Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.

~ 2 Sam 15:15

I love to think that God appoints  
My portion day by day;  
Events of life are in His hand,  
And I would only say,  
Appoint them in Thine own good time,  
And in Thine own best way.  
~ A. L. WARING

If we are really, and always, and equally ready to do whatsoever the King appoints, all the trials and vexations arising from any change in His appointments, great or small, simply do not exist. If He appoints me to work there, shall I lament that I am not to work here? If He appoints me to wait in-doors to-day, am I to be annoyed because I am not to work out-of-doors? If I meant to write His messages this morning, shall I grumble because He sends interrupting visitors, rich or poor, to whom I am to speak them, or “show kindness” for His sake, or at least obey His command, “Be courteous?” If all my members are really at His disposal, why should I be put out if to-day’s appointment is some simple work for my hands or errands for my feet, instead of some seemingly more important doing of head or tongue?  
~ F. R. HAVERGAL

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Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

~ Phil 3:13-14

Yet I argue not  
Against Heaven’s hand or will, nor bate a jot  
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer  
Right onward.  

~  J. MILTON

It is not by regretting what is irreparable that true work is to be done, but by making the best of what we are. It is not by complaining that we have not the right tools, but by using well the tools we have. What we are, and where we are, is God’s providential arrangement,—God’s doing, though it may be man’s misdoing; and the manly and the wise way is to look your disadvantages in the face, and see what can be made out of them. Life, like war, is a series of mistakes, and he is not the best Christian nor the best general who makes the fewest false steps. He is the best who wins the most splendid victories by the retrieval of mistakes. Forget mistakes; organize victory out of mistakes.  
~ F. W. ROBERTSON

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

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Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God.

~  Heb 10:9

Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.

~ Ps 143:10

Lo! I come with joy to do  
The Father’s blessed will;  
Him in outward works pursue,  
And serve His pleasure still.  
Faithful to my Lord’s commands,  
I still would choose the better part;  
Serve with careful Martha’s hands,  
And loving Mary’s heart.  
~ C. WESLEY

A soul cannot be regarded as truly subdued and consecrated in its will, and as having passed into union with the Divine will, until it has a disposition to do promptly and faithfully all that God requires, as well as to endure patiently and thankfully all that He imposes.  
~ T. C. UPHAM

When we have learned to offer up every duty connected with our situation in life as a sacrifice to God, a settled employment becomes just a settled habit of prayer.  
~ THOMAS ERSKINE

“Do the duty which lies nearest thee,” which thou knowest to be a duty. Thy second duty will already have become clearer.  
~ T. CARLYLE

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Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
~ Ps 103:2

Wiser it were to welcome and make ours  
Whate’er of good, though small, the Present brings,  
Kind greetings, sunshine, song of birds, and flowers,  
With a child’s pure delight in little things.  
~ R. C. TRENCH

Into all our lives, in many simple, familiar, homely ways, God infuses this element of joy from the surprises of life, which unexpectedly brighten our days, and fill our eyes with light. He drops this added sweetness into His children’s cup, and makes it to run over. The success we were not counting on, the blessing we were not trying after, the strain of music, in the midst of drudgery, the beautiful morning picture or sunset glory thrown in as we pass to or from our daily business, the unsought word of encouragement or expression of sympathy, the sentence that meant for us more than the writer or speaker thought, these and a hundred others that every one’s experience can supply are instances of what I mean. You may call it accident or chance it often is; you may call it human goodness it often is; but always, always call it God’s love, for that is always in it. These are the overflowing riches of His grace, these are His free gifts. 

~ S. LONGFELLOW

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But this I say, brethren, the time is short.
~ 1 Cor 7:29

I sometimes feel the thread of life is slender,  
And soon with me the labor will be wrought;  
Then grows my heart to other hearts more tender.  
The time is short.  
~ D. M. CRAIK

Oh, my dear friends, you who are letting miserable misunderstandings run on from year to year, meaning to clear them up some day; you who are keeping wretched quarrels alive because you cannot quite make up your mind that now is the day to sacrifice your pride and kill them; you who are passing men sullenly upon the street, not speaking to them out of some silly spite, and yet knowing that it would fill you with shame and remorse if you heard that one of those men were dead tomorrow morning; you who are letting your neighbor starve, till you hear that he is dying of starvation; or letting your friend’s heart ache for a word of appreciation or sympathy, which you mean to give him some day,—if you only could know and see and feel, all of a sudden, that “the time is short,” how it would break the spell! How you would go instantly and do the thing which you might never have another chance to do.  
~ PHILLIPS BROOKS

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Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.
~ Luke 10:27

O God, what offering shall I give  
To Thee, the Lord of earth and skies?  
My spirit, soul, and flesh receive,  
A holy, living sacrifice.  

~ J. LANGE

To love God “with all our heart,” is to know the spiritual passion of measureless gratitude for loving-kindness, and self-devotedness to goodness; to love Him “with all our mind,” is to know the passion for Truth that is the enthusiasm of Science, the passion for Beauty that inspires the poet and the artist, when all truth and beauty are regarded as the self-revealings of God; to love Him “with all our soul,” is to know the saint’s rapture of devotion and gaze of penitential awe into the face of the All-holy, the saint’s abhorrence of sin, and agony of desire to save a sinner’s soul; and to love Him “with all our strength,” is the supreme spiritual passion that tests the rest; the passion for reality, for worship in spirit and in truth, for being what we adore, for doing what we know to be God’s word; the loyalty that exacts the living sacrifice, the whole burnt-offering that is our reasonable service, and in our coldest hours keeps steadfast to what seemed good when we were aglow.

~ J.H. THOM

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Be strong, and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid … for the Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
~ Deut 31:6

The timid it concerns to ask their way,  
And fear what foe in caves and swamps can stray,  
To make no step until the event is known,  
And ills to come as evils past bemoan.  
Not so the wise; no coward watch he keeps  
To spy what danger on his pathway creeps;  
Go where he will, the wise man is at home,  
His hearth the earth,—his hall the azure dome;  
Where his clear spirit leads him, there’s his road,  
By God’s own light illumined and foreshowed.  

~ R. W. EMERSON

Though I sympathize, I do not share in the least the feeling of being disheartened and cast down. It is not things of this sort that depress me, or ever will. The contrary things, praise, openings, the feeling of the greatness of my work, and my inability in relation to it, these things oppress and cast me down; but little hindrances, and closing up of accustomed or expected avenues, and the presence of difficulties to be overcome,—I’m not going to be cast down by trifles such as these.

~ JAMES HINTON

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And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
~ Mark 11:25-26

’Tis not enough to weep my sins,  
’Tis but one step to heaven:  

When I am kind to others, then  
I know myself forgiven.  
~ F. W. FABER

Every relation to mankind, of hate or scorn or neglect, is full of vexation and torment. There is nothing to do with men but to love them; to contemplate their virtues with admiration, their faults with pity and forbearance, and their injuries with forgiveness. Task all the ingenuity of your mind to devise some other thing, but you never can find it. To hate your adversary will not help you; to kill him will not help you; nothing within the compass of the universe can help you, but to love him. But let that love flow out upon all around you, and what could harm you? How many a knot of mystery and misunderstanding would be untied by one word spoken in simple and confiding truth of heart! How many a solitary place would be made glad if love were there; and how many a dark dwelling would be filled with light!  
~ ORVILLE DEWEY

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Why art than cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
~ Ps 42:11

Ah! why by passing clouds oppressed,  
Should vexing thoughts distract thy breast?  
Turn thou to Him in every pain,  
Whom never suppliant sought in vain;  
Thy strength in joy’s ecstatic day,  
Thy hope, when joy has passed away.  
~ H. F. LYTE

Beware of letting your care degenerate into anxiety and unrest; tossed as you are amid the winds and waves of sundry troubles, keep your eyes fixed on the Lord, and say, “Oh, my God, I look to Thee alone; be Thou my guide, my pilot;” and then be comforted. When the shore is gained, who will heed the toil and the storm? And we shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God. If at times we are somewhat stunned by the tempest, never fear; let us take breath, and go on afresh. Do not be disconcerted by the fits of vexation and uneasiness which are sometimes produced by the multiplicity of your domestic worries. No indeed, dearest child, all these are but opportunities of strengthening yourself in the loving, forbearing graces which our dear Lord sets before us.

~ ST. FRANCIS DE SALES