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 ~

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

Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

[Matt 6:32 WEB]

All as God wills, who wisely heeds

To give or to withhold;

And knoweth more of all my needs

Than all my prayers have told.

~ J. G. WHITTIER ~

Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee; Thou only knowest what I need; Thou lovest me better than I know how to love myself. O Father! give to Thy child that which he himself knows not how to ask. I dare not ask either for crosses or consolations; I simply present myself before Thee; I open my heart to Thee. Behold my needs which I know not myself; see, and do according to Thy tender mercy. Smite, or heal; depress me, or raise me up; I adore all Thy purposes without knowing them; I am silent; I offer myself in sacrifice; I yield myself to Thee; I would have no other desire than to accomplish Thy will. Teach me to pray; pray Thyself in me.

~ FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON ~

Strength For Daily Needs

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed.

[2 Tim 2:15 WEB]

And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.

[Gal 6:9 WEB]

The task Thy wisdom hath assigned,

Oh, let me cheerfully fulfil;

In all my works Thy presence find,

And prove Thine acceptable will.

~ C. WESLEY ~

“What is my next duty? What is the thing that lies nearest to me?” “That belongs to your every-day history. No one can answer that question but yourself. Your next duty is just to determine what your next duty is. Is there nothing you neglect? Is there nothing you know you ought not to do? You would know your duty, if you thought in earnest about it, and were not ambitious of great things.” “Ah, then,” responded she, “I suppose it is something very commonplace, which will make life more dreary than ever. That cannot help me.” “It will, if it be as dreary as reading the newspapers to an old deaf aunt. It will soon lead you to something more. Your duty will begin to comfort you at once, but will at length open the unknown fountain of life in your heart.”

~ G. MACDONALD ~

Strength For Daily Needs

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.

[1 John 3:3 WEB]

Now, Lord, what wait I for?

On Thee alone

My hope is all rested,

Lord, seal me Thine own!

Only Thine own to be,

Only to live to Thee.

Thine, with each day begun,

Thine, with each set of sun,

Thine, till my work is done.

~ ANNA WARNER ~

Now, believe me, God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best. There is a time when we are not content to be such merchants or doctors or lawyers as we see on the dead level or below it. The woman longs to glorify her womanhood as sister, wife, or mother. Here is God, God standing silently at the door all day long, God whispering to the soul, that to be pure and true is to succeed in life, and whatever we get short of that will burn up like stubble, though the whole world try to save it.

~ ROBERT COLLYER ~