Strength For Daily Needs

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.

[Heb 12:1 WEB]

When the powers of hell prevail
O’er our weakness and unfitness,
Could we lift the fleshly veil,
Could we for a moment witness
Those unnumbered hosts that stand
Calm and bright on either hand;

Oh, what joyful hope would cheer,
Oh, what faith serene would guide us!
Great may be the danger near,
Greater are the friends beside us.
~ ANON ~

We are compassed about by a cloud of witnesses, whose hearts throb in sympathy with every effort and struggle, and who thrill with joy at every success. How should this thought check and rebuke every worldly feeling and unworthy purpose, and enshrine us, in the midst of a forgetful and un-spiritual world, with an atmosphere of heavenly peace! They have overcome—have risen—are crowned, glorified; but still they remain to us, our assistants, our comforters, and in every hour of darkness their voice speaks to us: “So we grieved, so we struggled, so we fainted, so we doubted; but we have overcome, we have obtained, we have seen, we have found,—and in our victory behold the certainty of thy own.” 

~ H. B. STOWE ~

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

[Lam 3:26 WEB]

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from Him cometh my salvation.

[Ps 62:1 WEB]

Not so in haste, my heart;

Have faith in God, and wait;

Although He linger long,

He never comes too late.

~ ANON ~

The true use to be made of all the imperfections of which you are conscious is neither to justify, nor to condemn them, but to present them before God, conforming your will to His, and remaining in peace; for peace is the divine order, in whatever state we may be.

~ FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON ~

You will find it less easy to uproot faults, than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults; still less of others’ faults; in every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong: honor that; rejoice in it; and, as you can, try to imitate it; and your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.

~ J. RUSKIN ~

Strength For Daily Needs

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow.

[Matt 6:28 WEB]

They do not toil:

Content with their allotted task

They do but grow; they do not ask

A richer lot, a higher sphere,

But in their loveliness appear,

And grow, and smile, and do their best,

And unto God they leave the rest.

~ MARIANNE FARNINGHAM ~

Interpose no barrier to His mighty life-giving power, working in you all the good pleasure of His will. Yield yourself up utterly to His sweet control. Put your growing into His hands as completely as you have put all your other affairs. Suffer Him to manage it as He will. Do not concern yourself about it, nor even think of it. Trust Him absolutely and always. Accept each moment’s dispensation as it comes to you from His dear hands, as being the needed sunshine or dew for that moment’s growth. Say a continual “yes” to your Father’s will.

~ H. W. SMITH ~

Thine own self-will and anxiety, thy hurry and labor, disturb thy peace, and prevent Me from working in thee. Look at the little flowers, in the serene summer days; they quietly open their petals, and the sun shines into them with his gentle influences. So will I do for thee, if thou wilt yield thyself to Me.

~ G. TERSTEEGEN ~

Daily Strength For Daily Needs

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much.

[Luke 16:10 WEB]

The Lord preserveth the faithful.

[Ps 31:23 WEB]

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The trivial round, the common task,

Would furnish all we ought to ask;

Room to deny ourselves; a road

To bring us, daily, nearer God.

~ J. KEBLE ~

Exactness in little duties is a wonderful source of cheerfulness. —F. W. FABER.

The unremitting retention of simple and high sentiments in obscure duties is hardening the character to that temper which will work with honor, if need be, in the tumult or on the scaffold.

~ R. W. EMERSON ~

We are too fond of our own will. We want to be doing what we fancy mighty things; but the great point is, to do small things, when called to them, in a right spirit.

~ R. CECIL ~

It is not on great occasions only that we are required to be faithful to the will of God; occasions constantly occur, and we should be surprised to perceive how much our spiritual advancement depends on small obediences.

~ MADAME SWETCHINE ~

Strength For Daily Needs

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.

[Matt 26:41 WEB]

I want a sober mind,

A self-renouncing will,

That tramples down and casts behind

The baits of pleasing ill;

A spirit still prepared,

And armed with jealous care,

Forever standing on its guard,

And watching unto prayer.

~ C. WESLEY ~

When you say, “Lead us not into temptation,” you must in good earnest mean to avoid in your daily conduct those temptations which you have already suffered from. When you say, “Deliver us from evil,” you must mean to struggle against that evil in your hearts, which you are conscious of, and which you pray to be forgiven. To watch and pray are surely in our power, and by these means we are certain of getting strength. You feel your weakness; you fear to be overcome by temptation; then keep out of the way of it. This is watching. Avoid society which is likely to mislead you; flee from the very shadow of evil; you cannot be too careful; better be a little too strict than a little too easy,—it is the safer side. Abstain from reading books which are dangerous to you. Turn from bad thoughts when they arise.

~ J. H. NEWMAN ~

Strength For Daily Needs

For Thou Invest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which Thou hast made: for never wouldest Thou have made any thing, if Thou hadst hated it. But Thou sparest all: for they are Thine, O Lord, Thou lover of souls.

[Wisdom of Solomon, 11:24,26 WEB] (Catholic)

He prayeth well who loveth well

Both man and bird and beast;

He prayeth best who loveth best

All things both great and small;

For the dear God who loveth us,

He made and loveth all.

~ S. T. COLERIDGE ~

To know that Love alone was the beginning of nature and creature, that nothing but Love encompasses the whole universe of things, that the governing Hand that overrules all, the watchful Eye that sees through all, is nothing but omnipotent and omniscient Love, using an infinity of wisdom, to save every misguided creature from the miserable works of its own hands, and make happiness and glory the perpetual inheritance of all the creation, is a reflection that must be quite ravishing to every intelligent creature that is sensible of it.

~ WM. LAW ~

Strength For Daily Needs

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

[Isa 43:2 WEB]

I am with thee to deliver thee.

[Jer 1:8 WEB]

When through the deep waters I call thee to go,

The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;

For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless,

And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

~ ANON ~

Turn it as thou wilt, thou must give thyself to suffer what is appointed thee. But if we did that, God would bear us up at all times in all our sorrows and troubles, and God would lay His shoulder under our burdens, and help us to bear them. For if, with a cheerful courage, we submitted ourselves to God, no suffering would be unbearable.

~ J. TAULER ~

Learn to be as the angel, who could descend among the miseries of Bethesda without losing his heavenly purity or his perfect happiness. Gain healing from troubled waters. Make up your mind to the prospect of sustaining a certain measure of pain and trouble in your passage through life. By the blessing of God this will prepare you for it; it will make you thoughtful and resigned without interfering with your cheerfulness.

~ J. H. NEWMAN ~