happiness, independent of circumstances.

—J. P. GREAVES

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

~ Gal 5:1

I believed, and therefore have I spoken.

~ 2 Cor 4:13

They are slaves who fear to speak

For the fallen and the weak;

They are slaves who will not choose

Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,

Rather than in silence shrink

From the truth they needs must think;

They are slaves who dare not be

In the right with two or three.

~ J. R. LOWELL

The real corrupters of society may be, not the corrupt, but those who have held back the righteous leaven, the salt that has lost its savor, the innocent who have not even the moral courage to show what they think of the effrontery of impurity,—the serious, who yet timidly succumb before some loud-voiced scoffer,—the heart trembling all over with religious sensibilities that yet suffers itself through false shame to be beaten down into outward and practical acquiescence by some rude and worldly nature.

~ J. H. THOM